CHRIS SAMUELS EXPECTED TO RETIRE
Jason Reid of the Washington Post:Redskins Indider write in regards to the Chris Samuels “to retire, not to retire” watch and indeed confirms that the long time Washington Redskin offensive lineman is set to hang it up within the week.
As we previously reported in October, Pro Bowl left tackle Chris Samuels plans to retire because of a severe neck injury, and he is expected to announce his decision in a news conference this week at Redskins Park.
Samuels has been expected to make and announcement for sometime, and following an injury like the one he sustain, this move is not by any means a surprise.
Chris Samuels was mentored by legendary offensive line coach Joe Bugel, who also retired this year. With Mike Shanahan and son[Kyle]set to take over the offense and re-haul its offensive blocking scheme, these two retirements speak volumes of this new administration’s intention to totally retool this offense.
Over the weekend the NFL held its annual Scouting Combine. Popular projected top 5 pick Russell Okung, offensive line man from Oklahomo State now becomes a more valuble pick should he be available at number 4. However, with his groin injury, durability now becomes a factor. Bruce Campbell, offensive lineman from the Univerity of Maryland, had a monster workout and impressed many scouts, but good work outs do not always translate into automatic success.
ANDRE CARTER SPEAKS, AND 3-4 DISCUSSED
Andre Carter spoke to Chris Russell of 106.7 the Fan on a few topics, among them was the switch to 3-4 base for defense and his new role as an outside linebacker.
“In talking to my new linebackers coach, Lou Spanos, he knew that I have had some experience. He’s aggressive, and he will utilize my size and strength,” said Carter.
The key thing that I took away from what Carter said – was about his experience as a linebacker. He did play in the 3-4 scheme under Mike Nolan for a year in San Francisco but that was as a right outside linebacker, away from where the tight end generally lines up.
It will be interesting to see if Carter can maintain his ability to distrupt the backfiel, opposite Brian Orakpo, now they will most likely be line up in the standing position rather than with one hand in the dirt.