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Monday, December 04, 2006

December 4-- Gibbs's Future, Lloyd's helmet toss in debate

Joe Gibbs was asked about his future as coach beyond this season. Previously when he'd been asked this question, he said without a doubt he was here to fufill the full 5 year committment.. This time he said he wasn't going to talk about his future because he didn't want it to become "a mess," in terms of it being a constant source of conversation through the final month of the season. I then asked him directly if he had changed his thought process in terms of being here for 5 years and he answered it with the same vague sentiments..
This subject was left this way for a few minutes, Gibbs was ultimately asked to revisit it and he said that it was his "intention" to be the coach next season..
I repeated this on the John Riggins Show at 5:40 PM, 20 minutes after the press conference ended.. Apparently after 6PM, Gibbs re-entered the press room to clarify his statements saying that nothing has changed and that he "intends" to be the Redskins head coach next season..

Gibbs said he is expecting to see his team play hard for the final 4 games of the season, and that "a lot of the answers" we are looking for will be determined by the way the team plays as the season comes to an end.. The question is whether how the team plays will determine if Gibbs will revisit his future as coach..
Gibbs went out of his way to credit the effort of his team against Atlanta saying DE Andre Carter would have been NFC defensive player of the week if his team had won.. He also credited the play of C Casey Rabach and RB Rock Cartwright..
Gibbs also asked everyone to reserve judgment of his team until the season ends..

WR Brandon Lloyd met with Gibbs on Monday to discuss the helmet tossing incident.. Gibbs said the two were to meet again tomorrow and when asked if Lloyd would play this coming weekend, Gibbs said that "is something we are going to discuss." He said he told the reciever some things he'd like for him to think about tonight as they move forward..
Lloyd meantime did not apologize for the play saying everyone should just move on.. He also said it was out of frustration and that he is getting upset about his number being called in the first half and not later in the game.. He said he just wants the opportunity to make some plays for the team and he doesn't know why the team doesn't try to go to him in the second halves of games..
Asked if he thought he was being made an example of, Lloyd stopped short of accusing the organization of that, but did point out other players on the team have received personal fouls.. How this exonerates his actions is unknown..

Shaun Suisham has won the kicking job.. The team released Nick Novak and resigned DL Ryan Boschetti..


Blogger mikeskapla said...

As to the GM issue -- I just found an article that is somewhat prophetic -- its from 2004 and it talked about how the Skins squander too many fradt picks and will get old fast and probably be burned come 2006 -- well it happened just that way. Here's the article:
Draft picks are worth more to builders than to winners
Sporting News, The, April 12, 2004 by Dan Pompei
The Super Bowl champion Patriots have seven picks in the first four rounds of the draft and 10 overall. They had 11 picks going into the 2003 draft. They ended up selecting 10 players, nine of whom are still on the roster. Patriots vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli is unconcerned about keeping all the players the Patriots draft. Pointing to injuries and other unpredictable factors, he says, "Having too many good players never has been a problem."

Patriots coach Bill Belichick, however, has sought the counsel of former Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson on the subject. Belichick says that because of a talented roster and excess picks, the Cowboys were unable to keep some players who became contributors elsewhere. "My only explanation to him is had we had injuries, those players would have been invaluable," Johnson says.

If the Patriots determine that players they would draft in the middle to late rounds this year might not make their roster or improve their team, then it would be prudent to package picks to move up--or trade a pick this year for a pick in a higher round next year.

During the 2003 draft, the Patriots traded a third-round pick to the Dolphins (used on Smith) for a second-round pick this year. Part of the Patriots' thinking, according to Pioli, was they believed the 2004 draft would have more depth than the 2003 draft. So if they draft well this year, they could acquire a player who might be a round and a half better than the one they would have selected with their third-round trading draft pick a year ago.

Despite being a team problems, that is driven primarily by its head coach, New England has approached its draft choices as if it is as concerned with the long-term health of the franchise as it is with winning now. That is rare. That is admirable. What the Patriots have done is the equivalent of parents investing as much in their child's college education fund as they do in the family vacation fund.

"You always have to have an infusion of young players who can contribute to keep you in good cap shape," says Pioli, who was named the SPORTING NEWS George Young NFL Executive of the Year for 2003. "If you are purely a veteran team, you won't be able to have a complete team."

Draft picks don't take up as much cap space as older players and allow teams to invest more in premium veterans. "If you are confident you can pick the right players, I think draft picks are more valuable than ever," Johnson says. "If you can hit on your second-, third-, fourth-, fifth-round picks, it enables you to build your roster with lower-salaried players rather than trying to build with higher-priced free agents."

Because the Redskins have chosen to invest heavily in veterans instead of draft picks, they could be in a crisis mode two years from now. Their payroll will be way over the salary cap, and they probably won't have enough good young players from the draft to bail them out. Coach Joe Gibbs doesn't see it that way. Gibbs says he actually is concerned the Redskins, who were the 10th-oldest team in the NFL on opening day last year with an average age of 26.7, might be too young.

Without draft picks, the Redskins will get old quickly. And so might Gibbs.

10:56 AM  

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