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Cris Collinsworth on Donovan McNabb and the Redskins

This morning's print-edition story took a closer look at quarterback Donovan McNabb and how Redskins coaches think tweaking his footwork and widening his stance will make him a better passer.

McNabb acknowledged on Wednesday that he's working on it but didn't seem to think it's a big deal. "The thing about it is, you've got to make the play," McNabb said. "Make a play that's there to be made. That's what it comes down to."

The matter was first brought to light by Cris Collinsworth, the NBC analyst who broadcast the Redskins' loss to Indianapolis last Sunday. Even before he met with McNabb and Coach Mike Shanahan, he was studying McNabb on tape and curious about how the quarterback's transition to Washington had been going.

"When I went into watching game tapes last week, my mind-set was, 'I wonder if Dononvan is losing it a little bit?'" Collinsworth said in an interview earlier this week. "They hadn't scored that many points, they weren't consistent. When you watch the team from afar, I thought with the Shanahan offense and Donovan, I thought they'd be better. So I wondered, is he slipping?"

But Collinsworth liked some of what he saw on tape. He said McNabb was the difference in the team's win over Green Bay. He said the arm strength was still there, though McNabb was lacking some weapons around him and didn't always have the best protection. When Collinsworth came to town last week, he talked to McNabb and the coaches about ways the quarterback and the offense could improve. That's how the matter of McNabb's footwork came up.

Collinsworth has been covering McNabb since he entered the league and he's known Shanahan even longer. Shanahan was a coach at the University of Florida when Collinsworth played there. So the analyst knows both parties pretty well and said he didn't sense any animosity.

"Nobody likes being told what they're doing needs work and needs to be improved," Collinsworth said, "but if it's somebody you respect, you trust, believe in, you say, 'Yeah, let's give it a try.' I think Donovan is listening. I think Mike's listening. I think there's good communication going on back and forth."

There's inherent challenges in tweaking something that has felt natural for a quarterback's entire career. Collinsworth used the analogy of a golfer who's tinkering with his swing.

"It's hard to break habits that you've had for a lifetime," he said. "I think he might be stuck in the middle of two swing thoughts right now. 'Okay, I'll try this. But now I need to scramble, and my body is used to doing it this other way.'"

(Quick side note: Collinsworth said Shanahan had plenty of a complimentary things to say about his quarterback. He even told the broadcaster that McNabb might have a stronger arm than John Elway's. "He said that Donovan could stand flat-footed and throw 80 yards," Collinsworth said. "Elway could go 80, but he'd have to wind up.")

As for Collinsworth, he wasn't entirely sure what to expect of the Redskins, but the team he saw lose to the Colts actually impressed him. He thought the protection was improved on the offensive line. The defense could use some shoring up in the middle. And McNabb would benefit from another pass-catcher stepping up.

"I came away from that game more impressed with the Redskins than I was going into the game," he said. "I didn't think they'd be able to overcome some of the offensive line issues I'd seen. But they did. They got better. and they're going to continue to get better."

By Rick Maese  | October 21, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  Donovan McNabb  
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Nice of you to notice, CC. Hopefully, we'll be back in FIRST place at the end of the week...

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 21, 2010 6:19 AM | Report abuse

From Peter Schrager at Foxsports.com:

Washington at Chicago: The Mike Martz Honeymoon period in Chicago is officially over, and with Jay Cutler being sacked a combined 15 times over his last two starts, it’s time to start wondering whether he’ll even be around for a November/December playoff push. The Bears have started four different offensive line combinations in their last four games. None have been even remotely serviceable. Cutler’s been sacked more than any other quarterback in the league, and now has to go up against Brian Orakpo, LaRon Landry, and the rest of Jim Haslett’s hard-charging Redskins D? Good luck, my man.

The Pick: Redskins 24, Bears 14

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 21, 2010 6:21 AM | Report abuse

The defense could use some shoring up in the middle. And McNabb would benefit from another pass-catcher stepping up.

By Rick Maese | October 21, 2010; 6:00 AM ET

Okay, we got a secret weapon out there to solve that problem in the middle? And, the other "pass-catcher" who should have stepped up is now an ass-catcher in Charlotte, NC.

Posted by: beep-beep | October 21, 2010 6:23 AM | Report abuse

The scenario of Cutler vs. McNabb/Cooley/Landry just makes it a total no-brainer.

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 21, 2010 6:11 AM

Let me fix that for ya:

The scenario of Cutler vs. McNabb/Cooley/Landry just makes it a total Vinny-brainer.

Posted by: beep-beep | October 21, 2010 6:34 AM | Report abuse

beep, Vinny woulda made that deal. Thank God for the Bears and their inability to see what they had in Orton...

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 21, 2010 6:49 AM | Report abuse

Good piece. Collinsworth is one of the brighter minds doing color in the NFL and a worthy successor to Madden.

Lets hope "tweaking" McNabb's footwork has better results than Zorn adjusting campbell's "height" in the pocket.

Posted by: TheCork | October 21, 2010 7:17 AM | Report abuse

the reason indy got so many running yards on us was our guys were totally gassed and out of position at the snap. the indy offensive was ready to snap it w/in 10 seconds of the previous play ending. we couldn't substitute or get into position.

luckily, there's only one manning...(peyton, anyway).

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | October 21, 2010 7:20 AM | Report abuse

from CC:

"He said the arm strength was still there, though McNabb was lacking some weapons around him and didn't always have the best protection."


Well we all knew that.

And we also know that a large part of the decision-making process related to the length and amount of McNabb's extension (if there is going to be one) is just how to build around and front of him.

Shanahan will search this offseason for low cost running backs, athletic ball catchers, and versitile interior offensive linemen.

Santana Moss should be retained, but the Clinton Portis era should come to an end.

Once the team figures the direction it wants for the offense, the weapons McNabb lacks will come.

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 21, 2010 7:34 AM | Report abuse

On Garcon's one-handed catch Sunday night, Landry was just one step from being able to separate him from the ball, but he arrived a split second late and ineffectively swung his arm in the direction of the ball. Wish he could have laid him out there.

With the Giants leading the division, do we want them to lose to the Pokes Sunday? It's a no win scenario for Skins fans. Can't root for Dallas but don't want the Giants to keep rolling.

Posted by: quinn3 | October 21, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

With the Giants leading the division, do we want them to lose to the Pokes Sunday? It's a no win scenario for Skins fans. Can't root for Dallas but don't want the Giants to keep rolling.

Posted by: quinn3 | October 21, 2010 7:41 AM

Not is it a no-win for 'Skins fan, this question is a no-win for RI. "If a tree falls in the forest and both teams lose, but nobody hears about it....?"

Posted by: beep-beep | October 21, 2010 7:52 AM | Report abuse

Cutler has been sacked more than 25 times so far. So the skins defensive game plan is always the opposite of what they "SHOULD DO". They will probably only rush 3 and drop 8 into coverage, cutler will have all day to scan the feild.

Posted by: kingpenn1 | October 21, 2010 7:57 AM | Report abuse

With the Giants leading the division, do we want them to lose to the Pokes Sunday? It's a no win scenario for Skins fans. Can't root for Dallas but don't want the Giants to keep rolling.

Posted by: quinn3 | October 21, 2010 7:41 AM
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or... it's a no-lose situation. either 'boys get kicked while down, or division-leading giants fall.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | October 21, 2010 7:58 AM | Report abuse

On Garcon's one-handed catch Sunday night, Landry was just one step from being able to separate him from the ball... Wish he could have laid him out there.


I'd say expect a lot of this from now on.

Anytime a defender has to decide just how to make a play on the ball for fear of 'hitting a defenseless player (aren't they all?) it takes away from aggressiveness.

But going back to the plays from Sunday, they were all mostly short crossing routes.

If the defense is to relax it's efforts, why not outlaw crossing routes/pick plays within a tackle box 5 yard past the line of scrimmmage?

Those type of plays are the ones were a receiver breaks free in a tight zone and is exposed to a corner/safety/linebacker playing behind him.

Ooopppps, I forgot: they want all the silly passing to 6' 4" 200 pound receivers.

It's the hitting that bothers them.

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 21, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse

And, the other "pass-catcher" who should have stepped up is now an ass-catcher in Charlotte, NC.

Posted by: beep-beep | October 21, 2010 6:23 AM

Ass-catcher? Has he "changed teams" in more than one sense?

Posted by: MColeman51 | October 21, 2010 8:00 AM | Report abuse


With the Giants leading the division, do we want them to lose to the Pokes Sunday? It's a no win scenario for Skins fans. Can't root for Dallas but don't want the Giants to keep rolling.

Posted by: quinn3 | October 21, 2010 7:41 AM |

not rooting for the cowboys under this roof.

besides, cowboy's lose to the giants sunday and that's one down and out, leaving the giants and eagles for the division title. I'd rather beat the giants and eagles fair and square for the division. just imagine hosting the giants jan 2 for the division title. HTTR!

Posted by: hessone | October 21, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

besides, cowboy's lose to the giants sunday and that's one down and out, leaving the giants and eagles for the division title. I'd rather beat the giants and eagles fair and square for the division. just imagine hosting the giants jan 2 for the division title. HTTR!

Posted by: hessone | October 21, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

Hess - agree!

Posted by: quinn3 | October 21, 2010 8:05 AM | Report abuse

With the Giants leading the division, do we want them to lose to the Pokes Sunday? It's a no win scenario for Skins fans. Can't root for Dallas but don't want the Giants to keep rolling.

Posted by: quinn3 | October 21, 2010 7:41 AM
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Any time a team in the NFC East loses, it is good for the Redskins. It's still too early in the season to worry about the one game advantage the Giants have. Trust me, the Giants will lose a bunch more. Coughlin figured out a way to shore up that shaky defense, but it won't take long for someone to figure out how to exploit his changes. Simply put, the eleven guys the Giants put on the field on defense are not as good as most teams' eleven guys.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | October 21, 2010 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Cutler has been sacked more than 25 times so far. So the skins defensive game plan is always the opposite of what they "SHOULD DO". They will probably only rush 3 and drop 8 into coverage, cutler will have all day to scan the feild.

Posted by: kingpenn1 | October 21, 2010 7:57 AM |

You seem to be very knowledgable in defensive scheme what team do you coach for, or are you sitting in a cube or office like the rest of us. Dude you know nothing about how an NFL defense should be run, just like the rest of us. Evey post you have is a shot at the team, a team that is 100 times better then the pathetic crap that was put out the last few years.

Posted by: Flounder21 | October 21, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse


They will probably only rush 3 and drop 8 into coverage, cutler will have all day to scan the feild.

Posted by: kingpenn1 | October 21, 2010 7:57 AM |

cutler holds the ball all day anyways. stop any hint of their run game and we have got them where we want them.

on the other side of the ball, play action pass, play action pass, and then more play action pass.

Posted by: hessone | October 21, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

Good piece. Collinsworth is one of the brighter minds doing color in the NFL and a worthy successor to Madden.

Lets hope "tweaking" McNabb's footwork has better results than Zorn adjusting campbell's "height" in the pocket.

Posted by: TheCork | October 21, 2010 7:17 AM
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I have been impressed with Collinsworth's analysis. He's a student of the game - really knows his stuff - and it goes far beyond just the wide receiver position he played in the pro's.

As far as tweaking McNabb's set up, I don't think it's going to work as long as he has to play dodgeball with defenders. The guy needs to use his feet right now, and the call for self preservation is going to override anything they try to teach him that will reduce his ability to scramble. The offensive line play has been mediocre and they need to improve before McNabb will listen to anyone trying to widen his stance.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | October 21, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: kingpenn1 | October 21, 2010 7:57 AM |

You seem to be very knowledgable in defensive scheme what team do you coach for, or are you sitting in a cube or office like the rest of us. Dude you know nothing about how an NFL defense should be run, just like the rest of us. Evey post you have is a shot at the team, a team that is 100 times better then the pathetic crap that was put out the last few years.

Posted by: Flounder21 |

Explain, please, how the worst defense statistically in the NFL is "100 times better" than last year?

Not a Haslet fan, agree the team is improved. Defense still needs a LOT of tweaking and personnel improvement.

Posted by: TheCork | October 21, 2010 8:15 AM | Report abuse

RSH

Any time a team in the NFC East loses, it is good for the Redskins. It's still too early in the season to worry about the one game advantage the Giants have.


Amen reverend, amen.

And I'm not wondering what some other teams does because I'm too preoccupied with my own.

Let's go to Chi-Town and Motown, get down, and come home with two wins before the BYE.

5-3 at mid season is the objective.

5-3/4-4 the second half means 10-6 or 9-7.

And given that we were 4-12 last year, that's a heck of an improvement should it all happen.

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 21, 2010 8:15 AM | Report abuse

From Peter Schrager at Foxsports.com:

The Pick: Redskins 24, Bears 14

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 21, 2010 6:21 AM

That's great...this DORK just scooped my much anticipated prediction which I was going to announce on Friday.

Posted by: PlayAction | October 21, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Collinsworth is one of the NERDIER minds doing color in the NFL

Posted by: TheCork | October 21, 2010 7:17 AM

There, fixed it for ya!

Posted by: monk811 | October 21, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Explain, please, how the worst defense statistically in the NFL is "100 times better" than last year?

Not a Haslet fan, agree the team is improved. Defense still needs a LOT of tweaking and personnel improvement.

Posted by: TheCork | October 21, 2010 8:15 AM |

Yards against doesn't mean much in the NFL it's points against, creating turnovers and giving your offesne short fields. Something this defense does that last years defense didn't.

Don't believe me look at the records of the top 5 defenses in the league thus far.

1 San Diego Chargers 2-4
2 New York Giants 4-2
3 Baltimore Ravens 4-2
4 Dallas Cowboys 1-4
5 Minnesota Vikings 2-3

I'm not saying the defense doesn't have to improve but they are better then last years defense.

Posted by: Flounder21 | October 21, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

I don't think it's going to work as long as he has to play dodgeball with defenders. The guy needs to use his feet right now,...


What we need is for someone to do a breakdown of how McNabb passes when things breakdown.

Mike Vick or Big Ben can kill you with accuracy even when they are on the run.

Does Donnie?: I wonder.

I'd say the best thing to do is to make sure McNabb has ample protection.

With that, he should minimize the poor throws we see from time to time.

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 21, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Anyone read the trash about Hall/hayzlet by Reid? 5 minutes of my life I won't get back. Seriously, this guy is rooting out drama where there is none and can't find a legit story to save his life.

Garbage. Keep marginalizing yourself, Reid.

RSH, agreed about CC analysis. He's still kind of a tool, though.

Posted by: RomoLongballs | October 21, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Bottom 5 defenses in the league:


28 Arizona Cardinals 3-2
29 Buffalo Bills 0-5
30 New England Patriots 4-1
31 Houston Texans 4-2
32 Washington Redskins 3-3

Posted by: Flounder21 | October 21, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse


Cornerback DeAngelo Hall and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett got into a contentious exchange Tuesday over pass coverage instructions, a development Coach Mike Shanahan followed by meeting privately with Hall and singling Hall out at a team meeting Wednesday morning, according to three Redskins employees familiar with the events.


could these three redskin employees be the sources that are "close to the team" ? if I were JReid I'd be embarrased to put this in print.

as far as DHall, folks, if the raider's didn't want this loser than why is he here. between him and that other defensive ass, there's still cancer in the locker room. look for shanahan to dump DHall and you know who in the off season.

Posted by: hessone | October 21, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

cork, saw your post yesterday about the rules change, and couldn't agree more...none of us is qualified to call anyone a bad name regarding the rules change, until we go over the middle on sunday, and have to pick our teeth out of the grass...

Haslett has a chance to really put the hammer to cutler this sunday...turn up the heat on him...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | October 21, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Anyone read the trash about Hall/hayzlet by Reid? 5 minutes of my life I won't get back. Seriously, this guy is rooting out drama where there is none and can't find a legit story to save his life.

Garbage. Keep marginalizing yourself, Reid.

RSH, agreed about CC analysis. He's still kind of a tool, though.

Posted by: RomoLongballs | October 21, 2010 8:25 AM |

Arguments between players and coaches happen all the time it's a none stroy in the NFL.

Posted by: Flounder21 | October 21, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: kingpenn1 | October 21, 2010 7:57 AM |

You seem to be very knowledgable in defensive scheme what team do you coach for, or are you sitting in a cube or office like the rest of us. Dude you know nothing about how an NFL defense should be run, just like the rest of us. Evey post you have is a shot at the team, a team that is 100 times better then the pathetic crap that was put out the last few years.

Posted by: Flounder21 |

Explain, please, how the worst defense statistically in the NFL is "100 times better" than last year?

Not a Haslet fan, agree the team is improved. Defense still needs a LOT of tweaking and personnel improvement.

Posted by: TheCork | October 21, 2010 8:15 AM
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Hey, the defense is moving a lot, but they are not giving up as many points as the yardage given up would suggest, and the turnovers have been much better this year, so I'd say they are better. I don't know if I'd say they are 100 times better but I think Flounder was speaking metaphorically.

I'm a little mixed on Haslett. I think he's clever at times, but I think he's also slow at making adjustments. It is clear he doesn't have all of his defensive package yet - probably because of personnel - and he hasn't figured out the best way to use all of his players. I think the spat between Hall and Haslett was Slovik's fault. I was willing to give Slovik the benefit of the doubt when he came in, but after seeing the defensive backs play for a few weeks, I don't think Slovik is a guy Haslett can trust to get the job done. When the end of the season rolls around, I hope there are some tweaks to the coaching staffs with Slovik being the most notable one and Danny Smith right behind him.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | October 21, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Flounder thanks...very interesting records for the top and bottom five defenses...the Bills always have to ruin everything...see if it holds up.

Posted by: PlayAction | October 21, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Garbage. Keep marginalizing yourself, Reid.

Posted by: RomoLongballs | October 21, 2010 8:25 AM |

agree romo, JReid referenced three redskin employees as his source for the story 7 times in the article.

Agree flound, JReid is no more a sports writer than a gossip columnist.

Posted by: hessone | October 21, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

There might be even more optimism in CC's tone if he were to compare the team's current offensive development with what it may have been like with Jason Campbell.

I think CC might be even more optimistic about the Skins' future noting the obvious upgrade at the QB position.

I'm more happy that the Skins' defense is getting a reputation of one of the toughest and hardest-hitting in football. It seems like for a few weeks now the hitting on special teams and defense at the beginning of the game really sets a tone and lights a fire under the rest of the team as well as the home fans.

I know that CC was a very good WR and played in 2 SB's but has anyone ever seen a more frail-looking 6'5" guy? He could be an extra in Schindler's List. I guess it's clear, I have never really liked the guy. Sorry Chris.

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | October 21, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Good stuff Flounder...all the more reason why ranking defenses by yards alone is crazy. They should come up with one of those complex formulas involving yards, points allowed, turnovers, etc. that nobody can figure out...think the QB rating...

Hess, the DHall "situation" is much ado about nothing. The only outlet making this an issue is the WaPo, and we know how they roll...

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 21, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

MUTINY ABOUNDS AT RI, JREID WALKS THE PLANK

vote for the new RI mayor folks

a) steinberg

b) boren

c) maske

d) mistamoe

Posted by: hessone | October 21, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

From Peter Schrager at Foxsports.com:

The Pick: Redskins 24, Bears 14

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 21, 2010 6:21 AM

That's great...this DORK just scooped my much anticipated prediction which I was going to announce on Friday.

Posted by: PlayAction | October 21, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Somehow I think your prediction would still be 24-20. Just a hunch though.....

Posted by: monk811 | October 21, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse


Hess, the DHall "situation" is much ado about nothing. The only outlet making this an issue is the WaPo, and we know how they roll...

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 21, 2010 8:52 AM |

agree brown, found it comical how JReid list his sources. still think DHall is gone off season though

Posted by: hessone | October 21, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

3 unidentified employees = Cooley and the 2 voices in his head from the concussion

Posted by: monk811 | October 21, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Somehow I think your prediction would still be 24-20. Just a hunch though.....

Posted by: monk811 | October 21, 2010 8:56 AM

Well it probably will be now! Back to the drawing board...

Posted by: PlayAction | October 21, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

MUTINY ABOUNDS AT RI, JREID WALKS THE PLANK

Reid at the edge of the plank: Guys, c'mon, I posted as much about Albert Haynesworth as I could.

This mutiny will have you all hangin' high.

RI pirate Nation all brandishing swords and cutlasses:

Git ta steppin', Captain Reid.

Time for you to go sleep with the fishes.

With you in charge, we knew nothing.

And now, with Moe runnin' thangs, we'll know even less.

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 21, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

It's possible that Andy Reid never really coached McNabb at all in Philly. McNabb may never havea gotten any development throughout his tenure with the Eagles.

Soon, the Eagles and their fans will learn that McNabb is the reason they had so much success from 2000-2009. Or they won't. They say that it was only because of TO that the Eagles got to the Superbowl in 2004, but TO was injured for the end of the at season and all throughout the playoffs. What chumps! They deserve to endure a decade of losing and mediocrity for their stupidity!!!

Posted by: jboogie1 | October 21, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

RI Poll Question -

Which prominent Bears player is going to get "injury-listed" in Sunday's game?

1) Jay Cutler
2) Matt Forte
3) Greg Olsen
4) Devin Hester


* Scalps collected so far by the Redskins:
Mike Vick, LeSean McCoy, Aaron Rodgers, Jermichael Finley, Dallas Clark, Joseph Addai

Posted by: p1funk | October 21, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Geez, JLC is so awful on NFLN...dude sounds like a frat boy shouting at a girl waaay out of his league at some dive bar. You'd think a nationally viewed outfit like Total Access would want an "insider" that actually looks, sounds, and acts like he knows what the hell he's talking about...

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 21, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

RI Poll Question -

Which prominent Bears player is going to get "injury-listed" in Sunday's game?

1) Jay Cutler
2) Matt Forte
3) Greg Olsen
4) Devin Hester


* Scalps collected so far by the Redskins:
Mike Vick, LeSean McCoy, Aaron Rodgers, Jermichael Finley, Dallas Clark, Joseph Addai


Posted by: p1funk | October 21, 2010 9:18 AM


For personal reasons, Cutler. I hate his punk ass and thank the sweet baby Jesus every day that we didn't trade for him. For strategic reasons, Hester. I'm genuinely afraid of him on returns...

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 21, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

@p1funk

MATT FORTE

Posted by: jboogie1 | October 21, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

cutler is the one...he's gonna get reconcussed via AH...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | October 21, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse


RI Poll Question -

Which prominent Bears player is going to get "injury-listed" in Sunday's game?

1) Jay Cutler
2) Matt Forte
3) Greg Olsen
4) Devin Hester

I'm going with cutler here, he's already been on that list this year and he'll be on it again, cook it !

Posted by: hessone | October 21, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

cutler is the one...he's gonna get reconcussed via AH...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | October 21, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Post by Jason LaConfora via Twitter 10 min. ago -

Breaking news from Washington. Albert Haynesworth is hungry and ready to get back on the football field according to team officials and has been cleared to start, but not 'hungry' as in ready to play. See, he misread the Bear's roster, and thinks that QB Jay Cutler is a Veal Cutlet. Reports are coming out having Haynesworth reportedly saying, "I haven't eaten a decent meal since my brother passed. I can't wait to tear up some Chicago Cutlet!" Sounds Baaaa-ad for Cutler! More to come later after my chess club meeting.....

Posted by: monk811 | October 21, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

I am nervous about Forte this week, that kid is legit.

Collingsworth? If you are polishing his knob my opinion of you is lowered.

Posted by: chrislarry | October 21, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

When the end of the season rolls around, I hope there are some tweaks to the coaching staffs with Slovik being the most notable one and Danny Smith right behind him.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | October 21, 2010 8:33 AM

Why Danny Smith? He has the coverage and return units cooking and sticking. I don't blame him for the early personnel decisions @ punter and long-snapper because I assume that's out of his hands. The snaps on kicks seem to be smoothing out and now we have a good and healthy punter in place. I would like to see Gano become more consistent, but I think that's on him. All in all, I think Danny Smith is doing a good job.

Posted by: MColeman51 | October 21, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse


Dallas Clark needs wrist surgey after Landry hit, Addai seeks second opinion on shoulder:

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=5708424&campaign=rss&source=NFLHeadlines

Posted by: jboogie1 | October 21, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Collingsworth? If you are polishing his knob my opinion of you is lowered.

Posted by: chrislarry | October 21, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse


During the Skins-'Girls opener, I lost count of the number of times Collinsworth used the adjective "champion-caliber" when referring to various aspects of the 'Girls.

Whatever legitimacy he had built up as a great guy to break down X and O's, he lost as a hype-machine who got dazzled by all the shiny toys in Dallas.

I don't know how any knowledgeable football guy could look past the glaringly obvious Oline issues that existed on that team since preseason or could ever think that a Wade Phillips coached team is seriously "champion-caliber" anything.

Posted by: p1funk | October 21, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Cutler beeps

And p1, don't we have more scalps than that? I'd count anything that takes a guy out for the game.

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 21, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

RI Poll Question -

Which prominent Bears player is going to get "injury-listed" in Sunday's game?

1) Jay Cutler
2) Matt Forte
3) Greg Olsen
4) Devin Hester

Posted by: p1funk | October 21, 2010 9:18 AM

Let's hope for Cutler if only for comedic value. His natural facial expression is that annoyed, "I smell a fart" look. Mix in some frustration and discomfort from being knocked around in the pocket and he becomes downright funny.

Posted by: MColeman51 | October 21, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

MColeman, I agree with you that the coverage units have been gangbusters this season, but I'd have to think Danny Smith's input carries a little more weight than you suggest regarding personnel decisions for his unit - especially given that he's been with the team for so long.

If I'm right, he's responsible for bringing Suisham into last season with virtually no competition following a season in which he missed 10 fgs. Smith's also responsible for Randle-El and James "fair catch" Thrash.

You know what, I should stop, because I'm a Danny Smith hater and I can't see anything but blood when I hear his name or see his face on the sidelines. I have a long list of reasons why he's the worst assistant coach in the history of the Redskins and the Post doesn't provide me enough characters to list a reasonable fraction of Smith's miss-steps.

Posted by: ThePEC | October 21, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

from collinsworth:

"The defense could use some shoring up in the middle."

Haynesworth

"And McNabb would benefit from another pass-catcher stepping up."

Devin Thomas

Posted by: pabrian2003 | October 21, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

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