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Sure-Handed Skins Reverse a Trend

The Redskins are off to a pretty unprecedented start here in terms of holding on to the football. They were a error prone and turnover prone for the better part of four years under Joe Gibbs, but Jim Zorn could not ask for a better start in terms of hanging on to the football.

The only giveaway was Antwaan Randle El coughing up a fumble in Week 2 against Arizona. The Skins are the only team in the NFL without an offensive turnover, and their plus-5 rating is best in the NFL.

QB Jason Campbell, a fumbling machine last season, has yet to give it away. Campbell has thrown 93 times without a pick, and is doing a better job putting two hands on the ball when he has to move it around or run with it out of the pocket. Clinton Portis and Ladell Betts have carried a combined 76 times without putting it on the ground.

Add in the suddenly opportunistic defense with guys like Chris Horton (two INTs and a fumble recovery), Rocky McIntosh (two forced fumbles) and Carlos Rogers (big INT Sunday) making plays, and it's a pretty good formula.

The ultimate test, however, is upcoming with successive divisional games on the road. With a crazy crowd and intense pressure, it's much harder to operate on offense. If the Skins find a way to keep anything close to this sort of ratio, it could be a springboard to big success.

These things are often cyclical, and have a way of equaling out, at least a little. But the offense has yet to really hurt itself - a few penalties aside - and with such close games, the significance of that cannot be overstated.

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 23, 2008; 9:23 AM ET
 
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Comments

Sure, B. Lloyd looks decent thus far... But keep in mind Da Bears have no frigging WRs to speak of.

I'm sure if you removed Santana Moss, ARE, and James Thrash from the roster, and B. Lloyd was the primary receiver here, he'd have the same numbers as he currently does with Chicago.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | September 23, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

go skins love the art jason


maybe 1st or 2nd or 3rd who cares

Posted by: poolman | September 23, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

To answer part of your question, Greg:

James was a healthy scratch Sunday, but Zorn said yesterday that he "is still getting back into the swing of things. I look at him much like I look at some of the other guys who have these long rehabs. He hasn't been where he wants to be, where we want him to be."

We'll have to wait until practice tomorrow see what's up with Kelly.

Posted by: Cindy | September 23, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

thanks for jinxing the offense. the kiss of death is commenting how great their turnover ratio is. good timing. dallas week.

Posted by: tbarz(rochester) | September 23, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

I LOVE MY WIFE
I LOVE MY WIFE
I LOVE MY WIFE
I LOVE MY WIFE

Sorry she made me do it !!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: poolman | September 23, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

"From Corkczar: Unlike some of the bozos on this board, they try to get facts before making accusations."


This coming from the king bozo. Perhaps like accusing Cerrato of a horrible draft class before week 1 even happens? And now you are throwing politics into it??? On a football message board???? You are the lowest form of life. You probably throw your money at your favorite Democratic liar every 4 years, don't ya? Take your political views to the front page and get off the board of a team you obviously have no use for, you pathetic piece of sh*t.

F Obama, F McCain, and most of all.....F JLC!

Posted by: Rob M | September 23, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of turnovers, Romo has thrown the most picks amongst the NFC East QB's...

Posted by: Chris | September 23, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

National Defense!

Posted by: Rod | September 23, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

TOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: legueoffice | September 23, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

I have factual knowledge that Danny Snyder has a warehouse room full of illegal aliens sitting at computers earning $2.15 an hour (he can pay them below minimum wage, because, well they're illegal) posting negative comments about Jason La Canfora and the Washington Post. They don't speak English very well, but they can cut and paste and have been schooled on key denigrating words like "bum," "hack," "Skins hater," and "sources," which they have been taught to sprinkle into their cut and pastings.

Here's a REAL story that needs be investigated!

Posted by: D. Johnson | September 23, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Rob M, don't hold back now. Tell us how you really feel.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | September 23, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

"The only giveaway was Antwaan Randle El coughing up a fumble in Week 2 against Arizona."

Week 2 against New Orleans.

Posted by: yep | September 23, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Nice to see you are a man and are addressing the crap you tried to start with the NFL and the Skins!

You sir are a coward!

Posted by: Tim | September 23, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Although I strongly believe that JLC did nothing wrong, that there is no story, that there won't be any story, and that Vinny perpetuated this entire thing, it unfortunately looks like this blog cannot be saved with JLC at the helm. Too many whiners are more focused on what JLC does than about the Redskins (and this includes Vinny "let me take the day off to do my radio show" Cerrato). Looks like JReid will probably have to take over for good.

Posted by: psps23 | September 23, 2008 9:33 AM

Posted by: psps23 | September 23, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Like you said, "these things are cyclical" which means that now we should have about 2 years of a positive turnover ratio ahead of us.

Posted by: etrod | September 23, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Good to hear from you, Jason. Don't let those jerks in Ashburn and their paid underlings bug you. Keep doing your JOB!

Thanks for all your postings!

Posted by: What? Who? | September 23, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Cindy, thanks so much for the response.

James being able to contribute would go a long way towards helping the defensive line, as far as a healthy rotation is concerned. Between James/Wilson and possibly Jackson, they could keep the DE's fresh for the entire game.

Either Kelly or Davis could be a huge boost for the passing game.

Posted by: Greg | September 23, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

If we can get to Romo, shake him up a bit he'll start slingin picks. I want to see someone take T.O. the H*MO out with a nice hard shot straight to the head.

Posted by: riggins44 | September 23, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

OK Jasons back now lets talk Skins Dallas... chris larry, talent evaluator etc lets hear some ingights. Whats up with Fred Davis...what do we have to do to beat the girls and why the hell are we 12 point underdogs? I know Dallas is at home but come on...

Posted by: g in the atl | September 23, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Why don't you go work for the cowboys and see if you can find something "tampering" with them

Posted by: trade JLC | September 23, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

sorry insights not ingights I learned how to proofread from Jason

Posted by: g in the atl | September 23, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

If we can get to Romo, shake him up a bit he'll start slingin picks. I want to see someone take T.O. the H*MO out with a nice hard shot straight to the head
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I concur.

Posted by: baker51 | September 23, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

I want to see someone take T.O. the H*MO out with a nice hard shot straight to the head.

Posted by: riggins44 | September 23, 2008 9:36 AM
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They should assign Doughty to that task; he's not going to be starting anymore this year, so he can afford a suspension for popping TO hard and high (and late).

Posted by: Jack Tatum | September 23, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Funny stuff, D Johnson...is that Don Johnson? How's Tubbs?

I would almost guarantee that Malcolm Kelly plays this week. He's from Texas and grew up a Cowboys fan. I think this is where he has his coming out party. Don't forget that he was all the rage during minicamps. The guy is supertalented...his work ethic and health are legit concerns but he is only 21, he'll figure out what it means to be a professional NFLer soon with Moss and ARE helping. I predict a TD in Big D for #12, and also look to D Thomas to build on last week's strong game (he should've finished with nearly 100 yds and his first TD).

As for the injury to 55 - clearly it will hurt but I think this is a great opportunity for Chris Wilson and Dmetric to step in. Wilson should be in ost passing downs and I expect Evans will start.

HAIL!!!

Posted by: Notorious LMG | September 23, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

I wouldn't mind Landry getting a 15 yearder for knocking T.O A$$ out.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

God you're still writing for this blog? Please someone remove this toolbag...and why do i keep clicking links to get to this POS blog??

People need to clarify where their links go... I woulda never clicked it! Swear!

Posted by: Kane | September 23, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

OK I take it all back I was a bit harsh on JC.So all of you were right but hell I was mad after that Giants game lol..So I love to be wrong...lol JC is looking great.


BRING ON THE COWBOYS!

Posted by: Leevi | September 23, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Although I strongly believe that JLC did nothing wrong, that there is no story, that there won't be any story, and that Vinny perpetuated this entire thing, it unfortunately looks like this blog cannot be saved with JLC at the helm. Too many whiners are more focused on what JLC does than about the Redskins (and this includes Vinny "let me take the day off to do my radio show" Cerrato). Looks like JReid will probably have to take over for good.

Posted by: psps23 | September 23, 2008 9:33 AM

Let's hope you are correct. How can you have someone cover the team and not speak to/have a personal pissing match with the people running the team? Tarik is critical of the Capitals when needed but speaks to McPhee and Leonsis and doesn't make it personal. Same with Ivan on the Wizards beat. He doesn't kiss Ernie or Eddie's asses but is able to get information from them because he maintains an adult, professional relationship with them. It is a disservice to the readers to have someone who's job it is to cover an organization that chooses to carry a obvious childlike, unprofessional attitude towards people in the front office of that organization.

Posted by: virtueandvice | September 23, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Did anybody explain more about the "20 minute" procedure that Jason Taylor underwent on his calf? Was surgery necessary to repair a vein or artery? Or was is just a couple slices and de-juicing? If the latter, I'm thinking leeches would have gotten him back on the field this Sunday.

Also, over the weekend, I heard an ad for Riggins' new show. Riggins was billed as "THE Redskins Insider". Petty.

Posted by: dcsween | September 23, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Although I strongly believe that JLC did nothing wrong, that there is no story, that there won't be any story, and that Vinny perpetuated this entire thing, it unfortunately looks like this blog cannot be saved with JLC at the helm. Too many whiners are more focused on what JLC does than about the Redskins (and this includes Vinny "let me take the day off to do my radio show" Cerrato). Looks like JReid will probably have to take over for good.

Posted by: psps23 | September 23, 2008 9:33 AM


Now, now...it's not right to tease people and give them false hope!

Posted by: Kane | September 23, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse


Do you excuslively put a man on Jason Witten and if so who ? M.Washington

Who do you put on T-blO ? Springs or Double Move ?

Who is Dallas #2 receiver ?

Posted by: Barno | September 23, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

"why the hell are we 12 point underdogs?"

Easy, because nobody respects us. Somehow, a "hot" team to end last season (the Eagles) automatically becomes a top-10 team in this league despite missing the playoffs and returning essentially the same exact team from last season, but we get crapped on despite the fact that we're 6-1 in our last seven regular season games, coming off a playoff season, returning 20 of 22 starters, lost nobody to free agency, and added 10 draft picks. I don't get it.

Posted by: psps23 | September 23, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Writers need to write...not create a story. Just do your job Jason. Report on the team and don't make it personal. We do not need all of the other crap.

Posted by: Chris | September 23, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

p.s. doesn't seem like James is that close to being a productive member of the DE rotation...healthy scratch last week, I think he's probably a month or two away at best, if he'll ever recover his burst. But Jackson, he looked very impressive in preseason (I know it was against backups, but he still was an impact player against other pros). Love to see him get in there for 8-10 plays on Sunday and see what he can do.

Rocky Mac is quietly becoming the force that Gibbs thought he would when he traded up to early 2nd rd in '05 to snatch him. I love this kid, he is a ballhawk and hits like a Mack Truck.

HAIL

Posted by: Notorious LMG | September 23, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Barn, I think you put Springs on TO, he did pretty well shutting down Boldin last week, and I think you roll a safety over the top of MW on Whitten. Rogers can cover the #2 receiver, Miles Austin on his own, hopefully.

Posted by: Greg | September 23, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

g in the ATL,

do you know of any redskins bars nearby I can go to ?

Posted by: John J. McLean | September 23, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Jasno clearly obviously has a personal agenda against the Redskins by pointing out they're the best team in the NFL at holding onto the football thru the first 3 weeks. How dare you continue to point out facts substantiating what you write about this team.

Posted by: fill in for dept. of sarcasm dept | September 23, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

we are 12 point underdogs because Dallas is far and away the best team in the NFL right now and we are a middle of the pack team that has 2 close wins over other middle of the pack teams and a bad (close but still bad) loss to another top NFL team.

It kills me to write that and by no means do I think that we can't beat Dallas this weekend, but those are the facts.

I think the Defensive line is the key this week. The front 4 have to get pressure. If we have to start blitzing Romo, we're going to get torched.

Posted by: etrod | September 23, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

... why the hell are we 12 point underdogs? I know Dallas is at home but come on...

Posted by: g in the atl | September 23, 2008 9:37 AM

A few reasons ...

1. Statistically, they have been money.*
2. The teams they played for three weeks have not been chumps.
3. Everyone is healthy.**

* Except their D against Philly.
** Except Roy Williams, which unfortunately benefits Dallas.

4. The odds makers do not take into account that this is a division game ... in the beastliest division (personnel-wise) in the NFL. The line gets set by early betting by the HUGE betting whales living offshore in the Carribbean ... so take the Skins and the under.

Posted by: dcsween | September 23, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

PFT continues to chronicle the JLC vs. Vinny pissing match:

LA CANFORA ACCUSES CERRATO OF SLANDER
Posted by Mike Florio on September 23, 2008, 9:21 a.m. EDT
It’s not yet quite as interesting as Herrera-Kawakami I, but the verbal slugfest between Jason La Canfora of the Washington Post and Redskins Executive Vice President Vinny Cerrato is nevertheless entertaining.

By way of background (for those of you who didn’t check the site last night and prefer to get the story without having to exert the effort of, you know, scrolling down the page), Cerrato said during his Monday radio show that La Canfora had called the league office regarding comments Cerrato made on Friday about Raiders coach (for now) Lane Kiffin.

“Jason La Canfora, he called the NFL to ask them, are they not gonna charge the Washington Redskins with tampering,” Cerrato said on Monday.

At one point on Monday, Cerrato was imprecise (inadvertently or otherwise) in his description of the situation, and he suggested that La Canfora had actually “charged” the Redskins with tampering.

Later on Monday, the Post responded to Cerrato’s accusation via an entry from sports editor Emilio Garcia-Ruiz.

Garcia-Ruiz explained that La Canfora called the league office only to generally ask whether tampering rules could be implicated if Cerrato were to answer questions about persons under contract with other NFL teams, and that the Kiffin situation was mentioned only to “provide context.”

But then Garcia-Ruiz offered a quote from a league spokesman, which painted a somewhat different picture, in our view: “Jason LaCanfora called our office and said that Vinny Cerrato was talking in specifics on his radio show about the Raiders’ coaching position. Jason wanted to know if that could possibly be a tampering issue.”

Despite the tap-dancing from Garcia-Ruiz, the reality is that La Canfora specifically called about the Kiffin comments, and not part of a general inquiry into what Cerrato can and can’t say about persons under contract with other teams. The reasonable inference that can be drawn from this is that La Canfora was hoping to blow the whistle on Cerrato and the Redskins.

And now that we’ve fully summarized the situation via ten minutes of typing in order to save our fine audience from two seconds of scrolling, here’s the latest. In an e-mail sent by La Canfora on Monday afternoon regarding the situation, La Canfora offered this stinging assessment of Cerrato: “He is a making a mockery of fact and reality and trying to play people for fools. . . . Its [a] pathetic attempt to slander me, but not surprising in the least given who it is coming from.”

Ouch.

On one hand, we’d love to see this thing further disintegrate into allegations of pot-smoking and threats of litigation and/or physical violence. On the other hand, it needs to end.

We think that La Canfora had every right to ask the question that he posed to the league office, but he should not be surprised that Cerrato reacted negatively. And Garcia-Ruiz shouldn’t try to apply D.C.-style political spin to the apparent fact that La Canfora was trying to agitate.

That’s what we do. We look for ways to legitimately stir things up. But when an effort to do so requires us to pick eggshells out of our eyebrows, the better approach is to move on.

And if we choose not to move on, we need to at least acknowledge that, yeah, we were thinking that maybe we’d get someone in trouble for doing something they shouldn’t have been doing, and thus fully deserve to get into trouble for. If the media declined to take such chances for fear of periodically being incorrect, then lots of wrongdoing would never be exposed.

In this specific case, however, we’re still a bit troubled by La Canfora’s apparent personal bias against Cerrato. It’s an issue that surely will affect La Canfora’s relationship with Cerrato, and possibly others in the franchise, and it’s something about which the readers of the Post should be aware as they assess La Canfora’s reports and opinions about the team.

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 23, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

As for 55's injury - listened to Coach Z's presser yesterday on 980, he said it was just a simple "lance and drain" job. Although he did momentarily lose some feeling in his ankle, they are not apprently concerned about nerve damage, which is huge. But probably too early to say for sure.

As for Witten - i know he's the strongside lB, if Marcus Washington covers him, it will be a long day. Rocky is easily our most athletic LB. Probably be a combination of lB and safety help. This is even more reason I hope Horton gets the nod over Doughty.

Posted by: Notorious LMG | September 23, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Keys to Dallas game via cL: (no order)

1. Have to start Horton over Reed. Enough is enough...we have seen what happens when you mix Doughty and T.O. Now I am not saying you can trust Horton on TO, but you can on oither dudes and leave TO to Springs/Laron.

2. Pressure Romo by covering his options, we need coverage sacks not blitz sacks

3. Now I may be an ignorant kook, but I am not that scared of Barber. That said we have to at least hold court against the run. Also no long Felix Jones runs.

4. On offense we need sustained drives, lets keep them off the field. Lots of carries for Portis/Betts. Lots of the mid range passing.

5. No big special teams plays. No garbage touchdowns.

6. JC has to keep protecting the ball. That means throwing it away and/or running instead of forcing.

7. We need a solid game from a pass catcher not named Cooley or Moss.

8. Injury to Heyer. I think we need this dude playing in this game.

9. Staying mentally sharp...no brain farts like Reed against Fitz, no blown assignments, razor focus will be neeed.

10. Get the crowd out early. Lets come out punching and drag them into a game so that their home field is somewhat neutralized.

Posted by: chrIS lArry | September 23, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

I can really see Witten hurting us all game more than T-blO. I say stick M. Washington on Witten all day and do your best to make him a non-factor. Baker and Rocky Mac can handle Barber just fine.

Posted by: Barno | September 23, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

g in the ATL,

do you know of any redskins bars nearby I can go to ?

Posted by: John J. McLean | September 23, 2008 9:48 AM

Yes, and they double as gay bars:

Foreskins (on Peachtree Street)

Washing Me ForeSkins (on the other Peachtree Street)

Show Me Your Skins (another Peachtree Street)

Dan & Vinny's Place (on East Peachtree Street)

and

How Clean is Your Foreskins (also on Peachtree Street)

Posted by: A Real Redskins Fan | September 23, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

In this specific case, however, we’re still a bit troubled by La Canfora’s apparent personal bias against Cerrato. It’s an issue that surely will affect La Canfora’s relationship with Cerrato, and possibly others in the franchise, and it’s something about which the readers of the Post should be aware as they assess La Canfora’s reports and opinions about the team.


Posted by: brownwood26 | September 23, 2008 9:50 AM

Well said. JLC really hurt his credibility.

Posted by: MJ | September 23, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

"it’s something about which the readers of the Post should be aware as they assess La Canfora’s reports and opinions about the team."

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 23, 2008 9:50 AM

Has it hurt The Fox "News" Channel?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Who is Dallas #2 receiver ?

Posted by: Barno | September 23, 2008 9:45 AM

Effectively, its Witten. Miles Austin plays the same WR position that T.O. plays. Flanker?

Posted by: dcsween | September 23, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

dam, forgot one....this one goes to 11..

11. Need to figure out Whitten, he scares me more than all the rest b/c you can contain TO/Barber and get destroyed by whitte...especially early which will then reopen TO/Barber....

Posted by: chrIS lArry | September 23, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

John J what part of town are you in? jocks and jills on ptree, and there was a bar directly across the st from the old gold club that was the official redskins bar.

Posted by: g in the atl | September 23, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

I think you play Carlos with safety help over the top. I'd match Springs one-on one on the other side.

Posted by: MJ | September 23, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

How Clean is Your Foreskins (also on Peachtree Street)


Posted by: A Real Redskins Fan | September 23, 2008 9:53 AM

OK that really helped a lot. As of now I still am stuck at home on Sundays watching Falcons games. Only bars were I live that have The Sunday ticket are Steelers bars that take up every TV screen, while some guy is talking about Foreskins to me.

Posted by: John J. McLean | September 23, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

cl, Barber concerns me a bunch, given how this team has given up rushing yards, and the sheer size of the OLine for Dallas. I think they try and establish the run, and then go over the top. Most of your other stuff was spot on...Heyer concerns me as well. Hopefully Jansen was embarrassed by being benched, and has worked like never before on getting back to playing.....

Posted by: Greg | September 23, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

So LaConfora's man enough "email" PFT, but not respond to this situation publicly?

Surprising.

Good post JLC, turnovers will likely be critical this week, Romo tends to take chances, need to capitalize on them for sure. Blache could do this several different ways, if you look at the differences of his game plans against the Saint and Cards, he has options. The minor adjustments he made in the Giants game also offer some insight, he basically decided to let them run the ball, and make sure to stop the passing game of the Cards and Giants. Against the Saints, he dared Brees to beat us with anyone other than Bush, and he couldn't do it. So, the question needs to be, which way to go against the 'Boys? I expect he'll go with stopping the big play passing game myself, and give them the running game, with the expectation that we can eliminate their running game by putting points on the board, something the Packers couldn't do.

Posted by: BluCollar Redskin | September 23, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Rocky Mac is quietly becoming the force that Gibbs thought he would when he traded up to early 2nd rd in '05 to snatch him. I love this kid, he is a ballhawk and hits like a Mack Truck.

Posted by: Notorious LMG | September 23, 2008 9:46 AM

Totally agree. Fletcher creates security and stability. Low low yards after contact. RockyMac creates spark. He and Fletcher have been "heads up" on stripping and tipping the ball. That combination of aggression and attention is what has been creating (and breeding among teammates) turnovers.

Can we all bow our heads for a moment to acknowledge that Double Move's return as after a PICK that he HELD ONTO. Wonders never cease. Rogers may, in fact, be beating his demons of dropsies.

Posted by: dcsween | September 23, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

baa baa

which is sheep-speak for "beep beep"

Posted by: Sheep | September 23, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

I'm in Dunwoody

Posted by: John J. McLean | September 23, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

5. No big special teams plays. No garbage touchdowns.

Posted by: chrIS lArry | September 23, 2008 9:53 AM

Unless they favor the Skins. I will accept a garbage touchdown if it means that Rock takes one home. Frankly, several.

Totally agree on crowd control. Win the toss. Receive in the first half.

Posted by: dcsween | September 23, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Don't forget Patrick Crayton. He may not be able to catch, but he runs around with a receiver's number on.

Posted by: SMACK | September 23, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

DCSween, good point on 22...I've always thought that 'Los could be a top level corner. I know he's had his struggles but to be back from that injury in less than a yr and playing this well...I think that bodes very auspiciously for the next 3-4 years.

They have so many weapons....we're obviously gonna to put up some points - I'm guessing at least 24 - and have to create at least a +1 in the turnover differential to win this game. I ashamedly benched the SKins Defense in fantasy this week - does that make me a Benedict Arnold? I'm leaning "yes"...

HAIL

Posted by: Notorious LMG | September 23, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

This a very tough one this week. I think everyone needs to bring there A++ game. We need a big game from our o-line + d-line..but honestly i think the boys win...28-20

Posted by: FAB88 | September 23, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Dear Jason. Please show up on the WPL postgame show at the next home game so we can pelt you with tomatoes and eggs.

Classless? Yes. Just like you and way to be a real man and have your wife speak for you. She must be so proud. Coward.

Posted by: JLA the dweeb | September 23, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

I'm in Dunwoody

Posted by: John J. McLean | September 23, 2008 10:06 AM

You might want to try The Derby. My Atlanta geography is perpetually off, but I believe Dunwoody is north of downtown, and I know that they have a location up there. Not sure if they have Sunday Ticket, though (their Web site doesn't specifically mention it, but I thought I saw a sticker on the door the last time i was there). Also, if you can find a Hooters, generally all of them have Sunday Ticket and plenty of TVs. Good luck!!

Posted by: Braden | September 23, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Sorry but the Deadskins suck. I think the cowboys will drop 500yds of total offense 400 of it from ROMO..final score
Cowboys:42
Redskins:10

Posted by: Dem Boys | September 23, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

JLA, The email that you sent to PFT makes your bias against Vinny even more obvious.

Look, I understand that Danny-boy is an ass. He has been less than professional in his dealings with the Post. Possibly, Vinny has also. Or more likely, Vinny has stopped feeding you information and you are pissed about it.

Either way, the FO is terrible. Everyone can see it. But, quite frankly, we are FREAKING TIRED OF HEARING about it.

Your job is to provide BALANCED reporting. You seem to do that to a degree when you are reporting about the actual play on the field. (Except for that ridiculous piece about JC not being able to fit into a West Coast Offense. You'd think that the Redskins beat reporter for the WashPost would know that the only time JC has EVER had success, was when he was in the WCO in his senior year. You were AGAIN reaching for some way to stick it to Vinny by implying that he didn't know what he was doing by wanting Zorn and the WCO for JC.You still have not owned up to that one.)

When it comes to your reporting of the FO, you are nowhere near balanced. I have no idea what to think about anything you write about any decision that they make, because it's obvious that your opinions on their decisions can no longer be trusted. They are tainted with your own bias. You root around for "sources" that agree with your view of things, never attempting to find both sides of the issue at hand.

That is atrocious reporting, JLA. I'm sure that you are probably a good reporter and you've now found yourself in a terrible position because you let it get personal. Of course, Vinny did too. But that makes no difference. You are the one that needs to stay impartial and unemotional about things, not him!

I can't understand how you are still the beat reporter, except that I'm sure the editors don't want to give Vinny and Danny the satisfaction of knowing they got you moved.

Posted by: Nothing To See Here | September 23, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

The theme this Dallas week should be: PLAY HARD FOR SEAN#21!!. Special teams will be critical on Sunday need to keep Felix Jones on a short leash punt away from him if you have to, same on kickoff's running game will be paramount Portis and Betts need to keep pass rush honest need to work on the "screen" also Blache should dial up the blitz every so often just to give boy wonder(Romo)something to think about.Lets Go!!!!.

Posted by: dargregmag@aol.com | September 23, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

You have an owner that charges $25 to $50 to PARK YOUR CAR while simultaneously trying to pressure local authorities into banning sidewalks to the stadium, you pay $75 to god knows how much for tickets to watch one the league's most consistently mediocre on-field products (in one of the league's least fan-friendly venues), you suffer through one free agent bust to another, from college legend saviors to the corpse of Washington football's past glory, and all you have to complain about is the messenger? Judging from the drunken idiots I have to suffer through on game-day I always assumed that football in Landover appealed mostly to "tough guys" -- apparently it's just as appealing to whiners (would this conversation EVER happen when Washington played in Washington?).

Posted by: missingRFKeveryday | September 23, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Sorry but the Deadskins suck. I think the cowboys will drop 500yds of total offense 400 of it from ROMO..final score

Cowboys:42
Redskins:10

Posted by: Dem Boys | September 23, 2008 10:26 AM

Dem,that ain't happening and I think you know it.I have to admit out of the NFC East teams,we are 4th not because we're sorry,but because this is a beast of a division.The difference between 1 through 4 is minimal at best,every division game this year no matter where it is or who is playing will be a war.You don't have to tell Dallas we're coming,they know it.

Posted by: dawglbs | September 23, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

how can we use their high powered Offence against them?

Posted by: Alex35332 | September 23, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

On the topic of Skins bars around the country, can somebody who knows how to (cL, I'm looking your way) develop a part of the wiki where our domestic expatriate Skins can provide updates on "good Skins bars" around the country? It would even be a good resource for locals on travel. We get some good data on that up here, but it seems like some of the same cities come up fairly often.

Posted by: dcsween | September 23, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Did anybody explain more about the "20 minute" procedure that Jason Taylor underwent on his calf? Was surgery necessary to repair a vein or artery? Or was is just a couple slices and de-juicing? If the latter, I'm thinking leeches would have gotten him back on the field this Sunday.

Also, over the weekend, I heard an ad for Riggins' new show. Riggins was billed as "THE Redskins Insider". Petty.

Posted by: dcsween | September 23, 2008 9:45 AM

Sween, I heard Zorn's interview yesterday where he said that Taylor's calf started to swell on Sunday night and he started to lose feeling in his leg. He also said that once they drained the fluid, Taylor should be fine. It sounded to me that it was more like de juicing, but it was certainly not a garden variety bruise.

Posted by: M | September 23, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

How can we use their high powered offense against them?

Posted by: Alex35332 | September 23, 2008 10:43 AM

Submerge in water ... it will short out.

Posted by: dcsween | September 23, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

M, thanks. Still, btwn Khary Campbell's quad last week and Jason Taylor's calf this week, the Skins need to hook up on a high quality leech supply house.

Posted by: dcsween | September 23, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

You have an owner that charges $25 to $50 to PARK YOUR CAR while simultaneously trying to pressure local authorities into banning sidewalks to the stadium, you pay $75 to god knows how much for tickets to watch one the league's most consistently mediocre on-field products (in one of the league's least fan-friendly venues), you suffer through one free agent bust to another, from college legend saviors to the corpse of Washington football's past glory, and all you have to complain about is the messenger? Judging from the drunken idiots I have to suffer through on game-day I always assumed that football in Landover appealed mostly to "tough guys" -- apparently it's just as appealing to whiners (would this conversation EVER happen when Washington played in Washington?).

Posted by: missingRFKeveryday | September 23, 2008 10:37 AM


Nobody is holding a gun to your head, go over to Jason's house and watch the Ravens; he won't have a job much longer anyway

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

You have a lot of nerve to even post anything here LaChumpfora! You better watch your back @ssmunch

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

The next Redskins fan that sees LaCantreporta should knock the glasses off his smug, fat head

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

It's my hope that we quiet the critics around the league by beating the Cowboys. The task will be difficult given their many weapons but someone mentioned that we'll need coverage sacks and not blitz sacks. I totally agree with that. The Cowboys O-line provides excellent pass protection for Romo, therefore it'll be the job of our corners to stay on their man. Against Arizona, Fitz would've never gotten that TD had Rogers pressed him at the line of scrimmage to delay the pass route. Seem like everytime Rogers and/or Springs play a zone D, there's that gap the opposing QB finds to make a pass and the safeties aren't able to cover well. I'm hoping T.O. doesn't embarrass Springs like he did last season w/ 4 friggin TDs. I'm also hoping that we stop giving so much damn cushion to opposing receivers. We can assert our dominance when we actually start to impose it!

Posted by: Charro Negro | September 23, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: missingRFKeveryday | September 23, 2008 10:37 AM

You have an owner that charges $25 to $50 to PARK YOUR CAR while simultaneously trying to pressure local authorities into banning sidewalks to the stadium, you pay $75 to god knows how much for tickets to watch one the league's most consistently mediocre on-field products (in one of the league's least fan-friendly venues), you suffer through one free agent bust to another, from college legend saviors to the corpse of Washington football's past glory, and all you have to complain about is the messenger? Judging from the drunken idiots I have to suffer through on game-day I always assumed that football in Landover appealed mostly to "tough guys" -- apparently it's just as appealing to whiners (would this conversation EVER happen when Washington played in Washington?).


Hey captain obvious? Are you that gullible to believe that those very issues you've mentioned above haven't been discussed ad nauseum?

Posted by: G Mon | September 23, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Regarding the Taylor procedure: they had to make an incision rather than drain it with a needle. That is why he has to miss the game.

Posted by: LH | September 23, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

FIRE JLC!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 7:04 AM | Report abuse

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