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Bruce Smith remembers his Redskin days

Bruce Smith played the final four seasons of his 19-year career - a career that put him in the Hall of Fame -- with the Redskins. Though he was winding down and played his final season at age 40, he still managed 29 of his 200 sacks - the most in history - with Washington.

Smith appeared at Redskins training camp Tuesday morning to help promote a cell phone recycling program that he's working on with the Redskins. But he also hung with former Redskins offensive tackle Chris Samuels, the six-time Pro Bowler who retired this offseason because of a neck problem.

"No matter how long you've spent in the game -- whether it's four years, or in my particular case, 19 years -- that's what's special, the relationships you built, the people that you've helped to mentor," Smith said. "Chris was a perfect example of that. When he was brought here, drafted as a No. 1 pick, I don't think there was a day that went by that we didn't go one-on-one pass rush together, because Chris wanted to learn. He wanted to be great. He wanted to learn the tricks and be a student of the game, and I certainly admired him for that."

Samuels, who is serving as a coaching intern during training camp, went out of his way to call over his replacement - first-round draft choice Trent Williams - to chat with Smith.

Smith said he nearly had "some history" with first-year Redskins coach Mike Shanahan. After the 1988 season, his fourth with the Buffalo Bills, Smith signed an offer sheet with the Broncos, where Shanahan was an offensive assistant before he left to become head coach of the Los Angeles Raiders. Shanahan returned to the Broncos midway through the 1989 season.

"The Buffalo Bills had the right of first refusal, so they matched the offer and I remained a Bill," Smith said. He does, though, well remember Shanahan's Broncos teams.

"Well-coached, disciplined, accountable," Smith said. "And that's what I think he's going to bring to this organization for a long time."

By Barry Svrluga  |  August 17, 2010; 4:00 PM ET
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Bruce Smith remembers his Redskin days

I would prefer to forget them.


Posted by: MistaMoe | August 17, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Saturday night can't come soon enough...

Posted by: oh_boy1 | August 17, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

The Washington Redskins: Dominating Pre-Season since 1993.

Go 'Skins! -.-

Posted by: Corvis777 | August 17, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 17, 2010 4:04 PM

Cosign.

Posted by: wireman65 | August 17, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Blogger Rob Rang rates 10 rooks chosen in the 3rd round or later who have impressed so far in camp (in order):

1.Morgan Burnett,Safety, Packers (3rd round, 71st overall)
2. Jordan Shipley,WR, Bengals (3rd round, 84th overall)
3. Tony Moeaki, TE, Chiefs (3rd round, 93rd overall)
4. Mike Williams, WR, Buccaneers (4th round, 101st overall)
5. Walter Thurmond, CB, Seahawks (4th round, 111th overall)
6. Geno Atkins,DT, Bengals (4th round, 120th overall)
7. John Conner, FB, Jets (5th round, 139th overall)
8. Cam Thomas, NG, Chargers (5th round, 146th overall)
9. Greg Hardy, DE, Panthers (6th round, 175th overall)
10. Victor Cruz, WR Giants (undrafted free agent)(also might have picked undrafted free agents Austin Howard,OT, Philly; Randy Phillips, S, Detroit, & Malcolm Sheppard,DT, Houston)


Posted by: Samson151 | August 17, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse


Deion "Prime Time" Sanders remembers his days in Washington too. He got paid a lot of money for nothing and promptly left. There's no fool like a rich fool ($nyder). McNabb is next in line for a big payday and once again $nyder will be left holding the empty 'Skins bag. Cowboys are coming to town and won't be denied the victory that rightfully belongs to Jerry Jones. Too bad Washington can't play the Bills sixteen times this year.

Posted by: DoomsDayD | August 17, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Sad truth is Bruce Smith is a cowboy fan who grew up in Norfolk, Va. He only came here to get paid and break the sack record for himself. I could care less about what his legacy as a redskin was.

Posted by: Predator48 | August 17, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Fu*k Bruce Smith. Someone once tried to sell me one of his commemorative coins for $250. I laughed and said that coin wouldn't even get me through a Metro turn-style on a Sunday.

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | August 17, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Why?

Posted by: DCV1 | August 17, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

DoomsDayD...

Are you still gonna be posting on a Redskins blog when you're overrated team loses on opening night? or are you gonna hide like the rest of the Cowboys fans that live in the DC Metro area?

Posted by: kickass10101 | August 17, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

He was here for a victory lap. And we sucked worse because of it.

Posted by: mack1 | August 17, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Remembers his Redskin days ... but forgets where he left the car keys.

Posted by: dcsween | August 17, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

"It's getting so sad and depressing that it's become required reading for all potential suicides.


Posted by: MistaMoe "

I'm starting a psychedelic punk band called "The Suicidal Beer Gnats!!", and you're invited , Moe...We're gonna have downtown drywall bucket Go-Go drummers, chainsaw horror symphonies, The Insane Trees and The Mad Crickets, Godzilla And The Tokyo Bay Destroyers, Ant-Man-Bee, Brooklyn Kaiju 24-7, and of course, BUDWEISERRRRR!!!

You're invited , too, alex56378..

Posted by: frak | August 17, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

This team was old and got older, right? Doesn't mean we won't be better, better than 4-12, maybe, but mcnabb, Johnson, Parker, Galloway, holliday, old, old, old.

Brown, kemoeatu, Williams, r , Carriker all dnp last year

let's not kid ourselves this is a f'in longshot. If we're 100% better IF we're 8-8

Posted by: pabrian2003 | August 17, 2010 2:36 PM
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A player can be old and still productive. A team can be old and still go to the Superbowl. I seem to recall a few Patriots Superbowl teams that were sporting several aging veterans - especially on defense. You seem to be drawing a correlation between age and effectiveness of a team. Care to back that up with some data?

Doesn't mean we won't be better, Doesn't mean we won't be better

Posted by: pabrian2003 | August 17, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

2. Jordan Shipley,WR, Bengals (3rd round, 84th overall)

This guy already is what Devin Thomas/Malcolm is not.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 17, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

@ pabrian2003

Devo2, when you played we're you a professional, dominating, multiple pro-bowl defensive lineman?

I'm guessing your experience has no relevance when discussing 92

Posted by: pabrian2003 | August 17, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

No but I'd say my experience as a Marine Scout Sniper qualifies me as a professional who's been a part of a specialized enviornment that requires dedication, teamwork, and interdependence.


Shut your piehole you D-bag b/c you totally missed the point.

Posted by: Devo2

to compare the dedication of modern professional athletes with that of the marines is only further proving MY point, because there is only a weak comparison there. I get your point, I just think people should have realistic expetations. we're talkign about Haynesworth here, we all know the type of player he is

Posted by: pabrian2003 | August 17, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse


If history is any indicator the real question is will any Skins fans be here after Dallas punks the Skins in their own backyard. Last year, my neighbor had to fly a Cowboys flag on his house the day after we smashed the Redskins. The only difference this year is that so far he's refusing to bet me. He, at least, is finally wising up. Can't say the same for some of the brainwashed people here.

Posted by: DoomsDayD | August 17, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

DoomsdayD, MrIrvin88, and the dude who types he-he-he at their posts = trolls from the same cowboys forum.

Posted by: Predator48 | August 17, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

If history is any indicator the real question is will any Skins fans be here after Dallas punks the Skins in their own backyard. Last year, my neighbor had to fly a Cowboys flag on his house the day after we smashed the Redskins. The only difference this year is that so far he's refusing to bet me. He, at least, is finally wising up. Can't say the same for some of the brainwashed people here.

Posted by: DoomsDayD | August 17, 2010 4:40 PM |

Not that big a deal when your neighbor is simply in ANOTHER van, down by the river.

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | August 17, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

predator48

"DoomsdayD, MrIrvin88, and the dude who types he-he-he at their posts = trolls from the same cowboys forum."

Ugly women will think they look good if you constantly acknowledge them.

In other words, ignore the cowboy trolls, and they'll go away.

They already don't look so good.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 17, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

This team was old and got older, right? Doesn't mean we won't be better, better than 4-12, maybe, but mcnabb, Johnson, Parker, Galloway, holliday, old, old, old.

Brown, kemoeatu, Williams, r , Carriker all dnp last year

let's not kid ourselves this is a f'in longshot. If we're 100% better IF we're 8-8

Posted by: pabrian2003 | August 17, 2010 2:36 PM
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A player can be old and still productive. A team can be old and still go to the Superbowl. I seem to recall a few Patriots Superbowl teams that were sporting several aging veterans - especially on defense. You seem to be drawing a correlation between age and effectiveness of a team. Care to back that up with some data?

Doesn't mean we won't be better, Doesn't mean we won't be better

Posted by: pabrian2003 | August 17, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse
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I'm curious whose winning this argument

Posted by: mattsoundworld | August 17, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

"Doesn't mean we won't be better, better than 4-12, maybe, but mcnabb, Johnson, Parker, Galloway, holliday, old, old, old.."


Weren't the saints one of the older teams in the league last year, too?

Perhaps discipline, focus, and committment are greater factors than age.

And, oh yeah, there's that competent coaching thingy they got going on, too.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 17, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

On DMo -- Shanahan made a smart call. Two actually. He wanted a fire under Sellers -- or a replacement for him. From what little I've read about Sellers, seems he is in very good shape -- he wants to keep his job.

DMo and Young are the guys that are being given a shot at Sellers job. The job is all about pass protection and lead blocking. The player needs just enough pass catching/run ability so the team can't leave you uncovered.

I'd bet that DMo or Young makes the practice squad, so the fire stays lit under Sellers.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | August 17, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

"Saturday night can't come soon enough..."

Be careful what you wish for.

The ravens' O--Flacco, Boldin, Rice, o-line, Mason--all present serious challenges for any defense.

Expect them to go deep early and often against the skins #1's.

The ravens' D is even more stout up the middle as a healthy Ngata is teamed up with rookie T Cody.

We may be able to pass at the ravens, but not run for big yards.

But again: two long sustained offensive drives--and solid special teams play--is all we desire.

After that, take the starters off the field, and cruise until the 'practice/game' is over.

The ravens will present a very good test.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 17, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

If history is any indicator the real question is will any Skins fans be here after Dallas punks the Skins in their own backyard. Last year, my neighbor had to fly a Cowboys flag on his house the day after we smashed the Redskins. The only difference this year is that so far he's refusing to bet me. He, at least, is finally wising up. Can't say the same for some of the brainwashed people here.

Posted by: DoomsDayD

funny, I don't fly a flag. I just choose from among the 5 star videos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVuQ5aw0HAQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FOTeWUjHIo&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXIZKzfsWFo&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t09nwnsPJ9M&feature=related

Posted by: zcezcest1 | August 17, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

"I would prefer to forget them."

Ahh, you beat me to the punch!

Boy was he "over the hill" and not in a good way. The Skins got the old drunk guy with the shriveled liver.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | August 17, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

mrirvin:

Celebrating being the super bowl favorites is the only thing you'll be celebrating this season!!!

Expectations are never met by the Dallas Cowgirls, even you and I can agree on this!!

HTTR!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: rachel216 | August 17, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

The ravens will present a very good test.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 17, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse
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Don't worry, Moe. The Ravens hired Al Saunders as their senior offensive consultant and as we all learned, where Weird Al treads, a productive offense doesn't (post KC, of course).

I mean, at least part of his 10,000 page playbook must be mucking up the thought process of Flacco. Combine that with the doofus Zorn keeping everyone medium, and I think the Skins will be ok.

Posted by: --swb | August 17, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

On DMo -- Shanahan made a smart call. Two actually. He wanted a fire under Sellers -- or a replacement for him. From what little I've read about Sellers, seems he is in very good shape -- he wants to keep his job.

DMo and Young are the guys that are being given a shot at Sellers job. The job is all about pass protection and lead blocking. The player needs just enough pass catching/run ability so the team can't leave you uncovered.

I'd bet that DMo or Young makes the practice squad, so the fire stays lit under Sellers.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | August 17, 2010 5:10 PM

My money says that Sellers is done unless he shows something in the next preseason games before the cut (how many left), which are catches for short yardage over the middle with no fumbles and >4 yards after the catch, i.e., that he can be a reliable 3rd down dump off. Since the concussion in Zorn, year one, Sellers has gone a little foggy on the not fumbling after the catch.

Posted by: dcsween | August 17, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

On DMo -- Shanahan made a smart call. Two actually. He wanted a fire under Sellers -- or a replacement for him. From what little I've read about Sellers, seems he is in very good shape -- he wants to keep his job.

DMo and Young are the guys that are being given a shot at Sellers job. The job is all about pass protection and lead blocking. The player needs just enough pass catching/run ability so the team can't leave you uncovered.

I'd bet that DMo or Young makes the practice squad, so the fire stays lit under Sellers.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | August 17, 2010 5:10 PM

My money says that Sellers is done unless he shows something in the next preseason games before the cut (how many left), which are catches for short yardage over the middle with no fumbles and >4 yards after the catch, i.e., that he can be a reliable 3rd down dump off. Since the concussion in Zorn, year one, Sellers has gone a little foggy on the not fumbling after the catch.

Posted by: dcsween

When the HC is looking at these guys, I'm guessing he's interested in:
1. blocking (blitz pickup)
2. blocking (lead blocking)
3. blocking (chips)
4. what they can do with the ball

Posted by: zcezcest1 | August 17, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Bruce Smith?

Oh, right...you mean "Highway 78".

Dude lined up wide on every single play to get after the QB and left a running lane so big you could drive a car through it.

Posted by: p1funk | August 17, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Was Bruce Smith there to give Fat Albert the master class on how to be a selfish, me-first, I'm-only-here-to-get-my-sacks, non-team player?

I think Albert already has that down pat.

Posted by: kaasmaster | August 17, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse


Bruce Smith = Virginia

Posted by: hessone | August 17, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Has Al Noga stopped by camp yet?

Posted by: mrshneebly | August 17, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Sellars in stantaneous pinback blowby tackle Friday showed he's ready to rock..

Posted by: frak | August 17, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Has Al Noga stopped by camp yet?

Posted by: mrshneebly | August 17, 2010 6:11 PM |

How can you even begin to explain spending big money to get Al No-go? Man that was bad.

Posted by: edvar | August 17, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

not that its related to anything on this board, but its an interesting clip on motivation

http://daily.finerminds.com/mind/motivation/career-work-motivation-rsa/

Posted by: zcezcest1 | August 17, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

"The Ravens hired Al Saunders...and as we all learned, where Weird Al treads, a productive offense doesn't (post KC, of course)."

Saunders' best days have indeed passed him bye.

(Wasn't he the one dialing plays for K Warner, M Faulk, and Holt/Bruce?)

But I digress.

In Flacco, he has a kid who all he has to do is call plays for.

Again: if I'm the ravens, I test my deep ball game against the double-move likes of Hall/Rogers/Landry.

I expect them to present a solid challenge to our defense.


Posted by: gimmesummoe | August 17, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

"managed 29 of his 200 sacks - the most in history - with Washington"

Huh? What history is this? Free agent blunders?

Posted by: skinswest | August 17, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

"The Ravens hired Al Saunders...and as we all learned, where Weird Al treads, a productive offense doesn't (post KC, of course)."

Saunders' best days have indeed passed him bye.

++


Gotta disagree.

Saunders offense worked beautifully with the Skins - with a qualified, if unspectacular, QB running it. Have you forgotten the run we made when JC mercifully got injured and Todd-ball ruled the land? If only he had a stronger arm...

Can you imagine if we had kept Trent Greene and had him running it? Shouldn't be too hard to imagine if you ever saw him in KC.

I think the biggest problem with Saunders O was Joe Gibbs and his smotheringly conservative game plan.

But that is all past us now.

Posted by: edvar | August 17, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

I asked a prominent Skins reporter who the worst "guy in the locker room" he ever covered in the Skins locker room was and without hesitation Bruce Smith was named.

Posted by: d-35 | August 17, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

I asked a prominent Skins reporter who the worst "guy in the locker room" he ever covered in the Skins locker room was and without hesitation Bruce Smith was named.

Posted by: d-35 | August 17, 2010 7:03 PM

Not the first time I've heard this.

You may remember the half-hearted congratulations he received from the other guys when he got the record....

Posted by: edvar | August 17, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

This team was old and got older, right? Doesn't mean we won't be better, better than 4-12, maybe, but mcnabb, Johnson, Parker, Galloway, holliday, old, old, old.

Brown, kemoeatu, Williams, r , Carriker all dnp last year

let's not kid ourselves this is a f'in longshot. If we're 100% better IF we're 8-8

Posted by: pabrian2003 | August 17, 2010 2:36 PM
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A player can be old and still productive. A team can be old and still go to the Superbowl. I seem to recall a few Patriots Superbowl teams that were sporting several aging veterans - especially on defense. You seem to be drawing a correlation between age and effectiveness of a team. Care to back that up with some data?

Doesn't mean we won't be better, Doesn't mean we won't be better

Posted by: pabrian2003 | August 17, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse
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I'm curious whose winning this argument

Posted by: mattsoundworld

we are OLD

Posted by: pabrian2003 | August 17, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Shame we got Bruce in the organizationless early days, as well as Levar, Pierce and Champ and Co...Hopefully the organization is okay now..


Don't this song rawk??

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oiNRvsREZo

Posted by: frak | August 17, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Age is OK, but the thing is, it means turnover is coming. So if you've been successful and want to see how far you can push an aging team, great.

But we're old and we're not successful. Which means we should be rebuilding. The main difference is that our lack of recent success had a lot to do with the coaches and FO. The talent level is actually pretty good -- if a bit uneven.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | August 17, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Which means we should be rebuilding. The main difference is that our lack of recent success had a lot to do with the coaches and FO. The talent level is actually pretty good -- if a bit uneven.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | August 17, 2010 7:29 PM

I'm not sure what you mean by "rebuilding" but there has been more turnover on this roster than there was in the last few years. And it will be younger if you compare this year's final roster to last year's. Finally given your point about "the talent level is pretty good" it's not clear why we need to rebuild. If it's "uneven" then you need to improve a few positions, not rebuild.

Posted by: beep-beep | August 17, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

edvar

"I think the biggest problem with Saunders' O was Joe Gibbs and his smotheringly conservative game plan."

You are 200% right about that.

From what I remember, Saunders called the plays, but somehow, St Joe didn't get that having a passing guru meant that he's gonna want to throw the ball.

And Saunders' offense was built around the q-back being and accurate/decisive: two areas of weakness for JC.

That whole idea--hiring Saunders to run the O--was one among many blunders made during Gibbs 2.0.

Posted by: gimmesummoe | August 17, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Bruce Smith remembers his Redskin days

I would prefer to forget them.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 17, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Man, youz a funny Moe-Fo, Moe. Love your work, especially on The Simspons.

HTTR

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | August 17, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

zceszcest1

"The (redskin) talent level is actually pretty good -- if a bit uneven."

I think Shanallen will continue rebuilding by using a mix of low cost vets and low round picks.

It's kinda smart as you take advantage of FA deals and draft guys you can 'train up'.

But there will be a time when the balance will be more 'groomed up' youth than small money FA vets, and that's when Shanny's system will be at it's best.

Posted by: gimmesummoe | August 17, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

notorious

"Love your work, especially on 'The Simspons'."


Moe the bartender says:

"Thanks for the shout-out, and to show my humble 'preciation you got a free beer right after you pay for it."

Posted by: gimmesummoe | August 17, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

A couple of things on this weekend's game. Saunders is not calling the plays. Cam Cameron is the OC and calling the plays. He is one of the best in the biz. Ray Rice may not play much at all. I just saw a PFT post about them trying to rest him.

It is hard to get a good read on a team during the pre season. The good teams that are stable really stay vanilla and pull their stars after a series or two. They are familiar with the system and the other players so they don't really need a lot of plays to get ready for the season.

Posted by: srobert1117 | August 17, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

How many coaching interns do the Redskins have? Every day, we find out about a different former player in camp as a coaching intern. There are as many coaching interns as players.

Posted by: randysbailin | August 17, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

I remember Doug Flutie juking the hell out of Bruce Smith, and making him look like drunk dancing bear as he spinned and wobbled and grasped at air. Flutie ran his ass off that game, as the Skins lost. Flutie was playing for Smith's former Bills, or was it the Patriots?

Anyway, he was running on fumes when he was with the Redskins, Bruce Smith, give a fugging break.

Posted by: 72Redskins | August 17, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Redskins notes and analysis 8/17/10
By: John Keim
Examiner Staff Writer
08/17/10 6:19 PM EDT

1. It was interesting to see Roydell Williams slide down the depth chart after Friday’s preseason game. Coaches say not to put too much stock into the depth chart at this point and things could change. But Williams’ lack of speed will hurt him.

2. Meanwhile, Justin Tryon needs to have some strong showings. He, too, is low on the depth chart and he’s definitely been passed by Kevin Barnes. At best Tryon is the fifth corner right now and Byron Westbrook has played well enough that he might earn a spot.

3. Tryon had a mixed practice Tuesday. Going against Terrence Austin in the slot, he came hard inside him and intercepted the pass. But Austin was able to strip the ball, turning a positive play into a negative. Earlier, he’d gotten off a Brandon Banks block to make a stop. However, that says as much about Banks’ blocking ability as anything else.

4. And that’s one problem I have with Austin: is he too slight to get open on certain routes? Defensive players haven’t had a problem going through him to reach the ball or break up a pass. But have to give him credit, too. Yesterday, he hung onto a pass after being popped by a linebacker.

5. One thing I’ve noticed about Stephon Heyer and Jammal Brown at right tackle is how they line up. It shows the difference in their confidence. Pointed this out yesterday, but watched more for it today and Brown keeps his feet square at the line except when he’s going to set for a pass. Then his right foot will be maybe a foot deeper. This enables him to disguise his intentions much better. Heyer, though, keeps his right foot back and when he’s going to move, it’ll set deeper. And when it’s a pass? Even deeper. Just pointing it out. Also notice how high Heyer's backside is at the line of scrimmage. He's tall so it's hard to get too low, but sometimes I wonder if it prevents him from playing with a little more power. By the way, he clearly is their third best tackle at this point. I think I harp on this because I wouldn't be surprised if Heyer is a factor again this season, unless Brown can keep his hip from acting up.

6. Devin Thomas told Chris Russell of ESPN 980 that he was going to start Saturday vs. Baltimore. I still have a hard time believing he won’t make the team. He’s just more talented than the other wideouts fighting for spots. He needs to be more consistent, but he’s definitely more explosive than the others.

7. A little plug: The third annual Redskins Ride will be held Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. at Redskins Park. The five categories of cars that will be on display: classic, custom, import, exotic/sports and special interest. A handful of Redskins will display their cars as well. Proceeds benefit the Easterns Community Care Foundation and the Redskins Charitable Foundation.

Posted by: TWISI | August 17, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

cont

8. When Bobby Wade fell in the end zone during the morning practice, it showed a little bit of the camaraderie by the players. A couple shouted, “Come on Bobby, get up!” Then, when he finally did (nothing serious) and walked off under his own power. A few players clapped as he returned to the offensive huddle. Minor thing and it wasn’t exactly like every player was clapping for him, but even the fact that a few did was telling. Not sure I’ve seen that before. Of course, I did hear one guy yell, “Get his a-- of the field!”

9. Larry Johnson continues to impress with his runs. Unlike the other backs, he’s strictly downhill and when he tries to make multiple cuts it looks a bit awkward. That’s why he runs with power.

10. Studs and duds from earlier today.

11. Story on Adam Carriker.

12. Finally, video of my colleague Rick Snider and myself talking Redskins training camp.


Posted by: TWISI | August 17, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

@Posted by: randysbailin | August 17, 2010 8:34 PM |

The Redskins have six coaching interns for this season's training camp. They are: Terrell Davis, Steve Atwater, Michael Pittman, Chris Samuels, Steve Beuerlein and Clarence Vaughn.

Posted by: kaasmaster | August 17, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Bruce Smith remembers his Redskin days

I would prefer to forget them.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 17, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

awesome

Posted by: BMACattack | August 17, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

twisi

Thanks for the 9:07 post.

The notes about the difference between Heyer/Brown is interesting as you'd think someone would point out to Heyer that he's essentially 'tipping' the play.

The weakness mentioned in Austin might meant the team decides--grudgingly--to keep MK around--unless, of course, some other desirable wideout is released.

And I have to see LJ in action before I believe he has somehow regained the form he had in KC afew years back when he was a balla.

Portis-Johnson-Torain-Williams might just be the running back group.

Posted by: gimmesummoe | August 17, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

TWISI - Any word on Cooke?

Posted by: edvar | August 17, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

TWISI - Any word on Cooke?

Posted by: edvar | August 17, 2010 10:15 PM

He's heading to the practice squad. From what I've been reading he's the typical project. At this point, he's not strong enough to handle NTs or the bigger DTs, nor is he experienced enough to compensate for his lack of strength.

Posted by: TWISI | August 17, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Moe the bartender says:

"Thanks for the shout-out, and to show my humble 'preciation you got a free beer right after you pay for it."


Posted by: gimmesummoe | August 17, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

what a bargain!! gimmesum- I may be- I mean, am- a lil slow on the uptake; are you Mista's alter ego?

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | August 17, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

I was at Fan Appreciation day and saw LJ on some runs, he looks up to speed to me, he looked dam good.

Posted by: 72Redskins | August 17, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Washington Redskins = The ultimate stop for washed up bums to get paid!!! So funny I can't even get mad anymore.

Posted by: skins91r | August 17, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: TWISI | August 17, 2010 10:23 PM

Thanks. I hope he pans out.

Posted by: edvar | August 17, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Why does the post not hire John Keim,
Examiner Staff Writer???? Seriously, compare his work to the lazy SOB J. Reid. it's pretty sad this lazy bastard still has a job as the skins beat reporter. almost never anything of substance and certainly has never broke any news as an "insider"

Posted by: the_shocker1 | August 17, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

"Why does the post not hire John Keim,
Examiner Staff Writer????"Posted by: the_shocker1"

I gotta confess, Keim doesn't impress me. Mostly he seems to be standing on the sidelines making observations about guys at practice. One day's stud is another day's dud. Maybe there's some value to it. Unless there's something else he's doing that I'm missing out on...

Posted by: Samson151 | August 18, 2010 12:22 AM | Report abuse

Bruce Smith was a Redskin?

Don't blame Smith for getting paid, blame Gopher (Danny S.), he's an idiot.

Posted by: troyyeske1 | August 18, 2010 12:22 AM | Report abuse

"Why does the post not hire John Keim,
Examiner Staff Writer????"Posted by: the_shocker1"

I gotta confess, Keim doesn't impress me. Mostly he seems to be standing on the sidelines making observations about guys at practice. One day's stud is another day's dud. Maybe there's some value to it. Unless there's something else he's doing that I'm missing out on...

Posted by: Samson151 | August 18, 2010 12:22 AM

You mean you'd rather continue to get the cut and pasted, regurgitated drivel that we get here? I'd much rather have the "evaluations." One day a stud the other a dud? Sounds like life to me, we all have our good and our bad days.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 18, 2010 12:38 AM | Report abuse

The WaPo guys report on what other people are telling them. Keim tells you what he's seeing. Both have their place

Posted by: zcezcest1 | August 18, 2010 1:09 AM | Report abuse

To make room on the roster for LaDell Betts, New Orleans released free agent wide receiver Larry Beavers, who returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown during a 27-24 loss to the Patriots last Thursday.

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Wait a second!!! This guy took a kickoff -- 97 yards for a TD -- and then got cut!!!

Can we bring him in?


Posted by: zcezcest1 | August 18, 2010 1:20 AM | Report abuse

Deion,Brucs Smith...over paid over the hill taking the Danny ride for a last go round...

That trend is not over yet,look at the running backs,McNabb etc...

Posted by: petebowling1 | August 18, 2010 1:24 AM | Report abuse

Washington State Primary Update

GOP hopeful Clint Didier, a former tight end and Super Bowl winner for the Washington Redskins who has the backing of tea party activists and Palin, was running a distant third with 12 percent.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | August 18, 2010 1:54 AM | Report abuse

Bruce Smith is a guy Redskin fans SHOULD love. He's from nearby Virgina Beach, played for the Redskins, had a Hall Of Fame career, blah blah blah...

I can't stand him.

He was all about ME. I found it pathetic the way his old, sorry ass was scrounging for sacks to pad his 4 Super Bowl loss career with. He was here for money and sacks.

He certainly wasn't here for Chris Samuels benefit. I guess he wants the credit for Samuels' career, too now. Wouldn't surprise me.

I'll never forget the time Bruce Smith threw a mini-fit because he missed a tackle on the QB and somebody else got the sack. No congratulations to his teammate. No happiness that we had stopped their drive. Not even the DECENCY to hide his disappointment in front of everyone.

A VA product, but an All-Out Selfish Bum who I wished we never signed. He was NEVER a Redskin. He will always be a LOSER Bill who landed here in his twilight only because Snyder was dumb enough to allow him to USE the fans, his teammates, and a neutered Norv Turner, to pad his empty stats with.

Even when he was with the Bills... He was at best Good. Never good enough.

Please don't talk to him like he ever belonged in DC. He didn't and he still doesn't. F Bruce Smith and his sorry stats. Maybe he can trade all his sacks for a Super Bowl ring.

Posted by: Thinker_ | August 18, 2010 2:23 AM | Report abuse

PS - And for the record, I'm sure he would rip my arms off and beat me with them if he met me in person. Actually, probably not. I'd keep my mouth shut. But, secretly, I'd be thinking EXACTLY what I wrote above.

Plus, I mean, there's no telling what Bruce is gonna do. I find him unstable and you never know if he's drunk. He always seemed like a bit of a bully. I certainly wouldn't push him.

Bruce Smith: Not a Redskin.

Brad Johnson: More a Redskin than Bruce Smith.

Jeff George: About the same amount Redskin as Bruce Smith.

Deaionne Sanders: Equally as much a Redskin as Bruce Smith.

James Thrash: Ten times the Redskin Bruce Smith ever was.

Norv Turner: 40% More Redskin than Bruce Smith.

Matt Millen: Equally as much a Redskin as Bruce Smith.

James Washington: Equally as much a Redskin as Bruce Smith.

by the way, why don't we find out what James Washington or Kevin Galbreath think about the new Head Coach?

Or maybe ask Matt "Somebody Shut Me Up Before I Embarrass Myself Again...Never Mind, I Am Too Stupid To Know I Embarrassed Myself" Millen about him?

Who CARES about Bruce Smiff. Not Fing Me, that's for sure. Don't like him. Not a Redskin.

Posted by: Thinker_ | August 18, 2010 2:35 AM | Report abuse

"Smith appeared at Redskins training camp Tuesday morning to help promote a cell phone recycling program that he's working on with the Redskins."

I'll bet he's collecting a check from Jerrah to record everything. I'd be very suspicious of him. Especially if he suddenly shows up with a Super Bowl ring and constantly keeps it aimed at the practice field. I mean, if he starts talking into his shoe and gets caught, I wouldn't buy this whole "recycled cell phone" BS. Dude is a mole.

Cant be trusted. Not a Redskin.

Posted by: Thinker_ | August 18, 2010 2:39 AM | Report abuse

Hey, Barry Svrluga, (did I just write "s v r l u g a ? That can't be a word. What language puts S, V, R, and then L together and acts like there's no need for a noun?)

Anyway, Barry Svrluga,

You know what would be an even BETTER article? If you could go and find Dana Stubblefield and get his impressions of the 2010 Redskins so far. At least he'd be honest, unlike Bruce Smiff and tell you he doesn't really care at all, but the last check was as good as the first.

PPS - Who told you Bruce Smith was a Redskin? Not in my book.

Posted by: Thinker_ | August 18, 2010 2:45 AM | Report abuse

I MEANT a vowel. All those Fing consonants are frying my brain region, in my head.

And Always remember...

"The strongest muscle in the human body...

Is the Human Mind."

It's true. Look it up. An old Asian guy told me that once and I never forgot it. Especially when you realized how true it really is. How true it really is.

The Human Mind is a terrible thing to waist. That is why it is the most strongest muscle in the Human Body!

YES! Nailed it!

Posted by: Thinker_ | August 18, 2010 2:56 AM | Report abuse

By the way, just kidding.

I LOVE Bruce Smith! He was Great, man! Those were the days! We used to make the playoffs every couple years back in THOSE days!

WOO!

So, more Bruce Smith stories! Whereya Been, with all the Bruce Smith news the last decade or so?

Love Ya, Bruce!
A True Redskin. A real Fan Favorite. Recycling those cell phones to save the planet. A real American Hero. Gotta Love Bruce Smith. I mean, if you don't, there's seriously something wrong with you.

Seriously, you should really go talk to a professional if you don't just cream nostalgia and squirt pride in your pants every time somebody mentions Bruce Smith.

He's like the Redskin with the most sacks all time. Of all the Redskins players who ever played with the Redskins, Bruce Fing Smith has more sacks than ALL THE OTHER ONES COMBINED!

Bruce Smith has so many sacks, he can't even remember the first 180 or so sacks that came when he was playing for the Buffalo Bills. I mean, the last few for the Redskins is really fresh in his mind, which is why he showed up at Redskins park with his video camera trying to get people to give him their cell phones. so he could save the planet.

LOOOVVE IIIIT!

Posted by: Thinker_ | August 18, 2010 3:05 AM | Report abuse

Bruce Smith his a FING punk. Childhood friend of mine went to Va tech... told me stories about old brucie. None of them were good.

My favorite Redskin memory of Bruce Smith was him getting steamrolled by the game plan to steamroll him in the twinkie dome Super bowl. Millen was stuck on the bench as an inactive player. Ryp went to Disney World after that one. Marv Levy accused the Ref of being bought while jogging off the field at halftime. Classic!

Remember Redskin fans: FBS! and his cell fon pimpin' azz.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | August 18, 2010 5:01 AM | Report abuse

Wow...I'm a bit surprised by the amount of Bruce Smith hate up here. I thought he played fairly well here, even though it was pretty obvious that he was chasing that sack record. Yeah, it was pretty selfish, but last time I checked sacks actually helped the team...

But then again, if we're talking about the same people that hate Jason Campbell--not 'disappointed by' or 'ready to move on from', but HATE--then I guess I should know better...

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 18, 2010 5:23 AM | Report abuse

Wow...I'm a bit surprised by the amount of Bruce Smith hate up here.

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 18, 2010 5:23 AM

This seems to me like a Bruce Allen move, part of welcoming back everyone who has worn the burgundy and gold and even Vinny Cerrato. I like it.

A lot of guys up here judge players by their bad plays and ignore their good ones. They harbor grudges and they define themselves based on who they hate.

Posted by: beep-beep | August 18, 2010 6:08 AM | Report abuse

I don't know beep...seems to me the frustration of losing is taken out on the wrong guys. The problem here over the years has been management, not talent...the players bear some of the responsibility to be sure, but if they're never given a real chance to succeed I don't get how they get the ire of certain fans. Not every player is a superstar or uber-talented to the point that they can overcome mediocre coaching and a GM that gets hard off of acquiring old and/or overrated players...

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 18, 2010 6:19 AM | Report abuse

I don't know beep...seems to me the frustration of losing is taken out on the wrong guys.

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 18, 2010 6:19 AM

Seems about right. Bruce Smith gave what he had left. It was Snyder -- and only Snyder -- who thought that the tank was three quarters full when it was actually three quarters empty.

Posted by: beep-beep | August 18, 2010 6:28 AM | Report abuse

72Redskins, it was probably the 2001 opener in San Diego. Flutie was the starting QB that day. That was around the time that Bruce Smith was publicly undermining Marty Schottenheimer's authority for having made him run the Oklahoma drill.

I remember that day very well, as I was at that game. They were crushed that day, 30-3.

Posted by: mgonter | August 18, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Bruce came here singing the old song by Groucho Marx, "Hello, I must Be Going".
As a long time fan of the B&G, I want them to do well and they will under Shanny. But the Cowboys are one of the most talented teams in the NFL. They have been underachievers for quite a while but they will still beat the B&G in the opener.

Posted by: chopin224 | August 18, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Sometimes I ask myself. With such a negative fan base why do they think they deserve a winning team? You are lousy fans. You trash your own team daily then expect them to play their butts off for your entertainment. Screw the lousy skins fans on these blogs. You stink.

Posted by: ged0386 | August 18, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

DoomsDayD

Go win something. Then talk smack. Havent won since Irving, Troy and Emmett. 15 years ago. Meanwhile Pittsburgh is now americas team. You guys just have nice uniforms and a nice stadium now. You still are losers stuck on the glory days and everyone's favorite pre season super bowl pick that never makes it. This year will be no different. And if you are going to be a dallas fan move there. With the rest of the steers and queers.

Posted by: ged0386 | August 18, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

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