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New philosophy--"Get the ball"--is working

A year ago, when the Redskins' defense ranked a respectable 10th in the NFL in yardage allowed, they forced all of 17 turnovers, fewer than any team in the league. New defensive coordinator Jim Haslett arrived not only to switch the team over to a primarily 3-4 alignment - a scheme they have used only sporadically thus far - but to create more opportunities to take the ball away from the opponent.

Sunday's 17-14 victory over Chicago was the high point of that process so far. The Redskins forced six turnovers, led by DeAngelo Hall's four-interception performance.

"It's just a philosophy we've been taught," Hall said Sunday. "We've been taught to go out there, try to be ballhawks, try to get the ball."

Though the Redskins' defensive performance has been uneven - they still rank 31st in the NFL in yards allowed per game at 406 - that philosophy seems to have worked. The six turnovers against the Bears gives them 17 for the season, matching last year's total. That number is exceeded by only one team - Tennessee, with 18 - and shows that the Redskins have completely altered the way they play defense.

"That's what we want to do," outside linebacker Brian Orakpo said. "We want to be relentless, just keep playing, and get the ball out when we can. Even when they have the ball on the 1 yard line, we're going to keep playing."

That they did yesterday, forcing a fumble by Bears quarterback Jay Cutler on a sneak that might have gone for a touchdown. Instead, defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth leaped over an offensive lineman, creating tremendous push, and linebacker London Fletcher flew forward to knock the ball loose. The Redskins have recovered nine fumbles by the opposition, tied with the New York Jets for most in the league.

The Redskins also are tied for second in the NFL in another important category: turnover differential. Though the offense has turned the ball over nine times, including three on Sunday, they are still plus-8 for the year, tied with Pittsburgh and trailing only the Jets, who are plus-10. Last year, the Redskins ranked 28th in the league at minus-11.

By Barry Svrluga  | October 25, 2010; 11:12 AM ET
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Comments

My early prediction for this week.

Orakapo makes a huge play to make up for being targeted in coverage late in last years loss.

I'm calling for a stripped sack that leads to an easy TD for our O.

Book it!

Posted by: Devo2 | October 25, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

I know the numbers and the stats are fun to twiddle with; but if we are talking about real life football then the JC-McNabb comparison is little more than a nice chuckle...


Posted by: p1funk | October 25, 2010 11:12 AM
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Agree about the inconsistency..
They are two QBs on a new team and a new system with a crap OLine ... and their overall qb ratings are fairly close..... This was my original intent in the posting.
However, its nice to possbily get a 4th from the Raiders for the player that nobody wanted... And JC may prove to be a Steal if he gets comfortable and consistent in their system.

Posted by: onanygivensunday | October 25, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Yep, the Optimism Bus is running strong and on time on this Victory Monday!
All aboard......

Posted by: monk811 | October 25, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

This season is coming together a lot like I thought...defense taking a step back with yardage allowed, but taking the ball away more and the offense doing just enough to post a few early wins. Hopefully it all comes together for the stretch run...we'll be a squad to be reckoned with...

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 25, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Haynesworth, sackIntosh, hall were awesome

torains 2 fumbles, banks fall down and fumble, mcNabbs pick 6 saved by delay of game were horrendous

Posted by: pabrian2003 | October 25, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

At 4-3 having beaten Philly, GB and Dallas, and division-leading Chicago, we are as much in the running for the NFC as anyone else out there; especially since we still get 2 games against NYG.

We're winning enough games with McNabb to make a serious playoff run so far...

Posted by: p1funk | October 25, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Also, 4-1 in conference, 2-0 in division. It's looking like a year were those numbers will matter.

Posted by: PortisPocketsStr8 | October 25, 2010 11:06 AM

STAMPED and approved.....

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 25, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Imagine what their turnovers would be if Carlos Rogers could hold on to the ball. There'd be at least three more turnovers on the list.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | October 25, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Armstrong choked

Posted by: pabrian2003 | October 25, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

if the boys lose tonight.. Jerry is gonna need a new nip and tuck.
How much would it suk for him and Cowboy fans if the Skins are the NFC rep at the first texas Super Bowl?

Posted by: onanygivensunday | October 25, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Love the turnovers. I also would like to know where the defense ranks as far as red zone efficiency and third down percentage. The ball is bouncing their way because they work hard at it. IMO being ranked high in the other two categories would indicate a defense we can hang our hats on week in and week out.

Posted by: TWISI | October 25, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

"torain's 2 fumbles"


I'll take a pass on blaming Torain for the fumbles as in one case, the defender spent more time trying to 'poke' the ball out from his arm than tackle him.

And again, this, and not proper tackling technique, is what's taught and encouraged league-wide.

Teams would rather give up yardage hoping to get a turnover.

It is what it is.

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 25, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Hall, in one game, almost equaled CRogers whole 6 year career....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | October 25, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Hail Victory!!

What's up with all the negativity on here after a win. Keep in mind that the Skins are coming off a 4-12 season and are rebuilding this football team, yet the Skins are in the thick of things for both the div and conference.

Yes, that game was ugly, but at the end of the day the Skins are finding ways to win games they lose last year.

Have some Kool-aid, jump on the Bus and enjoy this ride!

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 25, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

I'm still having a hard time with tonight's game. For as much as I'd love to see Dallas lose and all but eliminate themselves from any glimmer of hope of the postseason I would also love to see us in the lead in the NFC East again. I will continue to rout for a meteor to hit the field or the tie. Wonder what odds Vegas is giving on either of those scenarios?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 25, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

if the boys lose tonight.. Jerry is gonna need a new nip and tuck.
How much would it suk for him and Cowboy fans if the Skins are the NFC rep at the first texas Super Bowl?

Posted by: onanygivensunday | October 25, 2010 11:35 AM


The perfect middle finger to Jerrah and his lousy fanbase would be for the Skins to rep the NFC and the Texans to rep the AFC. Division rival vs. intrastate rival. So let it be written, so let it be done.

ESPN First Take interviewing David Bowen on his 2 INT performance against the Saints...idiot Jay Crawford asked him 40 time and Bowen replied, "4-ever". Brilliant...

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 25, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

I would also love to see us in the lead in the NFC East again. I will continue to rout for a meteor to hit the field or the tie. Wonder what odds Vegas is giving on either of those scenarios?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 25, 2010 11:40 AM
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bout the same as Wade Phillips being employed next Sunday, if the Cowboys lose tonight.

Posted by: onanygivensunday | October 25, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Your luck won't last forever.

Once again the Washington Awfulskins got outplayed from start to finish and the football gods smiled on them. Or maybe Hall will get multiple interceptions in EVERY game this year? Yeah, that's the ticket!

Watch a real team (Cowboys) with a real offense and defense take care of business tonight.

Awfulskins really should be 0-7 so losing to Detroit next week should not surprise ANY of you dreamers who've been around the block a time or two.

Warmly,
Joe

Posted by: PampaTex | October 25, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

People are worrying too much about tonight's game. You don't have to route for anyone, just sit back and watch one of our Divisional foes lose. Either we're in first place or Dallas' season is over, it's a win win situation!!!

Posted by: monk811 | October 25, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Laughable

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 25, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

What's up with all the negativity on here after a win.

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 25, 2010 11:38 AM

We're disagreeing on whether the tequila bottle is one-third empty or two-thirds full. Don't think of it as negativity. It's counter-positivity.

Posted by: beep-beep | October 25, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

What's up with all the negativity on here after a win. Keep in mind that the Skins are coming off a 4-12 season and are rebuilding this football team, yet the Skins are in the thick of things for both the div and conference.

Yes, that game was ugly, but at the end of the day the Skins are finding ways to win games they lose last year.

Have some Kool-aid, jump on the Bus and enjoy this ride!

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 25, 2010 11:38 AM


Agreed. The blog feels like it did after the 9-7 win over the Rams last year. We have a coach and a QB at the same time for the first time in forever...drink it in! Won't always go down smooth, but just be glad we're drinking in victories...

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 25, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

People are worrying too much about tonight's game. You don't have to route for anyone, just sit back and watch one of our Divisional foes lose. Either we're in first place or Dallas' season is over, it's a win win situation!!!

Posted by: monk811 | October 25, 2010 11:45 AM

True. I'm still routing for the meteor.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 25, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

People are worrying too much about tonight's game. You don't have to route for anyone, just sit back and watch one of our Divisional foes lose. Either we're in first place or Dallas' season is over, it's a win win situation!!!

Posted by: monk811 | October 25, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Co-sign.

I'm still not sure who to root for. Part of me wants Dallas to do good enough this year for Jerrah to keep the Wade / Romo show together for another season.

Posted by: JohnnyRyde | October 25, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Brownwood is a funny guy...Redskins representing the NFC in the Super Bowl. How about outplaying somebody (ANYBODY) first? Freaking idiot!

-Joe

Posted by: PampaTex | October 25, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

True. I'm still routing for the meteor.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 25, 2010 11:47 AM

If this happens, not only will it eliminate two of our most hated rivals, but it will give us an additional three wins this year!

Question is, where will we be playing the SB if this happens?

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 25, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

What's up with all the negativity on here after a win. Keep in mind that the Skins are coming off a 4-12 season and are rebuilding this football team, yet the Skins are in the thick of things for both the div and conference.

Yes, that game was ugly, but at the end of the day the Skins are finding ways to win games they lose last year.

Have some Kool-aid, jump on the Bus and enjoy this ride!

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 25, 2010 11:38 AM

The problem is that you have "fans" coming on here swearing that the coaches and players are criticizing each other when that clearly isn't happening, you have "fans" coming on here saying that Albert needs to "man up, everybody loses people" after he just manned up, and we have "fans" on here talking about how this person or that person just blew it when, in fact, we just won.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 25, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Someone needs some sour grape kool-aid.

Posted by: PlayAction | October 25, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

"...interviewing David Bowen..."


Memba him?

He was on the redskin team in 2001.

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 25, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Question is, where will we be playing the SB if this happens?

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 25, 2010 11:51 AM

The new Giants stadium. Anytime the league tosses a coin it comes up neither heads nor tails but New York City.

Posted by: beep-beep | October 25, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

This is tough but I think I want Dallas to win tonight. That way they will still have just enough confidence and swagger to continue to play stupid football and make silly careless mistakes. If they lose they might actually buckle down and get focused.

Posted by: will_ga | October 25, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

what a great win, on the road, great great defense, taking advantage of opportunities

LF59, haynesworth, freight-torain, and the man of the hour D Hall, very happy fellas

but to be elite, we still need an o-line, though they hung in there

defensive TDs are the best after winning

HAIL

Posted by: retroskins14 | October 25, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Question is, where will we be playing the SB if this happens?

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 25, 2010 11:51 AM

FEDEX!

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 25, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

I'm still not sure who to root for. Part of me wants Dallas to do good enough this year for Jerrah to keep the Wade / Romo show together for another season.

Posted by: JohnnyRyde | October 25, 2010 11:48 AM
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agreed... otherwise Jerrah might blow it up and bring in a real HC and QB.

Hope Joe/TamponTex is one of those Cowboy fans that paid a non-refundable 5 figure fee, up front, to reserve a Super Bowl XLV seat at Cowboy Stadium, only to now most likely, have to watch an NFC East rival play in the game.

Posted by: onanygivensunday | October 25, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

@ PampaTex,

Go play in the Freeway, get run over, and save the world of your awfulness and idiocy.

Sincerely,

The rest of the world.

Posted by: Devo2 | October 25, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

I predicted a big win over the Bears and we managed a small win over the Bears.

This week I'm predicting DM5 throws for 350+ and we find a way to sneak out a 23-20 win.

This is the most important game of the season so far, in my book. Huge difference between 5-3 and 4-4 at the break. Momentum, confidence, etc. etc. And if we win at Detroit we'd only need to go 4-4 after the bye to get into the show.

Posted by: Rypien11 | October 25, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

dont like the fumbles from ryan "the bull" torain though, but great running

Posted by: retroskins14 | October 25, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

The problem is that you have "fans" coming on here swearing that the coaches and players are criticizing each other when that clearly isn't happening, you have "fans" coming on here saying that Albert needs to "man up, everybody loses people" after he just manned up, and we have "fans" on here talking about how this person or that person just blew it when, in fact, we just won.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 25, 2010 11:52 AM

No the problem is people who won't ITA.

pepper = parbrain = Dallas troll sock puppet = ITA

Posted by: beep-beep | October 25, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

The problem is that you have "fans" coming on here swearing that the coaches and players are criticizing each other.....

Then there are the 'fans' who show up to post only when there's a win.

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 25, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Pampa Tex,

What the scoreboard says at the end of the game is what matters, not the stat sheet! Go ask your 1-4 Cowboys about that! Stats don't mean you outplay anybody!

Posted by: redryan400 | October 25, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

The Awfulskins have the oldest team in the league and some kool-aid swigging idiot is chirping about 'skins being in a "rebuilding" year, so things are only going to get better. Hahaha!! How laughworthy! They're obviously lacing the burgandy and gold kool-aid with hallucinogens nowadays. Whatever floats your boat.

Disdainfully,
Joe

Posted by: PampaTex | October 25, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Then there are the 'fans' who show up to post only when there's a win.

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 25, 2010 11:57 AM

Much better than the ones who only show up to post after a loss...

Posted by: beep-beep | October 25, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

I'm trying to think if there are any other 1-5 paper champions that are as delusional as the trolls who come here...must be nice to be oblivious to reality and living thru a Madden season played on rookie setting...

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 25, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Brownwood is a funny guy...Redskins representing the NFC in the Super Bowl. How about outplaying somebody (ANYBODY) first? Freaking idiot!

-Joe

Posted by: PampaTex | October 25, 2010 11:48 AM |

It's much more feasible than the Brokebacks in the Show.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 25, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Playoff poll beeps

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 25, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

pepper = parbrain = Dallas troll sock puppet = ITA

Posted by: beep-beep | October 25, 2010 11:56 AM

I guess I hadn't seen enough of Pepper yet to realize that he is a troll.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 25, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Redryan400,

Your scoreboard is too small to see, so who knows what the hell it says. Maybe Jerry Jones can float Mini-Me Snyder a few bucks for an upgrade.

Good Day

Joe

Posted by: PampaTex | October 25, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

I guess I hadn't seen enough of Pepper yet to realize that he is a troll.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 25, 2010 12:04 PM

Not really a troll -- just loopy.

Posted by: beep-beep | October 25, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

"don't like the fumbles from ryan "the bull" torain though, but great running"

I don't see how you can blame a guy for fumbling when defensive players hold you up so another guy can pull your arms apart to get the ball.

Then there's the pick pocketing where a guy pokes at the ball as he'd rather not tackle you.

Fumblng used to be when you got hit so hard, the ball popped out.

But today, hitting hard has been outlawed.

Which is why when it comes to turnovers, the pick pockets rule.

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 25, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Stats don't mean you outplay anybody!

Posted by: redryan400 | October 25, 2010 11:59 AM


Never has that been proven with more gusto than in San Diego...where the Chargers are 1st in offense AND 1st in defense yet sit in last place at 2-5. Only Norv could lead a team those those maddening depths...

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 25, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Joe,
As a Redskins fan I never go to the Dallas Morning News for fan info, why do you come here? Oh thats right, to get info on a team with a WINNING RECORD.

Holding #71 offense. Game over. Loss to G-Men tonight, season over.

Posted by: tdskinz | October 25, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

I will continue to rout for a meteor to hit the field or the tie. Wonder what odds Vegas is giving on either of those scenarios?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 25, 2010 11:40 AM

Do what I do. Root for the defense and the guy that drives the stretcher cart. We'll have two shots at the midgetes, it's in our hands. And if we can't win it that way, we don't deserve it.

Posted by: wireman65 | October 25, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Redryan400,

Your scoreboard is too small to see, so who knows what the hell it says. Maybe Jerry Jones can float Mini-Me Snyder a few bucks for an upgrade.

Good Day

Joe

Posted by: PampaTex

I guess the tampons in Texas are bigger... cuz p*ssies like this one sure are. Tampex, will you promise to keep in touch after you lose tonight? Please?

Posted by: pgugino | October 25, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Redryan400,

Your scoreboard is too small to see, so who knows what the hell it says. Maybe Jerry Jones can float Mini-Me Snyder a few bucks for an upgrade.

Good Day

Joe

Posted by: PampaTex

I guess the tampons in Texas are bigger... cuz p*ssies like this one sure are. Tampex, will you promise to keep in touch after you lose tonight? Please?

Posted by: pgugino | October 25, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Am I the only one who actually loves it when Aikman calls a Skins game? First, the moment I see him in the booth I'm reminded about how Lavar put him there. Second, each criticisms he makes of the Redskins end up getting proven wrong by the end of the game (test this theory yourself - it is like clockwork). Third, when the Skins win you can just see his blood boiling.

Posted by: mhaslup1 | October 25, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Torain played well. He needs to learn that late in the game with a one-score lead we'd rather have him wrap the ball than get a couple extra yards. This is typical for young players though.

My guess is that after the bye he and Portis are trading series, with Portis playing most third-downs and probably getting the four-minute-drill carries as well.

Posted by: mhaslup1 | October 25, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

They really do need Haynesworth in there more than Orapko. You might get by with a Carter or a Jarmon at his position. You can't replace Haynesworth on the line. Like it or not the guy comes as advertised wreaking havoc on opponents' running games and their passing rhythms. He seems to have come back after mourning his loss with a new attitude.

You want the "key" to the playoffs? Its looks he's it along with McNabb. Both staying healthy and playing in most every game down the road.

Posted by: periculum | October 25, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

That is one thing about us Skins fans; we don't know the meaning of being cautiously optimistic... It is either calls for Super Bowl or beating them down as the worst team in the league.
This year's squad has almost as many problems as last year's. We could easily be 2-5, if Rabach snapped the football on time last Sunday for that pick 6 and if that Packers field goal hooked six inches inwards two weeks ago... everyone would be having a fit now claiming the McNabb trade was terrible and calling for Shanahan's head to roll.
The way I see it, we are an 8-8 squad at best, we'll be in it every game no matter against who coming down the last 5 minutes of the 4th quarter, and we'll win half and lose half...

Posted by: WECnDC | October 25, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

I still think the McNabb trade is horrible. He's terrible I know he doesn't really have much help but when you throw it at the receivers feet or over throw by 5-10 yds you're not helping the cause either. Like I said before I would like to see what it would have been like with JC, Trent Williams, and that 2nd round pick. I mean seriously could captain check down really play worse than McNabb is right now?

Posted by: Joker99z | October 25, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Huge win yesterday. Makes this weekend not a must win, but realistically if we want to be a playoff team, we cannot lose to both STL and DET. If we can get to the bye week at 5-3, we are in prime position. 4-4 wouldn't be bad, and probably in alignment with most of our realistic preseason expectations. But 5-3 would be sweet. In the second half we've got Philly, Tampa, Minny and NYG at home, Dallas, Jax, NYG and TEN away. If we can win 5 of the first 8 on our schedule, we can definitely do the same in the 2nd half. First things first. Take care of Detroit.

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | October 25, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

I still think the McNabb trade is horrible. He's terrible I know he doesn't really have much help but when you throw it at the receivers feet or over throw by 5-10 yds you're not helping the cause either. Like I said before I would like to see what it would have been like with JC, Trent Williams, and that 2nd round pick. I mean seriously could captain check down really play worse than McNabb is right now?

Posted by: Joker99z | October 25, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

With all due respect, I don't think you know much about football if you think this team would be 4-3 with JC.

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | October 25, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

And how nice to see 92 balling hard. I hope he rededicates himself after his family tragedy, he can still be an elite player and a difference maker along the line. If he's playing at a high level, Orakpo only gets more dangerous.

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | October 25, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Late on the thread here but I felt compelled to air my humble, moreover content, opinion on this recent victory and the present state of the franchise.

Firstly, it is a glorious thing to see our Skins exploit a glaring weakness on the opposition. For years we have majorly played at a skill level comparable to an opponent most every game - especially one we deemed inferior. Going into this game it was clear that the Bears have kickers for an O-Line, mediocre receivers, and a fledgling running game. Our D ate their O like a compulsive fat kid does cake after smokin' a fat bowl of the strongest ganj in celebration of surviving a 20 day foodless hike in the Saharan desert.

Secondly, it has been too long since laying eyes on a group of burgundy-n-gold clad meatlockers who are all collectively fired up like a Weber grill at a tailgate party. They are all buying in, even AH, and seem to be resilient in the face of off-field adversity. One word that was almost lost to me from the consecutive years of strife, turmoil, and disappointment - UNITY.

Third - D HALL!! Talk about getting called out and showing up instead of slumping down. (Any chance there's space for Fat Al in this category?)

And finally, it just feels good to know that at this point, it appears we have a team that will fight in every game and actually CAN pull off close oes. Even the Colts game was impressive considering I was going into it with that all-too-familiar kicked dog feeling from years of letdowns and inferiority - Flashbacks of the Patriots whooping we took a couple years back flooded my undersized and allegedly human brain. We are 7 weeks into the first year of an entirely new coaching regime, a front office replaced by an heir to a Skins legacy, a seemingly reborn rich kid owner that might finally realize a franchise is not a lincoln log set, an entirely new defensive scheme originally lacking the sort typically found in 3-4s, a veteran QB who's loyalty is still unknown, and a giant drama queen that ate 92 orcas on his first day of postnatal existence. We are also 4W3L through the majority of the toughest leg of our schedule and seem to get feistier every game. We clearly still have our work cut out for us, but I like what I'm seeing so early on. Sorry for the length but I'm having my first-ever fit of optimism and my fingers are urging me to convey feelings once thought distant and alien.

In conclusion I'm not sayin' Superbowl, but I'm just sayin'...

Posted by: ScoGrass | October 25, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

I still think the McNabb trade is horrible. He's terrible I know he doesn't really have much help but when you throw it at the receivers feet or over throw by 5-10 yds you're not helping the cause either. Like I said before I would like to see what it would have been like with JC, Trent Williams, and that 2nd round pick. I mean seriously could captain check down really play worse than McNabb is right now?

Posted by: Joker99z | October 25, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

With all due respect, I don't think you know much about football if you think this team would be 4-3 with JC.

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | October 25, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Sir please explain to me how McNabb is helping the team? I feel like every is look at what he has done, not what he has done for us lately. Consistently missing WRs I know ours aren't the best but when you can't hit them at all on 8 yd slants there's problems.

Last week we had the turnover battle won and time of possession yet we lose. Everyone wants to point out that Gano missed the fg, but what up that first fumble we get early in the game, McFag gives it right back. He can't even make a couple plays with his legs anymore.

Shannahan is a supposed QB genius so I'm curious to see what would have happened with JC, and that 2nd round pick of a OL WR or DB.

Posted by: Joker99z | October 25, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

As I read the anti-McNabb blogs, I keep seeing the same thing: I know that McNabb has no weapons and our offensive line is terrible (perhaps the worst in football), but...McNabb sucks for not having.... Reality check: Neither he nor Shanahan have anything to work with, but despite that they have managed the games well enough to give you a 4-3 record through the toughest part of your schedule. McNabb is getting the crap beat out of him as he is getting hit on every pass play, has receivers that are giving him almost no window to throw into and a largely non-existent running game. Is there a team in the league that has less talent than you have on offense? As an Eagles fan, I can tell you that we have much more talent than you and we not only have the same record but were beat by you. Finally, all QB's miss open receivers especially when they are under constant pressure (even Peyton Manning). In your case, it just stands out more when they are missed because they are hardly ever open. The reason I am commenting is that I watched McNabb somehow get us into Championship games over and over again with mediocre talent and then take the rap when the lack of talent especially at WR finally caught up with us. Then, they finally get him some talent but ship him off to another team with no offensive talent and crazy fans who now want their miracle.

Posted by: eaglesfan3 | October 26, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

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