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Redskins Insider: October 31, 2010 - November 6, 2010

Poll: Redskins' MVP on special teams

After eight games, The Post's Rick Maese says the Redskins' most valuable player on special teams is Brandon Banks. Do you agree? Vote in the poll below:...

By Washington Post sports editors  | November 5, 2010; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (147)
Categories:  Brandon Banks, Polls, Special teams  
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Redskins at the bye week: special teams

The Redskins reached the midway point of their first season under Mike Shanahan at 4-4 - matching their win total from a year ago but knowing they might have won each of the games they lost. This we're looking at each element of the team - defense, offense and special...

By Rick Maese  | November 5, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Special teams  
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Roster analysis: Return on investment

Former Redskins salary cap analyst J.I. Halsell breaks down the players with the best and worst values midway through the season: Best Values: Return man Brandon Banks has provided a spark in the return game that hasn't been seen in these parts since the days of Brian Mitchell. In...

By J.I. Halsell  | November 5, 2010; 9:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Roster analysis  
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Poll: Redskins' MVP on offense

After eight games, The Post's Barry Svrluga says Chris Cooley is the Redskins' most valuable player on offense. Do you agree? Vote in the poll below....

By Washington Post sports editors  | November 4, 2010; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (210)
Categories:  Chris Cooley, Polls, Santana Moss, wide receivers  
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Redskins at the bye week: the offense

The Redskins reached the midway point of their first season under Mike Shanahan at 4-4 -- matching their win total from a year ago but knowing they might have won each of the games they lost. Over the next three days, we'll look at each element of the team --...

By Barry Svrluga  | November 4, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (137)
Categories:  Anthony Armstrong, Chris Cooley, Clinton Portis, Donovan McNabb, Kyle Shanahan, Ryan Torain, Santana Moss, quarterbacks, wide receivers  
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Poll: Redskins' MVP on defense

After eight games, The Post's Jason Reid says the Redskins' most valuable player on defense is LaRon Landry. Do you agree? Vote in the poll below:...

By Washington Post sports editors  | November 3, 2010; 12:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (332)
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth, Brian Orakpo, DeAngelo Hall, LaRon Landry, London Fletcher, Polls  
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Redskins at the bye week: the defense

The Redskins reached the midway point of their first season under Mike Shanahan at 4-4 - matching their win total from a year ago but knowing they might have won each of the games they lost. Over the next three days, we'll look at each element of the team -...

By Jason Reid  | November 3, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (106)
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth, DeAngelo Hall, Jim Haslett, LaRon Landry, Lorenzo Alexander  
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Statistical analysis: History says benching Donovan McNabb was a mistake

--When Coach Mike Shanahan made the decision to replace Donovan McNabb with Rex Grossman against the Lions on Sunday, the Redskins still had about a 25 percent chance of winning the game, much higher than most fans might think. Even below-average teams can get a touchdown with 1 minute 45...

By Brian Burke  | November 3, 2010; 6:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (113)
Categories:  Donovan McNabb, Statistical analysis  
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Clinton Portis practices for the first time since Oct. 3 injury

Veteran running back Clinton Portis participated in practice Tuesday for the first time since suffering a severe groin injury. "He took a few plays today, which is a good sign," Coach Mike Shanahan said. "I can't tell ya if he's 60 percent, 70 percent, but he's biting at the bit...

By Jason Reid  | November 2, 2010; 2:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (163)
Categories:  Clinton Portis  
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Kyle Shanahan on JaMarcus Russell: 'We'll take a look and we'll evaluate him'

Quarterback JaMarcus Russell, considered arguably the biggest bust in NFL draft history, worked out for the Redskins on Tuesday at Redskins Park. "I have no idea" what went wrong with Russell, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said. "I haven't studied JaMarcus since he came out of college. I think me, and...

By Jason Reid  | November 2, 2010; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
 
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Kyle Shanahan: Donovan McNabb knew benching was a possibility

In another twist to the ongoing controversy resulting from quarterback Donovan McNabb's surprising late-game benching against Detroit, Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan on Tuesday said McNabb was informed early last week of the possibility he could be removed from the game because of his performance, and then McNabb quickly contradicted...

By Jason Reid  | November 2, 2010; 1:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (105)
Categories:  Donovan McNabb, Kyle Shanahan  
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Donovan McNabb says he and Mike Shanahan have met about benching, 'put it behind us'

Asked Tuesday about the chances that he'll be back as the Redskins' quarterback next season, Donovan McNabb said, "100 percent." But speaking during his weekly radio appearance on ESPN 980, McNabb immediately qualified the estimate. "If I would've said 75 or 60, it would have been another big story," he...

By Rick Maese  | November 2, 2010; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
Categories:  Donovan McNabb  
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JaMarcus Russell works out with Redskins

JaMarcus Russell, the embattled former quarterback in Oakland, was at Redskins Park Tuesday morning for a tryout with the Redskins. Following the Redskins' final practice before players scatter for the bye week, several football players took the field for tryouts, a regular Tuesday occurrence at facilities across the NFL. In...

By Rick Maese  | November 2, 2010; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (173)
Categories:  Donovan McNabb  
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Mike Shanahan denies that Donovan McNabb's practice habits are a problem

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan on Tuesday dismissed an ESPN report that he and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, Mike's son, were displeased with the tempo in practice of quarterback Donovan McNabb. "There are so many rumors that circulate once something like this happens," Mike Shanahan said. "I don't even attempt to...

By Barry Svrluga  | November 2, 2010; 11:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Donovan McNabb  
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Donovan McNabb says he could have finished game in Detroit

Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb conducted a four-minute question-and-answer session with the media following Tuesday morning's practice, the last workout before the team heads to its bye week. McNabb limited the time of the questioning, which centered around Coach Mike Shanahan's decision to replace McNabb with backup Rex Grossman with 1...

By Barry Svrluga  | November 2, 2010; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
Categories:  Donovan McNabb  
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Redskins seek more production from the receiving corps

In his 16th season, Redskins wide receiver Joey Galloway is averaging an impressive 15.7 yards per catch and has a 62-yard reception. The problem is, Galloway, who started the first two games and four of eight this season, has only nine receptions. He has averaged 17.6 yards receiving per game....

By Jason Reid  | November 2, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
Categories:  Joey Galloway  
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Report: Shanahan unhappy with McNabb practice habits

If Mike Shanahan was trying to send a message to Donovan McNabb by benching him Sunday, it could be this simple: We expect more from you. And in the days that followed Sunday's loss to Detroit, it seems that message might not just be confined to gamedays. ESPN's Chris Mortensen...

By Rick Maese  | November 2, 2010; 9:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  Donovan McNabb, Mike Shanahan  
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Shanahan says Lichtensteiger is worthy of playing time

The Redskins' offensive line struggled in pass protection during the first half of the season, and left guard Kory Lichtensteiger appeared to be among the weakest links. Since replacing Derrick Dockery in the starting lineup, Lichtensteiger often has seemed ineffective in the team's protection schemes. But to hear Coach Mike...

By Jason Reid  | November 2, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (108)
Categories:  Offensive line  
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Redskins would look at Randy Moss, Mike Shanahan says

There were reports that the Minnesota Vikings would waive star wide receiver Randy Moss, but Moss was still on the team's roster after Monday's waiver deadline passed. Would the Redskins pursue Moss if he cleared waivers? "We're always looking at the best scenario to help our football team," Coach Mike...

By Jason Reid  | November 1, 2010; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (138)
Categories:  wide receivers  
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Redskins running out of running backs?

An MRI exam of running back Ryan Torain's strained hamstring revealed no structural damage, and coach Mike Shanahan said he hopes Torain can play in the team's next game, Nov. 15 against the Philadelphia Eagles "It wasn't a tear," Shanahan said of Torain's injury. "Does that mean he'll be able...

By Jason Reid  | November 1, 2010; 7:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Clinton Portis, Running backs, Ryan Torain  
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Mike Shanahan: Entire offense did not play well

Regardless of whether Donovan McNabb or Rex Grossman is on the field, the Redskins' offensive line must provide better protection than it did during Sunday's 37-25 loss to the Detroit Lions. The Lions had seven sacks and 12 quarterback hits. Defensive linemen Kyle Vanden Bosch, Ndamukong Suh and Cliff Avril...

By Jason Reid  | November 1, 2010; 6:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Donovan McNabb, Mike Shanahan, Offensive line, Rex Grossman  
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Donovan McNabb could run two-minute drill if he heals, Mike Shanahan says

Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb would run the two-minute offense for the Redskins after the bye week if he heals well from his numerous injuries, Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday at Redskins Park. During his regularly scheduled media availability, Shanahan provided a more-detailed explanation about his stunning decision to bench...

By Jason Reid  | November 1, 2010; 6:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Donovan McNabb  
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Shanahan: McNabb's injuries contributed to benching

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday that Donovan McNabb's lingering injuries played a role in the coach's decision to bench his starting quarterback Sunday. Shanahan told reporters that he met with McNabb Monday morning at Redskins Park. It was a good discussion, he said, but "I don't go through our...

By Rick Maese  | November 1, 2010; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (124)
Categories:  Donovan McNabb, Mike Shanahan  
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Should the Redskins take a chance on Randy Moss?

Wideout Randy Moss was waived by the Minnesota Vikings Monday. Should the Redskins consider acquiring him to shore up their wide receiver corps? poll by twiigs.com...

By Washington Post editors  | November 1, 2010; 3:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (86)
Categories:  wide receivers  
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Offensive line's breakdowns result in 7 sacks

Not to be lost in the controversy surrounding Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan's decision to pull starting quarterback Donovan McNabb in the waning moments of Sunday's loss at Detroit is the play of Washington's offensive line, which allowed a season-high seven sacks to the Lions. "We feel like we prepared as...

By Barry Svrluga  | November 1, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (175)
Categories:  Donovan McNabb, Mike Shanahan, Offensive line, Rex Grossman  
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Teammates still surprised at Donovan McNabb's benching

A day after quarterback Donovan McNabb was benched in the fourth quarter of a 37-25 loss at Detroit, his Redskins teammates expressed - again - their overriding feeling about Coach Mike Shanahan's move: Surprise. "Initially, I thought he was probably hurt or something," inside linebacker London Fletcher said. "I think...

By Barry Svrluga  | November 1, 2010; 1:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (91)
Categories:  Donovan McNabb, Mike Shanahan, Rex Grossman  
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Rex Grossman had little warning he was replacing Donovan McNabb

Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman said Monday morning that he found out he would replace starter Donovan McNabb shortly after McNabb took a fourth-down sack late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 37-25 loss at Detroit and that he was surprised at the move. "I was surprised," Grossman said. "But you...

By Barry Svrluga  | November 1, 2010; 12:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
Categories:  Donovan McNabb, Rex Grossman  
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Analysis: Benching of McNabb raises questions about this season and beyond

If Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan wanted to send a message to quarterback Donovan McNabb, he did by benching him for the final two minutes of Sunday's 37-25 loss to the Detroit Lions. But Shanahan also sent a strong message to every other player in the locker room. After spending six...

By Jason Reid  | November 1, 2010; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (215)
Categories:  Donovan McNabb, Mike Shanahan  
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NBC analysts pan Donovan McNabb benching

Dan Steinberg noted Sunday night that Washington analysts didn't have a lot of kind things to say about Mike Shanahan's decision to bench Donovan McNabb late in Sunday's loss at Detroit. Well, the national analysts weren't thrilled with the decision either. Here's a selection of quotes from NBC's "Football Night...

By Rick Maese  | November 1, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Donovan McNabb, Mike Shanahan  
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Big questions heading into the bye

The Redskins have hit the bye week, but Monday is hardly a day off -- not for coaches, not for players and certainly not for fans, who have more questions now than any other point this season. Players are due at Redskins Park later Monday morning to review film and...

By Rick Maese  | November 1, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (89)
Categories:  Donovan McNabb, Mike Shanahan  
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DeAngelo Hall: 'We just didn't execute' vs. Lions

With his first-quarter interception off Matthew Stafford, Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall tied his career high with six interceptions on the season -- and the Redskins have barely reached the midpoint of their16-game schedule. Hall also leads the league in picks. But he wasn't celebrating after Sunday's game, stung by the...

By Rick Maese  | October 31, 2010; 7:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
Categories:  DeAngelo Hall  
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Redskins enter bye week with a slew of injuries

With a bye week coming up, the Redskins now have a much-needed break to nurse several bumps and bruises that players brought with them back to Washington. Safety Chris Horton left the game in the first half and appeared on the sidelines in the second half wearing street clothes and...

By Rick Maese  | October 31, 2010; 7:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Chris Cooley, Chris Horton, Jammal Brown, Ryan Torain, Stephon Heyer  
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Penalties contribute to Redskins' unraveling vs. Lions

The Redskins committed 10 penalties for 77 yards in Sunday's 37-25 loss at Detroit, including a number of infractions that either helped Detroit score or took points off the board for Washington. The first came on a fourth-and-1 play from the Redskins' 7 yard line and the Lions lining up...

By Barry Svrluga  | October 31, 2010; 7:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Keiland Williams picks up load for injured Torain

Redskins running back Ryan Torain strained his left hamstring on the final play of the first half of Sunday's 37-25 loss to Detroit, an injury that left Keiland Williams not only as the featured back in the second half, but as the only healthy back active for the game. "When...

By Barry Svrluga  | October 31, 2010; 6:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Keiland Williams, Running backs, Ryan Torain  
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McNabb benched because Grossman gave team best chance, Shanahan says

Coach Mike Shanahan said Sunday he benched starting quarterback Donovan McNabb with less than two minutes left in the Lions game because he believed backup Rex Grossman gave the team a better chance to win the game. "I thought (Grossman) gave us the best chance to win," Shanahan said. McNabb,...

By Rick Maese  | October 31, 2010; 5:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (235)
Categories:  Donovan McNabb  
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Lions win, 37-25, to send Redskins into bye week with a loss

Updated 4:33 p.m. Fourth quarter Calvin Johnson's third touchdown of the day was a big one and the Lions scored 23 fourth quarter points, lifting Detroit over Washington, 37-25, and sending the Redskins into their bye week with a loss. With 4:40 remaining in the game, the Redskins nursed a...

By Barry Svrluga and Rick Maese  | October 31, 2010; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (516)
 
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Rate the Redskins against the Lions

washingtonpost.com users react to the Redskins' game at the Detroit Lions on Oct. 31, 2010.

By Washington Post sports editors  | October 31, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
Categories:  Polls  | Tags:  Rate the Redskins  
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Only two running backs for Lions game

For the second consecutive week, the Redskins will have only two active running backs. Third back Chad Simpson, who has primarily worked on special teams, has been dealing with a hamstring injury. During the week, Coach Mike Shanahan said he hoped Simpson, who was listed as limited each day on...

By Jason Reid  | October 31, 2010; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
Categories:  Running backs  
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