NFC East: David Elfin
"What I chose to do this year was go to people who opposed Russ. I don't mean the voters, I mean the people who played and coached against him," said Elfin. "Because if they had good things to say, that would be more decisive than anything [Joe Bugel] or [Joe] Gibbs or anybody on the Redskins could say.
"And Randy White said that Russ Grimm was one of the best guards he ever faced. Bill Parcells said that Mike Munchak was the only one that he's ever seen in his time who was better than Russ -- and he was on the Patriots when they had John Hannah.
"Harry Carson said that Russ always gave him a headache and was the glue that held the Hogs together. And Matt Millen said basically that he was the smartest offensive lineman he had ever seen. So that was the basic gist. Those four people, I think, were pretty decisive."Terl also asked Elfin to talk about who's next for the Redskins in the Hall of Fame:
"For me, if you wanted to name Redskins who are deserving, Chris Hanburger is number one," says Elfin. "Nine Pro Bowls, there's no question. I would say Len Hauss is second, with, like, seven Pro Bowls. And then you'd probably throw [Dave] Butz into the group with Jake and Pat Fischer and Larry Brown and ... off the top of my head, those'd be the lead guys."The one name missing from that group in my mind is wide receiver Gary Clark. Who's next in your minds? As hard as this is to believe, defensive end Dexter Manley only went to one Pro Bowl. But he was named to the All-Pro team twice and had 103.5 sacks. That sack total is higher than Charles Haley's. Defensive end Charles Mann went to four Pro Bowls but he only finished with 83 career sacks, 82 with the Redskins. But he did play on three Super Bowl-winning teams.
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
As some of you know, my trip to Redskins Park was cut short because of some events that took place in Philly. But not to fret. I have phone interviews lined up with several top Redskins players and officials over the next three days. I'll also be visiting with Eli Manning via phone at some point this week. OK, let's do some Skins headlines:
- Washington Post columnist Mike Wise has an excellent story on Redskins defensive end Phillip Daniels.
- Bill Oram has a touching story about how Rock Cartwright has moved on after the loss of his mother four years ago.
- Jason Reid of the Post reports that Mike Williams has lost 111 pounds!
- I've never seen a man spend so much time trying to establish that a head coach is being honest about something.
- Jeremy Bridges tells David Elfin that his "knucklehead" days are behind him.
- Are the Redskins already wearing out Hunter Smith?
- Several skirmishes broke out in this morning's practice.
- It's 97 degrees at Redskins Park right now. Looks like "lightweight" Mike Williams and Chris Samuels are sitting this one out. Same goes for Cornelius Griffin, Albert Haynesworth and Phillip Daniels.