Redskins Roundup: BMitch v. Phillip Daniels
RB Ryan Torain practiced yesterday, but SS Laron Landry and CB Carlos Rogers were more limited. Landry seems more likely to play than Rogers. Torain is supposed to play this weekend, but considering his history, I’d take that with a grain of salt. Torain does seem to be champing at the bit to get back on the field, though. Rogers says his pending free agency won’t affect whether he’s willing to play hurt, but I have my doubts about that. Rogers seems keen to get out of D.C. — not that I blame him — and I’m sure he doesn’t want an injury late in a wasted season, to get between him and a big payday somewhere else.
Despite his injury, Laron Landry still has a comfortable lead in Pro Bowl voting. FB Mike Sellers, TE Chris Cooley and OLB Brian Orakpo also have decent chances to make the Pro Bowl. Cooley and Orakpo make sense to me. Sellers does not.
Dan Steinberg writes about the new feud between broadcaster [and former Redskin] Brian Mitchell and DE Phillip Daniels. It began when Mitchell went on the radio to blast the defensive line:
“What are we gonna have that’s gonna be much better [than Haynesworth] next year?” he asked. “You watched that damn defensive line that played. I don’t think anybody on that defensive line has a right to say a damn thing about anybody. They sucked the other day. Phillip Daniels sucked. Everybody on the defensive line sucked. So if they want to start knocking people, get off of their asses and play better football.”
Huh. That was subtle. Mitchell, of course, was referring to Daniels’s emotional 10-minute speech about Haynesworth earlier in the week, in which the veteran said “If you ain’t all in, you don’t need to be here.”
Daniels, naturally, responded to B-Mitch’s salvo via Twitter:
Yeah i heard what B-Mitch said. Don’t bother me too much coming from offensive guy but don’t be two faced….Now I see what my friend Clinton Portis had to go through with B-Mitch. Dude don’t attack me when I never said anything about play on the field. It’s one thing to be ignorant but two faced also. Get real.
In today’s must-read, Rick Snider writes about the liberation of Mike Shanahan:
If Shanahan really wants revenge for the repeated headaches, he’ll send Haynesworth to Buffalo for a seventh-rounder, where the lineman can play for a bad team in bad weather.
Meanwhile, Shanahan is happier than a wrongly convicted man walking out the prison gates with a full pardon in his hands. After all, Haynesworth is no longer Shanahan’s problem.
OLB Lorenzo Alexander talked about what the Redskins defense would have been like if Albert Haynesworth had played hard all the time this season. READ IT!
Mike Jones looks at what the Haynesworth suspension means for other defensive linemen on the roster. Short story: more base 3-4 defense and perhaps more playing time for DL Vonnie Holliday, DL Jeremy Jarmon and DT Anthony Bryant, who looked good in preseason. I’m definitely keen to see more of Jarmon and Bryant, younger players who may be able to help the team in the future.
Haynesworth is going to fight his suspension and he might have a strong case. [REDSKINS INSIDER]
How happy is Mike Shanahan to have the Haynesworth issue setttled [for now]? I’ll let John Keim describe it:
Shanahan was – and this is the word of the day – giddy today. Can’t remember seeing him as loose as he was during and after practice. Like a 350-pound weight was lifted off his shoulders.
Rich Campbell has more on Shanny’s good mood yesterday.
John Keim has a look at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and finds their quarterback is good, their offensive line is not, and the injuries are piling up for them, too.
Sean McVay moves over from quality control to coach the tight end position. Former TE coach Jon Embree is now the head coach of the University of Colorado football team.