Tag:Washington Redskins
Posted on: July 27, 2010 7:02 pm

McNabb sends encouraging text to Kolb

A nice story here about Redskins QB Donovan McNabb sending Eagles QB Kevin Kolb a positive text message before Philadelphia opened training camp today.

"He told me to take one practice at a time and be patient," Kolb told reporters, including the Philadelphia Inquirer . "And I said, 'Yeah, I hear you. It's a long season.' That's what I was saying before. You kind of get caught up in the whole realm of the whole season and whatever expectations. Just take it one practice at a time at this time of year and that will help you get a lot better."

Since the Eagles jettisoned McNabb to Washington and replaced him with Kolb, the gesture was a classy one.

"(It) meant a lot because they're not even in camp yet," Kolb said. "He knew that we were coming to camp and he's paying attention. I appreciated him reaching out and offering good luck. Donovan's like that."

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 24, 2010 11:41 pm

Allen: McNabb will be a Redskin 'for years'

The Redskins and Donovan McNabb haven't started talking about a contract extension since McNabb was traded from Philadelphia in April.

But that doesn't necessarily mean that the Redskins don't want him. In fact, Bruce Allen's recent statements indicate the opposite :
"We really haven't started [talks]," Allen said. "Donovan is so excited about this new opportunity -- the team has embraced him, our fans clearly have embraced him. We'll have plenty of time to get something done with him. We see him as part of our future. We would not have made the trade unless we see it that way, and he knows it.

"He's a mature player who knows that he's gonna be paid well, but there'll be a right time. We made a great investment in trading for him and we like the guy, we really like him as a leader on this team, and the players have really accepted him. And we think he's gonna be a great Redskin for years to come."
Is it rude to point out that "years to come" technically only means "more than one"?

Or that McNabb will be 34 during the season?

Actually, those are probably both valid points, but more important is the issue that there are other, bigger-named quarterbacks out there who need extensions first. Also, if everything in Washington is sewn up before training camp, well, that takes all the fun out of rampantly speculating.
Posted on: July 21, 2010 11:25 pm

Cooley gives it straight on Haynesworth

Redskins tight end Chris Cooley had an interesting take on the Albert Haynesworth situation today: Cooley said of the disgruntled defensive tackle on the Mike Wise show:

"First of all, he's doing what he wants to do, or what he thinks he needs to do. I just thought the guy's got to come back in unbelievable shape, because if he comes back out of shape, looks bad, I mean, he's just gonna get murdered. But I felt like if he came back in shape, ready to play football, he'll be there two days and everyone will forget what happened."

-- Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 19, 2010 6:07 pm

Shanahan speaks openly about Haynesworth

Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan talked about Albert Haynesworth in a Monday interview with WFAN New York. Shanahan was refreshingly honest about his discussions with the selfish star. SportsRadioInterviews.com provided the transcript:

"Well to be honest with you, I’m looking forward to camp starting. And my understanding is that Albert’s going to be there. As we talked before, I talked to Albert right before ... well, about a month after I got the job and I sat down with Albert and said that if he does not want to be part of the Washington Redskins, I’d let him go. I wouldn’t trade him, I’d let him go to another football team. But if he did take the check for $21 million, I’d expect him to play any position that we thought was in the best interest of the Washington Redskins -- be it nose tackle, defensive end, if we wanted to play him at free safety … So expected him to come in in great shape and do the things we expected of him and that he’s capable of doing. Hopefully he does that. He didn’t show up at minicamp, so guys are going to be looking at him and seeing what type of shape he’s in, if he’s going to do the little things the right way. Time will tell. If he is buying in and he is in great shape, we know what type of talent he is and we know he can help our football team win."

-- Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 19, 2010 1:28 pm
Edited on: July 19, 2010 5:44 pm

Bolts resigned on Jackson/McNeil; say no to Owens

As recently as like three years ago, Terrell Owens would've had a shot at cracking CBS Sports' "Top Five Wide Receivers in the NFL " list.

Now? Child, please; he needs a team first.

The likelihood that he will find one has been narrowed further, provided you believe the comments made by A.J. Smith about Owens to the San Diego Union-Tribune 's Nick Canepa:

“We’re all set right now with our receivers,” says Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith, back from vacation a week before the opening of training camp. “I don’t want to be involved. A lot of people have us targeted [for Owens], but they know I wouldn’t do it.

The Chargers are clearly in a bizarre situation, because while they have a ton of talent on the offensive end, they could be without star wideout Vincent Jackson for a minimum of three weeks (his suspension ) and possibly up to 10 (provided he continues to hold out ).

In fact, Smith acknowledges in the same article, when referring to Jackson and Pro Bowl left tackle Marcus McNeill , that, "it's over with ... I think they're going to be here for six games, and then think they're going to be free." Yet, they still have clearly zero interest in the oft-troubled wideout.

All of this lends even more credence to something that our own Mike Freeman wrote recently : that Owens is being pseudo-banished by the NFL.

Think about it -- he's been rejected by the Panthers (Jon Beason, who practically laughed at the notion of TO coming to Carolina in an online chat ), the Redskins , the Bengals (even though Chad Ochocinco was reportedly pleading the brass to ink him), and now the Chargers. All of those teams need help at wideout, and yet, Owens can't find a home.

Adam Schefter tweets that Drew Rosenhaus texted him today to say he's "very confident" that Owens "will have a home within a few weeks," but making the presumption that someone will ink TO -- particularly given all the wideout-needy teams that have passed already -- just based on an agent's PR manuevers seems pretty optimistic.

Of course, injuries happen, even in training camp, and it's likely some team that will get desperate and give Owens a short-term, incentive-laden deal. But, on the bright side, even that doesn't happen, he's always got a future as a reality show sidekick . So there's that.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: July 18, 2010 4:03 pm

Randle El defends Zorn

You don’t find many people these days defending former Redskins coach Jim Zorn, who led Washington to a 12-20 record during his two-year tenure. But that’s exactly what WR Antwaan Randle El did Saturday.

In comments to nwitimes.com , Randle El said Redskins owner Daniel Snyder didn’t give Zorn a fair chance to succeed and grow in his new role.

"When Jim Zorn was there, he was hands-on," said Randle El, who was released by Washington this offseason and is now with the Steelers. "He had great potential, but Dan Snyder was too involved because he didn't trust coach Zorn as much as he did coach (Joe) Gibbs, and those were things that prevented us from success as a team."

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 15, 2010 8:31 pm

Portis refocused for 2010

Over the years, Redskins running back Clinton Portis has made no bones about his minimal interest in offseason conditioning. However, with his career at a crossroads – or, morel likely, nearing an end – and veteran runners Willie Parker and Larry Johnson being brought in to challenge his place atop the depth chart, Portis’s approach seems to have shifted. C. Portis (US Presswire)

Jason Reid of the Washington Post writes:

After (Mike) Shanahan in March publicly challenged Portis to improve his conditioning, Portis trimmed down to about 217 pounds after playing at more than 230 pounds last season, sources said. Portis's strong showing apparently has made a favorable impression on Shanahan.

To be sure, Johnson and Parker will have opportunities to unseat Portis when camp opens July 29 at Redskins Park. Portis, however, is in top shape and highly motivated.

He's also guaranteed $6.4 million of his $7.2 million base salary, so management presumably would prefer for Portis to be highly productive after a concussion cut short his ineffective 2009 season.

According to Reid, people close to Portis say the running back still believes he can still produce a 1,500-yard rushing season.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 14, 2010 4:16 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2010 4:18 pm

Brian Westbrook stil eager to play

Former Eagles running back Brian Westbrook remains unsigned. Lately, he has been working out with Darnell DockettB. Westbrook (US Presswire) and Visanthe Shiancoe in hopes of catching on with a team. The Redskins want to sign him (who, by the way, is a DC area native), but Westbrook realizes their backfield is already crowded with banged-up veterans (Clinton Portis, Willie Parker, Larry Johnson). Part of the problem is the soon-to-be 31-year-old’s reputation for injuries, (bad knee, concussions).

Westbrook recently spoke to Jason Reid of the Washington Post.

"A lot of people, they don't understand," said Westbrook "The way to heal is to rest. ..... They don't realize I didn't have any time to rehab or to just train for last season." Westbrook had surgery on his knee and ankle before the 2009 season.

"That's why I know this season is gonna be different," he continued, "because I've got time to work out, time to get in shape, time to train, time to be the best player I can be. There's no doubt about it when I go out and I'm healthy. This year I'm healthy. No excuses."

--Andy Benoit

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