Why Redskins Aren't Running The Ball

Why Redskins Aren't Running The Ball
October 17, 2010, 1:09 am
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Saturday, October 16, 2010, 11:33 p.m.

Jason Cole of Yahoo! takes a look at the staggering rate which teams are passing the ball this season. Among those squads shying away from the run are the Redskins. Mike Shanahan's team has only run the ball 22.6 times per game through its first five games.

Cole delves deeper into the reasons why the Redskins - and so many other teams - are not running the ball much in 2010.

Top 25 talent?Is Gilbert Arenas still one of the 25 best players in the NBA? Eddie Johnson of HoopsHype.com thinks so. Johnson ranks his 25 and includes the Wizards' star - but at what number? Also, John Wall's name appears in his list too, but in what context?

Ranking the goalies
CNNSI's Darren Eliot ranks the goaltending tandems for all 30 teams, but where does he put the Capitals' duo of Semyon Varlamov and Michal Neuvirth? Top 10? Top 20? Near the end?

"Two young, promising netminders vying to assert themselves as the starter sounds like what the Canadiens have gone through the past couple of seasons," he writes. "The question is who will win that battle -- Varlamov or Neuvirth -- and will the Caps follow suit and trade one, perhaps even the eventual winner? Step one starts on opening night."
National honors?
The Nationals have three players nominated for This Year in Baseball Awards - Ryan Zimmerman, Stephen Strasburg and Nyjer Morgan.

Zimmerman is nominated for Best Defensive Player, while Strasburg is nominated for Best Rookie and Best Performance. Morgan is also nominated twice - for Oddity and Best Play.

Bill Ladson of MLB.com has further details.

Hat-to-Hat
According to Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com, the hit that Jeremy Jarmon laid on Aaron Rodgers -- and subsequently led to a Rodgers concussion -- was illegal. While Jarmon was fined 5,000 for unnecessary roughness, there was no whistle blown on the play. The pass that Rodgers threw on the play was intercepted by LaRon Landry, and the pick was crucial to Washington's victory. A flag on the play might have spun the game's outcome in an entirely different direction.

Falling off of Cliff
Cliff Lee's career postseason line reads: 6-1 with a 1.44 ERA. He has been the best playoff arm in the major league's over the last two seasons, and as The Washington Examiner's Thom Loverro observes, Lee could have been a National. The Montreal Expos drafted the eventual Cy Young winner in the fourth round of the 2000 draft, but later traded him to the Indians (along with ahem... Grady Sizemore and Brandon Phillips) for Bartolo Colon. Oh, what might have been in Washington.