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Old 03-07-2005, 01:35 PM   #1
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Did We Shoot Ourselves In The Foot??

I've looked at the articles noting how the Coles/Moss trade seriously diminished our Cap space. I'm incredulous. My hopes for next year just totally dropped. My question is why would we do such a thing? I've always been a Snyder/Gibbs fan, but if the Cap analyses seem correct, the Coles trade was utterly stupid. I don't care how good Moss can be, or how disgruntled Coles would be. Can someone please give me a good reason as to why the Skins did what they did? I'm starting to think the elevator doesn't go all the way up to the Redskins' clubhouse!
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Old 03-07-2005, 01:42 PM   #2
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I say better to take the hit now rather than keeping a guy who could be a complete distraction...a distraction of ridiculous proportions really...around. Can you imagine the upcoming season with Coles as a Skin. Every day players would be answering questions about Coles and the team. Big time problems there. Get rid of him and deal with the pain now rather than putting it off for another day. I think this shows the exact opposite of what you said. It shows responsibility and a willingness to do the right things.
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Old 03-07-2005, 01:44 PM   #3
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I agree -- this was bungled and badly. Does anyone else think Cerrato is struglling with the concept of walking upright? He must have a picture of The Danny with a goat or something, because he's ruining the team. Without more $$, Smoot is gone, which is a shame given that the guy plays with real heart (recall him playing with a busted sternum -- that's as tough as it gets).

Separately, does anyone know what the story is with Mike Barrow? If he's back and healthy (two big ifs), that will make the loss of Pierce a bit easier.
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Old 03-07-2005, 01:47 PM   #4
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Sometimes creating a TEAM rather than a collection of individuals hurts. Look to the Pats who give up big NAME guys every year but keep the core guys together. Coles was not a Redskin. His cap hit will hurt a bit but for the first time in years, the skins are exercising fiscal restraint and not going after names but after players. They did the best they could with the situation.
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Old 03-07-2005, 01:51 PM   #5
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After the Coles trade, we have approximately 1.85 million in cap room + an additional 2 million from trading Gardner. We're done trying to sign anymore big-name FAs this year. All told, approximately 4 million in cap-room for 2005 to sign Smoot, some of the vets like Ray Brown, and the draft rookie pool, which is more than sufficient. If Smoot gets anywhere from a 10-12 million SB from another team, we should be able to match. Otherwise, we draft a CB like Antrel Rolle or Pacman Jones in the 1st round draft and Harris starts, with Wilds and the rookie CB alternating at Nickel.

It was better to take Coles' cap hit this year - didn't leave us in the best of shape, but still minimal losses.
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Old 03-07-2005, 01:58 PM   #6
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Why is anybody surprised that we may lose Smoot??

Even before the Coles deal went down the likelihood of re-signing Smoot wasn't good.
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I agree -- this was bungled and badly. Does anyone else think Cerrato is struglling with the concept of walking upright? He must have a picture of The Danny with a goat or something, because he's ruining the team. Without more $$, Smoot is gone, which is a shame given that the guy plays with real heart (recall him playing with a busted sternum -- that's as tough as it gets).

Separately, does anyone know what the story is with Mike Barrow? If he's back and healthy (two big ifs), that will make the loss of Pierce a bit easier.
What does Vinny have to do with this??

He's a glorified scout and Snyder's racquetball buddy, he doesn't have much to do with making moves.
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Old 03-07-2005, 02:04 PM   #8
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If Coles doesn't demand his release two years into a seven year deal, this doesn't happen. There are plenty of good reasons to criticize the Front Office - this ain't one of them.
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were talking like this trade has gone through,am I the only one worried Coles wont pass his physical because of his toe? if he doesnt,man were screwed,then we have a receiver who doesnt want to be here with a bad toe,personally,I wish Coles wanted to play here,he was my favorite redskin last yr,I thought he made some great catches and took some viscous hits but was always ready to play
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Old 03-07-2005, 02:06 PM   #10
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I say better to take the hit now rather than keeping a guy who could be a complete distraction...a distraction of ridiculous proportions really...around. Can you imagine the upcoming season with Coles as a Skin. Every day players would be answering questions about Coles and the team. Big time problems there. Get rid of him and deal with the pain now rather than putting it off for another day. I think this shows the exact opposite of what you said. It shows responsibility and a willingness to do the right things.

I disagree. You play Coles if he's playing well, or you sit him down on the bench (or even lock him out of the clubhouse). Either way, you don't allow one player to ruin your ability to keep or get other players that will help the team. Coles is laughing all the way to the bank!
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Old 03-07-2005, 02:08 PM   #11
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If Coles doesn't demand his release two years into a seven year deal, this doesn't happen. There are plenty of good reasons to criticize the Front Office - this ain't one of them.

EXACTLY! Coles authored this...neither the front office nor Joe Gibbs wanted Coles to leave. The only one who wanted him to leave was Coles himself. What are we supposed to do? Keep Coles against his will?
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Old 03-07-2005, 02:08 PM   #12
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Re: Did We Shoot Ourselves In The Foot??

LC did not want to play for a hall of fame coach.

LC opted not to have surgery on his foot which could affect the rest of his career.

LC would only return a part of his signing bonus if released (for no value.)

I think we made the right move!
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Old 03-07-2005, 02:17 PM   #13
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EXACTLY! Coles authored this...neither the front office nor Joe Gibbs wanted Coles to leave. The only one who wanted him to leave was Coles himself. What are we supposed to do? Keep Coles against his will?
You just don't let the mutineers run the ship!

And if we did want to let him have what he wanted, why didn't we insist on renegotiating his contract to lessen the hit?

Just hard to figure.
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Old 03-07-2005, 02:25 PM   #14
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It actually helps our cap situation for 2006. We do not have the burden of his contract and with a few more moves we will be under that cap number as well. Also since there really is no cap for 2007 they have put us in a great situation (Snyder, Gibbs, and Cerrato). Get rid of the selfish players and keep the team players. How do you see this seriously affecting our cap space this year and next?
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Old 03-07-2005, 02:31 PM   #15
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Even Wilds wouldn't be a drop off in our secondary. Williams is a genius, the players totally buy into the scheme.

Smoot or not,we're set on D.
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