Thursday, January 28, 2010
With the 4th overall pick I have a growing confidence that the Redskins will select Sam Bradford out of Oklahoma. I think its a lock that the Rams take Suh 1st and its likely that Gerald McCoy goes 2nd to Lions and Eric Berry goes 3rd to Bucs. That leaves plenty of viable options for the Redskins because no guys in position of need will go off the board before they pick. I really do not think Bradford (or Claussen for that matter) is worth a 4th overall pick. I think OT Russell Okung would be a better pick, but I think Shanahan wants to groom his future QB. If Jake Locker from Washington came out this year, I would be on the bandwagon to draft him. But there are no QB's in this draft worth a top 5 pick.
Regardless of their 1st round selection, the Redskins NEED to take Dexter McCluster in the 2nd round. They need his explosion and versatility. Bad. He is 5'8" and under 170, but he is tough as hell and sofaking explosive. I would even say that Darren Sproles is a poor man's Dexter McCluster. Yeah, I said it. Dexter carried the ball out of the I-formation in SEC play over 20 times many times this year. He can take the pounding. He can return kicks and punts (I hate you Randel El) too. Dex-Mac is a great route runner, has awesome hands, and will make an immediate impact next year in some facet of the game. The burgundy and gold need what he brings to the table.
Watch these clips and tell me the Redskins should not take him...
Monday, January 25, 2010
QB: Peyton Manning, Colts
RB: Chris Johnson, Titans
WR: Andre Johnson, Texans
WR: Wes Welker, Patriots
TE: Dallas Clark, Colts
QB: Aaron Rodgers, Packers
RB: Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars
WR: Miles Austin, Cowboys
WR: Reggie Wayne, Colts
TE: Antonio Gates, Chargers
The Redskins are pretty well equipped for the change but the sticking point may be Fat Albert Haynesworth. He would have to play the nose guard position which involves tons of work and usually very few big plays. The job of the nose guard in the 3-4 is to work hard and clog the middle, not necessarily make big plays rushing the passer. Since there is only one "defensive tackle" obviously off the snap the nose guard is ill equipped to burst through the line with the center and two guard right in his path. If Haynesworth can sacrifice some sacks for the good of the team, he could be very helpful in the 3-4 scheme.
An idea would be to allow Haynesworth to play DE, but I am not sure how that is going to work. Not sure if he has the foot speed and motor to make an impact from that position.
While Albert may have some trouble with the switch, I think the switch benefits Brian Orakpo the most. He is an ideal 3-4 linebacker as he is very versatile and a great pass rusher.
While many questions will be answered over the 6 months, I just do not see Albert taking the transition smoothly, which could ultimately cause some problems. We shall see.
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Wednesday, January 20, 2010
The Redskins are bringing back special teams coach Danny Smith. I think he is a good coach that had to do more than just special teams over the Zorn era. Seems like Smith was always in Zorn's ear helping him with stuff such as time management since Zorny was overwhelmed.
Some special teams clips....
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Friday, January 15, 2010
The Redskins have named Bobby Turner their assistant head coach/running backs, the team announced on Thursday.
Turner comes to Washington after spending the previous 15 seasons (1995-2009) as the Denver Broncos’ running backs coach, where he was part of teams that earned two Super Bowl victories (1997-98), three AFC West titles (1996, ’98, 2005) and seven playoff berths (1996-98, 2000, ’03-05). - Redskins.com
This is a nice fit for the Shanny staff. It is starting to take shape. More tomorrow.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I really think this is an upgrade over Greg Blatche and the Redskins defense needed a new voice.
Update: Looks like Shanny is set on a 3-4 defense, which Haslett is well versed in. Hopefully the Redskins shore up their linebacking corps over the next few years, not sure how much football London Fletcher has left.
With a new regime in place, this a perfect day to walk away.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Gibbs, 68, is no spring chicken (or any other type of chicken for that matter) so I am not sure what kind of NFL future he holds in terms of longevity. He first started coaching for Denver in 1984 and knows Shanahan very well.
Shanny (and Gibbs) is known for a very simple running games that includes somewhat complex zone blocking schemes. While he only has a handful of actual running plays, the blocking schemes vary greatly and keeps the defense on their heels. Gibbs could of helped install the new blocking scheme, but now will have to look elsewhere.
The biggest concern at this point is bringing the proper offensive linemen for the scheme. The perfect guy in the zone blocking scheme is very smart, mobile, and has great footwork. Does this sound like any of their current linemen?
Welp, I guess it is Haslett's job to lose.
Last year he was the head coach for the Florida Tuskers of the invisible UFL. Apparently they actually did play games.
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis seems confident that they will retain their coach, but not so fast my friend.
Jim Haslett has been spotted in Ashburn, VA yesterday and it was confirmed that he interviewed for the job. After the Skins interview Zimmer, expect a hiring within a week.
While they both are experienced NFL guys, I think Zimmer would be a better hire. He did a great job in Cincinnati and turned their team into a defensive force for most of the season. The problem with the Bengals is that Carson Palmer is just not a great QB at this point. I am not sure if he was nervous or what, but he looked off last weekend versus the Jets.
Monday, January 11, 2010
Redskins RB coach Stump Mitchell accepted the head coaching job with Southern U. therefore won't be on the Mike Shanahan staff. This is a good move for Stump, getting to be the head man at a college program and starting his own thing. This is a good time to move on because the Redskins coaching staff is getting a Janice Dickerson-like makeover.