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Old 08-20-2007, 05:50 PM   #1
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Redskins Insider: What we learned

What We Learned

Overall, the first team offense did what all of you guys were hoping it would. Whole lot to like about that game if you're a Skins fan. But let's start with the only thing everyone will ever remember about that game - the sight of Jason Campbell's plant foot getting buckled by a direct blow to the outside of the knee.


O-Line Issues. I have railed against the Stephon Heyer/Left Side Of The Line experiment pretty much since the onset. Now you know why. That was the season right there Saturday night, folks, and had Campbell blown out his knee after that D End blew through the kid tackle, well, not many football people would have been surprised. It was an accident waiting to happen, and I don't want to hear anything this year about the Skins not getting any breaks, because they already got the biggest break possible in August.


Even so, losing Campbell for even a week is a big deal. The third preseason game is the week that's a dress rehearsal for the regular season, with the most game planning and an approach similar to what goes on when the games count. Every practice is precious for Jason, and thus for the Redskins for that matter, and who knows how long he will have some discomfort. It was imperative to get Campbell's footwork and movement precise, and now he may have to compensate a bit. It's a setback for sure - albeit it much, much smaller than what nearly happened - and they came a fraction of an inch from taking a year or more off the kid's career and having all of his progress and hard work this offseason go down the drain.
If they go with Heyer at left tackle against Terrell Suggs this Saturday they are courting disaster again.


Hey, they have no depth on the O Line and few options - trust me I get that, even though it's a problem of their own creation (that's what the middle rounds of the draft are for) - but this has to stop. Like I wrote a week ago, too many people not named Bugel and Gibbs have told me this is an accident in waiting. Too many personnel people have told me the un-drafted kid just isn't ready to be protecting the blindside of the young franchise quarterback right now and that as his number of snaps in this role increases, despite him being serviceable for a series or two, that one huge error is always lurking.

"Right now, he can't play," one exec said. "I don't care what the Redskins tell you, he is not an NFL left tackle right now."

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Old 08-20-2007, 05:51 PM   #2
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Re: Redskins Insider: What we learned

I've gotta say this is one of those rare times I disagree with JLC. He really seems to be overreacting in my opinion.
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Old 08-20-2007, 06:03 PM   #3
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Re: Redskins Insider: What we learned

These writers always get into a twist when they talk to execs from other teams. It's like they can't believe the Redskins would be putting a gloss on things. "I can't believe Coach Bugel would lie to me, I'm the Insider!"
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Old 08-20-2007, 06:07 PM   #4
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Re: Redskins Insider: What we learned

It maybe a slight over-reaction...but we have some serious problems at that left gaurd position. I hope we can pick someone up off the waiver wire and hope that we can add some serious depth at that left gaurd spot.
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Re: Redskins Insider: What we learned

good read. and does anyone here really believe he is ready to start? i highly doubt it
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Re: Redskins Insider: What we learned

Heyer is a good player, but he's not ready to start. I do see the potential in him, playing behind Samuels he'll learn a lot.
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Old 08-20-2007, 06:25 PM   #7
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Re: Redskins Insider: What we learned

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I've gotta say this is one of those rare times I disagree with JLC. He really seems to be overreacting in my opinion.
Aint that the truth...i personally have never trusted a word JLC says because i dont think his nuggets are anything but his opinions. he may get the answers he wants to hear only because he is the one asking the question. He doesnt get a good interview from anyone in that locker room so he resorts to talking to other teams "executives". remember when sellers called him a little wessel on washington post live, the guy's a nerd man. Plus, he is way off base here and Kiesel didnt run right over him, it was clear that he didnt know his job on that particular protection against that front. It was a mental not physical thing.
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good read. and does anyone here really believe he is ready to start? i highly doubt it
Entering the pre-season, nobody including Heyer himself expected to start the game.. It happens, and you are right.. He is not good enough to start BUT he is improving lot I can see it myself.. I believe we found a raw gem..
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Old 08-20-2007, 08:34 PM   #9
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Look, Heyer got pushed around badly against Tennessee, and we almost lost our season because he got blown up vs. Pitt. He may be a good project, but bottom line, the guy was undrafted for a reason. I can understand wanting to get him reps in the preseason to groom him, but do it with the second team for God's sake. Starting an undrafted rookie with "lower body strength" issues to protect our season's blindside is a BAD idea. I see no reason why Fabini or another non-rookie couldn't start in Samuels place.

On the flip-side, if Heyer really is our 3rd best option at tackle, then we could be in big trouble.
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I think they should abandon the Wade LG experiment and let him watch the blindside then when the season starts let him challenge Jansen.

They should have had Jansen studying at guard this whole time.
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heyer will never start a game as a redskin in the regular season. but i stand firm with JLC being a d-bag.
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Give the kid some time. He could end up being a good player for us in the future, but right now it is clear that he has a lot of work to do.
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Re: Redskins Insider: What we learned

An undrafted rookie not ready for the NFL? I'm stunned by this revelation!
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Heyer is a good player, but he's not ready to start. I do see the potential in him, playing behind Samuels he'll learn a lot.
Welcome DirteePossee! You are right, Heyer is a good player, and I see a lot of potential in him.

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Re: Redskins Insider: What we learned

I like what JLC does so I can't jump on him with this. I do tend to be pretty wary when all the negative stuff comes from other teams scouts who are off the record. There's no accountability and generally not much motivation to be honest. Not that there is a lot of motivation to be dishonest either but based on what this team does I just can't see them putting Heyer in there if it is as great a risk as everyone else thinks. I mean this is the same team that runs a country club training camp to keep everyone healthy. So they're gonna simply throw that extreme over-caution to the wind all of a sudden? Seems odd.
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