Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
(I'm glad to know he's working out.)
All photos courtesy of duPont REGISTRY Celebrity car magazine.
Monday, March 26, 2007
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Friday, March 23, 2007
. . . and he's saying plenty.
“I learned a lot about myself,” he said. “There are a lot of life lessons that I learned about last year and I think that I’m a better person and better as a football player because of it. My time there [Washington]was a negative, but as I look back I think it was a positive thing for me.”
“I definitely have a lot to prove to everybody, but one thing that I have always done is that I’m going to bet on me. I know that none of the outside stuff really matters. I know what I can do and I have a pretty good feeling what I’m going to accomplish.”
David Elfin at The Washington Times quotes Archuleta:
"I could air a whole bunch of different laundry. There's a lot more going on [at Redskin Park] than people understand."We haven't heard the end of this saga.
More at the Bears web site.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Update: Skin posted clarification on his site that "JC" refers to John Coopersmith, a purely fictitious person, and not to any NFL player who might coincidentally have the same initials. So, there; I knew it wouldn't last.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Archuleta is a Bear.
Archuleta isn't here.
Archuleta's a happy fella,
laughing in his Chicago beer.
Archuleta came for money,
which I think is mighty funny,
given that he couldn't cover
any better than his mother.
Take the money, or follow your heart?
Choosing is the hardest part.
Chicago was where he wanted to be,
but he picked the cash and old DC.
In Washington, his bubble burst.
Chi-town's what he wanted first.
Life turns out to be so funny.
Now, he's there with Snyder's money.
There's a moral to this little rhyme,
'though it doesn't happen every time.
The lesson learned is not so hollow.
Choose your heart, the money will follow.
See the story on Hog Heaven.
Photo: Michael Connor, washingtontimes.com
Two items of interest from The Warpath fan forum:
Check out the In The Money cartoon at bangcartoon.com. Clever. Funny.
The Warpath pointed to Jason LaCanfora's Redskins Insider blog entry Front Office Rumblings hinting at a shake-up of the Skins personnel management structure. LaCanfora couldn't confirm the rumors but sensed that something might (emphasis might) be up. In any event, the scouts are worried that The Turk could visit them after the draft. Writes LaCanfora:
"In an organization as top-heavy as this, where glitz and splash have overwhelmed sound thought for so long, could you really blame the scouts of all people? But they are also the first guys to end up taking a bullet when times are tough, hence the worries".
Jason LaCanfora is the Redskins beat writer for The Washington Post.
Monday, March 19, 2007
The Derrick Dockery case is a reminder of the loss of another high potential free agent, Antonio Pierce. Free agent decisions are not made in isolation. Dockery's situation couldn't be more different than Pierce's. A quick history lesson is in order.
Friday, March 16, 2007
Columnist Grant Paulson coined a new term to describe the Redskins 2006 defense in his fredericksburg.com story Redskins' signings strategic and wise.
efense, because the "d" was missing
Loved it. Wished I thought of it first.
I want to give Mr. Paulson all due credit and respect here and now, because I'm sure to borrow the term again and I'll forget how I got it.
Paulson compliments the Skins' front office for their first few signings and for the general absence of excess. You can read the rest of his article here.
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Rip Van Master4caster has awakened from what feels like a twenty year slumber. With bleary eyes, I get caught up on Redskins happenings.
Photo: Rip Van Winkle, www.porterfieldsfineart.com/
The most recent small news, not counting all the Dre' Bly stuff, widely reported elsewhere, involve the Detroit Lions. Former MSU Spartan, former Atlanta Falcon, momentary Redskin T.J. Duckett had a homecoming, of sort, by signing a one-year deal with the Lions. Duckett is a Michigander (well that's what they call themselves) who enjoyed his greatest football success at Michigan State. His pro career has been disappointing and he now finds himself at one of the worse run franchises in the league. Heck, Cincinnati turned itself around. Someday, perhaps Detroit will, too. This old Spartan wishes Duckett well. He deserves it.
The Lions also signed Rams free agent cornerback Travis Fisher to a one year, $2.25 million deal. Len Pasquarelli describes Fisher as a "top second-tier player." The men of Ashburn invited Fisher to Redskins Park where he was penciled in as depth at DB. Then the team signed Fred Smoot. Perhaps a top second tier player dropped to secondary importance to the . . . , oh never mind.
Was it as recent as last year that the Men of Ashburn would not be out bid for talent? What a difference cap restrictions and an eleven-loss season can make. Whatever the team did last off-season, they are trying the opposite this year. Where there was excess, now there is restraint.
The team was one good wide receiver away last year. They went out and signed two average ones. Joe Gibbs' old school offense needed a tweak of an update. They hired the ultra-guru of modern-day firepower. Screwed the whole thing up. They needed Plan B players to hedge the potential loss of Sean Taylor and Clinton Portis. Money and draft picks were no obstacles for signing Adam Archuleta and the aforementioned T.J. Duckett.
Today, veterans can condition on their own rather than follow the teams regimented program at Redskin Park. Training camp will open sooner and will involve more hitting; you know, football. Preseason games may be taken more seriously to work out kinks in the offensive and defensive schemes. They pass on bidding wars for average talent. And our number one draft pick quarterback of the future will be genuinely coached to win. Good things can emerge from adversity.
Spending like drunken sailors did nothing but get the team lost last season. Rational navigation is the better route to go.
With the opening of free agency and the Combine, I followed Porcine Paradise and the stellar bloggers to the right for updates. One emerged from the pack. Skin Patrol established himself as the hardest working Redskinologist in blogdom. Among what must be 50 stories a week were a few gems:
- Mar 02, 2007, The Redskins understood the market. The rest of you didn't; "2007 changes the paradigm. No longer should we suffer the endless Redskins bashing; while we made decisions that didn't pan out, our contracts seem a whole lot less crazy given what's happening right now in this seller's market. The Redskins entered 2006 knowing full well that they had 17M more dollars to spend than they had the previous year; no one else got the memo. Now that other teams are apparently on board, I think it's about time we challenged the conventional wisdom that the Redskins and spending were in a league of their own."
- Mar 02, 2007, Free Agency Open Thread; "Everyone knows January is the most important month of Football."
- Mar 09, 2007, Adam Archuleta and how the Highest Safety Contract might've been a steal; I pride myself on focusing on the business of football. With this piece, Skin raised that area to a new level. He also shows the advantage of affiliations. Hogs Haven is part of SportsBlog Nation and Skin Patrol isn't shy about mining the knowledge of his compatriots. I suspect the future of blogging is in alliances and partnerships. It will become harder for standalone sites (like this one)to offer compelling & competing value over time. I've got to get busy.
We all went into a stupor as the Redskins tanked last year, Skinsaphrenia a bit longer than most. David Gaines has reanimated the site, so I'm adding it to the blogroll.
Thursday, March 01, 2007
Thanks to The Warpath fan forum for pointing to this story.
This story ranks with other fan fantasies like "happily ever after," "million dollar jackpot" and "new Redskins GM." If the team reached this conclusion, why wait until after the draft? It would have made more sense to do it right after the season to have the time to put new personnel guys in place in time to affect the next draft.
Profootballtalk never claimed more than to report rumors. Something may be up, but a Saturday night massacre? I'll wait and see on that one.