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Starting DT: Griffin and ?

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View Poll Results: Starting DT: Griffin and ?
Jermaine Haley 9 25.71%
Brandon Noble 16 45.71%
Joe Salave'a 5 14.29%
Other 5 14.29%
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Old 06-05-2004, 11:11 AM   #16
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Joe,

Thanks for the great explanation. You live up well to the "knowledgeable fan" standard. I really believe this has got to be one of the best fan sites on the web.

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Old 06-05-2004, 11:36 AM   #17
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Hey JoeCrisp:

Just out of curiosity, what do you do for a living? Are you a writer now? Did you get an English degree in college? Are you seriously trying to break into sports journalism/commentary?

Somebody mentioned ESPN. Judging from what I've read, it certainly sounds like you've got the goods. Have you ever sent in your writings to newspapers or magazines for publication?

Keep us updated, and follow your dreams!
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Old 06-05-2004, 12:03 PM   #18
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Hey JoeCrisp:

Just out of curiosity, what do you do for a living? Are you a writer now? Did you get an English degree in college? Are you seriously trying to break into sports journalism/commentary?

Somebody mentioned ESPN. Judging from what I've read, it certainly sounds like you've got the goods. Have you ever sent in your writings to newspapers or magazines for publication?

Keep us updated, and follow your dreams!
Thanks for the encouragement, Beems! I really appreciate it.

I'm actually a quality control auditor for Comcast in Richmond, but that has nothing to do with my writing aspirations.

I majored in Mass Communications at James Madison University, with a focus in telecommunications-- mostly the technical and business aspects of telecom networks. In hindsight, I really wish I had focused on journalism-- which, as you can see, is what I truly enjoy.

Thankfully, I did manage to take a few newswriting and journalism-oriented classes while fulfilling the credit requirements in my major, which provided me enough insight to the business to have a pretty good idea of how the whole newswriting thing works.

Ultimately, I would love to become a full-time Redskins beat reporter for somebody. I've started the process of contacting local and regional newspapers, trying to sell them on the idea of printing my camp reports. I didn't really feel comfortable with my writing until after the last minicamp, but the generous encouragement you guys have given me has really made me feel much more confident in my abilities.

Hopefully, with a little persistence, I'll be able to sell a few sports editors on the idea of printing my camp reports this summer. I'm planning on taking a week off from work and doing a week-long report sometime during training camp. I'm just waiting to see how Coach Gibbs plans to handle the media access and open practices.

I didn't think it would be worth it to go up there this weekend, given the fact that reporters wouldn't be allowed to watch the most critical portions of practice. Interviews are great, but I think you guys get more out of what I'm able to tell you about positional competitions and the performances of particular players and units during full-squad sessions.
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Old 06-05-2004, 03:10 PM   #19
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I voted for other. I like Noble as a person and he is a great example of a great-hard working Redskin off the field. But as much as I want to see Noble and Haley step up a notch and move into the great players status with their play.... I can't help thinking there is little chance for that because (in my opinion) they lacking in basic raw physical talent to become really great. I think the best we can ever expect from them is they become average to slightly above average.
So I would want the Skins to start looking for a future replacement that has the potential to become an all-star. Sam Adams, if he is realeased, seems like the quickest/short term fix.
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Old 06-05-2004, 10:39 PM   #20
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Joe Crisp:

One more post like the one you did on the gap numbering system and we'll have to change your screen name to "The Perfesser".

Excellent explanation. I hope everyone here copies your message and saves it to their hard disk.

I really want Brandon Noble to be a starting DT and for him to be productive this year but it would be next to miraculous for that to happen. He may not be the best pairing with Griffin in terms of size but he is EXACTLY the kind of guy you want to have next to Griffin in terms of the effort Noble gives on every snap of the ball. The knock on Griffin is that he has a tendency to take plays off and sometimes to take a series off and last year to take a game off once in a while. For Noble to "take a play off" he has to be carried off the field...
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Joe Crisp:

One more post like the one you did on the gap numbering system and we'll have to change your screen name to "The Perfesser".

Excellent explanation. I hope everyone here copies your message and saves it to their hard disk.

I really want Brandon Noble to be a starting DT and for him to be productive this year but it would be next to miraculous for that to happen. He may not be the best pairing with Griffin in terms of size but he is EXACTLY the kind of guy you want to have next to Griffin in terms of the effort Noble gives on every snap of the ball. The knock on Griffin is that he has a tendency to take plays off and sometimes to take a series off and last year to take a game off once in a while. For Noble to "take a play off" he has to be carried off the field...
Thanks, SC! Your take on Noble and Griffin is dead-on. Noble truly deserves to be a starter, based on effort and heart alone. I'm definitely pulling for him, and praying that he'll earn that "miracle". Noble is able to overcome his size deficit as a nose guard through sheer effort and tenacity. Let's just hope that knee of his holds up and continues to improve.

Hopefully, with improved coaching from Williams and Blache, as well as the shining example of Noble working his tail off alongside him, Griffin will learn to be a more consistent player and put forth the kind of effort that Noble gives on every play. If that happens, then this D-line will be vastly improved.
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Old 06-06-2004, 10:15 AM   #22
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I'd be willing to bet that as long as Noble is ready to go Gibbs will give him the starting nod in week 1 out of respect.

Noble should be effective in a rotation, I'm sure the staff will closely monitor his snaps.
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