Linky, February 22, 2012: Michael Irvin training schedule: Run routes, puke, wash out mouth, repeat


NFC East cap overview – Brian McIntyre, Football Outsiders

Carl Nicks expects to make more than teammate Evans – Gregg Rosenthal, PFT

Nicks is squarely on the wish lists of Redskins and Cowboys fans.  Evans signed a 7 year, $56.7 million deal in 2010.

Redskins aim to accentuate last year’s successful draft class with another – Mike Jones, Washington Post

I know that the general consensus among Skins fans was that their 2011 draft was “successful,” but I’m not sure I see it that way just yet.  Kerrigan was obviously a very good pick, and the combo of Roy Helu and Evan Royster might turn out to be a nice 1-2 punch in the backfield, but I don’t see much in the way of production from the other draft picks just yet.  Second round pick Jarvis Jenkins tore an ACL and missed all of 2011.  This year will essentially be his rookie season.  Leonard Hankerson, meanwhile, didn’t get onto the field until Week 7, but the last impression he left on the football field was an 8 catch, 106 yard game against Miami before he was lost for the season with a torn labrum.  For now, let’s substitute “promising” for “successful.”  Sorry, I’m a stickler for this kind of nit-picky detail.

Tale of the tape: Justin Blackmon vs Stanford – UkRedskin, Hogs Haven

My boy UK has been killing it all offseason with these visual breakdowns.  The commentary keeps the Redskins’ needs in mind, but they’re also worth a look from fans of the other teams that care about game film evaluation of this rookie class.  Much more to digest in the post, but here’s a quick sampling:

That catch put them in the red zone, where Blackmon saw double coverage.


Blackmon runs in between the two defenders and manages to gain a bit of separation coming out of his break.


Quarterback Brandon Weeden throws a very catchable ball. I believe Blackmon goes at the ball with his hands the wrong way around. Receivers will have a way they prefer to catch the ball, but from my perspective, I feel that he should have his left hand on top and his right hand supporting underneath. That way the nose of the ball would be caught between thumb and fore finger while the rest of the hand naturally wraps round the ball. The way Blackmon attempts to catch this pass means he has to pull the ball into his body to catch it.


The defender manages to disrupt the process of Blackmon bringing the ball back into his body and the ball comes loose. Luckily for Blackmon, the drop didn’t have an impact on the outcome of the game.

Pre-combine mock draft – Matt Alkire, Scouts Notebook

Speaking of Justin Blackmon… the Skins don’t get him here.

Giants, Eagles, and Cowboys after the jump…

Jacobs has a feeling Giants want him back – Justin Terranova, NY Post

I think the Giants would like to keep him too, but not at anything close to his current $4.9 million price tag.  A scenario I can see playing out: Giants try to work out a drastic paycut, Jacobs balks, Giants cut Jacobs, Jacobs tests free agent waters, doesn’t find anyone willing to pay him the big bucks, Jacobs returns to NJ for a reasonable deal, everyone slobbers over Jerry Reese.

Bill Sheridan defends track record with Giants – Gregg Rosenthal, PFT

Based on the quote provided by Rosenthal, I wouldn’t classify it as “defending” his track record, but whatever.

Hue (Jackson) was scheduled to meet with Giants – Ohm, ESPN

He would have been interviewing for the QB coach position, but instead accepted a job with the Bengals before making it to NJ.

Looking backward, forward for Asante Samuel – Brian Solomon,

Samuel has had an up and down relationship with Philly fans since he arrived in 2008. First he was an overpaid slacker, then an interception machine with a fun and outsized personality, and then a few more missed tackles landed him back on the negative side of the ledger. Through it all, though, Samuel has been a one of the best coverage cornerbacks in the NFL.

Jamar Chaney tells young players to reach for their dreams – Nicole Rodriguez,

I wonder if his speech went anything like this (NSFW):

Aikman thinks football could its spot at No. 1 sport – Mike Florio, PFT

His basic argument seems to be along the lines of “Just because,” although I do most certainly agree with his point about over-saturation, with Thursday Night Football and such.

Big Board 3.0 (pre-combine) – Archie Barberio, Blogging the Boys

My boy Archie’s first post at BtB.

Darren Woodson: Rah rah speeches don’t win games – Tim MacMahon, ESPN

Woodson didn’t consider Irvin a great leader because of No. 88’s animated pregame speeches. Woodson considered Irvin a great leader because of his insane work ethic, which Irvin made sure rubbed off on his teammates.

The standard was set in Woodson’s mind one hot summer afternoon before his rookie season, when he watched Irvin run routes on the practice field until he puked, wash his mouth out with water and run more routes.


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    1. He was an awesome player. It’s too bad.

      1. Steve says:

        That was a really really nasty injury as I recall, just painful to watch on the replays.

      2. Sunny says:

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  13. WeNeedLinemen says:

    I am not sure I’d call last year’s draft “successful” but it was certainly pleasing. After years of Vinnie Cerrato it is just nice to have adults in charge.

    The emphasis on players with multiple seasons of strong production in college, team captains and players with reputation for good character and high work ethic struck a chord with a lot of Skins fans.

    In terms of the talent we came out with, I think it was a solid class, nothing spectacular but solid. Considering what we had become used to, that’s such a massive upgrade that we can become a little over-excited about it.

    The one thing that concerned me at the time was that they picked up 2-RBs and 3-WRs, which seemed likely to result in at least few being wasted through pre-season cuts. With the lockout shortened off/pre-season program and the arrival of veterans like Hightower, Gaffney and Stallworth it looked short-sighted. Still, by the end of the year all 5 were on the 53-man roster, with 4 having seen significant playing time during the regular season.

  14. Immynimmy says:

    Holy shit…the Redskins have $40 million dollars of cap space to work with!? Then why are a lot of people saying that they may no resign Fred Davis? Is it because of the failed drug tests?

    …I also REALLY hope the don’t go after Mario Williams. That front 7 is already really good.

    1. Hmm, hadn’t seen people question keeping Fred Davis. The media types definitely aren’t. The Skins are highly likely to tag him… kind of a no-brainer.

      I don’t think Mario is a fit there. They’re already set at OLB for the next decade or so with Kerrigan and Orakpo.

      1. WeNeedLinemen says:

        I read a few posts from fans who wanted him gone when he was banned. I can’t see that happening but there isn’t that much support for a long term deal.

        Personally, I don’t think he is that good. He’s put up some good receiving stats, but I tend to think they are a little misleading, exaggerated by the lack of any real competition from other receivers on the team.

        He isn’t particularly fast and he doesn’t compete for the ball very well. I’m pretty tired of watching him getting outmuscled by safeties. It’s bad enough having Rex Grossman throwing the ball, it really doesn’t help if your receivers don’t seem particularly bothered about going up for the ball and seem quite content to wait for it to find them.

        His blocking isn’t that great either, even for a “receiving” tight-end. I’m not saying he is not a starting calibre tight-end, nor that it would be easy to replace him. However, there are fair number of players that I’d rather have, two of them starting for NFCE rivals.

    2. KJ Brophy says:

      I don’t think Mario liked playing in the 3-4

    3. WeNeedLinemen says:

      As a Skins fan, I don’t want Williams. He is a really good 4-3 end but I don’t think he fits the 3-4 and it’s just not a position of need.

      I think our free agent priorities should be:

      QB1* , WR1, G, re-signing Fletcher, FS, CB1, C/G , SS, RT, re-signing Carriker, CB3 .

      * Even if the plan is to go all out to draft RGIII, we need a safety net. We at least need to sign a veteran free agent who could can handily beat out Rex Grossman.

      Personally, I’d prefer to sign Flynn, trade down and continue to rebuild the roster. However, if RGIII is a realistic possibility I quite like the idea of signing Garrard as a stop-gap. He didn’t do badly in Jacksonville considering how poor his receiving corps was. He may not want to serve as veteran mentor for high first rounder, but he is unlikely to have many other options.

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