Tag:Brandon Banks
Posted on: February 7, 2012 9:50 pm
 

Theismann doesn't think Redskins need Manning

We've seen this cartoon before: player smiles, signs for big bucks, then underperforms, hates life. (CBSSports.com illustration)

By Ryan Wilson

There were two primary storyline during Super Bowl week in Indianapolis: the Patriots-Giants matchup and the day-to-day (and sometimes hour-to-hour) Peyton Manning soap opera. The Giants won in dramatic fashion, which elicited all types of responses. Some people couldn't comprehend how the Pats receivers could drop so many passes. And others relished the fact that they played a part in beating the Giants during the regular season not once but twice.

The former, Tom Brady's super model wife Gisele Bundchen, and the latter, Redskins returner Brandon Banks, have both taken criticism for their observations. Banks went on the Mike Wise show to explain himself.

“I wasn’t bragging at all,” Banks said, according to the D.C. Sports Bog. “I was going for the Giants, I wanted a team from the NFC East to win. It made me feel better that a team that we were capable of going out there and competing with and beating, that they won a Super Bowl, something that I want to do in my career.”

Banks says he thinks the Redskins can win the Super Bowl too, but that's what he's supposed to say, even if he doesn't believe it. Whatever, the Sports Bog's Dan Steinberg unearths a staggering statistic:
With the Giants winning the Super Bowl, that means the past 12 NFL champs have a combined 52 regular-season losses. And, remarkably, a full 11.5 percent of those losses — six games in all — came at the hands of the Washington Redskins, one of the stinkiest NFL teams of the past 12 years.

No other team has as many wins over Super Bowl champs in that span. In fact, only two other teams have even four wins over Super Bowl champs in that span: Dallas and Miami.
All that's missing? Why, a quarterback, of course. And while the previous sentence can't be refuted, who should replace John Beck and Rex Grossman is still up for debate. The word on the street is that organization is "expected to pursue" Manning.

This certainly seems reasonable -- except that not everyone agrees. Take the 'Skins last franchise quarterback, Joe Theismann, for example.

“It’s not a good idea, it’s not a bad idea — It’s a horrific idea,” he said during an appearance on told 106.7 The Fan last week. “It would be one of the poorest things that we could do as a franchise. Are we gonna go find another guy for just a couple of years again? Haven’t we done this before? Haven’t we seen this act before? And by the way, if you get Peyton Manning, don’t you have a concern about protecting him? Don’t you have a concern about who he throws the football to?"

The man responsible for giving us "Norman Einstein" makes a lot of sense. Manning is a prototypical Dan Snyder free-agent acquisition: one-time great player clearly on the downside of a Hall of Fame career.

“We’re tired of looking for stop gaps,” Theismann continued. “It’s time to draft one of your own, or make a deal for a young one of your own, and nurture him, and then put the players around him. If we’re gonna be 5-11, if we’re gonna be 6-10, let’s do it with somebody who’s [learning as he goes], instead of guys that have been here, making mistakes.”

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Posted on: May 29, 2011 8:35 pm
 

After stabbing, Banks 'looks more hungry'

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

About 40 days after the end of the 2010 season, Redskins WR Brandon Banks was involved in a nightclub incident that ended with somebody allegedy stabbing him and sending him to the hospital for multiple emergency surgeries.

BanksMaking matters scarier was the fact that the knife nicked one of his lungs, and a chest tube had to be inserted to keep it inflated.

Fast forward three months later, and Banks is working out with his teammates and trying to overcome this latest impediment.

“Just more obstacles,” he told the Washington Post. “That’s it.”

But his father told the paper he thinks the incident has made Banks – who has worked out five times the past two months with his teammates – practice with even more desire.

“I look at him, and he looks more hungry,” Daryle McNair said. “Like he wants to work harder, like there’s more desire.”

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Posted on: April 12, 2011 12:18 pm
Edited on: April 12, 2011 12:32 pm
 

Offseason Checkup: Washington Redskins

Posted by Andy Benoit



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New coach, new system, new quarterback, even new yellow pants. Didn’t matter, it was the same old Redskins in 2010. The new quarterback never mastered the new coach’s new system, which is why there actually wound up being another new quarterback at the end of the season. Rex Grossman wasn’t much better than Donovan McNabb, but then again, Grossman had to work with the same ho-hum supporting cast as McNabb.

But enough about the offense. How about Washington’s disappointing defense? Albert Haynesworth was a cross between the Cowardly Lion and Tin Man. Instead of finding a phony wizard to help spark some soul-saving confidence within him at the end, the most expensive defensive tackle in history found himself suspended.

The team unofficially charged Haynesworth with Owensism (i.e. being a jerk). Haynesworth wasn’t the lone disappointment on D. The secondary let more big plays pass through than Broadway.




Mike Shanahan’s famous zone blocking scheme works just about anywhere. There’s no reason to think powerful but spry running back Ryan Torain can’t be a 1,200-yard back behind such a scheme. However, Shanahan needs better athletes at center, right guard and right tackle. C Casey Rabach does not elevate the game of those around him. RG Artis Hicks is valuable only as a utility backup. And RT Heyer is too upright and stiff in the knees.

Finding more fluid linemen, even if it means settling for other teams’ undersized dregs, would be a worthwhile endeavor for the Skins.




1. Quarterback
It’s pretty clear Mike Shanahan does not want Donovan McNabb, right?

2. Wide Receiver
Santana Moss is an unrestricted free agent and probably not worth whatever he thinks he’s worth. Anthony Armstrong might be too much of a hard-handed plodder to hold down a starting spot long term. He’s certainly not a No. 1. The only other receivers on the roster are return specialist Brandon Banks and Terrence Austin and underachieves Roydell Williams and Malcolm Kelly.

3. Defensive End
There was talk that Adam Carriker had a strong season in 2010. Where’s the evidence? Carriker blended in like camouflage. Vonnie Holiday can still contribute in a limited backup role, but like with fellow end Phillip Daniels, age is a major issue.




It’s the NFL, where instant improvements are not only possible, but common. It helps having an adept coaching staff. Shanahan will be prepared for the D.C. scene in 2011 after being caught off-guard by the intense media in his debut season.

Still, a great coach can only go so far. The Redskins desperately need more talent at the skill positions if they want to give .500 a run.

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Posted on: February 18, 2011 9:21 pm
 

Brandon Banks released from hospital Friday

Posted by Will Brinson

Brandon Banks got some good news on Friday, as he was released from the Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington.

Banks, of course, was involved in a stabbing incident last Saturday and has been in the hospital ever since.

"Brandon Banks was released from Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington earlier today," Banks' agent James Gould said in a statement released by the Redskins Friday. "The tube was removed from his chest, and his lung is fully inflated. Brandon should be fully recovered and able to resume offseason training in three to four weeks. He will continue to follow up with Redskins team physician, Dr. Anthony Casolaro throughout this process.   Brandon would like to thank Dr. Casolaro and all of the nurses at Virginia Hospital Center for their care and all of his fans, teammates and the Redskins family for all of their support."

It's fantastic news that Banks will recover in that short a time -- something like a stabbing is absolutely terrifying to hear and doesn't always end this well.

Additionally, all the details surrounding the case indicate that Banks did nothing wrong.

There is still an investigation pending, though Gould has stated his client was involved in "no wrongdoing."

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Posted on: February 16, 2011 6:58 pm
 

Brandon Banks might need surgery after stabbing

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In another statement from Brandon Banks’ agent, James Gould, released tonight, the Redskins PR who was stabbed last weekend has been moved to an Arlington, Va., hospital, the knife nicked his lung, and he might need surgery.

Gould’s statement, via the Redskins:

“Brandon is doing fine; he has been moved to Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, under the care of Redskins team physician, Dr. Anthony Casolaro. The knife nicked his lung creating a pneunomothorax condition. He still has a chest tube inserted and it will remain until the wound heals and the lung remains inflated.

“We are hopeful that the tube will be removed by Friday, and if the lung does not respond then a commonly performed procedure using a scope will be performed to repair the lung. Brandon should be released within 48 hours afterward. We expect 100 percent recovery where he can resume his offseason training in two to four weeks.

“We were hopeful that the tube would have been removed this past Monday, but the lung would not remain inflated. Brandon is in good spirits, especially after speaking with his friend, Christopher Nixon. Brandon would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Howard University Hospital for their care and appreciates the outpouring of love and support from his fans, teammates and the Redskins family.”


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Posted on: February 16, 2011 12:54 pm
 

Brandon Banks still in hospital

Posted by Andy Benoit

On Tuesday we wrote about how Brandon Banks and his friend may have been the instigators in the fight that led to their stabbings, and how Banks’ stab wounds were more serious that originally indicated.

Now, Banks’ agent, Jim Gould, admits that the injuries are more serious than indicated the second time around. Banks was reportedly set to be discharged from the hospital Monday or Tuesday. But, it’s Wednesday, and he’s still in there.

“He has a left chest wound from the knife,” Gould said, according to the Associated Press. “He has a tube inserted in, and until the tube’s removed, he won’t be released from the hospital.” Banks is still expected to make a full recovery.

Gould’s agent also made it clear that his client is not in trouble. “Brandon is a victim in the case, and the investigation is ongoing,” Gould said. “Brandon is not implicated in any wrongdoing.”

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Posted on: February 15, 2011 7:11 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2011 7:13 pm
 

Learning more about the Brandon Banks stabbing

Posted by Andy Benoit
B. Banks (US Presswire)
The details of the Brandon Banks nightclub stabbing are starting to emerge, and it doesn’t shed great light on the Redskins punt returner. The “superficial wounds” Banks suffered were more serious than initially reported (which explains why Banks wound up staying in the hospital through Monday).

What’s more, Banks and his friend, Christopher Nixon (who was severely wounded) appear to have been the instigators in the fight. NBC 4 of Washington reports that security cameras show Nixon throwing the first punch.

The stabber was 24-year-old Jason Shorter. After Nixon’s punch was thrown, a club bouncer stepped in to break things up. But Shorter pulled a knife anyway and attacked Banks and Nixon. Banks got sliced in the torso region; Nixon was cut in the face.

All this took place before Banks and Nixon even entered the club. Shorter was charged with one count of assault with a weapon. Charges could be coming for Banks and Nixon, pending an investigation.

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Posted on: February 14, 2011 8:38 pm
 

Hot Routes 2.14.11 Loving football

Hot Routes

Posted by Josh Katzowitz and Andy Benoit


It’s a good thing NT Shaun Rogers doesn’t work for the Browns anymore, because it sounds like Cleveland GM Tom Heckert is a little bit apprehensive about Rogers’ ability to help a team win. Naturally, Rogers’ agent disagrees.

 
On his excellent NFL Draft blog, CBSSports.com’s own Rob Rang discusses the importance of the player interviews at the upcoming Combine. If you haven’t bookmarked this blog or added it to your RSS reader, go ahead and do that now.

 
Sports Illustrated’s Peter King writes about the process for Hall of Fame voting and discusses the criticism he and his Gang of 44 have been receiving recently. My personal opinion: the 2011 HOF class is on point. 

 
The former Colts QB coach is now the Colts WR coach. And the former Colts WR coach is the new QB coach. Hopefully, they won’t have to switch offices and wives as well.

 
The first piece written by former CBSSports.com writer John Oehser, who has left Indianapolis to become the senior writer at Jaguars.com. 

 
Would the Jets get rid of RT Damien Woody so Vladimir Ducasse could move into that spot?

 
If you were wondering what Nick Lachey thought about the state of the Bengals, ESPN.com’s James Walker has the answer.

 
Bob Cook, a huge Packers fan who was featured on a Visa commercial as one of the men who had never missed a Super Bowl, has died at the age of 79.

 
Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says CB Ike Taylor, not OLB LaMarr Woodley, is the Steelers’ top free agent priority. This may sound crazy, but that would actually be history says that’s actually in line with the Steelers’ M.O.

 
Contrary to Saturday reports that he’d be released before the end of the weekend, Redskins return specialist Brandon Banks is still in the hospital due to superficial stab wounds. He’s expected to be released Tuesday.

 
Joe Namath wished everyone a happy Valentine’s Day. What would we do without Twitter?


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