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Redskins “have a game plan” at quarterback, which Haslett may have let out of the bag

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It’s hardly a revealing sentiment, but with the Redskins of late the intentions at the all-important quarterback position are always interesting.  Or, for fans of the team, nerve-wracking.

We have a game plan on what to do,” Allen recently told CSNWashington’s Redskins Nation.  “And obviously our game plan has to have alternate routes on it based on what other clubs do. We feel good about it and how we’re gonna address all the needs on our football team, and [we’re] looking forward to getting after it.”

In other words, Allen said nothing about what the team intends to do.

Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett apparently said something more than nothing about the quarterback situation recently.  As summarized by NFL.com, a chance encounter with a fan who also writes a Redskins blog resulted in Haslett being characterized as saying that the Redskins:  (1) aren’t interested in Matt Flynn; (2) are interested in Peyton Manning; and (3) would seriously consider trading up to No. 2 overall in order to pick Robert Griffin III.

Haslett predictably has denied saying any such thing.  Twice.  Strategic interests and potential tampering allegations required him to do so, especially since the fan claims that Haslett said discussions about bringing Peyton to D.C. “have already begun behind the scenes.”  But the fan/blogger also is a pastor, which tends to make his account more believable.

In any event, it’s inherently more believable than anything a coach or G.M. ever has to say.  About pretty much anything.

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  1. bigjdve says: Feb 21, 2012 9:32 AM

    It is very interesting to see what will happen. Not sure that the Peyton idea is a good one, but Griffin would be great.

  2. maddenisfordorks says: Feb 21, 2012 9:33 AM

    It doesnt matter.

    Skins are doomed with that Snyder character.

  3. realnflmaster says: Feb 21, 2012 9:35 AM

    He’s a pastor so it’s more believable? There are more religious nuts behind bars than non-religious. And might I add how many pastors that have been in the news in the last few years being involved in illegal activities.

  4. jpb12 says: Feb 21, 2012 9:37 AM

    Probably thought he was speaking to a man of the cloth… in confidence.

  5. uslim2nun says: Feb 21, 2012 9:38 AM

    Why to go Haslett !!! Nobody suspected us of going after the biggest name in free agency during the offseason (tongue and cheek). No cat out of the bag here.

  6. donterrelli says: Feb 21, 2012 9:39 AM

    Why would they interview the defensive coordinator on offensive plans? Why would Haslett be involved in that?

  7. reed20ravens says: Feb 21, 2012 9:39 AM

    inside sources say they are aimed at dan orlovsky and bill cowher! SUPERBOWL!!!

  8. shackdelrio says: Feb 21, 2012 9:40 AM

    Griffin would be a great move. The franchise needs a spark.

  9. steelerhypocrite says: Feb 21, 2012 9:42 AM

    I think I could tell you their gameplan at QB – “We need to find a QB, ours suck.”

  10. touchdownsyndrome says: Feb 21, 2012 9:43 AM

    “As summarized by NFL.com, a chance encounter with a fan who also writes a Redskins blog”
    _________________________________

    The guy was a poster named “Rodskins” on Hog’s Haven (an SB Nation Site) that created a fanpost. I don’t think saying he writes a redskins blog is entirely accurate.

  11. dawsonfoto says: Feb 21, 2012 9:43 AM

    I actually read that blog entry, and after reading it, I have a hard time believing that Haslett spilled the beans and talked with this dude for 30 minutes about the offseason plan.

  12. deadeyedesign23 says: Feb 21, 2012 9:47 AM

    How is pastor, who essentially makes it his job to lie to people, more believable than anyone else?

  13. waitingguilty says: Feb 21, 2012 9:47 AM

    The fact that he’s a Pastor makes him more believable?

    Not to me it doesn’t.

  14. thatdudewiththemarauder says: Feb 21, 2012 9:49 AM

    If this is true, I do not understand why the Skins are not interested in Matt Flynn. We started and ended the season with Grossman and Beck. They should be interested in any QB with a pulse. Get rid of Grossman and Beck! Get rid of that 3-4 Defense and the JA that runs it. Defense would be so much better in 4-3 with 98 and 91 rushing the QB every single down. I guess I’m done. HTTR!!

  15. funnyfootballguy says: Feb 21, 2012 9:49 AM

    So a team that needs a QB might be looking at Peyton Manning and RG3…. On another note Obama might get 99% of the black vote

  16. citnetter says: Feb 21, 2012 9:50 AM

    Because Lord knows pastor’s never lie or interpret someone’s comments incorrectly.

  17. turgidsen says: Feb 21, 2012 9:50 AM

    I don’t think being a pastor has anything to do with credibility.I mean unless you consider jim jones ,david koresh , jim baker as credible? Plus he’s a blogger reporter/ pastor. isn’t that an oximoron?

  18. athletesfoot101 says: Feb 21, 2012 9:50 AM

    Skins need to continue with what they’ve been doing the last couple of years. Another solid draft and another solid, yet unspectacular spin through free agency. They’re on the right track.

  19. citnetter says: Feb 21, 2012 9:51 AM

    Skins would be better off trading down and getting Tannehill and more picks.

  20. gmsalpha says: Feb 21, 2012 9:55 AM

    Mike, you can’t say “Allen recently told CSNWashington’s Redskins Nation” without first saying who “Allen” is.

    Please tell me his full name and title before referencing him by his last name. Still, after having read the entire article, I have no idea if Allen is someone’s first name or last name.

    Is Allen a huge Redskins fan? Is he the owner’s boyfriend? Is he a reporter? Front office? Scout?

  21. chadmurdigan says: Feb 21, 2012 9:57 AM

    Haslett’s just doing Peyton a favor because Archie asked him to. Archie and Haslett were tight during Haslett’s days with the Saints.

    Archie asked him to do a little politicking for Peyton to drive up his son’s 2012 paycheck for sitting on the bench for whatever team is stupid enough to hire a man who has had at least four neck surgeries and an experimental procedure in Europe.

    Bring back Favre stories. They’re more interesting and fun than all this BS about Manning.

    Peyton’s done. End of story.

  22. mpayne12 says: Feb 21, 2012 10:01 AM

    I hope the primary game plan is to trade up for RG3. Dont get me wrong peytons been great in the past but thats the problem. Redskins always get guys that were great in the past and have little or nothing left to give.

  23. greatdanton77 says: Feb 21, 2012 10:03 AM

    Peyton is using the skins to drive up the price. He won’t play here.

  24. deathmonkey41 says: Feb 21, 2012 10:13 AM

    shackdelrio says:
    Feb 21, 2012 9:40 AM
    Griffin would be a great move. The franchise needs a spark

    Yes, plus I want the Rams to accumulate more draft picks!

  25. getyourownname says: Feb 21, 2012 10:21 AM

    This is patently absurd. If history has taught us anything, it is that Little Danny does not have, and is not capable of formulating, a plan.

    Of course, I use “plan” in the sense of a logical, coherent thought process toward achieving a defined, long-term goal, as opposed to something shown in a Tom Cruise movie which Danny admires so much.

  26. ham1 says: Feb 21, 2012 10:24 AM

    This all a crock…..

  27. BAMNATION says: Feb 21, 2012 10:28 AM

    What does the blogger being a pastor have to do with anything?

    You think this gives him extra credit in terms of honesty?

    Me thinks not!

  28. burgundyandgold says: Feb 21, 2012 10:32 AM

    The Redskins are quietly rebuilding the right way. I am not yet convinced but I believe that Snyder has turned the corner and learned how to be a good owner. He has, so far, stayed out of the way and signed checks when asked. I am looking forward to seeing what the Redskins do in free agency this year – I hope it is a carefully thought out and executed as last year. They have gobs of money because Bruce Allen smartly re-allocated many salaries (especially the bad ones) to that un-capped year a couple back. They have had two good drafts in a row and I expect a third. I expect that they address QB in the draft and go after a impact receiver and secondary help in free agency.

    For those who hate the Redskins you should start to be a little worried because this sleeping giant of a franchise is waking up.

  29. icyhuckh20 says: Feb 21, 2012 10:33 AM

    pastors lie too.here in baltimore we had a pastor that put life insurance policy on the homeless &got him killed for the money ,so just bcuz ur a pastor don’t mean that u don’t lie ,P.S. ASK THE POPE

  30. thraiderskin says: Feb 21, 2012 10:39 AM

    realnflmaster says:
    Feb 21, 2012 9:35 AM
    “He’s a pastor so it’s more believable? There are more religious nuts behind bars than non-religious. And might I add how many pastors that have been in the news in the last few years being involved in illegal activities”

    You mad bro? And those pastor’s make the news because they are pastors, let’s not twist things too much to fit your athiest colored glasses.

    Back to the important stuff, I truly believe the Redskins would be stupid enough to trade their future for the #2 pick. That is why we will stay at the bottom of the NFC East. Hope RGIII loves throwing to the mediocre-midget squad (and Gaffney) at wide-out.

  31. upperdecker19 says: Feb 21, 2012 10:44 AM

    Option 4…..Favre Watch
    Option 5…..Sexy Rexy
    Option 6….Punt on first down

  32. theyknowtheyknowtheyknow says: Feb 21, 2012 10:46 AM

    Kind of like his all out blitz lets the opposing offense out of the bag

  33. theyknowtheyknowtheyknow says: Feb 21, 2012 10:48 AM

    Kind of like his “zero coverage scheme” lets the opposing offense out of the bag

  34. ganja4all says: Feb 21, 2012 10:48 AM

    Go Skins. Get the qb and go to da bwol for Danny boy

    Hail to the chiefs

  35. rhopperstad says: Feb 21, 2012 10:50 AM

    for every crooked pastor in jail there are 1000 satan worshippers . . why don’t you guys dust off your little Charlse Manson action toys behave like good little boys .

  36. rorybreaker1 says: Feb 21, 2012 10:56 AM

    Wowwwww whoopdie-doo.

    – Flynn – whether the Skins are interested or not, immaterial. They are linked to EVERY big free agent.

    – Peyton – duh. If he is healthy any team without a QB will be interested. Especially the Skins. Of COURSE they are talking “behind closed doors” – they are evaluating everyone.

    – RG3 – duh. Well known the Skins covet Luck/RG3 and are evaluating “behind closed doors” again what it would take to get either.

    Bottom line – no breaking news here. Haslett said what everyone knows to be the truth anyway, whether he actually said it or not.

    You think any GM/front office of any NFL team reads this and says “wow didnt see that one”?

  37. docboss says: Feb 21, 2012 11:06 AM

    In this league you must have a quarterback, protect your quarterback and get to the other quarterback. In the NFC East there are three quality QB’s (in spite of what people say of Romo). Unless you want to drop the season (al a Indy) and hope you get Barkley next year, RG3 is the obvious choice. Washington, you are close, but without a QB you are doomed to 7-9 in 2012 and a mid-first round pick in 2013. You won’t get Barkley. This is the year you can move up and get the future QB. Send the Rams your first and second this year, your first and third next year, make a play for Vincent Jackson and you could contend for a wild card in 2013. Waiting to get a QB for another year just postpones it.

  38. CKL says: Feb 21, 2012 11:12 AM

    icyhuckh20 says:
    Feb 21, 2012 10:33 AM
    pastors lie too.here in baltimore we had a pastor that put life insurance policy on the homeless &got him killed for the money
    –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
    Wow, that is horrible & disgusting! SMH

    I don’t know if this is true or not, but Haslett HAS been known to say some pretty weird/inapproproate things at times so it wouldn’t shock me.

  39. skinsfreak says: Feb 21, 2012 11:14 AM

    So a team that needs a QB might be looking at Peyton Manning and RG3…. On another note Obama might get 99% of the black vote.

    ______________________________

    Lol… exactly.

    So let me get this straight. The Redskins are in need of a QB and their GM said they have a Plan. Umm… is that really news? Who wouldn’t expect them to have a plan? And did anyone really need to know about some fans discussion with Haslet to think the Skins “might” be interested in Manning or trading up for RGIII, especially for a team everyone knows needs a QB? Once again… thanks PFT for this ground breaking story!

  40. ninjaneer74 says: Feb 21, 2012 11:17 AM

    So the truth is that they are very interested in Ryan Tannehill…

  41. ganja4all says: Feb 21, 2012 11:24 AM

    @rhopperstad

    That is exactly the problem. The crooked pastors, et al. are not in jail. Your reference to Manson is appropriate in that aiding and abetting child molesters, such as the church facilitates is a Felony. It is the SAME category.

    Go Redskins. Get the qb and beat the Giants

  42. beavertonsteve says: Feb 21, 2012 11:24 AM

    If Rob Lowe was a preacher I would have believed him.

  43. torridphenix says: Feb 21, 2012 11:25 AM

    This story actually has legs, especially with regards to tampering. I live in Indy and the day after the Super Bowl an unknown Redskins official checked in to the same hotel the Patriots stayed while here, University Place. It’s interesting because there are no major colleges in the Indianapolis area for scouts to be here unless they were heading to IU or Purdue, which would beg the question, “why is he checking into an Indy hotel in Monday morning?”

    I’m not a conspiracy theorist but I wouldn’t be surprised if it were true.

  44. rushmatic says: Feb 21, 2012 11:26 AM

    thraiderskin says:

    You mad bro? And those pastor’s make the news because they are pastors, let’s not twist things too much to fit your athiest colored glasses.

    _________________________

    Atheists don’t wear anything over their eyes — that’s for you mad bro religious people. They make the news because they get caught humping children, regardless of how you’d like it to be perceived.

  45. rumblinrhino says: Feb 21, 2012 11:28 AM

    The nfl.com piece was a blatant cut-and-paste of the Washington Post piece with a few inaccurate items thrown in for flavor. Some fact checking seems to be missing at PFT. See the original at http://wapo.st/xIsGlI

  46. hendawg21 says: Feb 21, 2012 11:48 AM

    Oh come now do you know how old this so called story with Haslett and so called fan is??? It’s been proven to be a farce this puts in kink in the armor of your credibility…

    I mean come on do you really think some chance encounter with a fan and old Haslett just starts spilling his guts???

    Oh btw I ran into Gruden the other day and he says he’s just waiting on the Dallas gig to open up…

  47. myeaglescantwin says: Feb 21, 2012 11:52 AM

    a preacher and a blogger…

    yeah, sounds like he would spue nothing but truths..
    run with that

  48. ebeg420 says: Feb 21, 2012 11:53 AM

    If it’s the same “Game Plan” they’ve had for the past 2 Decades, it’ll make Eagles, Giants and Cowboys fans happy……..

    Hail To The Basement Dwellers!!!

  49. drexelvol says: Feb 21, 2012 1:28 PM

    What a disaster of an organization.

  50. squared80 says: Feb 21, 2012 2:05 PM

    Daniel Snyder has such a well-run organization. So who’s the next $100 million black hole free agent they can sign?

  51. karlpilkington says: Feb 21, 2012 2:18 PM

    I could have told you the same thing and did not speak to anyone. It is not a secret the skins need a QB. Other than the draft what qbs are out there? Orton? This time of the year EVERY organazation LIES about what they plan to do, so alllllll of you people out there think that your team is telling you who they are targeting and who they want to draft, well you are just as dumb as the people who believe Haslett let anything out of the bag…

  52. gadgetdawg says: Feb 21, 2012 2:45 PM

    realnflmaster says:
    Feb 21, 2012 9:35 AM
    He’s a pastor so it’s more believable? (snip unsupported bigoted nonsense)
    ——————————————

    It probably has to do with the fact that recent polls find that people tend to trust religious folk more than non-religious folk. You can check recent Gallup polls and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology for more info if you like.

  53. therealsmiley says: Feb 21, 2012 2:57 PM

    Thanks to the pastor that felt a need to blog the strategy! You sure you’re a Redskins fan? Hail!

  54. culturalelitist says: Feb 21, 2012 3:19 PM

    The comment suggesting that the blogger is likely more credible because he’s a pastor is yet another example of how Americans consider “good” and “christian” as synonymous. Christians are not a persecuted group, as so many claim.

    “I have to say, as someone who is not a Christian, it’s hard for me to believe Christians are a persecuted people in America. God willing, maybe one of you one day will even rise up and get to be president of this country — or maybe forty-four in a row. But that’s my point, is they’ve taken this idea of no establishment as persecution, because they feel entitled, not to equal status, but to greater status.”
    — Jon Stewart

  55. promickey says: Feb 21, 2012 3:37 PM

    (1) aren’t interested in Matt Flynn; (2) are interested in Peyton Manning; and (3) would seriously consider trading up to No. 2 overall in order to pick Robert Griffin III.
    ————————————————–
    Every team in need of a quarterback has the same game plan. So what exactly did Haslett let out of the bag???

  56. captaintriumph says: Feb 21, 2012 3:50 PM

    Would a real pastor blog about something told to him in confidence? Or maybe Haslett gave him false info???

  57. purplengold says: Feb 21, 2012 3:52 PM

    @culturalelitist

    Great quote from Jon Stewart.

  58. thatdudewiththemarauder says: Feb 21, 2012 4:47 PM

    I’m just happy we are not stuck with Blaine Gabbert.

  59. Always On Slightly Off says: Feb 22, 2012 7:46 AM

    This is a good illustration of the ongoing problem in DC. Too much talk and way to much drama. Keep those mouths shut and create winning football not soap operas and maybe the team may capture back some of it’s respectability.

  60. skinsfaninillinois says: Feb 22, 2012 7:30 PM

    Assuming it’s all true, then the intent must be to have Peyton on hand to mentor RGIII for a season or two. I’m not sure RGIII needs much mentoring and I hope, if that is the plan, that they don’t give too much away and mortgage the rest of the draft to execute their plan.

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