Monday, March 17, 2014

Meaningless Mock Draft v1.0

(Logo made specifically for St. Patrick's Day)
Free agency has been going on for almost a week and the Redskins have made their majority of big signings so its time to get back into looking at the upcoming draft and where the Redskins need to go in order to improve upon depth and find young, cheap players to become future starters in Washington.

Before we get started, here's a slight recap of what the Redskins have done in free agency, who they still may sign or re-sign, who they may cut and some team needs.

Friday, March 7, 2014

FNV: True Detective, Redskins Updates and Other Stuff

It's time for another episode of Friday Night Videos. I haven't done this in awhile and frankly it's long overdue. This is a Redskins blog but it's still my blog, so I think it's time for a break while I try to punch out some more articles before the start of free agency on Tuesday.

I've become a huge fan of HBO's True Detective. If you haven't watched this show yet, you should because it fill the void of high end drama that you just don't find with most TV shows.

Anyway, the opening theme by The Handsome Family Far From Any Road is haunting and sticks with you. I've been playing the song over and over in my head for the last seven weeks since the show started.

So I went to You Tube and started looking up some of their other songs. If you like this style of music (kind of old style alt-country meets bluegrass with a morbid/depressing touch) then you're in for a treat here's another of their songs called called Weightless Again.

Update: I got a very nice Tweet from Carrot Top Records (@CarrotTopRecord) which sent me a really nice and long You Tube playlist of their greatest hits. Here it is enjoy!

Site Updates

Right now I'm in the process of updating some links to the blog roll and to find some more Redskin player sites and remove a few in the process. I'm also working on a few articles including the return of the Meaningless Mock Draft and some other stuff I do annually.

I've also decided to do a collaboration thing with my work at Son of Washington. I don't have the time to write an article here and then write content for SOW, so I've decided to write an article here and then modify the article to fit the SOW style a bit. So check out my work on both sites to see if there is any significant difference.

Today's Quick Thought: Should The 'Skins Sign Champ Bailey?

(Wow! We could have D. Hall and Champ on the same team "Super Bowl"! Photo by the Redskins image via)
So, should the the Redskins bring in former 'Skins 1st rounder (1999) and future Hall of Fame player Champ Bailey?

Here's my quick thoughts on this possibility:

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Stay or Go? Brian Orakpo

(Will Brian Orakpo be at the Redskins 2014 Training Camp? Photo: FedEx Al)
The Washington Post and other outlets are reporting that the Redskins front office are having a difficult time determining whether to keep 3-4 OLB Brian Orakpo. This is because the most likely way for the team to keep the former 2009 1st round draft pick is to franchise him with hopes of either working out a long term deal or negotiating with another team to trade away his rights (which doesn't seem likely).

The problem is simple, it's the final solution that is difficult. Do you spend around $10 million a year for a player that is talented but may not be as good as you'd expect for a top tier pass rusher? In the next few years, the Redskins will have to deal with contracts of some of their more valuable assets including Trent Williams, Ryan Kerrigan, Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris and there is concern that the team may have to lose at least one of those players. So do the Redskins risk the loss of one of those players or Orakpo?

(Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)
The Redskins have around 27-28 million (I have them at 28.2 million thanks to some details on Chris Baker's contract and  's cap calculator) in cap room at this point. While it seems like a no brainer to tag 'Rak with so much cap space, the team would like to sign at least a few free agents to bolster the roster including at least one safety, OL, DL, a ILB (at this point the Redskins need two since Perry Riley is about to become a free agent) and possibly a WR and a CB.

So it's a hard decision to drop around 11 plus million on one player based on the team needs alone. However by 4PM EST on Monday the 3rd, the Redskins will have to make a decision based on one of the following options: franchise him, let him test free agency or have a long term deal in place.

Today, we're going to take a look at Orakpo's career and look at the positives and negatives and try to determine if 'Rak is one of the better OLB/DEs in the league and a quick determination of what he's worth (compared to the rest of the NFL) and whether the Redskins should keep him or let him walk.

Experts, analysts and fans around the league have Orakpo valued very highly as one of the top free agents but in the DC area fans are skeptical of these assertions because 'Rak has missed significant time from injuries and not lived up to the fan expectations as a elite pass rusher compared to fellow 2009 draftee Clay Matthews.