Welcome Home Luncheon
Just got home from the Ritz in Tyson's. Pretty much the same old stuff here as every year..
Former WR Roy Jefferson stole the show with a strong rendition of the anthem, sounding like Harry Belafonte (Gibbs called it "awesome").
Coach Joe did the usual routine, thanking the fans, talking about how hard the team worked in the offseason but offering nothing close to a prediction for 2007. "We don't know what the year has in store for us," he said, essentially the cliff's notes version of the morning.
Chris Samuels was names the Offensive MVP from 2006, and gave the shortest speech in the history of mankind, thanking God, the team and his teammates; I believe that is the proper order but it flew by so quickly that I didn't have time to jot it all down.
Sean Taylor was the D MVP - by default it seems for the 31st ranked unit - and he actually spoke much longer than Samuels, thanking a few more people like his family and chiding Gregg Williams a bit for how hard he rides the safeyt. Sean saved the Big Man Upstairs for last, but certainly not least.
"I want to thank God most of all," Taylor said, "for always keeping me on the right track."
Rock Cartwright got the Special Teams MVP, and expressed similar sentiments, giving a shout out to his deceased mother and offering heartfelt gratitude to special teams coach Danny Smith and running backs coach Earnest Byner.
So that was pretty much it. The food was pretty good for a banquet - hard to beat a free steak when you're a media schlub like me - and I've got some stuff to do before I head over to Comcast for WPL.
Skins have no called about Keydrick Vincent - he's talking to a few teams and should have a deal by the weekend, possibly with the Jets in Pete Kendall's old spot.
Also have a decent story going for tomorrow's paper, and I'll leave you with this statistic as a preview:
Take a wild guess as to what the third-down QB rating was against the Redskins last season? No one I asked around The Park guessed high enough. Think about it for a minute and I'll drop the answer way down below...
109.3, by far worst in the NFL (Detroit second worst at 102.something. NFL average was 78.something
they also had just 4 third-down sacks last season (that one blew my mind) and forced just 4 third-down turnovers (another mind-bender).
they've got to find a way to win third down this season, and I think they're well on the way.
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