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  • Ladell Betts – A Wasted Resource?


    In the summer of 2007, I did an analysis of Ladell Betts’ 2006 season. Prior to 2006, Betts was a bit player for the Redskins since being drafted by the team in 2002. He battled injuries in his first two seasons with the club, and once Clinton Portis arrived in 2004, Betts assumed the primary backup role. Portis was a workhorse in his first two seasons in Washington, touching the ball (carries plus receptions) 765 times while Betts had handled it just 204 times over the same span, giving Portis 79% of the workload between the two backs. In the 2006 preseason, Portis dislocated his shoulder and was limited to just seven games and 127 carries throughout the year. 2006 would be the first (and as it turned out, only) season that Ladell Betts got consistent work.

    Betts was very good in 2006, recording the 19th 1,000-yard campaign in team history (Portis has since added the 20th and 21st). He rushed for 1,154 yards and added another 445 yards receiving, an impressive showing for a first time starter. But what made it especially impressive was that he did it on just 245 carriers and 53 receptions, an average of 5.36 yards per touch. That wasn’t just good; it was good for the best mark ever among Redskin 1,000-yard rushers:

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    The D.C. Gossip


    Oh how we love our drama here in D.C.! I never watched the Gossip Girl, but here’s how I think the Redskins would be described if you asked a teenage girl. Seems fitting because it’s not far off from how the regular media is reporting it!

     

    Okay, so did you hear that Jimmy called out CP in front of the whole world and blamed him for the Redskins entire offensive troubles?

     

    Like, OMG!!! Right?

     

    So then CP calls up this radio show and he’s all calling Jimmy a “genius” but in that sarcastic way, where you know he totally doesn’t mean it!

     

    I mean, c’mon right? I’d be all mad too if my boss had just told everyone I was a loser.

     

    So then CP is all “we never talk anymore” an stuff, and saying “maybe they should put me on IR” and all that junk, but then Jimmy says he all understands what CP is saying, and totally gets why CP would go on and slam him on the radio, while I’m all like “oh no he didn’t,” but Jimmy’s bein’ all cool about stuff.

     

    I had to lol!

     

    Totally, right?

     

    So then CP is all talking about how he feels good after not playing in the big game, and then says he’ll be at practice, and you just know there’s gonna be all this drama. I would so die if Jimmy just rolled his eyes at CP, y’know? That would be too-funny and I would just have to ROTFLMAO!

     

    I mean, everybody knows all of this is because of Jason. Do you remember last week when Jason was all “boo-hoo-hoo I’m so sad ‘cuz everyone is blaming me for everything?”  What-ever!

     

    Jason’s just mad ‘cuz all those bullies are knocking him down and not letting him do his job because those guys who he thought were his friends can’t seem to stop the bullies from getting to him? And he’s all like “I can’t just throw the ball if there ain’t nobody open!” I know, right? Seriously!

     

    So then Jimmy says all that stuff about CP because he doesn’t want Jason to start crying again, and Clinton’s all like “uh-uh, you ain’t blamin’ me for all this, I tried to stop them” and Jimmy’s all like “yeah, but you aren’t stopping them” so he goes and sends out Ladell who doesn’t stop those bullies either, but he doesn’t say anything about that so you just know there’s other things goin’ on between CP and Jimmy!

     

    So I heard that Jimmy was all mad because whenever he and CP are hanging out at practice, that CP’s all just standing there and not doing anything, but CP’s all mad because he says he’s been doing all the work, but Jimmy’s all like “nuh-uh!”

     

    Why does there have to be all this drama all the time? Why can’t Jimmy and CP just get over it and be friends? And why isn’t anyone paying attention to Freddy ‘cuz you know he’s all mad ever since everyone started hanging out with D’angelo, but everyone’s so caught up in this JZ/CP thing that they are all missing the fact that Freddy really needs a hug!

     

    That’s all for now, see you at the Mall!!

     

    Xoxo

     

    J. LaCanfora

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    By The Numbers: Lions


    Each week, we take a peak at some of the ‘numbers’ that might have contributed to the past game’s outcome. Here are this week’s numbers from the Redskins 25-17 win over the Detroit Lions: Read the rest of this entry »

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    Get On Your Horse


    Back on September 14th, I blogged about the Redskins need to put the ball into the hands of their most lethal offensive weapon, Clinton Portis. Needless to say, the Redskins don’t listen to me, but Coach Zorn obviously agreed with the sentiment, as since that time, Portis has been busy, and he has been effective. In fact, he’s been more effective than any other running back in the league. Read the rest of this entry »

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    By The Numbers: Rams


    Some weeks, the numbers are a little harder to look at than others, like this week’s from Washington’s 19-17 loss to the St. Louis Rams. The numbers don’t make the loss any easier to swallow, but misery loves company… Read the rest of this entry »

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    Portis NFC Offensive Player of the Week


    Portis was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week on the strength of his 29 carry, 145-yard rushing effort against the Philadelphia Eagles. He also had 2 catches for 13 yards, to lead all NFL players with 158 all-purpose yards from scrimmage. Read the rest of this entry »

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    By The Numbers: Eagles I


    Each week, we take a look at some of the game’s numbers to see what stands out – take a look at some of the statistics from Washington’s impressive 23-17 victory over the Eagles on Sunday: Read the rest of this entry »

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    By The Numbers: Cowboys I


    While the most important number put up by the Washington Redskins this week was the number 3, as in wins this season, here is a look at some of the other interesting numbers from Sunday’s 26-24 defeat of the Dallas Cowboys:

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    By The Numbers: Saints


    The Redskins struggled a little early on, but finished with a bang to defeat the New Orleans Saints 29-24 at Fed Ex on Sunday. Here are some of the more interesting numbers from the game: Read the rest of this entry »

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    Lucky Underwear 1, Saints 0


    Okay, so I know what happened here.  I wrote about how Durant Brooks did so well last week, taking that shot to the groin and all, he read it, got all cocky, and went out and had a bad week.  My fault.  However, it’s a good thing I was wearing my lucky underwear to help the Redskins pull out the win.  I forgot to wear my lucky underwear last week, and look what happened.  So far, my lucky underwear is 1-0 versus the spread.

    And just a quick note to my friends at DirecTV.  I pay you two hundred fifty some-odd dollars for my Sunday Ticket subscription.  I pay you ten some-odd dollars  a month for my HD service.  And now you want me to pay ANOTHER one hundred some-odd dollars to get my Sunday Ticket games in HD with your ‘SuperFan’ offering?!?  Have you gone mad?!?  How many ways can you possibly screw me out of more of my hard-earned some-odd dollars?!?

    And now back to our regular programming (which is probably slighty more random than usual, given that I was irrate and distracted for most of the first half, after learning that I could not watch my game in HD)….

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