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Woman Dies After Crash at Samuels' House

From Matt Zapotosky of our Metro desk:

A New Jersey woman who crashed an all-terrain vehicle into a tree at the Charles County home of a member of the Washington Redskins died Sunday, authorities said yesterday.

Lashana N. Wilson, 24, an acquaintance of offensive tackle Chris Samuels's, was at his house in Newburg on Saturday when she crashed shortly before noon, police said. Wilson was at the house for a "small, quiet gathering" of fewer than 10 people, said Diane Richardson, a spokeswoman for the Charles County Sheriff's Office.

In a statement released Wednesday morning, Samuels said:

"Monique [Samuels' girlfriend] and I are devastated about the loss of our dear friend, Lashona Wilson. Lashona and Monique have been friends since childhood and over the past couple of years, I was fortunate to get to know her as well. She was an exemplary person in every way. This is a very difficult time for all of us. Our deepest condolences go out to the Wilson family. They will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers."

Wilson was riding on a paved driveway toward the home when she swerved, lost control of the ATV and crashed, Richardson said. She was not wearing a helmet and sustained serious head injuries, she said.

Richardson said there is no indication that alcohol or foul play was involved in the crash, which occurred at 11:55 a.m. "At this point, it appears it was a tragic accident," Richardson said.

By Cindy Boren  |  September 3, 2008; 10:52 AM ET
 
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Prayers for the families. Too much tragedy associated with football already this year.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 3, 2008 8:19 AM | Report abuse

This is truly unfortunate and my prayers and sympathies go out to the family of this young woman.

Posted by: Distraction | September 3, 2008 8:21 AM | Report abuse

THAT'S what I forgot to post this morning. PFT had this yesterday:


FATAL ACCIDENT AT SAMUELS’ HOUSE
Posted by Mike Florio on September 2, 2008, 7:35 p.m.
NBC 4 in Washington reports that the home of Redskins left tackle Chris Samuels was the site of a fatal ATV accident over the weekend.

Per the report, 24-year-old Lashana Nicole Wilson lost control of the ATV while driving it on a paved driveway. She struck a tree. Wilson wasn’t wearing a helmet, and she died the next day.

It’s not known whether Samuels was home at the time of the incident.

ATV accidents cause too many injuries and deaths, primarily because folks don’t understand or appreciate the power these machines possess. Also, they’re not designed to be driven on pavement, which can easily cause riders to lose control.

Most importantly, folks need to wear a helmet whenever riding on anything that moves on wheels and that doesn’t have seat belts.

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 3, 2008 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Another PFT tidbit that affects our Skins:

UPSHAW TO BE HONORED AT EVERY WEEK ONE GAME
Posted by Mike Florio on September 3, 2008, 4:22 a.m.
On Tuesday, the NFL announced that Gene Upshaw, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame for his exploits as an offensive lineman for the Raiders and the long-time Executive Director of the NFL Players Association, will be honored at every Week One game.

The uniform patch, displaying Upshaw’s initials and jersey number, will be stenciled onto every field that hosts a game this weekend.

It also has been reported that Upshaw’s widow and his children will conduct the coin toss at Thursday night’s season-opening game between the Redskins and the Giants.

The tributes are fitting, but we also believe that the NFL and the NFLPA jointly should establish a more permanent memorial to Upshaw by creating an annual award named for him, perhaps based on a current or retired player’s contributions to the betterment of the game.

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 3, 2008 8:25 AM | Report abuse

That really sucks. I have a question that's not really important but still felt like asking. Is that his primary residence in this area? I would think the commute to Redskins park everyday from that far away would be horrendous.

Posted by: Smokey | September 3, 2008 8:25 AM | Report abuse

That' a lot of sadness for our Pro-bowl LT.

Posted by: bangkokben | September 3, 2008 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Smokey, I'll bet that Samuels is 1) the owner of multiple homes and 2) on his way to Redskins Park so early that traffic doesn't matter. I have a friend who does PR for him, I could check and see what she knows.

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 3, 2008 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Cindy | September 3, 2008 8:38 AM | Report abuse

It seems an absurdly long way to go, it does not help that the redskins put the stadium and practice facility so far away from each-other. I don't get these people who live so far away from the rest of the world.

Posted by: Alex35332 | September 3, 2008 8:45 AM | Report abuse

One does have to wonder if he owns the place and has family living there. I understand many players do that.

Posted by: Alex35332 | September 3, 2008 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Really liked that last post about how the Gmen will attack us. That's good "insider" info.

Posted by: Skinz | September 3, 2008 8:54 AM | Report abuse

ATV should be outlawed

Posted by: jgl | September 3, 2008 9:01 AM | Report abuse

This is the 2nd death close to Samuels in the last 2 weeks. Just plain weird.

Posted by: spooky | September 3, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Who was the first one? I was unaware that this was the second one?

Posted by: Greg | September 3, 2008 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Didn't Arrington, among other players, have a house in PG and one out by Redskins Park when he was playing? Back in the day when real estate was a good investment...

Posted by: Cindy | September 3, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Arrington had a house in Fairfax right off the parkway and one in PG

Posted by: drk | September 3, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Sad story...

Alex, Snyder inherited an operation that had its headquarters/training facility waaaaay out in the western suburbs and had its game facility on the opposite side of the Metro area. Not that you hung this on the owner, but his hands were tied... not an easy thing to change.

I have to think that land availability and cost dictated the placement of each facility at the time they were built. The old Redskin Park was a little bit closer in, maybe it was Herndon?, and at least for a while after the Skins left was the DC United training facility. So when the new/current Redskin Park was built, they moved even farther west, out by the LoCo dump, when there wasn't a whole lot else out there.

And of course thanks to the DC gov't vs. Jack Kent Cooke the DC team now plays in Maryland.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | September 3, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Nate,

I remember for a while the spring training was in Carlisle PA. And the facility was middle of nowhere like you said. It always struck me that the closer it would be to DC the more turnout for the fan days. However maybe moving it back up to Carlisle would be better weather and less cramps and small time injuries. Of course they could just throw down the change for an indoor facility to do that too.

From what I understand way back when They used to practice in a field where Balston Mall now sits (about 1/4 mile from where I grew up) Ironic how now the Caps practice in an Ice Rink on top of the mall.

Posted by: Alex35332 | September 3, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

A guy who was going to do work at Samuels house with his son... the day they were supposed to work, his son was in a car accident and died... Chris set up a foundation for him. It was posted in RI a couple weeks back.

Posted by: spooky | September 3, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

The old one was in Chantilly just off McLaren road. They moved the new one about 10-15 miles further out west into Ashburn when property out there was nothing.

Posted by: Stu | September 3, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Right I remember that thats some weird stuff

Posted by: Alex35332 | September 3, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

And of course thanks to the DC gov't vs. Jack Kent Cooke the DC team now plays in Maryland.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | September 3, 2008 9:15 AM

Yeah, everyone lost in that fiasco. The Mayor at the time was Sharon Pratt Kelly Dixon -- the first woman African-American mayor of a major US city -- who was not exactly a visionary. Cooke did himself no favors in the condescending and demeaning way he treated her including, reportedly, patting her butt. If he'd built in the District, he wouldn't have had his own zip code and renamed it RalJon, DC. The guy had a very flamboyant style for a Canadian, didn't he?

Posted by: talent evaluator | September 3, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

I like the fact that Zorn isn't giving anyone a "pass". But does anyone think that this is a way that he can lose the team early? I think maybe he should wait nad see if they will play for him and are capable of having a decent season before he starts to swing his nads around.

Posted by: Red of the DMV | September 3, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

George Allen bulit the original practice facility in the 70's they used to have this crazy old security type guy to keep spys out. They kept the fields there and now use them for various youth sports.

Posted by: Stu | September 3, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

I dont get RalJon?

Posted by: Alex35332 | September 3, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

George Allen bulit the original practice facility in the 70's they used to have this crazy old security type guy to keep spys out. They kept the fields there and now use them for various youth sports.

Posted by: Stu | September 3, 2008 9:31 AM
Is the old Hog shed still there?

Posted by: Alex35332 | September 3, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Red,

I believe if guys can not handle being dealt with this way then they are babies and we do not want them anyway. Anywere you work there are younger guys coming to take your job, and a boss throwing his/her nads around. These are men that make alot of money, they should not need to be treated like elementry school kids.

Posted by: kmdp4 | September 3, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

I dont get RalJon?

Posted by: Alex35332 | September 3, 2008 9:31 AM

Names of his two sons is the literal meaning, as to why he would do it I do not get it either.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Ral(ph Kent Cooke)
Jon Kent Cooke)

Raljon.

I'm pretty sure they'd have rather their dad keep the name of the city the same and just leave them the team...

Posted by: Skinz | September 3, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

I think its still there, it was just an old equipment shed. I think the practice facility was the first of its kind. before all the nfl teams just practices in their stadium. Saw this interview with Theisman talking about the shed , he says he was invited. No chance he was never invited in there Grimm and Jacoby couldnt stand the guy, Gibbs asked riggo to tone it down out there so apparently they moved to a shed further away.

Posted by: Stu | September 3, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

I think the fact that he did not leave the team to his sons, shows he did not have much confidence in the way they would run it.

What was the guys name that was the front runner, and Snyder was with him then he got ousted and Snyder jumped to the front.

Posted by: kmdp4 | September 3, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Red, I think its necessary that Zorn establish's that this is HIS team, and he'll make the rules, and if guys aren't playing well, they'll get replaced.

While I appreciate what Gibbs means/did for this organization, I think that he'd have kept Jansen in there, and risked JC's health.

I don't think he'll lose the team, I think it was clear that Jansen wasn't getting it done, and a change was necessary.

Posted by: Greg | September 3, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

I love a portmanteau.

And I apologize in advance for getting too silly on a sad news thread like this one, but in much lighter news, I am pleased to report that toasting the chocolate fudge pop-tarts yielded very impressive results. Very, very impressive. As someone noted above, it's all about the crust. With the microwave version, the crust tasted like chocolate-flavored cardboard and undercut the impact of the molten chocolate inside. Toasted, the entire pastry was divine.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | September 3, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

The difference between todays line and the Hogs. The Hogs drank beer from a cooler in a shed. The "dirt bags" go to JJ's luxury RV where they can sleep and drink beer.

When JJ's gone.
Bring Back the Shed.

Posted by: Alex35332 | September 3, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Nate,

The golden rule of Microwaving, any kind of breading will taste nasty. It is always better to cook it or toast it if possible, takes longer but tastes better.

Posted by: kmdp4 | September 3, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Toasting a Pop-tart is the only way to go. Though I hate the ones with frosting on top. Though if its a chocolate marshmallow one, its no longer a pop-tart, its a pop-sweet.

Posted by: Alex35332 | September 3, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

One does have to wonder if he owns the place and has family living there. I understand many players do that.


Posted by: Alex35332 | September 3, 2008 8:48 AM

like Micheal Vick

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Lemme go back to the last thread for a second.

I can't be the only one that thinks the Giants are gonna come out and try to pound us down the middle with the run game? Isn't Jacobs healthy? They need to utilize him anytime they get him healthy for a game, and it's opening night, run game works better than passing game early in the year. It has less to do with timing.

And also, you know the Giants saw our awful, awful rush D in the preseason. Not saying that really matters, but I wouldn't be too scared of our rush D if I were the Giants.


That said, we'll prove 'em wrong. Redskins 35, Giants 17.

Posted by: The Truth | September 3, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

like Micheal Vick

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 9:54 AM

with some semblance of morality or conscious perception of the rights of animals...

Posted by: Alex35332 | September 3, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Poptart and devine are not words I often put in the same sentence. Must be a left coast thing ;)

Posted by: Skinz | September 3, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

What was the guys name that was the front runner, and Snyder was with him then he got ousted and Snyder jumped to the front.

Posted by: kmdp4 | September 3, 2008 9:41 AM

Howard Millstein.

Posted by: etrod | September 3, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

I really have to wonder about Diddy and the other fellows who repped the microwave method for pop-tarts. Are you dudes in such a hurry that you're willing to compromise so dramatically on quality?

I found it a delightful food product when toasted. Microwaved, it was sorely lacking.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | September 3, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Truth,

I can see a combo of the 2. Spread us out with 4 wide and run Jacobs up the middle.

Posted by: etrod | September 3, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Weren't the Learners also one of the families trying to buy the team? Thank science that never happened.

Posted by: Alex35332 | September 3, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Truth, i agree, why put it in Eli's hands and possibly have 3 and outs that would hurt their ailing d line... TOP game I say

Posted by: Zebra | September 3, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Weren't the Learners also one of the families trying to buy the team? Thank science that never happened.

Posted by: Alex35332 | September 3, 2008 10:01 AM

Yeah, we're way better of now.

Posted by: etrod | September 3, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Weren't the Learners also one of the families trying to buy the team? Thank science that never happened.

Posted by: Alex35332 | September 3, 2008 10:01 AM

yeah, we're way better off now.

Posted by: etrod | September 3, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

So we need to match that for the same exact reason, to help our ailing D... mark it down... the winners of TOP should win this game, provided the red zone trips equate to more TD's than FG's...

Posted by: Zebra | September 3, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Truth, good call, I completely agree. I think they'll pound Jacobs to wear them down, and then send Bradshaw on misdirection, and draws. I think their game-plan will involve maybe 20 or so passes, their main focus will be the running game.

This is going to be a huge test for the defense to stop the run.

Posted by: Greg | September 3, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Etrod,

Would you rather have a team built up with the guys we have with an owner who at-least is willing to throw down cash?

Or would you rather have a 45 man roster made up entirely of AFL players because the owners refuse to pay players more than a mill. a year?

The Learners represent the type of wealthy people I have always mistrusted, always looking for a corner to cut to save a few $. The fact that they built Tyson's Corner does not help either.

Posted by: Alex35332 | September 3, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

I think the fact that he did not leave the team to his sons, shows he did not have much confidence in the way they would run it.

What was the guys name that was the front runner, and Snyder was with him then he got ousted and Snyder jumped to the front.

Posted by: kmdp4 | September 3, 2008 9:41 AM

1--I always thought that it had to do with building a big endowment for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation which he sees as his legacy. If he'd left the team to his kids there would have been large tax consequences.

2--I think it was Millstein. He was a first order sleazeball. He made Snyder look like a much lower order sleazeball.

Posted by: talent evaluator | September 3, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

You guys actually beleive Jasno knows anything about football, of couse they are going to run the ball down our throats. They may spread us to do it but they are not going to spread us out and throw the ball all over the field as Jasno would have you believe. E. Manning is not good enough to do that, I hope they try it but Coughlin is not that dumb.

Posted by: kmdp4 | September 3, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

I think it's good that Zorn is changing things to the way he wants them. As far as the players' morale is concerned, Zorn has to have a balance in exerting his power while still showing the guys respect and letting his desires be obvious and known. I.e. if you don't do X you won't play - setting the standard, letting the standard be known, and not wavering from that standard. If he does these things, which I believe he has, he'll keep the players' morale high. I would like to see how they come out to play though tomorrow, whether they look like they crawled out from under an emotional rock or whether they're ready to kick some donkey.

Posted by: Karen | September 3, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

microwaves are only good for two things. Defrosting stuff when you're in a hurry and heating your coffee. That's it. Sacrilege to put a distinguished poptart inside of a microwave.

Posted by: talent evaluator | September 3, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

So sad...it's the same reason that LeRoi Moore from the Dave Matthews Band died a couple of weeks ago, although he seemed to be recovering from his injuries.

Posted by: suzannepdc | September 3, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Anyone know Lindsay Czarniak's phone#?

Posted by: Will | September 3, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

TE,

One more thing a Microwave is good for, making kids food when you are in a hurry, because who cares what it taste like your not eating it.

Posted by: kmdp4 | September 3, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Yeah I agree that Zorn should put dudes on notice that this is his team and half-assin' will not be tolerated.

Totally agree with the Giants looking to pound Jacobs up the gut, then runnning with Bradshaw, or Ward (Is Ward still with em'?) and throwing no more than 20-25 passes. It seems like the first couple of games during the season most teams want to run more than pass.

Posted by: Red of the DMV | September 3, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Agreed that we won't have much of a chance tomorrow night if the D doesn't stand tall. We'll need Blache and all the walking wounded and everybody on that side of the ball to take care of business, to give our O a chance to get clicking. (Capt. Obvious)

But hey, I just used the phrase "tomorrow night," which means the freakin' regular season is one day away! Which is awfully nice.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | September 3, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

With Washington, Griff and Monty/Goldy I don't think attacking us up the middle is really the way to go. Look for them to spread us as was said then attack the corners with their smaller back if we run man-to-man.

Although with such big physical WR's I question playing the press. I think they'll try to get us to play zone then pound us with Jacobs if successful and winning.

Disclaimer: My football IQ= 0.0

Posted by: Skinz | September 3, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Anyone know Lindsay Czarniak's phone#?

Posted by: Will | September 3, 2008 10:16 AM

Today my man, you're in luck:

(202) 885-4000

Posted by: Red of the DMV | September 3, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

I think our run d will show up and play pretty solid. What we need to hope is that Brandon Jacobs did not learn how to catch screen passes during the offseason. In the game we won at Giants stadium last year, Jacobs dropped like 6 passes that looked like they could have gotten big gains or kept drives alive. Also, didn't Manning set a record for incompletes, or most dropped passes in a game? I think Manning has shown enough to be concerned that he's pretty good, but the rest of the offense seems like they are inconsistent, which leads to them needing big plays, which they always seem to get against us. We also really need to hope that our starting offense can actually get into a rythym at some point and score more than 16 points. My keys to victory:
-Stuff the run (shouldn't be a problem)
-Intimidate their receivers (need a healthy Landry), and get some sacks
-Get Portis rolling early, and let Campbell get into a rythym.
-No Injuries.
- Score morre than 16 points

Posted by: dlhaze | September 3, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

While you guys on the West Coast are debating the merits of toasting vs. microwaving chocolate pop-tarts, DC is bracing* for Hurricane Hanna, which might be just a big rain storm, but still...

*running in a panic to the nearest grocery store for toilet paper (because who really has any of that at home) and milk. i'm gonna stock up on chocolate pop-tarts and buy a generator to power the toaster.

Posted by: Cindy | September 3, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

TE, i would rather ride a bicyle without a seat than drink reheated coffee.

I don't even own a microwave, but I use the one at work all the time.

Alex, I see your point on the Lerners. Expensive mistakes are better than doing nothing cheaply.

Posted by: etrod | September 3, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Happy Reskins Eve all.

Skins 20 Gmen 17.

Posted by: Da Truef | September 3, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully Zorn has learned something about Washington and our history of QB's... he needs to protect JC a little bit, get him good stats in the first couple of games. Otherwise JC is going to hear the clamoring of Media and fans about his lack of good play. Which may destroy his confidence.

I would like to say he is stronger than that, but he hasnt shown that yet/

Posted by: Zebra | September 3, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Karen,

Which way did you swing on the new computer -- Apple or Vista?

Posted by: talent evaluator | September 3, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

They could try running at Jason Taylor if he's playing. I like the old saying that the best way to take a player out of the game is NOT to run away from 'em, it's to run right at him with an assigned blocker.


And does anyone else cringe when thinking about Tryon cover Plexico? God, I swear, I think they could just toss it over to him and it would be a TD EVERY PLAY, no exaggeration.


Quick note : Plexico is one of the few NFC East players I actually like. Just the way he plays, he's a football player.

1 day, 9 hours, 36 minutes from the time of this posting...

Posted by: The Truth | September 3, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

With Washington, Griff and Monty/Goldy I don't think attacking us up the middle is really the way to go. Look for them to spread us as was said then attack the corners with their smaller back if we run man-to-man.

Posted by: Skinz | September 3, 2008 10:17 AM

I'm not sure that Washington, Griff and Monty/Goldy scares the Giants into not running given their decent O-line and Jacobs' 260 frame. I'm confused but how would Marcus(?) Washington factor in the middle? Don't you mean LBF? or are you just piling on about your low football I.Q. :)

Posted by: Red of the DMV | September 3, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

I can see them going 3 or 4 wide and running the 260 Jacobs off tackle direclty at the 260 Carter or Taylor.

Posted by: etrod | September 3, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

And for the record, I undertook that pop-tart research only because of the conversation about it up here. I just had to know.

Also, my tummy kind of hurts.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | September 3, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure they'd have rather their dad keep the name of the city the same and just leave them the team...

Posted by: Skinz | September 3, 2008 9:37 AM

I'm pretty sure JKC would have rather done that too. Problem for him was that the Skins where worth so much then that Estate tax bill would have killed the sons. They would have been forced to sell the team to pay the bill. JKC's "plan" was to do the reverse have his estate sell the team to his son. Danny grabbed the opportunity that was created by that scheme and out bid JKC's son. IIRC, he didn't go down without a fight, though.

Posted by: A Fan | September 3, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

The Key to me is shutting down their top WR's. If we can take out their passing game, than slowing the runners down will be an easier task. But we need to make sure our 3 CB's are playing them with some physical play. I say keep Springs on Plexico and Rogers on Toomer, (a missmatch but less so than Smoot) trust LL to hit them hard and help out too.

Posted by: Alex35332 | September 3, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Greatest Microwaved food of all times:

Hostess Apple Pies.

Posted by: etrod | September 3, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Fletcher is waiting for them to run it!


is Fincher gonna play some? He's like a poor man's Fletcher, which is cool!

Posted by: The Truth | September 3, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

I would like to say he is stronger than that, but he hasnt shown that yet/

Posted by: Zebra | September 3, 2008 10:23 AM

Zebra,

I like JC but this is were he has problems, he is concerned to much with what people think of him, and being the QB of the Skins set you up for a ton of criticism.

He needs to go play and stop reading the paper, or listening to the radio.

Posted by: kmdp4 | September 3, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Not really sure where you get the idea that teams have a greater run/pass ratio early in the season. It's definitely the opposite. The passing game has always been the go-to early in the season, when the weather is warm and defenses haven't had the opportunity to watch film and scheme against all the new passing nuances put together in the offseason.

And remember, Eli is notorious for being very efficient to start the season, only to fall off towards the end (with the exception of his postseason run last year). Combine that with the fact that Jason Taylor will probably be out (or much less than 100%), Evans is a much better run-stuffer, Shawn Springs is banged up, Laron Landry will be getting his feet wet for the first time this season, Carlos Rogers is still semi-feeling his way back, and Reed Doughty is one of the biggest liabilities in pass coverage, and you'll see the Giants come out firing. They'll still run the ball, no doubt, but there will be a heavy emphasis on the passing game tomorrow night.

Posted by: psps23 | September 3, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Agree Alex, Springs on Plex, and Rogers on Toomer.

I'm also hoping that JTaylor sits for this game. That would give him a week and a half before the next game, good opportunity to let that knee get healthy.

I'm quietly confident in Evans/Wilson/James/Jackson to fill the void.

Posted by: Greg | September 3, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

My worry about Hurricane Hannah.

here is the projection for today on where she is going
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_at3+shtml/?5day?large#contents

I worry because she seems to be moving towards landing further up the cost each day, yesterday, she was going to land in Florida then go north.

The closer it stays to the ocean the more power it should keep.

Worst case scenario the eye comes right up the chesapeake bay and it gains strength from that.

Posted by: Alex35332 | September 3, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Red,

I meant to include LFB as well but Washington or any SLB in the Grilliams scheme at least wasn't responsible for contain and therefore played a quasi run stopping MLB role on 1st and 2nd down. Again the disclaimer still applies.

A Fan, I know I was kidding. Only addition is that when you are a Billionaire you don't call it the "estate" tax you call it the "death tax"

Posted by: Skinz | September 3, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

I disagree psps, but we'll see.

Maybe I'm being hopeful, cause our pass D might get torched. I don't know what I'm waiting to happen cause I don't really see it improving with Reed back there...


damn I miss Sean Taylor

Posted by: The Truth | September 3, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

True K;

Those potential game winning drives that continually ended in To's seeem to point to something.

Maybe it was the lack of differing plays near the RZ. It was said JG wasnt too good at practicing situational plays.

Maybe Zorn will give him what he needs. It will be fun/nerve racking to watch.

Posted by: Zebra | September 3, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

We haven't cut Doughty yet? He does not belong in the NFL.

Posted by: Long Dong John | September 3, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

I doubt if Tryon will ever be on Plaxico at ANY time during the game, especially if they're playing man cover-1 zone defense.


Posted by: Red of the DMV | September 3, 2008 10:32 AM

I doubt you will see Tryon in uniform.

Posted by: etrod | September 3, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

We haven't cut Doughty yet? He does not belong in the NFL.

Posted by: Long Dong John | September 3, 2008 10:38 AM

He does as a backup and STplayer.

Posted by: Alex35332 | September 3, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

I won't be playing this weekend cause I have a cold. It was freezing in my house last night and I tried to cover myself with a blanket but failed... Sorry to let everyone down.

Posted by: Tryon | September 3, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Smartest post so far today.. Tryon | September 3, 2008 10:41 AM

Posted by: Alex35332 | September 3, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

etrod, Taylor isn't 260. Not even close. If Jacobs sees himself isolated with Taylor... well you get the point.

Now if he's up against Carter, I don't know. It would be interesting to see who would win that battle. I don't think Carter would bring him down immediately but he wouldn't get dragged either.

Posted by: Red of the DMV | September 3, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Look what I can do!

Posted by: Stuart | September 3, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

I think we will end up drafting a SS with out top pick next year, unless one of the new kids shows up.

Posted by: Alex35332 | September 3, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Alex -

Why should we settle for awful backups and special teams players. Backups need to be players as well, right?

Posted by: Long Dong John | September 3, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

He needs to go play and stop reading the paper, or listening to the radio.

Posted by: kmdp4 | September 3, 2008 10:30 AM

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AMEN!!!

Posted by: NCICURN | September 3, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Cant say im worried about there running game. Fletcher can drop jacobs, he runs to high rellies on his power, not happening with our Lb corps. We have great outside takling corners in smoot rogers and springs for when the get chippy with Bradshaw. need to watch Dought on Boss he stands no chance tackling him in the opend field i would prefer to bee Rocky on Boss. Running game we can stop well have a tougher time with their WR. I would love to see Landry lay out plexiglass, hes there best weapon but you nail him early he will revert back to dropsy days of old.

Posted by: Stu | September 3, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

New post coming up in about seven minutes....

Posted by: Cindy | September 3, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Statement from Chris Samuels, issued through his agent:

“Monique and I are devastated about the loss of our dear friend, Lashona Wilson. Lashona and Monique have been friends since childhood and over the past couple of years, I was fortunate to get to know her as well. She was an exemplary person in every way. This is a very difficult time for all of us. Our deepest condolences go out to the Wilson family. They will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.”

Posted by: Cindy | September 3, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Mr.ProwBowl seems to me to be one of the nicer guys on the team when it comes to his community.

Posted by: Alex35332 | September 3, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

So talking about "gang raping" is ok on this thread?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Monique is Samuels' girlfriend.

Posted by: Cindy | September 3, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

"As someone noted above, it's all about the crust."

Greatest Microwaved food of all times:

Hostess Apple Pies.

Posted by: etrod | September 3, 2008 10:29 AM

Stick it in the oven for a few minutes. Crusty and crunchy always beats soft & doughy!.

Posted by: will_ga | September 3, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Beep Beep Beep

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Not really worried about their running game either. With essentially the same defense (plus Phillip Daniels), we held two pro bowl running backs in the last two games of last year to a combined 21 yards. What worries me is seeing Reed Doughty matched up man-to-man against anybody in pass coverage, as well as the question marks surrounding the health of our other 3 starting DBs.

Posted by: psps23 | September 3, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Truth, HA!

Owens? I have maaaddddd respect for his gamea and his dedication to the game. Does he act like a blithering idiot, d-bag at times? Hell yes! Sorry guys, but I've been following his career since Rice (My favorite player of all time) was injured and he stepped in and performed well. I was a fan before he went to Dallas. I was hoping that we would sign him but with Gibbs running the show, I knew that wouldn't happen. Besides, Mark "To hell with" Brunell was our QB. Nuff said.

Romo? Not so much. That dudes has got back on luck thus far. If TO or Witten ever goes down this season, and they have significant injuries on their Oline, then you'll see Tony "I'm the new Bono" Romo exposed.

Just don't throw anything that weighs over 10 pounds please. Thanks in advance, RI.

Posted by: Red of the DMV | September 3, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

So talking about "gang raping" is ok on this thread?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 10:54 AM

Anon, have you seen some of the other stuff that has been posted here? It isn't that serious. I would apologize but I don't know if you're honestly offended or maybe just on your period.

Oooops I did it again.

Posted by: Red of the DMV | September 3, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

my deepest condolences go out to lashona and her family-
she just graduated from college
she was a good person
family loved her
people around and friends loved her
THAT is all that matters
the comments about Samuels' commute and other issues unrelated to this sad story are very insensitive
i pray she rests in peace
to you lw,
sorry for the last chapter
all my love goes to you and your family
LLL

Posted by: csu-ll | September 3, 2008 11:38 PM | Report abuse

rip

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 11:41 PM | Report abuse

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