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Post gets it right--almost

Post gets it right--almost

I don't intend to make this into a media critic blog or anything like that, but the media coverage of the Redskins is a topic that seems to be of interest to many of the readers here, judging from the hit counts and comments that posts about the media generate. So, here's one more quick word on the Washington Post's coverage of the Redskins.

This time, it's kudos—sort of.

George Solomon, the paper's former sports editor and current Sunday-only columnist, wrote of the overblown, negative reaction to loss to the Giants. First he reiterated the team's sins of commission and omission in the Meadowlands and then he talks about some of the coverage of it:

"This is a playoff team?" asked John Riggins of his cranky cohorts Andy Pollin and Kevin Sheehan. "I see a mushroom cloud of goo."

Pollin added: "They got nothing from their draft picks."

Of Zorn's debut, Riggins said: "Jim Zorn has underestimated what it takes to be a head coach."

"Jim Zorn is in over his head," Mitchell said after the game. "His team was not prepared."

(Note: it's a good thing that Dan Snyder owns the station and controls the message. Those guys might really have let loose otherwise.)

After quoting Riggins, Pollin and the king of cranky, Brian Mitchell, Solomon asks the question:

All this after one game against a championship team? We have a mushroom cloud of goo hanging over the city? The coach in over his head? The quarterback at risk?

Welcome to the NFL -- that, according to old coaches, stands for "Not For Long." But not for long has to be longer than one game, or one season, without the fans or front office hitting the panic button and googling Bill Cowher's name.

He then reminds the reader of Joe Gibbs' 0-5 start in 1981 and we all know how that turned out.

Good for George Solomon for preaching that some degree of patience is in order here. Apparently, however, it doesn't seem that he reads his own newspaper.

He didn't have to transcribe the Red Zebra broadcast to find nattering nabobs of negativity. All he had to do was read Jenkins, Carpenter, and LaCanfora in the Washington Post to find a rush to judgment about the Zorn era.

Still, that detracts just slightly from Solomon larger point of it being way too early to hit the panic button. He just needs to go down the hall and suggest that to the current sports editor.

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Redskins Draft Room Revealed: Who works the phones, and who makes the call

Redskins Draft Room Revealed: Who works the phones, and who makes the call

Since the dismissal of former general manager Scot McCloughan, there's been little question who was in charge at Redskins Park. Unofficially anyway. 

Bruce Allen is back running the show, if he ever stopped, and will be at the center of the Redskins draft room and decision making process.

For weeks, Allen and Jay Gruden made clear that the entire Redskins front office - from scouts to the top brass - have input on draft grades. Those grades will determine what players the 'Skins take, and the team is unlikely to deviate from their draft board. 

On Monday, however, Washington director of college scouting Scott Campbell addressed the media and explained that when a decision needs to be made, it will be Allen's call. 

From Campbell:

The way we have the room when the draft is ongoing is we have Eric Schaffer and Alex Santos are constantly calling teams above us. They’re taking the phone calls from the other teams – also behind [us]. A lot of times per Bruce’s instructions, he’ll say, ‘Hey, you take these five teams. You take the next five teams. Start making calls.’ And then we’re receiving calls too at the same time. Once they get that information, they’ll tell the table in the front and say, ‘Hey, we can trade back for this, we can trade up for that.’ It would be me and Bruce and Jay saying ‘No, no, we’ve got enough guys there’ or say ‘I like these guys,’ or like, “Hey, there’s guys there.’ So it’s kind of a discussion amongst the people, and most times it’s Bruce saying, ‘Just tell them we’re not interested,’ or he says, ‘Get the league on the phone. We’re going to make that trade.’”

Campbell's comments reveal quite a lot. To start, it's interesting to know the roles of Schaffer and Santos during the draft. Both men carry a lot of impact in the team's personnel selection. Also, and it was fairly obvious since McCloughan's firing, but Jay Gruden's role continues to increase.

The biggest tell, however, is that ultimately Bruce Allen makes the decisions. It's not a surprise, but it is important to know. Officially.

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Redskins won't say if Joe Mixon is on their board but say character does count

Redskins won't say if Joe Mixon is on their board but say character does count

The Redskins may or may not have one of the most polarizing members of the 2017 draft class on their draft board. But they do believe that character counts.

Scott Campbell, the Redskins’ director of college scouting, would not say if  Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon, who is seen on video striking a woman and knocking her to the floor in an incident that occurred in July of 2014, is on the team’s board.

“We don't announce who's on and off the board for strategic reasons,” said Campbell on Monday at the team’s pre-draft news conference, saying that it’s the team’s policy.

He added that incidents like the one that Mixon was a part of do come into consideration.

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“Character is very important to me, it's very important to the Redskins,” said Campbell.

He explained that early in the scouting process, character issues are not taken into account.

“What I always told the scouts and how I was trained 30 years ago when I started is when you start to evaluate guys in the beginning, you don't factor in the character, you don't grade character, you grade talent,” said Campbell, who has been with the Redskins organization for 16 years. “You don't throw away somebody early who may have some redeeming quality or a part of the story you didn't know about.”

It’s later on that the scouts gather information on such incidents as problems with the law, failed drug tests, and other quarters of character.

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“Our scouts do a great job getting a lot of information,” said Campbell. “Some of the incidents you brought up happened after the season, at the combine, and just a few days ago. All those things are factored into an evaluation as they are gathered.”

With that information at hand, they start the process of elimination, deciding who fits and who doesn’t.

“When it comes close to the draft, you start weeding out all that, getting more information, deciding, OK, that guy's not our kind of guy, that guy's not a Redskin, this guy could be drafted but good luck to them,” said Campbell.

It seems like much more of a gut feel type of process than anything rigid. There is not much of a clue there as to whether or not the team will consider bringing Mixon aboard, who is inarguably one of the most talented running backs in the draft. The upside is that Mixon could provide a jolt to the team’s offense. The downside would be an immediate public relations hit. The team also must consider what will happen if Mixon were to run afoul of the NFL’s domestic abuse policy in the future, which calls for a six-game suspension for a first offense with penalties getting progressively worse if problems persist.

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