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Gibbs Presser

Gibbs Presser

First of all, let me say that's it's always great to hear what Joe Gibbs is thinking straight from his mouth. If he were to hold a press conference every single day, I would be a captive audience.

Still, his press conference on Monday was unnecessary for readers of this blog, at least when it came to the subject that drew the most headlines and apparently was the reason that Gibbs called the presser. Last week, many media outlets ran with a comment that Gibbs made during an event for his NASCAR team in which he said that his time in football would be "short" and his commitment to racing was lifelong. Headlines such as "Gibbs Expects Short NFL Stay, Long Cup Ride" led stories that highlited his quote that his NFL time could turn out to be "very short". Near panic set in among Redskins fans everywhere.

Here, (http://redskinsblog.blogspot.com/2005/01/flash-gibbs-will-coach-at-least-4-more.html ) all it took was reading the excerpts of what he said to realize that he was still committed to finishing out his contract.

Today, Gibbs confirmed that blog entry. From The Washington Post:



Most people sign a three-year contract; I signed a five-year contract. My commitment with the Redskins is I want to do every single thing I can to restore the Redskins to winning football games. I'd say that my commitment is a minimum of five years. . .
Let's see, he's coached one, his contract is for five, he says he'll coach at least five, yup, that's at least four more years. Again, he announced it last week but that's not what everyone heard. Well, some of us heard you, Joe.

Another subject that the blog was ahead of the curve on was the rumors of a trade for Randy Moss. While Gibbs didn't exactly say that he wouldn't trade a warm six pack for Moss (http://redskinsblog.blogspot.com/2005/01/more-on-moss-to-skins-talk.html ), as was said here, he did say this:

He's a heck of a player, but I think in our case, it's not something we would be interested in.This despite the fact that the Redskins are looking to upgrade the WR spot. Said Gibbs:

We're looking for somebody who is talented, who fits in with us and who we feel we can build around. That's a high priority for us.That could mean that Braylon Edwards or Mike Williams will be tabbed with the team's first-round selection in April's draft.

One other topic discussed was Fred Smoot's pending status as a unrestricted free agent. Said Gibbs:

Personally, I would hope that the guy gets all the money he can get. The problem is when you do that, it cost you players. . .If you spend more for one player than you feel like you should then it's going to cost you with the other core-group guys you are trying to sign.If he's not franchised, and Gibbs said that, "We haven't really talked about those issues yet," it appears that Smoot will hit the open market. Once that happens, the chances of him returning are lessened substantially.

It's still not impossible, though, for him to play for Washington in 2005. The team's strategy vis a vis Smoot is something like this: Say all the right things, make sure he knows he's wanted and needed. Conduct friendly negotiations, don't comment to or try to make a PR cast through the press. If on March 2, the first day of free agency, he is still unsigned ask that he give the team a chance to respond to an offer from another team before he accepts it. Should Smoot come back with anything less than a big-time cap busting deal, the Skins will study it, swallow hard, and match it.

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How playing at Alabama may have actually hurt Jonathan Allen's draft stock

How playing at Alabama may have actually hurt Jonathan Allen's draft stock

For the past few seasons, Jonathan Allen was a stud at the heart of Alabama's defense. He was far from the only stud, however, and that might be another factor in why he slipped to the Redskins at pick No. 17 on Thursday night.

The chief concern about Allen is the health of his shoulders, but there's also the question of how he'll do when he's no longer with Nick Saban's star-laden unit. It's easy to succeed when you're a part of a loaded ensemble cast, the thinking might've gone when it came to Allen, but how will you do on your solo project?

In addition to Allen, the Crimson Tide featured Marlon Humphrey (who went 16th to the Ravens), Reuben Foster (who went 31st to the 49ers) and others, like Tim Williams, Dalvin Tomlinson and Ryan Anderson, all of whom could go in Friday's second and third rounds. Together, that's a tremendous defense, but in the NFL, they'll be striking out on their own.

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That's another possible explanation for why the Redskins were able to nab what was almost a consensus top-five prospect so late in the event.

"He's a really talented pass rusher but he's always been surrounded by enough talent that it's been hard for offenses to game plan their protection for him," one NFC director of player personnel told NFL.com.

Now, it's not like Allen is joining a bunch of nobodies in Washington. Ryan Kerrigan, Preston Smith and Zach Brown will also be lining up with him in Greg Manusky's front-seven. Oh, and Allen is no slouch either — the list of his strengths in this particular scouting report contains words like "superior," "proficient," "consistent" and "excellent."

But it is probably fair to say that, comparatively speaking, the rookie won't be amongst as many skilled guys as he was in college. By rushing to the podium to snag him, however, the Redskins clearly expect him to handle the NFL transition just fine.

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Dalvin Cook, Joe Mixon could be out of reach for Redskins per oddsmakers

Dalvin Cook, Joe Mixon could be out of reach for Redskins per oddsmakers

Florida State running back Dalvin Cook visited Redskins Park earlier this month. The Redskins did their homework on Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon in advance of the draft.

All of that pre-draft work might not matter though as Cook and Mixon will be off the board before the Redskins pick in the second round. At least according to oddsmakers.

Bovada.lv set over/under scenarios for both players. Cook lands at 38.5 and Mixon landed at 42.5.

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Certainly both guys can go past the numbers established by the oddsmakers, but there's a reason drinks are free in Las Vegas. Oddsmakers tend to be very, very close when they set lines.

Considering that, if Washington wants either player, the team would likely have to trade up.

Much speculation has Cook the first player off the board to the Packers with the 33rd pick. It seems like a good fit.

[Related: Casserly says that Jonathan Allen is a more talented player than Solomon Thomas]

Mixon is more interesting. His loathsome action a few years back that was caught on video will continue to haunt him, but he will get drafted in the second round. He has the talent.

Bruce Allen has the capital to make a move. The team has nine more picks in the next six rounds. There's also the report that the team is shopping third-year pro Matt Jones.

Could a package of Jones and a late round pick entice a trade? It could.

Much like Thursday night, there will be plenty to watch Friday night.

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