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Daniels: Discipline can add six or seven wins

Wind-up machine of exuberant self-confidence DeAngelo Hall raised some eyebrows when he said that Mike Shanahan's scheme would add four or five wins for the Redskins this season, and that they would finally start winning the close games they've lost in the past. Defensive teammate Phillip Daniels, a respected veteran, is often more careful with his words than Hall, and yet he ratcheted things up by a few wins.

"No one wants to say it, but last year we were pretty good on defense," Daniels said Monday afternoon on the LaVar and Dukes show. "But our offense, you know, they struggled at times. And now you've got Donovan McNabb at quarterback.

"So you just see the things that Shanahan's done in the past and the way he's put this thing together, I think every guy just believes in him. And when you believe in your coach and you believe they're doing all the right things, I always said discipline would win you six or seven more games. And he's putting the discipline into this team. He's not gonna accept guys doing their own thing or doing what they want to do, and that's great. That's the first thing I said, last season we didn't have any discipline, we lost close games because we weren't disciplined. So now that he comes in and he's doing this, and the guys believe in him, I think it's a different story, man. I really feel good about this year."

Six or seven more wins would put the Skins at 10 or 11, which is right around what Hall's been predicting. So much for sneaking up on people. If they win 11 this year, and then Shanahan installs and even greater scheme with even greater discipline, they might well win 22 or 23 games in 2011. Assuming Albert Haynesworth shows up.

Daniels was a guest, of course, largely because of his sharp comments about Haynesworth's absence, which helped form the basis of Mike Wise's column this week. Daniels repeated many of his same critiques on-air, but also said "the only time we concentrate on the Albert situation is when we get the questions."

"I know Albert, I know he's got a lot to prove, he want to prove a lot of things," Daniels said. "I know he's gonna come in in shape, I know he's gonna do those things. A couple of guys have seen him. He's working out. I believe that. But the thing is, we all together here, we're trying to build a chemistry.

"And my thing is for him to learn the defense, it's a lot of stuff, a lot of stuff that we put in. I mean, I'm getting it, but it's taking a while. It took classroom work, it took on-the-field walkthroughs, and now we're at the point where we're getting it. But it's gonna be hard for you to come in here and get that thing in a short amount of time, June to the preseason and then to the season. We've all just got to get going. I would love for him to be here. I'd love for him to be here. I've talked to him, a lot of guys have talked to him. Like you said LaVar, it ain't mandatory, so you can't blame him, but my only hope is he come in in shape and ready to go."

Chad Dukes then asked how Haynesworth would be greeted when he finally does arrive. Chris Cooley, you'll recall, said this week that "when the season starts, if he shows up and he's playing, no one's gonna give a damn what he did [in May]." Daniels maybe didn't take it that far, but he said things wouldn't be awkward.

"As teammates, we take him in with open arms," Daniels said. "He's part of this team, he's one of our guys, he's a guy that plays hard and a guy that can help us win. We can't worry about the other side of things, how the coaches feel about the situation or how the media feel about the situation. We take him in with open arms.

"You know, he's a good dude. You be around him, you go out to lunch with him, you go out to eat with him, he's a great dude. Right now, being 4-12, coming off a 4-12 season, you just want your guys here and let's change this thing, that's all. And not to say it won't change if he comes late, but that's the only thing. The coaches and everybody been trying to negotiate to get him in here and show him the playbooks and do all the things they need to do. I just think he needs to show a little bit in return and get in here and help them out here, and help the team out, and learn this system and let's do it. I mean, I know he don't want to play in a 3-4, but it is what it is, you've got to. You're not going anywhere, so you've got to just come in and play."

(Hoping to make it to five Haynesworth items in five days this week. I'm 2 for 2 thus far. Wish me luck.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 11, 2010; 10:34 AM ET
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Can Mike Wise please get off his high horse? Cooley is exactly right. Nobody is going to care in September. Now, Philip Daniels is speaking his mind to the media and he has the right to do that as a longtime veteran of the team. But when you ARE mike wise and you compare andray blatche and ovechkin and then try to make all this drama about Haynesworth. That's where I have a problem. Blatche was shot in the leg, has had serious attitude issues and underachieved for years. OF COURSE PEOPLE QUESTION HIS PARTYING. Blatche and Ovechkin are so different that comparing them is downright idiotic. A two time MVP who's work ethic has never been questioned until now to a guy who ignored flip saunders mid game and was benched and did not want to go back in. That shocked Flip Saunders to the point where he said it had never happened in his entire basketball career. Blatche has continuously displayed serious maturity issues. Ovechkin has never been questioned in any other phase in terms of work ethic so comparing the two is just making something out of nothing. Just like Wise's haynesworth article. As someone who grew reading great op-eds from TK and MWilbon and loves the Washington Post sports section I hope that wise is gone by the time redskins play in September.

Posted by: hskins | May 11, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

"poutine" > "Haynesworth"

Posted by: NateinthePDX | May 11, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

(Hoping to make it to five Haynesworth items in five days this week. I'm 2 for 2 thus far. Wish me luck.)

Please no do your job and find something else to write about. Hell I don't know do a human interest story anything. Let the AH thing go.

Posted by: DG28 | May 11, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Cooley might retract those words if Haynesworth somehow blows a win by not knowing the defensive scheme.

Posted by: shanks1 | May 11, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

I am so sick of hearing about what Shanahan has done in the past, as Daniels was quoted as saying. Means nothing! Do it here then we can talk!

Just like Portis. He was great in Denver which is why he came here vastly overrated..he's done nothing here but 4 yrds and a cloud of dust! Not to memtion am above the team and coaches mentality.

2 Super Bowls out west.. WHO CARES.. bring one to the nations capitol!

Posted by: iubiquity | May 11, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

A monster schedule, new schemes on both offense and defense, mediocre (at best) offensive line. Yeah, twelve wins easy.

[insert eye-rolling emoticon here.]

Posted by: RIP-21 | May 11, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

What the NFL needs to do is re-write the collective bargaining agreement with the NFLPA and call these OTA's MANDATORY. The coaches consider it MANDATORY so why not call a spade a spade?

BTW, Haynesworth is a big babby. If I got the money he did I will do whatever the team asks, without compromising my morals or ethics. Big babby should just show up and work, like the rest of us.

Posted by: skinfannomore | May 11, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Wow, as a longtime Redskins fan, I'm so happy everything is finally coming together perfectly. Not in the way it does every May, but in a *real* way. These guys aren't just talkin' -- they're keepin' it real! I predict they'll win all 16 games this year, plus because everything is so great, the NFL will give them BONUS WINS. Maybe for, like, a total of 20 or something. Or maybe they won't even have to play in post-season and just get a bye to the Super Bowl. Man, I'm so glad to hear all this, I could just poo in my pants.

Posted by: Andrew53 | May 11, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

To all of you that are sick and tired of the Stompworth news, don't click the mouse and read the article. Moron's

Posted by: hessone | May 11, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Chris Cooley. Maybe some of the Chicken Littles around here will calm down and stop calling for roster moves that are stupid even by Snyder/Ceratto standards.

Posted by: CommieX | May 11, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

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