Saturday, March 16, 2013

SOW: Free Agency Preview: Addressing Right Tackle

From Son of Washington


March 12th is nearly here and the Redskins have some big decisions to make as the start of the 2013 NFL calendar year approaches. Currently, the Redskins are around three million dollars over the estimated salary cap of 123 million. They have some serious needs to address during the off-season including tight end, corner, safety and offensive line but little cap money to address those needs. Most importantly, the Redskins need to determine who will be starting at those positions. At this point, the Redskins do not have a starter in place at right tackle.

Jammal Brown’s contract was voided and his career is likely over with a ailing hip that has kept him out of the Redskins lineup during his three years in DC (started only 26 of 48 games). Tyler Polumbus, who filled in for Brown and eventually became the starting right tackle in ’11 and 2012 is a free agent. Also, veteran tackle Jordan Black is a free agent but is likely to retire. Either way, there is a good chance that none of these players will be with the Redskins in 2013.
So with little to no cap room, how can the Redskins find a starting right tackle on the cheap? Well, I’m glad you asked. In all the years the Redskins could use an affordable right tackle, 2013 could be one of the best years to obtain such a player. There is a glut of offensive tackles available in free agency. The draft has a few prospects that could start, fit the Redskins zone blocking scheme and be available when they pick in the second and third rounds. Most importantly, the Redskins have been grooming potential prospects over the past two seasons that they drafted,  are still on their rookie contracts and could be ready to start.
Let’s take a look at some affordable options for the Redskins at right tackle.
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Friday, March 15, 2013

SOW: Ravens Should Beg to Lose to the ‘Skins Each Year

If you live anywhere in Maryland (like I do) or in a surrounding state or district, then you’ll probably be reminded on a daily basis about the recent Ravens Super Bowl victory over the 49ers. The Raven fans have come out of the woodwork or jumped on the bandwagon wearing their gear and talking about their team…. and that’s fine. That’s what I would do if the Redskins won the Super Bowl (I do it anyway no matter how good or bad the Redskins are playing).
But if a Raven fan decides to crow a little too much about their year or wants to talk some smack about the Redskins all you have to do is remind them that the ‘Skins beat the champs with the help of a back up rookie QB.
Matter of fact, the Redskins beat the Ravens in the regular season both times the Ravens won the Super Bowl.
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SOW: Labor of Love: A Redskins Fan Guide to the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine

This weekend the NFL will host more than 300 players at the annual scouting Combine in Indianapolis. More or less this is a job fair where all 32 potential employers will get to meet and determine which candidates they may want to have on their team. Instead of resumes, players are poked, prodded, take tests and perform drills to impress.
Do we really learn anything at all from The Combine?
Yes and No. You can see a players speed, how well they can take direction and some of the tangibles that coaches look for in players they want to fit their scheme. Unfortunately, we don’t get to see the really important elements of the combine: the medical evaluations and the interviews.
The interviews are key. Usually a team has a player breakdown plays on a whiteboard, or ask character questions or even try to catch a player off guard to see how they respond to stress. In most cases the fans and media never learn what goes on behind closed doors. What we do find out is usually spread by a team or an agent trying to raise or lower a player’s draft stock.
The Combine is one of the most anticipated events in the off-season for fans suffering from football withdrawal. For a player, it can help make or break a player’s draft stock. For a team it can help set up it franchise for years to come. But do you want to know the biggest secret of The Combine, something the NFL Network doesn’t want you to know?
It Is Incredibly Boring.
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