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Donovan McNabb-Chris Cooley chemistry continues to develop

Throughout training camp and the preseason, it was evident that quarterback Donovan McNabb and tight end Chris Cooley were developing something in the short-to-intermediate passing game.

In Washington's season-opening 13-7 victory over Dallas on Sunday night, Coooley led the team with six receptions for 80 yards. On the Redskins' final drive, McNabb and Cooley teamed on an 11-yard reception for a first down. The drive ended in Graham Gano's 49-yard field goal, extending Washington's lead to six points.

"It's an unbelievable feeling," Cooley said. "This is so huge for us. This team has really come together. The importance of starting fast, getting some momentum and getting wins like this is everything.

"Everyone knows how tough it is to win in the NFL. There are so many games, even last year when we weren't playing well, [that] came down to the fourth quarter. You have to be able to win at that point, and if we can find a way to win it's going to be great."

Dallas reached the Redskins' 13-yard line with only three seconds remaining, and quarterback Tony Romo was dancing around in the backfield in effort to extend the play. Romo located wide receiver Roy Williams in the right corner of the end zone for touchdown that would have tied the score with the point-after kick pending.

But Cowboys right tackle Alex Barron, playing for injured starter Marc Colombo, held Brian Orakpo, as he had done many times during the game, on the final play. Television replays showed Barron had his forearm around Orakpo's neck as Orakpo raced toward Romo.

The touchdown was nullified. And game over.

"I don't feel like it was even a lucky break," Cooley said. "They had a good drive down the field. Our defense played stout all day, they didn't give up [many] points. A huge credit to them for what they were able to do against a very good offense.

"I think offensively we will be fine. I think we will be able to put points up. If our defense keeps playing like that we will be a very tough team to beat."

And if McNabb and Cooley build on their fast start, the offense should benefit continue to benefit early in the season.

By Jason Reid  |  September 13, 2010; 9:50 AM ET
Categories:  Chris Cooley , Donovan McNabb  
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Comments

repost:

"Big Question:

Anyone see any difference at all from our offense last night compared to our offense from the past 2 years?

I didn't.

p1funk

ummm...much more competitive offensive line, a QB who could sense pressure and get ball out quick. Picking up enough 3rd downs to keep defense fresh, renewed energy from Moss/Portis/Cooley, more mid range completions, more confidence in game plan (albeit without results/execution....yet)

Posted by: chrislarry | September 13, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: chrislarry | September 13, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse


I said I'd show up and take my medicine if we lost, but let's be clear about something: You heathens don't really think the Redskins won last night, do you?

As much as it pains me to say it--the Cowboys choked. Spit the bit. Threw up all over their jerseys. Maybe Wade Phillips does listen to Al Green's Greatest Hits on his headset because he damn sure wasn't paying attention last night!

Enjoy our loss because you sure as hell can't say you won. That's about as positive as I can be about the Redskins without getting nauseous.

DC sucks, Pampa rocks and most of you soiled your couches last night when Roy Williams caught that go-ahead touchdown. You F'ing know you did! Try Depends diapers next time.

Harshly,
Joe

Posted by: PampaTex | September 13, 2010 9:56 AM

Oddly, I'm not surprised by your post.

Posted by: tgif11 | September 13, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

F Cooley And McNAbb's Chemistry!

What about McNAbb and the whole receiving sqaud save for Cooley and Santana?

WTF happened to Galloway? And what exactly is Devin Thomas NOT doing to be on the field?

Posted by: 4thFloor | September 13, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

As much as it pains me to say it--the Cowboys choked. Spit the bit. Threw up all over their jerseys.


Posted by: PampaTex | September 13, 2010 9:56 AM

The Cowboys choking still pain you? I'd think you'd be used to it by now.

Posted by: Original_etrod | September 13, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

F Cooley And McNAbb's Chemistry!

What about McNAbb and the whole receiving sqaud save for Cooley and Santana?

WTF happened to Galloway? And what exactly is Devin Thomas NOT doing to be on the field?

Posted by: 4thFloor

I don't get this Cooley/Moss are EXPONETIALLY BETTER THAN ALMOST EVERY OTHER OPTION...

Cooley was instrumental to the win...yeah lets not hope that improves...he and moss get balls b/c they GET OPEN!

Now do we need diversified options, of course, but they are not on the roster...Galloway is MY AGE...ie OLD...armstrong/Roydell were OUT OF FOOTBALL....DT#11 is NOT GOOD...

Fred Davis is the only one that needs more reps, and I think he will get them. 1 game.

Posted by: chrislarry | September 13, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: iseyij | September 13, 2010 10:05 AM

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Forgot to bring up Clinton's blitz pickup. Clinton Portis is the best blocking running back in the league. Keith Brooking and his WEAK pregame speech ate dirt as Clinton knocked his butt on the ground on every blitz.

"You gonna scratch" Keith? Try actually hitting someone.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | September 13, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

I said I'd show up and take my medicine if we lost, but let's be clear about something: You heathens don't really think the Redskins won last night, do you?

As much as it pains me to say it--the Cowboys choked. Spit the bit. Threw up all over their jerseys. Maybe Wade Phillips does listen to Al Green's Greatest Hits on his headset because he damn sure wasn't paying attention last night!

Enjoy our loss because you sure as hell can't say you won. That's about as positive as I can be about the Redskins without getting nauseous.

DC sucks, Pampa rocks and most of you soiled your couches last night when Roy Williams caught that go-ahead touchdown. You F'ing know you did! Try Depends diapers next time.

Harshly,
Joe

Posted by: PampaTex | September 13, 2010 9:56 AM

Spoken like the true sore loser and giant d0uchebag that you truly are. Next time try Kleenex to go along with your Pampers and Tampax. Time to get your sandy vag cleaned out. As far as choking, well, I'm sure you're quite used to that by now.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 13, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

ummm...much more competitive offensive line, a QB who could sense pressure and get ball out quick. Picking up enough 3rd downs to keep defense fresh, renewed energy from Moss/Portis/Cooley, more mid range completions, more confidence in game plan (albeit without results/execution....yet)

Posted by: chrislarry | September 13, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse


Not sure how you gauge a "competitive" Oline. TW did okay against Ware for a rookie, but Ware definitely was bringing pressure most of the night. Rabach was getting owned by Ratliff. We didn't open up any running lanes until they started calling cutbacks in the 4th quarter.

Our defense played balls-to-the-wall, but they were not fresh at the end of the game. Seriously, if Barron doesn't screw the pooch with that holding call, we probably lose on an 80-yard march down the field.

Moss/Cooley always bring it; they always have. Portis didn't look any bit refreshed. No burst. Didn't make any tacklers miss. Goes down on first contact.

Posted by: p1funk | September 13, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Glad McNabb clicked with Moss and Cooley but concerned that they were the only two effective receivers. Don't think we can sustain that pattern all season. We looked at a lot of new receivers during camp and we'll need to come up with some more options for DM. Thomas looks like he's starting to earn his stripes - let's give him his shot next week.

Posted by: bones21 | September 13, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Thoughts on the game:

*MOTM: DHall

This is the man that we were expecting when shelling out a $56 million contract. Excellent in coverage, phenomenal in tackling, and made that one big play. He played worthy of 1st team all-pro status yesterday. Absolutely brilliant.

*Runner-ups: Brian Orakpo and Trent Williams

Orakpo showed single-handedly why the transition to the 3-4 was a brilliant move by Haslett and Shanahan. Orakpo was shifted around all game until it became glaringly obvious in the second half that Alex Barron had no business being left alone with Rak. He drew 3 holding penalties that would have been sacks on Romo, as well as initiated at least another false start. He was a menace out there.

Trent Williams, on the other hand, was facing arguably the toughest assignment possible for a first career start in the NFL as a LT. Ware beat Williams once, but more important that the single sack given up was the fact that Ware hardly sniffed McNabb for the rest of the contest. There was certainly plenty of pressure coming from the interior and on exotic blitz packages, but in the 1 v 1 matchup of Ware vs. Williams, Williams decisively won that battle. We got the real deal, here folks. And that block in the first half on the Cooley screen....wow.

* The lone weakspot in the secondary was Reed Doughty. Landry was a machine on the field, Hall we've already recapped, and Rogers looked every bit a 1st round corner he should be (sure he missed the pick, but I think we've all come to realize that he's not going to convert difficult turnovers). This secondary with the pressure created by the front 7 could easily be a top 5 defense. If Kareem Moore is what he was looking to become in training camp, this secondary will be scary.

* Looks like the WR issue will be here well into the season. Moss and Cooley are still monsters, but everyone else....who knows. I hope to see Devin Thomas more next game. He played excellent on returns, and the play of the other WRs may have given him another opportunity to earn his spot opposite Moss.

* Josh Bidwell, what happened? I hope that was just an off night for a veteran punter. Terrible punts and a muffed hold...ugh.

Posted by: psps23 | September 13, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: psps23 | September 13, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

"You gonna scratch" Keith? Try actually hitting someone.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | September 13, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Keith likes to scratch like a little pussycat.

Meow!

...that is when he's not crying about getting the score run up on him in the playoffs.

Posted by: p1funk | September 13, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

yikes p1, who pissed in your cheerios?? they won, sure it wasn't pretty, but in the past they usually LOSE these games...first game of the year, and lots to improve on, but they won....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 13, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Portis and Larry Johnson = Slow and Slower

...at least in Week 1...

Posted by: mattylight | September 13, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Watched the entire game last night.

On my mind:

Did AH92 play last night? :)

Coaches know Galloway is done.
He'll be cut before the season is concluded.

I've already received a big Christmas gift.
Thanks Wade Philips and Alex Barron for holding Orakpo

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | September 13, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Landry finally showed his potential..B- game from Landry. Nevertheless GET Doughty outta there he's terrible, he was the reason the defense didn't have a SHUTOUT!!! O will be just fine, Sellers's is nooooo longer needed. FatAL is definitely needed on the line....1st & 2nd down!!! AND the front7 needs better containment.

Posted by: Lipty | September 13, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

p1funk....wow....you saw no difference from this offensive line and last years?!?!?!

And portis got some huge runs in 4th quarter and was a monster in pass pro...

whateves...I gotta work...

HTTR.

Give me last nights game anyday over a 34-28 loss where our offense looked pretty....

Posted by: chrislarry | September 13, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

I give these Cowgirl fans zero credit for coming up here and saying "Oh, man. We choked! I can't believe it!"

The Cowgirls always choke. They are choke artists. They've been choking for a dozen years. Romo is a choker. Phillips is a choker.

If Cowpie fans are acting surprised about what transpired last night, it only confirms the fact that their fanbase is populated by a bunch of delusional tards still living in the mid-90's who have yet to realize that their team is a no-good pack of over-hyped Marys who turn to pudding in the clutch.

Posted by: p1funk | September 13, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Tampax,

There was no go-ahead td to crap the bed over, so - no. lol. I was a little surprised that it got to that, though.
Soo many times it woulda been nice to put it away earlier.

Posted by: DikShuttle | September 13, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

anyone catch the play where TWill took on a dallas safety, locked onto him, and ran him out of bounds....I like an ol with a mean/nasty streak...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 13, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

DC sucks, Pampa rocks and most of you soiled your couches last night when Roy Williams caught that go-ahead touchdown. You F'ing know you did! Try Depends diapers next time.

Harshly,
Joe

Posted by: PampaTex | September 13, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse
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Real class, loser. I didn't expect any more from you.

Posted by: skinsfan713 | September 13, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

The offensive line played beautifully in pass protection. McNabb had plenty of time to throw last night, relative to the looks and blitzes they were giving him. Everyone was in sync. It was a vintage Shanahan line back there in pass-pro.

As for the running game, there is still some work to do. The game seemed to pick up in the 4th q, and if not for Williams' false start late in the game, we very well may have sealed the deal by running it down their throats.

Posted by: psps23 | September 13, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Oh one more thing...how hysterically bad was that pre-game prep talk by Keith Brookings....wow. We were dying of laughter....than he got stoned on like the next three plays

Posted by: chrislarry | September 13, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Helluva game last night!

Cowboys offense had more passing yards, yards rushing, first downs and time of possession than the Redskins. Your offense had more big plays.

Our offense scored a TD. Your offense made two FGs.

Our defense was in position to create turnovers and came up empty time and time again. Your defense forced a fumble and turned it into six points. Ballgame!!

Again, helluva game. Hats off to the Redskins for taking advantage of everything we gave you. We had 12 penalties and the refs probably could have called us for for 20. Barron panicked on that last play and the ref made the right call. No excuses!

Btw, it figures when Roy Williams finally makes a play, it doesn't count!! Not LMAO!

Peace, Y'all.

Posted by: MrIrvin88 | September 13, 2010 8:24 AM

he-he-he. i just saw this. mrirvin88 is obviously just trying to be nice. redtards got their candyasses whupped and manhandled last night. to each his own.

Posted by: 10peterbilt | September 13, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

F Cooley And McNAbb's Chemistry!

What about McNAbb and the whole receiving sqaud save for Cooley and Santana?

WTF happened to Galloway? And what exactly is Devin Thomas NOT doing to be on the field?

Posted by: 4thFloor | September 13, 2010 10:03 AM


We won that is what matters...I would like to see Fred Davis lined up at WR at times, gotta keep using him, I think he is a threat, especially in the red zone - why dont they use him there.

You know we are struggling at WR, when we go to Armstrong 2x back to back.

Galloway looked old out there. DT11 did look good on kick offs, hopefully we see him break one there, he sure hits the hole hard.

Rabach got owned, simple as that. Portis looked dead first half, second half a little better...like to see Keiland run some too.

Weakest link out there in my opinion was Doughty, like the dude, but he looked lost on several plays. Come on back Kareem.

Posted by: mhartz1 | September 13, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

p1funk....wow....you saw no difference from this offensive line and last years?!?!?!

And portis got some huge runs in 4th quarter and was a monster in pass pro...

whateves...I gotta work...

HTTR.

Give me last nights game anyday over a 34-28 loss where our offense looked pretty....

Posted by: chrislarry | September 13, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse


Give me any win over any loss. Period. I'm stoked about the "W".

But I'm also concerned that our new offensive masterminds engineered a Zorn-like performance last night. Granted, it was the debut and they have work to do.

I like the players on our Oline for the most part, and I hope they really come together. The difference from this year to last, IMO, is that the Oline actually has some potential, whereas last season they had maxed out their potential and still sucked donkey stones.

But the Oline didn't win the battle last night. That's just the truth.

Posted by: p1funk | September 13, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

The offense right now is better than any point last year (yes, even during Naw'lens). It was a good defense we were facing that sent guys left and right. McNabb showed that his ankle is damn close if not fully healed, and if it were JC17 back there last night they would have had about 8 or 10 sacks on us, but McNabb moved around well. There were a lot of drops and a couple penalties stopped drives. My biggest concern is our scoring draught in the red zone, but we actually have adults adressing these tough decisions this year, not kids worrying about what signs can be brought into the stadium or thinking up a cool nickname for a stupid high priced umbrella, let's face it, that's what the Z-shades really were.

Posted by: monk811 | September 13, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

yikes p1, who pissed in your cheerios?? they won, sure it wasn't pretty, but in the past they usually LOSE these games...first game of the year, and lots to improve on, but they won....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 13, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse


I'm fired up about the W. If you don't know that then you missed my initial "Good, Bad, Ugly" post this morning.

But seriously...we gotta ramp up this offense. I waited all offseason to see this thing debut and it wasn't pretty.

I'm sure Shanny feels the same way.

Posted by: p1funk | September 13, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Anyone see any difference at all from our offense last night compared to our offense from the past 2 years?

I didn't.

p1funk

Yeah, the Skins won!

But seriously, the new scheme is still a work in progress. McNabb is clearly the best QB since... when? Brad Johnson?

Posted by: siris | September 13, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Um, petersuck?

you ... lost... remember? It doesn't matter how hard you wish it... you didn't win. You are winless. You have NO WINS.

Redskins are UN-DEFEATED. I'm just going to keep saying this:

scoreboard

Posted by: DikShuttle | September 13, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Wow Cowboys fans are delusional....


Our defense was in position to create turnovers and came up empty time and time again. Your defense forced a fumble and turned it into six points. Ballgame!!

Posted by: MrIrvin88 | September 13, 2010 8:24 AM


When was your defense in position to create turnovers? I seem to recall to dropped picks by our guys. Don't much recall your guys having those same opportunities. Delusional.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 13, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

anyone catch the play where TWill took on a dallas safety, locked onto him, and ran him out of bounds....I like an ol with a mean/nasty streak...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 13, 2010 10:18 AM

He looked like a bouncer throwing a drunk young punk out of a bar.

Posted by: elfreako | September 13, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Thought Jamal Brown played real well. T. WIlliams did pretty well as well, Ware had him a couple of times, but that is to be expected. Rabach is a problem though, as is the WR corps. I think we need to make the VJAX junx happen, HOUSH would have been huge for us.

Still no shots downfield for bombs, I like the attempt to throw some screens, but they did not really connect on any of them.

Dez Bryant looks like the real deal, big kid with excellent hands.

Posted by: mhartz1 | September 13, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Our defense played balls-to-the-wall, but they were not fresh at the end of the game. Seriously, if Barron doesn't screw the pooch with that holding call, we probably lose on an 80-yard march down the field.

Posted by: p1funk | September 13, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Disagree. If Barron wouldn't of held Rak, Romo would of have been sacked and never got the ball off to Williams.

Posted by: ga8085 | September 13, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

he-he-he. i just saw this. mrirvin88 is obviously just trying to be nice. redtards got their candyasses whupped and manhandled last night. to each his own.

Posted by: 10peterbilt | September 13, 2010 10:21 AM

From the girly "he-he-he" to the delusion, denial, and lack of understanding about football.....every single character of your post is that of a loser. Get lost until December.

Posted by: MColeman51 | September 13, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Change of topic: what do people think about the Eagles' handling of the Kolb and Stewart Bradley concussions?

I have no idea why they both went back on the field. Kolb was clearly clocked when he was lying on the ground with a thousand mile stare. Bradley was stumbling on the ground and unable to stay on his feet. Horrible handling of a continuing epidemic in the NFL.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | September 13, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Oh - I'd like to comment on Portis - he definitely got a head of steam towards the 4th. And the BLOCKS - good lawd, he was layin' tha wood into 'em. And LJ took Ware OUT! RB's contributed fo sho.

C'mon now - we didn't win pretty, but we already matched a third of last year's home win record!! I see things to work on, but I didn't see anything 'bad' necessarily.

Posted by: DikShuttle | September 13, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

yikes p1, who pissed in your cheerios?? they won, sure it wasn't pretty, but in the past they usually LOSE these games...first game of the year, and lots to improve on, but they won....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 13, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse


I'm fired up about the W. If you don't know that then you missed my initial "Good, Bad, Ugly" post this morning.

But seriously...we gotta ramp up this offense. I waited all offseason to see this thing debut and it wasn't pretty.

I'm sure Shanny feels the same way.

Posted by: p1funk | September 13, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

This is what happens when you think just by putting a player into those feminine blue and silver uniforms, that they will automatically play like allstars. Might as well pay these insignificant cowgirls like it. Right? LOVE ME SOME REDSKINS!!!!!

Posted by: suliman215 | September 13, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Look folks, it was an ugly game to be sure but it was a win. It was a win against a team that a whole lot of people have favored for Superbowldom. This was the first game with a new offense AND defense. I don't expect a well oiled machine yet so any win until then is a gift and keeps us in the mix until this team gels. Plenty of mistakes to learn from. Plenty of stuff to be happy with. WE beat the Dallas Brokebacks and that makes for a great week.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 13, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

When it comes to picking up the blitz, I still love Portis and how he goes all out.

Posted by: gatorskinz2000

No doubt about that gator,the play where he steeped up and stoned Brooking was awsome,no way McNabb gets away from Brooking if he doesnt.And Brooking and his Ray Lewis impression was the funniest thing I saw all night.

"NOW WE GOT A SITUATION ON OUR HANDS,AND I'LL TELL YOU WHAT IT IS!WE'RE STANDING IN THEIR HOUSE AND HERES WHAT WE GOTTA DO!WE GOTTA FIGHT,WE GOTTA BITE WE GOTTA SCRATCH,WE GOTTA BLEED!

That shti right there is hillarious.

Posted by: smittdiddy | September 13, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Congrats!

It's going to be f'ing unbearable around here for a few days but it's all good! Good thing my neighbor wouldn't bet me this year or I'd be flying a freaking Redskins flag in front of my house right now (*gasp*).

kthxbye

Posted by: dallasinthedmv | September 13, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

1st game p1, give it some time...

eagles lost their starting C, and starting FB for the year yesterday didn't they??

Texans lost one of their starting DE's as well....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 13, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Twisi

"I thought that the final drive from the Skins was something we didn't see all year last year."


Without a doubt, this point alone justifies the trade for D Mac.

Jason Campbell, for all his strenghts, was weak when it came to going 'for the throat.'

I can not think of any late game heroics that either preserved a win or took a victory away.

And whereas D Mac has issues, he definately is one thing:

A winner.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 13, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Wow - that's the best one yet.

Thx DitDMV! Better luck in Dallas. We'll see you there.

Posted by: DikShuttle | September 13, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

If you don't see the improvements, then you might have missed last night's game or missed last season. If you need a refresher course on what last season's offense looked like, I suggest you watch the Raiders next weekend.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | September 13, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse


I watched the whole game last night and I watched all of last season.

See my post @ 9:37 and tell me how my eyes deceive me.

It was basically a replay of last season's game against Dallas in Dallas.

The only difference was a big defensive play by DHall, Gano actually hit a FG, and Rak exploited Barron to salvage a win on the last play of the game.

Posted by: p1funk | September 13, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

I gotta agree. Last night's offense looked Gibbs-esque -- Portis 3 yard run, play action pass to Cooley or Moss. Rinse and repeat. We're gonna have to get ALOT better if we actually want to think about the playoffs this year...

Posted by: mattylight | September 13, 2010 9:56 AM
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Matty, I'll give you a break since you said the offense looked "Gibbs-esque" which means you are comparing to the offense a few seasons ago, whereas p1funk is comparing to last year. Give me a break, Mr. Funk. It's the first game of the season and you're ready to compare the offense to last season??? Really? Was that pass blocking on numerous blitzes a mirage? Did we see a swinging gate play out there? Did we repeatedly see a nine yard pass on third and ten? Did McNabb take leave of his senses and throw a pass beyond the line of scrimmage? Comparing this work in progress - after just one game no less - to the mess wrought by Jim Zorn in two years is a reach. Some fans would have the goose that laid the golden egg drop one at their feet and they would be complaining because some dirty bird shat on their foot...

Posted by: RedSkinHead | September 13, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Anyone else notice Heyer getting rotated in for Jamaal Brown throughout the game? Anyone know why?

Posted by: psps23 | September 13, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

That shti right there is hillarious.


Posted by: smittdiddy | September 13, 2010 10:36 AM

It seemed to me the Skins were more than happy to help the Cowpies bleed (for each other, even)

Posted by: MColeman51 | September 13, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

My belly continues to develop.

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 13, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Playoffs?!!

Playoffs??!!!


.....Playoffs?!!

Posted by: DikShuttle | September 13, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse


When was your defense in position to create turnovers? I seem to recall to dropped picks by our guys. Don't much recall your guys having those same opportunities. Delusional.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 13, 2010 10:30 AM

Scampbell, you're dumb and delusional. The Cowboys picked off McNabb in the endzone but it was called back due to penalty.

Posted by: dallasinthedmv | September 13, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: dallasinthedmv | September 13, 2010 10:37 AM

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Thanks for not being a obnoxious d*ck about it like the others. Still managed to trash talk, but it was tastefully done. The next game's going to be tough.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | September 13, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

psp, you can't expect that kind of information up here....next post will be a review of each snap that AH played....come on you're better than that....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 13, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Look around the league. There were alot of low scoring games. Its a fact that offenses take time to catch up to defenses early in the season. To say the offense hasn't changed at all is shortsighted. Mcnabb sacked once. That's a major improvement in itself.

Posted by: ga8085 | September 13, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Great game. Usually we lose those.
The defense looks like it could be nasty but I still worry that guys like Carter are playing out of position. Did he do anything last night? Also AH is a useless waste of talent at this point and should probably be gone.
On offense my biggest worry is the absence of a play-maker. There's no one who scares the defense.

Posted by: mack1 | September 13, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

why do our coordinators always get so discouraged with the running game? Even if its not reeling off huge chunks, I think its better to try to impose your will. I saw a couple of posters who did not like the two fade routes to Armstrong. Include me. Why not LJ behind Sellars for 1st and 2nd down? Then 3rd down is less predictable if 3rd down is necessary.

Defenses are always pinning the ears back and going gung ho blitzing us like last night. Thats why they should run more. Anyone else get nervous everytime our QB drops back for any pass?

Posted by: gmac78 | September 13, 2010 10:19 AM

Posted by: gmac78 | September 13, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Watched Soups play yesterday, thought I was living a nightmare all over again. Same ol garbage, check-down king looks indecisive as ever.
Be very happy we made the move folks!

Posted by: bhoang888 | September 13, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

"Scampbell, you're dumb and delusional. The Cowboys picked off McNabb in the endzone but it was called back due to penalty.

Posted by: dallasinthedmv | September 13, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse"

Um, yea, that's because it was a pass-interference by the intercepting player. That's like saying Anthony Armstrong caught a TD in the red zone for the Redskins, but it was called back because he dropped the ball.

Posted by: psps23 | September 13, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Anyone else notice Heyer getting rotated in for Jamaal Brown throughout the game? Anyone know why?

Posted by: psps23 | September 13, 2010 10:40 AM

Not 100% sure, but with J. Brown coming off injury, it seems like the prudent thing to do. Also, it gives both Hayer and Litchensiger (sp) live reps in the offense, helping with depth issues.

Posted by: TWISI | September 13, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Romo completed 31 of 41 passes 282 yards for the Cowboys. Austin caught 10 passes for 146 yards and scored the game's only offensive touchdown.


M Austin had a big day but the Dallas offense had a bad night.

Other coordinators will look at the tape of this game and see that spreading the ball around is better than one guy having a big night.

As we revel in last night's win, we must remember it is just one game in a long season.

The Texans are a team on the rise and we'll come to their home opener like its Homecoming week and we're the Division 3 lamb to be slaughtered for the alumni.

The, not the cowboys, are the real test.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 13, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

"Keith Brooking and his WEAK pregame speech ate dirt as Clinton knocked his butt on the ground on every blitz."

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | September 13, 2010 10:10 AM
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that was a weak "speech" - it looked and felt totally staged. i can imagine he and the cameraman arranging that beforehand, then, after the commercial, the cameraman going, "ok - we're on now". brookings kept kind of peeking at the camera every once in a while to make sure he was still on..." lame...but to be expected...

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | September 13, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Look folks, it was an ugly game to be sure but it was a win. It was a win against a team that a whole lot of people have favored for Superbowldom. This was the first game with a new offense AND defense. I don't expect a well oiled machine yet so any win until then is a gift and keeps us in the mix until this team gels. Plenty of mistakes to learn from. Plenty of stuff to be happy with. WE beat the Dallas Brokebacks and that makes for a great week.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 13, 2010 10:36 AM

Cosign. So much newness made a victory last night seem like a long shot...maybe too much to hope for. Guess not!!

for anybody that was at the game...was the energy level as high as it seemed on TV, which was ...RFK, off the charts high?

This season is going to be fun because the offense is just going to get better and better. I thought this was going to be true of the defense too, but is that really possible? Outside of having a real FS when Moore returns, is there really THAT much room for the defense to improve? Sanding the edges? Sure. Leaps and bounds? They are starting off too good for leaps and bounds to even be possible.

Posted by: MColeman51 | September 13, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

I thought I saw Heyer in there at RT for a few series?

Posted by: 4thFloor | September 13, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

merry christmas, redtards fans!

how do you like your gift-wrapped win?

see you candyassed b!tches in cowboys stadium.

Posted by: 10peterbilt

Wow, excuses, huh? Nice. You know, if Dallas is supposed to be sooooo good and the Super Bowl favorites, shouldn't you have beaten us by 20? It shouldn't of come down to that ONE play.

Bottom line is we wanted that win more than you guys and we played more disciplined and determined. But you are a sore loser and can't own up to the fact that you underestimated us and acted like an arrogant prick. Have a nice day!! I know I'm enjoying this beautiful day today!! HTTR!!

Posted by: rachel216 | September 13, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

merry christmas, redtards fans!

how do you like your gift-wrapped win?

see you candyassed b!tches in cowboys stadium.

Posted by: 10peterbilt

Wow, excuses, huh? Nice. You know, if Dallas is supposed to be sooooo good and the Super Bowl favorites, shouldn't you have beaten us by 20? It shouldn't of come down to that ONE play.

Bottom line is we wanted that win more than you guys and we played more disciplined and determined. But you are a sore loser and can't own up to the fact that you underestimated us and acted like an arrogant prick. Have a nice day!! I know I'm enjoying this beautiful day today!! HTTR!!

Posted by: rachel216 | September 13, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

A win is a win. Always makes Mondays better. The defense looked good although I was hoping they'd get more pressure on Romo (Dallas' oline mugging Orakpo and co all night nonwithstanding). The offense should get better although I thought our RB's looked slow until the end when the dline had been worn down.

Posted by: skinswest | September 13, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Anyone else notice Heyer getting rotated in for Jamaal Brown throughout the game? Anyone know why?

Posted by: psps23

All the beat writers were twittering/blogging from post game that they were usuing oline rotations. Heyer rotated in for Brown b/c they didnt want to overwork Brown's hip. They rotated Dockery and Lichtensteinberghamlet at RG b/c they claim that is basically still an open competition. Also a good way to real time develop the depth.

So the rotating Onlines was a strategy not due to injury....

Posted by: chrislarry | September 13, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

hoang, you are soooo right there!

And conversley watching the play of McNabb, he was a page or two ahead of his receivers at times last night, similar to preseason.

It's been so long since I've seen that in a Skins QB. McNabb could be the best we've had since Rypen was 'on'.

Posted by: DikShuttle | September 13, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Where are the Chokeboys fans?

"HOW 'BOUT THEM COW-CHOKES?"

The 'Skins 0-Line bent but didn't break. There was enough confidence in it to stick with the run in a way the Cow-chokes abandoned the run game.

Texas will come here next week feeling fat and happy. Now is not the time to start smelling our own underwear!

Hopefully Shanny Jr. can negate the Texans potent offense because I understand they are still pretty much running the same system.

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | September 13, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

"Anyone else notice Heyer getting rotated in for Jamaal Brown throughout the game? Anyone know why?"


The team played deep into the roster, it seemed.

(I like a system where if you dress, you play.)

I like the idea of rotating offensive lineman as it'll keep them fresh and on their toes.

It'll also reduce the liklihood of injury.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 13, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Also good to see that Rogers still has Buttered Steel Hands, he did play better though.

I like how Buchanon played as well.

Texans will be a good test next week, Mario Williams looks great, what did he have 3 sacks yesterday...

The night and day difference between McNabb and JC is amazing...I for one was hesitant about McNabb, but he just has so much more pocket presence than JC ever will. He knows how to lead the receiver, it is nice.

Posted by: mhartz1 | September 13, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

CL, thanks for that explanation. Good to hear that Brown isn't hurt.

O-line rotations? Interesting concept. It certainly plays into Shanahan's running game strategy where he hopes to tire the defenses legs and run them into the ground in the 4thQ. It looked like that might have come to fruition last night too, until Williams' untimely false start on 3rd down.

Posted by: psps23 | September 13, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Great results last night.

I was just about to throw my recliner through the television when my wife in the sweetest voice ever said quietly "I think there was a flag"

Canada can have their "Boxing Day". September 12th will now be known as "Alex Barron" day.

Posted by: CheyenneWY | September 13, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Disagree. If Barron wouldn't of held Rak, Romo would of have been sacked and never got the ball off to Williams.

Posted by: ga8085 | September 13, 2010 10:32 AM

Agree totally.

Posted by: smokeybear2 | September 13, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

The Texans are a team on the rise and we'll come to their home opener like its Homecoming week and we're the Division 3 lamb to be slaughtered for the alumni.

The, not the cowboys, are the real test.

Posted by: MistaMoe

I hear you Moe,cept for 2 things:1)They're coming here and 2)they like us will be in a for a natural letdown seeing how they beat their division rivals in the opener also.

Posted by: smittdiddy | September 13, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Enjoy our loss because you sure as hell can't say you won. That's about as positive as I can be about the Redskins without getting nauseous.

DC sucks, Pampa rocks and most of you soiled your couches last night when Roy Williams caught that go-ahead touchdown. You F'ing know you did! Try Depends diapers next time.

Harshly,
Joe

Posted by: PampaTex | September 13, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

aww little Joe is a CRYBABY. Bitter much? Hmm... I looked at the standings, it says Redskins: 1-0, Dallas: 0-1

I think we won. Thank you very much. Enjoy your day in misery!

Posted by: rachel216 | September 13, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Um, yea, that's because it was a pass-interference by the intercepting player. That's like saying Anthony Armstrong caught a TD in the red zone for the Redskins, but it was called back because he dropped the ball.

Posted by: psps23 | September 13, 2010 10:48 AM

You and I both know that not all infractions are caught by the refs. If they don't see the arm hook (and it definitely was), it's a INT and turnover. My point is that it's intellectually dishonest to say that the Cowboys defense was not in position to force any turnovers.

Your analogy would have made more sense if you had mentioned Rogers dropping a sure INT (that dude has some bad hands). :-)

Enjoy your day/Redskins win/Dallas loss. We'll see how part II turns out.

Posted by: dallasinthedmv | September 13, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Big win for the good guys. Coming off a 4-12 season and beating a team that was in the playoffs last year is a nice step forward.

A few thoughts:

I keep reading or hearing folks say the Redskins were fortunate their was holding on the last play. I'm not sure I understand this, since without Barron holding Romo would have been sacked by Orakpo before he could have ever thrown the ball, and the game would be over.

The Redskins failed to run the ball effectively all night, but never quit trying...and that paid off in the 4th, when they ran down a critical amount of clock as they finally started to punch a few holes in that Dallas D. Way to stick to it, guys.

McNabb didn't have a good night accuracy-wise, but this offense is so much more explosive with him in it. The ball goes downfield waaaay more often than it has in recent years.

Romo makes nice plays, but seriously - that end of the half play is something even a rookie QB should know better than to attempt. Phillips should be lambasted for even running a play, Romo for his execution. Symbolic of a team with talent but NO maturity.

Dez Bryant will be a pain in our arse for years, but we'll benefit from some unsportsmanlike calls over that time.

Landry was all over the place...but you CAN'T whiff on the QB with an open shot. I hope he gets better about that kind of thing.

Orakpo is the MVP of the game. The guy was unblockable; if they don't hold him half the time he might have had 3 sacks and still had several pressures. What a stud.

Still searching for options outside of Cooley and Moss, who were both excellent as usual. Moss drops at least one easy pass a game, for some strange reason. Armstrong had a bad night.

Bidwell will get ripped for an awful night, but as inexcusable as his drop of the snap was and as poor as the punt out of the endzone was, he made to big positive plays too: the punt downed at the 1, and more importantly the nice handling of a poor snap on the 49 yard field goal. That kick is the difference in the game, and it doesn't happen if he doesn't make a nice adjustment.

Our coaching staff is just way, way better than the Cowboys'. Haslett was a step ahead of Garrett all game.

All in all, the Redskins man for man can play better - and that's a good sign given they beat the Cowboys, who may be overrated, but are still pretty good because of a very strong D. This team feels like a competitive one that needs to be taken seriously, not a cast of clowns where we're waiting for something to go wrong when things are right, and things are rarely right to begin with.

Posted by: shaunsherman12 | September 13, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

"Try Depends diapers next time.Harshly,
JoePosted by: PampaTex"

Sounds like somebody in TX has a little problem with the runs.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 13, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

The Texans are a team on the rise and we'll come to their home opener like its Homecoming week and we're the Division 3 lamb to be slaughtered for the alumni.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 13, 2010 10:51 AM |

Dude - didn't your remedial ed reading courses prepare you for reading scheds? The Skins are playing the Texans at Fed Ex.

Posted by: BangerVance | September 13, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

mhartz1

"Texans will be a good test next week, Mario Williams looks great, what did he have 3 sacks yesterday..."

If we get our running game going, we can keep M Schaub off the field and beat the Texans.

I think you can run on them.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 13, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Has anyone figured out why Miles Austin was wearing lipstick last night?

Posted by: saltine182 | September 13, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

To guard against Reggie Bush remnants.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | September 13, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

got their candyasses whupped and manhandled last night. to each his own.

Posted by: 10peterbilt | September 13, 2010 10:21 AM

LOL talk about mandhandled!! Alex Barron! he-he-he (mocking 10peterbilt)

how did i know cowgirls fans would find every excuse in the book for why they lost? they can't accept that they never live up to expectations!

Posted by: rachel216 | September 13, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

anyone catch the play where TWill took on a dallas safety, locked onto him, and ran him out of bounds....I like an ol with a mean/nasty streak...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1

Hey Greg,
As soon as we saw that all four in our family were commenting it reminded us of Raven's LOT Oher when he did that to some jerk in a HS football game, as depicted in the movie "Blindside". By the way, it really did occur, was really captured on film, and that is why the play was inserted into the movie.

Yes, I liked seeing our Trent Williams playing until the whistle too!!

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | September 13, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

psp, you see that when TWIll did jump offsides, #75 jumped in his grill about it...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 13, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Rogers' hands weren't as bad as your running back on the last play of the 1st half.

hahahahahahahahaha.

Great game! Can't wait for part II.

Posted by: DikShuttle | September 13, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Wow Cowboys fans are delusional....


Our defense was in position to create turnovers and came up empty time and time again. Your defense forced a fumble and turned it into six points. Ballgame!!

Posted by: MrIrvin88 | September 13, 2010 8:24 AM


When was your defense in position to create turnovers? I seem to recall to dropped picks by our guys. Don't much recall your guys having those same opportunities. Delusional.

Posted by: scampbell1975

Funny enough, I don't remember one time when Dallas was close to getting a turnover either. we really must be delusional scampbell1975!!

Posted by: rachel216 | September 13, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

I think they should pull Jason Reid from chats. Case in point:

Q: Redskins that good or Cowboys that bad?
Did the game make you change your prediction on how the Redskins or Cowboys will do this season? Who do you pick to meet in the Super Bowl? Saw someone on TV predict the Colts and Cowboy. Maybe not.


A.
Jason Reid writes:

I really don't like to make predictions. I don't know who will meet in the Super Bowl. I'm just trying to find out what Mike Shanahan will do this week against the Houston.
– September 13, 2010 9:45 AM

Posted by: Pepper5 | September 13, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

The Texans are a team on the rise and we'll come to their home opener like its Homecoming week and we're the Division 3 lamb to be slaughtered for the alumni.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 13, 2010 10:51 AM |

Goodness.
So wrong on both counts.
a. Texans' home opener was Yesterday
b. Texans are coming to Fed Ex Sunday.

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | September 13, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

I liked the uni's...old school...good.

Posted by: camp_fodder | September 13, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Skins beat the cowboys last night.

Posted by: dealer1 | September 13, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

So, CR sending Barron a thank you tweet today?

And how bout dem pants?

Posted by: stevek20147 | September 13, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

I don't think we have any need to worry about our running game. I'm convinced that the run game will steadily improve over the next few games. This was the O-line's first real game using their new zone blocking scheme. It is an entirely new scheme for them, and it will take a few games for them to completly gell. They faced a tough defensive front seven last night and got much better as the night wore on.

BTW, Totally agree that Portis is the King of the blitz pick-up!

Posted by: kaasmaster | September 13, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Has anyone figured out why Miles Austin was wearing lipstick last night?

Posted by: saltine182 | September 13, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

My girlfriend said something about Austin and lipstick. I was too obsessed with the game to give it much thought and don't know if I even responded when she said it. Maybe I owe her an apology? Eh, who cares. 13-7

Posted by: MColeman51 | September 13, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Anyone else notice Heyer getting rotated in for Jamaal Brown throughout the game? Anyone know why?

Posted by: psps23 | September 13, 2010 10:40 AM | Report

Lichtensteigerhfuskeufj was in there a few times too.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 13, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Also good to see that Rogers still has Buttered Steel Hands. Posted by: mhartz1 | September 13, 2010 10:57

That truth just cracked me up. I'll take an ugly win over a pretty loss any day of the week.

Posted by: mafafu | September 13, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

When was your defense in position to create turnovers? I seem to recall to dropped picks by our guys. Don't much recall your guys having those same opportunities. Delusional.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 13, 2010 10:30 AM

Scampbell, you're dumb and delusional. The Cowboys picked off McNabb in the endzone but it was called back due to penalty.

Posted by: dallasinthedmv | September 13, 2010 10:44 AM

Well, I was gonna say way to lose with class and dignity unlike some of your less learned brethren but...

Yes, I forgot about that one. Certainly doesn't make me dumb or delusional. Claiming that your defense was in position to make turnovers all night while actually making none and claiming our defense wasn't while we dropped 2 picks in one series AND took a fumble to the house is both dumb AND delusional.

...And what you are really saying is you DIDN'T pick off McNabb in the endzone see, penalties negate plays.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 13, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

"And if McNabb and Cooley build on their fast start, the offense should benefit continue to benefit early in the season."

Another reason ("benefit continue to benefit") not to end the posts with unnecessary editorializing.

Posted by: WorstSeat | September 13, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

"anyone catch the play where TWill took on a dallas safety, locked onto him, and ran him out of bounds....I like an ol with a mean/nasty streak..."

Posted by: BeantownGreg1
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oh man that was sweet. it's one thing to seal the corner, or put your man on the ground or whatever, but to block him out of bounds....that's finishing off a block.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | September 13, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Beep beep

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 13, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

"...They rotated Dockery and Lichtensteinberghamlet at RG b/c they claim that is basically still an open competition. Also a good way to real time develop the depth.

So the rotating Onlines was a strategy not due to injury....

Posted by: chrislarry | September 13, 2010 10:54 AM

Indeed chrislarry is correct.
It was strategic not due to injury.

Point of Clarification:
They actually rotated at LG and not RG.
HTTR!

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | September 13, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

"Seriously, if Barron doesn't screw the pooch with that holding call, we probably lose on an 80-yard march down the field.

Posted by: p1funk | September 13, 2010 10:12 AM"

By the same token, had Armstrong not dropped the VERY makeable catch in the end zone, the game becomes a walkaway for Washington.

Or if the Skins don't have a botched snap/hold on the FG attempt, it's a two score game as well, making Washington's D all the better off.

Then the Skins D could have just pinned back their ears and really teed off on Romo.

If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, oh what a world it would be.

Yes, the game could have been smoother. Yes, the offense was not clicking on all cylinders. Remember McNabb has to redevelop timing with these guys.

He's been out a couple weeks.

The offense's timing will come, and as long as the defense keeps playing well, a division title is not an unreasonable goal.

You want things to complain about, here are some legitimate ones:

Sellers' play overall,

Fred Davis' inability to block,

Carter's coverage skills,

Keilland Williams' inability to either block or get open on the play in which he did NEITHER,

The officials' inability to run the play clock correctly for either team,

Fat guys in the stands who take off their shirts to get on TV--and who do,

the punting game overall.

Other than those things, not much to complain about. Let's get ready for Houston.

Posted by: ThinkingMan | September 13, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Wow, excuses, huh? Nice. You know, if Dallas is supposed to be sooooo good and the Super Bowl favorites, shouldn't you have beaten us by 20? It shouldn't of come down to that ONE play.

Posted by: rachel216 | September 13, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of stupid predictions, I'm glad we rubbed it into the face of that a-hole Rodney Harrison. Did anyone catch the azz end of Football Night in America when Tony Dungy and Harrison were making their predictions on the game? They both said Dallas would win, then azzhat added "convincingly, they'll win convincingly". We showed you, you were a dirty player anyway. I'll give you the biggest insult I can think of: go be a Cowpie fan!

Posted by: monk811 | September 13, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

We had every chance to put that game away last night.. I did not like back to back fades to Armstrong on the goal line... that would have been the dagger and we would not be talking about Dallas choking or complaints that the skins did not win the game. Now, making excuses for losing, that is the typical stereotype for the Dallas fan that lives in the area. In terms of being used to choking is a correct statement... Romo can't put down a snap, Giants coming into Big D and handling that playoff game ... It was by far the ugliest game I watched but what impressed me is that we found a way to win... Dallas fans, blame the coaching staff for signing and starting the most flagged NFL lineman in the last 5 years (Flozell Adams was ranked #2 behind this guy)... the one thing that was a question mark did you in..... your depleted O-line. I was impressed to see a btter o-line for the skins, mobility with McNabb and the threat of Moss in the midle of the field. We need another WR to step up next week or it will be very easy to defend the skins passing game :) In response to PanTex or whatever his screen name is... regardless of how ugly or lucky it may be, there are is always a winner or a loser in a game.... whatever way you call it, I will take the win and move forward:)

Posted by: rvanags | September 13, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Our defense played balls-to-the-wall, but they were not fresh at the end of the game. Seriously, if Barron doesn't screw the pooch with that holding call, we probably lose on an 80-yard march down the field.
Posted by: p1funk | September 13, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Absolutely wrong. If Barron doesn't hold, Rak azz plants Romo as the clock strikes zero.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | September 13, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

If you knock a guy down after the ball is thrown and then catch the ball, it's not an interception in American football, it's pass interference.

Posted by: Pepper5 | September 13, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

I co-sign thinking-mans list of things to be worried about.

Posted by: chrislarry | September 13, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Positives
1)Kyle Shanahan isn't afraid to convert a 3rd & long.
2)The team didn't beat itself.
3)DeAngelo Hall.

Questions
1)Has the fall of Mike sellers begun?
2)Is Devin Thomas really worse than Armstrong/Galloway/Roydell??
3)Dallas didn't stick with it, but how shaky does our run defense look, especially with one down lineman formations?

Posted by: wisdom80 | September 13, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse


he-he-he. i just saw this. mrirvin88 is obviously just trying to be nice. redtards got their candyasses whupped and manhandled last night. to each his own.

Posted by: 10peterbilt | September 13, 2010 10:21 AM |

Hey tampax, you shouldn't talk about your Cowboy's like that, you moron.

he-he-he

Posted by: hessone | September 13, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse


Is brownwood alright ? Haven't heard a peep out of him. Maybe he's got a football hangover.


Posted by: hessone | September 13, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

HTTR
Game ball to be shared by LaRon Landry, Jim Haslett & Graham Gano.

Plenty of work to do; an ugly win is still a win!

This is a game that would have been out of reach under Zorn's stewardship. I know it's only game 1, but the influence of Zorn still evident.

Lots of missed tackles on D; DMac needs to be more accurate and the receivers have to be better, both positioning & catching. O line needs to make space for the running game.

Cowboys have talent, but penalties, undisciplined and sloppy play killed them. This loss will haunt them.

Most important point is that the team gets stronger and more proficient as the season progresses.

Cooley, Fletcher, Orakpo, Landry, Hall, Gano and Moss all had strong outings.
T Williams learned a lot last night; he did well.

+1 on turnovers, and scored points as well - awesome! A disciplined effort, only 5 penalties, conceeding less than 50 yds.

Portis looked to be a better blocker than runner last night, however the OL didn't help him enough. Johnson's effort could have also been achieved by a rookie, his experience counted for nothing last night.

AH didn't stand out vs Dallas.
The upside to that is he didn't make any glaring errors due to insufficient knowledge of schemes, etc; The downside to the comment is he wasn't a playmaker - pretty average stuff, probably could have won without him. First team that needs a DL injury replacement should be willing to cough up a 2nd rounder. His ticket out is all about timing....

2010 is a rebuild season, but:

There is a need for big and strong receivers. Dallas made a very strong argument in the size vs speed discussion (Austin & Bryant). Without Austin, Dallas
offense very average.

Mike Sellers. After last night's performance, the man has to be on borrowed time.

Josh Bidwell. Red circled himself by not controlling a field goal snap; and then punting short from the end zone which set up the Cowboys TD. Two crucial and critical
mistakes that cost the Skins 10 "net" points.

Carlos Rogers. Just like 2009, and 2008, 2007, 2006; does he have compromising pictures of $nyder?

Posted by: psssst | September 13, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

If I were the Redskins, I'd sign Joey Galloway. It's my understanding that he's out of football at the moment. He only caught 20 total passes that last two years, so he should be fresh. I'd sign him.

Posted by: ShovelPlease | September 13, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

You and I both know that not all infractions are caught by the refs. If they don't see the arm hook...

Posted by: dallasinthedmv

On shut the hell up you p'ssy cowboys fan. You all lost so quit making excuses. The cowboys suck.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | September 13, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Our defense played balls-to-the-wall, but they were not fresh at the end of the game. Seriously, if Barron doesn't screw the pooch with that holding call, we probably lose on an 80-yard march down the field.
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If Barron doesn't make that hold, R(H)omo gets planted into the ground and crys his eyes out and the game is over.

Posted by: withoutanet | September 13, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Does anybody remember the penalty that we rfused right before the half? I was sitting there wondering why they would refuse it, since there was only time for one more play, therefore repeating the down wouldn't matter, & it would push Dallas further away from a hail mary. Could the coaches have actually wanted Dallas to give it one more try, telling the D to go for 6 of their own, & resulting in DeAngelo's strip?? If they accept that penalty, there's more of a chance that Romo just takes a knee.

Posted by: wisdom80 | September 13, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Harrison was not only a dirty player, but a cheater too. Took HGH. Not that any current skins have ever done that or anything, but harrison was a joke after he got caught juicing. Prob juiced his whole career.

Posted by: withoutanet | September 13, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

hey Cowboy fans, your team is in 1st place ... if you turn the newspaper upside down. LOL Perhaps you will have go back to the prisons to recruit some more players. For those who posted here that the Redskins did not win, clearly you folks are unencumbered by the thought process. I do want to say though the State of Texas has my sympathy because I read that the governor's residence was destroyed by fire... it burned down all the way to the axles. Texas, the state that produced a congresswoman who showed her support for making English the official language of the US by saying "If English was good enough for Jesus, it is good enough for me". Nobody could make this stuff up.
No matter how it happened, the Redskins beat the Cowboys and that is just the way it is. Don't worry, this is not the only game wherein the Cowboys choke and display poor judgment, it will happen again.

Posted by: chopin224 | September 13, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Typical Cowboys fans. Skins only won because of a couple of Cowboys mistakes. Yea, right. That's football. Like Austin wide open down the middle of the field with nobody within 15 yards of him on that last drive. That was all about Dallas talent and had nothing to do with the Skins completely blowing an assignment. Yea, right. Take the hold away from that statue of a right tackle and Orakpo plants Romo and the game is over. That was a Skins Win. Not a lucky win, just a Win.

Posted by: Jurgensen9 | September 13, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Typical Cowboys fans. Skins only won because of a couple of Cowboys mistakes. Yea, right. That's football. Like Austin wide open down the middle of the field with nobody within 15 yards of him on that last drive. That was all about Dallas talent and had nothing to do with the Skins completely blowing an assignment. Yea, right. Take the hold away from that statue of a right tackle and Orakpo plants Romo and the game is over. That was a Skins Win. Not a lucky win, just a Win.

Posted by: Jurgensen9 | September 13, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

COOLEY IS OVER-RATED!

He's STILL dropping routine passes.

His blocking skills STILL suck as clearly demonstrated on one running play where he was pushed back into Portis.

He has no escapability after catches.

And you can STILL count on him for an illegal procedure call during critical times.

If McNabb threw the same amount of passes to Fred Davis I believe he'd catch more and get more yards after catches.

Posted by: keedrow | September 13, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

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