Afternoon Update (couldn't come up with anything better; pretty weak, I know)
Early reaction to the Redskins unusual quarterback rotation:
Jason Campbell seemed pretty excited by the prospect of actually playing football this season, and took his "long-term" backup role as a major sign of faith. Todd Collins says he was "surprised," by the unconventional decision, and seemed a bit confused about how all of this might play out, but at least a semi-hopeful that should he get in a game and perform well, he might still got a shot at his first start since 1997. As for Al Saunders, he seems on board with everything, praised Campbell's progress in the latter stages of training camp, and, like Gibbs, said all you can really bank on is one week at a time, and entering Monday's opener, Collins in the guy behind Brunell.
Any changes to this plan based on team performance, injuries, individual performances, etc. would be Gibbs's all the way, Saunders said, and not his. Most importantly, let's not forget the chasm between the big dog - Mark Brunell - and the backups. Unless Brunell gets hurt, I see him keeping the starting job indefinitely, even if his play somehow slipped to 2004 levels. So in the end, this might be much ado about nothing. But, hell, who doesn't love a quarterback controversy, even a nonsensical one.
I don't think there's much of a chance top cornerback Shawn Springs will be able to go Monday night (Springs, Clinton Portis and Renaldo Wynn all missed practice today).
Springs says he's "a work in progress," but admits it would take significant practice time and progress for him to be ready to play after undergoing abdominal surgery last month. Springs, however, was in good spirits and eager to talk about former Redskins corner Fred Smoot, The Mouth Of The South, who makes his long-awaited return to DannyLand Monday night with the Vikes.
"Tell Silky Johnson (Smoot's nickname) he ain't got nothin' on me,'" Springs said, a nickname with it's roots in, what else, a Dave Chappelle sketch ("The Playa's Ball," if I remember correctly).
Springs went on to reminisce about the days he and Smoot went at each other through every meeting and practice, arguing about who was better at his craft. "Then the next day we'd be like best friends again, and then go at it some more," Springs said. Ah, the memories. Methinks that should Springs find his old buddy along the sidelines before the game, Smoot might end up the target of at least a few "Love Boat" comments ...
How 'bout my boy Dan Steinberg, and his Sports Bog, trying to recruit three of my top posters - Pink CC, P Diddy and Mucus Membrane (in no particular order) - for his new blog? Is nothing sacred? Oh, the seedy side of the blogosphere. Dan will come on strong, like a corrupt street agent at a high hoops game, like one of those corporate sneaker pimps, a Sonny Vacarro trying to get you to chose Adidas over Nike.
Yeah, the Steinblogger will promise you the moon and stars. Whatever it takes to lure you. But after a while you'll see how good you had it over here. You'll long for references to Ratt, malt liquor, Entourage, Chris Cooley's hair,. the English Premier League, and qusi-conversations with the owner of a certain local pro football team ... and you'll be back for good, never to stray again.
No, seriously, there's plenty to go around for everyone. Steinberg is a funny dude and a talented writer with an eye for the obscure. Check him out at blog.washingtonpost.com/dcsportsbog (I'm so lame on the tech front that I don't know how to post a link), and, by all means, don't forget about my dinky little blog here. The one with no name that is kept hidden in the tiniest crevices of Washingtonpost.com ...
Anyone else psyched about all of the dating ads that seem to have popped up around this blog? Those advertisers know their demographic. We're coveted baby. To paraphrase from a classic thriller, 'Would you date me? I'd date me." ... Skins signed O lineman Todd Wade today and cut Ike Ndukwe. Our special section on the NFL comes out Wednesday, and, to cut this off at the head, you will Ndukwe still on the depth chart and not Wade. It's not my deal. That stuff had to be set in print Monday at midnight, I'm told, so we're stuck with what we had.
By Jason La Canfora |
September 5, 2006; 2:17 PM ET
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