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By Matthew Rennie  |  April 15, 2009; 10:18 PM ET
 
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Bolden is on the Block...this should be a trade the skins make but I doubt they will.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4071716

Posted by: leevi98 | April 15, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Stop copying and pasting from espn.com please
Posted by: Broman17 | April 15, 2009

STOP posting your BS nonsense NO FACTS, opinions based on complete nonsense.

Where are your facts ignoramus or do they come out of high school fantasy leagues?

Posted by: periculum | April 15, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Bolden is on the Block...this should be a trade the skins make but I doubt they will.
Posted by: leevi98 | April 15, 2009

Poor contracts with sub-par free agents have made it difficult to do anything with the salary cap.

The unfortunate thing was that Cutler would have fit easily as he was basically making the vets minimum with mostly bonus money. He would have fit.

Posted by: periculum | April 15, 2009 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Anyone can twist facts to support their arguments.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 15, 2009

Or they could just be cretins who take it upon themselves to post my predictions on another blog.

What fact do I need I watch all the games I see everything. You haven't even given facts you are just taking other players' bios and filling in what you think Campbell has. That's lame man.

Posted by: Broman17 | April 15, 2009

Go to bed high school kid.

Facts? The facts are that most all of the experts appear to agree with the assessments I laid out previously.

Where are yours?

Posted by: periculum | April 15, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Wow, name calling. Way to make our point for us.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 15, 2009 10:59 PM | Report abuse

We've got to hold you accountable, you change your stories as much as your underwear, once a week.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 15, 2009 11:00 PM | Report abuse

He would be perfect ... had Snyder and Cerrato not screwed the pooch.

Anquan Boldin
2008 Scouting Report - Scouts Inc.
Grade: 85

Comment: Boldin is a big, tough and competitive receiver. He makes an excellent No. 2 receiver playing alongside Larry Fitzgerald. He is willing to do the dirty work like going across the middle or clearing an area for the other receivers. He lacks premier top-end speed, but is an excellent route-runner and has become a top intermediate receiver in Arizona's package. He is fluid, athletic and has decent agility and quickness to separate from defenders. He runs good routes and does a good job of finding the soft spots in zones and settling into an area to provide a target for the quarterback. He has soft, natural hands that can reach out and pluck the ball away from his body or highpoint the ball in a crowd. He powers his way through the press more often than beating it with quickness and rarely allows himself to get re-routed by corners. He is a strong, competitive runner after the catch who will gain positive yards, but is not apt to take too many short passes all the way. He is a smart receiver who can read coverages and has a very good feel for the passing game. He is more than just a willing blocker and knows how to do the little things to take his game to the next level.

Posted by: periculum | April 15, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Wow, name calling. Way to make our point for us.
Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 15, 2009

Par for the course, quid pro quo ... given what is posted on that blog you keep touting ... ~smiles~

Posted by: periculum | April 15, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

We've got to hold you accountable, you change your stories as much as your underwear, once a week.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 15, 2009

As the tin man said to the scare crow: "if you only had a brain".

Posted by: periculum | April 15, 2009 11:03 PM | Report abuse

As the tin man said to the scare crow: "if you only had a brain".

Posted by: periculum | April 15, 2009 11:03 PM |

Wow dude, where do you come up with these? You are soooo funny.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 15, 2009 11:06 PM | Report abuse

As the tin man said to the scare crow: "if you only had a brain".

Posted by: periculum | April 15, 2009 11:03 PM |

Wow dude, where do you come up with these? You are soooo funny.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 15, 2009 11:06 PM | Report abuse

From PFW

Risers

QB Mark Sanchez, USC
Not all evaluators are convinced Sanchez is a franchise-type quarterback, especially when they go back and study the tape more closely, where questions arise regarding Sanchez’s deep accuracy and frequency to toss loose wobblers. Beyond 20 yards, scouts say his accuracy diminishes greatly, where he charted 0-for-8 in one game, but he receives high praise for his placement and ability to throw well out in front of his receivers, and his pro-day opened the eyes of brass selecting in the top 10. The Seahawks have shown increased interest in the passer, and it’s conceivable he is selected in the top five. With the Lions keying in on Georgia QB Matthew Stafford, the value of the QB position will increase.

Posted by: TWISI | April 15, 2009 11:10 PM | Report abuse

From PFW

Sliders

OT Eben Britton, Arizona (Jr.)
Much like Sam Baker a year ago, Britton has short arms and is not viewed by teams as an elite athlete who will be able to handle the left side. A run on tackles could still potentially bring Britton off the board in the first round in the Nos. 18-25 range where Baker and Jeff Backus both were drafted. However, the team that drafts him will likely be reaching for a huge position of need, not drafting for value, which some evaluators say is somewhere in the third or fourth round for Britton, in the same area where Eric Winston and Jon Runyan were drafted.

Posted by: TWISI | April 15, 2009 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Plus, you know like I do that the same folks who hate the move to draft Sanchez now, will shut their trap if Campbell's trade brings back a low third rounder: that's 2 3rd rounders to go with the team's remaining picks.

No one would complain if that happens.

Posted by: MistaMoe

Not on board with that at all. Campbell is a legit starter in this league. Getting a 3rd round pick for a legit starting QB is a joke. Look at what Cutler garnered. Campbell had a better year than Cutler. Actually, it was much better because Campbell played much much tougher competition.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 15, 2009 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Plus, you know like I do that the same folks who hate the move to draft Sanchez now, will shut their trap if Campbell's trade brings back a low third rounder: that's 2 3rd rounders to go with the team's remaining picks.

No one would complain if that happens

Posted by: MistaMoe

I would complain, because then we would have a rookie quarterback getting creamed like corn from the right side every other play. OL OL OL!

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 15, 2009 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: TWISI | April 15, 2009 11:18 PM | Report abuse

As for Boldin -- I was screaming for him at this time last year -- and again in August when he said he wanted to be traded. He would have been a lot cheaper last year. Going to a Pro Bowl and a Super Bowl tends to raise the price. A lot.

He may end up in the NFC East, but AZ will get a huge chunk of stuff in return.

fwiw -- I compared Boldin to Art Monk last year. If you read the description of Boldin, its similar to Monk.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 15, 2009 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Par for the course, quid pro quo ... given what is posted on that blog you keep touting ... ~smiles~

Posted by: periculum | April 15, 2009 11:02 PM |

I'm not sure you know what quid pro quo actually means. Tit for tat. Someone records your words for posterity and you call names. I take that back, you got it down.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 15, 2009 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Soups #'s for 2008
1st Half 84.1
2nd Half 84.5
Last Two Minutes of Half 76.8

Eli
1st Half 86.2
2nd Half 81.5
Last Two Minutes of Half 88.8

Romo
1st Half 83.6
2nd Half 100.4
Last Two Minutes of Half 91.6

Mcnabb
1st Half 82.7
2nd Half 90.1
Last Two Minutes of Half 65.7

Big Ben
1st Half 76.8
2nd Half 88.4
Last Two Minutes of Half 70.9

Posted by: Realness1 | April 15, 2009 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Realness1 | April 15, 2009 11:55 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure you know what quid pro quo actually means.

Inconceivable!

Posted by: daggar | April 16, 2009 12:01 AM | Report abuse

As far as Boldin is concerned, since we quote scout.com Up Here religiously, we managed to steal three of their five 5-star rated pass catchers last year. Why do we need another big $$ WR?

Posted by: daggar | April 16, 2009 12:04 AM | Report abuse

From where I sit, I can't see selecting Sanchez. When Carson Palmer is your school's poster boy for elite QB, I start looking at other schools.
But that's just pure, uninformed goofiness. If I'm the scouting staff, and I end up grading Sanchez out as a 98 in the scout.com calculator, how can you argue with the pick?
Getting a 10-year starter at LT is my first choice, then a big-boy DE (Tyson Jackson) -- then I start running out of "gotta have"s for #13.
I think SLB -- any LB position in general -- requires the solid overall athlete you can get in the 3rd-5th round, so while I know someone is going to take some of these LBs high, that's not where I'd burn the cash.

Posted by: daggar | April 16, 2009 12:16 AM | Report abuse

I'll ask this question again because I have yet to read an answer. Has any one actually seen Sanchez play (not highlights)?I saw one game and was unimpressed (weak arm defense won the game).

Posted by: DG28 | April 16, 2009 12:17 AM | Report abuse

Boldin would be great but only if ARZ would take picks next year. I'm against trading future picks its the reason we have no real depth. But a possesion reciever copuld pay dividends for this team if we could keep#13 and OL.

Posted by: DG28 | April 16, 2009 12:21 AM | Report abuse

meant to say draft OL

Posted by: DG28 | April 16, 2009 12:23 AM | Report abuse

I saw every USC game last year. He's the best QB in the draft. Steve Sarkisian's sorry play calls hurt any QB that played for him. Great touch on deep balls, can make every throw, good athlete, reads a D most of the time and throws to the open man on time. Way better than Booty. Pac-10 Champ. Remember they smoked Penn State 31-6 by halftime of Rose Bowl before PSU got cosmetic points late.

Posted by: Realness1 | April 16, 2009 12:37 AM | Report abuse

edvar,
Shouldn't they be shopping for players to push the rookie WRs?

If Crabtree was falling to #13, I'd say go for it.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | April 15, 2009 8:33 PM |


Sorry, just saw this...

Uhh, no. Not with only 5 draft picks. Those guys are just going to have to step up.

I would take a flier on a TALL WR prospect in the 6th or 7th round (on my board, I pick Greg Carr 6'6" From FSU). Beyond that, I would say we should use none of our picks above 5th round on WR's.

Ok, unless somehow Ramses Barden (6'6" Cal Poly) falls to us in the third round, but that will not happen.

Posted by: edvar | April 16, 2009 12:38 AM | Report abuse

Sanchez would be benefitial to the organization, especially if Campbell does not work out. If he does, then we have possible 2 franchase quarterbacks.

Posted by: EGENOUS | April 16, 2009 12:57 AM | Report abuse

It's so disheartening to actually get a chance to pop into RI, and find that we're still chasing QB's.

Posted by: kost52 | April 16, 2009 3:49 AM | Report abuse

It's so disheartening to actually get a chance to pop into RI, and find that we're still chasing QB's.

Posted by: kost52 | April 16, 2009 3:49 AM

Disheartening for you maybe, but encouraging to the rest of us that we still have one mate in the antipodes who cares.

Come back in July -- we'll be looking at punters and kickers then. That's when we really need your insights.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | April 16, 2009 5:59 AM | Report abuse

I'm not a Snyder apologist or a Ceratto one, but drafting Sanchez is not that big of a knucklehead move.

Think about this rationally. When Gibbs drafted Campbell, he was universally vilified. Why would you move upto draft a QB in the first round when you already have *two* potential starters? Well, because Gibbs saw that Ramsey wasn't the answer at all and Brunell was only a short term answer and he needed an accurate deep ball thrower to fit his system.

Maybe that's what this is; the FO realizes that Campbell is never going to be a great WCO qb. Maybe steady, but never game changing. So, why not get the guy that has a potential to be a great WCO qb?

The only caveat here is that I trust Gibbs' football acumen infinitely more than Snyders'. Cerrato is good, but it's not clear that he's behind drafting Sanchez. If he were, that would be much more reassuring.

The point is great leadership requires making bold, forward thinking moves that others may ridicule because they think myopically. Calling on past record does no good here; just because he's failed before doesn't mean that they shouldn't ever take risks again (especially if they're different kind of risks).

I love Campbell; I would like nothing more than to see him succeed. But, I also like the idea of drafting a potential stud at QB (the one position where having a stud makes all other problems seem less worse than they are), having him sit for a year, give Campbell one more shot. If Campbell does well, then he's rewarded with a high contract and we keep him. Recall the Rivers/Brees situation. That's a *good* problem to have. If Campbell is not up to par, we have a qb who's suited to the WC and has had one year to learn the system and get adjusted to pro speed. It goes without saying; you can never have enough good qb's on your team in the NFL.

Posted by: hailbg | April 16, 2009 6:56 AM | Report abuse

One point needs further clarification; the FO and Zorn has stated that #13, whoever that is, would have to be a rookie starter. With a team as many holes as the Redskins, does it make sense to afford the luxury of having your first round pick sit down the year?

This is a tough call and with most positions, the answer would be negative. With qb, however, it can be argued that it may be sensible. Why? Because a great qb makes other problems less severe.

Recall what Collins did in the last 4 games of 2007. With essentially the same group of wide receivers (didn't have Thomas or Kelly back then) and O-line, he was able to repeatedly carve great defenses. Bears. Giants. Vikings. Cowboys (with admittedly nothing to play for, but that was an ass-whopping).

Quick, accurate, ability to feel the pressure, in command; that was great to watch. That's the last time the Skins have ever looked like a great offense. Campbell has done that in stretches. Never against great defenses and never for complete games. That's what he's going to have to reach to be quality starter in the NFL.

Posted by: hailbg | April 16, 2009 7:07 AM | Report abuse

Now we'll look at a QB with an elite rating of 96. QB rating only a 95.

Jason Campbell has the REAL potential to be much, much better with right coach and offense to surround him.

Peyton Manning
Grade: 96

Comment: Manning is a highly productive quarterback who is intelligent and instinctive. He is very comfortable in this offense. His experience in the system and slow player turnover has allowed Manning and his teammates to work through all kinds of scenarios and adjustments. Physically, he has the size, arm strength, and accuracy everyone looks for. He is mechanically sound and has good overall strength in the pocket. He has good set up quickness and a solid feel for pressure with his eyes down field. He can adjust to buy time in the pocket, but is not a running threat. When he decides to throw it, the ball comes out quickly. He has a knack for when to move his feet without losing focus on coverage or receivers. He understands timing and has a good clock in his head. He has good height in the pocket with good ball position to release it quickly after making his decisions and he can put good velocity on all types of throws. His arm is strong enough to make all the throws and he is sound with his overall decisions. Like most quarterbacks, his accuracy and decisions decrease after getting hit. He has the confidence to respond quickly from a mistake and he will challenge you downfield again on the next series, if he throws an interception. He does a very good job of throwing with touch, when needed. He knows when to take something off the ball. He has impressive timing with his receivers and he often releases the ball before they come out of their breaks. He is accurate to all parts of the field and can also zip it into tight spots. He does a good job in the red zone of reading coverage and making quick, accurate decisions. He is also a sound ball handler who can disguise play fakes and get rid of it quickly once he locates his receivers. He has very few flaws and one of the best work ethics of any player. (This is Jason Campbell)


Posted by: periculum ******

I had to bring this over from the last posting. To compare Jason Campbell to Peyton Manning is crazy. You highlight a couple sentences, but funny how you avoid the obvious flaws with JC. I'll copy and paste then so you won't miss it again.

When he decides to throw it, the ball comes out quickly. He has a knack for when to move his feet without losing focus on coverage or receivers. He understands timing and has a good clock in his head. He has good height in the pocket with good ball position to release it quickly after making his decisions

Posted by: lsskinsfan | April 16, 2009 7:45 AM | Report abuse

hailbg

'....The only caveat here is that I trust Gibbs' football acumen infinitely more than Snyders'...'


I trust Gibbs' football judgement from the years 1981-1991: after that, his race car team management skills are great, football team management skills so-so.

Rememba folks: a lot of the talent, cap, and trade issues we moan about today were created during St Joe's second go-round.

I'd trust Dan Snyder's judgement if I was building a business and wanted to flip whatever equity I accrued into more valuable properties: but as for running a football franchise, dude should sit down and shut up.

Posted by: MistaMoe | April 16, 2009 8:03 AM | Report abuse

I believe this whole Mark Sanchez thing is just BS. I really do. After last year's draft class, I think Vinny knows he has to play it safe. He won't admit it, but last year's draft class was butt. Pure butt. This year, he has to play it safe. QB's are about the most unsafe pick you can make.

The safe play is to draft one of the top 3 OT's if available, or a LB like Maualuga, or a DE like Ayers. That's the safe bet.

Here's a scenario. We draft Sanchez this year, let Campbell play his contract out with Sanchez learning the system for a year. We let Campbell walk or we trade him for the 7th rounder he'd get us (lol). Then Sanchez plays and dude is awful. Seriously, it's probably goodbye Vinny in two years.

Safe play scenario, let's stay mediocre as hell, keep JC for this year and enjoy maybe a 9-7 season (yippey!) and then resign JC while "building around him". The only crappy thing is, whenever JC retires as the Redskins starting QB for 10 years, we'll still be hearing about how he needs "one more year" and "he needs better weapons around him". Yawn.

JC is mediocre.

Sanchez probably isn't the answer anyway.


We're The Redskins. We suck. Doom & Gloom '09 baby!!!

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 16, 2009 8:05 AM | Report abuse

"Now we'll look at a QB with an elite rating of 96. QB rating only a 95.

Jason Campbell has the REAL potential to be much, much better with right coach and offense to surround him.

Peyton Manning
Grade: 96

Posted by: periculum ******"

ummm, much, much better than who/what exactly? Much, much better than Peyton Manning?

If so, shoot yourself in the face.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 16, 2009 8:08 AM | Report abuse

This just in boldin has a broken face! I'd pass on a guy who has a broken face. This isn't the NBA and Rip hamilton can not lend him his pretty lil mask...

Posted by: Hail2theChief | April 16, 2009 8:15 AM | Report abuse

"Recall the Rivers/Brees situation. That's a *good* problem to have. If Campbell does well, then he's rewarded with a high contract and we keep him."

Are you sure about that? Drew Brees was a blossoming pro-bowl quarterback in his final year for San Diego, yet was essentially forced to be traded because of Rivers' salary. It worked out for SD because Rivers ended up being one of the QBs that hit the mark in the draft, but many do not. Regardless of what Campbell does next year, even if it's a 4000 yard, 30 TD type season, the drafting of Sanchez and his likely $50-million or so contract will mean the team HAS to trade Campbell (of course, unless the team lucks out and the CBA remains unresolved). And that is NOT a good situation to be in, unless you are absolutely sure that Sanchez is the real deal.

Posted by: psps23 | April 16, 2009 8:18 AM | Report abuse

PFT is reporting the following:

"Dan Snyder has told teams holding the 5th through 10th pick, that he'll do WHATEVER it takes to trade up to get Sanchez. Including not only this years first round pick, but allegedly a first round pick from both 2010, and 2011 as well"

wow....just wow....

Posted by: BeantownGreg | April 16, 2009 8:18 AM | Report abuse

"PFT is reporting the following:

"Dan Snyder has told teams holding the 5th through 10th pick, that he'll do WHATEVER it takes to trade up to get Sanchez. Including not only this years first round pick, but allegedly a first round pick from both 2010, and 2011 as well"

wow....just wow...."


that's BS

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 16, 2009 8:28 AM | Report abuse

wow....just wow....

Posted by: BeantownGreg | April 16, 2009 8:18 AM

Two weeks ago this would have been my reaction. But after the Cutler fiasco, nothing Dan Snyder does will ever wow me again. When it comes to Dan Snyder, I am unwowable.

Only hope is that Sanchez is gone by the 5th pick. Last year Cincinnati saved us from ourselves by refusing to trade ocho cinco. This year, it sounds like only Seattle can save us from ourselves by grabbing Sanchez.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | April 16, 2009 8:28 AM | Report abuse

yeah, yeah it is.....just trying to stir up the masses, and poke people with a stick...

Posted by: BeantownGreg | April 16, 2009 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Greg,

I don't see that on there site, where did you get that from.

Posted by: Flounder21 | April 16, 2009 8:30 AM | Report abuse

that's BS

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 16, 2009 8:28 AM

It is the sort of story that Sanchez's agent would like everyone to believe, isn't it?

Unfortunately, it's probably accurate.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | April 16, 2009 8:31 AM | Report abuse

talent evaluator more like talent DEVALUATOR M I RITE??

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 16, 2009 8:31 AM | Report abuse

'...One point needs further clarification; the FO and Zorn has stated that #13, whoever that is, would have to be a rookie starter....'


And if it's Sanchez behind the offensive line we have now, then the ambulance/medivac crew had better be ready with pills, injections, pain killers, and space on the field where the players can all circle and knee and pray after the kid gets sacks about a thousand times.

Posted by: MistaMoe | April 16, 2009 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Beantown: Post the link bro...

Posted by: Hail2theChief | April 16, 2009 8:33 AM | Report abuse

I'm just messing around, wanted to get the "SNYDER IS SUCH AN IDIOT" reaction from the crowd....all in fun.

Posted by: BeantownGreg | April 16, 2009 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Greg,

I see you were joking, but this site will be hell today because of it.

Posted by: Flounder21 | April 16, 2009 8:34 AM | Report abuse

"yeah, yeah it is.....just trying to stir up the masses, and poke people with a stick..."

Easy beantown, I just had an old lady drive me off the road and got a flat tire on the way to work. I'm not in the right frame of mind to deal with such "news".

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who | April 16, 2009 8:36 AM | Report abuse

'....just trying to stir up the masses, and poke people with a stick...'

Again: Slip in the word 'cutler' where ever you see the word 'sanchez' and you'll get the same ol', same ol' chatta from about two weeks ago.

Posted by: MistaMoe | April 16, 2009 8:37 AM | Report abuse

flound, thats the best part...rile them up, then sit back and laugh...

Posted by: BeantownGreg | April 16, 2009 8:39 AM | Report abuse

I can see why Snyder went for Cutler, cause he had some games under his belt and a swagger about him. There is no way we can jeopardize this draft and season by going all or nothing on an unproven rookie QB. Somewhere within this front office there has to be some common sense.

Posted by: FedorEm | April 16, 2009 8:39 AM | Report abuse

I'm just messing around, wanted to get the "SNYDER IS SUCH AN IDIOT" reaction from the crowd....all in fun.

Posted by: BeantownGreg | April 16, 2009 8:34 AM |

Don't give up so quickly, Greg. I think you'll be able to post the PFT link within an hour or two. It will begin, "As reported on The Washington Post's blog, Dan Snyder has contacted ...."

Posted by: talent_evaluator | April 16, 2009 8:40 AM | Report abuse

yod, I believe in signs. And you CLEARLY had a sign trying to tell you to call in sick....

Posted by: BeantownGreg | April 16, 2009 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Greg,
I dont usually call people out but I agree with Flounder. You do realize that some schmuck is going to call 980 or somewhere with that and you are going to get Snyder thinking about it.

Posted by: alex35332 | April 16, 2009 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Anyway, just because it hasn't been reported on PFT, doesn't mean that it hasn't already happened. The one relevant link on PFT is the video clip talking about how teams are desperate to trade out of the top 10 picks.

That has to be firing up the hormones in the Redskins' front office. They can pounce when they sense desperation. Look how they took advantage of that guy Haynesworth who was desperate to get out of Tennessee.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | April 16, 2009 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Beantown, you're right...I might just cut out after lunch and go home to watch game tape of Sanchez...

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who | April 16, 2009 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Greg,
I dont usually call people out but I agree with Flounder. You do realize that some schmuck is going to call 980 or somewhere with that and you are going to get Snyder thinking about it.

Posted by: alex35332 | April 16, 2009 8:43 AM

Alex, Do you really believe that Dan Snyder needs to hear stupid ideas like this off the radio? He's capable of thinking this stuff up himself.

But, yeah, Greg, this isn't April Fools day. Although, you sure took advantage of this old fool. Shame on you.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | April 16, 2009 8:48 AM | Report abuse

I wonder how many of the top 10 teams want out of the top 10 for financial reasons. Not just salary-cap reasons, but financial reasons in general due to the economy. You hear about those issues in the NBA right now, I'm curious to know how it's affected the NFL. It was even theorized that Detroit may simply pass on its #1 slot and let another team jump ahead -- with no compensation (of course that's not likely to actually happen).

Posted by: psps23 | April 16, 2009 8:54 AM | Report abuse

see yods, good things came out of my attempt at humor, you're taking a half day, and by tomorrow after watching game tape of sanchez, you'll be more informed than the rest of us on his potential.

te, we've been pulling the wool over your eye's for quite some time now....

Posted by: BeantownGreg | April 16, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who | April 16, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

" wonder how many of the top 10 teams want out of the top 10 for financial reasons. Not just salary-cap reasons, but financial reasons in general due to the economy. You hear about those issues in the NBA right now, I'm curious to know how it's affected the NFL. It was even theorized that Detroit may simply pass on its #1 slot and let another team jump ahead -- with no compensation (of course that's not likely to actually happen).

Posted by: psps23 "

Detroit could just not pick anybody until they want to. They could wait until Redskins are up and then say "BOOM WE WANT SANCHEZ HA!"

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 16, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse

malcolm seems to have his head on straight and ready to be healthy at the start of the season. let's hope for the best...

Posted by: Hail2theChief | April 16, 2009 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Bean, did my sarcasm tags not show up? Ha, if I do take a half day I think I would take that time to do everything humanly possible for Andre Smith to fall to 13. Maybe take him out to a Krispy Kreme...

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who | April 16, 2009 9:02 AM | Report abuse

anybody got a link to a highlight video of Malcom Kelly and Devin Thomas from last year?

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 16, 2009 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the link Yodler!

It is SJKing beyond me how a pro ball player in this day and age can let a knee go - during the SEASON even!!

"Last year, I really didn't ... since I just had the problem, I really didn't keep a real maintenance program. This year, I'm gonna keep a maintenance program throughout the whole year"

I mean, gim'me an SJKing BREAK! And how does the team let this go??!!

I've had problems w/ the Skins training staff for years now. I don't know who's SJK Bubba Tyer was SJKing, but geez!

Anyway, Kelly comparing himself to Fitzgerald is laughable.

Where's Leigh Torrence when you need him??!!.... I know, in the himalayas solving sun spots....

Posted by: DikShuttle | April 16, 2009 9:05 AM | Report abuse

'..I'm curious to know how it [the economy] affected the NFL...'


Teams have laid off employees galore.

Teams have also handed out big contracts like they were Halloween candy.

The NFL has deep pockets: the question is, who, in this economy, can afford the Sunday Ticket, going to games, and paying the riduckulous sums for parking, brew, grub, jerseys, and whatnot.

Posted by: MistaMoe | April 16, 2009 9:06 AM | Report abuse

te, we've been pulling the wool over your eye's for quite some time now....

Posted by: BeantownGreg | April 16, 2009 8:55 AM

Wool? Is that what it was? Man I was afraid I had macular degeneration or glaucoma. Thanks for saving me a trip to the ophthalmologist.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | April 16, 2009 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Mayock: NFL Draft Is Lopsided

“Every team in the top 10 is looking to trade out,” Mayock told reporters today in a conference call.

“Here’s what’s happening, which I think is really interesting to see if this trend plays out: That old trade chart that all the teams used to use, it began to go out the window last year and I think, like the economy, it’s completely out the window,” Mayock said. “So, I think any team in the top 10 that’s looking to get out will listen to any reasonable offer. And more than ever teams are looking to get down to 15 to 25 because you can get the same kind of player at 20 than you can at seven, and you pay one-third the money.”

I gather from this that it may not be too unreasonable a price to pay for a particular owner to move up to the get the player he really wants.

Posted by: TWISI | April 16, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

theTruth

How did that Bravos v. Fish situation work out?

The Marlins are real.

Whoever scouts talent for them should get a raise on top of a raise.

They win a championship, tear the team down, and rebuild better than anybody in the history of history, Theo Epstien be damned.

Thing is, they just got a new stadium, and this time around, might have the loot to keep the young great pitchers they have.

Marlins v. Rays World Series...?

Maybe.

Posted by: MistaMoe | April 16, 2009 9:13 AM | Report abuse

The NFL will be fine as long as the "downturn" is not lengthy. The TV deals keep bringing in $ and they just reupped with Directv for a boatload of dough, which is guaranteed even in the event of a work stoppage. Now, individual teams may suffer and owners may have other businesses that struggle and imperil their football business, but so far that doesn't seem to be happening. I'll be attending the annual meeting of sports editors and pro sports commissioners next week in New York and we'll get an update from Goodell then.

Posted by: CindyBoren | April 16, 2009 9:14 AM | Report abuse

No problem Dik, I was a little surprised they didn't have a "maintenance program" on that knee last year. That's kind of ridiculous. Having said that, I think Malcolm has the chance to take the offense to a winning level. IF he is healthy, he is a valuable target that can go get balls Santana can't. This would breed confidence within JC, and a watershed effect would ensue. That "if" is in caps for a reason though.

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who | April 16, 2009 9:14 AM | Report abuse

moe, they're good, no doubt, and I agree, since they signed Hanley, perhaps there is a changing of their mindset in regards to keeping their young talent.

Posted by: BeantownGreg | April 16, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Mayock: NFL Draft Is Lopsided
Posted by Aaron Wilson on April 16, 2009, 9:05 a.m.
Is this year’s NFL Draft akin to a Bizarro world where everything is backwards?

That might be stretching the point a bit, but there’s still a growing consensus in NFL circles that the quality of players available in the top 10 picks is extremely similar to the talent level of the players projected to be drafted in the teens and early 20s of the first round.

According to NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock, per Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat, teams are looking to bail out of the top 10 and trade down.

“Every team in the top 10 is looking to trade out,” Mayock told reporters today in a conference call. “I’ve never seen a situation quite like this. And the theory is, everybody knows we’re upside down with this draft. The rookies are getting paid way too much money proportionate to their value. So, teams are scared to death to miss in the top 10.”

According to Mayock, part of the trend goes back to simple economics. (Random thought: Where’s the teacher from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off to explain it all to us?)

“Here’s what’s happening, which I think is really interesting to see if this trend plays out: That old trade chart that all the teams used to use, it began to go out the window last year and I think, like the economy, it’s completely out the window,” Mayock said. “So, I think any team in the top 10 that’s looking to get out will listen to any reasonable offer. And more than ever teams are looking to get down to 15 to 25 because you can get the same kind of player at 20 than you can at seven, and you pay one-third the money.”

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This includes Oher. Don't give a bust all that money @ 13......

Posted by: 4thFloor | April 16, 2009 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Mayock: NFL Draft Is Lopsided

“Every team in the top 10 is looking to trade out,” Mayock told reporters today in a conference call.

Posted by: TWISI | April 16, 2009 9:11 AM

This means that Snyder can trade #13 to some team in the top three and get them to give him an extra third rounder. He'll play them off against each other and may even pick up a third rounder and a fifth rounder.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | April 16, 2009 9:22 AM | Report abuse

glaucoma. Thanks for saving me a trip to the ophthalmologist.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | April 16, 2009 9:08 AM

Right, that's what your were planning on doing for your glaucoma problem. Though it may be cheaper!

Posted by: Curzon417 | April 16, 2009 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Mayock: NFL Draft Is Lopsided

“Every team in the top 10 is looking to trade out,” Mayock told reporters today in a conference call.

Posted by: TWISI | April 16, 2009 9:11 AM

This means that Snyder can trade #13 to some team in the top three and get them to give him an extra third rounder. He'll play them off against each other and may even pick up a third rounder and a fifth rounder.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | April 16, 2009 9:22 AM | Report abuse


I was just going to say that it won't take much to move into the 5-8 range with out giving up too much since most teams want out. Unless you want one of the qb's the value at 5 is not much different from 15 other than the $$ you will have to pay the rookie. If sanchez get's past Seattle, I bet the skins make it happen.

Posted by: slimbo-Rice | April 16, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

"This includes Oher. Don't give a bust all that money @ 13......"

The dude started in the SEC for 4 years, was projected as a top 20 pick LAST year...I understand he had a book written about him, but that's not the only reason the guy got pub.

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who | April 16, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Dik Shuttle -

What was wrong with the interview. I thought it was great one and even more hyped that Vinnie Cerrato choo - choo - choose him.

Fitzgerald is the best in the game, and if he can be anywhere close to him, we have a keeper....

Posted by: 4thFloor | April 16, 2009 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Could the FO have been wise enough to forsee the declining value of early pics??

...hmmm.. it shows TORRENCIAN genius!

btw - Leigh was last seen having Darjeelung (s- to tha SJKing -p??) with "Mr. Heatmiser"

Posted by: DikShuttle | April 16, 2009 9:30 AM | Report abuse

slimbo-Rice I agree w/ you. I think the Browns and Skins had some kind of deal in place during the Cutler fiasco. I'm sure those lines are open and not to get Sanchez which could be a smoke screen, but maybe to get Orakpo or even Curry if he drops there.

Posted by: TWISI | April 16, 2009 9:33 AM | Report abuse

We literally have no idea what he can do. So let's hold the comparisons to the league's best.

Y'kno.. like Cutler to Elway??

Hey, I play ball like Riggo - just astronomically worse... and I'm 41... and fat.

Posted by: DikShuttle | April 16, 2009 9:34 AM | Report abuse

slimbo-Rice I agree w/ you. I think the Browns and Skins had some kind of deal in place during the Cutler fiasco. I'm sure those lines are open and not to get Sanchez which could be a smoke screen, but maybe to get Orakpo or even Curry if he drops there.

Posted by: TWISI | April 16, 2009 9:33 AM | Report abuse

The only thing I say about your point is that for the Skins to be better this year than last we need help on offense not D. Unless you are going after a cornerstone Tackle or Franchise QB you don't get into the top 5 or so. A LB or DE right now i beleive is more of a luxury than a neccesity at this point.

Posted by: slimbo-Rice | April 16, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

slimbo-Rice good point, just throwing out names. An OL prospect in that range could be Monroe. My main point is that moving up in this draft is probably on the table for the skins.

Posted by: TWISI | April 16, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Snyder wants Dirty Sanchez.

Say 'NO' to Dirty Sanchez!

That is all.

Posted by: Anonynonandon | April 16, 2009 9:41 AM | Report abuse

bean

'....they're good, no doubt, and I agree, since they signed Hanley, perhaps there is a changing of their mindset in regards to keeping their young talent...'

Hanley Ramirez and Josh Johnson are a couple of killa players. Their pitchers are all dominant and young.

The Rays and the Marlins have the best young pitching in the league, hands down.

They-the Marlins-have been cheap on purpose if you ask me.

Their owner pockets luxury tax money and begs the state of Florida and Dade County for cash for a stadium.

They get the stadium, but it's going to be built in the heart of Miami when the people who come to the games live 90 minutes north and don't care enough to drive that far.

So they'll be a great team playing in front of empty seats--just further south is all.

Posted by: MistaMoe | April 16, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

moe, agreed about Hanley, he's a top 20 talent in MLB, I don't know much about the Marlins other players however....when it was rumored the Sawx were sniffing around Hanley this winter, I was really hoping it would happen....

Posted by: BeantownGreg | April 16, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

New News is New News....

For all of you Randy Thomas Haters:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/apr/16/thomas-placed-career-line/

Posted by: 4thFloor | April 16, 2009 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Dirty Sanchez????

Oher?? Smith??? Britton?? Trade down/up???

The draft is in eleven days, let it go.

New Topic: Old School Running Backs

pick'em:

OJ Andersen
Jim Brown
Sam Bam Cunningham
Walter Peyton
John Riggins
Larry Czonka
Ernest Byner
Mike Garrett
OJ Simpson
Roger Craig
Benny Malone
Paul Hornung
Kelvin Bryant
Wilbur Montgomery
Tony Dorsett
Chuck Foreman


.....me, I'm taking Peyton and Craig with Simpson coming off the bench: after all, with OJ on my team, 'sudden death' will have a whole new meaning.

Posted by: MistaMoe | April 16, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Hey 4th,

I read that article on Randy Thomas. Dude is a warrior.

That's veteran leadership right there.

Posted by: swowra | April 16, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

4th, good stuff on Thomas.

"Thomas said he feels great. He's squatting more weight than he ever has during workouts with left guard Derrick Dockery and the team's young offensive linemen, leading Bugel to call him the Pied Piper"

Good news indeed.

Posted by: BeantownGreg | April 16, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

For all of you Randy Thomas Haters:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/apr/16/thomas-placed-career-line/

----------------------------

I hope Clinton Portis reads that article. I don't see how Randy Thomas was a detriment to the team last year. Didn't see him get beat for sacks like that... I guess we all know why he wasn't pulling anymore, it wasn't due to his loss of athleticism, as La Canfora noted several times.

Posted by: RedDMV | April 16, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Did you guys see this?

From PFT:

[Man Punched For Grabbing Cowboys Flag
Posted by Sheil Kapadia on April 16, 2009, 9:39 a.m. EDT

A man was punched in the face after he removed a Dallas Cowboys flag from a car in downtown Washington, D.C. earlier this week.

According to the Associated Press, a pedestrian grabbed the flag from a vehicle that was stopped in traffic and threw it to the ground.

Police and witnesses say someone in the car then got out and punched the flag-grabber in the face by the time he had crossed the street. The man was treated for a bruised forehead.

It was unclear whether the person was sticking up for the Cowboys, or just didn’t like that the man touched his car.]

I want to haynesworth stomp that guys face.

Posted by: AllThatSkins | April 16, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

I guess we all know why he wasn't pulling anymore, it wasn't due to his loss of athleticism, as La Canfora noted several times.

Posted by: RedDMV | April 16, 2009 10:05 AM

Yes indeedy......

Everything doesn't get leaked out of Redskin Park. The good stuff atleast.

Posted by: 4thFloor | April 16, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

***NBA POST***

Garnett may miss the entire postseason. Either McHale knnew what he was doing in trading Garnett, or Garnett knew himself that the '07-'08 season would be a one shot thing.

Bulls in six over Boston.

Bean, what's good with your boys?

Posted by: RedDMV | April 16, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

lol @ the Dallas-flag-grabber! Way to go! Then he's gonna sue that stupid Dallas fan and get his money! HA!


also, in response to Marlins/Bravos, unfortunately I didn't get to see the first two games, and I believe they play today starting at like 12:45 PM so I'll miss this one too.


From what I understand though, we just got out-classed the first game. I actually did catch the last two or three innings and the Fish were just playing much more aggressive.

Last night, I don't know, didn't catch any of it, but saw that our stupid stinking bullpen lost another one for the most part.

Hopefully we'll get a win today.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 16, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Snyder wants Dirty Sanchez.

Say 'NO' to Dirty Sanchez!

Posted by: Anonynonandon | April 16, 2009 9:41 AM

Tee hee. He said "Dirty Sanchez" twice! Tee hee.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | April 16, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

AllThat, yeah that went down a few blocks from where I am in DC during the day... Wish I'd taken the Metro that day just to see that.

Even though it was a Cowboys fans sh**ting on a 'skins fan, I still thought it was funny.

Some people take this fanhood thing a little too far, dude that got whopped deserved it - Never touch another man's ride without permission.

Posted by: RedDMV | April 16, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

I'll take jim & Walter with Dorsett coming off the pine...

Posted by: Hail2theChief | April 16, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

I would like to give DS and Vinnie a Dirty Sanchez

Posted by: slimbo-Rice | April 16, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

My thing is, why does Elfin always break these kinds of news articles?

Is the Post not in that kind of business (Fair and Balanced Reporting)?

Posted by: 4thFloor | April 16, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

"***NBA POST***

Garnett may miss the entire postseason. Either McHale knnew what he was doing in trading Garnett, or Garnett knew himself that the '07-'08 season would be a one shot thing.

Bulls in six over Boston.

Bean, what's good with your boys?

Posted by: RedDMV"

HEY RED SHUT YOUR FACE BOY

Portland or New Orleans to win the West

The Lebrons win the East and win it all

BOOM WHAT'S HAPPNIN

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 16, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

red, sigh..yeah, heard that this morning, that sucks. He hurt the knee this year, so I'm not sure about your McHale assertion. They'll get past the bulls I think, but after that, I think its only a matter of time. You can't take a guy like KG out of the lineup, and NOT expect a huge dropoff.

Posted by: BeantownGreg | April 16, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Agreed Red.

Posted by: Hail2theChief | April 16, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Truth, the dude touched his car, and took something that belonged to them... that dude that got rocked has no case, and had no business touching his car...

I think the "stolelee" would've rather been moon'ed than decked.

And I doubt if he was unconscious for five minutes, he was embarassed and had a 'Limas Sweed' moment.

Posted by: RedDMV | April 16, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Celtics still beat chicago IMO

Posted by: Hail2theChief | April 16, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

'...Thomas played with a herniated disk in his neck, an injury that required surgery in January. That injury, if aggravated the wrong way, could have ended his 10-year career or left him paralyzed....

I'm in the minority here.

A hurt player needs to sit, get healed up, recover, then return to the lineup.

For every beat up 'warrior' there's a retired player who can't walk, eat without help, or think straight.

And there are no fans around when a guy is fifty and can't stand up without help.

Thomas's is a great player, don't get me wrong.

But if I'm a coach, I want eleven healthy guys--not 10, with one struggling to be 80%.

Perhaps the skins o-line depths issues prompted him to sacrifice in some way.

Posted by: MistaMoe | April 16, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

John Madden is retiring from broadcasting.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | April 16, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Agreed Red.

Posted by: AllThatSkins | April 16, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

The Kevin Garnett news simply paves the way for Orlando in the East. Book it.

Posted by: psps23 | April 16, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Portland or New Orleans to win the West

The Lebrons win the East and win it all


BOOM WHAT'S HAPPNIN

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 16, 2009 10:26 AM

You are still using paint as your chaser for your fuzzy navels, huh Truth?

I'll give you the Cavs in the east, but you west prediction/wet dream ain't happening, son.

LA won't have a series that goes past six games, finals included. They have the best team with the second best player.

New Orleans has no low post presence - none. Portland will probably make it to the west finals.

Posted by: RedDMV | April 16, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

the john madden retirement was written all over the wall last year when he missed that seatle game. I think the powers that be wanted him out. since they booked those games last year knowing he would not be able to make it from seattle to carolina i think it was in time to properly prepare.

5 dollars he pops up on another network

Posted by: GreatOne1 | April 16, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

THIS TEAM IS NOT DRAFTING SANCHEZ!!!! I know as well as any of you that our draft history doesn't inspire blind faith and confidence. But it ain't gonna happen. Either he'll get taken before 13, someone will trade with us to get him, or we'll take a lineman. If not, I will puke on myself.

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | April 16, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

hate to join the NBA talk but can you imagine the cash and media buzz that will be created if Kobe and Lebron meet in the finals.

Posted by: GreatOne1 | April 16, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

As long as he keeps making his video game I'm cool. lol

Posted by: Hail2theChief | April 16, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

The Titans will enter next week's NFL Draft with a familiar strategy, one which allowed them to select a player who turned out to be one of the league's top rookies last season.


Instead of focusing solely on positional needs, General Manager Mike Reinfeldt will concentrate on selecting the best player available in the first and second rounds, where the Titans have the 30th and 62nd overall picks.

The belief is that no one position of need is more important than passing on a higher rated prospect.

"If you have a chance to get a player that's special … it's more important to get a difference maker on your team than to get depth at a position," Reinfeldt said.

In order to be such a pick, the prospect must hit all the tangibles.

"The productivity in college, the measurables, the speed, the quickness," Reinfeldt said. "He's got (to have) a chance to be a difference maker."

The Titans have the luxury of returning a mostly veteran team that went 13-3 last season, so there are fewer holes to plug.

Positions of need are defensive line (All-Pro Albert Haynesworth signed with the Redskins), cornerback (Nick Harper is entering his ninth season), linebacker (depth) and wide receiver (consistent playmakers).

Continued:

Posted by: Flounder21 | April 16, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

'...John Madden is retiring from broadcasting...'

So who does NBC put in the booth with Al Micheals?


Collingsworth
Favre
Aikman
Boomer E.
Tiki B
Strahan and his gap tooth
Steve Young

I know he's a cowboy, but I like Aikman in the booth with Micheals on Sunday night.


Posted by: MistaMoe | April 16, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

bean, I'm a little of a conspiracy theorist, so I may be reaching with McHale, but if you look at his production this season its way down.

C's haters would say this is the chicken coming home to roost. The Celtics act wore thin on a lot of teams last year and earlier this season.

Posted by: RedDMV | April 16, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Cornerbacks Vontae Davis of Illinois and Darius Butler of Connecticut are the latest mock draft favorites for the Titans to select with the 30th pick. Weeks earlier, receiver Percy Harvin of Florida was the popular pick in many mock drafts. Others have listed receiver Hakeem Nicks of North Carolina and linebacker Rey Maualuga of Southern Cal.

While the Titans are one of several NFL teams that utilize the "best available player" strategy, some teams draft based solely on need. That's a mistake, according to ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper.

"You're better off not forcing a pick," Kiper said. "This team has to get a receiver, this team has to get a defensive end. No. You don't have to do it. There are more rounds than the first round. That's what we lose sight of."

Last season the Titans used the 24th pick to select East Carolina running back Chris Johnson, who had run the fastest time at the NFL Combine but otherwise was largely unheralded.

The Titans selected Johnson even though their own second-year back, LenDale White, was coming off a 1,110-yard season.

Draft analysts largely ridiculed the selection of Johnson, but by the end of the season he had proven detractors wrong by rushing for 1,228 yards, nine touchdowns and being selected to the Pro Bowl.

"He was a much better, much higher grade than the players we had on the board, at the positions we thought we had needs at," Reinfeldt said.

In the second round, the Titans selected Eastern Michigan defensive tackle Jason Jones, who played in 13 games, starting three, and finishing the season with 28 tackles and five sacks.

"This organization has drafted well over the last couple of year, signing impact players that helped us win right away," veteran defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch said.

"So I'm excited about the possibilities of bringing in some young guys that can help us be a better team."

The Titans return 10 starters on defense, so it's difficult to figure out what position would best strengthen the unit, cornerback Cortland Finnegan said.

"Wherever your team doesn't have depth at a position, you want to get the best player available," said Finnegan, who is coming off his first Pro Bowl season for the Titans. "There's not one position that stands out."

Posted by: Flounder21 | April 16, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

NFL draft guru Mike Mayock is convinced the Broncos have only one choice in the first round of the April 25-26 draft.

"If they don't try to get Mark Sanchez, I think they're crazy," Mayock said Wednesday in a national conference call with reporters. "The bottom line to me is if their head coach goes 4-12 with Kyle Orton, he probably gets fired this year. If he goes 4-12 with Mark Sanchez, he's rebuilding."

It's possible the Broncos' new coach, Josh McDaniels, isn't planning on going 4-12 regardless of his quarterback, especially after it became evident an 8-8 record with Jay Cutler at quarterback last season wasn't enough to save Mike Shanahan's job.

It also should be noted Mayock made his first significant mark as a draft

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analyst in 2006 when he opined that Cutler was a superior quarterback prospect to the more heralded Matt Leinart and Vince Young.
Cutler has outperformed Young and Leinart through their first three NFL seasons. Mayock now believes San- chez, who led Southern California to a Rose Bowl victory last season, is a better quarterback than Georgia's Matthew Stafford, who many are projecting to go to the Detroit Lions with the overall No. 1 pick

Posted by: Flounder21 | April 16, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Sorry that should read,

NFL draft guru Mike Mayock is convinced the Broncos have only one choice in the first round of the April 25-26 draft.

"If they don't try to get Mark Sanchez, I think they're crazy," Mayock said Wednesday in a national conference call with reporters. "The bottom line to me is if their head coach goes 4-12 with Kyle Orton, he probably gets fired this year. If he goes 4-12 with Mark Sanchez, he's rebuilding."

It's possible the Broncos' new coach, Josh McDaniels, isn't planning on going 4-12 regardless of his quarterback, especially after it became evident an 8-8 record with Jay Cutler at quarterback last season wasn't enough to save Mike Shanahan's job.

It also should be noted Mayock made his first significant mark as a draft analyst in 2006 when he opined that Cutler was a superior quarterback prospect to the more heralded Matt Leinart and Vince Young.
Cutler has outperformed Young and Leinart through their first three NFL seasons. Mayock now believes San- chez, who led Southern California to a Rose Bowl victory last season, is a better quarterback than Georgia's Matthew Stafford, who many are projecting to go to the Detroit Lions with the overall No. 1 pick

Posted by: Flounder21 | April 16, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

I like Aikman in the booth.

He isn't self-indulged and he is openly honest when accessing the Cowboys, and Redskins.

Can't belive that Madden is leaving the booth though - it's time, I guess.

Hail2, they can change the name on the EA football game (although it would be very werid), but as long as the gameplay is the same I'm cool.

Posted by: RedDMV | April 16, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

So who does NBC put in the booth with Al Micheals?


Collingsworth
Favre
Aikman
Boomer E.
Tiki B
Strahan and his gap tooth
Steve Young

I know he's a cowboy, but I like Aikman in the booth with Micheals on Sunday night.


Posted by: MistaMoe


Aikman is the only one I can stand on that list. Collinsworth and Boomer are pretty much the same annoying dbag rolled into one.

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who | April 16, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Mayock now believes San- chez, who led Southern California to a Rose Bowl victory last season, is a better quarterback than Georgia's Matthew Stafford...

Posted by: Flounder21 | April 16, 2009 10:52 AM

That's nothing. Dan Snyder believes he's a better quarterback than God. And Dan Snyder has proven, over and over, what a good judge of talent he is.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | April 16, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

MIke Floorueoeio of PFT is gonna be on 106.7 in the next few minutes

Posted by: alex35332 | April 16, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

flound, thanks for the post.

al, if you could post anything Redskin related he has to say, that'd be great.

Posted by: BeantownGreg | April 16, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

It is obviously Collinsworth.

He's on Madden's Video game as Madden's Replacement. And he replaced him in real life as a sub.

Posted by: 4thFloor | April 16, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

yeah Red I've been playing Madden for a lot years now and it would be weird for his name to drop off. I still wish he was in the game more than he is now...
anyway on to the real stuff, please stop posting that denver is going to take Sanchez. that will force Vinnie to trade up to select before denver and that make my head hurt

Posted by: Hail2theChief | April 16, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

I Like Aikman because one of his most favorite players in the League is Clinton Portis. And he gushes over him every redskins game he does.

I think he may/might ask him out on a date. That's how much in love he is in with him.......

Posted by: 4thFloor | April 16, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

hail,

If Sanchez is picked Vinny had nothing to do with it, that would be 100% on Snyder.

Posted by: Flounder21 | April 16, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

peri:

Sorry man. In my opinion CUTLER could have pulled an ISIAH THOMAS. He was not a fit here in WASHINGTON. And trading up is not the way to go in this draft unless we snag AARON CURRY by doing so.

Posted by: glawrence007 | April 16, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Red I've been playing Madden for a lot years now and it would be weird for his name to drop off.

Posted by: Hail2theChief | April 16, 2009 11:07 AM |

He's retiring from broadcasting, not from video gaming.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | April 16, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Is Collinsworth one of those guys who likes to harp on about how things were and how it was done in the good ol' days, because if he is, *ugh* on Collinsworth in the booth.

Posted by: RedDMV | April 16, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Esiason is a pretty good color guy on the radio, and would be a good choice, but for whatever it’s worth I do believe he already worked with Al Michaels for one season of MNF (remember that year?), and that didn’t last long…..don’t know if they didn’t get along or what….

Collin”g”sworth already works at NBC, so he could be a frontrunner…..

Aikman and Simms are the best color guys in my humble opinion. Another thought; Matt Millen was very good in his short stint as color guy on Fox….he could be a contender.

Posted by: dlhaze1 | April 16, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Madden will be on kcbs.com at 11:15 (in a few minutes). He's on M-F, same time (daily podcast). You can stream it

Madden loved RFK, Gibbs Skins, the Hogs, etc. Danny Snyder, not so much.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 16, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

John Madden Retires
Posted by Mike Florio on April 16, 2009, 10:49 a.m. EDT
Rarely if ever is one of our crackpot ahead-of-the-curve theories accurate.

So on the unusual occurrence that we nail one, we are compelled to celebrate by feasting on a block of cheese the size of a car battery.

NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol announced Thursday that living-legend NFL broadcaster John Madden is retiring. And we had it pegged earlier this year, after Matt Millen made an unscheduled appearance on the playoff edition of NBC’s pregame show, Football Night In America:

“In our estimation, John Madden will retire from broadcasting after the season, Cris Collinsworth will take Madden’s place on NBC’s Sunday Night Football, and Millen will replace Collinsworth on FNIA,” we wrote on January 3.

We had been hearing rumors that Madden would exit the industry, along with speculation that he’d re-join the Raiders in a front-office role. Last September, owner Al Davis hinted during the infamous “Lane Kiffin Must Consume Fecal Matter And Die” press conference that a local figure could soon be added to the organization.

“It’s time,” Madden said in a statement. “I’m 73 years old. My 50th wedding anniversary is this fall. I have two great sons and their families and my five grandchildren are at an age now when they know when I’m home and, more importantly, when I’m not . . . .

“It’s been such a great ride. . . . The NFL has been my life for more than 40 years, it has been my passion — it still is. I appreciate all of the people who are and were such an important part of the most enjoyable, most fun anyone could have . . . that great life with the teams, the players, the coaches, the owners, the League . . . my broadcasting partners Pat [Summerall] and Al [Michaels] . . . the production people and the fans . . . is still great . . . it’s still fun and that’s what it makes it hard and that’s why it took me a few months to make a decision.

“I still love every part of it — the travel, the practices, the game film, the games, seeing old friends and meeting new people . . . but I know this is the right time.”

As we’ve previously heard it, Madden and Ebersol agreed upon execution of Madden’s six-year deal that, after three years, they’d revisit his situation.

Sundays and Mondays won’t be the same without John Madden, and in hindsight he capped his career the right way — by calling one of the most exciting Super Bowls ever.

Posted by: Flounder21 | April 16, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

So who does NBC put in the booth with Al Micheals?


Collingsworth
Favre
Aikman
Boomer E.
Tiki B
Strahan and his gap tooth
Steve Young

I know he's a cowboy, but I like Aikman in the booth with Micheals on Sunday night.


Posted by: MistaMoe | April 16, 2009 10:49 AM


They are going to put Collinsworth, they have been grooming him to a larger audience ( i.e. he was in china doing segments for the summer olympics for NBC)

Posted by: GreatOne1 | April 16, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Is Collinsworth one of those guys who likes to harp on about how things were and how it was done in the good ol' days, because if he is, *ugh* on Collinsworth in the booth.

Posted by: RedDMV

He's one of those guys who loves the sound of his own voice. So it takes him a half hour to explain something most people would communicate in a few seconds. Maybe I just hate his voice...I dunno

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who | April 16, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Arizona Cardinals HC Ken Whisenhunt has recently confirmed that star wideout Anquan Boldin is indeed on the trading block. League source expect him to be traded next week before the NFL draft. Boldin's discontent in Arizona stems back to last offseason, when the 'Cards inked fellow receiver Larry Fitzgerald to a monster 4yr/40M deal and refused to negotiate something similar with Boldin. Back then, the Redskins explored trade options to acquire the 2003 Offensive Rookie of the Year, but nothing materialized. Today, the 'Skins are still starved for receiving options: starters Moss and Randle El are at best #2 options on other teams, and the jury is still out on '08 draft picks Malcolm Kelly and Devin Thomas.

The 'Skins would like to draft a tackle with the 13th overall pick, however, all three premium choices, Eugene Monroe, Justin Smith, and Andre Smith, most likely won't fall to them. Expect Washington owner Dan Snyder, a man who loves instant gratification and flashy dealmaking, to make another go at Boldin -- I wouldn't be surprised if Snyder and Vinny C would be willing to part with their 13th overall pick for him.

The upside on such a move would be an immediate and unquestionable upgrade at receiver -- Boldin and Moss would represent one of the league's best possession/speed combos. However, there is a considerable downside to such a deal: Boldin will be 29 in October and the 'Skins have glaring needs at OT, DE, and SLB.

If I were in charge, I'd pass on Boldin and utilize the draft, a concept that has been anathema to the Dan and his side-kick Vinny Cerrato in recent years. If none of the top three OTs fell to pick 13, Micheal Oher could be a possibility; he has top-ten potential, but there is a discernible lack of consensus among scouts league-wide regarding the Ole Miss OT. Other smart options for the 'Skins at pick 13 would be DEs Aaron Maybin or Tyson Jackson, from Penn State and LSU respectively. These guys would be great replacements for the departed Jason Taylor, lining up alongside Andre Carter and the newly acquired Albert Haynesworth.

Also, the 'Skins have been looking hard at USC QB Mark Sanchez, who many scouts believe would be a number one pick in next year's draft if he were to stay in college for another season. Current starting QB Jason Campbell is in the last year of his contract and the 'Skins are at best resigned to a wait-and-see approach in terms of re-signing Campbell, for whom they traded 1st, 3rd, and 4th round picks in the 2005 draft.

Finally, there are plenty of linebackers in the top of this draft and the 'Skins need to replace Marcus Washington. Top-shelf options (probably unavailable at 13) include Wake OLB Aaron Curry and Texas OLB Brian Orakpo, and more realistic choices could be USC 'backers Brian Cushing and Clay Matthews.

Posted by: spyder7 | April 16, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

I Like Aikman because one of his most favorite players in the League is Clinton Portis. And he gushes over him every redskins game he does.

I think he may/might ask him out on a date. That's how much in love he is in with him.......

Posted by: 4thFloor | April 16, 2009 11:10 AM
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I've noticed this also, that's why I don't have a problem with Aikman, he doesn't ride on the 'skins (giggity) even though he was a Cowboy.

Posted by: RedDMV | April 16, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Best Color Guys:

#1 - Dan Dierforf
#2 - Simms
#3 - Aikman
#4 - Madden
#5 - Collinsworth

The Best of List stops here.

Posted by: 4thFloor | April 16, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Collinsworth is one of, if not the best analyst in the business right now. He hits the mark with a majority of his critiques, and he's one of the few guys that won't spare criticism when someone deserves it. By far the best choice out there.

Posted by: psps23 | April 16, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Truth be told i liked Aikman until about 2 seasons ago. Then he started, just like most everyone else, restating the freaking obvious. I can see what just happened I'm watching it on TV give me some insight ding dong and joe Buck is about as enthusiatic as guy who cleans horse sheaths for a living!

Posted by: Hail2theChief | April 16, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

On top of that Madden fired Gibbs, which led Gibbs to Coryell.

THANKS MADDEN!!

Posted by: 4thFloor | April 16, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

"Collinsworth is one of, if not the best analyst in the business right now. He hits the mark with a majority of his critiques, and he's one of the few guys that won't spare criticism when someone deserves it. By far the best choice out there."

All of that doesn't matter if you have an annoying voice and smug attitude. Am I the only one who can't stand Collinsworth?

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who | April 16, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Aikman stuck up for JC17 this year as well. But most of that was in the 1st half of the season. I don't remember what 2nd half games he did.....

Posted by: 4thFloor | April 16, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

As much as I hate Buck, and like Aikman as an announcer, they make an OK team - I don't listen to anyone other then those two, plus Madden/Michaels - I know very little about the "inside" game of the NFL, but I look like Einstein compared to most of the morons who somehow end up in an NFL broadcasting booth. The sound is almost always on mute, and the IPod is almost always on when I'm watching the 'Skins.

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | April 16, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Thanks John. I forgot aboutthe Buck part.

I. Hate. Buck. With. A. Passion.

You can't be more 'Holier than Thou' than Buck is. The Randy Moss Moon Shine comment just solidified him as one for infinity.

Posted by: 4thFloor | April 16, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

"All of that doesn't matter if you have an annoying voice and smug attitude. Am I the only one who can't stand Collinsworth?

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who"

I think he's fine. He doesn't have one of those drab voices that kills the emotion of games (unlike other color guys -- like Simms). Sure, he's smug. Doesn't bother me, though. Personally, I'd like to see Mike Patrick in the booth with Collinsworth next to him, and Theisman just for the entertainment.

Posted by: psps23 | April 16, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Using the word "tool" as an adjective was designed for Buck.

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | April 16, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

on Boldin -- if we could get him for a #13, I'd do that (of course, the cap would still be problematic). But seriously, would Zona part with a Pro Bowl WR for a #13 pick? I'm thinking not a snowballs chance in AZ in July on that

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 16, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

beeps

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 16, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Collinsworth Football 2010.
EA Sports
If its in the game, its in the game!

Posted by: alex35332 | April 16, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Wow, what's wrong with Joe Buck? I like him....and Aikman.

Posted by: dlhaze1 | April 16, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

"Sure, he's smug. Doesn't bother me, though."

Good for you then, man. I can't stand him, he pauses for emphasis before everything he says...just because he loves to hear himself talk. At least I have a mute button so I don't have to listen to that smug nerd. I think being around Bob Costas too much just makes you that way...

Anyone remember when Costas got up and hugged Collinsworth last year? Most. Awkward. Moment. Ever.

Posted by: Yoder-lay-hee-who | April 16, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

On broadcasters: the color guys are purely for entertainment. No repertorial value whatsoever, except unintentionally. You know how a color guy prepares for a broadcast? He assembles a bunch of informational snippets and practices them in front of a mirror, timing each to make sure it's brief and catchy. Like writing hooks for pop songs, except without bothering with the song.

Remember Ken Beatrice who suggested turning off the volume and listening to Sam and Sonny? Ken wasn't always wrong, you know.

Posted by: Samson151 | April 16, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

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