Friday, January 22. 2010
I know, I know: I'm the boy that cries wolf! The blog has been neglected for several months (ok, years!) kinda like the Redskins (more like a decade plus years!). But perhaps a new URL for Skinsaphrenia! breathes new life back into the blog. I even set up the Twitter account and got the Feedburner ready for the new URL.
Essentially all the other blogs I write (and have neglected as well) use a different software than Skinsaphrenia! so Skinsaphrenia! sorta kinda got lost in the mix. It's akin to having three, sometimes four different people calling plays during a game. Confusion sets in and we just come up short from time to time.
Anyway, who cares!? The NFL season is over (been over since around week 8 or 9) and our favorite time of the year has begun. It's offseason time! Change is good. It's a new season. We have a new coach. And Skinsaphrenia! has a new home:
Skinsaphrenia! Has a New Home
Sunday, March 8. 2009
I have a confession to make. As optimistic as I wish to be, there are some reservations about signing someone to $100 million, though it's obviously it's only a $48 million/4 year contract. And there's some reservations about signing a guy who stomped on someone's defenseless face on national TV and played stupid about it. And some reservations about a guy who drives his Ferrari 100+ mph, clipping someone causing a crash that puts the victim in the hospital.
Newly minted DT Albert Haynesworth's victim's lawyer is claiming the victim of the crash can't walk, and Haynesworth just signed a $100 million contract. Now Albert obviously isn't the only one speeding recklessly on the highways or receiving large chunks of money before earning it [AIG being another example], but when you put the two together, it kind of makes you feel guilty as a Redskins fan for signing him.
Just had to get that out my system as I send out a word of encouragement to Corey Edmondson to recover quickly from his tragic experience.
Thursday, March 5. 2009
Wow! In 2000 we were the first team to have a payroll of $100,000,000. In less than 10 years we sign the first defensive player [or is it first non-QB?] to a $100,000,000 contract. Have we learned anything?
Apparently Daniel Snyder has...
"We've learned our lesson," Snyder said. "This is not the old ways at all. This is what I should have done a long time ago. He's a very young man.
"I've learned that you don't do a seven-year contract with a player that's 33. You do it when he's 27. That's the big difference."
Something tells me Clinton Portis whispered to Daniel Snyder that the secret to success was in Colorado, implying the running game that made him the star that he is. Instead of taking notes on the way Denver could open holes for Portis back in the day, they keep signing players out of Northern Colorado, as in Reed Doughty's alma mater...
Ashburn, VA (Sports Network) - The Washington Redskins signed punter Dirk Johnson on Thursday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Johnson, a seven-year veteran, boomed 40 punts for the NFC Champion Arizona Cardinals last season for a 35.2-yard net average, but was released in December when the team brought in punter Ben Graham.
The Northern Colorado product also played for the Philadelphia Eagles from 2003-06 and recorded 72 punts during the 2004 campaign, including 20 inside the 20-yard line. Johnson and Zac Atterberry are expected to battle for playing time in camp.
Speaking of T.O. former Redskins CB Shawn Springs, known to shut down [not shut up, just shut down] T.O., has signed with the place where players go when they're not being offered endorsement deals geared towards the young folk...
Continuing to use the salary-cap space freed up by the Matt Cassel trade, the Patriots reached an agreement with former Redskins cornerback Shawn Springs on Thursday.
Within the past week, Springs visited Philadelphia, where the Eagles wanted to use him at safety, and New England, where the Patriots would like to use him as a veteran cornerback. Ultimately, Springs opted for the Patriots, and he is expected to sign later today.
One of my co-workers, who is a Cowboys fan, mentioned to me at lunch that it looked like the Redskins were going to get T.O. Indigestation started immediately. And as I was interviewing candidates [I work for a staffing agency] I kept wanting to ask the one question that would determine if they were hired or not: Are you a Cowboys fan?
Luckily, before I started heading home with this dark cloud over my head, I hear that Snyder and company has decided not to bring the toxic material to the nation's capital.
For a split second, though, I was daydreaming about what if T.O. could keep his mouth shut for one year [ok, that's fantasizing; how about six months] and simply lined up with Santana Moss, Antwan Randle-El at receiver, Clinton Portis in the backfield behind a slightly improved O-line with Derrick Dockery back and a QB who has upgraded options and a year down in the system. How in the world does a defense defend against that? We weren't potent last year, but we were only one rookie receiver away, or three, from creating matchup problems. Remember what Marques Colston did for the Saints or even DeSean Jackson in Philly?
Continue reading "Snyder and Company Passes on T.O."
I was actually looking forward to another two games of Owens-Hall trash talking. But, as they say, all good things must come to an end. I mean, what was better than watching T.O. single-handedly take the Cowboys down? He was more effective playing for them than against them. With an offense as potent as theirs, they were sitting at home during the playoffs packing up all those magazines predicting them to be in the Super Bowl.
I mean, what better gift than hearing about T.O.'s jealousy not of Romo's relationship with what's-her-name, but with his manfriend, Jason Witten? T.O. didn't have an issue with not getting the ball; he had an issue because Romo and Witten were BFFs! Blessing! And when it seemed like people were getting tired of his mouth, he started using it for others, such as when he started crying for WR Roy Williams' lack of opportunities. Huh? Lovely!
And he dropped balls. And he had 20 thrown at him and said he didn't get enough TLC. And he cried on TV. And he, well, he did exactly everyone thought he'd do when the Cowboys signed him. He split the locker room, like he did in Philly, and now, unfortunately for us, the party is over.
With the release of T.O., the debate moves on to who's going to sign him. ProFootballTalk.com is guessing a bidding war between the Redskins and Giants...
The Redskins would be interested even if they weren’t in a position to twist the tails of their Texas rivals. It’s Terrell Owens, for crying out loud. A big-name player, available to be signed by a team that collects them like football cards.
For the same reasons that the ‘Skins were willing to give up a package that could have been worth two first-round picks last year for erratic and emotional Bengals receiver Chad Johnson, owner Daniel Snyder will pounce on the chance to upgrade a so-so receiving corps with a guy who knows the West Coast Offense as well as any receiver.
We give the Redskins a little more of an edge on this one, because: (1) they’ll be willing to pay more money; and (2) the Giants ultimately could decide to back off not based on attitude but on age. Owens is a temporary fix; the Giants are likely hoping for something that adds value for more than a year or two.
Continue reading "No Mo' T.O. Show in Dallas?"
Wednesday, March 4. 2009
For years, I admit, I was getting that bad bitter beer taste in my mouth from all the spending over the years. Not just the kind of spending you do when you're out of milk. I means that spending as if you just won the lottery! It was as if Daniel Snyder had a $1,000,000 bill with a hole and string attached to it; he never ran out of money!
Today, though, I don't even care about how much Snyder spends. All I want is to return to the glory days. If adding a fourth Lombardi Trophy means spending more wisely or refinancing the stadium, let's do it. Just get the right people in the nation's capital and let's make it happen, cap'n!
When we signed Sean Gilbert, Jeremiah Trotter, Adam Archuleta, Brandon Lloyd, Deion Sanders, Mark Carrier and what's-his-name from the Giants who never even suited up, even for practice, well, it wasn't the money that kept us from going to the playoffs. It was the decisions to bring in the duds. Who cares how much was spent? Every year they say we'll be in salary cap hell, we turn around and ink another high-priced player. We're going to be in trouble in 2009? How about $100 million to the most sought after free agent!
Sally Jenkins, though, addressed the issue of cutting back on the staff in the name of "it's a recession" then spending $182 million on three new players as the recession gets worse. I'm not sure if those 20 people add up to $182 million dollars worth of savings, but the two don't go together. In sales, there are revenue generating positions and then, the rest of them. Whoever was answering the calls from the media about Danny's wild spending habits wasn't bringing in the dough. A winning team brings in the dough.
Continue reading "What Would The Skinsaphrenic Do With Danny's Money?"
Tuesday, March 3. 2009
At first glance, sure, I was wondering what was the science behind claiming DE Jason Taylor was going to be a part of this upcoming season, then sending him shaking a tailfeather back to Florida. I also thought the point was to put a Head Smashin' beast in the middle so DEs Andre Carter and Jason Taylor could start justifying their salaries. I mean, what's the science of filling a much needed hole just to create another on the same line?
But then again, who's still trying to figure out the strategy our Skins have been using since, well, Danny came to town? I still haven't figured out the 2000 class of [not-so] free agents. And nearly every FA class since.
I did just read on ProFootballTalk that the Skins actually didn't sign CB DeAngelo Hall until Monday, well after the free agency period began. Maybe after inking DL [as in Defensive Line] Albert Haynesworth and letting CB Shawn Springs go, Danny didn't have as much money in the bank as he thought. So, instead of making this about whether or not the Redskins wanted Jason Taylor back or not, they figured out a way to make it look like it was Taylor who essentially made the decision to leave [they didn't even ask for a pay cut!].
Though it's hard for me to believe a professional athlete can't work 25 days for $8 million, maybe it interfered with his dancing lessons?
Hey, is there any science behind cutting Jason Taylor? Probably and probably not. The defense was ranked number four in the league last year. The issue wasn't the defense; it was stopping the run late in the games when we either had a small lead or needed the rock back, and really, Taylor is a pass rush specialist and not a run stopper.
If cutting Taylor means signing Haynesworth, Hall and bringing OL Big Derrick Dockery back, I can get Jiggy with it.
Sunday, February 15. 2009
When I was younger my dad had noticed I had this desire to write. Though I've always considered myself more of a mathematical and critical thinker, there was never a joy a numbers as there is in words. He signed me up for a journalism class and I got addicted to spreading knowledge [more like propaganda!], seeing the reactions to the way people responded to those words. In college, I was the editor in chief of the paper and started writing a book [which had only three readers: me, myself and I].
Then I was introduced to the Internet. I created an egotistical-serving website like everyone else where I posted photos of myself. I'd write about my day as if my teachers didn't see it and realize why I was never in class. And if I had an issue with some policy, I'd voice my opinions in my dry humor until the VP of Student Affairs started calling me to his office.
Anyway, the point is, blogging has been a blessing. It has allowed me to speak my mind and let the world decide if it wants to agree or disagree, enjoy or loathe, read my writing or not.
I recently was doing a search to see what sites out there link to my personal blog. Doing a search for my name, I came across a site that did, but it had nothing to do with my personal blog. The site was Curly R written by Ben Folsom, and ironically, it was about how I stopped writing! Stopped writing about the Redskins.
Shame on me! And I cannot express the honor it was to read about my failure!
I've been planning to get Skinsaphrenia! back up and running, but for whatever reason, Father Time hasn't been waited for me. Really, I have no idea what I'm waiting on. Maybe a DE that doesn't need a GPS to find the QB, or a productive WR taller than me, and I'm barely taller than Rock Cartwright. Or maybe a kicker who actually kicks, as in, to the other side of the field.
Or maybe I was waiting to find a post somewhere online wondering what I'm waiting on. I'm coming back, sooner rather than later, but have to fix some technical issues first.
Thanks Ben for your post and adding me to your Inaugural Missing Blogger Report!
David the Skinsaphrenic!
Tuesday, October 9. 2007
Damn! This destruction of Kenoy Kennedy was enough to bring me back to the blog! I mean, Kennedy should be cut to save face. He should move to Canada where they already knew what Mike Sellers could do. I mean, can we get Big Mike the ball more often? Like 4th and nothing at the 2 with no time left and down by a score?
Monday, June 11. 2007
In an effort to expand his media empire, Daniel Snyder and Red Zebra Broadcasting signed an agreement with WBIG 100.3 of Clear Channel Communications. The added 36,000 watts of power greatly improves the reception of the signal after last year's debut run that had many listeners not able to get the reception here inthe DC area (including me).
As we ramp up for training camp, the new faces at the Park has been featured throughout the media world:
• Fabini looking for shot at redemption
"Football success had long been a given for the Washington Redskins' Jason Fabini. A three-year starting left tackle at the University of Cincinnati, Fabini started every game as a rookie in 1998 while helping the New York Jets to their best season in 30 years."
• Omar Stoutmire: A Journeyman Returns to D.C.
After a year-long struggle to find consistency on defense, the Washington Redskins signed Omar Stoutmire this past offseason in an effort to bring stability and depth to the safety position. Redskins' fans will remember Omar Stoutmire from 2005, when he served as a key special teams player and had several commendable performances as a backup to starter Ryan Clark, including a Wild Card playoff game in Tampa in which he recorded four tackles, one sack, and one pass defended.
• Buzbee hoping all work equals play
The moment Alex Buzbee realized it still was just football, all his anxieties faded. Sure, the offensive linemen he easily cast aside during his high school days had been replaced by behemoth NFL veterans like Jon Jansen. And yes, the quarterback he had targeted was not a lesser known athlete from Stony Brook or Marist but rather first-round draft pick and NFL starter Jason Campbell.
• Redskins Sign Yet Another DB This Offseason
These are my Washington Redskins. A team that feels their defensive line is pretty set enough that they refused to bring in anyone to help bolster it [despite everyone else in the football world saying it sucks] ... yet Joe Gibbs has constantly have added defensive backs to the roster despite having spent numerous high draft picks on them over the last decade.
Thursday, June 7. 2007
The Redskins signed Jerametrius Butler, a CB with 31 starts under his belt.
Butler, a fifth-round draft pick out of Kansas State in 2001, played in 63 games with 31 starts for the Rams. His best season was 2004, when he had five interceptions and 79 tackles.
The season hasn't even started the stuff before the preseason and Jason Campbell is already on the hot seat? Sometimes I wonder if when story writers have nothing better to write, they write stories?
I'm not going to say Jason Campbell's job is as guaranteed as death and taxes, but to list him (and even Minnesota's Tarvaris Jackson) first on a list of Hot Seat QBs (with Byron Leftwich and Jake Delhomme deserving their listings) is a bit premature. I mean, I'd put Tony Romo on the list before I'd put Campbell. Romo has a new coaching staff who isn't in love with him, on a team with just a volatile an owner and backing him up is Brad Johnson who can get the job done. Not knocking Mark Brunell, but let's be real about it. At least I'd trade him for Johnson.
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