NFC East: Sherman Lewis
While teams such as the Baltimore Ravens loaded up on offensive and defensive linemen, the Redskins turned to established stars in the league. Unfortunately, though, the Skins' version of March Madness couldn't overshadow what happened each fall.
Snyder built a foundation on smoke and mirrors, and the results had become downright depressing. At least the '09 season provided comic relief when Cerrato interrupted Sherm Lewis' bing0 calling to name him the team's playcaller. In retrospect, coach Jim Zorn was in over his head from the start. He was a panic hire by Snyder after his candidate pool evaporated in '08.
He has fired plenty of coaches in more than a decade as owner, but following last season's 4-12 campaign, Snyder knew his organization was at a crisis point. The losing was bad enough, but the Redskins had managed to alienate their fan base through a stunning series of blunders, the most humorous being a ban against homemade signs at games. In addition to being treated to a poor on-field product, fans were asked to express their dissatisfaction in healthier ways, such as politely clapping for first downs and pretending to recognize Marcus Mason's name.
If Snyder didn't get the next hire right, he might have encountered fan revolt. Fortunately for him, a Super Bowl-winning coach happened to have the '09 season off. Mike Shanahan might as well have had an office at Redskins Park because you knew he would replace Zorn from about Week 4 on. Snyder's only serious competition for Shanahan would've been the Cowboys, but most folks don't have an appreciation for Jerry Jones' devotion to Wade Phillips, a man who's happy to let the owner wear the whistle, and at times, the Russell coaching shorts.
The Redskins hired general manager Bruce Allen, son of George, late in the '09 season to start assessing the damage. Once he sacked Zorn, the stage was finally set for Team Shanahan to take over the building. The former Broncos coach hasn't done anything that dramatic (Artis Hicks, anyone?), but his presence alone has changed the club's perception around the league. As I walked the streets of Indianapolis during the combine in search of scouts and refreshments, people told me stories about Shanahan's iron-fisted ways. Members of the Cowboys' delegation weren't shy about admitting that the landscape of the NFC East would quickly change with Shanahan on the scene.
In fact, I'm not sure there's a coach in the league that Jones admires more than Shanahan. In the past, Shanahan had been a ghost at the combine, slipping into town to look at a certain player and then leaving before anyone saw him. But this year, Shanahan was popping up all over the place. He spent more than an hour with reporters and then I later saw him sharing trail mix with Wade Phillips at a Marriott property. For now, Shanahan's the face of the franchise and I think he realizes how important it is for fans to see him at work.
On the eve of free agency last Thursday, Redskins fans gathered at their laptops (hopefully) and read about Shanahan and Allen releasing 10 players. It sort of felt like the final cuts in the preseason. Allen was rather diplomatic in his description of Black Thursday at Redskins Park. Cornerback DeAngelo Hall was a little more blunt, telling ESPN that the Skins were able to shed some "dead weight." Nice touch, DeAngelo.
Some of us interpreted these moves as a prelude to a big-ticket item in free agency, but unless Hicks and Maake Kemoeatu were at the top of your wish list, the Skins basically sat on their hands. You keep waiting for that other shoe to drop, but it looks like this is all we're going to get. It makes you wonder if someone's kidnapped the free-spending Snyder, an owner who has been known to covet another man's roster. Surely he'll put a stop to all this inactivity at some point. But Allen recently told SI.com's Peter King that Snyder seems to be taking the (non) news in stride.
"He didn't throw anything at me," said Allen of Snyder. "And he didn't throw a tantrum. He's fine with it."
So we've apparently entered a new era of Washington Redskins football. To be clear, though, Shanahan won't be given license to have a couple more 4-12 seasons. He isn't expected to win the NFC East title in 2010, but the Redskins will need to show marked improvement.
Fortunately for Shanahan, the bar's been set pretty low over the past decade. His critics will point toward his playoff record in the post-John Elway era in Denver. But his total body of work is impressive.
The best news for Redskins fans is that Shanahan and Allen don't appear to be looking for shortcuts. As we've seen in the past, shortcuts look a lot better in March than they do in December. Artie Hicks and Kemo might not get your heart pumping, but regaining the respect of your division foes should.
And that has already happened.
LANDOVER, Md. -- Let's do some quick-hitting items on what occurred in the first half:
- It's hard to make any statement on Sherm Lewis' playcalling in the first half. The Eagles jumped out to a 17-0 lead, so it's not like Lewis has had the chance to lean on the running game. And you can't exactly load up and run stretch plays behind left tackle Stephon Heyer.
- The Redskins have no chance of defending Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson. Jackson had a 67-yard touchdown run and a 57-yard touchdown catch. I think he could have returned a punt for a touchdown, but he muffed it and had to step out of bounds. I have no clue why Chris Horton would let Jackson get five yards behind him on what looked like a straight fly pattern.
- In his first game with the Eagles, linebacker Will Witherspoon has been remarkably active. He's returned an interception for a touchdown and he forced a fumble. I'm sure he's just thrilled to be with a winning team. The Rams were winless when he left -- and remain that way.
- I just feel bad for Jim Zorn right now. Every time I look down there, he's sort of staring at his playcalling chart with a confused look on his face. It must be so defeating to have another man calling the plays you carefully designed over the past two seasons.
- Brian Westbrook took a knee to the helmet in the first quarter. It was good to see him walk off the field, but he looked pretty foggy. He has a concussion and won't return. But it has opened the door for rookie LeSean McCoy to get some more touches.
- Could someone remind me why Michael Vick plays for the Eagles? It's so pointless to run him out there for two or three Wildcat plays per game. He did complete a pass for five yards, so that's something. He still looks slow to me. Defensive end Andre Carter had no trouble bringing him down on a misdirection play.
- The Redskins are playing without tight end Chris Cooley, which takes away Sherm Lewis' favorite option. Cooley appeared to be about the only matchup problem for the Eagles. They've done a nice job rolling their coverage to Santana Moss.
- I think Andy Reid wanted to see if DeSean Jackson would play through some pain. And Jackson has responded. He looks a little bit gimpy here in the second half, but I'm sure Reid is pleased to see him on the field.
LANDOVER, Md. -- I just watched a grown man race all of the way down the sideline at FedEx to snap a cellphone pic of the Redskins' new playcaller, Sherman Lewis. Folks across the country want to know more about Lewis' bingo-calling past, and that's why news outlets such as ESPN showed up at a senior citizens center in Novi, Mich., this week.
|AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais|
|Sherman Lewis just joined the Redskins organization a few weeks ago.|
Asked how much attention the center had been receiving in recent days, an employee named Rachel Zagalori said, "Oh my gosh! Yes, people are calling all the time and coming over and doing pictures and stories. And it’s quite the story."
Yes Ms. Zagalori, this is quite a story. I'm going to pay close attention to "head coach" Jim Zorn on the sideline to see how he reacts to Lewis' play calling. Zorn's said all the right things this week, but you know there will come a time when he doesn't like one of Lewis' calls. Will he step in and change the call?
Just because offensive coordinator Sherman Smith is relaying plays to Jason Campbell doesn't mean that Zorn won't be listening to every word. This is one of the most bizarre things I've run across in the league. I think Campbell will be ready to call his own plays if there's a communication problem at any point.
Eli Manning's considered an excellent game manager, but he still has problems with delay-of-game penalties. Imagine parachuting a guy in three weeks ago -- and then giving him play-calling duties.
I smell an Eagles blowout. They were awful last Sunday against the Raiders. I think you'll see them bounce back tonight.
Redskins coach Jim Zorn told reporters Saturday that his sideline role against the Eagles would be "very easy" and that he planned to stay out of new playcaller Sherm Lewis' way.
"It's going to be very easy," Zorn said. "Here's what I'm going to do: I'm going to support the guy calling plays. And then in between the series, we'll be communicating and I'll be communicating to him, and then we'll start working on the plan for the next series.
"I'll be talking to the players. There's a lot to do. I'll be attentive to what I have to do while our offense is on the sideline. Because when you're a playcaller, you're concentrating. ... I'm just going to keep quiet about playcalling."
Zorn's in a no-win situation here. He seems to be handling this as well as someone in his position could.
|The Redskins recently stripped head coach Jim Zorn of play-calling duties and gave them to recently hired consultant Sherman Lewis.|
Of the four NFC East teams, the Eagles got off to the worst start in training camp. They had prepared for beloved defensive coordinator Jim Johnson's death the best they could, but it was a painful thing to deal with nonetheless. Only days later, starting middle linebacker Stewart Bradley suffered a season-ending knee injury. The injuries kept coming and starting right tackle Shawn Andrews (back) never stepped on the field before being placed on injured reserve and sent to Los Angeles to be close to his doctor.
And on Monday night against the Redskins, the Eagles will try to replace Bradley for the third time when the newly acquired Will Witherspoon lines up at middle linebacker. On the surface, the Eagles don't appear to have a very stable roster. But then, everything's relative when you share a division with Dan Snyder's Washington Redskins.
Snyder's done the impossible: He's making Al Davis look level-headed. Snyder and executive vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato have embarrassed themselves by toying with head coach Jim Zorn over the past few weeks. They refused to give the man a public endorsement (for the remainder of the season) until after they'd stripped him of play-calling duties. Only two weeks earlier, Cerrato brought in former Bill Walsh disciple Sherm Lewis as an offensive consultant. As ESPN.com's Jeff Chadiha wrote Friday, some players couldn't pick Lewis out of a lineup.
Yet this is the man who will stare at Zorn's laminated play-calling chart in the press box and then inform another neutralized member of the staff, Sherman Smith, which play to relay to Jason Campbell. This has success written all over it.
According to the folks I've talked to with the Eagles this week, their biggest fear is Lewis going rogue and coming up with a completely different approach. Though coach Andy Reid would never admit this, the Eagles believe they'll destroy the Redskins if they stick to the normal script -- the one that's produced just over 13 points per game. I'd be shocked if Lewis starts freelancing Monday. And if the former bingo caller suddenly barks out "B 11," what's Smith supposed to do?
When I talked to Campbell this week, he said he was attempting to remain "open-minded" about Lewis calling the plays. Campbell's shown a great deal of grace in the face of Snyder and Cerrato's bumbling ways -- dating to their dogged offseason pursuit of Jay Cutler and Mark Sanchez.
"We're all human," Campbell told me Tuesday. "Every now and then you have a moment where it gets to you."
Fortunately for Campbell, several teammates and ex-quarterbacks reached out to him after he was benched last Sunday. As we first reported last Monday, Campbell will get the start against the Eagles. Backup quarterback Todd Collins has been told to be ready, which isn't exactly music to Campbell's ears. But there's at least one local legend who has Campbell's back.
"Joe [Theismann] reached out to me first thing," Campbell said. "I can just talk to him about a lot of things. He told me to go out Monday night and play freely. He said I've got to block everything out."
Campbell told me that he made the mistake of not trusting his offensive line against the Chiefs. He was playing behind a group that included two new starters and another teammate (Stephon Heyer) playing out of position at left tackle. Of course, Snyder and Cerrato's decision to ignore the offensive line both through the draft and free agency helped cause this problem, but that's a column for another day.
By the end of my conversation with Campbell, he'd actually talked himself into thinking the Skins could beat the Eagles on Monday.
"If we can get back to .500 at the midway point, there's a chance we could rally in the second half [of the season]," Campbell said. "When it rains, it pours. And right now, we need it to stop raining."
Unfortunately for Campbell, I don't see the dark clouds over FedEx beginning to clear.
Pretty entertaining radio this morning on ESPN 980 in Washington, where Redskins executive vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato used his Friday show to fire back at the media and coach Jim Zorn's good friend, Steve Largent. I've had the chance to go over the transcript thanks to The Washington Post's Dan Steinberg, and there were certainly some classic moments.
After announcing that Zorn would coach the remainder of the season, Cerrato said the coach's future was "totally crystal clear." That's not how the situation has appeared from the outside, but Cerrato is entitled to his own opinion. He spent a lot of time going after Seahawks Hall of Famer Steve Largent, although he never mentioned the former congressman's name. Largent, who played with Zorn from 1976-84, blasted Redskins owner Dan Snyder during a Seattle radio appearance. At one point in his interview, Largent indicated that Snyder had set Zorn up to fail by putting him in charge of a team and coaching staff that wasn't ready to win. Here's Cerrato's response:
"Maybe his friend thought that he was protecting Jim because he thought something was going to happen to his career for whatever [reason], but I think his friend forgets this: that we were a top 5 defense [when Zorn was hired]," Cerrato said. "We had just been to the playoffs. Last year we had four Pro Bowlers on offense. And in Jim's contract, he controls everything over his staff. And the thing about it is, the other thing is that his friend doesn't mention was that Jim worked with all these coaches for a week prior to becoming the head coach, and he said during the interview, 'Those are my guys, I want those guys, those are the guys I want, I don't want to go hire anybody else.' "
As you might expect, Cerrato defended his decision/suggestion to name offensive consultant Sherman Lewis the playcaller and he said the move wasn't an ultimatum. Of course, it would've been interesting to see what would've happened had Zorn said no to the suggestion.
In the most unintentionally humorous part of Cerrato's show, he took issue with Largent's assertion that Zorn had been treated poorly by management. This led to a discussion about a trip to Snyder's home in Aspen.
"You know, the thing about it is, what's funny about that is, actually this summer, Jim and his wife were in Aspen with Dan [Snyder] and his wife, vacationing together," Cerrato said. "It's a beautiful house, and they're biking every day and going to dinner and all that. But I guess that's a miserable life right there now. I'd like to have that miserable life, you know, biking in beautiful Aspen, having beautiful dinners and everything. Actually, they were out there also and [rookie defensive end] Jeremy Jarmon, that's when he flew out and met Dan and Jim out there. So for a guy to say that we're making life difficult and relationships are bad and all those things, I think that is kind of out there a little bit."
So there you have it: Snyder's off the hook because he took his head coach mountain biking.
Update: Earlier today, Kevin Sheehan of ESPN 980 in Washington joined Erik Kuselias and Mike Golic to discuss Cerrato's announcement that Zorn would finish out the season.
Second Update: The entire Cerrato segment is available , courtesy ESPN 980 Washington, D.C. and espn980.com.
- Paul Schwartz from the New York Post says the Giants could play the "what if?" game with all their injuries -- but it would be pointless.
- Tom Rock of Newsday wonders if the Giants' once-vaunted pass rush can get to Kurt Warner. Special shoutout to defensive tackle Barry Cofield, who recently admitted to being a daily Beast enthusiast.
- Apparently Giants beat writers are now fascinated by how quickly quarterbacks release the ball after taking the snap. Kurt Warner's at 2.2 seconds, according to Giants defensive end Justin Tuck.
- Ralph Vacchiano of Daily News fame has a similar story on getting to Warner.
- Tara Sullivan from The Record talks about the Giants' interception drills Wednesday.
- Antonio Pierce left practice with a stiff back Wednesday, according to Vacchiano.
- Levi Jones thinks a roster spot with the Redskins is a "golden opportunity." All together now: hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.
- Michael Wilbon has a really good column in The Washington Post pointing out that Sherman Lewis isn't the clown that he's being made out to be in some circles. But Wilbon's conclusion confused a little bit. It's like Lewis is being forced to do this job against his will. I get the fact that he was passed over for a head-coaching jobs years ago, but if he didn't want this job, he could've simply said no.
- Rick Maese and Jason Reid teamed up to write the Steve Largent story for the Post.
- Longtime Hashmarks and Beast supporter Ryan O'Halloran also has a take on the Largent comments.
- If you're looking for hard-hitting analysis of the Skins situation, this writer really seems to be on point.
- Jason Campbell explains where he got in trouble against the Chiefs.
- Mike Wise of the Post sat down with John Kent Cooke. Fascinating interview.
When times get tough in life, it's nice to be able to lean on a good friend -- especially if he's Hall of Fame wide receiver and former U.S. congressman Steve Largent. Appearing on a Seattle radio station Wednesday, Largent came racing to his old quarterback Jim Zorn's side in ripping Redskins owner Dan Snyder for the way he's treated Zorn following Sunday's 14-6 loss to the Chiefs.
NFC West blogger Mike Sando is based in the Seattle area and he alertly cranked out a news story for ESPN.com based on Largent's comments. Largent told KJR that he's been talking to Zorn on a daily basis, although he was quick to point out that his explosive opinions on the situation were his own. Largent echoed something I've been writing since Zorn's play-calling duties were stripped from him by Redskins executive vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato on Sunday:
"In my opinion, and this is just totally my opinion -- Jim has never said this, never implied this -- I think what Daniel Snyder was trying to do was to force Jim to resign so he was not liable for his contract any longer. And Jim is just not going to do that."Bingo! And that's not a reference to the Skins' new playcaller Sherman Lewis, who was calling bingo at a senior citizens center in Detroit about three weeks ago. Just reading between the lines, I agree with Largent that Snyder and Cerrato probably expected that Zorn's pride would take such a hit that he would immediately resign, thus getting them off the hook for the third year of his contract. Zorn's under contract for five years, but only the first three were guaranteed.
I have a hard time believing that a well-known orator such as Largent would simply go off the rails during a radio interview. Surely he let Zorn know that he was about to go after Snyder. I thought Largent saved some of his best lines for describing Lewis' hiring.
"To think that you can bring a guy in from a retirement center who is pulling out Ping-Pong balls in the bingo games -- and literally, that is what he was doing in Detroit -- bring him down here for two weeks and say, 'You are going to call the plays for the next game against the Philadelphia Eagles,' a division opponent, on 'Monday Night Football,' and think that is going to be successful, that is a joke."OK, I'm actually starting to feel a little sorry for Lewis. The guy was probably down at the retirement center trying to do a good deed -- and we're now making him out to be a professional bingo caller. I don't think he was down there trying to make an extra buck or two.
Anyway, Largent's quotes are obviously very personal. He sees a close friend and former teammate going through a painful situation and wants to fight for him. And I don't blame the guy one bit. The part of the interview, though, that makes Snyder and Cerrato look the worst is where Largent indicates that one of them actually pulled out Zorn's contract to show him he had to go along with their foolish plan -- if he wanted to remain employed.
"They went to the point of pulling out his contract and saying, 'You have got to do whatever the owner tells you to do,'" Largent said of Redskins management.I just cringe when I think of a scenario in which Cerrato was flipping through pages of Zorn's contract. You sort of wonder if Snyder keeps a copy of the contract on his person at all times. As I've said more than once, I wish Zorn could just walk away from this mess.
But for now, he's going to hang in there and let Snyder and Cerrato continue to get blasted by the critics. The more I think about it, that's not a bad strategy.
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2. The entire Giants secondary: I started to single out safety C.C. Brown, but that's not fair to the other non-performing members of the secondary. Cornerback Terrell Thomas has had a nice season, but he was really bad Sunday. And Corey Webster's pass interference penalty in the first half, though questionable, was pretty much the final straw in allowing the Saints to take complete control of the game. Just an awful day for what was one of the top-rated pass defenses in the game.
2. The Dallas Cowboys: I'm serious. Has any team had a better bye week than this team? They sat on their couches and watched as the other three NFC East teams lost. Now, they're tied with the Eagles at 3-2 and not far behind the 5-1 Giants. It was a great day to not be playing football. No one coaches the bye week like Wade Phillips.
Campbell has started every game during the Zorn era, but he was benched at halftime Sunday in favor of Todd Collins. Zorn said he made the move because the offense needed a "spark," but Collins only had limited success in moving the team. The Redskins are playing with an offensive line that includes Stephon Heyer at left tackle and Mike Williams at right tackle. Campbell appeared to be fearing for his life Sunday as he tried to quickly unload the ball.
The new playcaller will be Sherman Lewis, who was hired as an offensive consultant only two weeks ago. Most of the players haven't even met Lewis and he's still trying to get up to speed on the playbook. The 67-year-old Lewis has been out of the league since 2004 and he knows what it's like to have his play-calling duties stripped because that's what Dennis Green once did to him in Minnesota.
I suspect that Zorn will have an even quicker hook ready for Campbell against the Eagles. The quarterback will be under a lot of pressure to move the Redskins early in the game. At 2-4, the Skins need to beat the Eagles to have any realistic chance of turning their season around.
I'll have more details Tuesday.
NEW ORLEANS -- I'm racing to the airport as we speak, but wanted to update you on the developing situation in Ashburn, Va., where coach Jim Zorn will address reporters at 12:25 p.m. ET. A league source has indicated to me that Zorn will announce that 67-year-old Sherman Lewis is taking over play-calling duties.
As we discussed last night, executive vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato told Zorn after the loss to the Chiefs that he had too much on his plate and needed to let someone else call the plays. According to the Redskins public relations office, Zorn didn't disagree with Cerrato.
Of course, Zorn's been calling this offense since the beginning of '08. Lewis arrived on the scene as a mysterious "offensive consultant" Oct. 6. The last time he called a play was with the Packers in 1999. He was a highly respected offensive coordinator on Mike Holmgren's Green Bay teams, but it's not like he has a wealth of experience calling plays.
As I said last night, Redskins owner Dan Snyder should go ahead and just fire Zorn rather than subject him to further humiliation. I'm not sure what they'll be able to strip him of next. Zorn's handled all this with a lot of grace, but he'd be better off walking away at this point.
OK, I have a plane to catch. We'll talk when I get back to Dallas.
Just when you thought this Redskins situation couldn't become any more bizarre, owner Dan Snyder has taken it to a different level. In the aftermath of Sunday's 14-6 loss to the Chiefs, Jim Zorn was stripped of his play-calling duties, according to the Skins' executive director of communications Zack Bolno.
Executive vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato met with Zorn after the game and told him he thought he had too much on his plate and needed to let someone else call the plays. Zorn didn't disagree with Cerrato, according to Bolno, and the coach will meet with Snyder on Monday to decide who should call the plays. And if you think this arrangement seems completely ridiculous, I'm right there with you.
Why in the world would you keep Zorn around if he's not calling the plays? That's the whole reason Snyder hired him in the first place. He wanted him to call the plays and manage the quarterbacks. It's like Snyder's trying to get Zorn to break up with him.
If Snyder's going to strip Zorn of his play-calling duties, he might as well go ahead and fire him. I hate that Zorn actually accepted this arrangement. It makes him look so weak. Snyder's already brought in a 67-year-old offensive consultant who's been on ice for five years.
Now Zorn looks like the ultimate lame duck. Perhaps Snyder and Cerrato thought that Zorn would resign once they stripped him of his play-calling duties. But it sounds like he's going to hang in there and keep taking punches. Now the Redskins will prepare to play the Eagles without knowing who their playcaller is. Zorn will probably push for offensive coordinator Sherman Smith to get the nod, but I'd be surprised if Snyder signs off on that.
When The Washington Post reached offensive consultant Sherman Lewis on Sunday evening, he hadn't heard about Snyder's decision. The other candidate for calling plays would be assistant coach/running backs coach Stump Mitchell. And I'll throw in one more wild-card candidate. That would be offensive assistant Chris Meidt, who has worked closely with the quarterbacks since joining Zorn's staff in '08.
I'm sort of hoping Zorn sleeps on this decision tonight and then decides to resign. It just doesn't make any sense for Snyder to keep him around now that he's stripped of everything except his dignity -- and I'm afraid that's next.
As we discussed this morning, the Washington Post reported that three prominent Redskins players would like for management to make a public statement in support of coach Jim Zorn so they can stop answering questions about his job security. Asked about the story Thursday, Zorn said he didn't need an endorsement from anyone to continue doing his job.
"I can't speak for those guys, because they're grown men," Zorn said. "I think we're all together. I don't think that that has to be done for me to feel better about myself and what we're doing. I think Mr. [Daniel] Snyder, he's tried to help in every way he can to get this team the way it needs to be. And sometimes, you know, it's a process. So, I can't answer more to that question."
I mean what do we expect the guy to say at this point? Mr. Snyder and his right-hand man, Vinny Cerrato, have left Zorn dangling in the wind because they don't want to say anything definitive. Zorn's handled this situation with as much grace and dignity as one could expect. And he'd look completely weak to start asking for a statement from management.
If the Redskins can get past the winless Chiefs on Sunday, they'll have a "Monday Night Football" matchup at FedEx with the Eagles. If they somehow beat the Eagles, I think Snyder needs to come out and commit to Zorn for the rest of the season. If the Skins lose that game, my gut tells me that Snyder will fire Zorn and go with an interim coach -- and it's not going to be offensive consultant Sherman Lewis.
My best guess would be secondary coach Jerry Gray as the interim, and Lewis could call the plays. Gray's been a defensive coordinator in the league and he's well-liked by both the players and management. If you'd asked me a few weeks ago, I would've pointed to defensive coordinator Greg Blache. But he reportedly has some health issues and I'm not sure he'd be up to the task.
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When a team's in the process of imploding, players will sometimes go off the rails. I'm afraid that's what happened to Redskins cornerback Carlos Rogers on Monday when he ended up pointing the finger at Redskins owner Dan Snyder. Rogers' criticism is probably fair, but I'm not sure it was the best career move on his part. Here's what he told reporters at Redskins Park:
"Things ain't working," Rogers said. "When things don't work, there comes about change. Maybe it's good. Maybe it's bad. I think, like I said, they say players panic. Coaches panic, too, when things happen. It's the beginning of the season. We got a long way to go. We've got a lot of things we need to iron out. It's a lot of problems. It's from personnel to coaches to whatever it is. It's a lot of things we need to iron out. Until we address those issues and turn them around, we're going to be the same, going up and down.
"It starts not only with the players and the coaches. It starts with the ownership. They bring everybody in, and they've got last say-so of everything. So that's where it starts, I guess."
Oops! Again, I'm not saying Rogers is wrong. In fact, maybe he's simply trying to secure his release so he can hook up with a stable franchise. Meanwhile, Snyder and executive vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato have remained largely silent over the past three weeks.
Maybe Sherm Lewis will get this thing turned around against the Chiefs -- if anyone ever figures out his job description.