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Old 10-14-2008, 12:06 AM   #31
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re: Redskins Sign Shaun Alexander (Merge) *updated*

Why waste time with him when we have a proven player in Marcus Mason, even if it was during the pre-season.
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Old 10-14-2008, 12:10 AM   #32
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Marcus Mason supposedly lacks "football intelligence" and had a hard time learning the playbook. Mason looked good against backups in the preseason, but it's hard to say he's proven or would certainly be a better signing than SA.
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Old 10-14-2008, 12:19 AM   #33
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Marcus Mason supposedly lacks "football intelligence" and had a hard time learning the playbook. Mason looked good against backups in the preseason, but it's hard to say he's proven or would certainly be a better signing than SA.
Yeah apparently he's a bad blocker and iffy on special teams. I like the guy though. It's not like Shaun Alexander is going to contribute on either of those fronts.
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Old 10-14-2008, 12:41 AM   #34
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Obviously, Stump and Zorn know the guy--they must think he's still got something.

Don't know what to make of it--lack of confidence in Rock? Need 3 RBs in any event, with SA at #3 with a few weeks to prove himself?
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Old 10-14-2008, 12:52 AM   #35
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This whole situation w/ Betts bothers the shit out of me. I mean that I want CP to get a break now and then and Betts is the perfect guy - I wish we could get more accurate info on the status of his knee.

Beyond Betts I don't really give a rip who spells Portis, cause it won't matter all that much. Alexander, Rock, whoever all have major downside compared w/ Betts. We go from having a legitimate 2nd threat in the backfield to just a body.
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Old 10-14-2008, 07:26 AM   #36
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I do not like the move. Like previously stated; Marcus Mason should be signed from B-More's practice squad. We already have 3 solid backs with their knees pretty much intact. Ladell Betts is an exception to that, but he shouldn't require surgery.

I would rather pay the Rookie min for a guy who was with us all preseason and has a career ahead of him, than Vet min for a guy with no knees who only knows half of the offense.

This is a "what have you done for me lately?" league. Alexander was cut from the team that he won MVP with because he had not done enough the past 2 seasons to keep the team confident in his abilities.

Rock Cartwright, a team captain, has paid his dues, and has had 100 yard games when given the opportunity. Let the man get some carries, he is hungry and durable. In fact I cannot remember the last time that this man was injured and could not play.

If we do not sign Mason and we want a security blanket as a 3rd runner, then throw Sellars into the mix to get a few more carries. I guarantee you that he would be just as productive as Alexander.

All in all this is a waste of time IMO, and I view it as a former boss trying to get one of his former employees some work. The sad thing is that Alexander hasn't done anything, nor are we really in a position to warrant the "thought" serious consideration.
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Old 10-14-2008, 08:30 AM   #37
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We got nothing to lose people, Kelly's probly going on IR anyway. We saw the benefit of having a guy who's been in a system last year with Todd Collins. I think Alexander would be good for short yardage and passing plays on third down. And if he's still got it and they put Portis and him in at the same time the D won't know what to do, It could be great.
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Old 10-14-2008, 08:34 AM   #38
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At the price, I think this is a good move because if Alexander proves everyone wrong and doesn't run like a pussy, we have a GREAT backup RB at a bargain price through next year.

And if he sucks, we cut him.
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Old 10-14-2008, 08:37 AM   #39
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I am ok with this move. Alexander is a great back when he wants to be. Seeing as how no one came knocking down his door, I would expect him to have some motivation. Hell, Cedric Benson was signed before him.
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Old 10-14-2008, 08:45 AM   #40
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Seems like a low risk move to me. Why not give him a shot?
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Old 10-14-2008, 09:06 AM   #41
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What have we got to lose?

I will say I'll be blown away if he's in anything approaching football condition. The guy was cut months ago and hasn't been on a team since - unless he's got one hell of a workout program I'd be surprised if he's got the strength and conditioning to last more than a handful of plays.
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Old 10-14-2008, 09:34 AM   #42
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we should sign marcus mason off the ravens practice squad.
Thank You! You beat me to it. What is wrong with Mason that they would not pull him back from the Ravens? He knows the plays, knows the calls, and has worked with the team recently so you will see continuity. Nothing against SA but he will have to come in here and learn the terminology, learn the blocking scheme (cause it was a Gibbs running plan not WCO), and get connected with the players.

Is it his size? are they looking for a heavy power runner and Mason is not but 215 pounds? I don't get it. He had the most yrds out of all the RB in preseason. Bring back Mason. Keep grooming him.
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Thank You! You beat me to it. What is wrong with Mason that they would not pull him back from the Ravens? He knows the plays, knows the calls, and has worked with the team recently so you will see continuity. Nothing against SA but he will have to come in here and learn the terminology, learn the blocking scheme (cause it was a Gibbs running plan not WCO), and get connected with the players.

Is it his size? are they looking for a heavy power runner and Mason is not but 215 pounds? I don't get it. He had the most yrds out of all the RB in preseason. Bring back Mason. Keep grooming him.
Like someone pointed out earlier, there have been knocks from coaches on Mason's "football intelligence" and his ability to grasp the playbook.

He did have the most yards out of all RBs in the preseason - he also got all those yards against 3rd and 4th string guys and scrubs.

Obviously the coaches see something they don't like or don't see something they think is necessary. Either way, they've spent way the hell more time evaluating him than any of us have.
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Old 10-14-2008, 09:43 AM   #44
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I could see this being a good short term move. the main thing is to have a couple options for when CP comes out. Ladell and Rock always worked in complement to each other to spell CP and I think that always contributes to the defenses getting worn down by the 4th qtr. The biggest concern would be if it hurts Rocks motivation. But he knows he has a home here so it i would hope its ok
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Old 10-14-2008, 09:46 AM   #45
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This reminds me of the TJ Duckett trade, only there's no down side. Good move, imo.
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