Take two smart pills and call me in the morning
The Washington Post is amping up their interactivity, giving readers ever more opportunities to get in on the discussion and get in the paper through online comments and now, video responses to WaPo content which I think is pretty cool.
Anyway this morning Sports published the best Redskins comment of the day (note: this link appears to reflect the current week's entries and changes, the original reader comment came from Redskins Insider here, see 8:20am) and I think it must have been a slow day, or else the WaPo is trying to get my dander up, I will respond to these in order:
Here's what I think the Redskins need to do:
1. Since [Daniel Snyder] doesn't seem to be able to part ways with Vinny [Cerrato], at least hire a proven scout/consultant.
Curly R: not going to happen, for the same reason that there will never be a Bill Cowher or Bill Parcells in Washington and that reason is why the fuck would Vinny Cerrato ever advocate for someone to get near his office, someone that would want to do things his way or might even make Vinny look bad? If Vinny is going to fail he will want it to happen one degree from Dan Snyder and not through the lens of someone else's performance or ideas. No one will get between Dan and Vinny. Insane meter: pretty far out there.
2. Draft the best available tackle at the 13th pick or trade it for two lower picks. Cut [Jon] Jansen.
Curly R: not as insane as the previous comment but still of questionable origin principally because there are two action items here. First, to draft the best tackle is a gimme, that is not insane at all, the Redskins should be able to get some talent with the number thirteen pick, I would simply not restrain the pick to offensive tackle, I would expand to offensive guard and defensive line as well, take the best offensive lineman or defensive line anything, granted offensive and defensive guards do not play as well in the high first round the Redskins are looking and an end or tackle. As far as trading down, Redskins fans have been advocating moving out of the first round for years, then what happens the first time the Redskins do in 2008? Come up with three second round busts so make of that what you will. I think the Redskins will stand pat this year in the first round.
As far as the second half of the comment, Jon Jansen may be getting up there but at roughly five million dollars cap number and an 8.5 million dollar cap hit to cut, is no reason to get rid of him. The key is depth, Stephon Heyer needs to make it real next season. Jon is turning into a backup, short term use tackle and unless Stephon can turn into a starter then you have a problem. Keep Jon unless there is a compelling depth reason to cut him. Insane meter: borderline personality.
3. Put [Malcolm] Kelly at the No. 1 WR, [Devin] Thomas at the No. 2 WR, and [Santana] Moss in the slot.
Curly R: I did a coffee spit take when I read that this morning. Move Malcolm Kelly to the number one receiver spot, put Devin Thomas in at number two and put Santana Moss in the slot. Really. That is your idea? Are you freaking insane? Malcolm and Devin were near total busts in 2008 though that is not to say they will not get better, so far it does not look like we have a Terrell Owens and a Marvin Harrison on our hands. If you put Malcolm and Devin in there at the starting spots in training camp all that will happen is they will get beat out by Santana and Antwaan Randle El and you will look silly for putting them there in the first place. Anyone is years away from deposing Santana on the outside and WTF with the slot, Santana is a wideout, not a slot player, that shows you do not know this team. Insane meter: freaking looney bin.
4. Explore possible trades to get two decent draft picks.
Curly R: this seems to be an advisory of some sort and not really an action item, I think it goes without saying that every team is on the lookout for good trades, look at last year's draft, the Redskins managed to pick up two decent draft picks in the second round and look what happened, three black holes on the roster. If I know Dan Snyder as well as I think I do there is no way Vinny will get the go ahead to do that again. Insane meter: skipped scheduled meds.
5. Do not re-sign Jason Taylor, unless he is willing to renegotiate his deal.
Curly R: a mixed message here, Jason Taylor is already signed for 2009 with an eight million dollar salary. If what you are saying is threaten to cut him, well cutting him entails little or no salary cap hit so there is no downside. I would think it unlikely that he would accept a lower salary, he has a contract and no one put a gun to the Redskins' head and made them offer it. He either plays for eight million next season or not at all. What is missing from this comment is that Jason's status and relevance may be determined by the first round pick, if the Redskins go defensive end and not offensive tackle. Insane meter: worrying friends and family.
6. Do not sign Jason Campbell to an extension until six games into the season.
Curly R: why? To heighten the suspense? The wisdom, to which the team leadership currently appears to subscribe, would seem to be that Jason Campbell is not going to get an extension this offseason. I think this is wrong, Jason is not only the best the team can do right now, he is actually the guy for the job. He needs an extension and advocating to give it to him... but not yet is simply unproductive. Insane meter: a danger to himself.
6. 7. Do not sign [Terrell] Suggs or [Albert] Haynesworth.
Curly R: probably the smartest thing you wrote all day. Insane meter: like a super villian.
My all time favorite comic image of the Joker from here.