NFC East: Lou Spanos

Is Porter a good fit for Skins?

March, 17, 2010
Now that we know outside linebacker Joey Porter is scheduled to visit Redskins Park on Thursday, let's talk about how he'd fit into defensive coordinator Jim Haslett's 3-4 scheme. As Rick Maese noted on Redskins Insider, Porter is accustomed to rushing from the right side. He had 32 sacks in three seasons (17.5 in '08) for the Dolphins rushing from that side.

But Redskins second-year linebacker Brian Orakpo is also comfortable rushing from the right side and it's doubtful that Haslett would want to take him out of his comfort zone. And you also have to figure where Andre Carter fits into the new scheme. Redskins linebackers coach Lou Spanos knows Porter from their time in Pittsburgh. And Haslett coached him for a season before becoming a head coach in the league.

Porter's been a highly productive player in the league, but he's also known for his brash behavior off the field. He filled notebooks in Pittsburgh and then he continued to yap in Miami. If you put him in a role where he can be a pass-rushing specialist, he could easily have seven or eight sacks. But if you expect him to line up and defend the run on a consistent basis, you've got the wrong guy.

Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland basically came out and called Porter a declining player during the combine. But maybe it's good to have players such as Larry Johnson and Porter who are desperate to prove they still have something left. AFC West blogger Bill Williamson has told me about Shanahan's love of veterans, and we're starting to see that show up in free agency.

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Skins to visit with LB Porter

March, 17, 2010
As the Washington Redskins continue to search for pass-rushing help, it looks like former Steelers and Dolphins outside linebacker Joey Porter has entered the picture. Porter, one of the more outspoken players in the league, had 32 sacks in three seasons with the Dolphins, including 17.5 in '08.

Porter will arrive at Redskins Park on Thursday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The 32-year-old has had a very productive and healthy career, but he's not the sort of player who blends into a locker room. His recurring complaints wore on the Dolphins, although general manager Jeff Ireland indicated during the combine that Porter's play on the field is what led to his release.

Porter played for Redskins linebackers coach Lou Spanos when the two were in Pittsburgh and he also spent a season under Skins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett. If the Redskins sign Porter, the move will likely cut into Andre Carter's playing time. Obviously Washington's not going to allow Porter to impede Brian Orakpo's progress.

At this point in his career, Porter's pretty much a one-dimensional player. He can still rush the passer, but he has no business being a three-down player. The Redskins have already signed one controversial player in running back Larry Johnson. We'll see if Porter's next.

For an organization that's supposedly building through the draft, signing both Johnson and Porter would be curious decisions.