- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 11, 2006

While I have a few minutes, a couple rants, observations, etc. as we wait for the Redskins to get done with practice in 25 minutes.

• Tuesday was one of those days that just shows how different the Redskins are from every other professional team in the D.C. area. And not in a good way. The kicker thing turned into a fiasco that wasn’t settled until 8:25 p.m.

The kickers left the building at 2:25 and Nick Novak told me and other reporters that he was the guy but had to take a physical and would be back later. He did return. But when he and a team official got out of their car and started walking toward the front door, they turned around, got back in their car and drove around to the back of the building. P-A-T-H-E-T-I-C.

Folks, it’s a dang kicker. We just wanted a comment. And they could have walked in the front door and politely say, “Hey, Nick can’t talk until he’s signed and we’ve made a roster move.” Instead they turn this thing into a cloak-and-dagger debacle.

At 4:37 p.m., we’re told that Novak has signed the contract (two sources had told me that Hall was going to be placed on Injured Reserve) and would be made available in about 30 minutes. Nine of us media types each threw $1 into a pool guessing which time he would actually talk. 30 minutes in Redskins Time could mean 43 minutes and often much worse. Around 6 p.m., we’re told that the Redskins can’t get a hold of the player they’re making a move with (Hall) so Novak is being sent home. That’s why there were no Novak quotes in my story this morning.

There has to be a better way to handle these kinds of situations. Not that I was surprised with how it was handled.

• And now a word about the punter, Derrick Frost. Veteran Sean Landeta was at the Park on Tuesday for a tryout. But it wasn’t really a tryout. He was punting a little and holding for the kicker tryouts. Frost was kicked in the calf against the Giants so bringing in Landeta was strictly a precaution. But not a word about that until today. So if you’re Frost and read the paper, listen to the radio or surf the Internet, you think somebody is competing for your job. Ugh.

• Expect the Redskins to try and pound the Titans with the run. Tennessee ranks last in stopping the run and doesn’t have DL Albert Haynesworth, who’s suspended for stomping on the head of Dallas lineman Andre Gurode.

• Expect the Redskins to handle Vince Young. Gregg Williams’ defense often feast on rookie quarterbacks and as long as Young doesn’t run for 125 yards, the Redskins are the big favorites.

• Not practicing today were Salave’a, Washington and Griffin. Springs did some individual stuff.

• On the way home last night, I went to Best Buy and bought The Killers’ new CD even though I had read several sub-par reviews of their second effort. And so far, it’s not nearly as good as their first CD — which I’m listening to right now on my iPod — but it’s got some catchy tunes. They got away from the things that made “Hot Fuss” good and that was a mistake.

• On the movie docket this week will be “The Departed” with Jack, Leo and directed by Martin Scorcese. Maybe Friday afternoon after Redskins practice.

• Tonight is Part I of the Project Runway season finale on Bravo. I’m rooting for Michael but I fear the judges will like something outrageous done by another contestant.

• Lost is also on tonight and I’ll be watching that. A great first episode. I’ll give “Nine” (at 10 p.m.) another shot.

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