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Wynn: Camaraderie Counts, Too

There are no organized team activities today, but we have some items from earlier in the week that we'll share throughout the day today.

Defensive end Renaldo Wynn is back in Washington after a two-year hiatus -- playing with the New Orleans Saints in 2007 and with the New York Giants last season -- and the 12-year veteran said he is focused not only on getting sharp on the field but also on helping the team develop camaraderie off of it.

Wynn hosted a Bible study yesterday at his home with several teammates, including tackle Mike Williams, guard Derrick Dockery, defensive linemen Phillip Daniels, Andre Carter and Kedric Golston and rookie center Edwin Williams.

"When you're building a team and everyone is on the same page, it's not just the stuff you do on the field," Wynn said. "As you've heard in different championship teams in the past time it's about off the field. I think we've got a lot of good character guys here and we're building something special and it starts now."

Wynn, who spent five seasons with Washington from 2002-06, said he has started to re-familiarize himself with the Redskins defensive schemes, which have some new wrinkles since he was last in Washington.

The 34-year-old is expected to rotate at one defensive end slot with Daniels, with rookie Brian Orakpo also expected to get some snaps on passing downs.

And following the addition of marquee defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, the defensive line faces high expectations to provide more big plays for a defense that finished fourth in the NFL last season.

"Most guys are working hard, working on their craft trying to get better and just having that mindset that, 'Hey we want to be the best d-line in the league,'" Wynn said. "We want to come out on the field and have that confidence, that swagger. Obviously with Haynesworth he adds that big piece to that puzzle, he's going to make everybody else around him better as well. On paper we look great but we gotta do it out on the field and [OTAs is] where that starts."

By Paul Tenorio  |  June 5, 2009; 5:50 AM ET
 
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Easiest FIRST ever...it pays to be at work at 4:45am!

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 5, 2009 6:31 AM | Report abuse

Wake up everybody.

Paul T. get's em out early, what's going on fellow Mt. Vernon Major?

Posted by: joeblazin | June 5, 2009 6:32 AM | Report abuse

And I don't care how much sunshine Wynn and everyone else blows up our collective ass, unless they get vastly improved play at the DE postion they're still gonna struggle to get to the QB.

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 5, 2009 6:33 AM | Report abuse

I think our D-Line is vastly improved and solid IF (and a big IF) the Rookie can really play and make a difference.

Posted by: joeblazin | June 5, 2009 6:37 AM | Report abuse

The problem with that Joe is that they have him screwin' around playing LB and not concentrating on the DE position. And I'm still not sold on Haynesworth giving the Skins the type of player you saw in 2008. I'm not assuming anything until they show me something.

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 5, 2009 6:49 AM | Report abuse

The problem with that Joe is that they have him screwin' around playing LB and not concentrating on the DE position. And I'm still not sold on Haynesworth giving the Skins the type of player you saw in 2008. I'm not assuming anything until they show me something.

Posted by: brownwood26

I think big Al is going to come and play B. The D is not going to be the problem. If the O Line can hold up this will be a very good year.

Posted by: jm220 | June 5, 2009 6:57 AM | Report abuse

With Fletcher on hand, LaRon Landry is the only player not in attendance at OTAs.****

Great another prima donna athlete!


I think big Al is going to come and play B. The D is not going to be the problem. If the O Line can hold up this will be a very good year.

Posted by: jm220*****

If you cal 9-7 a very good year. IMHO

Posted by: lsskinsfan | June 5, 2009 7:01 AM | Report abuse

I think big Al is going to come and play B. The D is not going to be the problem. If the O Line can hold up this will be a very good year.

Posted by: jm220 | June 5, 2009 6:57 AM

We'll see, JM. I was back and forth with Psps23 over Haynesworth when he first signed and I won't rehash my argument on that. But I'm not encouraged by what I've heard about his work ethic outside of a contract season.

I agree that if they're even middle of the road offensively they'll be a better team. I just don't have any faith in that unit because of the mediocre (at best) O-line and their lackluster WR corps (aka The Band of Tender Hamstrings).

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 5, 2009 7:06 AM | Report abuse

From ESPN. I said the same thing. I am so happy we didn't get this guy.

"[The Bears] took a risk [trading for Cutler]. I think they took that risk specifically with beating the Green Bay Packers in mind," Dungy said Wednesday, according to the Chicago Tribune. "I really think Chicago gave up a lot to get a quarterback who they believe is going to be the final piece of the puzzle. But I am not sure he has won enough to merit that yet."

Posted by: jm220 | June 5, 2009 7:07 AM | Report abuse

The problem with that Joe is that they have him screwin' around playing LB and not concentrating on the DE position. And I'm still not sold on Haynesworth giving the Skins the type of player you saw in 2008. I'm not assuming anything until they show me something.

Posted by: brownwood26

I think big Al is going to come and play B. The D is not going to be the problem. If the O Line can hold up this will be a very good year.

Posted by: jm220 | June 5, 2009 6:57 AM | Report abuse
I understand your hesitation, brownwood. I'm much more optiomistic. Remember, to start with, our D has been top 5 or so in 3 out of last 4 yrs. We lost DEvans, but he was a backup to PDaniels, who is now back. CGriff was our top DT, he is now playing a supporting role to AH, who is used to being double-teamed. ACarter is strong and athletic. Now we replace MWash with Orakpo, who has 24 yr old legs and quite a motor. And he will be going against TE's and RB's on 1st & 2nd downs, so the big RT's in the league will not wear him down. I'm just feeling real good about our D.

My big hesitations revolve around our Oline and 2nd yr receivers.

Posted by: frediefritz | June 5, 2009 7:12 AM | Report abuse

HOW TO WYNN
Wynn is very right. The Redskins must have camaraderie and a sense of team if they want to win. Snyder has the ability to assemble workers on a payroll. So far he has not demonstrated the skills to mold a TEAM.

Posted by: MrMerkin | June 5, 2009 7:13 AM | Report abuse

From ESPN. I said the same thing. I am so happy we didn't get this guy.

"[The Bears] took a risk [trading for Cutler]. I think they took that risk specifically with beating the Green Bay Packers in mind," Dungy said Wednesday, according to the Chicago Tribune. "I really think Chicago gave up a lot to get a quarterback who they believe is going to be the final piece of the puzzle. But I am not sure he has won enough to merit that yet."

Posted by: jm220 | June 5, 2009 7:07 AM | Report abuse
I agree, jm. I suspect FO was interested in trying to get Cutler inexpensively. When asking price got so high, they backed away. I was sure holding my breathe tho, hoping they didn't do something stupid. I think we are in a much better situation now with JC. I think he will have a very good year, and we will resign him. I know there are a lot of bloggers saying the opposite. I just don't buy into the concept that FO wants to get rid of JC.

Posted by: frediefritz | June 5, 2009 7:20 AM | Report abuse

their lackluster WR corps (aka The Band of Tender Hamstrings).

Posted by: brownwood26

LMAO! That's just wrong man.

Posted by: jm220 | June 5, 2009 7:21 AM | Report abuse

No question Fred. JC is not the problem with the O. If the line holds up and just one of the WR from last year step up. He will have a very good year.

Posted by: jm220 | June 5, 2009 7:23 AM | Report abuse

"...Wynn: Camaraderie Counts, Too..."

And so in order to develope '...comraderie...' he hosts a bible study meeting.

Interesting.

There goes the stereotype of football players as muscle-bound neanderthals.

No beer slogging, scrippa-filled, arm-wrestling evenings at some dude's mansion.

No hunting trips, fishing excursions, or frat-house hazing ceremonies to lubricate awkward relationships and fuse broken alliances.

These redskins are humble character guys who'd prefer to be meek and inherit the earth.

Whereas the rest of the league drafts well, these guys must feel that prayer changes everything.

But does a team of tight-knit bible readers win in today's NFL or does it just provide profanity-free reasons for why it goes 8-8 every year?

F!ck if I know.

Posted by: MistaMoe | June 5, 2009 7:43 AM | Report abuse

...and the 12-year veteran said he is focused not only on getting sharp on the field but also on helping the team develop camaraderie off of it.
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I don't see what taking pictures has to do with winning football games.
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Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | June 5, 2009 7:50 AM | Report abuse

But does a team of tight-knit bible readers win in today's NFL or does it just provide profanity-free reasons for why it goes 8-8 every year?

F!ck if I know.

Posted by: MistaMoe | June 5, 2009 7:43 AM

I see where you're going with this, but there are numerous examples of teams with "tight-knit Bible readers" and winning big. Mike Singletary is a man of the cloth but he'll be the first one in line to pound you into a fine pulp on Sundays. Darrell Green is one of the best CBs of all time and is a man of God. Gibbs was great in his first stint here and his teams were usually elite.

Then on the other side of the coin, you have Bill Parcells who would sell his own mother into slavery to get even one win. So God doesn't have a favorite team...EVERY team has at least a handful of guys who do Bible study or go to church or pray before and after games. The Redskins problem is their FO, not their players reglious preference.

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 5, 2009 8:04 AM | Report abuse

"....Maaan, I was doin' FINE until Jesus made me Drop the [SJKing] BALL!..."


...maps...

Posted by: DikShuttle | June 5, 2009 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | June 5, 2009 8:42 AM | Report abuse

awesmoe!

Posted by: DikShuttle | June 5, 2009 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Man, I thought I would be the last person on Earth to stand up and defend Christians, but that is a ridiculous criticism to call these guys out for something like this. It's petty and condescending. I swear, people have become so bitter and they will complain about ANYTHING. You'd rather these guys were out racking up DUI's or dogfighting?

Posted by: McMetal | June 5, 2009 9:00 AM | Report abuse

awwww, lighten up McMetal...

Here's some REAL EARLY metal for ya:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0tAOIQiz-8&NR=1

Posted by: DikShuttle | June 5, 2009 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Interesting list of attendees at Wynn's Bible Camp. I notice they didn't invite Fat Albert -- is that because no one could find a good Biblical passage on the merits of head-stomping, reckless driving, or attacking a teammate with a stick? And I bet Mike Williams only attended for the free donuts.

Still, I think they're on the right track: prayer is the only thing that can save this squad.

Posted by: diesel_skins_ | June 5, 2009 9:24 AM | Report abuse

diesel, I'm sure they invited the whole line.

Posted by: trolly_time | June 5, 2009 9:44 AM | Report abuse

I suppose Edwin Williams was at the bible study just for the pizza.

Posted by: thor2 | June 5, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

I like. I like.

I understand the internet has brought in the age of cynacism (sp?), but come on.........

Respect their religion. I am sure it was an open invite, it's up to the players to choose to come.....

Posted by: 4thFloor | June 5, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/jun/04/thrash-pondering-whether-to-retire/

Makes it sound like he'll choose retirement over playing since he will still live like 50+ more years. And I am sure he wants to live them pain free....

I hope he comes back.

Posted by: 4thFloor | June 5, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

The question i have is why does everyone say the albert haynesworth pick up is not smart??? If the patriots or steelers or colts signed him they would all be droolling over them saying they are the smartest football team but since the redskins got him its a terrible pick up. You guys need to give the Skins some credit for atleast trying to build through the draft and not sign like we used to.I remember when he only signed free agents and never drafted anything. We are building a team and I think its a pretty darn good one i love the skins and always will. Hail

Posted by: LandryDirty30 | June 5, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

The Redskins problem is their FO, not their players reglious preference.

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 5, 2009 8:04 AM

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Amen to that, Brother!

(Hogmeister is a member of the Church of the Holy-Christ-Get-A-Real-GM)

Posted by: hogmeister | June 6, 2009 4:25 AM | Report abuse

Wynn should be a different player than his first time around -- he's lost weight and become something of a speed rusher. About that Bible study group -- you notice how these guys are including Edwin Williams in these activities? Wonder if that means they sense they have a keeper...

Posted by: Samson151 | June 6, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

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