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Rocky McIntosh expected to start Sunday against Bears

Linebacker Rocky McIntosh is expected to return to the starting lineup this Sunday when the Redskins play the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.

The five-year veteran missed last Sunday's loss to Indianapolis after suffering a concussion one week earlier against Green Bay.

"It's hard. You want to be out there with your teammates, [giving them] the best possible chance to win," McIntosh said on Wednesday. "You always want to be out there."

Before last Sunday's game, McIntosh was leading the team in tackles, according to the team's stats, which are based on coaches' review of film.

He participated only in walk-through practice sessions last week but said he'd be able to practice with his teammates on Wednesday afternoon. McIntoshy is still listed third on the team in tackles with 66, 29 of which are unassisted. He also has one sack and three quarterback hurries.

H.B. Blades started in McIntosh's place against the Colts and finished with two total tackles.

Until the concussion, McIntosh had been quietly having a very strong season.
"Just playing, doing my thing," McIntosh said. "Each and every year, just trying to get better."

McIntosh is notoriously media-shy and had to be encouraged Wednesday by the team's public-relations staff to meet with reporters. He spoke for less than a minute, referring a question about his health to Coach Mike Shanahan. Asked three times about the league's vow to punish players for extremely hard hits, McIntosh repeatedly said: "I have nothing to do with that."

By Rick Maese  | October 20, 2010; 12:05 PM ET
Categories:  Linebackers  
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Comments

Good news. I know Blades didn't play much last week because the team was mostly in the dime, but of the two, I think McIntosh is the better linebacker. Neither one of those guys could cover a bed with a blanket, though.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | October 20, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Rocky McIntosh expected to start Sunday against Bears

The defense should perform well against the bears this weekend.

And actually, our special teams versus their return game is a worthy match up.

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 20, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Here's a few ideas to improve the defense this week:

-Teach Doughty how to pass cover.

-Teach Moore how to tackle.

-Teach Rogers how to catch the ball.

-Teach Buchanon to show up in the first half.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | October 20, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Asked repeatedly to improve the quality of his RI articles, JReid said "I have nothing to do with that."

Posted by: pgugino | October 20, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

mac is back, yeah yeah yeah!

build through the draft, haters

Posted by: pabrian2003 | October 20, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

mac is back, yeah yeah yeah!

build through the draft, haters

Posted by: pabrian2003 | October 20, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

I've never seen pabrainiac so excited or positive, did you fall and hit your head?

Oh I get it, it's the 'good' pabrainiac today and not the evil one!

Posted by: monk811 | October 20, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

It'll be good to have Rocky back.

I sure hope they are practicing NOT kicking it to Devon Hester as we speak.

Posted by: splitbill | October 20, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

"McIntoshy"?

Posted by: fft5305 | October 20, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

No monk, the reason I became soo loved was my defense of cambell, ARE, portis, haynesworth, mac, Rogers

Then I became even more loved by not blindly supporting ShanaCool and chunky(R) brunell

there's only one me though

Posted by: pabrian2003 | October 20, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

I don't care what you do or how you do it, you cannot teach Carlos Rogers how to catch. Just can't do it. Th guy has the worst pair of hands since Captain Hook.

Posted by: rmcpks73 | October 20, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse


cowboy quotes from this week of interest:

"It's frustrating, and it's very disappointing," Romo said. "Every day is not an enjoyable day when you're like that."

"Obviously it's coaching," Phillips said after the Vikings game.

"If you whine and cry about the past, about what's happened, you look back instead of looking forward," Phillips said during his weekly news conference on Monday. "We need to look forward."

"Obviously we're in trouble relative to our schedule," said Jones.

"I mean it's set in for me," Williams said of the frustration over the all but lost season. "I can't speak for nobody else, but it's set in with me. A 1-4 football team. I believe the Lions are 1-4, 1-5, and we beat ourselves. We beat ourselves man, and we're too good of a football team to be 1-4. I would have bet everything I got in my bank that we wouldn't be 1-4."

hey tampon, 10"petersuck, BlueStarOintment, MrIrvinAA

Cowboy's = America's Septic System

he-he-he

Posted by: hessone | October 20, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Peabrain- its not about building solely from the draft, its about the right guys for your system. Doesn't matter if there draftees, free agents or baggin groceries like kurt warner. Good teams draft guys they want then add to the puzzle in free agency n make trades.

Example; new england
Drafts stars, jarod mayo 1st, tom brady 6th

Makes trades, got rid of seymour which may be a top ten first round pick, got rid of moss for another pick, brought in wes welkers lil brother woodhead.

Our team has failed in its efforts to stock up with veterans, very stupidly, as the league boomed with youth n talent. This yr Shanny is still tryin to see who to keep this year. I expect a lot of turnaround again this yr. Free Agents will be signed, 2 or 3, maybe one big time FA, we will also cut more dead weight and trade for versatile players. I also expect movement in this draft for us. Last year we moved down a time or two. Hopefully this year we move up to get guys we need. Atleast Zorn is gone.
Shanallens got my respect.

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | October 20, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

if there was ever an unsung hero award it would go to rocky mac, he never gets any credit , but always plays well and rarely looks bad or gets burned on the field, not necessarily a pro bowler, but that's why he's unsung and not a great like LF59 but still very solid, coulda used him last week
glad he's a Skin mos def

Posted by: retroskins14 | October 20, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Rocky is such a great guy. He is helping to promote the non-commercial DC Financial Day Saturday 10-4 a.m. at the Columbia Heights Educational Campus in Washington, D.C. Check out his YouTube video on this at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPOwExh8sMQ. You have to love a guy who gives back to the community like that!

Posted by: sstapf | October 20, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

"McIntoshy"?

Posted by: fft5305 | October 20, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

lol

Posted by: pabrian2003 | October 20, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

I've never seen pabrainiac so excited or positive, did you fall and hit your head?

Oh I get it, it's the 'good' pabrainiac today and not the evil one!

Posted by: monk811 | October 20, 2010 12:23 PM


Maybe he got hit by James Harrison too...

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 20, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

"McIntoshy"?

Posted by: fft5305 | October 20, 2010 12:24 PM

Thought Craig Laughlin wrote this piece for a moment.

Posted by: PlayAction | October 20, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Hess, my favorite Phillips quote was the one where he says they're better than the other 1-4 teams. What Phillips fails to realize is that A) there are no other 1-4 teams and B) you are what your record says you are. It's that kind of delusional self-diagnosis that's going to ensure that Dall-ass doesn't get to the playoffs, let alone the SB...

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 20, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

No monk, the reason I became soo loved was my defense of cambell, ARE, portis, haynesworth, mac, Rogers

Then I became even more loved by not blindly supporting ShanaCool and chunky(R) brunell

there's only one me though

Posted by: pabrian2003 | October 20, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

My bad, same old brainiac! I respect you for having your opinion and sticking with it though.

Posted by: monk811 | October 20, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Folks hardly seen in these parts:

redDmv

poopy mcpoop

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 20, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

BrandCal

"Makes trades, got rid of seymour which may be a top ten first round pick, got rid of moss for another pick, brought in wes welkers lil brother woodhead."

trading quality players for picks is building through the draft.

I hear yaa team can't have zero FAs, but a lot of fans cry, "build through the draft", then throw guys under the bus. Guy line mac, Rogers, cooley trade talks, Davis, Kelly, Thomas, JC

then get all googly over another high priced big splash one and done FA, mcSoup

Posted by: pabrian2003 | October 20, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Folks hardly seen in these parts:

redDmv

poopy mcpoop

Jason Reid

RI Editors

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 20, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

There, fixed it for ya!

Posted by: monk811 | October 20, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Hess, my favorite Phillips quote was the one where he says they're better than the other 1-4 teams. What Phillips fails to realize is that A) there are no other 1-4 teams and B) you are what your record says you are. It's that kind of delusional self-diagnosis that's going to ensure that Dall-ass doesn't get to the playoffs, let alone the SB...

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 20, 2010 12:36 PM |

Brownwood, might there be an irony there as well, regarding the "you are what you are" point that was made famous by Bill Parcells.....when he was coaching the Cowgirls?

I agree with and find humor in the rest of your post.

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | October 20, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Disclaimer- I've been as down on 92 as most. But let's face facts- we kinda need him to get back to his old form. Dead last in yards allowed/game and 14th in points - we are a completely average defense. Mediocrity on D does not typically square with playoff aspirations. Orakpo is well on his way to being an elite OLB/DE, Landry has taken the next step to Pro Bowl caliber SS, and we have an excellent ILB in 59. But we do not have an impact D-lineman without Haynesworth (Rak technically an LB). We decided not to trade him. Let's hope he can refocus and be somewhere close to his old form. Even at 80%, he's probably our best option. I know it sucks to have to rely on a guy that hasn't shown a lot of heart and that you don't like, but bottom line is we are not likely to make a playoff push without our best lineman ballin out.

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | October 20, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Rocky is having a pretty good year, as is Fletcher and Orakpo. Was very excited to see Chris Wilson and Lorenzo Alexander playing as well. Not hearing too much about Andre Carter.

Who needs to play better? Pretty much the entire DL. D Hall.

Who needs to get on the field? K. Barnes. Buchannon has been stinking it up big time. I'm sure Kevin can collect flags for defensive holding.

On offense: Consistency, consistency, consistency. Clearly they can make big plays - and THANK GOD it's been forever since the Redskins had any big play capability in the passing game. Maybe Mark Rypien era. Norv had big plays with Stephen Davis, but oh no, we're not going to keep him. No. He's a running back and Norv is a passing GENIUS. We'll keep Michael Westbrook instead. Who, as someone said, is now doing ultimate fighting, or something like that. Most homoerotic "sport" ever.

Has anybody noticed that Norv is a whole 1 win better than the Cowturds? I know they start slow in SD, but this is really slow. Pineapple-faced, Jimmy Johnson butt-boy Norv, the worst thing that ever happened to the Redskins.

Anyway, this week is a great test of the running game. After getting untracked against the Dolts, a completely different defense in Chicago. If Torain gets a buck plus against Da Bearss, looks like they can run against anybody.

Posted by: dpc2003 | October 20, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

My bad, same old brainiac! I respect you for having your opinion and sticking with it though.

Posted by: monk811 | October 20, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Indy game surprised me a bit. I thought get 92, 52, and 26 involved you might have something.

But, this team will have to win in the 2nd half of the season to really impress ( and extend new soup). The frerotte-skins and zorn-skins started strong but ultimately sucked

Posted by: pabrian2003 | October 20, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

MistaMoe @ 12:37 PM, I think Poopy had some kind of run-in with Barno on this blog or another WaPo blog, and Barno sought to have him banned.

Maybe Barno was successful.

Posted by: Alan4 | October 20, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Hess, my favorite Phillips quote was the one where he says they're better than the other 1-4 teams. What Phillips fails to realize is that A) there are no other 1-4 teams and B) you are what your record says you are. It's that kind of delusional self-diagnosis that's going to ensure that Dall-ass doesn't get to the playoffs, let alone the SB...

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 20, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

I bet Wade Phillips also thinks he is the best coach to only have one win this season.

Posted by: PortisPocketsStr8 | October 20, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

MistaMoe @ 12:37 PM, I think Poopy had some kind of run-in with Barno on this blog or another WaPo blog, and Barno sought to have him banned.

Maybe Barno was successful.

Posted by: Alan4 | October 20, 2010 12:48 PM

There were some posts about old Barno yesterday afternoon (4ish)...that have magically disappeared?

I hope Poopy is alright...

Posted by: PlayAction | October 20, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

CR22 beeps

Posted by: wireman65 | October 20, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Despite the Fighter Attack Guy's dubious statistics ( 26% chance of winning the game in the second quarter down by 2 scores? WTF?) the Redskins had a pretty good chance at beating the Colts. Without CP, and without AH.

I believe that Torain is a good back. Portis could still be better at this point in his career, and they're probably a better unit with him out there. And as others have pointed out, if Fat Albert plays up to his potential, the defense is better with him out there. Get those two pieces going and it's not a terrible stretch for them to win 7 of the next 11.

Though Torain's juke for his first TD Sunday was a thing of beauty, wasn't it?

Posted by: dpc2003 | October 20, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Stone hands Beeps!

Posted by: monk811 | October 20, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

I'm all for the draft!!! But when we draft guys who just aren't producing then I'm hurt.

2008 top 3, DT FD, MK, honestly FD is a star in waiting. The other two jury still out.

We need more top end draft picks. And some free agents!

Free agent pick ups- WR (VJ83) DE OG

Draft pick ups- WR, NT, C, DE, OG, RB

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | October 20, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Here's my own short list for the Redskins:

1. Take more chances to score points in the red zone in the first 3 quarters of games. Don't let every contest come down to the final play.

2. Start to use Fred Davis in the downfield passing attack as was hinted at in camp and the preseason.

3. Throw more often on first down. Don't allow the offense to become predictable in run-run-pass sequencing of drives.

4. Pressure the quarterback. Manning was the exception, but most quarterbacks including Cutler can't handle a press rush right up the middle and Chicago's wide receivers are less than excellent.

5. Let Haynesworth play! Against all odds and opinions, the team has kept Albert for 8 months after he wanted out, so make sure he is in the game to make a difference when needed. And I don't want to hear any more about his conditioning. Take one look at Kemoeatu and Bryant and tell me that Haynesworth is not in better shape than these guys.

Posted by: RoyHobbs4 | October 20, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

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