#39 only becomes more and more badass with every snap.
Middle school trick play for a TD. I seriously can’t believe this play actually worked… but it’s so awesome that it did.
The redskins need a lot of things to turn things around but here is my personal take on the most pressing needs right now and what I think ought to be done about them:
Owner: Partially solved… Dan Snyder will always be “Dan Snyder” and we can’t really fire an owner. But I think “the Danny” has learned a lot in recent years and finally (hopefully) appears ready to let proessionals to run the team. If nothing else, he at least is saying “he’s made some mistakes” and that’s progress.
GM: Solved… Cerrato out (thank gawd!!) and Bruce Allen in
Coach: Solved… Mike Shannahan (2 Super Bowl wins)
Offensive Line: Let’s face it, this was a patchwork line at best and they got smoked most games. Chris Samuels, the best of the bunch, is retiring due to injury, so this must be the #1 thing the team addresses in the off-season. The question is how to address it best? Using a #1 pick on a lineman is a safe play and it will hopefully be the direction the skins go with their first pick. If Okung is on the board at #4, I say the skins take him. If not, look for them to trade down to a lower first round pick, and possibly pick up another 1st or 2nd round pick. Ideally, the skins would end up acquiring an additional pick on draft day due to a trade at the #4 spot and could pick up a Tackle and a Guard in the first 2 rounds.
Quarterback: Jason Campbell might not be the long term answer, but he’s at least solid and somewhat seasoned at this point (he did have his best year statistically!). Plus, I don’t think getting a rookie QB and putting him behind the line the skins have is a good plan. With a solid O-line, maybe you can get away with that, but not with what they have up front. Clausen or Bradford is tempting if they’re on the board at #4, but the more important need this year is on rebuilding the O-line. If the skins do end up taking a QB, look for them to pull an “Eli Manning” style trade on draft day and get someone else they want from the acquiring team, or low draft picks this year and next. There are other teams that need a QB more then the skins do. Additionally, the skins have one of the oldest teams in the league. Getting more picks in low rounds would be worthy of trading Clausen or Bradford.
Running Back: Portis’ days in DC are likely over. Gibbs and Zorn ran him a lot and it shows. The Skins need to move on. Betts, assuming his knee recovers as expected, should be the #1 back going into the off-season, and there should be a battle for #2 between Cartwright, Mason and Ganther. Furthermore, RB is one of those positions where you can find talented guys in later rounds because so much of a running back’s production comes from who’s blocking for him. Shannahan was a master at plugging in RB’s into a system with good linemen and making the RB look like an all-star. At earliest, this is a 3rd round pick for the skins and it could even be later depending on Shannahan’s evaluation of Betts, Cartwright, Mason and Ganther.
Safety: LaRon Landry is not a true free safety and is an average strong safety. Yeah, sometimes he makes big hits but he’s no Sean Taylor (RIP) and his mistakes (including personal fouls) end up being costly. Despite the need, I doubt the Skins go Safety with the #1 pick. This is more of a middle to late round pick for them, since there are other pressing needs.
There are a few bright spots on the skins roster.
Tight End: The brightest has to be TE, where the Skins have a pro bowler (Cooley), a solid #2 who could start (Davis), and a good blocking/Goaline TE in Todd Yoder. Yeah… at TE, the skins are solid.
Linebacker: The other bright spot is Linebacker. Fletcher is as solid a player as you get, McIntosh has improved a lot and Orakpo (Pro Bowl) was in contention for Rookie of the Year.
Then there are some areas which are just OK. Not amazing, but good enough.
Defensive Line: Solid. Daniels and Carter are above average DE’s. Wynn is a solid DT.
Cornerback: Solid. Dante Hall helped a lot. Smoot and Rogers were good at times, not as good at others.
Fullback: Mike Sellers is a top 5 FB and a recent pro-bowler
Jason Campbell speaking out about Clinton Portis.
Bottom line… Portis needs an attitude change or he’s gotta go. I’m not the biggest Jason Campbell fan in the world, but JC has been through a lot of change in his career. He consistently hangs tough in the pocket and does his best to make plays even when often under heavy pressure.
Portis, on the other hand, has had limited production, rarely practices with the team, ignores the chain of command, and doesn’t appear to be respected by his teammates. As I’ve said before, a team isn’t made up of the best players, it’s made up of the right ones. Portis no longer appears right for the Redskins. He’s a talented player and he’s played hard when healthy, but having a guy on the team without a “team first” attitude (Terrell Owens?) will not help the Redskins succeed. Get Marcus Mason some carries!
Update: Apparently CP and JC have settled their dispute.
I haven’t always been a fan of Danny Snyder and I’m still not really a “fan” per se, but I will say that at long last he appears to grasp the idea of delegation. His hiring of Bruce Allen to replace Vinny Cerrato was something obviously distasteful to him on a personal level, but had to be done from a business standpoint.
Allen has only been in place for a few weeks, but already his tone and demeanor suggest a new mindset working its way into Redskin park. Vinny Cerrato never struck me as a football GM, in part because he couldn’t talk like one. Granted talk is cheap, and it’s results that matter, but Cerrato never made anyone feel like he had a strong handle on what was going on in the clubhouse, and that he was in charge of the organization. The results Cerrato’s team produced reinforced the sentiment that he was in over his head.
In comes Bruce Allen and already we’re seeing signs that he has the leadership qualities to help this team move forward. One of the fundamental aspects of leadership is honesty, particularly as it relates to the public’s perception. Vinny always tried to spin things and did so much of it that no one really trusted things he said. Allen strikes me as an honest guy who “calls ‘em as he sees ‘em.” Much of what he’s said so far indicates he understands what Cerrato did not: the best teams are not made up of the best players, they’re made up of the right ones.
The University of Miami football team will wear the Nike Pro Combat uniform, a new system of dress and the lightest weight football uniform Nike has ever created, when it takes the field for the South Florida contest on Saturday, November 28. Miami is one of 11 elite programs to debut the Nike Pro Combat uniform during the month of November before it is officially introduced at the start of the 2010 season. The Hurricanes are joined by Clemson, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Virginia Tech, Missouri, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas and TCU as the schools debuting the uniform this month.
But what’s so special about it? For starters…
Designed from the inside out, the Nike Pro Combat uniform begins with the Nike Pro Combat padded base layer. Strategically placed padding zones in the Nike Pro Combat Deflex shorts cover the thighs, hips, and tailbone. The padding zones are comprised of dual-density foam cells that absorb, deflect and disperse the impact of on-field collisions. A foam grid intersects the cells to maximize impact absorption and increase flexibility. A hard plastic shield covers the thigh padding where impact frequently occurs.
The Nike Pro Combat Deflex shorts are made with Nike Dri-FIT technical fabric to provide superior moisture wicking, helping to keep players dry and cool. With the padding incorporated into the base layer, players gain greater mobility over traditional padding and the outer uniform becomes a lightweight, breathable shell with a sleek, explosive look
There’s also the fact that….
Nike designers immersed themselves in University of Miami history and lore to bring inspirational cues to the look and direction of the Nike Pro Combat uniforms. Miami’s new uniforms are “All About The U” and the school’s proud football legacy. Graphics on both the jersey and pant wrap around to the back, representing the “everybody is behind me” speed of the team.
“THE U” is embroidered on the jersey’s inner collar as well as on the cuff of the Nike Vapor Trail 2.0 gloves. The split colors on the jersey numbers for the first time mirror the traditional split “U” on the Hurricanes helmet.
Yeah… seems a little excessive to me to.
Gerry Callahan of the Boston Herald has written a excellent piece concerning Tom Brady vs Peyton Manning as we enter the annual battle between the New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts this week. It doesn’t lean to one qb over the other, rather it sets up the body of work both men have created thus far, and the legacy each one carries on their shoulders. If this article doesn’t get you excited for their sunday night match-up, you are clearly a Cleveland Browns fan.Manning is 33, Brady 32. Manning is halfway through his 12th season, Brady is in his 10th. Neither shows signs of slowing down. There are no puzzling Delhomme-like dips in their bodies of work, no Romo-like questions about their priorities, no Roethlisberger-like off-field issues.
They are in the spotlight as much as any modern-day athletes and yet never seem to say or do the wrong thing.
- Read the complete article at the Boston Herald
Great marketing move by Chad (don’t call me Johnson) OchoCinco Personally, I’m not dropping the 5 bones for the app, but there are those who will, and that’s great. One of these days the NFL (and other leagues and teams) will realize this whole mass communication and engagement stuff is a good thing that extends and empowers their brand identity and improves the fan experience. But until they get religion, we have guys like OchoCinco leading the charge.
Rhetorical Question: how much easier do you think it will be for OchoCinco to launch a business or build support for any other endeavor going forward now that he has such a wide and strong support base? Answer: MUCH easier then it would have been otherwise. Therein lies the power of social media: It’s all about taking something that already existed, popularity due to #85’s football ability in this case, and leveraging it into other use.
Other players should take notice. Nice work Esteban!