- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 13, 2007

By Ryan O’Halloran

TODAY ON WASHINGTONTIMES.COM

Corey Masisak brings the Washington Capitals hockey beat online with our newest blog, In The Room at https://video1.washingtontimes.com/intheroom.

HE SAID WHAT?

“I think the Patriots actually live by the saying, ‘If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying.’ ” — San Diego RB LaDainian Tomlinson on the Patriots, who are accused of videotaping the Jets defensive signals

LOCAL POWER RANKINGS

1. JORDAN STEFFY

The Maryland quarterback will need a career game (since West Virginia’s offense won’t be shut down) tonight to pull the upset and put the Terrapins back on the local sports radar.

2. BRANDON LLOYD

The Redskins receiver continues to plummet down the depth chart. Reche Caldwell should soon take over the No. 3 role. Lloyd has 23 catches (and no TDs) in 16 games with the Redskins.

3. SEAN GLENNON

The Centreville product lost his job as Virginia Tech”s starting quarterback to true freshman Tyrod Taylor. But Glennon never had a chance this year because of a wretched offensive line.

4. DICK VERMEIL

My 12th candidate to be the next Redskins coach if Joe Gibbs retires. Thrice retired (1982, 1999, 2005), Vermeil is 71 years old but would be reunited with his Chiefs play caller Al Saunders.

5. AARON ROWAND

If the Nationals are unwilling to crack open the bank safe for Andruw Jones or Torii Hunter, Rowand would be a good option to play center field. He has 23 homers and 80 RBI this season.

TWT FIVE ” THINGS WE LEARNED IN THE REDSKINS OPENER

1. They need Shawn Springs. The starting cornerback duo of Fred Smoot and Carlos Rogers struggled against the Dolphins, giving up too much cushion and each committed a key penalty.

2. Clinton Portis was right. Many questioned the strategy of Portis and the Redskins to rest all of August. But at least for one game, that plan worked: Portis had 98 yards rushing.

3. Jason Campbell is good on third down. He was 4-for-8 passing for 69 yards and also converted two third downs with runs of 1 and 12 yards. Pretty impressive for a young quarterback.

4. London Fletcher is all over the place. Depending on the source, he had 12 tackles (the game-day stat crew) or 15 tackles (the coaches).

5. Trent Green is finished. The former Redskins quarterback checked down too quickly, had happy feet and committed an intentional grounding penalty that cost his team a shot at a TD.

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