We've already touched on here the fact that Gregg Williams is not all that upset about Taylor's absence from offseason workouts (despite Joe Gibbs statements that his feelings are to the contrary). There is now some concern being expressed among Redskins fans that Taylor may actually hold out and miss some of the regular season. That's a huge leap from where we are now. Taylor hasn't missed anything mandatory as of yet. Next month's minicamp will be the first test of the resolve of Taylor and his agent Drew Rosenhaus to get a new contract for Taylor. The chances are good that Taylor will skip that session. After all, Rosenhaus' biography was entitled "A Shark Never Sleeps", so you get an idea of what the Redskins are dealing with here. Still, we're a very long way from Taylor missing any of training camp and even further from a holdout extending into the regular season. The advice from here, as usual, is to remain calm.
Getting a defensive end either in the draft or via free agency did not seem to be much of a priority for the Redskins this offseason. This must mean that they have some degree of confidence in ninth-year end Phillip Daniels to be the starter or at least a heavy participant in the rotation at end. This confidence is somewhat difficult to understand. Daniels is 32 and had his best season in 2001. He has battled injuries for the past three years and hit rock bottom in that regard last year with a groin injury keeping him out in the earlier part of the season and landed on injured reserve to finish the year with a dislocated bone in his wrist. Given the age, injuries, and past-prime status, it's hard to figure why the Skins have placed so many eggs are in this rather fragile basket.
John Riggins' 43-yard TD run put the Redskins ahead in Super Bowl XVII, but the game wasn't clinched until Charlie Brown leaned over the sideline in the end zone to catch Joe Theismann¹s TD pass to give the Redskins a 10-point lead late in the game. Nicknamed "Downtown" for his ability to make the big play Brown utilized his speed and long arms to gain an average of 21.6 yards per catch in his 1982 season (he had spent 1981 on injured reserve), a year capped by his catch against Miami in the Super Bowl. He followed up this performance by catching a then-team record 78 passes in 1983 as the Redskins returned to the Super Bowl. Unable to keep pace with the consecutive Pro Bowl years, Brown battled injuries and caught just 18 passes in 1984 and was traded to Atlanta for guard R. C. Thielemann in 1985.
Three and Out--Taylor, Daniels, and C. Brown
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