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Wade Phillips: Revamped Redskins are 'an unknown'

Cowboys Coach Wade Phillips knows Mike Shanahan better than many of his counterparts around the NFL because the two worked alongside each other on Dan Reeves's staff in Denver.

"It's a good relationship," Phillips said in a conference call with Washington reporters this morning. "Our families know each other well."

But that doesn't mean Phillips knows what to expect heading into Sunday night's regular season opener at FedEx Field. In fact, it's quite the opposite. Phillips said he believes the offseason upheaval in Ashburn has given the Redskins a distinct advantage -- from a preparation standpoint, at least.

"It's always difficult, the first game on the road, especially the first game of the season, no matter what," Phillips said. "The Redskins have a new coach with a new scheme on offense and defense. They have some of the same players, but they have changes there, too. It's more of an unknown."

In a league where every second of game film is dissected in slow motion, then replayed and dissected again, the Cowboys have precious little to study from the Redskins.

"They can look at us from last year and the previous three years and say, 'Hey, they are going to do these things,'" Phillips said. "We look at them and say, 'Well, we're not too sure what exactly they are going to do. We think they are going to do certain things.' They are going to be sound in what they do. They are ... going to come up with some things we haven't seen before."

One of those big unknowns is whether Albert Haynesworth will still be a Redskin come Sunday and, if so, how much will he play.

"It's important to know the personnel of the other team and what they can do," Phillips said when asked about Haynesworth. "But when he's in the game, he's a force on the field. We're well aware of that."

Some other odds and ends from the Phillips call:

*On the rivalry between Washington and Dallas:

"It means the same thing it does to the Washington Redskins. It's a big rivalry. The NFC East is a tough, tough division and all of the teams are rivals. That's what makes it tough."

*On facing Donovan McNabb, who, as a member of the Eagles last year, went 0-3 against the Cowboys, including a playoff defeat, and was sacked a combined 11 times: "We had some good things against them, certainly. But we've always had a tough time with Donovan. He's a great player, a pro bowl quarterback. No matter where he is, he's going to be that kind of player, especially in a new scheme. Mike Shanahan is known for his offenses and what he does with quarterbacks and how he wins games. That combination is going to be very tough."

*On seeing Cowboys' rookie receiver Dez Bryant suit up for a game after the first-round pick missed the preseason with a high ankle sprain: "He's ready to go. Definitely ready. There's always concerns when a guy hasn't played any; any player, but especially a rookie. ...I'm excited. He's a real talent. Everyone will see that once he plays. But he is a rookie. History has shown us that, at the receiver position, it takes a while. He's going to be special."

*On whether having the Super Bowl in Dallas this season puts any additional pressure on the Cowboys: "I don't think so. There's pressure on you every year to try to get to that point, especially when you have a good football team or think you're going to have a good football team. There's that pressure to win."

*On whether right tackle Marc Columbo (knee) will be ready to play Sunday: "We haven't practiced today yet. We'll see who practices."

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 8, 2010; 1:20 PM ET
Categories:  3-4 defense , Albert Haynesworth , Mike Shanahan  
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Comments

They should call him the six million dollar man because when I see Doughty run I always think of the opening for that show when Steve Austin is running in slow motion. Watch Doughty in the game Sunday night and then just say, "nuh-nuh-na-nuh-nuh".

Posted by: RedSkinHead | September 8, 2010 12:05 PM

Haha. "We can we rebuild him. We have the technology. I just don't want to spend a lot of money."

Posted by: HokiesSkins | September 8, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

I have been sharpening my cleats to get ready for the big game.

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 8, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

When it comes to "Fade" Phillips:

-P-90x is unknown
-low blood pressure is unknown
-the South Beach diet is unknown
-5-hour ENERGY is unknown
-winning more than one playoff game is unknown
-running an offense is unknown

....and how he keeps his job is unknown.

The Redskins' in their current form and for that matter, game preparation in general, CANNOT be unknown or the next think that will be known to him is the term "re-tread".

BOOK ME!

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | September 8, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Sunday's Best Games:

Minn v. NO 8:30 (THURS--yeah, I know it's not Sunday)

Indy v. Houston 1:00

Atl. v. Pitt. 1:00

BAL v. Jets 7:00 (Mon.--yeah, I know it's not Sunday)

Carolina v. Giants 1:00


Analysis:

INDY v Houston should be a delectable affair.

Panthers v. Giants should tell us which direction both teams are headed in.

Should the Ravens wreck the Jets--which they will--the green boo-birds will begin falling out of love with M Sanchez.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 8, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

"One of those big unknowns is whether Albert Haynesworth will still be a Redskin come Sunday and, if so, how much will he play."

Oh come on!!!

Posted by: PlayAction | September 8, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

*On whether having the Super Bowl in Dallas this season puts any additional pressure on the Cowboys: "I don't think so. There's pressure on you every year to try to get to that point, especially when you have a good football team or think you're going to have a good football team. There's that pressure to win."

Oh yeah, right……JJones isn’t putting any extra pressure on anyone this year. Riiiiight. So many heads are going to roll when JJ is watching two other teams play in his beloved house for the Lombardi…..Bye bye Wade, bye bye Jason, enjoy getting traded to the bucs THomo…….

Posted by: dlhaze1 | September 8, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else think Wade looks worse and weirder after losing weight? I know what you are thinking, how could the duffus look weirder then before? Well, I guess anything's possible.

Posted by: monk811 | September 8, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse


I'm begining to think JReid has become brain-washed by all the AH talk. Just let it go Reid, just let it go.

Phillips and his old man can't win the big game. If Dallas is out of the picture early, look for Jones to dump Phillips.

Cook it !

Posted by: hessone | September 8, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Tarik El-Bashir left one quote from Wade Phillips on the editing room floor.

On lining up against Albert Haynesworth: "That dude is clearly the weakest link of their defense. We're going to keep running it right at him again and again and expect to rack up some big yards. I expect we'll own him by the end of the first quarter, and he'll be our b1tch for life by the end of the first half."

Posted by: Vic1 | September 8, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Fisher on Haynesworth: "We're in good shape" but "we'll listen"
Posted by Michael David Smith on September 8, 2010 11:12 AM ET
Titans coach Jeff Fisher says he can't talk about Albert Haynesworth as long as he's under contract to the Redskins. And Fisher says he likes the Titans' defensive line as it is.

But Fisher acknowledges he'll listen to the Redskins if they offer a trade that would send Haynesworth back to Tennessee.

"We've got great numbers," Fisher said of his defensive line. "We're probably going to have to deactivate one or two for the game that could play so we're in good shape."

Fisher said that if the Redskins were to approach the Titans with a trade offer, the Titans would listen. But that's about as far as he would go.

"If they're willing to look into the possibility of dealing him, of course we'll listen to them," Fisher said. "We listen to those types of things almost every day."

Fisher acknowledged following the Haynesworth situation well enough that he knows about "the offseason payment and then of course with all the drama associated with the offseason conditioning and the conditioning test and everything." But he says that the Titans are just thinking about Week One.

"Our focus right now," Fisher said, "is on the Raiders."

Posted by: Flounder21 | September 8, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

On seeing Cowboys' rookie receiver Dez Bryant suit up for a game

Wade Phillips:

Dez, in that uniform, you look almost as good as your momma.

Thing is, the last time I was with her, she was taking her uniform off, and gettin' ready to pull her kneepads on.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 8, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

"One of those big unknowns is whether Albert Haynesworth will still be a Redskin come Sunday and, if so, how much will he play."

Oh come on!!!

Posted by: PlayAction | September 8, 2010 1:30 PM |

The only unknowns regarding Haney are:

-How many strippers he impregnates per year
-How many ring-dings he can jam into his hole simultaneously
-When he might have a heart attack or stroke right on the field
-How many homes he REALLY owns
-When he may actually go to an NFL minicamp again
-How he fits in his Rolls Royce (interesting that a fat dude has a "Rolls")
-Why it takes him 10 minutes to pee

.....and my personal favorite

Why he spends all day in here typing in this blog. Maybe that's where he is at halftime meetings when no one can find him.

BOOK ME!

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | September 8, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm tired. Can someone pass the oxygen?

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 8, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

SAY IT AIN'T SO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Saints released CB Leigh Torrence.
Torrence was the fifth member of a very healthy and talented corner unit in New Orleans. He was on the roster bubble all offseason.
Source: Larry Holder on Twitter

Posted by: ash10 | September 8, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Rich Campbell on Twitter

Kareem Moore (knee) isn't at #Redskins practice. They also appeared down another safety, but guys were wearing pennies & I couldn't tell who 37 minutes ago


Posted by: TWISI | September 8, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

My three wishes on Sunday are for:

-Redskins victory by a large margin
-Tony Romo annihilated by an Orackpo sack
-Dez Bryant de-cleted by LL

And, oh yeah, if I had a fourth wish it would be for world peace, the economy to turn around, or something like that. HTTR!

Posted by: RedSkinHead | September 8, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Bryant pulls a hamstring in this game....blook it

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 8, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

I heard Jay Ratliff was talking trash about me. What does he know?

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 8, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

I'm so glad the NFL mandates these teleconferences between the local media and the opposing team so that the local media can get pointless filler quotes with no news value whatsoever.

I absofrickinlutely love it. It's probably the thing I most look forward to about football season.

Posted by: freakzilla | September 8, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

How he fits in his Rolls Royce (interesting that a fat dude has a "Rolls")

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | September 8, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Isn't that ultimate irony? He can't fit into his Rolls because of his Fat Rolls!

Posted by: monk811 | September 8, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Saints released CB Leigh Torrence.
Torrence was the fifth member of a very healthy and talented corner unit in New Orleans. He was on the roster bubble all offseason.
Source: Larry Holder on Twitter

Posted by: ash10 |
Yeah, and we got something for both doug dutch (who?) and j tryon. Good job shanny/allen, we could have just released them and got nothing like the saints did for torrence....I got a good feeling about john beck too (this dude is a dark horse I tellin' ya).

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | September 8, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

When he's on the field he's a force we know that"

but let's ignore that fact and act like we don't need talent and masturbate the new coach who hasn't won a game yet and then we can all pretend to be superior to haynesworth and supportive of Danny boy snyder and his crack mgmt skills.

We we're old and got older and made 2 of our best players less effective by switching to 3-4, but the plAyers we're counting on to win are mostly the same guys as the last few years. Rogers, Landry, Fletcher, Portis, Cooley, etc, etc.

All shanny has proven is that he can humiliate our best player for being himself. But we should jerk him o ff

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 8, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Wade's comments ring true, the Redskins are an unknown. And being an unknown is a powerful thing. Just ask Jim Zorn; even he was able to win 6 of his first 8 games with the aid of the unknown.

Posted by: psps23 | September 8, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Wade's comments ring true, the Redskins are an unknown. And being an unknown is a powerful thing. Just ask Jim Zorn; even he was able to win 6 of his first 8 games with the aid of the unknown.

Posted by: psps23 | September 8, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

It was an unknown to ZORN too!!! lol

Posted by: ash10 | September 8, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: learnedhand1 | September 8, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

A!NY BODY OUT THERE GOT SOME GOOD IDEAS FOR A SIGN OPENING GAME?????!!!!!

I WILL MAKE THE BEST ONE N TRY TO GET IT ON TV...


HELP ME THINK GUYS!!

IS THE GAME GONNA BE ON NATIONALLY??

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | September 8, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

When he's on the field he's a force we know that", but even though we know that we are going to act like idiots and create a bunch of drama for a bunch of dooshy media/fans to talk about like a gaggle of "real housewives of doosherville"

once again we've dominated the off-season not with expectations of greatness, but with scapegoating the player that WE made the highest paid defensive player in history.

Good job Snyder another feather in your cap you've got the fan support once again blaming the players for this horribly managed team.

There is no way thi team can succeed without the help of the players who are ruthlessly criticized by the very fans and media who root for them.

What a joke? It's like struggling workers voting for a party that creates their very struggle. Of course they are from DC.

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 8, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

A!NY BODY OUT THERE GOT SOME GOOD IDEAS FOR A SIGN OPENING GAME?????!!!!!

I WILL MAKE THE BEST ONE N TRY TO GET IT ON TV...


HELP ME THINK GUYS!!

IS THE GAME GONNA BE ON NATIONALLY??

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | September 8, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

All shanny has proven is that he can humiliate our best player for being himself. But we should jerk him o ff

I knew somebody still loved me. Is that you Silvia?

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 8, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

brandon

"..IS THE GAME GONNA BE ON NATIONALLY??"

Any real football fan has the Sunday Ticket.

I catch the skins game, then the best matchup.

I got the colts v. texans and ravens v. jets on the must see tv list right after skins v. 'boys.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 8, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

McDaniels the unknown went 6-2 and finished 8-8 just like Zorn, but Shanny is much less unknown than those 2

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 8, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

You know how Torrence served three tours in 'Nam? Well, I'm in Corpus Christi on business a month ago, and I had this eight-foot tall Asian waiter which made me a little curious, so I asked him his name, and sure enough it's Ho Tran Torrence!

Posted by: DikShuttle | September 8, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

All shanny has proven is that he can humiliate our best player for being himself. But we should jerk him o ff

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 8, 2010 2:03 PM

So in your mind, AH did not do anything to bring the punishment on himself? He was merely an innocent guy being "himself"? I would say every player in the locker room would disagree with you about AH since every other player in that locker room participated in every single minicamp, OTA, etc etc. Guy took $21 mill and didn't show up for work. I would say that warrants a little punishment and humiliation.

Posted by: HokiesSkins | September 8, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

The game is on NBC nationally.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | September 8, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: learnedhand1 | September 8, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

They should call him the six million dollar man because when I see Doughty run I always think of the opening for that show when Steve Austin is running in slow motion. Watch Doughty in the game Sunday night and then just say, "nuh-nuh-na-nuh-nuh".

Posted by: RedSkinHead

Now thats some funny shti right there RSH.Hey who had the Six Million Dollar Man action figure with the hole in the back of his head so you could see out of his bionic eye?We had some tight toys back in the day.These youngins dont know nothing about good toys nowadays.

Posted by: smittdiddy | September 8, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Wade Phillips = Norv Turner (defensive background version)

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | September 8, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

A!NY BODY OUT THERE GOT SOME GOOD IDEAS FOR A SIGN OPENING GAME?????!!!!!

I WILL MAKE THE BEST ONE N TRY TO GET IT ON TV...


HELP ME THINK GUYS!!

IS THE GAME GONNA BE ON NATIONALLY??

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | September 8, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

How about this. It's on NBC, so you could put:

Never pay Dez
Bryant's mom for sex, she gives
Crabs!!!!!

Straight forward and to the point!!!

Posted by: monk811 | September 8, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

All shanny has proven is that he can humiliate our best player for being himself. But we should jerk him o ff

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 8, 2010 2:03 PM

So in your mind, AH did not do anything to bring the punishment on himself? He was merely an innocent guy being "himself"? I would say every player in the locker room would disagree with you about AH since every other player in that locker room participated in every single minicamp, OTA, etc etc. Guy took $21 mill and didn't show up for work. I would say that warrants a little punishment and humiliation.

Posted by: HokiesSkins

Shanahan's job is to put the best team he can on the field. In our, case, tht would include Albert. Albert, at his best, is easily our best player. I don't care if Albert is happy, but I doubt what happened in the last preseason game helps Shanahan put the best team out on the field.

Albert is a jerk and the bigger problem, but that doesn't mean Shanahan has handled it effectively.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 8, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

"All shanny has proven is that he can humiliate our best player for being himself. But we should jerk him o ff

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 8, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse"

I'm for the support of Haynesworth if he comes to play this season, but this has to be the dumbest post I've read all day.

All Shanahan has proven is that he's won 2 Super Bowls as a Head Coach in Denver, won another Super Bowl as an offensive coordinator in San Francisco, and been to 3 more Super Bowls as an assistant in Denver (prior to his head coaching gig), had a total of 2 losing seasons out of 14 in Denver. The man has been to the Super bowl SIX times with 3 different teams (Denver in the 80s was not the same as Denver in the 90s). Suffice it to say he knows what he is doing when it comes to coaching. He is a flat-out winner, through and through.

So excuse me if I happen to put a little more faith in Shanahan's perspective than that of a guy giving virtual handjobs to Albert Haynesworth as he routinely blows his chance to earn a starting spot on the roster.

Posted by: psps23 | September 8, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

How juicy would it be for the Skins to make it to a Super Bowl being hosted by its bitter rival. This would be Poetic Justice!!!

Also, I agree MistaMoe, I have no idea where Carolina and New York are headed and that game should give us at least some information on their direction!

HAIL
HAIL!!!

Posted by: myeldell | September 8, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Now thats some funny shti right there RSH.Hey who had the Six Million Dollar Man action figure with the hole in the back of his head so you could see out of his bionic eye?We had some tight toys back in the day.These youngins dont know nothing about good toys nowadays.

Posted by: smittdiddy | September 8, 2010 2:30 PM

I'm thinking the lead on those toys back in the day have something to do with many of the zany comments we see here everyday...but they sure were cool.

Posted by: PlayAction | September 8, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

hey guys, these comments on this blog are why the rest of the country views Skins fans as "sons of palin's". thomo, phillips apearance, wow... is that the best of this inbred band of gypsies can come up with. not a single sentence of value. the post needs to shut this short bus blog down.

Posted by: doyouktt | September 8, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

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