Showing posts with label NFC East. Show all posts
Showing posts with label NFC East. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Albert Haynesworth Needs to Sit Down With His Banker

Former Coach Jim Zorn and Albert Haynesworth

These are not good times for poor Albert Haynesworth:

Disgruntled Washington Redskins star Albert Haynesworth is potentially facing financial trouble off the field, according to a report.
Clayton Bank and Trust in Tennessee is suing the defensive tackle for almost $2.4 million, according to USA Today's website. The report said the bank is suing because Haynesworth hasn't been making payments on a loan received last June. The suit was filed last week.
The Redskins are going to see if they can recoup all or part of a $21 million bonus from the two-time All Pro defensive tackle. The team decided to take the action after Haynesworth, who signed a $100 million contract before last season, failed to report for a mandatory two-day minicamp earlier this month. He is unhappy because the Redskins are switch to a 3-4 defense where he has to play nose tackle.

What with his inability to understand that, if you refuse to show up for work, your team can take away your bonus and his inability to understand that, by signing with one of the most unstable franchises in all of professional sports that he would not get to have any say in how the Washington Redskins organize their defense, it's hard to say what will happen to Haynesworth.

Can you see him whining about having to play nose tackle? Listen, if the Redskins actually go more than one season with the same coaches in place, it's a miracle. Who's to say that Haynesworth wouldn't play nose tackle for a few games and then end up returning punts by Thanksgiving?

Yes. Oakland. That's where they'll dump him. Oakland or Cincinnati. And they'll probably take a huge slice of his money away from him, too.
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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Albert Haynesworth Wants to Sit Around And Watch His Stories

More dysfunction for the Washington Redskins:

Washington Redskins players are calling Albert Haynesworth selfish for skipping the team's mandatory minicamp and demanding a trade.
Haynesworth wasn't present Wednesday morning when the team took the field for practice. The two-time All-Pro defensive tackle is staying away because he doesn't want to play in the Redskins' new defensive scheme.
Players responded with some of the harshest comments that can be directed at a teammate.

I think I speak for every guy on this team: We all feel like he turned his back on us.

-- Phillip Daniels
"Albert made a very selfish decision," veteran linebacker London Fletcher said. "When you decide to play a team sport, you have to look at it and think about everybody involved in the situation. This is not golf, tennis, things like that, where it's an all-about-you sport. What he's decided to do is make a decision based on all-about-him.
"It's no different than his attitude and approach to last year's defense, about wanting everything to revolve around him and him making plays. And if it didn't benefit him, he wasn't really willing to do it."
Coach Mike Shanahan revealed that the Redskins told Haynesworth in February that they would agree to release him and let him go to another team -- in exchange for not paying him a $21 million bonus due April 1.
Ought to be a great season. Maybe they'll go 6 and 10 with limited distractions.
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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Oh, Yeah. That'll Work

If things get any nuttier in Washington, the Redskins will have to consider hiring people to deal with season ticket cancellations on a full time basis.
Washington Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb has encouraged the team's coaching staff to consider signing free-agent wide receiver Terrell Owens, despite the acrimony that marked their time as Philadelphia Eagles teammates, according to multiple sources.

Coach Mike Shanahan said the Redskins are not actively pursuing Owens. A team source said the Redskins have made upgrading their wide receiver position a high priority, but prefer to avoid bringing Owens into their locker room if another solution can be found.

A source close to McNabb said the quarterback and Owens recently talked about the possibility of reuniting while shooting an episode for the television show "Pros vs. Joes" in Los Angeles. The episode, schedule to air in July, features McNabb and Owens playing on the same basketball team.

That's exactly what will help you win--shoot TV episodes with a bunch of jackballs. That's a great way to focus on the things that are happening right now. Never mind that McNabb has to adapt to a head coach who has been out of football for a little while, an entirely new offense starved of decent weapons, and learn a playbook for a franchise that has had little or no offense in years.

What do I know? I've never driven an NFL franchise into the ground. Has Dan Snyder picked up the option to bring back Deion Sanders and Vinny Testaverde yet? The Redskins need to sling a little more money around because it's a "why the hell not?" situation when you can't draft, can't go one year to the next without firing everyone and can't win.
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Monday, January 4, 2010

So Long, Jim Zorn

It was inevitable, so let's get this out of the way:

Jim Zorn was fired by the Washington Redskins early Monday, the first step in yet another team overhaul under owner Dan Snyder.

Zorn was informed of his dismissal shortly after the team returned to Redskins Park following Sunday’s season-ending 23-20 loss at San Diego.

Zorn went 12-20 over two seasons, but he lost 18 of his last 24 games after a 6-2 start in 2008. The Redskins struggled early despite a weak schedule this season and finished 4-12, their worst record since 1994.

Zorn is merely the latest firing in a long list of firings (or haughty resignations) that will allow him to go on to bigger and better things. He can point to the fact that the Redskins were a dysfunctional, bloated, badly-organized organization on the day he arrived and no one will hold it against them. In fact, Zorn went out with class and dignity, allowing himself the opportunity to return to coaching at some level (probably an offensive coordinator somewhere that needs one, like St. Louis, Chicago, or even Seattle again).

Class and dignity are not words you would use for the Redskins franchise, but they are words that you would use for Jim Zorn. And if Norv Turner is any indication of what's ahead for Zorn, everything will be fine.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

None of the Redskin's Problems Have Been Solved by Getting Rid of Vinnie Cerrato

I would be surprised if coach Jon Gruden went to the Redskins--it is a sick franchise in a tough division. Losing there for a few years could end a career, rather than enhance it:
Just hours after the Washington Redskins announced the resignation of Vinny Cerrato, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that the team had already hired Bruce Allen to be the Redskins' executive vice president and general manager.

And that means speculation about Jon Gruden to the Redskins is inevitable.

Yes, I know, Gruden and ESPN both insist that Gruden will be back in the Monday Night Football booth next year. But lots of coaches have said one thing and then done another when a new job opened up. And Gruden's history of working with Allen in Tampa Bay makes the two of them a natural fit.

Redskins owner Daniel Snyder is widely believed to want a head coach who is a proven winner -- a coach who already has a Super Bowl ring. Gruden qualifies. And Gruden (unlike Bill Cowher and Mike Shanahan, a couple of other available coaches with Super Bowl rings) would likely be willing to work for a team that didn't give him final say over personnel.

It's more than this coveted "final say" that gets bantered around. It's more to do with "what do I have to work with and how long do I have to turn it around?"

In Daniel Snyder's world--you have until yesterday to turn things around.

This is an owner who gets rid of people so that they can go on and do better things elsewhere (Marty Schottenheimer, Norv Turner, Gregg Williams) and this is an owner who has absolutely no prestige in the league right now. In fact, you can't help but laugh hysterically at the fortunes of the Redskins, and their decision not to make Gregg Williams the head coach absolutely encapsulates what is so wrong with the Redskins. That's not to say that Williams, who has turned into a genius hiring move with the New Orleans Saints, could have done any better than Zorn, but I doubt if he could have done worse.

Naturally, the guy to go get is a man who gives crusty old Redskins fans a tenuous link to by-gone days and a man who last helped take two franchises, Oakland and Tampa Bay, to two different Super Bowls, with mixed results.

Raider Nation had held out hope that Gruden and Allen might have been brought back into the Al Davis fold. Alas, it was not to be.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

If You Want to Get Paid, Go to Washington

I wouldn't panic about whether or not Washington decides to bring another head case and a team cancer to play with the Redskins:
Redskins coach Jim Zorn did not rule out the possibility of the Redskins pursuing Larry Johnson. He said the team has had internal discussions this morning and will continue to talk about the troubled running back. Zorn said the team will likely sign a running back if Clinton Portis can't play -- he specifically mention Quinton Ganther, whom the team released last Friday. As for Johnson, "I don't know," Zorn said. "I need to have a longer conversation than I've had to make a decision," Zorn said.

Sure, it might work. How bad can it get? What harm would it do?

And isn't it a little odd that Zorn is being asked about personnel? Does anyone really think he's pulling the trigger on a trade or a player signing?

Want to get paid and not have to perform? Go to the Washington Redskins, sir.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

What's the difference between the Redskins and the Lions?

After Week 1, the answer is not much. Both teams are off to an 0-1 start.
The New York Giants opened defense of their NFC East title the same way they started last season, with a win over the Washington Redskins .

Eli Manning threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Mario Manningham , and defensive end Osi Umenyiora ran back a fumble 37 yards in his return from a knee injury, leading the Giants to a 23-17 win over the Redskins on Sunday.

Lawrence Tynes added three field goals, including a 45-yarder in the fourth quarter set up by an offside penalty by Redskins $100 million defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth , who had an average game in his Washington debut.

Washington, which trailed all game, drew within 23-17 with 1:30 to play on a 17-yard touchdown pass from Jason Campbell to Chris Cooley . Steve Smith recovered the onside kick and New York ran out the clock.

Washington also got an 8-yard touchdown run from punter Hunter Smith on a fake field goal late in the first half and a 27-yard field goal by Shaun Suisham in the third quarter.

The Giants came into the game wondering whether they could replace Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer at receiver and whether the defense could dominate under new coordinator Bill Sheridan, who took over when Steve Spagnuolo became the Rams head coach.

There are still questions to be answered with the receivers, especially with top draft pick Hakeem Nicks spraining his left foot in the second half. However, Manning (20 of 29 for 256) spread the ball around, connecting with Smith six times for 80 yards.

The defense was outstanding, limiting Washington to 272 yards, forcing two turnovers and getting three sacks. Washington's two touchdowns were on the gadget play and one late one after Tynes kicked his third field goal for a 23-10 lead in the closing minutes.

The Giants dominated the Redskins in their two meetings last season, and nothing was different this time around, particularly in the first half after Clinton Portis burned them for a 34-yard run on Washington's first play.

The Redskins tried to go out and get a quarterback, and they failed. Now they have to ride Jason Campbell to the end of this season. Will they win half of their games? Who knows. They're off to an inauspicious start.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

A Rolling Freak Show in Philly?

The Philadelphia Eagles are looking to shake things up in the NFC East. After picking up Michael Vick, and indicating that the team may use both players at the same time on offense, there's an indication that they may be looking to add another element to the mix:

Donovan McNabb lobbied for the Eagles to sign Michael Vick. Could Plaxico Burress be next? It's highly unlikely, but McNabb joked yesterday about urging the team to sign [Plaxico] Burress the same way he did with Vick.

Given that the Eagles held it pretty close to the vest with Vick, signing Burress would be a good thing. Oh, sure--you have your scolds out there who claim that there is a thing called "team chemistry."

In the NFL, there is no such thing as "team chemistry." The special teams, offense and defense are all separate squads within the organization. Those squads are broken down into units, like offensive and defensive lines, the backfield, etc. Because of substitutions, injuries, the practice squad, and picking people up off waivers or in trades, these units are a revolving door of personnel. Either the quarterback has his timing down with his receivers or he does not. Good coaches know how to fix that quickly--bad coaches let the players look like clowns on the field. There is no chemistry involved--there is practice and coaching involved. Lazy sportswriters intone, with as much phony outrage as they can muster, "is the chemistry so bad on the home team that they may end up dwelling in the cellar for the next five years?!?"

With such disparity between the groups, and with natural frictions and animosities over who gets credit for wins and blame for losses, there is always this phony veneer of "chemistry" that is cited when discussing who is a "cancer" and who is a "leader" on a football team. This is fodder for the lazy sports press when things go south for a team. This is used to cover up the fact that the offensive coordinator is lost and cannot connect with his players and give them winning formations and plays. Lazy sportswriters don't bother trying to find out if the coaches are competent. They don't bother going down to watch the practices, which are either tightly run affairs or screaming matches between guys who know they're going to be out of a job in January and guys who figure that if the coach doesn't start coaching, they're going to be playing alongside T.O. up in Buffalo and there's no way I'm leaving Miami or Atlanta to go up to no dag-gone Buffalo. Lazy sportswriters write about superfluous things, such as, "can Coach Joe Blow overcome the devastating loss of his pet parakeet and find a way to beat Dallas on the road?!?"

Suddenly, when a team turns it around, chemistry is forgotten. Players still hate one another, but they're now being coached in a way that more than adequately allows them to overcome timing and mental issues. The difference between winning and losing can come down to a split second of timing, which is translated into being able to hit a receiver with a pass he can catch in a part of the field where he already knows he must be in and is willing to do anything to be there. Lazy sports writers then decide to tackle the issue of chemistry as a negative--is there so much good chemistry on this team that one injury or one loss to free agency could doom the home team to oblivion?!?

Signing Plaxico Burress creates a headache for any team that has to play the Eagles. You have an untested, but likely still explosively fast, Michael Vick, and you have Donovan McNabb ready to win at all costs. Lazy sportswriters have two pieces ready--the collapse piece and the bandwagon piece. If there's a collapse, they'll put it down to signing a "cancer." If the team is rolling to victory, the bandwagon piece will intone, "it sure was smart to ignore a little thing called team chemistry and sign that fellow who was such a cancer on his old team, wasn't it, and aren't I as smart as Mike Lupica for pointing it out to you slackjawed cretins?!?"

No one asks the question--what about AJ Feely? What do the Eagles do with him now?

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Gambling in Delaware Wins One Legal Round

As I have said many times, legalized sports betting in Delaware will ruin us all. That horrible, horrible possibility moved closer to reality:

A federal judge on Wednesday denied a request from the major pro sports leagues and the NCAA for a preliminary injunction that would have prevented the state of Delaware from offering sports betting.

Barring intervention from an appeals court, U.S. District Judge Gregory M. Sleet's ruling clears the way for Delaware's plan to begin single-game and parlay wagering in time for the NFL's regular-season opener, Sept. 10.

After denying the injunction, Sleet set a series of October deadlines related to the leagues' request for a summary judgment ruling on its lawsuit against the state; such a ruling would come without a trial. Still, Sleet also scheduled a trial date, Dec. 7.

"The state is moving full speed ahead with our plans to implement a sports lottery by the start of the NFL season," Michael Barlow, lead counsel for Delaware Gov. Jack Markell's office, said in a statement.

"The Delaware Supreme Court gave us permission to initiate a sports lottery and today's decision reaffirms that we can move forward."

At a hearing in Wilmington, lawyers hired by the NFL, Major League Baseball, the NBA, NHL and NCAA argued that Delaware's plan violated the federal ban against sports betting. Kenneth Nachbar, the leagues' lead attorney, said his clients are evaluating their options, including appealing Sleet's decision to the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia.

Someone better pray that the judges in Philly can stop this thing.

If sports betting in Delaware goes through, it will allow people on the Eastern seaboard to bet on Big East and ACC games. Think of the implications inherent in the nightmare of all of this. The economy has already turned suckers into fat, juicy marks. Internet scams, fake mortgages, birth certificates printed on toilet paper, and disenfranchised princes from West Africa abound. It means that we are headed for meltdown, horror, bank failure, government bailouts for sports betting clowns, subsidies for high rollers who go bust, all of that jive. Every slackjawed goober with an extra hundred dollars is already slavering over the possibility of making it turn into eight hundred dollars by betting on Georgetown vs St. Johns, or Duke over Maryland at Maryland.

Think it won't ruin college basketball? Think again, Poindexter. College basketball will become almost, but not quite, as bad as the NBA, which is fixed, I tell you, fixed.

They want to bet on the NFL, and on the rivalries that have turned the NFC East into a nightmare of screaming fans, broken dreams, and shattered players. The amount of money bet on an Eagles-Cowboys game would likely drain hard currency from the banks, causing many of them to fail outright if a fourth quarter miracle pass from Romo to someone playing third string were to connect for an upset. You'd have Joe Sixpacks jumping off roofs throughout the state of Pennsylvania. The strain on our first responders would leave hundreds of people stranded without help for days if the Giants were to beat the Redskins at Fed Ex field by thirty in a blowout that would obliterate the point spread. It would lead to a forced return of the barter system because money would cease to mean anything. People would be forced to trade their loyalty to a football team for seeds with which to grow food.

It would all end in drunken yammering into a wet sleeve, lone gunshots, rope burns and broken tree limbs from half-assed suicide attempts, television movies about trust and honor being thrown away by point shaving middle school players with draft prospects, distant howling into the cold night, families evicted from squatter homes, loan sharks being driven before crazed mobs by loan shark eating dogs, people migrating to Oklahoma in order to take advantage of the Big XII's dominance over the Mountain West, chaos in the schools, violence in the workplace over fantasy football teams run amok, wives beating their husbands over gambling losses...the mind reels. Stop sports betting, for the good of all mankind.

Stop it now. But only in Delaware. In Vegas? Cool beans.