LaCanfora: Redskins a free agency winner Washington Redskins Written by Mark Buterbaugh Friday, 19 March 2010 07:44
We here at DCPSR were never really hard on LaCanfora because we felt he did a pretty good job covering the Redskins. Some fans disliked LaCanfora because of what was 'perceived' to be his negativity toward the franchise and Redskins owner Daniel Snyder. LaCanfora's negativity was brought about by Snyder's horrific handling of and managing of media relations and the complete incompetence and ineptitude of the former Redskins front office, led by Snyder and former side kick Vinny Cerrato. What is weird is how many Redskins fans agreed with how awful the Redskins front office was over the past decade, yet have venom toward LaCanfora, who simply reported much of what we felt, and most of what he heard. Mind boggling to say the least.
That being said, as an NFL Newtwork analyst, LaCanfora has praise for the new Redskins free agency approach and declares the Redskins one of the free agency winners. Here is what LaCanfora had to say . . .
This team refused to over-spend and let players leave Redskins Park without a contract, added a few pieces to both sides of the line that could contribute and found a running back (Larry Johnson) who should be plenty motivated with Clinton Portis' future production in question. You have to applaud the change in approach by the Redskins.
I agree with LaCanfora. The approach the Redskins have undertaken with new GM Bruce Allen and VP and Head Coach Mike Shanahan is quite refreshing and will build a consistent winner over the next few seasons. Buying superstars, buying older veterans with big price tags, buying older veterans past their prime, buying prima donna veterans, and spending on 'the' marquee free agent of the season, well, it has gotten Washington absolutely zilch in ten years. The Redskins have done nothing except consistently lose and push upward the free agent market, in terms of dollars.
Under Allen and Shanny, the Redskins have taken the cautious approach and instead have chosen to focus in on character, and players that fit into the system that Shanny is putting in place. They passed up bidding on a guy like Julius Peppers. They refused to pay top dollar to OT Chad Clifton, a 34 year old, oft injured offensive tackle who anchored a Green Bay offensive line that got QB Aaron Rodgers sacked more times than any other NFL quarterback, just so they could say they signed a tackle. They have refused to get into any bidding with Terrell Owens. Players have come and gone, without contracts, without strings attached. Yet, the Redskins have inked their own players they believed fit what Allen and Shanny have planned. A remarkable change.
They have inked free agents they feel will further the goals of the plan put in place. As you could tell yesterday, Tom dislikes the Larry Johnsons signing. I don't. I think Johnson has enough fuel left in his tank, will push Portis to not only work harder, and finally give Portis a threat to think about. Yes, the Redskins need to get a younger, faster back. I believe they will via the draft in later rounds. But the Johnson signing is exciting for me because I think it will have positive ramifications on Clinton Portis. The signing of OL Artis Hicks was outstanding. He came cheap, has starting experience, and great versatility, able to play multiple positions on the offensive line. This is precisely the type of guy that the Redskins have missed. He is not your superstar, your big name, he is just a hard working role player. NT Maake Kemoeatu would fill the nose tackle spot in a new 3-4 defense perfectly, if he returns from injury in which he missed all of last year, to his former level of play. If so, this may be one of the biggest steals of free agency. As for QB Rex Grossman, I have little to say because it is one the one moves I do indeed dislike.
The Redskins have not adequately addressed the needs on the offensive line. However, caution Redskins fans, the off-season is far from over, and the free agency class was sub-standard. Over[paying free agents not worth their price are days int he past in Washington. Before completely critiquing the Line, wait for the final product.
I couldn't agree more with everything here.