August football is Fool’s Gold.  Lets get that out of the way.  Is a team as good or as bad as they perform in August?  Not exactly.  Rex Grossman isn’t as bad as the 2-10 debacle against Buffalo… nor is he as awesome as the 8-8-127-2td performance he had against Indianapolis.  What is a concern is the health of the offensive line… especially with Jammal Brown on the shelf for the first month of the regular season.  Can Kory Lichtensteiger and Chris Chester be in topline shape for week one?

Sayonara, Southeast Jerome– Clinton Portis announced his retirement last Thursday after a year and a half in football’s phantom zone… and while he leaves the team’s second alltime leading rusher (behind John Riggins) #26 leaves behind more than a few characters, ranging from Dolemite Jenkins to Sheriff Gonna Getcha.  The always colorful personality during interviews remained one of the hardest working players on the field– I’ve not seen a passblocking runningback with his intensity since the Oakland Raiders’ Clarence Davis in the ’70’s.  Where does CP rank in the Redskin runningback pantheon?  I’m going to say he’s behind Riggins and Larry Brown… and that’s not bad company.

 
Cooley put on ice–  was it fitting that Chris Cooley was released less than a week after Portis called it a career?  Along with Santana Moss, they were the two most productive players during the Gibbs II era.  Cooley came to DC as a third round pick out of Utah State and stuck as a tight end despite never fitting the bill as the “prototypical tight end”.  Was it because he wore a non-80’s number?  The curly hair?  You always felt he was more of an H-Back at times… but that didn’t prevent him from averaging over 4 receptions per start every year of his career until 2011.  Cooley also became a part of the community and embraced Northern Virginia… I’d say he’ll be missed, but Captain Chaos is likely to pop up in some media capacity sometime in the future.

That is why you get him– as Portis and Cooley head into the sunset… one realizes why you trade multiple picks to get a Robert Griffin III.  Just look at the revolving quarterback door they dealt with… from Patrick Ramsey to Mark Brunell to Jason Campbell to Donovan McNabb to Rex Grossman.  Nothing makes life easier than a franchise QB.

Kicking Carousel– congratulations to Gram Gano!  With the release of Neil Rackers the Redskins incumbent kicker holds off a challenge and… never mind.  The Skins one day after releasing Gano’s competition, tell Gano “no thanks”.  Billy Cundiff might not have the leg, but is much more consistent from inside 50 yards.  Here’s hoping he doesn’t have a bunch of blocked attempts this fall.  Once again the Ravens trash (they released Gano before he came to Ashburn) is the Redskins treasure.

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