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The After Blog

Sorry about the late posting - long night and a lot to follow up on this morning, so I've been swamped. Here's what struck me last night:

Speed Kills, But Who's Dying (apologies to Dave Mustaine): Seems to me the Redskins overloaded on speed in the offseason at WR, but where was the downfield game? Nothing deep to Lloyd and Cooley. Sure, with the running game iffy and Portis banged up, the Vikings worked to take some of that stuff away, but they had 6 months to scheme for this game and produced 266 yards. Plenty of time to get better, but, man, that WR screen looked awful familiar to me.

The Secondary is Primary: Carlos Rogers was exposed last night, and you've got to think Dallas, with Glenn and TO, will be coming right back at him. Without Shawn Springs around, Gregg Williams seems awful hesitant to blitz. That meant more coverage from S Adam Archuleta - where he continues to struggle - and lots of deep balls thrown at Rogers. With nickelback Pierson Prioleau possibly out for the season with a knee injury - he just told me he's done for the year - teams will continue to go right at Mike Rumph, his replacement. That's not something the Redskins can feel too comfortable about right now. Springs says he's virtually certain to miss Sunday's game.

Free Agent Follies: It's still very, very early. I'll say it again. It's still very, very early. But it's also about time Archuleta and DE Andre Carter step up, given the additional import of this Dallas game. Archuleta is having trouble covering over the middle, and, since the New England game, teams are finding 30 yards plays between the hash marks with great regularity. He also suffered on some tackles and seemed to be throwing himself wildly into holes on more than one occasion (LaVar, anyone?). Carter, meantime, has yet to make a play in a Redskins uniform. Demetric Evans had more success on the pass rush in limited play than Carter did all game.

Kicker/Punter: I don't need to say anything here, do I? A 48-yarder is no gimme, but that last field goal attempt not only missed the uprights, it missed the entire net. I thought it was heading for Baby Suri's crib over at Chez Danny. Talked to a bunch of agents for punters and kickers this morning; no one had heard from the Skins yet. I have heard that if they make a move at kicker, our boy Novak is the guy. But who says he will be a free agent that much longer?

Where Was Duckett?: He was deemed worthy of a "high third-round pick" a few weeks ago when acquired from Atlanta, and dressed for the game, in which short-yardage stuff were huge and drives stalled inside the 10, but never appeared in the game. Yeah, it's just one game, but still. Also, I was surprised to see so little of Mike Sellers in the red zone. He can catch well, and is hard to bring down and can line up at fullback, tight end, and out wide as a receiver. Was a difference maker around the goal line last season.

Short People Get Mad Luv: So my brief pre-game chat with Kornheiser is complete - How did he do? Didn't watch the Tivo yet - and head downstairs for this television interview, when who should walk down the hall but Snyder's new extended posse. Katie Holmes was inches away as she walked by in tight black dress, fishnets and killer heels (my inner Joan Rivers thought to reach out my tape recorder and ask here who she was wearing, but I declined. Actually, I don't have an inner Joan Rivers, promise, but did joke about that after the procession walked by). She hovered over Tom, who, like me, can't be more than 5-7. But his lack of height is well documented. Jamie Foxx was the shocker to me. He's about the same size. Was dying to ask these guys about what kind of trick photography was used when they filmed their football movies. How did they look so tall? Were the rest of the linebackers and lineman in those movies Vern Troyer-like, thereby making Tom and Jamie, respectively, appear mammoth?

Personnel Update: Skins signed veteran TE Todd Yoder and cut FB Nemo Broughton.

Sorry again about the late posting, but I'll check in on comments throughout the night. Figure there will be plenty of angst in Redskin Nation to dissect. Cheers.

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 12, 2006; 3:09 PM ET
 
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