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Casserly: 1999 Redskins In Similar Position

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 26, 2012 – 4:32 pm

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Former Redskins general manager and long-time NFL executive Charley Casserly recently paid a visit to Redskins.com to discuss the upcoming draft with myself and Gary Fitzgerald.  Casserly’s thought’s on balancing great expectations for draft picks can be found over on the main site, and illuminates a strategy for turning an amateur pro.

Casserly was also kind enough to assess the state of the franchise on the eve of the draft.  The Redskins have the rare opportunity to pick a player that fits their No. 1 need at quarterback.  But how the team arrived at this decision–and how they proceed from here–sounded very familiar to Casserly’s Redskins in 1999.

“Where is your football team?” he asked rhetorically.  “Your football team is a good quarterback away from taking a jump.  In ’99, we were 6-10, but we had the nucleus of a good team.  We wanted to retain quarterback Trent Green, but we couldn’t because of the sale of the team.”

Green signed with the St. Louis Rams as a free agent, leaving the Redskins scrambling for their next signal caller.  The Vikings made starting quarterback Brad Johnson available, but at a steep price: a first, future second, and third round pick.

For Casserly, the price was right. Read more »

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Beck Takes Talents Back To South Beach

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 10, 2011 – 6:16 pm

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The inescapable storyline of this week’s game is that John Beck is returning to face the Dolphins, a team that once thought he was their quarterback of the future.  Now with his third team, Beck is looking for his first win as a pro, in the city where it all began four years ago.

“That was my first year in the NFL and you don’t really know what to expect as a rookie in the NFL — what your situation is like, what the team is like,” Beck told the Miami media yesterday.  “You don’t know what it’s like around the rest of the league. You just know that situation.”

And that situation wasn’t pretty.  The 2007 Dolphins were expected to be a competitive, albeit rebuilding regime under head coach Cam Cameron.  But when starting quarterback Trent Green went down with a scary concussion, it was down to Cleo Lemon and Beck to finish the season. Read more »

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