- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 18, 2007

Some news and views about the Redskins and other topics.

Item: The Redskins fire linebackers coach Dale Lindsey and replace him with Kirk Olivadotti.

Reaction: I guess somebody had to take the fall for the Redskins’ pathetic defensive performance this season. I personally liked Lindsey because he wasn’t afraid to give an honest assessment of a player and he never turned down a chance to joust verbally with LaVar Arrington. But I don’t think Joe Gibbs liked that very much. It’s fair to label Lindsey a “scapegoat” just like it is for Adam Archuleta.

As for Olivadotti, who knows how much he’ll help Rocky McIntosh, which is what his main job should be. Olivadotti has no experience as a linebackers coach and spent last year as the assistant defensive line/assistant special teams coach. I don’t know the guy really well. I tried to talk to him in Week 2 about what it’s like to work with veteran defensive coaches and how much he’s benefitting from learning their tricks. He was hesitant to talk even though I was giving him a chance for some publicity so I didn’t talk to him the rest of the season.

Item: The Redskins make no other changes to the coaching staff.

Reaction: I’m surprised safeties coach Steve Jackson survived because of the Archuleta debacle and Sean Taylor’s regression. It would have made sense to put Jerry Gray in charge of the entire secondary.

As for the old-guard offensive assistants like Don Breaux and Jack Burns, I didn’t expect them to retire because they simply love being around the complex and working for Gibbs.

Item: Marty Schottenheimer returns to San Diego without a contract extension.

Reaction: Marty obviously has his eyes on another job for the 2008 season. He turned down a one-year extension, will coach the Chargers in 2007 and then look into situations that could develop.

How about this scenario: Marty returns to Cleveland.

Item: Michael Vick has troubles with water bottles that contain weed and getting them through airport security.

Reaction: What an idiot. Dude, you’ve got a $100 million contract. Flush your left-over pot down the toilet before leaving the hotel and buy some more when you get back to Atlanta. It’s not like you would have been able to smoke it on the plane.

It gives the Falcons one more excuse to hang on to Matt Schaub for another season. If Vick falters under new coach Bobby Petrino, it will be time to cut ties with No. 7 and give Schaub his shot.

Item: The first four hours of “24” premieres on Fox.

Reaction: I give the four episodes a solid B-plus. Jack still has it. When he shot and killed Curtis at the end of Hour 4, it was the kind of shocking development that makes “24” the best show on television.

Item: ‘American Idol’ debuts to huge numbers on FOX.

Reaction: Not surprising. I tuned in only for a few minutes each night on Tuesday and Wednesday. I don’t really get into it until they cut to the final 32 singers and then it becomes appointment television when it gets down to the final 16.

The first few weeks are about the tryouts and if I wanted to hear bad singers, I’d start belting out some of my own tunes in my family room.

Item: Went to see “The Good German” on Sunday night in Chicago.

Reaction: It was terrible. And that’s disappointing because I generally like everything Steven Soderbergh directs and everything George Clooney and Cate Blanchett star in. The music was good, it was beautifully shot (in black and white), but it was boring as all get out.

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