- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 15, 2009

HE SAID WHAT?

“I’m not interested in my players’ evaluation of my performance. I’m paid to evaluate them.” - Steelers coach Mike Tomlin when told his players think he has been a better coach this season

LOCAL POWER RANKINGS » WHO’S CREATING BUZZ IN THE D.C. AREA?

BRIAN WESTBROOK

A step away from playing in his second Super Bowl, the DeMatha alum should make one big play in the passing game.

ALEXANDER SEMIN

You know what shakes up a team? A blockbuster trade. Package Semin with some picks to Florida for defenseman Jay Bouwmeester.

GILBERT ARENAS

The Wizards and Arenas should agree that the year is a complete loss and adopt a comeback plan that has him 100 percent by October.

RYAN CLARK

The former Redskins safety, discarded so the team could sign Adam Archuleta, now starts for the best defense in football (Pittsburgh).

MANNY RAMIREZ

Another week, another plea to Nationals management to engage in talks with Scott Boras for Manny. Fans need a reason to freeze at Nationals Park in April.

TWT FIVE: BEST NFL DECISIONS (SO FAR)

Several teams are still deciding between coaches and personnel chiefs, but others already have made good calls:

1. Kansas City hires Scott Pioli as general manager; Along with Bill Belichick, Pioli helped build New England into an NFL power and three-time Super Bowl champion.

2. Chicago coach Lovie Smith to call defensive plays; After a second straight year out of the playoffs, Smith demoted Bob Babich.

3. Denver names Josh McDaniels coach; Who cares about his age (32)? Only the older coaches who didn’t get the job. A fresh face may be just what the Broncos need.

4. Cleveland hires Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator; Rex’s twin brother has been in NFL purgatory (Oakland) but still built good defenses.

5. Detroit is still without a coach; The Lions should explore every possible avenue before hiring a coach who has nowhere to go but up (from 0-16).

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