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Donovan McNabb says improved ground game coming

Following the team's Week 1 win against Dallas, there were questions about the team's passing game. In Week 2, the Redskins seemed to have answered them.

Following the team's Week 2 game against Houston, there seem to be growing concerns about the running game. Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb says they'll be answered shortly.

"We know what type of effective running team we can be," McNabb said during his weekly appearance on ESPN 980 Tuesday afternoon. "It shows out on the film."

There's no exact timetable on when the ground game will arrive, but the stage might be set for this Sunday. Through two games, the St. Louis Rams are giving up an average of 142.5 yards per game. Only the Arizona Cardinals and Indianapolis Colts have fielded worse rush defenses thus far.

(The Redskins' rushing game is ranked dead last, averaging 53.5 yards per outing, more than 10 yards fewer than any other team.)

"It's over time," McNabb said the team's running game. "We're going to continue to progress as a unit. ... When it does, everybody will begin to see what we're seeing here in practice."

Certainly some of the criticism and concern sound similar to what was expressed about the team's passing game following the season-opener. McNabb responded with 426 yards against the Texans last week.

"The first game to the second, there were a lot of things that changed," McNabb said Tuesday, "from the communication aspect, the chemistry aspect, being able to recognize certain things and getting into a rhythm."

McNabb realizes that after this weekend's game at St. Louis, his former team, the Philadelphia Eagles, are next on the Redskins' schedule. There certainly will be plenty of interest in that game next week, but McNabb says he's not looking past the Rams.

"I don't get caught up in it," he said. "I focus so much on the task at hand...For that next week, that will come about obviously. I'm just looking forward to this week."

By Rick Maese  | September 21, 2010; 12:45 PM ET
Categories:  Donovan McNabb  
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Comments

Not sure about the Hanesworth jibber-jabber. The guy can't play. He played in the first game and didn't do anything but mimic a blocking sled.

He doesn't have "it" anymore and frankly, his actions demonstrate that he couldn't give a crap.

Consider him 'retired' until some other team's top-tier DT goes down for the year.

Personally, I say trade him to the Rams for a 5th so he can start Sunday and then run right at him.

Running game questions solved.

Outside of that, torture the S.O.B. for as long as we can and make him a pariah, forever damaging what little remaining consensus that AH is as dominant a D-linemen as there is in football.

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | September 21, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Fast and furious with these posts. And it's an off day. Next post = AH

Posted by: oh_boy1 | September 21, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Getting Albert Haynesworth on the same page would quickly resolve much of what ails the redskin defense.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 21, 2010 12:04 PM

Okay, we'll call that Plan A.

Plan B: Redskins trade Haynesworth to Detroit for Suh plus a 3rd round pick in next year's draft.

We all agree that Plan B is better than Plan A, right? Now, which plan is more likely?

I say they are equally likely. They both have a probability of zero.

Posted by: beep-beep | September 21, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Notice JReid didn't write this one up....And viola....actual on the field commentary.....

Clinton Portis spoke alot about the running game too on his radio interview, sadly, the reporters have an axe to grind...

Posted by: 4thFloor | September 21, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

You can't marginalize a player and then expect to get a good trade value for him.

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 21, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully the 'Skins and McNabb don't look past the Rams to that Eagle game. Of course McNabb wants to prove them wrong, but the Rams game counts for just as much in the standings and the fight for a playoff spot.

Posted by: saltine182 | September 21, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

If we knew we were rebuilding we should have got younger

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 21, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

So the passing game "arrived" against a weak secondary...and the run game will "arrive" against a very bad rush defense...does he mean "arrive" or just "stop by"?

Posted by: PlayAction | September 21, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Hey, if they improve the running game this week like the passing game last week, we'll be golden.... and burgundy, of course.

Man, my head is splitting. ouch.

Oh, & JReid - I think the worm has turned on that speil. While not everyone agrees w/ CPo's reaction, he's not as far out of the mainstream as you like to portray. Nice pot-stirring, though...

Posted by: DikShuttle | September 21, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

If we knew we were rebuilding we should have got younger

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 21, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

They need to get something out of Haynesworth. They are coaches. That's their job. He's not the only difficult player they are going to encounter. Find a way to get it done.

Hopefully, he really did have a bum ankle and wasn't just dogging it. Would like to see him in at DE with Kemoatu (sp?) at nose to help stuff S. Jackson inside this week.

Posted by: mhaslup1 | September 21, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

I think the NFL coming down on CP was straight garbage last week. He said nothing wrong. Still I don't get why some get all worked up anytime Reid posts about him. Who cares? Clinton said this stuff on the radio. It's no secret.

Posted by: mack1 | September 21, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Nice play action, glad to see your not ODing on cool aid

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 21, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

If the Skins had held on against Houston, I think they'd be in more danger of looking past the Rams. Coming off a loss, no matter how impressive the offense was, they have no excuse to overlook St. Louis.

Posted by: mhaslup1 | September 21, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully the 'Skins and McNabb don't look past the Rams to that Eagle game. Of course McNabb wants to prove them wrong, but the Rams game counts for just as much in the standings and the fight for a playoff spot.

Posted by: saltine182 | September 21, 2010 1:07 PM |

Agreed. Further, how CAN we look past the Rams anyway? Wasn't the final a 9-6 or something in last years match-up? The Rams have a new identity and Sam Bradford is passing everyone's eyeball-tests. Stephen Jackson is still a beast. I am confident the "Fighting Shannys" will have the 'Skins preparing for this game like it's a must-win, because, for all intents and purposes, it is. This is a game that you HAVE to win in order for anyone to take you seriously. Honestly, I am more worried about the Rams than I was with the Cowfaigs.

Lock it up:

Skins - 37
Rams - 17

Jim Hazlenutt will take Fat Albert's helmet away BEFORE the opening kickoff.

BOOK ME.

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | September 21, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Cause reid's a punk hater portis is and has always been way better at his job than Reid ever was or will be at his. He makes up criticism without backing it up with evidence or facts

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 21, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

I think the NFL coming down on CP was straight garbage last week. He said nothing wrong. Still I don't get why some get all worked up anytime Reid posts about him. Who cares? Clinton said this stuff on the radio. It's no secret.

Posted by: mack1 | September 21, 2010 1:12 PM

I thought he did say something wrong. He reinforced the impression that the NFL is creating a work environment that is hostile to female reporters. If it is, it is illegal and NFL is in hot water. That is why the Redskins and the League came down as quickly and as strongly as they did.

(Disclaimer: I am not an attorney and I shouldn't have an opinion on this. Only learnedhand's pronouncements are legitimate on all things legal on RI.)

Posted by: beep-beep | September 21, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Outside of that, torture the S.O.B. for as long as we can and make him a pariah, forever damaging what little remaining consensus that AH is as dominant a D-linemen as there is in football.

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | September 21, 2010 12:54 PM


If this is your plan, then the Skins are doomed. Again, as I've said before, our defense is worthless without Haynesworth, I'm not the only one with this opinion, McNabb have said it, Anthony Bryant said it after the loss. At the least, Haynsworth commands being game planed for. If you were at the stadium, you will notice the sweat on Shanahan's face in the final moment of the fourth quarter and overtime, well that indicates nervousness, and without Haynesworth expect more of the same throughout the year, but I hope not, I can only hope coach Haslett will be bold enough to let Shanahan know that the defense needs Haynesworth.

Posted by: abxinc | September 21, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

beep, unless you saw CP make those comments, than please don't weigh in on them.................

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 21, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Dan Snyder, Bruce Allen, Mike Shanahan:

Listen up. I advise you and will not send you an invoice. I repeat, you will not be invoiced. Trade Albert Haynesworth for a 7th round pick in the year 2020. A 7th round pick in 2020 is of more value than what you're getting out of AH now.

I know you're thanking me, so you're welcome.

Posted by: getitritegov | September 21, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

If we knew we were rebuilding we should have got younger

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 21, 2010 1:09 PM

One of the first things Allen/Shanny did when they got here was cut about 12 players who made up the "core" group of Redskins that won one playoff game, all of whom were in their late 20s or early 30s. You can't get younger overnight, but if you look at our starters, we have a lot more young players contributing than years past. Also, we have an "older" QB than before by several years, but the quality of that upgrade is immense.

Average age of a team is a terrible statistic to judge anything on. Our best players, with the exception of McNabb, Moss, Cooley, and Fletcher, are under 27.

Posted by: Section104 | September 21, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

The funny thing is Pabrainiac talks 'we' and 'us' like is really is a Redskins fan, but he has absolutely NOTHING nice to say about them. You might call it 'drinking the koolaid', but I call it supporting your team, so shut the f*ck up and support your team, we are sick of hearing your b*tching!

Posted by: monk811 | September 21, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

[courtesy Ryan OHalloran]

DH23 on AH92: "I went to bat for him a couple of times. I’m still trying to find the strike zone."

More Hall on AH: "It's an ongoing saga. ... From Al being banged up to not holding up his end of the bargain."

Posted by: 4-12 | September 21, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

I thought he did say something wrong. He reinforced the impression that the NFL is creating a work environment that is hostile to female reporters. If it is, it is illegal and NFL is in hot water. That is why the Redskins and the League came down as quickly and as strongly as they did.

(Disclaimer: I am not an attorney and I shouldn't have an opinion on this. Only learnedhand's pronouncements are legitimate on all things legal on RI.)

Posted by: beep-beep | September 21, 2010 1:20 PM |

...In any event, I and many thought the only impression that CP reinforced was that he's a clown and a football player who should under no circumstances be taken seriously. Just because someone jammed a mic in his face and was willing to give him an opportunity to say something stupid - which in all of my recollection is really all he ever does when he's quoted - doesn't mean to anyone that he speaks for the league or the majority of its players.....he just speaks.

This is almost no different than the 'Hunting is legal' comment. He wasn't affiliated with the dogfighting nor was he part and parcel to Ines Sainz being whistled at - he just offered up his really immature commentary. Nothing more, nothing less.

CP is a clown....and a harmless one at that.

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | September 21, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Coming very very soon, this week's: ZEKE'S UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES

More Interesting
More Insightful
And it doesn't waste your time (or not as much time) as the RI Live thing

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 21, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

beep, unless you saw CP make those comments, than please don't weigh in on them.................

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 21, 2010 1:24 PM

Man, you're hitting me now with the ChrisLarry rule? I thought it was enough to try to dodge the Learnedhand rule. I can't keep track of them all.

More rules than Chia_Pet has sock puppets. And that breaks the nateinthePDX rule about not riling up Chia_Pet.

I'd post something from PFT, but that would violate the Beantowngreg rule.

Posted by: beep-beep | September 21, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

If this is your plan, then the Skins are doomed. Again, as I've said before, our defense is worthless without Haynesworth, I'm not the only one with this opinion, McNabb have said it, Anthony Bryant said it after the loss. At the least, Haynsworth commands being game planed for. If you were at the stadium, you will notice the sweat on Shanahan's face in the final moment of the fourth quarter and overtime, well that indicates nervousness, and without Haynesworth expect more of the same throughout the year, but I hope not, I can only hope coach Haslett will be bold enough to let Shanahan know that the defense needs Haynesworth.

Posted by: abxinc | September 21, 2010 1:21 PM |

Well we have essentially been without Haynesworth all year and for the majority of game 1 and the entirety of game 2.

So I guess you're saying that the defense, in it's current form, is worthless?

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | September 21, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

DHall was on espn980. I wan't really paying too much attention, but it seems like Haslett is going to let him cover the top WR going forward.

Posted by: TWISI | September 21, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

ZEKE’S UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES
once again, brought to you by the wonderful people at Yahoo!

In the season preview. I addressed a lot of things.

I covered our high risk, high reward defense. 5 different Texan receivers had receptions of 20 yards or more, even though we were hitting the QB a bunch. I said top QBs won’t be fazed by our ‘D’, while lesser QBs will struggle. Check & check.

I covered our run game. Didn’t expect much. Check.

I addressed the improvement we’d see in the passing game and from our OL (so far, better than I expected). And how vulnerable we are to an injury along the OL. Check & check.

I covered how the Texans fit into out playoff chances and why we have little room left for error against teams like Chi, Tenn, Jax and Det, but that’s check mark for another day.

I covered our new killer instinct, improved special teams and a QB who can win the game late. Check. Check. Check.

Wait a moment!!! check? check? check? Don’t think so. Revoke those checks!!!

Here’s a Shanahan quote from the Texan game.

"We had chances to seal it. If you don't do it, that's what happens."

Killer Instinct. It has made only brief appearances in DC since the Gibbs 1.0 era ended. I’ve always seen Shanahan as a ‘go for the throat’ coach. It was personified in the infamous blown fumble call in the final minute of Denver’s 2008 opener vs San Diego. On the play after the blown call (which would have given SD the ball and the W), Shanahan went for the end zone and got the TD to pull within 1 point. Shanahan knew SD’s defense was struggling mentally and physically. He went for the 2 point conversation, got it and got the W.

Cutthroat. Go for the juggler. Pick a metaphor, it is who Mike Shanahan is.

In 2009, we led games versus 3 teams in the 4th quarter in ’09, with excellent chances at double digit leads (phi, Saints, dal). In each game, we got to the red zone and finished with less than we should have (1 FG made, 2 FGs missed). Each time, the defense gave up a TD on the next possession (2 TDs tied the game, the other left us behind by 1). In each game, our QB had a chance to win the game later on, but couldn’t get the drive together.

Now its 2010. In both games, teams converted on fourth and long in their final drive. In both games, potential INTs bounced off our defenders hands when a pick would have sealed the deal – twice in each game! And we missed short FGs that would have sealed the deal.

We were in position to close out both games – several times – on offense, defense and special teams. We didn’t. Both of our opponents got a shot at a W. One took advantage of it, the other came close.

Killer instinct, special teams performance and a QB who can win a game late? Not yet.

Clearly, there is more work to do.

And that is a wrap on this week’s ZEKE’S UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES, wishing all a happy Moon Festival (even if moon cakes are awful), brought to you by the best of the best at Yahoo!

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 21, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Nice play action, glad to see your not ODing on cool aid

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 21, 2010 1:13 PM

Settle down now...there was way too much MSG in my lunch...I'm washing it down with koolaid as we speak. Skins roll this week...straighten out the offense defense and placekicking over the next few weeks...10-6.

Posted by: PlayAction | September 21, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

pabrian2003

"If we knew we were rebuilding we should have got younger"

Rebuilding?

This 'rebuilding' you speak of, who says the redskins are doing it?

Shanallen is building on the fly by putting in new schemes, and casting players for fulltime performance next year.

If the old back can't make the cut, K Williams will.

If A Carter can't cover in space, someone else will.

If AH won't go along to get along, mid round picks for him will.

If the hefty left guard can't reach block, Kory L will.

If C Rabach can't get a push at center, M Pouncey (UF) might.

If F Davis continues to play strong and dumb, someone mid round traded for pick will be wearing 86 next Fall.

We are not rebuilding in the old school sense of tearing the team down to rebuild it.

But we are giving a lot of peeps time to see if they want to be here next year.

'Cuz that's when what's been thrown together will fit just right.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 21, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Well we have essentially been without Haynesworth all year and for the majority of game 1 and the entirety of game 2.

So I guess you're saying that the defense, in it's current form, is worthless?

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended

Yeah, pretty much.

Posted by: dcwun | September 21, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse


If this is your plan, then the Skins are doomed. Again, as I've said before, our defense is worthless without Haynesworth, I'm not the only one with this opinion, McNabb have said it, Anthony Bryant said it after the loss. At the least, Haynsworth commands being game planed for. If you were at the stadium, you will notice the sweat on Shanahan's face in the final moment of the fourth quarter and overtime, well that indicates nervousness, and without Haynesworth expect more of the same throughout the year, but I hope not, I can only hope coach Haslett will be bold enough to let Shanahan know that the defense needs Haynesworth.

Posted by: abxinc | September 21, 2010 1:21 PM |

The damage has been done and it's time to move on. Forget about AH.

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CP didn't say anything that was biased. I agree with his comments. Reporters should meet with players after they shower and are dressed, in a press room enviroment. Stop with the politically correct non-sense already.

Posted by: hessone | September 21, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Rules on who comments on legal nuances on a blog reserved for alleged legal professionals (notice I didn't say lawyer/attorney)? How do you know precisely who those folks are- because you don't.

I learned a long time ago that those that wear the lawyer/attorney moniker like a Seersucker suit in the lobby of any courthouse in the land, usually aren't worth the paper their JD was photocopied onto.

The one's who are confident enough in who they are and what they do (adjusting tie), couldn't give a sh*t about trying to define them self with every written/spoken word.

Book that every day and twice on Sunday.

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | September 21, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

A hostile work environ? Unless something crude was said or there were continued advances by the same person and that person had been told No prioir, then not!

But way to be a p whipped f in sell out who sticks up for a talentless hack fame-digger who was in someone else's place of work

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 21, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Donovan McNabb says improved ground game coming

So we're trading Haynesworth to Oakland for Michael Bush?

One can dream I guess

Posted by: Predator48 | September 21, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Reporters should meet with players after they shower and are dressed, in a press room enviroment. Stop with the politically correct non-sense already.

Posted by: hessone | September 21, 2010 1:37 PM

No, the NFL has agreed that reporters should meet with players after the game in the locker room. This is what the League wants and what the reporters want. The players' union has supported it.

It isn't about "politically correct." It is about treating female reporters the same as male reporters. This is what is required by the law.

Check out Peter King's story in MMQB where he explains why game coverage is better with locker-room interviews.

Posted by: beep-beep | September 21, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm not clear on something: The NFL trade deadline is October 19.

So why do media outlets say that any Vincent Jackson deal has to be completed by Wednesday at 4:00 pm?

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | September 21, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

I'm not clear on something: The NFL trade deadline is October 19.

So why do media outlets say that any Vincent Jackson deal has to be completed by Wednesday at 4:00 pm?

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | September 21, 2010 1:46 PM |

I think that's only to avoid a full 6 game suspension.

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | September 21, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Monk811- last couple'a a years when I was supporting against a bunch of haters up here, that was ok?

Now that the shoe is on the other foot it not ok?

Why?

And f u 2 you hipocrit.

This team so far got extremely LUCKY and then choked horribly. Truth hurts.

I supported Rogers, McIntosh, Thomas, Kelly, Davis from day 1, not just portis cAmpbell and haynesworth.

So how does it feel

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 21, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

MRR21...

If he is traded by Wed deadline he only misses 4 total games. If traded after the deadline he misses 6 total. This is per the agreement worked out by NFL and NFLPA vis-a-vis Jackson's 3 game suspension for conduct plus the 3 game cooler the Chargers subjected him to by placing him on something called the roster exempt list. The 4 gamer is a compromise compared to the 6 gamer he was technically to serve. none of this has anything to do with the 10/19 league deadline for trades. If he is not moved by then he either plays in SD or sits the year.

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | September 21, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

I don't think the problem with the run game is CP. I think it has more to do with the starting 5 O-line players (hopefully Trent doesn't miss a game) needing some time to build chemistry.

The pass blocking has been pretty good (except when Heyer entered the game Sunday), and I think the run blocking will improve in the coming weeks as long as there are no major injuries.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | September 21, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

My Ode to Poopy McPoop

So I'm on business unfortunately in El Paso. Before I return home I must find a refrigerator magnet for my wife whom collects such things from different places. I walk into one of the cheesiest novelty shops in the world that not only sells all things El Paso, but anything having to do with Texas.

I walk down the isle of the shop and find the magnet, a Chili pepper dressed like a cowboy, twirling a lasso, and wearing chaps, just like the hot sauce dude. I make my way back to the front of the line passing a plethora of Dallas Cowboys items. I drive heave and make my way to the cashier, and find the mother load! Behind the cashier was a pyramid made of Dallas Cowboys toilet tissue rolls. It looked like one of those old Charmin commercials.

For years, I've searched for this! I quickly plopped down the cash for the magnet and requested 8 rolls. The cashier's face illuminated with joy. She was in her mid to late 60's and she filled my bag with rolls with a huge grin on her face. Her accent was odd, it had a twang of Southern to it, but also so proper to the point it kind of sounded British at the same time. Her cadence as she spoke almost sounded as though she was singing, kind of a mix between Aunt Bea and Julia Child. As I approached the door, she let out a, "How 'bout dem Cowboys?" She might as well have scratched a chalk board. I stopped, slowly turned to her and forced a smile through my teeth and was out.

Poopy, I felt like a child at christmas. I immediately got in my car and grabbed one the of the rolls, just to make sure it was real. It was. I switched out the roll that was in my hotel bathroom and replaced it with one of the Cowboy rolls. I tried them out and quickly soiled half a roll. It was absolutely fantastic.

Sadly, I'm down to my last roll, but I haven't had this much fun going to the bathroom since I was a teenager ahem... There's nothing like waking up in the morning, going to the door and picking up the morning Wall Street Journal paired with a strong cup of coffee. 45 minutes later, I'm in the John singing, "Dallas, I'm gonna make your blue star brown!" Better than Crystal Gayle could.

Poopy McPoop and Redskin nation, I encourage all of you to purchase a roll or two of these Dallas Cowboy toilet tissues. The experience has been therapeutic. The applications and possibilities are endless. You've a got a runny nose, no problem, dislodged a louggie and need something to spit in or on, no problem, irritable bowel or lactose intolerant? Wipe away! I've even used them to change my daughter when she's dropped a douce in her diaper! There has to be a 1001 uses. Get yours today!

HTTR

Posted by: clark202 | September 21, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

I'm not clear on something: The NFL trade deadline is October 19.

So why do media outlets say that any Vincent Jackson deal has to be completed by Wednesday at 4:00 pm?

Posted by: MrRedskin21

Its bit complicated ... but VJax has different suspensions if he gets traded.

The real challenge is this. No one will give up a high draft pick for a guy who'll only play 8-10 games, then be a free agent.

But VJax wants money beyond what he deserves (he's very good, but he's not Andre Johnson), so its hard to get a long term deal.

Meanwhile, SD will get VJax for the final 6 games in 2010 ... for under $1mil. VJax has to play those games in order for him to become a free agent in 2011. If he wants big $$, he'll need to play well.

SD has something to gain if VJax stays, a very good player, highly motivated, at a ridiculously low cost for the final 6 games (+ playoffs).

SD has something to gain via trade (player or more likely, a draft pick).

Bottom line, it won't be easy to acquire VJax because he's expensive.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 21, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Average age of a team is a terrible statistic to judge anything on. Our best players, with the exception of McNabb, Moss, Cooley, and Fletcher, are under 27.

Posted by: Section104 | September 21, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Trent Williams and carriker are the only starters that are younger that I can think of, enlighten me

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 21, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

If he is not moved by then he either plays in SD or sits the year.

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | September 21, 2010 1:52 PM |
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Thanks.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | September 21, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Quick little nugget from ESPN 980

DHall V AJ80 - 21 times the were matched up, 0 catches and offense of 102 yards during those plays.

So maybe Dhall knows what he is talking about. he saw the texans move johnson away from him and it ended up costing us the game.

And he def said Haslett said he would move around and not just be a one side CB.

Posted by: Zeebs1 | September 21, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Skins are @Rams, @Eagles, Packers and Colts at FedEx, then @Bears and @Lions before the Bye Week.

If they can come out of that 4-4 or 5-3, they’ll be in good shape for the back half, with games against shaky teams like the Bucs, Titans, Vikings, and Jags.

I don’t think 9-7 is out of the question. Anything beyond that would be gravy.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | September 21, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

beep-squared, please don't misstate my position. You can voice your opinion on legal matters all you like. But when you make incorrect factual assertions couched as opinion about any subject, I will tell you that you're off base if I feel the need to. It's really that simple.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | September 21, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

If he is not moved by then he either plays in SD or sits the year.

Posted by: WaitingGuilty

If he sits the year, he doesn't get credit for playing in 2010 and won't be eligible for FA (think you have to play for 6 years to be a FA, VJax is at 5). He needs to show up by game 10.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 21, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

beep-beep

"Check out Peter King's story in MMQB where he explains why game coverage is better with locker-room interviews."


Only a highly paid journalist like Peter King would want you to think he is somehow a viable link in the sports new/info chain.

He is not.

None of them are if you ask me.

The best coverage comes from former athletes who can knowledgbly explain the relatiosnhip between scheme, performance, and strategy--and most in the lockerroom with naked guys reproters can't.

I learned more about football/baseball/hockey/golf when divorced myself from the need to read some journalism major's after the contest column and devoted myself to self study of the sports I love.

In fact, in a world where stats, replays, blogs, and instant analysis occur, you could argue that the sports reporter is following the librarian and literary author into a shallow grave.

You don't need the from-the-lockerroom reportage as much as sports newspaper folk want you to think.

And really, you don't need them.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 21, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Monk811- last couple'a a years when I was supporting against a bunch of haters up here, that was ok?

Now that the shoe is on the other foot it not ok?

Why?

And f u 2 you hipocrit.

This team so far got extremely LUCKY and then choked horribly. Truth hurts.

I supported Rogers, McIntosh, Thomas, Kelly, Davis from day 1, not just portis cAmpbell and haynesworth.

So how does it feel

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 21, 2010 1:51 PM |

"Extremely lucky"?

Let's examine how lucky the 'Skins have been:

They were lucky enough to shut down the consensus SB pick's vaunted offense in week 1.

D Hall ripping the ball from Choice and running it into the end zone for a TD was pure happenstance.

They were lucky enough that a "borderline" hold was called by a renegade referee as opposed to an obvious MMA-style choke hold on 'Rak, preventing him from decapitating Bony Homo.

McNabb was only lucky to throw for 400+ yards connecting on more 20+ completions that any 'Skins fan has seen in the last decade - in ONE GAME.

The 'Skins D lucked into 5 or so sacks of what is easily the best playing QB in the league after 2 games.

and of course we were lucky to be up by 2 scores on what so far is one of the top teams in the NFL with opportunities to end the game midway through the 3rd quarter.

You can say we are lucky to be where we are at 1-1. I say, if we had any luck at all, we'd be 2-0 and the talk of the league.

BOOK ME.

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | September 21, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Thanks zeebs...was wondering that.

Posted by: PlayAction | September 21, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Behind the cashier was a pyramid made of Dallas Cowboys toilet tissue rolls.

Posted by: clark202 | September 21, 2010 1:55 PM

This stuff would be wasted on Poopy. He takes pride in not wiping. He thinks personal hygiene is other peoples' problems, not his. As he always says "Wiping is for the little people."

Posted by: beep-beep | September 21, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Trent Williams and carriker are the only starters that are younger that I can think of, enlighten me

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 21, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Some guy named Brian. Rocky Mac maybe? DHall is still pretty young. Laron Landry.

Posted by: iH8dallas | September 21, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: beep-beep | September 21, 2010 1:45 PM |

I understand beep, but you spun it a little. On CP's comments, don't be so politically correct. On reporters in the locker room, again I understand the agreement. That said, why is there the need to ask an athlete questions about a game he just played with Mr. Happy exposed to the world.

Posted by: hessone | September 21, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | September 21, 2010 1:38 PM

Oh the irony.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | September 21, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

@SkinsfaninKaneohe, You don't have to like the man (JReid), but, you, and a few others on here are very disrespectful. what's with the 'FU' and 'POS' comments? What gives? Is that REALLY necessary?

Posted by: delfranklin4 | September 21, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

FU too, azz clown.

Jreid is a POS because his entire modus is to try and create controversy where there is none. So fcuk him.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | September 21, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | September 21, 2010 1:38 PM

Oh the irony.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | September 21, 2010 2:04 PM |

learned? You're trying too hard. You sound like every associate who brings me my lunch.

Struggle on son.

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | September 21, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

That said, why is there the need to ask an athlete questions about a game he just played with Mr. Happy exposed to the world.

Posted by: hessone | September 21, 2010 2:04 PM

There is no need at all. Guys have the good sense to put a towel around themselves, just like most married guys do when their wife comes into the bathroom.

Posted by: beep-beep | September 21, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

After seeing the 70 yard bullet he threw to Galloway that just missed...I'll believe Donovan if he says Martians are coming to invade the Earth. That was a sick pass.

If the ground game is coming, I'll be patient. I hope he's right because we don't win past November with just a passing game.

On Albert Haynesworth...I think Snyder is going to retire his number here in Washington. They are going to fight to keep him. Then put him on the bench forever. This is getting ugly.

Posted by: 20yrskinfan | September 21, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Average age of a team is a terrible statistic to judge anything on. Our best players, with the exception of McNabb, Moss, Cooley, and Fletcher, are under 27.

Posted by: Section104

You basically named every good player with the exceptin of Orakpo.

This is team is paper thin. All of the quality players are starters. There are no quality backups at any position other than TE. If a starter goes down it is devastating.

Here are the players that are going to need to be replaced in the next two years. Dockery, Rabach, Hicks, Maake, DE, Fletcher, Carter, Moss, #2 wr and a CB.

There is no one on the team that is young looks like they are going to be able to step into those roles. Compounding the problem is that the Redskins do not have a full complement of draft picks next year. Next year's free agent class should be decent so they may be able to fill a few holes but with cap it will become costly. They are going to have to commit big bucks to McNabb.

Over the next 3 years there will be steady turnover of the roster which will make it hard to be anything more than a fringe playoff team.

Posted by: srobert1117 | September 21, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

The question is: Do male reporters interview nekkid female volleyball players in the locker room?

And if so, how can I get a gig like that?

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | September 21, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: beep-beep | September 21, 2010 1:20 PM

But he didn't. He didn't even know what the reporter flap was about. He babbled on about woman and packages and the rules of attraction.

(Beantown, this all happened last week while you were prepping for your nascar race scheduled for late afternoon on Sunday.)

Posted by: mack1 | September 21, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Monk811- last couple'a a years when I was supporting against a bunch of haters up here, that was ok?

Now that the shoe is on the other foot it not ok?

Why?

And f u 2 you hipocrit.

This team so far got extremely LUCKY and then choked horribly. Truth hurts.

I supported Rogers, McIntosh, Thomas, Kelly, Davis from day 1, not just portis cAmpbell and haynesworth.

So how does it feel

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 21, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

So what, you let a bunch of haters change you into a hater? Whatever, that's a copout, if that's true then you are just a jelly fish loser that can't form his own oppinion. And how am I a hypocrit? Last time I checked I don't sit here the whole time I'm on a Post and look to pick fights with someone just to hear myself type.
I 'feel' fine, you, my very lonely and troubled friend, need a reality check.

Posted by: monk811 | September 21, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

"Killer instinct, special teams performance and a QB who can win a game late? Not yet."
from Zeke

careful about telling the truth, prepare for hatred and insults

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 21, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Over the next 3 years there will be steady turnover of the roster which will make it hard to be anything more than a fringe playoff team.

Posted by: srobert1117 | September 21, 2010 2:10 PM

Fringe playoff team sounds sweet!!!!

Posted by: PlayAction | September 21, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

"After seeing the 70 yard bullet he threw to Galloway that just missed...I'll believe Donovan if he says Martians are coming to invade the Earth."

Galloway had 'alligator arms' on that play.

If he had stretched out, that's 6 points, my friend.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 21, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Moe we don't know who our starters on o line are going into week 3 and we're signing a will Monty, maybe we're not rebuilding in a classic sense.

Also LJ? What was camp for? If he ain't the guy why is he here?

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 21, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

So what, you let a bunch of haters change you into a hater?

Posted by: monk811 | September 21, 2010 2:10 PM

Luke Skywalker didn't even fall for that trick...and he was a country bumpkin!

Posted by: PlayAction | September 21, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

moe, you following the case of that Florida dad who, when kids were picking on his daughter who had cerebral palsy, on the bus, got on the bus, and threatened the bullies.....give that cat a Medal, and 10 minutes alone with those chicken shti kids....cost him 2000 in bail money...for doing the right thing...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 21, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Hall post re AH in 3,2,1....

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | September 21, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

So what, you let a bunch of haters change you into a hater?

Posted by: monk811 | September 21, 2010 2:10 PM

Luke Skywalker didn't even fall for that trick...and he was a country bumpkin!

Posted by: PlayAction | September 21, 2010 2:18 PM

Nevermind...forgot that yoda and obi-wan straightened his azz out.

Posted by: PlayAction | September 21, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

moe, you following the case of that Florida dad who, when kids were picking on his daughter who had cerebral palsy, on the bus, got on the bus, and threatened the bullies.....give that cat a Medal, and 10 minutes alone with those chicken shti kids....cost him 2000 in bail money...for doing the right thing...


Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 21, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Sort of like the Houston teacher taht beat the S out of the kid that was making fun of the mentally disabled girl. She should have received the Congressional Medal of Honor.

I bet that kid never picks on a handicapped girl again. He'll have to think about a woman beating his @ss and the whole world seeing it on Youtube.

Posted by: iH8dallas | September 21, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

"After seeing the 70 yard bullet he threw to Galloway that just missed...I'll believe Donovan if he says Martians are coming to invade the Earth."

Galloway had 'alligator arms' on that play.

If he had stretched out, that's 6 points, my friend.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 21, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Yup. I definitely think JG could have done more on that play.

LJ... not sure why he a) made the team, b) is still on the team.

I'd kick K Williams to number 2 and give him 8 touches per, make Ryan Torrain part of the 53, and send LJ off to wherever.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | September 21, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

The media is ruining football. F the mediA! Watching singletary have to field dumb questions after such a great hard fought loss was painful and nobody learned anything or got anything that would make aNy article any better.

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 21, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

beeps

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 21, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse


beep-beep, let me get this straight. NFL players have wrapped towels around their waste for years and female reporters have NEVER once seen Mr. Happy ? NOT ONCE ? CP's comments are right in my opinion and the reporters are the morons stirring up trouble.

Posted by: hessone | September 21, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Monk811 - now you've exposed your kool aid addiction.

Dallas calling that play with 4 seconds left was incredibly rare and that it turned into a TD is , yes , extremely lucky. No to mention winning on a holding call, which happens every play.

That was the lucky game and squandering a 17 point lead at home was the horribly choked game

you clearly can't handle the truth, I'm not making any predictions just making factual observations

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 21, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

wrapped towels around their waste? sounds like a poopy post

Posted by: coparker5 | September 21, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Trent Williams and carriker are the only starters that are younger that I can think of, enlighten me

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 21, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Some guy named Brian. Rocky Mac maybe? DHall is still pretty young. Laron Landry.

Posted by: iH8dallas | September 21, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

they all started last year genius cool aid junkie hater

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 21, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Why don't we trade Haynesworth for New Englands OL Logan Mankins, he wants out of New England, I can wish can't I.

Posted by: madalao | September 21, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Haynesworth: Shanahan is playing this one right. Let him be inactive until we get at least a starter or a 2nd round pick. When other teams start getting banged up, they will offer more. (Though alot of teams are smart and want nothing to do with him) This stategy should force Haynesworthless to play to show people he can still play. ALot of teams do not think he is worth anything.

Running game: Need to draft in 1st or 2nd round next year. Larry Johnson made the dumbest play i've seen in quite a while in OT. Another play like that and he should be cut, and bring up Ryan Torrain.

Posted by: sruppert | September 21, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

What's with the criticism of the running game? 'Skins didn't put much effort into running on Sunday. I think Kyle Shanahan's ego and having to prove something to the Texans got in the way of establishing a power game. Had the 'Skins won, the question would never come up. As for Haynesworth, trade him and Reed Doughty to whoever gets the first draft pick next year, and pick Ingram from Alabama.

Posted by: BigDaddy7 | September 21, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Who are all you dummies who say Haynesworth is so important to our D? The man has positively demonstrated that he has no desire to play football for our team, if any team at all. He got his big paycheck, now he's happy with that even if it means never playing another down. You guys can't judge character very well if you're thinking any differently. AH is a rotten apple, get whatever's possible for his tired hide and close the book on his sorry tenure in DC.

Posted by: Sirius2 | September 21, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

only two games have been played yet all the nay sayers and doomsday predictors are in full code red mode.. not to worry Shanford and son (first to say) will keep this team on course. 10-6 or bust

Posted by: nflorida1 | September 21, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

this team will not go 10-6 until they can run the football and play defense(meaning mix the 4-3 scheme in so that haynesworth can be a factor) with the 3-4, another point that must happen is get the player's with speed the ball,thomas,banks and austin I don't care what their size is they are capable of big plays. playing it safe with doughty and buchannon ain't getting it.

Posted by: wathu19 | September 21, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

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