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So tonight i was playing some poker with some of the guys and we got to talking about football and the Redskins' acquisition of Antwan Randel El. With this we obviously got on the topic of how the Redskins overpayed for his services. I tried telling them that not only are we ahead of the times by paying over market now to pay market or below market later but none of them seemed to understand. Another point none of them seemed to understand was the concept and importance of starting field position, which is the real reason i know we got Randle El. Now is it just me or was kick returns a huge part of the success of many teams like the Steelers and Broncos last year? Better field position makes the field shorter and therefore makes the offenses job easier to get a touchdown or a field goal. As i am now reading the book "Moneyball" doesn't this make sense ... that possibly we are ahead of everybody else in putting extremely high value on field position like the Oakland A's put emphasis on On Base Percentage .... tell me what you think or if you have any statistics that show the average field position's relationship with success that would be great ....

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I agree that field position is important. The Skins are going to need ARE's long kick returns in order to cancel the ill effects of John Hall's painfully short kickoffs. Special teams are overlooked so much, yet they decide so many games.

Hall had surgery; expect him to look like the kicker we picked up from the Jets. Many of the so-called Redskins faithful are going to have a lot of crow eating to do.

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Agreed. Many folks see ARE as merely the skins' 3rd/slot receiver, but he's much more valuable than that. And we definitely needed a good return specialist for our team.

Also, special teams are definitely overlooked. How crucial was Brown's return-TD against the Cardinals last season?

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Hall had surgery; expect him to look like the kicker we picked up from the Jets. Many of the so-called Redskins faithful are going to have a lot of crow eating to do.

I hope you're right about John Hall. It was really painful to watch all those short kickoffs last season. I like Hall because he his big and physical for a kicker. I'd like to see him start pounding the ball into the endzone.

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What receiver ever looks good in Pittsburgh?

Hines Ward looks okay, but the Steelers haven't been a place where receivers blossom lately, especially since Cowher's been there. Plaxico looked like a different player last year with the Giants. I think Randle El will do the same here. So I don't get why people are so caught up in what Randle El did or didn't do in Pittsburgh's offense.

I'd be worried if we were getting a RB who didn't produce up there, given their propensity to run the ball, but not a receiver with clear athletic ability like Randle El and Plaxico have. It's just not a place where receivers can showcase their ability much.

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Agreed. Many folks see ARE as merely the skins' 3rd/slot receiver, but he's much more valuable than that. And we definitely needed a good return specialist for our team.

Also, special teams are definitely overlooked. How crucial was Brown's return-TD against the Cardinals last season?

great point, and just to add to that, ARE could lead our team in total yds which is saying alot for just a " SLOT " wideout. :D What will they say when he makes a game changing play by returning, throwing, or just by getting Y.A.C. This guy is underrated just like most of Gibbs players and somehow Gibbs has 3 rings :doh: :D

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great point, and just to add to that, ARE could lead our team in total yds which is saying alot for just a " SLOT " wideout. :D What will they say when he makes a game changing play by returning, throwing, or just by getting Y.A.C. This guy is underrated just like most of Gibbs players and somehow Gibbs has 3 rings :doh: :D

I seriously doubt he lead our team in total yards.

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I agree that Randle El's value comes due to his participation in special teams. Gibbs is definitely putting a lot of emphasis on special teams (perhaps outside of the K and P positions, it seems...) so bringing in Randle El makes sense to me. If we were just bringing in Randle El to play WR, I don't think it would have made as much sense to give him the contract that we did. I think it's clear that a number of personnel decisions (besides Randle El) have been made with special teams in mind, and that's something I don't recall happening as much before Gibbs came back.

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