...The Redskins' defense is healthy – finally. It's been since the third game of the season that the Redskins' defense had everyone it wanted at its disposal. London Fletcher even practiced for the first time in a couple weeks.
...Carlos Rogers will remain the third corner for the final two games. Rogers is still miffed over this. Too bad because he was having a good season. The Redskins might have ticked him off for no good reason. They'd better hope DeAngelo Hall resigns with them. We just wonder what Hall thinks of this place. Since he's been here, the Redskins have won one game and they've been bombarded with criticism with rumors of coaching changes swirling about.
...That said, if Dan Snyder offers more than anyone else, where do you think Hall will sign?
...Jon Jansen, nursing a sprained knee, will do what he can to play Sunday. He knows there's a very good chance this will be his last home game as a Redskin. Yes, he's struggled at times the past couple years because of injuries or whatever. But it has meant something for him to play in Washington. He also has talked often about playing his entire career in one city.
...Pete Kendall won the Good Guy Award from the local media, for the player who best helps the media do its job. Kendall earned major props for how he handled his gaffe in the St. Louis game. He never ducked, not after the game and not the next day.
...The Redskins have an excellent locker room – mostly because of veterans brought in under Joe Gibbs. They've set a fabulous tone. I wonder, and worry, about where it will go over the next few years. Pre-Gibbs we were treated to the Darryl Russells and Byron Chamberlains of the world. There was a lack of professionalism. And the guys who brought them in are the ones running the show now.
...There's two easy ways to tick off defensive boss Greg Blache. One, ask him about sacks. Two, ask him about the cornerback rotation. He was annoyed by both topics today. The sacks thing is an old topic, but it's one that has a lot of merit as we move forward. The Redskins need to generate more pressure. Period. Do they have the people to do it?
...Jason Taylor told WJFK 106.7-FM radio that he's not worth the $8 million. Anyone want to argue? But give Taylor credit for honesty. He also said he wouldn't be surprised if he's not back next year. Anyone want to argue that as well?
...Taylor just hasn't fit in. The Redskins require their d-linemen to stop the run first. And second. Taylor is a pass rusher.
...But I won't re-write history. At the time they traded for him, most said it was a necessary move. I talked to a few people who said he'd lost his fastball – but they also said they would have made the move given the injury to Phillip Daniels. It just hasn't worked out.
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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