I would hat tip this morning's Post article on Shawn Springs and Sean Taylor's absence, but everyone is on it but me. Check my Blogroll for proof.
I supress my tendency to have kittens anytime something of slight interest happens in Redskins' nation that might be detrimental towards the team. In this case I'm going to fight the urge to go all histrionic over those absences and will present what documented from Coach Gibbs who is, unsurprisingly, upset. Per Howard Bryant:
"Then all of a sudden we lost contact. I think that's something up here that can happen. It's one of the things you have to work your way through."
Personally, I'm more concerned with Taylor's absence. Although Shawn Springs was clearly indispensable in last year's defense given the sharp decline when he was unavailable, he doesn't exactly fit into the Redskins long-term plans. Even if he plays a full and healthy season in 2007 (no given...), he just turned 32. And with a career of injuries dating to 1997, even a full season won't dispel concerns over his fragility. Also, he costs a fortune which is why we were discussing a paycut with him in the first place. Per the Post:
I haven't seen word from Taylor specifically on his absence, though two sources now cite "teammates" as confirming he's pissed about contracts:
But you know what? It's two players missing OTA, one of whom has done this twice prior and played like a stud regardless. Shawn Springs assures us he'll be there in a few weeks, and I'll take his word for it. This isn't a non-story but I also believe it won't be nearly as big an issue a few weeks or months down the road as one might suspect. Neither player will sit out the season because of this. Coach Gibbs might be perturbed that the leaders in his secondary could give a shit about OTAs, but at the end of the day those are the two best players at their position on the team and they will see field regardless. I would love to have both guys practicing with the team right now. But they aren't, and that's really not the end of the world, or our season.