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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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Need to Know: Five Redskins under pressure vs. the Eagles

Need to Know: Five Redskins under pressure vs. the Eagles

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, December 6, three days before the Washington Redskins play the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Today's schedule: Joe Barry news conference 12:40; Practice 1:05; Jay Gruden and Sean McVay news conferences and open locker room after practice approx. 3:00

Days until: Panthers @ Redskins 11; Redskins @ Bears Christmas Eve 16; Giants @ Redskins, New Year’s Day 24

Injuries of note vs. Cardinals:
Out:
G Long (concussion), S Blackmon (concussion), DE Baker (ankle), DE Jean Francois (knee/foot), G Lauvao (groin)
Limited: TE Reed (shoulder), G Scherff (ankle
Wednesday injury report

QB Kirk Cousins—It’s on his shoulders. Not just this game but the entire playoff run. He can’t have an off day, not even one like the Arizona game where he was off for just part of the game. Cousins doesn’t have to be perfect on every throw but for this team to win he has to be very good every quarter.

OT Trent Williams—Back from his four-game suspension, Williams can’t miss a beat in returning to his All-Pro form. Any mistake, much less any sacks allowed, will open him up to further criticism that he left the team in a bad spot. 

WR DeSean Jackson—The dynamic here has become more intriguing since media reports of mutual interest between Jackson and his former team have emerged. Jackson has done his thing the last two games, catching passes for long gains. But if he is going to be of value down the stretch (and of value to any other team next year) he is going to need to get his hands on some shorter and intermediate passes as well.

OLB Preston Smith—He was a regular on this list until he came up big against the Vikings. But he has since disappeared again and needs to come on strong for the team’s stretch run.

ILB Will Compton—He has been coming under fire lately for ineffective play, including missed tackles and being out of position on occasion. The Redskins need him to raise the level of his game if they are going to land in the postseason.

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Long injury list hampers Redskins practice

Long injury list hampers Redskins practice

As Jay Gruden stepped to the podium to read the injury report, he warned, “This will be a while.”

He was right, as he rattled off one the longest injury reports of the season.

Out were G Spencer Long (concussion), S Will Blackmon (concussion), DE Chris Baker (ankle), DE Ricky Jean Francois (knee/foot), DE Anthony Lanier (lower leg), G Shawn Lauvao (groin), OT Ty Nsekhe (ankle), and S Donte Whitner (illness).

Of that group, all but Jean Francois, Lanier, and Nsekhe are starters. Between them and the limited players listed below it was difficult for the Redskin to conduct a normal practice.

“It was a challenge,” said Gruden of getting through it. “Practice was modified quite a bit today. We did more walkthrough today than we ever have on a Wednesday.”

“Sometimes you have to taper back just a hair to make it through practice, try to get the mental reps in with walkthrough and then hopefully the physical part will come maybe tomorrow. Friday we can open them up a bit.”

Limited in practice were TE Jordan Reed (shoulder), OLB Preston Smith (groin), ILB Will Compton (hip), G Brandon Scherff (ankle), and TE Derek Carrier (knee).

READ MORE: FULL UPDATE ON JORDAN REED

Reed returned to practice for the first time since suffering a Grade 3 sprain to the AC joint in his left shoulder in the game against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. He missed the game in Arizona. While his limited participation was a good sign for his return it’ is way too early in the week to say with any degree of certainty that he will be playing against the Eagles.