NFC East: Michael Wilbon
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
Washington Post columnist Michael Wilbon has a really good take this morning on what needs to happen with the Redskins. Wilbon uses Redskins cornerback Carlos Rogers' "it starts with ownership" quote as a jumping-off point for suggesting that the club desperately needs a change in philosophy.
Of course, saying that executive vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato needs to be fired isn't exactly breaking new ground, but Wilbon has some new ammunition provided by former Cowboys and Dolphins coach Jimmy Johnson:
"Realize that a great 53-man roster is what wins championships, not five or six high-priced stars," Johnson said on the Fox pregame show Sunday. "Dan Snyder builds his team like its fantasy football and that's a big negative. The Redskins need a GM who can prevent Snyder from making decisions while letting Snyder think he's involved. Who can work that magic? I don't know."
Let those words sink in for a minute. Yep, it sounds like Johnson's talking about his time with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in the early 90s. Johnson made all the football decisions, but for the most part, he tried to make Jones feel like he was a part of things. Wilbon goes on to say that the Skins should pay Bill Polian $30 million to leave the Colts, but that's not going to happen.
If Snyder was somehow convinced to spend that type of money on a GM, why not back the Brinks truck up to Johnson's place in the Keys? I know that Johnson loves his "retirement" more than anyone, but you could at least try to stoke his competitive fires (and ego) by offering him something similar to what Bill Parcells has with the Dolphins. Snyder could even give Johnson the weekends off. It's not like you're asking him to coach the team.
Anyway, here's the part of Wilbon's column I really loved:
"And where would such a change of philosophy start? It starts with ownership, of course. And while Carlos Rogers might find himself in a pickle for saying so, that doesn't change the fact that his assessment is right on the money. Rogers, Johnson, they're both spot on. The Redskins' powers-that-be are good at directing anger at the messenger without ever taking note of the message, even if everybody outside looking in knows exactly what needs to change."
"Good at directing anger at the messenger without ever taking note of the message." That's about as well as you can say it. And just so you know, Jimmy Johnson wouldn't take the Redskins job in a million years.
But it never hurts to ask.
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
No matter which side you took in the Cutler-Broncos saga (if you took either), I think we can agree the quarterback came across as remarkably thin-skinned. And as Michael Wilbon pointed out today in the Washington Post, Cutler got his way in the end -- despite his laughable comments to Jay Glazer at a UFC event the other night. Now, Cutler can enjoy that exciting supporting cast the Bears will provide. Oh wait. He won't have a legitimate No. 1 wide receiver? Oh well. At least Bears fans will be easy on Cutler's ego -- until he loses that first game.
In reading Wilbon's column this morning, I was struck by the loyalty that Jason Campbell that showed toward his teammates. No one would've blamed him for taking a day off to lick his wounds, but instead, Campbell showed up, worked out and even met with reporters. It's too bad the Redskins were so desperate land a guy who had the exact opposite reaction when he found out the Broncos were shopping him in late February. Here's what Campbell said to Wilbon on Thursday:
"I still went and worked out," he said. "My teammates said, 'Jason, why are you here?' And I told them: 'I'm still the quarterback of this team until they get rid of me. You haven't seen the best of me. I'm not here for ownership. I won't miss days working out with you, and I won't miss time preparing for the season. Who knows? A trade may not work out.' "
OK, let's leave this story alone for a couple hours and see what the other teams in the division are up to.