Sunday, January 30, 2005

4 players signed

The Redskins have signed four players to the team's offseason roster, including two who were with the team for parts of last season.

Offensive lineman Ben Nowland, offensive lineman-tight end Dan Goodspeed, defensive back Roosevelt Williams and linebacker Joe Tuipala were officially added to the roster this week.

Tuipala is a three-year NFL vet who has had stints with the Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars. He was a special teams standout for Jacksonville in 2001-02, leading the team in tackles both seasons. He also saw limited duty at linebacker for the Jaguars, recording 17 career tackles (8 solo). Tuipala hails from Honolulu, Hawaii and played collegiate football at San Diego State.

It is expected that the Redskins will assign Tuipala to NFL Europe this spring.

Williams is a 2-year NFL vet who has previously played for the Chicago Bears and Cleveland Browns. He was originally a third-round selection by the Bears in the 2002 NFL Draft and as a rookie started two games at cornerback, playing in 11 overall and recording seven tackles. Williams moved on to Cleveland the following season and started three games at cornerback, playing in 14 overall and logging 13 tackles. He attended college at Tuskegee Institute.

Goodspeed was briefly on the Redskins' 53-man roster in December, but did not play in a game. The 6-6, 300-pounder is a two-year NFL veteran who spent 2004 training camp with the Miami Dolphins but was released prior to the start of the regular season. During his career, Goodspeed also spent time with Tampa Bay and the New York Jets after being signed as an undrafted free agent out of Kent State by the San Francisco 49ers in 2000.

Nowland, who spent most of last season on the Redskins' practice squad, recently completed his second year in the NFL. He has mostly played center in his football career, including starting 33 consecutive games at Auburn.

Nowland is expected to be allocated to NFL Europe this spring. Last year, he was assigned by the Redskins to play for the NFL Europe's Frankfurt Galaxy. He helped lead Frankfurt to an appearance in the World Bowl.
I guess we need to keep a close eye on NFL Europe, and look out for a couple of those guys. Lets hope they turn out alright and injury free in NFL Europe, so they can come back and play here. GO REDSKINS!

Monday, January 24, 2005

Silly Penalties

Something of importance that the Redskins need to improve on next season would be to stop the number of penalties. A good portion was by the talented LG Derrick Dockery. Dockery was tagged with false start penalties in just about every game and C Cory Raymer would help the cause if would watch his hands and hold less. On the defensive side of the ball there is the young, hard hitting Sean Taylor who plays with a lot of intensity but would better his defense if avoid the personal fouls.

In the end the Redskins gave up 1,047 yards in penalties by the end of the season. How can you win a football game with that many mental mistakes. You can't, but these kinks can be easily work out of the system in the off-season.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Season Finale

"It was a fun season in respect to this defense being an overachieving defense," assistant head coach-defense Gregg Williams said. "The thing we did well was that we didn't have any superstars. We don't coach superstars, we coach players. We coach teams, and our guys bought into that."

It's true, the upside to the whole 6-10 season, was that the Redskins defense stood there ground remaining in the top 3 defenses through the entire season. They end up being the third ranked defense in the 2004 NFL season. Not to shabby.

Throught the season the Redskins held their opponents collectivly to 4,281 yards, or 267.5 yards per game.

Joe Gibbs, I still have faith.