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2006 Free Agents Still Casting a Shadow

With each passing day, watching the Redskins' 2006 free agent/trade acquisitions pile into limos with the bloated coaching staff and head off for Morton's and then courtside seats at Wizards game seems even more bizarre. As time passes, the impact of the decisions to acquire those players does not lessen. In fact, in many ways it continues to haunt the organization.

Two of the areas in which the team most heavily invested - pass catchers and players expected to harass the quarterback - remain areas of concern nearly three full seasons later. Surprisingly enough, backup quarterback Todd Collins, who has appeared in all of four regular-season games with the Redskins, has made the biggest impact of the bunch.

Collins was the least heralded of the group at the time. The Skins signed Antwaan Randle El to a deal rivaling that of top WR Santana Moss, then dealt two picks for WR Brandon Lloyd and gave him essentially the same contract. So they were paying three guys to be top wideouts, and the team still lacks a truly top-flight No. 1. Randle El has been a third receiver at best and Lloyd was cut after earning $10 million to throw helmets, get benched and never get a whiff of the end zone (25 catches in two seasons for 379 total yards and no scores). Randle El was supposed to be huge on gadget plays and special teams, but if anything people have been clamoring for him to be relieved of punt return duties. Moss finally got more involved Sunday.

The Skins also signed TE Christian Fauria, who had serious injury issues. He caught two passes for nine yards and was quickly placed on the injured reserve list. They gave $10 million more guaranteed to free agents Adam Archuleta, who was supposed to spark a pass rush and create big plays at strong safety, and rushing end Andre Carter, who has been playing often just on third downs in recent weeks. Carter has 19.5 sacks in 46 games.

So the Redskins continued to try to fill the same needs by drafting three more pass catchers in 2008, with awful results this season (we shall see what the future holds), they need a young defensive end and have many other offseason issues. The bottom line is that a ton of cap space and resources were gobbled up by a group of players who offered scant returns. It all matters.

By Jason La Canfora  |  December 16, 2008; 8:10 AM ET
 
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Posted by: songsofpraise | December 16, 2008 8:20 AM | Report abuse

We can only hope that Snyderatto is learning their lesson and will begin LISTENING to their fans - and building a strong foundation.

Posted by: Rypien11 | December 16, 2008 8:21 AM | Report abuse

You win some, you lose some.

Are we going to critique all draft picks and signings now or just the bad ones?

Posted by: fushezzi | December 16, 2008 8:21 AM | Report abuse

nice...whats next revisiting the 1994 draft?? When you have to dig, and I mean, DIG UP Christian Fauria, thats reaching...

Posted by: BeantownGreg | December 16, 2008 8:23 AM | Report abuse

I think I saw Philly as a 3.5 pt fav Sunday?

Are you kidding me?

These dogs will lie down early and make this a two TD game easy...

Posted by: gdennie | December 16, 2008 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Strange, strange, strange. I read where Zorn said he has to take a very critical look at himself, but every time an issue was mentioned, he said he didn't think it was a problem....not much of a critical look. He said he's not wearing too many hats; his players are giving it all they've got; his communication with the players doesn't seem to be a problem; the coaches are working hard; the owners are being very supportive. Well that doesn't leave much, does it? That leaves four remaining factors that have to be addressed: (1) The fans. Is it their fault? Albeit a ton of terrible towels at a Monday night home game was pretty crappy, it seems the fans have been forking over the cash for a number of years for a less-than-stellar franchise. (2) The weather. Have the 'Skins been forced to play in conditions no other team has faced? Uh ,nope. (3) The vendors. It's hard to call plays and execute them precisely with some idiot hawking hot dogs and red licorice. Pretty dang distracting. (4) The field. Has the team been forced to play on surfaces that resemble downtown Baghdad in 2003? I think not. So then I think we all agree it's the vendors. Cancel their contracts and prepare for a whopping 19-0 run in 2009.

Posted by: davebutz | December 16, 2008 8:25 AM | Report abuse

bottom line is this...both the d-line and the o-line are aging and lack the ability to control the line of scrimmage. there are decent people at many of the skill positions but they can't operate within the game plan if neither line performs. pick any of the teams that are playing well NOW and watch their interior play. stop trying to throw playmakers at the situation and get some players to handle the trench warfare...then the big plays will come.

Posted by: songsofpraise | December 16, 2008 8:25 AM | Report abuse

You win some, you lose some.

Are we going to critique all draft picks and signings now or just the bad ones?

Posted by: fushezzi

Great point fush. Give some balance but I guess that is too much to ask for.

JM220

Posted by: icetotalpackage | December 16, 2008 8:25 AM | Report abuse

jm, you know better, you only bring up the things that didn't work out, you NEVER, EVER give an across the board accounting.

Have they missed on some guys, OBVIOIUSLY, but have they also hit on some guys, yup, but you'd never know that here....

Posted by: BeantownGreg | December 16, 2008 8:31 AM | Report abuse

I doubt the 1994 draft is affecting this team today.

And he went through the ENTIRE '06 free agency class, including the one guy that was actually a bargain (Todd Collins).

Let's see, in '06 free agency (and trade), we signed:

WR - $30 million
WR - $30 million
TE -
SS - $30 million
DE - $30 million
QB -

Hmm, looks eerily familiar. Where have I seen that list of positions before?

2008 draft:

WR
WR
TE
SS
DE
QB
G
CB
FS
P

Bottom line, that was the ultimate offseason failure for this franchise. We spent $120 million + on contracts for guys that we needed to replace through the draft just two years later.

Posted by: psps23 | December 16, 2008 8:32 AM | Report abuse

nice...whats next revisiting the 1994 draft?? When you have to dig, and I mean, DIG UP Christian Fauria, thats reaching...

It's "digging" to look at Free Agent pick ups from 2 years ago that still have a significant impact on the salary cap even though the lot of them did arguably nothing for the team?

The fact that you have to "dig up" Christian Fauria is the point - he did nothing, but those millions of dollars he was paid are still affecting the franchise now.

Posted by: VTDuffman | December 16, 2008 8:33 AM | Report abuse

In all seriousness, what the h@$% is the problem? We know all the stats that point to losing. What I mean is why has this franchise consistently groped in the dark since Gibbs stepped down the first time? If Rypien hadn't dropped that snap against San Francisco late in the game in the 92 playoffs, we most likely would have wone that game and had a great chance to repeat as champs. Water under the bridge, but since then it's been awful. You can't help but land all this at the owner and the front office personnel over the years. That's been the only constant.

Posted by: davebutz | December 16, 2008 8:33 AM | Report abuse

If only these guys would have talked to JLC! Everything would've been ok!

Posted by: Lacantwrite | December 16, 2008 8:34 AM | Report abuse

"Moss finally got more involved Sunday."


was that supposed to imply that Santana hasn't done anything until he scored a TD in our most recent game?

Cause uhhh...well....no.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | December 16, 2008 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Why is the milk in my corn flakes yellow this morning?

Ewwww.

Posted by: daggar | December 16, 2008 8:35 AM | Report abuse

"He said he's not wearing too many hats; his players are giving it all they've got; his communication with the players doesn't seem to be a problem; the coaches are working hard; the owners are being very supportive. Well that doesn't leave much, does it?"

Posted by: davebutz

You left out the most critical aspect of coaching.

X's and O's.

That's critique #1.

Posted by: psps23 | December 16, 2008 8:36 AM | Report abuse

OUCH!!!!!!!! NICE POST!!! So True.

CLEGG

Posted by: michael_b_clegg | December 16, 2008 8:36 AM | Report abuse

also it's kinda funny in a sad way, but I heard we're paying Brandon Lloyd like 4 or 5 mil....next year.


Ouch

Posted by: TheTruth11 | December 16, 2008 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone know if there are any teams that have 2 picks in the 2nd round ?

Posted by: dspinx | December 16, 2008 8:38 AM | Report abuse

I guess my point is that right now the team is in a tailspin, has been since the midway point of the year, and this is what gets posted??? Revisiting the free agent class from 2 years ago?

How about, an update on Rocky's knee, or how Carlos Rogers is feeling, how about talking to a player, or two, and getting their input on what they think could be changed, or would work. How about a write up about the up coming opponent, and what they did in their game last night??

Wouldn't ALL OF THAT, be much more relavant than playing MMQB for something 2 years in the past??

Posted by: BeantownGreg | December 16, 2008 8:38 AM | Report abuse

"In all seriousness, what the h@$% is the problem? We know all the stats that point to losing. What I mean is why has this franchise consistently groped in the dark since Gibbs stepped down the first time? If Rypien hadn't dropped that snap against San Francisco late in the game in the 92 playoffs, we most likely would have wone that game and had a great chance to repeat as champs. Water under the bridge, but since then it's been awful. You can't help but land all this at the owner and the front office personnel over the years. That's been the only constant.

Posted by: davebutz "

I think our organization is cursed man.

Maybe we really should change our mascot?

Posted by: TheTruth11 | December 16, 2008 8:39 AM | Report abuse

"Does anyone know if there are any teams that have 2 picks in the 2nd round ?

Posted by: dspinx | December 16, 2008 8:38 AM"

Miami has our 2nd and their 2nd.


Honestly if I had to bet though, I wouldn't count on that trade happening this year.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | December 16, 2008 8:40 AM | Report abuse

I've been critical of Jasno's posts in the past, but over the last few days I've had nothing but compliments. They've all been accurate and illuminating to varying degrees...

...until now. There's absolutely nothing new, illuminating or interesting about this one. Almost everyone who reads RI knows this crap already. It might be interesting to the non-regulars who never visited before this season, but that's it.

And, as a couple of people already pointed out, it's totally imbalanced. During the past few years, there were some personnel moves that did in fact work out. I'm pretty sure Casey Rabach, Pete Kendall, London Fletcher, Laron Landry, Chris Horton, Kedric Gholston, Anthony Montgomery and Fred Smoot all were signed/drafted between 2006 and now. Mentioning them, and comparing their positive impact with the negative impact of the signings/trades mentioned here, would have made for a much more informative post. Sadly, this one is old-school Jasno all the way.

Posted by: jcabana | December 16, 2008 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Greg, my thing is the constant obsession with the past from a lot of our fans and definitely our writers.


I agree. Personally I'd rather see ideas on who we can drop next year and their salary cap implications, and upcoming people to look at in the draft, etc.


I want to see what my team can do to get better, not what we did to get so bad.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | December 16, 2008 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Honestly if I had to bet though, I wouldn't count on that trade happening this year.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | December 16, 2008 8:40 AM


Why do you say that ?

Posted by: dspinx | December 16, 2008 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone know if there are any teams that have 2 picks in the 2nd round ?

Posted by: dspinx | December 16, 2008 8:38 AM |


Miami, New England and New York

There front offices are way to good to get suckered by Vinny.

Posted by: Flounder21 | December 16, 2008 8:42 AM | Report abuse

While we're at it, let's bring up how signing Fletcher was necessitated by letting Antonio Pierce go. and let's talk about how letting Ryan Clark go was a mistake. God knows those events haven't been discussed ad nauseam.

Posted by: jcabana | December 16, 2008 8:45 AM | Report abuse

As is his custom, JLa needs to add some things to overstate his case against the FO.

"the team still lacks a truly top-flight No. 1. (receiver)"...

And what is Santana Moss? A decent slot guy?

Posted by: p1funk | December 16, 2008 8:45 AM | Report abuse

New York Giants,

None of these teams will be desperate to move up in the draft.

Posted by: Flounder21 | December 16, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

greg, i agree with you that this post sucks...

i guess jasno wants to be known as the guy who brought down vinny and he's building his case for it. only reason i care is because jasno thinks zorny is a good head coach and jc is a good qb and both of those reasons is exactly why vinny should be fired, for his inability to hire a decent coach and his inability to draft talent. AND not because vinny called out jasno. couldn't care less about that and vinny was right on that issue.

Posted by: dealer1 | December 16, 2008 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Flound, teams get crazy around draft time. I could see the Jets thinking they're one player away...given all the money they sank into free agency last year.

Posted by: BeantownGreg | December 16, 2008 8:49 AM | Report abuse

I agree. Personally I'd rather see ideas on who we can drop next year and their salary cap implications, and upcoming people to look at in the draft, etc.


I want to see what my team can do to get better, not what we did to get so bad.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | December 16, 2008 8:42 AM |

Truth,

We will have to come up with that list ourselves Jasno will not take time to do that.

Posted by: Flounder21 | December 16, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

I may have gone over the line a bit, but I called out Cooley on his blog that it is time that he took the leadership role on the roster.
---
Chris we constantly hear the talking heads on 980 bashing the players and the coaching. I don't put much of that on you guys, you are pawns in a bigger game (no offense meant). But the issues start with management, and there is zero you can realistically do about Vinny the tool. I know you are close to most of the roster, but some of those guys are not getting it done, maybe its the system or whatever, thats for each man to figure out on his own and no fan or even a coach is qualified to completely understand what's in a players head.

What we do need is some of you younger guys to step into the leadership roles for this team, all the leaders we read about are getting old in football years.

Considering that you are probably the most likely guy on the roster who could go to the HOF, that means you. You have all the tools to be the leader of this team, an outgoing positive personality, you don't rip your teammates, natural football talents, you just need to use those tools and take charge.

Your not a jr member of the roster you have the pro-bowls and years in the league, and should be pushing yourself to be a captain of the team because we fans don't see anyone on this team waving the rally flag. Weather its pushing the new players to prep and play at an NFL level, or whatever, you need to look at what talents you have and press all the players to do whatever it is you do so well.

This team is in a dark hour and through history its in the darkest times that great men step up grab failure by the throat and say NO.

All you can do is decide what to do with the time that is given to you (yes I stole that from LOTR).

Posted by: alex35332 | December 16, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Flound, teams get crazy around draft time. I could see the Jets thinking they're one player away...given all the money they sank into free agency last year.

Posted by: BeantownGreg | December 16, 2008 8:49 AM |

I would agree except it's the Giants not the Jets.

Posted by: Flounder21 | December 16, 2008 8:51 AM | Report abuse

deal, to me, there are just SO MANY OTHER THINGS he could have written about. This just reeks of lazy journalism...

Posted by: BeantownGreg | December 16, 2008 8:51 AM | Report abuse

None of these teams will be desperate to move up in the draft.

Posted by: Flounder21 | December 16, 2008 8:46 AM

It seems like after having so many picks in 08' the Dolphins might have satisfied some depth issues and now want to focus on the "CHANCE" of getting some elite talent with theirs and a Skins 1st rounder that could help push them over the top. I would love it if the Skins could get two 2nd rounders.

Posted by: dspinx | December 16, 2008 8:52 AM | Report abuse

The skins have had 1 winning season with vinny in the front office and than 2 when Gibbs was sitting there smacking him upside the head every time the fool opened his mouth. 3 winning seasons in his 9 years in DC.

Posted by: alex35332 | December 16, 2008 8:52 AM | Report abuse

We are not going to get 2 2nds for 1 1st we did not even get that last year we had to throw in other picks.

Posted by: Flounder21 | December 16, 2008 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Flound, this one will be in the 10-15 range...you never know...

Posted by: BeantownGreg | December 16, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

I agree. Personally I'd rather see ideas on who we can drop next year and their salary cap implications, and upcoming people to look at in the draft, etc.


I want to see what my team can do to get better, not what we did to get so bad.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | December 16, 2008 8:42 AM |

Along those lines, he might as well talk about whether or not Jim Zorn, Sherman Smith, and Vinny Cerrato could be fired, who could be on the radar for coaches next year (Bill Cowher, Steve Spagnuolo), who could be on the radar for GM's next year (Bill Cowher, Scott Pioli), and what direction these guys would take if that were the case.

But keep in mind that there are still 2 game left this season, and everybody associated with the Redskins is under contract for the foreseeable future.

Posted by: psps23 | December 16, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse

We are not going to get 2 2nds for 1 1st we did not even get that last year we had to throw in other picks.

Posted by: Flounder21 | December 16, 2008 8:57 AM


Would you rather throw a player at them or a late round draft pick to even the trade value and make it feasible ?

Posted by: dspinx | December 16, 2008 9:01 AM | Report abuse

i hate watching these losers every sunday. they allways f'kin leave me depressed

Posted by: FAB88 | December 16, 2008 9:04 AM | Report abuse

If the Redskins are trading down with their #1 pick, they should do it smartly (i.e. stockpiling picks in FUTURE years). The Redskins gained no value trading down in last year's draft. The value comes when teams pick up an extra 1st or 2nd rounder the future year.

Posted by: psps23 | December 16, 2008 9:04 AM | Report abuse

"Would you rather throw a player at them or a late round draft pick to even the trade value and make it feasible ?

Posted by: dspinx"

I'd be okay with a player, but not a pick.

But then I don't know who would work really.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | December 16, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

I really don't understand why all the hating on the post. It's on the money. People have been hating on JLC all year for pointing out the problems with the team and now that he's more or less proven correct I'd expect they'd cut him some slack. It's as if people seem to think that by hating on JLC they'll somehow make the problems with the team go away. It's the opposite. The heat needs to remain on the front office until there's a change.

The 2006 FA class was a HUGE issue. The front office never seems to get that the salary cap means you have to pick and choose carefully and you cannot just throw money at the roster. Not only did they overpay for a single position on the field (WR) but they got bad talent. I understand not all the calls on talent will be right, but under no circumstances can you afford to throw big salary cap dollars at a #3 receiver, regardless of whether that was Lloyd or Randel El.

More and more this franchise resembles the New York Knicks. Wait, scratch that -- I mean the old Knicks under Isiah Thomas. The new Knicks seem to understand perfectly that the salary cap is the key to succeeding and are preparing for the future right now. The Redskins are like the 2002, 2003 Knicks that kept trying to add that one extra guy (Stephon Marbury, Eddy Curry, Zach Randolph) that would supposedly make a difference, when in fact they really needed to clear cap and rebuild. The Skins aren't in as bad a shape as the Knicks, but if they keep giving away their draft picks for aging guys they will be.

Posted by: beatkal | December 16, 2008 9:06 AM | Report abuse

But then I don't know who would work really.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | December 16, 2008 9:05 AM


Maybe Cult Brennan ?

Posted by: dspinx | December 16, 2008 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Eh

I might try to do a mock draft today, my last one was when we were gonna be picking around #20

now we're at around #11 or #12, so yeah

Posted by: TheTruth11 | December 16, 2008 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Just goes to prove that the front office wins championships.

Posted by: richie_sheppard | December 16, 2008 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Will the lower bowl be filled with Eagle fans? Are you selling your tickets? Based on what I see on Craigslist DC + PHI and Stub Hub, I think I know the answer. This will not please the midget in the box. His pockets will be not too straight. Should make for some good comedy, though.
So, we've got that going for us. Which is nice.

Posted by: TheDubb | December 16, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

I want to see what my team can do to get better, not what we did to get so bad.

Posted by: TheTruth11
Understandable, and honestly, between now and the draft I'm hoping there will be plenty of good ideas here about what we can do to get better. However, it is worth pointing out those factors that will impact out chances of improving next year and our salary cap issues could have a huge impact. Regardless of who is to blame, the 2006 personnel acquisitions are still going to have consequences for next year. That to me is the important point of the post.

Posted by: will_ga | December 16, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Flound, this one will be in the 10-15 range...you never know...

Posted by: BeantownGreg | December 16, 2008 8:59 AM |

Unless there is a stud D-Linemen or O-Linemen, I would take the best offer for our pick.

Posted by: Flounder21 | December 16, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

"now we're at around #11 or #12, so yeah"


If we were picking #11 or #12, I see no reason why we could not get 2 mid to late 2nd rounders for our 1st rounder without having to throw in a role player or late round pick the following draft.

Posted by: dspinx | December 16, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

However, it is worth pointing out those factors that will impact out chances of improving next year and our salary cap issues could have a huge impact. Regardless of who is to blame, the 2006 personnel acquisitions are still going to have consequences for next year. That to me is the important point of the post.

Posted by: will_ga | December 16, 2008 9:12 AM |

If we cut a few guys we can actually free up alot of cap room.

Posted by: Flounder21 | December 16, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

If we were picking #11 or #12, I see no reason why we could not get 2 mid to late 2nd rounders for our 1st rounder without having to throw in a role player or late round pick the following draft.

Posted by: dspinx | December 16, 2008 9:15 AM

Because only 3 teams have those picks to give, and they are not known to trade up in the draft.

Posted by: Flounder21 | December 16, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

This mock has us at 15 it was updated a couple days ago. This is who they have us picking, Truth you seen this guy play.

Washington Redskins: Aaron Curry, OLB, Wake Forest

Marcus Washington, who has missed a good portion of this season with injuries, probably won't be back next year. Washington, whose contract expires after the 2009 season, just turned 31. He's a likely cap casualty. Aaron Curry would ne a nice replacement.

Posted by: Flounder21 | December 16, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Taylor frees up 8.5
Springs frees up 6.2

Those would be the first 2 to go...

Posted by: BeantownGreg | December 16, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

I want to see what my team can do to get better, not what we did to get so bad.

Posted by: TheTruth11

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As they say, past is prologue.

Posted by: Good2bOK | December 16, 2008 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Flound, Curry is a great player....


beep beep

Posted by: BeantownGreg | December 16, 2008 9:21 AM | Report abuse

I am going to ask everyone this:

WHAT 2 positions would you say the NFL has the most abundance of talent at ?

My vote goes to RB & LB.

Posted by: dspinx | December 16, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

If we cut a few guys we can actually free up alot of cap room.

Posted by: Flounder21 | December 16, 2008 9:15 A

Who would give us the most cap flexibility by getting rid of them while hurting us the least by not having them playing for us?
Taylor, Jansen, Portis? I'm not sure of the salary cap hit we take by cutting someone so I'm not really the best person to answer this.

Posted by: will_ga | December 16, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

I'm thinking our we could pull one of the top three OT in this year's draft.

Those three, in order are Micheal Oher out of Miss. State, Andre Smith out of Bama, and Eugene Monroe out of Virginia.

I think all three of those guys can be instant starters and really I'd switch Monroe and Andre Smith, but everyone seems to rate Smith better.


We'll have to hope :

1) Some teams take skill position players to make the flashy pick.

2) We don't take a skill position player to make the flashy pick.


But looking at the top 15 or so, I think it depends on what juniors come out.

we're gonna miss that second rounder this year though, definitely

Posted by: TheTruth11 | December 16, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

If the Skins are picking around 10 - 15 spot in the 1st round, they have a better chance of swapping 1st rounders and picking up a 2nd or 3rd. If a team picking late in the first round likes a player still on the board when the Skins pick, they can move back and pick up extra pick(s). You see this kind of trade every single draft. I think the Skins are more in need of Dlinemen in the draft. Anyone know some top guys to start looking at?

Posted by: TonyButterFingersHomo1 | December 16, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Haven't had any luck finding info on cap space next year, pending free agents, cap casualties, etc., anyone? Would love to see Vinnie implementing a draft philosophy of a 300lb minimum for this year.

Posted by: potsy536 | December 16, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Need the OT and DE end available with our 1st and 3rd picks.

Need to release Washington, J. Taylor, Yoder and Springs to free up the cap space and use it to sign the best young LB available in FA.

Use later picks on best linemen available to see if we can get lucky with one of them.

Need depth and youth on both lines, and at the LB spot.

Definitely not sold on Blades. He couldn't cover my dead grandmother.

Posted by: anonymousinva | December 16, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

For about the 500th time -


In order to win the division you need to

A) Establish the run.

B) Stop the run.


Failure to address the obvious needs at O-Line have resulted in more sacks and less of a push on running plays.


Failure to address the woes on the D-Line have resulted in needing to stack the line for any QB pressure or run stopping and exposing our quality secondary to constant risk.

We spent A LOT of money on a position (WR) that does not impact the team unless that WR is Jerry Rice. Why we needed another TE with a second rounder instead of a DL or OL is something that I will never understand.


Stop the run.


Establish the run.


Posted by: oldnova | December 16, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

wow.. still?? I mean I don't like the way the Skins are manipulating their own media but JLC??? Really? Insider info from 2006? this blog is a waste. its all bred out of contempt. It has NO INSIDE information. You are the frickin master of the obvious.

The blog should be called Redskins Outsider b/c no one who knows anything with the Skins will actually talk to JLC b/c he's made such an azz out of himself.

Posted by: unkonchus | December 16, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

And let us not forget throwing away a 3rd round pick (while risking a 1st round pick) for one TJ Duckett (oh yeah, that TJ Duckett -- the one whose Skins career saw a total of 38 carries for 132 yds). And signing one David Patten whose 5yr/$13M contract bought us a total of 23 receptions for 242 yds.

Posted by: ddell | December 16, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

I think it's way too early to poll the jury on this draft. For the long-term, teams are satisfied if they get a couple starters plus a couple guys who stick as reserves. Very rarely do we see a team hit on practically every pick like the Giants did in 07. I wouldn't say anybody's a bust until they're out of the league. Right now my biggest concern would be Kelly's knee, as I think he could be a difference maker if healthy.

For the offseason I would prioritize depth (or a starter) at OLB and LT. Rocky and Washington are both injury prone, and the skins have *nobody* who has speed and coverage ability behind them. Having Samuels out disrupts everything they're trying to do on the offense. They need a successor NOW. (and it isn't Heyer or anyone else on the squad) In the late rounds I would look for a blocking fullback to replace Sellers, as he is getting on in years. Imagine the running game with him out...As a luxury pick I might look at a tailback with breakaway ability. Given the reasonable cap numbers for 09 I expect to see a couple big salaries gone, but a couple medium-to-large free agent contracts added.

Posted by: sysadb420 | December 16, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

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