Interesting news for Red Skins

Unless you've been in a cave somewhere for the past 10 weeks, 10 months, or 10 years (as long as Dan Snyder has owned the team), the Washington Redskins suck. PERIOD. And they might have hit rock bottom losing to the previously winless Kansas City Chiefs, Yes, they get their "i" back now that they have won. Great Googally Moogally.

How do we count they ways they suck?

Coaching debacles. Steve Spurrier, Marty Schottenheimer, Jim Zorn. All had reasons to be the coach. Spurrier deserved to be fired. Schottenheimer did not. Only AJ Smith and the San Diego Chargers made all time top head coach firing for dropping him after a playoff birth. He only managed 8-8 in his one Redskins season. The book has been written for Zorn since the day he was hired as Head Coach. We are just waiting to read the last chapter.

GM/Drafting debacles. Fine, you don't want a GM. But at least put a good guy in the spot. Vinny Cerrato, who sounds like a good man with his personality does not know how to run a football team. You could use the analogy that a blind date has a nice personality. Evidence Exhibit A: 3 receivers in the 2008 draft in the second round, when the team was and still seeking, good offensive line help. More on this website.

But we've somewhat expected that from the Redskins over the years. What may have finally got them to hit rock bottom? That the Redskins post game show called out Cerrato. For those of you not in the know, the official Redskins post game show is produced by the flagship radio station, WTEM 980. WTEM is owned by Red Zebra Broadcasting, which is part of the Dan Snyder empire. Late after the game, I was listening to the post game show when they got Kevin Sheehan on the phone. Sheehan, who is WTEM's main reporter covering the Redskins slammed Cerrato. Vinny needed to go and they need to bring in a real head of football operations to run the team. That's harsh when a sister company calls you out. You've hit rock bottom.

However, the Redskins have to be the Redskins, and dig a deeper hole. They relieve Jim Zorn of his call playing duties and hand them over to Sherm Lewis, a man retired from football 5 years ago. Can Lewis be effective? Maybe, but this move alone will not turn around the entire team. Cerrato stated on his Friday morning radio show that Zorn's job is safe for the remainder of the season. Finally, apparently, Snyder is tired of buying people out. Guess what? Us fans have been tired of that for nearly a decade.

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Plight, what plight? The Redskins Losenoidoomock won this past weekend. Well, that win wasn't particularly spectacular and kolapadaar. It wasn't a defensive battle, or pound the ball by running game. It wasn't even a come from behind miracle that frankly, we might have enjoyed better. No, it was just pathetic.

As we know, the Redskins won 9-7 over the St Louis Rams. Sure, "A Win is a Win" and all that. Of course 11-5 composed mostly of 9-7 wins will likely put them in the playoffs, but to be real, that's not going to happen. The game was won on the backs of the defense and dare I say it...Shaun Suisham's leg? I am not the biggest fan of Suisham's. In fact, I don't know how he still has a job in the NFL, let alone the Washington Redskins. But his 3 field goals did it.

The season that was predicted by some, including Mike Wise of the Washington Post and 106.7 WJFK, The Fan, as a coming out party for our QB Jason Campbell. Well so far, that is only true if coming out means doing exactly what's he's done in past seasons. The defense is the defense, strong like the past few years under the watchful eye of Gregg Williams and now Greg Blache.

Where is the offense? You can count one offensive touchdown so far this season and that was to TE Chris Cooley late in a game they had already lost. You know the glaring stat that still stands out there? As of today, your leading scorers for the Redskins are Suisham - 14 and tied for 2nd, Cooley and P Hunter Smith with 6 each. Kickers are always at the top of the scoring board, but when your top 3 include your punter, something is definitely wrong with this picture.

The easy thing to say is that they will get it together against the Lions this weekend. Well that's what they said prior to week 2 against the Rams. You would think Campbell, who is working for his next contract, likely not in Washington, would put more effort. It just appears he'll be a journeyman who may not be able to hold Gus Frerotte's j***, I mean towel. And Daniel Snyder will coax Cowher or some other proven winner out of retirement to coach this team to failure again and again.

 

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Nylander became on loan to Grand Rapids

The Washington Capitals announced a trade that should provide more help along the forward lines, as well as additional salary cap relief. Captain Chris Clark (forward - LW/RW) and Milan Jurcina (D) were sent to Columbus in exchange for forward Jason Chimera. The trade yields $2.2M in net salary cap relief.

Washington had been carrying eight to nine defensemen throughout the season. In all like lihood a move was likely at some point before or during the season. Once Nylander became on loan to Grand Rapids, his salary although paid by Washington didn't count against the salary cap paving the way for Karl Alzner and his salary cap figure to play in Washington and not the minor league affiliate in Hershey.

Chimera's size, quickness, and toughness should fill the partial void left by Brashear as well as add another dimension as a rugged worker in the corners enabling others to score. This move made so early before the March 4th trade deadline also provides the team a fair amount of time to evaulate the impact of the trade and what other future moves may be necessary. It's a good trade that improves the team in an area of need while dealing from a position of depth on the roster. See more about seo contest here.

Clark's injuries the past few season's coupled with his decrease in scoring, a -4 at even strength, and the return of Fehr & Fleischmann from injuries allowed the Caps to move the team captain for a younger quicker player that has 3 years left on his contract providing the team more flexibility to reshaping the roster.

Clark wore the captain role well, but even Michael Strahan has said on Fox NFL Pre-game show that when a player is injured (in the NFL) for a prolonged period of time he's really removed from the team and has very little locker room presence. The team now must search for a new leader to don the "C" on their jersey. Although some may look to Knubble, Ovie, and Laich as the front runners don't count out the physical presence and respect of Erskine.

On most teams the captain is a player that touches the ball/puck the most and can determine the outcome of the game and in hockey this role usually falls on a center or defensemen, but few teams have a player like Ovechkin. The question now becomes whether Ovie is ready for the challenge and his teammates are ready for him to assume such a role.

 

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