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Skins Add Defensive Lineman, Linebacker

The Redskins announced that they've signed defensive lineman J.D. Skolnitsky and linebacker Darrel Young, both of whom participated in the recent minicamp as tryouts.

Skolnitsky (6-foot-5, 263 pounds) left school after three seasons at James Madison University. As a junior, he had 61 tackles, 4.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Young (5-11, 248) started for four seasons at Villanova, where he had 73 tackles and two sacks last year.

By idJason Re  |  May 6, 2009; 1:41 PM ET
 
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uh, what's that thing you say again?

Posted by: dcsween | May 6, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

I know this is not a very popular thing to say in this town, but not all Skins fans hate Dan Snyder. I, for one, admire the guy and am grateful to him for a lot that he's done.

I will always be appreciative of the man for bringing back Joe Gibbs. And I'll never forget the way he handled the Sean Taylor tragedy under difficult circumstances, or the way he has helped players and coaches alike in emergency situations, providing access to his private jet to reach loved ones, etc. Or going out of his way to help Marty Schottenheimer to find the right doctor long after he was let go as coach. That he quietly donated a million dollars to the 9/11 victims and didn't seek the publicity so many other big donors do. The guy grew up without money, without a t.v. in his house, rooting for the Redskins by going to the t.v. story to see watch his team play.

Says the Washingtonian's Harry Jaffe:

"I have covered plenty of spoiled, greedy, power-hungry rich guys in my 30 years as a reporter. Snyder is not even close. I found him competitive, playful, and shockingly normal."

Look, the guy wants to win as badly as any owner in pro sports. He hasn't yet produced the year in, year out, success that we expect from our Redskins. But not for a lack of trying. Of course I'd like a real GM and would prefer if he didn't get involved in personnel decisions. But, unlike so many Skins fans, I don't hate the man for it.

This is a must read if you have an opinion, good or bad, on Dan Snyder:

http://www.washingtonian.com/articles/sports/1679.html

Posted by: Barno1 | May 6, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

A source familiar with the situation that requested anonymity said "JLC likes to abuse the words 'source' and 'anonymity' to promote drama from within Redskins Park".

The Source Meter > This blog

Posted by: jmicrodoc | May 6, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Interesting article I read: talks about Kristie alley and the weight that she gains. she is quoted as saying that she gained 83 pounds and when she stepped on the scale that she was screaming.

Not sure but you think it could have been the scale screaming?

Posted by: GreatOne1 | May 6, 2009 1:51 PM

Posted by: GreatOne1 | May 6, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Go Dukes!

Posted by: atari1317 | May 6, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Of course I'd like a real GM and would prefer if he didn't get involved in personnel decisions.

Posted by: Barno1 | May 6, 2009 1:52 PM

That sums it up as to why people hate him. With the money he is willing to spend if he would just get someone in there who knows what they are doing we would be competing for a Super Bowl every year. Until that changes I will continue to hate him and have no desire at all to read about him.

Posted by: Posse81_83_84 | May 6, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Levi Jones was released...I think they should give him a chance.

Posted by: SmallPen15 | May 6, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

I think the price gouging also factors in... and the logistics fiasco of attending a game.

...and from most 'on the spot' reports, he's a SJKbag.

Now to say he's less of a SJKbag than some other folks, well... ok... sure... that's... great...


...suchas... queerage...maps...

Posted by: DikShuttle | May 6, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

'...and the logistics fiasco of attending a game....'


Dan Snyder can be blamed for a lot, but he didn't build FEDEX Field where it is.

Maybe he redskins should do DC a favor and play an occasional home game at Nationals Park (the NATS won't be playing in October, so what's to lose?) to reconnect with the city.

Posted by: MistaMoe | May 6, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

I don't hate Snyder personally. I do believe that he actually wants to win. It's hard to see the skins being non-competitive but I've learned to accept the skins losing. I have direct tv so I watch the steelers, patriots, giants, chargers, etc.. when I want to see good football.

Posted by: coparker5 | May 6, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Snyder is as involved as people think now. He may have been more involved while Spurrier was here, due to Spurrier's inexperience. While Gibbs was here, I think Gibbs deserves the credit for good moves (Cooley, Portis, Griffin, Springs, Washington, Daniels) and the blame for the bad ones (Brunell, Randle El, Archuleta, Lloyd). I think that Cerrato actually makes more decisions now.

Posted by: tpain | May 6, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Barno, thanks for posting that, really, really a good read. Everyone should read it, whether you hate the man or not.

I drove down to the Cowboys game last year, and not being from within 500 miles of the area, I didn't have a problem with getting into or out of the parking lot. 90 thousand people leaving one centralized area for the most part at the same time, no kidding there might be problems. Go to ANY stadium, and you'll find the same thing....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | May 6, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

'...and the logistics fiasco of attending a game....'
-------------

Take the metro then walk 20-30min. how is it a fiasco? Of course I'd prefer that the stadium was actually IN DC and much closer to the metro but I wouldn't call a fiasco

Posted by: thor2 | May 6, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

"Skins Add Defensive Lineman, Linebacker"

Read backwards, the headline says, "More Training Camp Bodies To Trim Later On In August"

Posted by: MistaMoe | May 6, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

I'm a metro walker and I agree with thor2. For me, the fiasco angle is financial ... and that fact that during the Cardinals game last year, when it was 97% on the field (and thus way higher under the balcony), when people were fainting, the FedEx walk-around vendors not only weren't giving away water, they weren't even selling it ... only the $9 beers. Also, starting the NFL trend of charging $25 for parking to attend training camp workouts is also not something that stands out like a badge of honor.

Posted by: dcsween | May 6, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Maybe he redskins should do DC a favor and play an occasional home game at Nationals Park (the NATS won't be playing in October, so what's to lose?) to reconnect with the city.
Posted by: MistaMoe | May 6, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

I would love it... maybe a pre-season game thought, the stadium only holds 40+K

Posted by: alex35332 | May 6, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

bring in levi

Posted by: mopp04 | May 6, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

FedEx Fiasco, Part II: Trying to get a disabled person from a taxi to the curb in front of the field. Can't be done, regardless of you are a returning disabled vet or have MS. FedEx won't let taxis drop off at the curb, only in the moving traffic.

Posted by: dcsween | May 6, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

BEST QUOTE EVER:

What was going on with Todd Yoder today? He was the star of practice.

Chris Wilson: "Yoder was ballin'..."

http://blog.redskins.com/2009/05/06/on-the-field-for-practice-5-6-pineapples-jeremy-bridges-an/#continued

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who | May 6, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Why do they bother signing all these nobodys. They wont make the team anyway. Bring in some real dudes to compete.

Posted by: FedorEm | May 6, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Barno, nice article but when preening for the story, i am sure snyder can put on a pretty face.

My brother took disadvantaged and disabled kids to a game and were seating in a box close to Snyder.

He brought some of the kids up to meet him and he did not want to have anything to do with them.

So not saying he cant be good, but he can be bad...

And I would think that there are a lot of people who grew up without money, some dont get power hungry or get high and mighty, but some do. I am not saying synder is above or below either.

Posted by: Zeebs | May 6, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Great article on Snyder. No one questions his desire to win. To me, the most telling story in the article was the way he went about getting the CEO for 6 Flags. It was a classic crony choice. Not the best qualified, but the guy he was enamored with. 6 Flags is a business disaster.

Which is a lot of what Snyder has done with the Skins. Not looking objectively at qualities of what a person brings to the table, but the one he is enamored with.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | May 6, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Uh oh psps, did you see that? Wow!

Posted by: SMACK1 | May 6, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Barno,
Good read, thanks for the link.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | May 6, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

6 Flags is a business disaster.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | May 6, 2009 2:50 PM

Six Flags was a business disaster before Snyder became involved with it. It had far too much debt, accumulated under earlier management.

Snyder and his execs. did a lot to turn it around. It increased revenues substantially, so much so that it was showing an operating profit. But, their operating profit hasn't been sufficient to cover the servicing of the accumulated debt and it's likely headed for bankruptcy.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | May 6, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

You said headed. When will you stop making fun of that kid?

Posted by: SMACK1 | May 6, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

But wait! This just in - sources say the ideal new Redskins head coach will be Tom Cruise. Follow Dan's bouncing brain.

Joe Gibbs exits after four years in a five-year contract. He leaves millions on the table and the team in relatively stable shape, with a promising quarterback and a proven coaching staff

Snyder proceeds to elevate his buddy, Vinny Cerrato, and eject the coach in waiting, Gregg Williams. These moves infuriate fans. Vindictive sports columnists write scathing essays about how the young, rich owner is destroying our venerable football franchise.

Washington, D.C., is once again the butt of jokes on late night TV. Hosts and comics used to make fun of Marion Barry; now it's Dan Snyder.

Let's be honest. We know where Dan Snyder is headed for his new head coach: Hollywood, or the football equivalent. If there's one aspect of Snyder's choices during the nine years he's owned the Redskins, it is he's a slave to brand names.

His first hires? Deion Sanders and Bruce Smith, worn out players with marquee value. He renames Jack Kent Cooke Stadium to brand name FedEx Field. He tosses Norv Turner for name brand coach Marty Schottenheimer. He becomes enamored of Steve Spurrier, brand name college coach. Tosses Marty, hires Steve. Spurrier can't win and leaves. At which point Snyder goes for the brandest name of all: Joe Gibbs.

With Gibbs gone, Snyder sifts through the pile of brand names. Former Steelers coach Bill Cowher makes it known he's not available. Why not hot USC coach Pete Carroll? Snyder flies to Los Angeles to check him out. Nada.

Mora. There's a brand name. Snyder calls in Jim Mora, who talks and leaves in a huff. He flirts with failed brand name coach Jim Fassell.

Snyder's getting desperate for brand names. Dick Vermeil is possible, but a bit '80s. Tony Dungy is staying with the Colts; Andy Reid is tied to the Eagles.

I was pondering Snyder's need for a brand name, when my wife threw me a copy of In Style magazine with Katie Holmes on the cover. She's a Redskins fan. She's famously married to Tom Cruise.

Bingo! Snyder is backing Cruise's movie production company. They hang out together. Having Cruise coach the 'Skins creates perfect synergy with Snyder's entertainment cartel, which includes Six Flags amusement parks.

He and Vinny can actually call the plays.

He renames the team "Top Guns."

Or "Mission Impossibles."

Which would be a perfect name for the Redskins' chances of winning the Super Bowl with Snyder at the helm.

hjaffe@washingtonian.com


Posted by: periculum | May 6, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Hey, I just going off of complaints I've read here and elsewhere.

But if folks are happy 'bout it, cool w/ me.

Posted by: DikShuttle | May 6, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Why do they bother signing all these nobodys. They wont make the team anyway. Bring in some real dudes to compete.

Posted by: FedorEm | May 6, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Reason no. 1 : You need bodies for training camp.

Reason No. 2 : Every now and then, you catch lightning in a bottle with an undrafted free agent (see, e.g., Jeff Bostic, Joe Jacoby and Stephon Heyer (not on a level with the first two, but at least he made the roster and made a contribution)).

Posted by: rbpalmer | May 6, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

I've said up here before D.Snyder is basically a decent PERSON, there is no disputing that. But he's killing us fans and this team as an OWNER. If he wants to win, and win a Super Bowl, he needs to stop meddling in personnel decisions, stop hiring FRIENDS, and YES MEN, hire a competent GM, and STEP BACK!!! As it is now ,for as long as he has owned the team, he has really made it an unenjoyable experince to be a fan of this team.

Posted by: 72Redskins | May 6, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Noting that Harry Jaffe had to promise to be nice and not say what he really thought in order to get the interview with Snyder in the first place. The guy has his good side and he is talented but HE should NOT coach/GM and NFL team. He is extremely poor, beyond incompetent when it comes to doing that!!!

Posted by: periculum | May 6, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Admitting here that Harry Jaffe's article in the Herald Examiner makes an interesting observation ... Zorn does come off a bit like Tom Hank's Hollywood style.

Posted by: periculum | May 6, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

time to get some work done, peric is posting his usual assininity.....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | May 6, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

time to get some work done, peric is posting his usual assininity.....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | May 6, 2009

That's right bean boy. Can't wait 'til the Nats get to the point where they pound the beejeezus out of those beaner sox you have there.

Posted by: periculum | May 6, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

For the bean boy's sake throwing out a "nota bene" on the most important part of H. Jaffe's two articles: Katie Holmes is a Redskins fan!

Posted by: periculum | May 6, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

The Source Meter....

Posted by: jmicrodoc | May 6, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

know this is not a very popular thing to say in this town, but not all Skins fans hate Dan Snyder. I, for one, admire the guy and am grateful to him for a lot that he's done.--BARNO


Thanks for the post, Barno. I've never hated Snyder, tho it may sound like it. He's more a literary figure, something from a Greek tragedy. He wants to win, and has taken many steps to accomplish that, but he is tragically unaware that the gifts he's been given that make him a super business success at a young age, don't automatically translate to the world of football.

Heck, maybe even the thing he's most criticized for--keeping Vinny in charge of football ops--is a tragic flaw. Friendship, trust, whateer, may be what's behind it.

I keep hoping that someday Snyder transferrs Vinny to another part of his operation and brings in a good football man. i don't have a ton of confidence that he is capable of making a wise choice, in that area, however.

And THAT is the stuff of Greek Tragedy.

Posted by: TheCork | May 6, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

periculum -

What nationality are you, if you don't mind? If you missed it, the other day several of us were discussing what each of us are. Can't get a good read on you.

Posted by: the_shocker1 | May 6, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Snyder has done plenty of things to engender dislike. The Redskins credit card, the sense that he doesn't care one bit about the game day fan experience, etc. Really, there is no shortage.

He's also been poor in managing relations with the media (at least, the stuff he doesn't own). Lets face it, the media in DC breathes the Redskins -- knowing how to value that makes a difference.

But like so many others, Snyder is a complicated guy, some good, some not, who can't see his blind spots and doesn't do a particularly good job of learning lessons.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | May 6, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Alex

'...I would love it... maybe a pre-season Redskins game at National Park, though, the stadium only holds 40+K...'


I hear you, but imagine a redskins game this fall in Nationals Park: it would mend a lot of fences between those who hate the team and the owner especially.

Plus: the baseball crowd is very finicky about field conditions. A mid October game would insure the field wouldn't be an issue with them.

An occasional redskins game in DC at National Park or RFK would re-connect the city to the team and if the skins haul out some of the old vets from the glory days, there wouldn't be a dry eye in the place after a halftime ceremony where the Lombardi trophies are on display with the likes of Riggins, Monk, Sonny, Lavar, D Williams, and St Joe.

Yes: Moe has vision in this regard. It's a proposition only a callous, greedy owner would turn down if offered.

Posted by: MistaMoe | May 6, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

The Skins had few draft picks, so they're signing extra free agents. Most won't make the club.

Posted by: Samson151 | May 6, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see a JMU guy signed. Hopefully he sticks around...

Posted by: hobbes9 | May 6, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Bucs Receiver Indicted
Posted by Mike Florio on May 6, 2009, 1:04 p.m.

Well, it’s once again time to re-set the arrest meter to zero.

Per our friends at Pewter Report, Tampa receiver Anthony Mix has been indicted for having sex with a minor.

Mix allegedly had a relationship with a 15-year-old girl.

He is charged only with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, which is a misdemeanor. He avoided indictment on felony charges of second-degree rape and sodomy.

Mix faces up to a year in prison and a $500 fine.

“One thing led to another and they decided to meet up,” Lester Banfield of the Bay Minette police told FOX 10 in Mobile/Pensacola. “We believe he was aware of the age of the girl. She snuck out of her house, they met, they had sex in the vehicle while it was parked on the street.”

Mix signed with the Bucs earlier this year, after spending 2008 out of football. He previously played for the Giants and the Redskins.

The Buccaneers had no comment.

Posted by: HenryHog | May 6, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

yoderlay: "What was going on with Todd Yoder today? He was the star of practice."

That's great, Todd. Now take a nap.

Posted by: Samson151 | May 6, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

For the bean boy's sake throwing out a "nota bene" on the most important part of H. Jaffe's two articles: Katie Holmes is a Redskins fan!

Posted by: periculum

Thanks, Perineum, for straightening that out for us. It's good to know you're boldly sorting out the sh*t from the shinola.

Posted by: SonofNero | May 6, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Moe,

I have advocated that during the season they should hold a practice or scrimmage with Baltimore at RFK during the season.

The one thing I don't know about is if Nationals Park, can you fit a Football field in that park?

Posted by: alex35332 | May 6, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

That was a nice article on Edwin Williams. I hope that kid makes it.

Maybe he's one of those diamonds in the rough...or is it a needle in a haystack - I wish they would just stick to sports metaphors.

Posted by: edvar | May 6, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Alex

'...I would love it... maybe a pre-season Redskins game at National Park, though, the stadium only holds 40+K...'


An occasional redskins game in DC at National Park or RFK would re-connect the city to the team and if the skins haul out some of the old vets from the glory days, there wouldn't be a dry eye in the place after a halftime ceremony where the Lombardi trophies are on display with the likes of Riggins, Monk, Sonny, Lavar, D Williams, and St Joe.

Yes: Moe has vision in this regard. It's a proposition only a callous, greedy owner would turn down if offered.

Of everyone here I think Moe best understands what it means to be a long suffering Redskins fan during both long losing droughts and the too short winning reigns.

That said, its time for more Peric assiduous 'assinity'? ~smiles~

Periculum's Segregation of Job Duties

Owners Job: Build a stadium in DC where it belongs damn it (In other words STOP TRYING TO COACH THE TEAM because you really SUCK AT IT DAN!). Take a page out of Dale Carnegie's great book. Carve the name of every congress critter on the facade to get them to help you make it happen because that is where you need to go! Make a "historic" section that is similar to what Disney tried to in Manassas that encapsulates interesting local history while weaving it into the National and International. Make it a family experience that will awe kids. Add in the franchise's history. Create a monument to the vets that reflects the somber experience of Arlington. IN other words make the new stadium into the ultimate experience so that everyone will want to come and see it. Then the ultimate Dan-O coup d'etat. Forget Six Flags, Bring the damned Olympics to DC.

GM's job: Try to find whatever quantative and qualitative means to select a group of players for the coaching staff to use to build a winner to reflect the glory of the new stadium. (NOTA BENE: Owner and "assistant" are way too busy doing the above to be involved with this other than in a superfluous way.

Coach's job: Take what the GM and Owner provide to create the winning teams. Make it so that the fans will again be inspired to give those monumental standing-O's on cue when the team enters the new stadium. Adapt to your players and not be afraid to "borrow" and adapt other successful ideas to incorporate into your process and system. Again OWNER and chump err crony errr special assistant too busy building new stadium et al to be involved.

Posted by: MistaMoe | May 6, 2009

Posted by: periculum | May 6, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Shocker's ethnic background seems to be SJKbag the way he keeps bringin' it up...

...really annoying.

And WAOW, Mix, just Wow...

Posted by: DikShuttle | May 6, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

I hate that about Mix. If he knew the girl's age & still did it, he is in some deep trouble as he should deserve to be.

Posted by: will_ga | May 6, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

oh come on. of course you've got to believe that snyder is trying to win, whether to feed his napoleon complex or for the greater good, who cares. fact is he is clueless (ocho cinco? please...), vinny his gimp is even more clueless, and he's spoiling our lives. I'd rather he went, pending whatever clown takes his ballon on a stick over...Please lord not Chelsea scum in the final.

Posted by: mikeysuperdons | May 6, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

"Uh oh psps, did you see that? Wow!

Posted by: SMACK1"

Unfortunately for me, I'm unable to watch any of the games live, and I'm forced to catch the replay on Deportes. But judging by the "Uh oh", I have a feeling I'm not going to like what I see to start off...

Posted by: psps23 | May 6, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

periculum -

What nationality are you, if you don't mind? If you missed it, the other day several of us were discussing what each of us are. Can't get a good read on you.

Posted by: the_shocker1 | May 6, 2009

My SO tells me that I am an Indigo-Crystal. ~smiles~ I don't know if I believe in such chick crack hokum, but, one this is sure I would rather channel folks who actually predict the future in minute detail, like Vannevar Bush, or understand the "will to meaning" like Viktor E. Frankl, and of course channeling C. S. Lewis profound critical thinking derived from "Out of the Silent Planet", "Perelandra", (hmmm maybe I should have picked that as a handle?), and "That Hideous Strength".

Posted by: periculum | May 6, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

What is shocker's nationality since he feels its important to know??

Posted by: will_ga | May 6, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Levi Jones was released...I think they should give him a chance.

Posted by: SmallPen15 | May 6, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Let's see... a proven Offensive Lineman? No way! This is the Redskins, you know?

Posted by: temunley | May 6, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

beep beep.

Someone call Vinny! Sign Levi Jones NOW!

Posted by: periculum | May 6, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: RedCherokee | May 6, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

levi Jones bring him in, I hear we are close to signing him(not really just want the rumors to get going)- make it happen

Posted by: lowtharofthehill | May 6, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: zcezcest1
Snyder has done plenty of things to engender dislike. .....the game day fan experience, etc. Really, there is no shortage.

But like so many others, Snyder is a complicated guy, some good, some not, who can't see his blind spots and doesn't do a particularly good job of learning lessons.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | May 6, 2009 3:22 PM
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Agreed with zoezcest...
He has done some good things but, I have to believe they are more PR driven, than not..

And he really doesnt learn from the past.. The past 16 months have shown, the Gibbs years didnt really change him.. His ego was just dormant like a 3 year underground cicada... And now its back with the same arrogant lack of logic...
Case in point (as if I need one) who would trade away essentially the Skins only significant picks (top 3) in the 2005 Draft to move up to select a QB who you pay millions to, the last 4 years, including selecting a QB development specialist Head Coach.. To only surround him with one non-starting 3rd round OLineman pick from the last 2 non-Gibbs Drafts (2008-9), an aged undersized line that couldnt start for the Miami Hurricanes, a waived OL guy from a Buffalo Line that gave up 38 sacks and an overweight "question mark" that hasnt taken a snap in 4 years... ??
Why spend that kind of money on your QB and surround him with nothing??

That is the "ego plus stupidity" you see when you drive through the mountains of Appalachia and see crumbling uninhabitable homes with brand new 4x4's in the driveway.

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | May 6, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Goodbye Chelsea. Beautiful.

Posted by: mikeysuperdons | May 6, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

JMU Dukes

Posted by: pabrian2003 | May 6, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Levi Jones was released...I think they should give him a chance.

Posted by: SmallPen15 | May 6, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Let's see... a proven Offensive Lineman? No way! This is the Redskins, you know?

Posted by: temunley | May 6, 2009 3:52 PM

There has been a lot of people clamoring for the skins to sign Levi Jones. Afterall he was part of that heralded O line draft of 2002 (Mike Williams #4, Levi Jones #10). I'm just wondering what part of "still hampered by knee and leg problems" makes everyone think this guy is an upgrade to 76, 74, Bridges, or William. He's not walking thru that door for a min contract.
In other news the guy that is still looking for Santana Moss on that Monday night game a couple of years ago just signed with the bengals. Wonder if he will make the pro bowl this year without the star on his helmet.

Posted by: Diesel44 | May 6, 2009 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Barno1,
Thanks for the link on the Dan Snyder article. He sounds like a nice guy in person, and a nice guy to work for. Unfortunately, that doesn't translate into being an owner to root for. I see Snyder's ownership like this: If I bought a McDonald's franchise and I knew nothing about running a fast food restaurant, then I wouldn't try to set the menu. Sure, as owner I would set the tone for how the business operated, but I would stay out of the decision making that required a background in the industry. This is where Dan makes his mistake. He's a fan but not a football expert, and when he drives decisions on personnel, it's like me in that McDonald's example trying to do away with Big Macs.

To make matters worse, Dan hired and relies on a flunky "yes" man to handle the personnel decisions Dan doesn't want to get involved in. I find it ironic that he says in the article that he called Casserly and told him he "fired the wrong man". Well then, re-hire the right guy. I'd take Casserly over Cerrato any day of the week, and if Snyder had someone in the front office that would stand up to him every once in awhile, I think it would be good for the team as well.

Snyder runs his team like he runs his marketing group. When there's some young stud marketing guy working for a competitor and stealing your accounts, you go out and offer that guy a truckload of money and steal him away from the competition. When Dan sees some football player tearing it up for another team and that player becomes available, he's got to have him. Never mind the fact that the guy might not fit the scheme, never mind the fact that the guy is past his prime, and never mind the fact that signing the guy would require consuming most of your cap space because Dan has to have him. When Snyder realizes his impulsiveness and need for instant gratification are really hurting his team, maybe he will step back and let the professionals take over. Until that time, we'll continue to see a team that can't get to the Superbowl and tortures its fans with questionable personnel signings. All we can do is sit back and weather the storm. Would you like fries and a cherry pie with your 8-8 season?

Posted by: RedSkinHead | May 7, 2009 8:02 AM | Report abuse

MADISON, JAMES MADISON, WE ARE THE DUKES OF JMU!

Hell yeah, love the signing of a James Madison player.

The Eagles have a former James Madison LB (and former Harrisonburg High School star) named Akeem Jordan, and he's money as a starter on a good defense.

Now, sign James Madison's all-everything player Rodney Launders and watch the offense soar.

Seems we've had some luck with a James Madison stand out before (Gary Clark)

Posted by: jgarrisn | May 7, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Wow, I am impressed we had a (mostly) cordial conversation on here about Dan Snyder. There is still hope for this blog.

Posted by: Barno1 | May 7, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

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