There always are a lot of unknowns going into an NFL offseason and with the CBA issues this year the picture is cloudier than ever. But there are some things that we know for sure. One is that Albert Haynesworth will not be a member of the Washington Redskins in 2011. Despite platitudes delivered by Bruce Allen a couple of weeks ago to the contrary, there is zero chance that Albert will be lining up for the Redskins whenever the season gets underway. There are 15 other teams we can eliminate from consideration as a 2011 home for Haynesworth. Those are the teams that run the 3-4 as their base defense. Haynesworth’s discontent with the Redskins’ switch to that defense was the genesis of all of his issues during the year. So, eliminated are the Broncos, Patriots, Browns, Chargers, Chiefs, Cowboys, Jets, Packers, Dolphins, Ravens, Bills, Cardinals, 49ers, Steelers, and Texans.
The Washington Redskins have the tenth pick in the upcoming NFL draft. That pick represents an opportunity. The team has a need at quarterback with the likely departure of Donovan McNabb leaving just Rex Grossman and John Beck on the roster. Should the Redskins take advantage of the opportunity of having a fairly high selection in the draft and utilize it to fill the need at quarterback? We take a look at both sides of that question in the return of the wildly popular Point-Counterpoint. Point—First, let’s get the “other needs” issue out of the way. Do the Redskins have other needs in addition to quarterback? Certainly, they do. But the other positions can be filled through other means. An outside linebacker can be found in free agency. You can shore up the interior of the offensive line in the later rounds of the draft. You can target a stout nose tackle with the 41st pick. Good quarterbacks, however, do not hit the free agency market. If you need one the best way to get him is in the draft and, the occasional bolt out of the blue like Tom Brady aside, the earlier you draft one the better.
If you were in attendance and watching him during the practice sessions this week, you probably gasped at his inaccuracy. Locker rarely threw two accurate passes in a row, a sure sign that he has problems with his mechanics. Locker seemed to turn his right hand a bit during his release which could be part of the problem.Others observed that Locker had issues holding onto the ball on occasion in practice as well. Caplan said that Locker still should get selected in the first half of the draft. Not the first half of the first round, mind you, but somewhere before the middle of the third round. It is one thing if a quarterback who had completed 65 percent of his passes in college has accuracy issues during Senior Bowl week. You can write that off to working with unfamiliar receivers, an off week, or any number of factors. Locker, however, completed just 54 percent of his passes in four years at Washington. His accuracy actually declined from 58 percent in his junior year to 55 percent as a snior. He came to the Senior Bowl in an attempt to show that he was better than that, that his mediocre completion percentage was more a result of the substandard talent around him (his senior class with the Huskies were just two years removed from an 0-12 disaster in 2008) than it was his abilities. The accuracy issues and accompanying criticism, however, were reinforced in Mobile. Although Locker has the combine, his pro day and whatever individual workouts teams may schedule with him to try to reverse the slide, it seems almost impossible that he could improve enough to warrant consideration in the top 10 of the draft. Jake Locker could well end up being a Washington Redskin. But it is safe to say that it won’t happen with the 10th pick in the draft.
Sunday, January 30, 1983
"It's time for me to rest, and fish," Fisher said. "I have total peace about this right now."Meanwhile, the Eagles' search for a defensive coordinator continues. Their season ended Jan. 9. In his press conference next day Andy Reid said that Sean McDermott would be retained as the defensive coordinator despite a sub par performance by the defense. Less than a week later, McDermott was out. A few days later defensive line coach Rory Segrest was shown the door out of the Novacare Complex. The slow-motion purge continued earlier this week when linebackers coach Bill Shuey was fired. Two of the three positions remain vacant. Philly did well in getting the highly regarded Jim Washburn from the Titans to be their defensive line coach (an event that may have been part of the reason for Fisher's departure from Tennessee). But almost three weeks after McDermott was fired the coordinator and linebacker spots remain vacant. Ruben Frank at CSNphilly.com has a good recap of where the situation stands now. There has not been much movement lately, indicating that the Eagles could be waiting to talk to assistant coaches on one of the Super Bowl teams. In particular, Frank mentions that Ruben Moss, Packers linebackers coach, could be on the list. Also under consideration is Todd Bowles, who played for the Redskins from1986-1990 and again in 1992-1993.