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Washington Redskins...

...I'm saddened to report that it looks like we've completely gone in the wrong direction. Losing Chris Samuels for possibly his career is hard. Randy Thomas is also not worth much of anything anymore. He can't stay healthy at all. Derrick Dockery doesn't seem like the guy he was when we had him before.

Jason Campbell is still a good quarterback, but I'm done defending him in the West Coast Offense. He's clearly not meant for this offense. He needs a line, continuity in a system, a run game that can flourish with the line, and the ability to pass deep more often off of playaction. But in this system, with this line... he won't amount to anything. Neither will Collins or Brennan though.

The O-Line is in shambles. We need to go young, real young. Maybe trade vets for some draft picks. We need to give these guys a shot to grow together and become a unit like up in New York, Indianapolis, New England, New Orleans, etc.

Antwan Randle El is a joke. This guy used to …

NFL Review From First Quarter Of 2009-10 Season

AFC East:

New York Jets (3-1) – Mark Sanchez is a man already. Made some rookie mistakes against the Saints, but he’s played well. Offense is slightly above average, not terrific, but good. Defense has been incredible though. Ryan has made this group play as a unit.

New England Patriots (3-1) – Injuries have plagued them all over the field, but they’ve still found ways to win (screw refraining, refs help!). Brady’s been tentative to throw the ball under pressure, but they’ve outscored teams anyways. Safety play has been key on defense.

Miami Dolphins (1-3) – I don’t know what to think about the Dolphins. They beat Buffalo who I’ll get to in a moment. But outside of that, they’ve struggled severely, and it’s quite sickening. This defense and offense have both been figured out, even the Wildcat.

Buffalo Bills (1-3) – After almost beating the Patriots, the Bills have fallen into obscurity. TO has already been a problem, they miss Marshawn Lynch even though Jackson hasn’t been horrible. Defen…

Brett Favre

...the timeless wonder is proving to the Packers that even 2 seasons after they said they didnt believe he could do what he wanted and be successful anymore... he's still as good, if not better, than he was. And he's destroying his former team like it's nothing.

Brett Favre... good luck on making it all 32 teams tonight >_>.

What To Blog About?

I'm a person who is never short on words when it comes to almost anything. But for the life of me, I can't decide what I want to blog about today. There's college football, chicken and cheese quesadillas, and my book.

I suppose I can talk about the progress of my book, but all I really have to say about that is that it's coming along. Long day, sleep cut short last night, but I don't feel tired enough to pass out yet. I don't want to miss these games.

I do want to send my hopes and prayers to those suffering from the Indonesian quake(s), and the Philippine Typhoons. And I'm looking forward to tomorrow and the rest of the month in the NFL to see players and fans support Breast Cancer Awareness. If I had the means to get it done, I'd support through the NFL.. but I don't, so I'm looking for an alternative.

Washington Redskins - Where Do We Go From Here?

"Where do we go from here?" That's the question echoing around everything that it the Washington Redskins. Coming off a backbreaking loss to the Detroit Lions, who were 0-19 in the regular season coming into this game... the Redskins need now more than ever to submit to the old saying, "we need to find an identity."

Players are going to tell fans as players always tell fans, "we are out here competing, you all are just fans" and that's true... to an extent. Players know the x's and o's better than any fan... but fans know the struggle, the year in and year out, the unability to purchase expensive tickets so you have to watch from TV, the dependency on a team. The players know the fans are just as, if not more, important than they are. But does Dan Snyder know that?

I won't be one of these people saying we're fielding a bunch of talented guys who are overrated. Not a soul on this team is overrated by any means. The Redskins have plugg…

The Madden Curse Is Halfway Complete...

Larry Fitzgerald wasn't sweating the curse. He said on the subject before that he doesn't believe in curses, and he makes his own luck. He's not the first guy who said that of the Madden Curse though, and year after year, all have fallen.

On Opening Night- NFL Kickoff, Troy Polamalu (who shares half of the cover for Madden NFL 10, injured his knee and didn't return to the field. Now the speculation is that he could miss anywhere from 3-6 weeks of football with a sprained ligament in his knee.

For those unaware of what exactly the Madden curse is - people believe that players on the cover of Madden get injured the season they're featured. Mike Vick broke his leg, McNabb had a total of 36 injuries (many internal), Ray Lewis fractured his wrist, and Brett Favre tore tendons in his throwing arm. Now the speculation with half of the curse coming true for Polamalu, is that it's just a matter of time before Fitzgerald suffers an injury. But the curse isn't just h…
It's been some time since we've had regular season football, and things in the NFL have shaken up quite a bit this offseason/pre-season. The Giants have nearly completely re-tooled their entire offense, the Patriots have shipped out vets for new vets, the Raiders may have ended Crabtree's career before it got started, and the Redskins dished out money for big names like usual. Point being, these franchises tend to do this stuff regularly, and well, the Redskins only added improvement from last year, not decreased their ability to provide. The line is arguably better behind Derrick Dockery who returned from Buffalo. The young receivers are hitting a stride that you expected last year, but you can't always have homerun hitting rookies. And the addition of Marcus Mason at Running Back is sure to give us a big weapon if he lives up to what fans think is all-around natural talent.

Defensively, adding Haynesworth is going to provide better pass-rush from all over, and allow…

Kerry Rhodes Interview

I recently conducted an interview with New York Jets Safety, Kerry Rhodes, and am pleased to be able to post it here on the site. I hope you all enjoy this one.





Alright Kerry, how are you feeling (physically and mentally) about yourself and the team heading into the upcoming (2009-10) season?
- I feel good about where we left off after minicamps and the outlook for the season for us definitely is one we are excited about.


How have you spent your offseason outside of OTA’s so far?
- I did some traveling outside of the country and that was great and I have also been on my grind with my own personal trainer and feel real good.


How does it feel to be working under Coach Ryan? And what does it mean to have someone who has been that dominant in defensive coaching guiding you into this season and hopefully more?
- Coach Ryan has been great so far. He gives us so much freedom to be the people we are and I think that’s a great trait to have to be a successful head coach in this league, so he …

R.I.P. Jim Johnson

As you all can see from my previous blog post, I paid my respects and wished well Coach Jim Johnson of the Philadelphia Eagles. I was truly saddened to learn yesterday that Jim Johnson passed away at the age of 68 to his battle with cancer. My thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to his family, the Philadelphia Eagles, players and coaches who have worked directly with him, and the entire NFL who had to deal with playing against his schemes or just are a part of that family. I hope the NFL does the right thing and finally puts a defensive coordinator into the Hall of Fame, as he is truly deserving of such an honor. One of the best to ever do what he did. May he Rest In Peace.

A Respected Enemy Troubled

This is a column I wrote over on a Redskins blog site, and the link can be found here:
http://fans.redskinsrule.com/_A-Respected-Enemy-Troubled/blog/283151/54110.html

Just so you know this is legit and back from a while ago... figured I'd post it here in light of the Philadelphia Eagles signing a new defensive coordinator in Johnson's absence.






As a fan of football, we’re conditioned and groomed to almost “loathe” those who oppose us. If a great leaves our team or organization, returning cloaked in enemy colors… we don’t share the same love as we once did in our days of battle with that person.
But no matter how much we may not like an opponent, many, especially those in our own division, are respected evenly to all in our very own organization. And those of us who share in fandom of the sport, not just our favorite organization, we respect the few who show class, respect, and love for their own teams, their opponents, and the game itself.

As a Redskins fan myself, I’m saddened to …

My Look At Washington Redskins Defense, Possible 3-4

Looking at the depth chart for the Redskins defense, I see a glaring possibility of this team moving to a 3-4 Scheme. Greg Blache has used 3-4 schemes in the past (particularly with the Bears) but still remained faithful to a 4-3 and 46 Scheme. But the Redskins have weapons which would match with any 3-4 in the league, including the Steelers and Ravens (prior to this upcoming season).

We start at DE, and Andre Carter is a great pressure-guy, who is more powerful than he's given credit for. On the opposing side, you can shift between the veteran Philip Daniels, young Chris Wilson (who is also showing signs of taking to OLB), and then the young rookie Brian Orakpo. All of these guys are physical, the younger 2 of them also being a lot quicker than average DE's.

Then at DT - arguably one of the best in Albert Haynesworth. The guy is an animal, and if he plays to form, he'd be double or triple teamed constantly. Alongside him, Cornelius Griffin (known mainly for his ability as a…

Twittering Live Everyday

Hey everyone, just updating to let you know that you can follow me live on Twitter, HERE.

If you choose to follow me, just hit me up, let me know you're following from the link on my blog, and I'll accept requests to follow back. Trying to gather a large following hoping to give updates on life, my literature in the works, when new blogs are posted, live thoughts on sports, etc.

Opening Blog

Sean here postin' the first blog since I've had this set up. Currently in the hunt for my Blackberry so I can have a phone tha does what I need/want it to do. Also sitting here suffering from sunburn I got from bein' out mowing the field today. Least I wasn't pushing a mower, otherwise I'd be on the verge of death. Louisiana sun is a killer, and I'm hopin' I don't end up with skin cancer.

Anyways, I just wanted to get this started up so people have something to follow here via my blog.

Sly (SeanB.) Stilla