Posts Tagged ‘Brian Westbrook’

Redskins could regret decision to not sign running back Brian Westbrook, who went to 49ers

August 18, 2010

Mike Shanahan and the Redskins walked away from a chance to sign running back Brian Westbrook, who signed with the 49ers. (Photo by Mike Frandsen)

The Redskins made a decision that might end up haunting them for years, letting Brian Westbrook sign with the San Francisco 49ers Monday despite the fact that Washington has no established third down running back.

In a passing league that necessitates a running back who specializes in catching the ball and getting yards after the catch, the Redskins will apparently go with Ryan Torain, who has played two NFL games, out of the backfield in third down situations.

The Redskins should have signed Westbrook.

It’s not as if Clinton Portis and Larry Johnson are awful at catching the ball. However, they are a far cry from the third down specialists that every successful team needs to have. Portis is a good blocker but has never distinguished himself as a good receiving back. Willie Parker is even worse. Parker had only nine receptions the last two seasons combined even though he carried the ball 308 times.

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Washington Redskins should sign former Philadelphia Eagles RB Brian Westbrook as a 3rd down RB

May 19, 2010

The Redskins should sign former Philadelphia Eagles running back Brian Westbrook to fill the team’s greatest need – a third down running back. Westbrook, when healthy, is not only one of the best pass catching running backs in the NFL, he’s one of the best in NFL history.

Westbrook, who was cut by the Eagles in February, visited with the Redskins and the Denver Broncos last week, and the St. Louis Rams have also shown interest.

The Redskins already have three running backs in Clinton Portis, Larry Johnson and Willie Parker who are, like Westbrook, close to 30 years old. But more importantly, they are primarily runners who aren’t nearly as adept at Westbrook at catching passes. Westbrook has 29 career receiving touchdowns. Johnson has six, and Portis and Parker have five each.

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Skins should sign Westbrook

February 24, 2010

The Redskins should definitely sign Brian Westbrook, who was cut by the Eagles yesterday.  When healthy he’s still one of the best running backs in the NFL.  He’d be a perfect complement to Clinton Portis, who is one of the worst pass catching running backs in the NFL.  The Skins would immediately get much better by signing him.  Don’t worry about the criticism of signing a big-name player at a skill position who is past his prime.  He may have a few good years left — even if he only has one good year left, everything in the NFL nowadays is year to year.  The Saints went from 8-8 to winning the Super Bowl.  The Cardinals were in the Super Bowl two years ago with a 9-7 record.