A few blogs and other news from the past few weeks:
The Redskin Report
February 20, 2006
The Top Ten Redskins WR Seasons of All Time
4. Art Monk, 1984
Actual Stats: 106 receptions, 1372 yards, 7 touchdowns
Adjusted Stats: 134 receptions, 1496 yards, 7 touchdowns
This is where the list gets a little controversial. The touchdowns really hurt Monk’s score here, and it could be argued that any of these top 4 seasons should be ranked 1st. After the adjustments, Monk’s 1984 ranks 1st in Redskins history in receptions and 3rd in yardage. To put this into perspective, after the adjustments, Monk’s yardage total is higher than Santana Moss’ yardage from this past year. For the season, Monk led the NFL in receptions and was 4th in yardage.
The Daily Czabe
February 21, 2006
The Four Queens Sports Fatigue
You might have seen a few weeks ago, ESPN was running the Art Monk “record catch” highlight, which also occurred on MNF. What was notable about the highlight was not the action on the play – it was a simple, but flawlessly run out pattern of about 8 yards. What was notable is that it’s the FIRST nationally broadcast Art Monk highlight I’ve seen in literally YEARS! Of course, some of you will say: “see, czabe, that’s why he’s NOT a hall of famer!” Please. There are LOTS of great Monk highlights out there, its just that he was never an NFL Films darling. And the Redskins 3 Super Bowl teams (2 in strike years) and with 3 different QB’s (none in the Hall of Fame) fail to generate the sort of reverence that they deserve because of it. So when I saw Arthur Monk, tall, elegant, and athletic making that play, it literally jarred my memory to ask: “Wow. When the hell WAS the last time a big Art Monk highlight got national play on ESPN?” Answer: too long, way, too long.
The Washington Times
March 7, 2006
New Order: Be a Gibbs Guy or Else
A year ago, the Redskins had a similar situation with Laveranues Coles, who wanted out and wound up being traded back to his old team, the Jets. So naturally I asked Gibbs, “Is it harder to keep players happy now since they have so much more freedom than they used to?”
“The one thing that doesn’t change is human nature,” he replied. “Maybe the money wasn’t as big [in the ’80s and ’90s], but you still had these situations. It’s just a matter of trying to work things out and be smart and do the right thing.”
You tend to forget that, not long after being named Super Bowl MVP, John Riggins was talking to the USFL’s Michigan Panthers. One of the players on that Redskins team, offensive guard Fred Dean, ended up signing with the new league (with Steve Spurrier’s Tampa Bay Bandits), and cornerback Jeris White retired in a huff when he wasn’t offered a contract to his liking.
Two years later, Art Monk was ready to jump to the USFL’s New Jersey Generals, but Jack Kent Cooke matched their offer. Oh yes, Gibbs has been through this a few times before.
It’s hard to feel any ill will toward LaVar, as lively and engaging and likeable as he is. Besides, he played a pretty mean outside linebacker — at times. But he was a Dan Snyder player, and what this club needs most right now, if it’s going to take the next step, are Joe Gibbs players. Arrington’s departure might enable the Redskins to retain one or two … or possibly even add one or two. Either way, it’s worth it.