- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 3, 2006

The Redskins are expected to release their list of 23 cuts later this afternoon — it needs to be in the league office’s hands by 4 p.m. I gave my thoughts on what I think the 53-man roster will look yesterday on the blog.

When the list is sent to us, I’ll post it ASAP.

A couple of morning musings while many of you prepare to watch the first full slate of college football. (Personally, I can’t do college football that much although the 3-hour game times might get me to tune in more often. And I’ll watch USC — because they’re like an NFL team — anytime they’re on the tube).

• I just got around to reading last week’s Sporting News and the story on Pittsburgh S Troy Polamalu. Former Redskins S Ryan Clark is with the Steelers this year and was asked about Polamalu and Sean Taylor. Clark said: “Troy and Sean make plays other guys in the NFL can’t make, but Sean sometimes just does what Sean wants to do. Troy knows the system so well he’ll read plays instead of just reacting.”

Interesting stuff from one of my favorite Redskins. Clark was a Taylor mentor during their two years together and he said something the Redskins coaches probably wouldn’t say: No. 21 has a tendency to overrun plays in search of the big hit. But Polamalu is also more experienced and at this point, a better safety.

• I often get emails from gambling sites during the preseason and they place odds on just about everything but what Joe Gibbs gets up in the morning. (I guess around 6 a.m.) According to one service, San Diego’s Marty Schottenheimer (6-1) is the favorite to be the first coach to resign or get canned. Gibbs is ninth on the list (19-1) — they figure he’ll retire. The longest shot on the board is Bill Belichick (49-1). The odds on no coaching leaving their post before Jan. 8, 2007 is 12-1.

• Bodog’s Jimmy Shapiro sent along two pages of odds regarding the Redskins. Win Super Bowl: 15-1; Win NFC: 7-1; Win NFC East: 5-2. … Over/under Brunell passing yards and touchdowns: 2700 and 20; Over/under on Portis rushing yards and TDs: 1500 and 11; Over/under Santana yards/TD: 1200 and 7.5.

• Sports Illustrated’s NFL Preview has Carolina defeating Miami in the Super Bowl (which will be played in Miami). They pick all four NFC East teams to finish 9-7 and have the Redskins winning the tiebreakers to claim the division … and have them losing to the Giants in the opening round of the postseason. SI quotes an opposing team’s scout on several issues. “Mark Brunell rarely throws two good balls in a row. He’s not a high-percentage passer. How can he still be in the NFL?” Guy is obviously not a Brunny fan. The scout also was concerned about the Redskins’ chemistry (“They’ve definitely upgraded their roster, but it’s such a revolving door there that it’s tough to say how everyone will coexist”), said Randle El was overpaid (“He makes one big play a game”), thinks Saunders will improve the offense (“He’s the best receivers coach I’ve ever seen”), says Andre Carter could get 14 sacks and is a huge Carlos Rogers fan (“A hell of a corner — big, fast, strong”).

• ESPN The Magazine picks a Dallas-Giants-Redskins-Eagles finish to the NFC East race. But they don’t give a real reason as to why the Skins will finish third.

I’ll check in later with the cut list.

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