...Jon Jansen is still unsure about whether he'll play Sunday. He practiced today, but is listed as questionable. He spoke with Jim Zorn for about a half hour about his status the other day. Zorn wants to get a look at him in pre-game to see if he's able to ‘'set'' and ‘'anchor.'' Last time Zorn said that about Jansen was at the end of training camp, when he sat him for a few games.
...London Fletcher also is questionable. But, come on, no way does he not play. He'd have to be in a hospital bed to miss any game.
...From what we hear, one Redskin who will be glad to get out of town after the season is CB Carlos Rogers. He's still not too pleased about what has happened at the end of the season regarding his playing time. But, friends say, he wants to continue playing here.
...There was a relaxed mood in the locker room today as the players departed for San Francisco. They'll either play well because they're so relaxed; or they'll lose because they're focused on the offseason – which would explain why they're so relaxed.
...It's mildly surprising to hear that Joe Bugel wants to be back. Bugel has had a tough year and was much more withdrawn this season, more low-key. I'm not going to say there was friction between he and Jim Zorn, but I know there were some things they had to iron out. Guess that's been done.
...DeAngelo Hall is a 10-percent owner in a winery in Napa Valley. Not a big wine drinker – likes Reisling, among others; the sweet wines. He's in a good spot to talk about wine, though, with his locker two spots down from Todd Collins. Collins might be buying into Dick Vermeil's winery. Matt Sinclair, who sits between them, is now getting into wine as well.
...Collins' Christmas wine this year? Goldeneye Pinot Noir. For whatever that's worth. Personally, I enjoy talking to him about wine (wrote an article on him for Virginia Wine Lovers' Magazine this summer).
...I agree with the Redskins decision not to play a lot young players for the sake of playing them. If I'm a veteran, I want to win. Also, I don't want a player playing before he's ready. Let's say Chad Rinehart plays for Pete Kendall. And he has a horrible day. And Jason Campbell gets hurt because of it. What do you tell Campbell? Sorry, but at least we got a good look at Rinehart! The Redskins can evaluate him during practices and next summer.
This isn't like September call-ups in baseball.
...Chris Cooley is taking TE Coach Rennie Simmons to the Pro Bowl with him. Classy move.
...With Bugel back, one coach whose future I wonder about is WR coach Stan Hixon. Haven't heard anything, but if Zorn is going=2 0to make a move this is one of the spots he'd look to because he inherited Hixon.
...One player the coaches are excited about for next season is safety Kareem Moore. They see him as starting to ''get it'' in deep coverage. That's not to say he'll bump Chris Horton, but it most definitely gives them more flexibility. They like LaRon Landry up near the box and Moore's progression enables the Redskins to play him in that area.
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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