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Current Redskins, HOFers All-Underrated

Posted by Stephen Czarda on July 5, 2013 – 11:12 am

(AP Images)

(AP Images)

With the calendar reading July 5th and firecrackers being swept away from neighborhood corners, it’s time to get back to football— more importantly, the Washington Redskins.

Last year, the Redskins were one of the most underrated teams in the league as most previews predicated that another year tacked onto the team’s playoff drought was more certain than hot weather in the heart of summer.

Speaking of underrated, the 2012 NFC East crown would have never landed in our Nation’s Capital if it weren’t for two of the five most undervalued players in franchise history.

Let’s take a look at which stars made the “cut”.

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Mike Sellers Contemplates Blocking For A Chipmunk

Posted by Matt Terl on October 2, 2009 – 4:34 pm

When head coach Jim Zorn today announced that Clinton Portis was going to be a gametime decision this week, he mentioned that Ladell Betts and Marcus Mason had largely been splitting work with the first team in practice.

Given that Mike Sellers is currently expected to play despite a thigh contusion, I figured I’d ask the 2009 Pro Bowler to see how his blocking style would change if Portis didn’t play.

His initial reply was not particularly promising. “It doesn’t,” he said. “Clinton and Ladell are two different backs. Ladell’s more of a power back; Clinton’s more elusive, more of a scatback.”

I pointed out that Clinton was frankly enormous to be considered a scatback, and Sellers agreed. “He is one, though, to be honest with you,” he said. “It’s just two different running styles. I’ve played with those two guys for a number of years, so to me it doesn’t really matter.”

But, I said, what if Mason got into the game? Sellers apparently hadn’t given that too much thought, and he paused for a second to consider. Read more »

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Tuesday, September 29: About The Hook-And-Lateral

Posted by Matt Terl on September 29, 2009 – 10:21 am

It was my least-favorite part of an unfavorite day: with, in all likelihood, one play left to pull out a Pyrrhic win against a desperate Detroit team, the logical move would seem to be the classic Hail Mary, a desperation hurl into the endzone hoping for a miracle catch or a defensive pass interference allowing one final play.

That’s not what happened; instead, we saw this.


A pass to Santana Moss followed by two designed laterals, one to Antwaan Randle El and the next to Ladell Betts.

Coach Jim Zorn defended the call at his press conference yesterday. “If you looked in the end zone,” he said, “they had both of their wide receivers standing in the back. So we decided to go with a play that would maybe give us a chance to run the ball in, with an opportunity to pitch, lateral and try to get in running. So that’s what we did. That’s all I can tell you that play was.”

Moss was a bit more forthcoming. Read more »

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Saturday, August 1: Ladell Betts and Rock Cartwright Are Not Planning To Go Anywhere

Posted by Matt Terl on August 1, 2009 – 6:42 am

When training camp and preseason roll around, it’s easy to get seduced by the thrill of The New. To start wondering if a Keith Eloi can convert truck-jumping skills to the practice field. To extrapolate Colt Brennan‘s 36-of-53, 3 touchdowns, no interceptions in preseason into a career as an NFL starter. To clamor for Marcus Mason, Anthony Alridge, and Dominique Dorsey to lock down roster spots and shake up the established depth chart.

But it’s easy to forget, while all that’s going on, that the guys who currently hold positions on the depth chart are working hard also, and they’re really not planning on going anywhere.

“I can’t control what the other guys do,” Rock Cartwright told me. “All I can do is go out and control what I do, be the best I can be and have a great preseason, you know? I don’t make decisions, I just play.”

Ladell Betts reacted similarly. “Every year I take my job seriously ,so I don’t need anybody to ‘push me’ anyway. You know, you’ve got young guys in here who are smaller, but we have completely different styles, our games are completely different. So it’s hard to compare us. They do push us though.” Read more »

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