- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Q: Has anyone in the Redskins organization addressed the reason for giving a third-round pick to obtain T.J. Duckett and then not playing him? I heard Joe Gibbs say he feels bad and Duckett is just stuck behind Clinton Portis and Ladell Betts. If that was the case, why did they give up the pick? Seems like we gave a pick away. — John

A: This trade turned into an absolute waste, though through no fault of Duckett’s. Duckett carried the ball only five times in five games, and he was relegated to the sideline even when a custom-fit opportunity to use him — a third-and-1 against the Giants — presented itself Sunday.

The Redskins made a panic move when Portis was injured against the Bengals in preseason, and they will pay the price on draft weekend 2007.

Q: As I look around the league, it’s clear there are different approaches to dealing with young (franchise) quarterbacks. In places like Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, New York (Giants), Chicago and Arizona, we have seen coaching staffs elect to give first- or second-year guys time to learn on the field. It’s clear the Redskins are in need of new energy and an upgrade at the QB position. How long will this coaching staff wait to make the move? — Dave Gibson

A: It would take a disaster over the next month for Gibbs to replace Mark Brunell with Jason Campbell. The scenario: losses to Tennessee, Indianapolis, Dallas and Philadelphia that would leave the Redskins 2-7 heading to Tampa Bay.

At that point, the Redskins would begin to prepare for the 2007 season, and Campbell would get his shot. The Redskins are taking the approach the Chargers used with Philip Rivers, who didn’t start until his third year.

Q: Why in the world are the Redskins afraid to throw the ball down the field? It was a typical Joe Gibbs game against the Giants. Run, run and run again. Then when they should run (third-and-1), they try to pass. Maybe Gibbs needs to relinquish his coaching position and stick to being the president of the Redskins or whatever title he holds. — Ron Bove

A: The play-calling falls to Al Saunders, and his work against the Giants was as puzzling as his performance against the Texans and Jaguars was impressive.

His call on that third-and-1 — a pass — suggests Saunders thought he also would have a fourth-down play to use. Instead, Gibbs elected to attempt a field goal, which Hall hooked wide left. As for Gibbs being only the team president, that could come in 2008 or 2009.

Q: The Redskins’ pass rush again stinks to high heaven. Do you think Gregg Williams ever will bring the house in terms of blitzing? — Rick

A: The Redskins are rushing as many defenders as they usually did the past two seasons. The Jaguars game featured a steady diet of four- and five-man rushes, the same attack used against the Giants. The only regular blitzers are linebackers Lemar Marshall and Marcus Washington. The Redskins rank 22nd in the league with seven sacks. The Redskins tied for ninth with 40 sacks in 2004 and ranked 19th last season with 35 sacks.

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