1. The quarterback.
Despite it being a hot topic on the radio and
message boards, it is not a topic for debate among the players. Based
on what I've gathered, the players aren't pining for a quarterback
switch. Rather, more of them seem to think the schemes or plays need to
be adjusted. One player said he felt the offense had become predictable
and that Jim Zorn was perhaps wearing down. That's only natural
considering the many hats he's wearing – and it's a common first-year
2. More Zorn.
The coach needs to be careful about where he places the
blame. The players like Zorn, but there's no doubt they're watching how
he handles things. And one thing that is noticed is that he puts a lot
of blame on the players and their execution. Zorn will point the finger
at himself on occasion, but the players notice how much he talks about
their lack of execution. That used to drive players nuts about Norv
Turner. The difference was that Norv made a ton of excuses and would
NEVER blame himself. Zorn does not do that; he's just honest. Joe Gibbs
would never blame the players publicly, but there's no doubt he would
do it privately. Zorn needs to stop being so honest on some occasions.
As a writer, I should never have written that last sentence.
3. Fred Smoot.
He was phased out of the game Sunday and it makes me
wonder what the plans are at this position. If Shawn Springs does not
return, then the Redskins would still have a need for Smoot. But it's
clear that Smoot will be the fourth corner if all four are healthy.
It's also become clear that the Redskins like LaRon Landry
more at strong safety, but are keeping him at free out of necessity. He
has not had that burst that we saw last year, perhaps a lingering
effect of the hamstring injury. He said a couple weeks ago that it had
healed, but we're not so sure. The problem with playing him up is that
Chris Horton is not very good in coverage. That's why Springs was at
free safety once on Sunday – and would have played there more if he
didn't tweak his calf.
The best thing that would happen for the Redskins in 2009
is to have Malcolm Kelly finish with a strong 2008. That way maybe the
Danny won't be tempted to go out and shell out more big money at this
position in the offseason. Because you know that he will pursue Anquan Boldin or Chad Johnson or, yes, Plaxico Burress. Some at Redskins Park
– just regular employees, mind you – already are bracing for Burress.
There are no rumors at the Park about this happening, but his agent is
Drew Rosenhaus and he would be a big-time addition.
John Keim covers the Redskins for the Washington Examiner and is a contributing editor for Warpathinsiders.com. He has covered the team since 1994. Some of his other stories can be found at dcexaminer.com
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