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Posted on: June 18, 2011 9:28 pm
Edited on: June 18, 2011 9:40 pm
 

Bruce Allen says McNabb signing wasn't a mistake

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Despite the disaster with Redskins QBs last year – if you don’t remember the horror, check out the breakout box below – Washington GM Bruce Allen told CSN Washington that if he had it to do over again, he would still make the trade with the Eagles to get McNabb.

McNabb's nightmare year
“We would make the move again with Donovan,” Allen said. “The 6-10 record wasn’t what we had dreamed of for the season.”

But Allen also doesn’t blame McNabb for the subpar record. And he says the outside world doesn’t really know what went on inside the locker room.

“When you’re inside the locker room, you have all the facts,” Allen said. “You know the affections and feelings we have for Donovan as a person and player. We’ll let people speculate and create rumors. Hopefully they go off the wrong tracks and that will give us an advantage when we start playing.”

And as far as that little tiff between McNabb and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan?

“I think they jelled very well at times,” Allen said. “It was the first year for everybody with the Washington Redskins, and it takes some time to learn the other person’s desires.”

Unfortunately for McNabb, he most likely won’t get to learn Allen’s desires for Year No. 2. Because, as soon as the lockout is over, McNabb is probably gone from Washington.

So, yeah. Overall, just a great trade.



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Posted on: June 16, 2011 1:44 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2011 2:35 pm
 

Possible NFL landing spots for Terrelle Pryor

Posted by Ryan Wilson

If you're of the opinion that Ray Lewis and Ed Reed would be good locker room influences on any player with off-field issues, then you may have no problem with John Clayton's suggestion that the Ravens might be one of five teams willing to take a flyer on Terrelle Pryor. If you don't buy the initial premise (and some folks are understandably skeptical), then the whole argument falls apart.

Writing for ESPN, Clayton admits that "This might be a bit of a reach, but as a lower-round selection Pryor could interest the Ravens as a receiver. Having him learn under Anquan Boldin would be the key. Boldin was a quarterback in college and uses the knowledge gained there to put himself in position to help his quarterback."

We agree. It's a reach. Not because the Ravens aren't willing to gamble with talented but troubled players (they are), but because if we're to take agent Drew Rosenhaus at his word (we'll wait while you quit laughing), he thinks Pryor is not only an NFL quarterback but a "first-round pick."

Perhaps that stance will soften as teams explain to Rosenhaus that his client probably isn't worth more than a fourth-rounder. Although, as Mike Mayock pointed out Wednesday night, "Nobody is better than Rosenhaus in driving perceived value. … Sometimes perceived value is almost as good as real value if he can get enough people talking about [Pryor] as a first-round pick."

Other possible destinations, according to Clayton: Oakland, Miami, Pittsburgh and Washington.
Terrelle Pryor's NFL future

The Raiders makes sense because, well, it's the Raiders. Once Al Davis sees Pryor's 40 time, he very well could be a first-rounder. Still, that doesn't mean it's a good idea.

Clayton says the Dolphins "want to add someone to compete against Chad Henne," and we agree. It's just not going to be Pryor. Remember: Miami wasted a second-rounder on Pat White two years ago. Pat White is now out of the NFL.

As for Pittsburgh, Clayton notes that, "Many scouts believe Pryor potentially has Dennis Dixon-like ability as quarterback." Dennis Dixon also never had off-field issues (just the opposite, in fact). He's also been an adequate NFL backup and nothing more. Probably not worth the potential headaches that will accompany Pryor, even if Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau is impartial to Ohio State players.

Finally, there are the Redskins. Like the Raiders -- and given their blindfold-and-a-dartboard personnel philosophy -- it makes too much sense not to happen. To Clayton's credit, he calls Pryor-to-Washington a long shot, even given the fact that Mike Shanahan doesn't have an starting-caliber QB currently on the roster.

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Posted on: June 15, 2011 8:52 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2011 12:11 am
 

Redskins need to consider life after Haynesworth

Posted by Ryan Wilson

A new labor deal may or may not be on the horizon, but when the owners and players come to an agreement, there will likely be an accelerated free-agency period followed by training camp and the regular season.

By that point, everything should be back to normal, which includes Albert Haynesworth making life difficult for some poor coach who thought he would be the one to motivate a man seemingly incapable of being motivated. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan was never under such illusions when he arrived in Washington last year. By the preseason it was clear they couldn't co-exist.

Just chalk it up as another one of Dan Snyder's high-priced personnel mistakes. (The 'Skins gave Haynesworth a $100 million deal in February 2009, including $41 million in guarantees.)

And now, even though Washington desperately needs some help along the defensive line, the rebuilding process won't include Haynesworth. NFL Network's Jason La Canfora figures "Aubrayo Franklin and Cullen Jenkins [will] get a good long look [from the 'Skins]," adding that “I think they’d trade (Haynesworth) for a seventh-round pick somewhere outside the division before they dealt him to the Eagles."

(La Canfora mentioned Philadelphia because Jim Washburn, Haynesworth's former defensive line coach in Tennessee, now coaches the Eagles' defensive line.) 

“They should have taken a fifth for him last offseason and ended the circus then,” La Canfora continued. “We shall see. Skins GM Bruce Allen has repeatedly told Haynesworth’s people that if they don’t get ‘real value’ in a trade they won’t move him, but I don’t see them getting anything better than a fifth for him, and they have wanted much more than that.”

Allen's thinking isn't unique to the Redskins. It's prevalent among teams that fork over substantial paydays for big-name free agents only to get in return substandard performances and less salary-cap wiggle room. Instead of cutting bait and moving on, they suffer from what economists call the "sunk cost fallacy." In English, it's simply throwing good money after bad.

Brian Burke of AdvancedNFLStats.com talked about the sunk cost fallacy late in the 2009 season, relating it to JaMarcus Russell.
Russell certainly isn’t the only top pick who was kept under center too long. Just about every team has had a similar experience in recent memory. General managers and coaches are the ones least willing to cut their losses with bad players because they’re the ones most attached to the sunk costs. The importance of responsibility is why it makes some sense to periodically replace senior management, whether at corporation, a government agency, or professional football team. New managers are not beholden to their predecessors’ sunk costs, and are freer to make rational decisions.
Unfortunately for the Redskins, Allen -- who inherited Haynesworth from Vinny Cerrato -- hasn't followed that advice. Presumably because in the back of Allen's mind is the fear that if he cuts Haynesworth, not only does that mean tens of millions of dollars down the drain (sunk cost!), there's the chance that another team will sign him, and worse, he will play well.

To paraphrase an an old saying: "A player is worth what somebody's willing to pay for him." Which is usually muttered right before someone else says, "It only takes one team." The problem: "one team" has historically referred to the Redskins, an outfit renown for paying well over market rates -- either in salary or draft picks -- for locker room malcontents, players on the downside of great careers or both.

Of course, if Allen promptly jettisons Haynesworth when the lockout ends, and Bill Belichick signs him for the league minimum, expect the media to hail the decision as "low-risk" and "genius." It's this thinking that got the Redskins in their current predicament.

On the upside, Washington gets a $41 million paperweight out of it. So there's that.

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Posted on: June 15, 2011 4:30 pm
Edited on: June 15, 2011 4:40 pm
 

Why wasn't Trent Williams at Redskins practice?

T. Williams might face criticism for not showing up for Washington's workouts (Getty).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Since players across the NFL have begun participating in workouts organized and led by their peers, we haven’t heard much in the way of criticism against those who have not joined in with their teammates.

WR Chad Ochocinco doesn’t show up for Bengals practice, and nobody makes a peep. WR Braylon Edwards misses Jets workouts, and he doesn’t hear criticism.

But when Redskins LT Trent Williams failed to show for workouts this week, at least one of his teammates had something to say about it.

“We’re here so we think it’s valuable,” G Kory Lichtensteiger told the Washington Examiner. “I don’t know why everyone else doesn’t. I know some people have to book a plane flight, but we have rookies here that are booking plane flights and first-year guys that don’t have a lot of money in the bank booking plane flights. So I don’t think there’s a whole lot of good excuses not to be here, honestly.”

Williams has an excuse regardless.

In an interview with ESPN 980, Williams claimed he thought the camp was for backs and wide receivers. Oh, he’s got another excuse as well. He didn’t find out about the camp until it was too late.

“I feel like it’s a big deal,” Williams said. “If I wouldn’t have found out Monday that the workouts were Tuesday, then I probably would have been there. It was a last-minute deal.”

So yeah, those excuses seem rather flimsy, especially when you take into account the questions about his work ethic. But Williams wasn’t done making them.

From the Washington Post:

Reached by phone Wednesday, Williams said that he has been training with roughly a dozen players in his hometown of Houston. He said he considered attending this week’s workouts, but decided not to go because he was in a wedding last weekend, which would have interfered with travel plans.

“I kind of had my hands tied,” Williams said. “But I figure as long as I’m getting work in and am making sure I’m ready. I’ve been trimming down a little bit, focusing on total body strength, and I started back [doing squats] this offseason, which I hadn’t done since my sophomore year, to get my explosiveness in my legs back. I feel great.”

But if you ask TE Chris Cooley, none of that really matters. Williams can show up or not, and it’s not a big deal.

“Everyone has their own preparation and own thing going on,” Cooley told the Examiner. “We’re not going to be disappointed in anyone not showing up. All I would say is that I’m benefiting from this; I feel this is making me a better player and this is preparing me to play this year.”

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Posted on: June 14, 2011 10:08 pm
Edited on: June 14, 2011 10:32 pm
 

John Beck gets on Internet to research teammates

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

With the lockout keeping teams apart for weeks at a time, Redskins QB John Beck, who thinks he should be the starter in Washington, is doing whatever he can to learn about his newest teammates.

So, he’s taken to the Internet to find out some extra info.

Take a guy like Redskins rookie WR Aldrick Robinson (taken in the sixth round out of SMU). Beck doesn’t know anything about him, and since he is barred from the team facilities, he can’t watch film on him.

So, Beck gets creative.

“I actually watched his YouTube last night,” Beck told the Washington Post. “I hadn’t seen him yet, so I was like, ‘OK, let’s see what we’ve got.’ That’s the nice thing about YouTube. You can learn a lot.”

Beck did the same with RB Evan Royster as well, tapping his name into the YouTube search engine to see a few highlight videos.

And what Beck discovered: Learning about your new teammates is kind of cool.

“I had no idea Evan Royster was the all-time leading rusher in Penn State history,” Beck said. “I watched his YouTube and then his draft-day [highlights]. So, today I was like ‘Hey, man, congrats. That’s pretty sweet! I had no idea.’”

And while watching YouTube seems like a rather amateurish way to go about scouting players, that’s all Beck can do for now. Now, I just wonder if Rex Grossman (“No, I’M the starter!”) has the same creativity.



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Posted on: June 11, 2011 1:55 pm
 

DeAngelo Hall owes $24k in back taxes

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall probably isn't hurting for cash, but he owes $24,202.06 in back taxes on his Northampton County, Virginia, property.

(Brief aside: Hall isn't the only NFL player to miss a payment -- or 36 -- on a property, home, car, jet ski … whatever, but it is a reminder that, one way or another, the lockout can't last. Owners have more dough than players, and in general, are less inclined to spend it frivolously. Which means that once the money runs out, players will be more likely to settle, even if that includes making concessions previously thought off the table. Luckily, it may not get to that point.)

Hall, whose residence is assessed at $1.3 million, will have a few months to square up his $24,000 debt, but if he doesn't the county will sell the home at auction.

The Daily News first reported the story and couldn't reach Hall for comment. And the Redskins couldn't reach out to Hall because there can be no contact between players and teams during the lockout. Even if those rules sound more like guidelines.

As for Hall, the former Falcons first-round pick has made tens of millions of dollars during his seven-year career. This includes the six-year, $55 million deal the Redskins gave him in February 2009 (because they're not an outfit known to overspend for talent), as well as the heist Hall perpetrated against the Raiders, where he averaged over $1 million a game until Oakland had seen enough and cut him eight games into the 2008 season.

As ProFootballTalk.com's Michael David Smith joked in April, "I guess [Hall] must have saved his money wisely to get through that tough stretch with the Redskins when he only made $200,000."

We'll just assume that Hall has the $24,000 to make good on his debt, although the road to the poor house is littered with tales of rags-to-riches-to-rags.

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Posted on: June 7, 2011 11:58 pm
 

Next person to trash Haynesworth? His DC

HaynesworthPosted by Josh Katzowitz

The “Albert Haynesworth is a lazy, worthless piece of garbage” stories are not difficult to find on the Eye on Football blog. Whether he’s been charged with sexual abuse, accused of road rage, or suspended for the last four games of the season, it’s actually pretty difficult to find a positive story about Haynesworth.

This post, thanks to Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, continues that theme.

Today, Haslett told 101 ESPN Radio in St. Louis (via Pro Football Talk) that Haynesworth basically is a worthless piece of garbage (he didn't say it quite that harshly, though).

“He can do almost anything he wants. He doesn’t want to do anything. To me that’s the issue,” Haslett said. “He’s one of those guys you walk in a meeting and you tell him, ‘Put down the phone.’ The next day you have to tell him to put down the phone. The next day, you tell him to put down the phone.

“You tell him, ‘Don’t read the newspaper in meetings.’ The next day you have to tell him the same thing. It doesn’t stick; it’s an everyday thing.”

It is possible to feel some sympathy for Haynesworth, because he was told he wouldn’t have to play a 3-4 defense before the Redskins coaching staff decided to, you know, implement the 3-4 defense.

So, if you want to make the claim that the team went back on its word to Haynesworth, that’s a fair point.

But the lack of professionalism (picking up his phone and reading the newspaper during team meetings? Really?!?!) apparently displayed by Haynesworth continues to astound. And when his defensive coordinator is the one calling him out, that’s pretty darn telling.

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Posted on: June 6, 2011 3:35 pm
Edited on: June 6, 2011 3:54 pm
 

Is this the inglorious end to McNabb's career?

D. McNabb (US Presswire)Posted by Ryan Wilson

Donovan McNabb remains a man without a team. Technically, he's still with the Redskins, but as soon as there's a 2011 season, he'll be free to hawk his wares elsewhere. The problem: "elsewhere" could turn into "nowhere." The former Eagles first-round pick hasn't drummed up much rumor-mill interest during the lockout. This could mean that teams keen on McNabb's talents are downplaying it for now (as typically happens in the days leading up to the NFL Draft). Or, more likely, there truly isn't a market for him.

Free-agent running back Michael Robinson told ESPN.com's John Clayton recently that he predicts McNabb will end up with the Vikings.

"[McNabb] keeps telling me all he wants to do is get with a team and take them to a Super Bowl," Robinson added.

There was no mention if McNabb would be willing to go on that Super Bowl ride as a backup, because there are plenty of teams (although none are contenders) looking for "mentors."
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Stats -- the everyday NFL.com ones that we're all familiar with and the advanced stats from Football Outsiders and Pro Football Reference -- are one way to determine just how good a quarterback is. Another, simpler way: play the "Would I want that guy starting for my team?" game. For most fans, McNabb would garner an "absolutely not," which tells you all you need to know.

It's too bad, too, because McNabb seems like a decent guy. Despite a career pock-marked by unprovoked criticism, McNabb has seldom responded publicly. But we've mentioned it before -- that's part of the deal. Want to be an NFL quarterback? Be prepared for the inevitable media backlash that comes with it. And no one's immune. If Patriots fans feign outrage over Tom Brady wearing a Yankees hat, McNabb doesn't stand a chance. Also not helping: his recent on-field performance.

The last two seasons, McNabb ranked 20th and 25th in Football Outsiders' QB total value metric. In 2010, he finished behind the likes of Jon Kitna and David Garrard. Not exactly a ringing endorsement that McNabb deserves to be a starter.

And now, barely a year after the Redskins gave up a second-round pick to division rival Philly to land McNabb, they're happy to move on without him, even if that means turning to John Beck.

Would McNabb be a good fit for the Vikings? Probably not. Minnesota just rid it of one old-timer. While rookie Christian Ponder may not be NFL-ready whenever the season begins, McNabb lost his job to Rex Grossman. That's shorthand for "he'll never be NFL-ready again … ever." If the Vikings manage their expectations for 2011 and stick with Ponder, they should be in good shape going forward. If they instead buy into the "we're one veteran QB away from the Super Bowl!" hype, Ponder will end up wasting away on the bench.

We don't expect that to happen, thanks largely to the team's recent experiences with Brett Favre, but also because to annually contend for a championship you need a franchise quarterback. For McNabb, that ship sailed a while ago.

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