The Redskins held their Welcome Home Luncheon today at the Ritz Carlton in Tysons Corner. I’d estimate the crowd at nearly 600 since there were nearly 65 tables. Us media-folk was at Table 56.
* Clinton Portis (offense), London Fletcher (defense) and James Thrash (special teams) received awards for players of the year in 2008. Fletcher made a good speech about how he lost his father before the Arizona game last year and how the addition of Albert Haynesworth might prevent a three-peat by Fletcher.
* Jim Zorn spoke last and there wasn’t a “Hip, hip horray!” at the end. Zorn said “The year 2008 is dead. It’s over. It’s gone.” He tossed two footballs into the crowd afterward, which were caught by Jason Campbell and Mike Sellers.
* The biggest ovations were for Zorn, offensive line coach Joe Bugel and Santana Moss.
* I must join the Redskins marching bad. The guy with the trumpet forked over more than $6,000 for a Super Bowl weekend.
* Vinny Cerrato did his radio show from the lobby and one of his guests via phone was ESPN’s Jon Gruden, widely viewed in the media room as the Redskins next coach should 2009 fall apart (and The Sporting News thinks so, picking the Redskins 5-11 and finishing with a six-game losing streak).
* Got a couple of e-mails about the cut down dates. The Redskins have to cut five players by Tuesday afternoon. They have to go from 75 to 53 by a week from Saturday. The practice squad can be assembled Sept. 6 after all of the cut players go through waivers.
* No shock Shawn Springs is already hurt and not expected to play for New England. Redskins players were openly mocking Springs yesterday after practice. Jason Campbell said he ran into Springs at the Legg Mason tennis tournament and when Springs told him he couldn’t wait to face him, Campbell said, “That’s if you play.”
* Of the other Patriots not expected to play, the two key names are WR Wes Welker and DE Richard Seymour.
* I was a little surprised by Zorn’s decision to not play Todd Collins tomorrow night. Collins is the clear No. 2 and getting him ready is more important than determining who the No. 3 quarterback is. Collins should get plenty of work at Jacksonville next Thursday.
* Despite what they’re saying, how can the Redskins not be concerned about Carlos Rogers’ left calf? He missed a week early in training camp and didn’t practice this week. He won’t play Friday night. I’m guessing this is something that will flare up again and make him miss a regular season game.
- Ryan O’Halloran