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Posted at 8:00 PM ET, 11/28/2010

Albert Haynesworth recovers from illness

By Rick Maese

Prior to kickoff, the Redskins announced that defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth had been suffering from an undisclosed illness during the pregame warm-ups and his status on Sunday was questionable.

Haynesworth missed the opening quarter but was able to return and played primarily on passing downs in the final three quarters.

Following the game, it still wasn't clear what ailed Haynesworth. "I don't know," Haynesworth said. Asked if he was nauseous or was vomiting, he said, "I don't know."

Haynesworth began taking reps in the team's pregame drills but left early to go to the locker room. By time the game started, whatever was slowing Haynesworth had apparently disappeared. "It got better," he said.

"He wasn't feeling very good before the game," Shanahan said. "He got a little sick and we weren't really sure if he was going to go. Then right before game time, the doctor came over to me and said he was feeling better and is ready to go."

On his first play, Haynesworth provided pressure, slamming into Brett Favre as the Vikings' quarterback threw a third-down incompletion. On another third-down play in the third quarter, with the Vikings facing third-and-goal from the Washington seven-yard line, Haynesworth and Andre Carter combined for a sack. Minnesota had to settle for a field goal.

"He had a big sack in there," Shanahan said. "Defense, after that first drive, really got their composure back and really did the things that gave us a chance to win."

By Rick Maese  | November 28, 2010; 8:00 PM ET
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth  
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"He had a big sack in there," Shanahan said.
________________

That's what SHE said!

Posted by: Alan4 | November 28, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

my son high school can beat Washington with no promble at all, Washington defense have to many hoe in it, Mcnabb should had stay in Philadelphia because he all wash up, Mike Shanahan look like he high off of drug his son don't what he doing something need to change play-off no way in @#!*% will me make the play off we need to make some big change in the off season with the defense and offensive and get some younger play all so let all the old player go some were just not in Washington

Posted by: westcurtis1961


It's pretty cool to see Clinton Portis up here blogging now that he's been IRed.

Thanks for weighing in CP...

Posted by: p1funk | November 28, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Kinda reminds me of Bring Out Your Dead from Monty Python. "I got better!"

Posted by: edvar | November 28, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Obviously guy had a hangover.

Posted by: peauxsucent888 | November 28, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

I've heard of faking ailments to dog it in practice, but pre-game warm-ups?

Wow.

AH just keeps breaking new ground...

Posted by: p1funk | November 28, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

my son high school can beat Washington with no promble at all, Washington defense have to many hoe in it, Mcnabb should had stay in Philadelphia because he all wash up, Mike Shanahan look like he high off of drug his son don't what he doing something need to change play-off no way in hell will me make the play off we need to make some big change in the off season with the defense and offensive and get some younger play all so let all the old player go some were just not in Washington

Posted by: westcurtis1961 | November 28, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Wow...Hopefully you will get a speak and spell for Xmas

Posted by: ocskins | November 28, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

westcurtis1961'a post may be a bit ungrammatical, but his points are well taken. Let's not discourage him from posting, it's how you get better at it.

I would say just put it in MS Word and spell check it first, my man. But we all know what you meen.

Posted by: Alan4 | November 28, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

The Rat, Mike Shanahan , has some answers to give to this fan base:

1. Why do we continue to trot out 61 who is dreadful. I understand he is all we have but they need to find his replacement today! he is a major reason why the O struggles in the run game.

2. Does he consult with his kid on play calling? If you ask me Kyle has no clue on how to call a game. On the first drive we worked 47 and 86 down the field. We threw the ball 15+ yards in the middle? We ran the wildcat. They were in and out of the huddle quickly, then bam...it all went away. Minn made no adjustment, we decided to play in a 10yd box.(exception was AA 45yd catch that should have been 6) It was predictable and pathetic play calling by the little rat.

3. 3 timouts left and they call one on 2nd and 2 with 3:01 left...why use it then..Minn was going to make 2 yds and pick up the first on their next play which they did. So instead of having 3 TO left and 1st and 10, you have 2 TO with 1st and 10. You saved about 30 secs, but it wasnt worht it at that point.

4. Formation--in our 4 "wr" set we had 35,87,89,and 13...35? WTF! He was set wide. Your best passing personal is 2 TE and 2 Wr. We all know 86 isnt the brightest bulb, but he damn well is the most talented with SIZE! They couldnt cover him or 47, yet we decided to go away and work the ball to 87 and 35.

This is not acceptbale and the RAT needs to address this!

Posted by: dpshultzfam | November 28, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Yanagas Cray..Frah ain nah..

Posted by: frak | November 28, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Albert Haynesworth recovers from illness


The name of that illness?:

Steve Hutchinson, the vikes left guard.

There were several big runs by both Gerhart and Peterson over the vikes' left side while #92 where dude was simply pancaked or solidly blocked.

AH just has not been the consistent line disrupting force he was imagined to be by both Cerrate--and by extension--Mike Shanahan.

So much of the conversion to a 3-4 was based on AH being a Shaun Rogers-lite force in the middle of the defense that would free up players to make plays.

And just hasn't been.

If you ask me, that 4th rounder the titans offered for him a month ago would've been a steal.


Posted by: MistaMoe | November 28, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

My prediction of 10-6 is looking better and better. All we have left to do is win out against the Gina's (twice), Tampa Bay, Dallas and the Jags.

Obviously, the Jags game is a trap game, but by then we'll be an unstoppable machine.

Posted by: edvar | November 28, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: MistaMoe | November 28, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Yes.

The sad and unacceptable fact is that AH COULD BE, if he would try, the dominant force we could have had to start this conversion.

His lazy off season, contract, and a host of other variables that led to the great compromise with Shanahan has left us with our shorts around our ankles this year.

In the wake of a game like this I just try to focus on next year when #92 is either on the bus playing his role or off the team and being being sued for paternity, vanity, selfishness, or whatever other charges the state can drum up.

The trenches are where you win and we stand up all our d-linemen in our most effective formations.


Jeeeesus Christ/

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | November 28, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Edvar, I'd believe you but skins oc and dc seem to be uhhhhh how you say it nicely, uncreative. That has been the difference this year from any year that I can rember. we either had a creative offense or defense. They were never dumb/dull at the same time.

Gibbs-pettibone
Norv-mike Nolan
Norv-the black dude
Marty-Marty brother
Spurrier-Lewis
Spurrier-the black Zorn
Gibbs-GG
Zorn-that black dude
Dumb-dumber

And it shows in production.

Posted by: dealer1 | November 28, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

it's a long shot but we still can win the division and make the playoffs as long as the team steps up, wins out the rest meaning we beat the g-(ay)-men twice and the eagles lose 2 or 3 games! If we win out and the eagles lose twice I believe we hold the tie breaker with division wins!! HERE'S TO ALOT OF PRAYING AND THAT THE SKINS WIN OUT AND philly LOSES AT LEAST 2 MORE GAMES!! Brandon Banks is a star that boy can return punts! That's his 2nd td called back this season!! He almost won 2 games for us this year! GREAT PICK UP I HOPE HE IS A SKIN FOR THE NEXT 15years!!! I dunno but just a random thought what do you guy think the odds are that we end up in a 3way trade with the vikes and bills, trading away Mcnabb and something else for the 1st overall pick to draft Andrew Luck to be our starting QB??? I got a feeling that's why we signed McNabb to that deal! I would also love to find a away to add Toby Gerhart! He would be a star on this team reminds me of Riggo!! HTTR

Posted by: warriorking111285 | November 28, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

So much of the conversion to a 3-4 was based on AH being a Shaun Rogers-lite force in the middle of the defense that would free up players to make plays.Posted by: MistaMoe | November 28, 2010 10:32 PM

Like it or not 92 is our best DL. 96,93,94,64 are terrible. In order to free up players to make plays you need PLAYERS! Did you see what was on the field today? Thats not NFL quality on any level. The D has 4, count'em 4 players- 98-Stud- 30-Above Avg, 59, leader, but old and slow and 23, only player who can catch. After that you got 94, a dump by the RAMS!, 52 not an ILB in the 3-4, bad fit. 97, special teamer but not a frontline D player. Love the guy, just dont want him on the field as a first unit player. 31- garbage, 37, another like the guy, just dont want him playing every down. 96, absolutely gives you nothing...etc, etc, etc. So in order for players to make plays, you need PLAYERS!

Posted by: dpshultzfam | November 28, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

it's a long shot but we still can win the division and make the playoffs as long as the team steps up, wins out the rest meaning we beat the g-(ay)-men twice and the eagles lose 2 or 3 games! If we win out and the eagles lose twice I believe we hold the tie breaker with division wins!! HERE'S TO ALOT OF PRAYING AND THAT THE SKINS WIN OUT AND philly LOSES AT LEAST 2 MORE GAMES!! Brandon Banks is a star that boy can return punts! That's his 2nd td called back this season!! He almost won 2 games for us this year! GREAT PICK UP I HOPE HE IS A SKIN FOR THE NEXT 15years!!! I dunno but just a random thought what do you guy think the odds are that we end up in a 3way trade with the vikes and bills, trading away Mcnabb and something else for the 1st overall pick to draft Andrew Luck to be our starting QB??? I got a feeling that's why we signed McNabb to that deal! I would also love to find a away to add Toby Gerhart! He would be a star on this team reminds me of Riggo!! HTTR

Posted by: warriorking111285 | November 28, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Paragraph breaks ladies.

Paragraph breaks please.

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | November 28, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

odds are that we end up in a 3way trade with the vikes and bills, trading away Mcnabb and something else for the 1st overall pick to draft Andrew Luck to be our starting QB??? I got a feeling that's why we signed McNabb to that deal! I would also love to find a away to add Toby Gerhart! He would be a star on this team reminds me of Riggo!! HTTR

Posted by: warriorking111285 | November 28, 2010 11:03 PM

This is why skins fans are mocked. That deal is not EVER happening. If it does Ill move your trailor for free. Mcnabb and what would land you the top pick, or a top 10 pick. Do not over value this team. There is ONE player who is untouchable and thats 98. The rest can go, but no one wants them. 47 is the only player who you could get a pick for and thats a late 3rd early 4th. Dont tell me about Tony G, because he was older, and was sent away from KC as a thank you so they didnt get full value.

Posted by: dpshultzfam | November 28, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

In the NFC West, the Skins would have a share of 1st place right now at 5-6.

Posted by: Alan4 | November 28, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

I think 94 Adam Carriker was one of the best pick up's in the offseason! He could grow in to our be DLineman by next year and what we got him swapping 5th rd picks or something like that!! Dude has play pretty solid for us!! I can only see him getting quicker and better!! This team should have dominated today if healthy but like all season long except that unspeakable game we play up or down to the other team! Now if we would have put away the rams, texans,colts, and lions we would be top seed but those very winnable mistake filled games might have cost this team the playoffs and the division crown!!

Posted by: warriorking111285 | November 28, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

I really wish everyone would stop talking playoffs. It's foolish to think that this team is a playoff team 1 year into a complete coaching and roster overhaul. 8-8 would be spectacular while changing the screwed up culture that this team has built. It takes time to implement schemes. Why do you think we have looked so vanilla? Because the bases are being put in place. We see new wrinkles all the time because as the team learns it will be handed more. This playoff talk is where unrealistic expecations come from. This was a 4 win team and we changed everything. Give it a rest and some time. Ridiculous.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | November 28, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

I think 94 Adam Carriker was one of the best pick up's in the offseason

Really? How is this stat line.

11-Gs
10- solo tackles
9- asst Tackles
.05 Sacks
0-FF
Yup- Thats a solid Player. Avg less then 1 solo tackle a game. He is on the Bruce Smith Sack pace...You wanna rethink that good pickup..I would!!

Posted by: dpshultzfam | November 28, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: dpshultzfam | November 28, 2010 11:30 PM

Really going after the warriorking tonight aren't ya?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | November 28, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

ref: kontolla, nah , viola lik TSANBC, nah..ante up, flegs up, wert the gona strik..

Posted by: frak | November 28, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Your link to the great pickup stat stuffer sheet:
http://www.nfl.com/players/adamcarriker/profile?id=CAR485536

Scampell1975- You are correct about this is not a playoff team or roster. The frustration is not that we think they are underachieving. Its from we see the same old story playout. Dumb mistakes, bad play calling, DB's(31) 10 yds off a WR on 3rd-5 in a critical point in the game. Mismanagement of the clock by the HC. 5 dropped passes, one led directly to 3pts.

This team refuses to bottom out and get younger, faster, and cheaper. ATL is a perfect case. Hit rock bottom- now they have good young cheap talent and are rock solid(not great) for the next few years.

Posted by: dpshultzfam | November 28, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Really going after the warriorking tonight aren't ya?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | November 28, 2010 11:34 PM

I dont want to say his view is invalid, so i won't. Instead Ill say its just idiotic.

Posted by: dpshultzfam | November 28, 2010 11:40 PM | Report abuse

This team refuses to bottom out and get younger, faster, and cheaper. ATL is a perfect case. Hit rock bottom- now they have good young cheap talent and are rock solid(not great) for the next few years.

Posted by: dpshultzfam | November 28, 2010 11:37 PM |

Oh it's getting younger, faster, and cheaper...by default. These players aren't learning this system very fast. Little Shanny had the personnel in Houston and look at their offense. This team will change over. Just not in one year. Just my opinion. I think everyone is jumping to too many conclusions on both sides of the argument way too quickly. No one seems to think there is a middle ground here, it's either all or nothing. Things very rarely work that way.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | November 28, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Hold up, shultzie, you're saying we didn't bottom out at 4-12? We've gotta go lower than that?! Aw, crap...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | November 28, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Really going after the warriorking tonight aren't ya?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | November 28, 2010 11:34 PM

I dont want to say his view is invalid, so i won't. Instead Ill say its just idiotic.

Posted by: dpshultzfam | November 28, 2010 11:40 PM |

Oh, I'm not disputing that.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | November 28, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

This team refuses to bottom out and get younger, faster, and cheaper. ATL is a perfect case. Hit rock bottom- now they have good young cheap talent and are rock solid(not great) for the next few years.

Posted by: dpshultzfam | November 28, 2010 11:37 PM

That was not going to happen in year one. Not with the few picks this team had, lack of FA in 2010 and the old roster left by the old FO. Atlanta did not do it in one year and the Skins were not able to do it in one year either.

Sure we can talk about how MS traded picks for McNabb, but it took MS three years to build his team in Denver and it will take him two more years to get where we all want the team to be.

Patience is what is called for if we want to be contenders on a regular basis. And this FO needs a chance to implement their plan, which I am sure is not a one-year plan.

Posted by: kerzon417 | November 28, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

dpshultzfam- my friend, some posts should be ignored. If you were to "analyze, comment on or even challenge" every moron on this board- well you get the idea.

Posted by: Diesel44 | November 28, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse

No one seems to think there is a middle ground here, it's either all or nothing. Things very rarely work that way.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | November 28, 2010 11:42 PM |

...and oh by the way, we are 5-6. I'd say that's dead middle. Neither all or nothing.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | November 28, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Last point on 94. Cullen Jenkins would be a comparable player to Adam. He is 29yrs old, plays DE for GB has started 7 games. He has 16 tackles and 5 SACKS! Wanna guess how GB got him? Signed him as a Rookie FA after he played in the world League....

Posted by: dpshultzfam | November 28, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse

4-12 was not a bottom out for this organization. The reason is they went out and traded for a 34 yr old QB. I think they really felt they were a player away from the Playoffs..If they decided to bottom out, we would have those 2 picks back, The 17 car would be rolled out to get hammered behind this line, we would be 2-7 and in the driver seat for a top 5 pick....Im just saying,.....

Posted by: dpshultzfam | November 28, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

4-12 was not a bottom out for this organization. The reason is they went out and traded for a 34 yr old QB. I think they really felt they were a player away from the Playoffs..If they decided to bottom out, we would have those 2 picks back, The 17 car would be rolled out to get hammered behind this line, we would be 2-7 and in the driver seat for a top 5 pick....Im just saying,.....

Posted by: dpshultzfam | November 28, 2010 11:53 PM

I think this is where you're wrong and probably why you're so upset. I don't think mcNabb was an attempt at win now. None of their other moves say win now...they all say rebuild or stopgap. I think McNabb is a cog in the rebuild process. He's really here to mentor someone else for the future and bring in some leadership to help the transition go smoother for players AND coaches. I think Galloway was supposed to be the same thing except he mailed it in.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | November 29, 2010 12:03 AM | Report abuse

luv dem skin, bu we no lik be blowd up-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKwts_eND6c

Posted by: frak | November 29, 2010 12:05 AM | Report abuse

solid player pick up for what we got for him and a hell of alot better than the 3rd rd for Jarmon! Yea we are not Bmore or Pitt good but compared to the rest of the east we can hang ny and philly play up and down like we do so I love our chance against the g-(ay)-men from NJ lol so I'm gonna keep the hope alive as long as we have a chance!! Would rather have McNabb over that joke campbell 7days aweek!! I aint really dreaming we are one player away from glory because this team def need a rebuild and with LT in place next obvious choice is for the Best QB to draft for the future! Someone a hell of alot better than jason"jesus" campbell lmao lmao!! If Jake Locker is still on the board when we pick despite his horrible year I think Shanny takes him!! My opion not demanding crap just offering what I think could be planned with depends on how things turn out! Nothing idiotic about that except a little bit of the roid rage lmao

Posted by: warriorking111285 | November 29, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

Night all...

Posted by: scampbell1975 | November 29, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

Ill will concede the stop gap notion. However, I dont think you needed him as your stop gap at that price. Galloway should have never been here. Go get a 23 yr old hungry wr and see what happens. Stop gaps are fine if you got a pipeline. This organization has no pipeline because of how much we devalue the draft. Im not upset btw, Im am just angry at the last 16yrs....

Posted by: dpshultzfam | November 29, 2010 12:12 AM | Report abuse

The Skins are improving. A lot of people can't see it, but it's happening. Today was a heartbreaker for sure, but some of the post-game reaction "up here" was pretty out of touch. People talking about another lost season, etc. -- what did those individuals think was going to happen this season?

You don't recover from years of mismanagement and poor personnel decisions in one year. You just don't. The hole wasn't dug in a day, and neither will it be filled in a day.

8-8 is a realistic goal this year, always has been. And given our myriad injuries, 7-9 is even a decent finish. I'd love to have more wins than that, and the optimist in me still schemes out playoff scenarios to keep the embers glowing. But as the great Frank Black once sang, "You cannot do what you can't," and the reality is that this team probably can't.

Today's loss was the product of mistakes, the most glaring being dropped passes and penalties. Mistakes can be corrected. I think they will be. Between players and coaches, I think there's too much pride for them not to be.

More new talent, plus time for the new coaches to evaluate existing talent, plus time for players to gel together, is the formula for success in any sport. That's the path the Redskins are on.
I want to win every game now, too. But reality whispers back, "Patience."

Posted by: freakzilla | November 29, 2010 12:14 AM | Report abuse

I'm not happy about how we've gotten here -- via some bad losses to bad teams -- but at 5-6 we're right on track for what I was expecting this season, 8-8 and maybe one game better or worse. As scamp said, dead middle.

Nothing wrong with a mediocre record given where we're coming from, a 4-12 season and subsequent regime change.

Of course we'll rue the bad losses, especially when the NFC looks so winnable... but we'd be ruing them regardless. We're fans. It's what we do.

As I said above, we're beating the Giants on Sunday. Book it again.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | November 29, 2010 12:16 AM | Report abuse

Id have alot more patience if we were running 23-26 yr olds out on sunday instead of the oldest team in the NFL who still makes silly mistakes....

Jeremy Jarmon is 100% better then 94, except the fact he is 12 months removed from major knee surgery. The jury is still out for 90, but i think he can play in the league.

Posted by: dpshultzfam | November 29, 2010 12:21 AM | Report abuse

Ill will concede the stop gap notion. However, I dont think you needed him as your stop gap at that price. Galloway should have never been here. Go get a 23 yr old hungry wr and see what happens. Stop gaps are fine if you got a pipeline. This organization has no pipeline because of how much we devalue the draft. Im not upset btw, Im am just angry at the last 16yrs....

Posted by: dpshultzfam | November 29, 2010 12:12 AM

Last comment then I have to peace. Stop gaps are find for building a pipeline too. Galloway was not a great pickup, but he was a cheap, veteran pickup to possibly help the 23 yr old hungry receivers we DO have (Banks, Armstrong, Austin). And I, too, am angry at the last 16 years. I'm just not willing to lump this regime change in with those yet.

Good convo, night.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | November 29, 2010 12:22 AM | Report abuse

Nate, its booked--you taking the money line or are you taking the points?

Posted by: dpshultzfam | November 29, 2010 12:23 AM | Report abuse

yea last year jarmon looked pretty promising your right on that , he was pretty close to being cut this year I think I remember! Carriker is not all that but he should be a fill in\change up dlineman on this team I think that's where he would succeed but that's if we had a quality starter at de ahead of him

Posted by: warriorking111285 | November 29, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

if he is still in football next year I would love to see jason campbell as a cowgirl lmao romo would go down and it would be awesome to watch some Redskins neating the living hell outta jc lmao Orakpo would knock that lionell richie mustache right off his face lmao a man can dream lol

Posted by: warriorking111285 | November 29, 2010 12:43 AM | Report abuse

burntile, humangous...o-trail, muffalo medisin..nutn bu the wintr..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLZBhlTXHuo

Posted by: frak | November 29, 2010 12:50 AM | Report abuse

frakker... "Outshined," wowza! Been a long time since I've heard that one.

Feelin' Minnesota indeed, this evening.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | November 29, 2010 1:37 AM | Report abuse

if he is still in football next year I would love to see jason campbell as a cowgirl lmao romo would go down and it would be awesome to watch some Redskins neating the living hell outta jc lmao Orakpo would knock that lionell richie mustache right off his face lmao a man can dream lol

Posted by: warriorking111285 | November 29, 2010 12:43 AM | Report abuse

The way things go for us, Campbell would throw for 400 and 4 TDs, then fade back into oblivion.

Thoughts on the game yesterday:

Anthony Armstrong is the 2nd coming of Cris Carter: Only catches TDs (that is if Bouncy McShortpass could hit him in stride for once)

Brandon Banks is the shizzle but we've done everything we can to keep him out of the end zone. How many TD's has he had called back this year?

The next time McNabb sets his feet to throw will be the first.

Rabach sucks. I get that it's important to have a guy who can make all the protection calls at the line but it's equally important to have a guy who can actually block someone.

Posted by: Original_etrod | November 29, 2010 5:08 AM | Report abuse

Please cut this guy, big salary, big attitude and all. He is a cancer on the team and to the fans!

Posted by: craigy7169 | November 29, 2010 5:16 AM | Report abuse

Good stuff from Boswell this morning:

"Yet, when you take a longer view, you see a Redskins team that has made the kind of progress that was hoped for when Shanahan arrived. Except for one nightmare against the Eagles, this season has, so far, been a good-case scenario.

The Redskins are closer than it looks. No, they are not remotely close to a championship team. This year they haven't even avoided a 10-loss season yet. But they're nearer to being a credible NFL team once again than seemed likely a year ago when the franchise had devolved into a league-wide farce."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/28/AR2010112804098_2.html?sid=ST2010112802745

This Skins are who we thought they were, folks. Nothing to see here...

Posted by: brownwood26 | November 29, 2010 6:19 AM | Report abuse

Five Thoughts: Vikings 17, Redskins 13

By: John Keim 11/28/10 9:09 PM
Examiner Staff Writer

1. Minnesota’s defensive front controlled the game. It’s not surprising that Washington couldn’t run the ball; not with Clinton Portis and Ryan Torain both out. And those of you who don’t think they miss Portis, think again. Anyway, the backs struggled to make proper cuts at times, or were off in their timing. Considering who was running the ball, that’s to be expected. The other part was the Vikings’ front. Washington’s offensive line had a difficult time getting off combination blocks as the Vikings’ linemen gained control. That left their linebackers free to sprint to the hole and prevent any runs from breaking. The result? No run longer than four yards. Four yards! If the line had come off their combination blocks earlier, it would have been worse. Basically, they have to choose between a one-yard gain or a three-yard gain. Check that; today, it was like choosing between a two-yard loss and a two-yard gain. That was the fear going into the game, that Minnesota’s line would be too strong for this front. It wasn’t just the interior as the tackles were knocked back on occasion, too. Regardless, nobody got to the linebackers.

2. Minnesota’s offensive front was effective. The Redskins say they weren’t getting pushed off the ball. Ummmm, not sure about that one. Had Adrian Peterson played all game I shudder at the numbers he might have piled up. Toby Gerhart had struggled this year, but he managed 76 yards on 22 carries. The Redskins got very little penetration and reverted to problems that plagued them earlier in the season. In the 3-4, they have guys who can perhaps not get driven back, but they weren’t getting any penetration. So the opposing back can be patient and pick a cutback lane. And when they do get moved back, it’s a big play. The linebackers weren’t getting off blocks quick enough to make stops in the backfield or at the line of scrimmage. Think about this: Gerhart’s longest run was six yards. That’s consistency; but you can’t have that unless the line is being nudged back.

Posted by: beep-beep | November 29, 2010 6:19 AM | Report abuse

3. Perry Riley learned a couple lessons today. It’s hard to grow up when every mistake is scrutinized, or could cost you a game. Just ask Riley. First things first; the blocks. Riley definitely had two blocks in the back. Now, you can argue that not every ref makes that call. OK, gotcha. But when it happens once, you absolutely must learn and adapt to who’s calling the game. It’s like an umpire with a high strike zone; once you know it, you must swing at the high pitch. In this case, they will call anything that resembles a block in the back. Riley is an intriguing prospect, a big hitter with good speed, and he was only in his third game. If their season goes downhill because of Riley’s block, well, it wasn’t going anywhere to begin with. The second lesson came in learning how to be a pro. After the game, Riley turned and walked past the media standing at his locker and exited without saying a word. Yes, tough time to talk. But that’s what pro’s have to do when they mess up – because they’ll answer every question when things go well. Guys in the locker room pay attention to those things. However… Riley ended up speaking to us on a conference call and couldn’t have been better. He learned his lesson and fixed what was wrong. The coaches hope the same thing happens on the field.

4. Every game becomes a must win. That is, if Washington wants to make the playoffs. But, listen, the Redskins have lost three of their last four games. The last two times they went on playoff runs they appeared to be out of it as well. The difference? They had a running game each time. Even if Ryan Torain returns, can you count on him to stay healthy for five games as a featured runner? He’s never done that. Without the threat of a running game, the bootleg action doesn’t work. Without that, a staple of the offense is finished. Minnesota barely even worried about the run after a while. Other teams will do the same. So the playoffs are all but dead. Never expected it to happen anyway as this team is too flawed and there was too much to learn to expect a postseason berth. The problem is, the roster will have to turn over even more after this season.

Posted by: beep-beep | November 29, 2010 6:21 AM | Report abuse

Anthony Armstrong is the 2nd coming of Cris Carter: Only catches TDs (that is if Bouncy McShortpass could hit him in stride for once)

Posted by: Original_etrod | November 29, 2010 5:08 AM


Huh? How does a smallish, speedy WR compare with a bigger, possession WR? Next you'll tell me Chris Johnson is the 2nd coming of John Riggins...

Posted by: brownwood26 | November 29, 2010 6:23 AM | Report abuse

Follow the leader to the new post. Follow

beep-beep

Posted by: beep-beep | November 29, 2010 6:25 AM | Report abuse

Time for some Jim Mora..for any LD posting on this site that playoffs are on the table you are just stupid. We stink with lowest D in NFL, a chuck and duck bunch of bums on offense (this includes fat cooley's curl and drag routes and rarely a 9 route down the middle for 6, and Moss is a midget wrestler that makes that retarded half cocked first down show when he catches a 5 yard bench rout. They could not beat Carolina, will get smoked and lose 5 straight and fire glass eye and brother of Macaca.

Posted by: doyouktt | November 29, 2010 7:12 AM | Report abuse

The game was lost in the 3rd quarter (just check out the Skins 3rd qtr offensive stats). The Skins best playmaker is a kick returner, which is the problem in itself.

#92 is only effective on 3rd/4th and short; easily the highest paid backup in the NFL.

I defend Shanafanny for the fact he's gonna get rid of the dead weight on this team. We're not that bad, but we're not that good. 7-9 on the first year of a 3 year plan isn't that bad

Posted by: bernard_thompson | November 29, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

The game was lost in the 3rd quarter (just check out the Skins 3rd qtr offensive stats). The Skins best playmaker is a kick returner, which is the problem in itself.

#92 is only effective on 3rd/4th and short; easily the highest paid backup in the NFL.

I defend Shanafanny for the fact he's gonna get rid of the dead weight on this team. We're not that bad, but we're not that good. 7-9 on the first year of a 3 year plan isn't that bad

Posted by: bernard_thompson | November 29, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

^21^

@Shanahan
If you like his play so much PUT HIM ON THE FIELD. Play nickel all game if you have too....@#!!@#$#$@! Albert has to play MORE and NOW.

Posted by: COLUMBIASKINS | November 29, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

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