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Mike Shanahan happy with Redskins start

Hired to restore the Redskins to prominence, Coach Mike Shanahan is off to a good start after opening the season with a 13-7 victory over the Dallas Cowboys, and his mood Monday reflected the situation.

Shanahan appeared relaxed while speaking with reporters in the auditorium at Redskins Park. The regular season has only started, and Washington has a lot of room for improvement in many areas, but Shanahan had reason to smile.

"I told our team from the first day, when we started the preseason, I said, 'Preseason games are important, you've got to find a way to win, because when you get to the season we're going to lose people. And I want to see how people step in and play. But at the end of the day, you've got to find a way to win,' " Shanahan said. "There's going to be games throughout the year where the offense plays well, the defense plays well and special teams.

"But at the end of the day, there's only one thing that really matters, and that's finding a way to win. And if you win in the National Football League, enjoy it, because it doesn't happen all the time. And in the next day, or the next couple of days, we'll go back and figure out the things we could have done better after winning or losing. And that's what you do. Offensively, you go back and look at the things we did well and the things we did poorly. And you grow on those things."

Washington's offense netted only 250 yards and failed to produce a touchdown (cornerback DeAngelo Hall scored the team's only touchdown on a fumble return). Quarterback Donovan McNabb had a 63.4 passer rating and top back Clinton Portis averaged 3.5 yards on 18 rushes.

"The one thing that we didn't want to do against an excellent defensive football team is turn the football over. And we accomplished that," Shanahan said. "You don't want to give 'em cheap field position, because as a team it's hard to score a lot of points on them. The thing I was hoping we'd do a better job [of] was scoring in the red zone.

"When you get your opportunity, first and goal from the 5-yard line, against a team like that, you want to score. Another time we were inside the 10, second and six inside the 10, and all of a sudden...with two drives you come away with three points. You feel fortunate to win the game."

The Redskins gave up 380 net yards. Wide receiver Miles Austin burned the secondary for 146 yards receiving and a touchdown.

But defensive coordinator Jim Haslett kept the Cowboys guessing with blitz packages, continuing to apply pressure throughout the game. It seemed Haslett called more corner blitzes in one quarter than former defensive coordinator Greg Blache called the past two seasons.

"Hopefully, Shanahan Football will be scoring a few more points," Shanahan said. "On the serious side, I just like the mindset from our team going in. They were ready to play.
"We knew we were playing an excellent football team, a team that is very talented, and you had to play hard for 60 minutes. ... It showed me that guys were willing to play for 60 minutes."

By Jason Reid  |  September 13, 2010; 5:24 PM ET
Categories:  Mike Shanahan  
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What a day this is. What a start to the Shanahan era. Hail to 'em.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | September 13, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Good hard-earned win. They really needed this, didn't they?

As to the redzone problems: I'm afraid that's going to be a problem all year. Teams take out Cooley and in that smaller area Moss's quickness is negated. What threats do they have?

Maybe get McNabb on more rollouts but that cuts the field in half.

Oh well, 1-0 and just sweet.

Posted by: SteveMG | September 13, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Hey everyone, we beat the Cowgirls...

Now let's go get a f*ckin snack!

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 13, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Hey everyone, we beat the Cowgirls...

Now let's go get a f*ckin snack!

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 13, 2010 5:37 PM

What? No Poop-Snack? You sure you're feeling OK?

Posted by: Thinker_ | September 13, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Diesel44 | September 13, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse


Diez, AH did not look good on Sunday.

But for real, the coaches have said that he is essentially learning 2 positions (NT/DE) in a new scheme and it will take time.

Why don't these coaching geniuses simply teach him 1 position? Why not just focus him on being an RDE - which is what he likes and what he'll likely be better at?

These coaching geniuses played him at RDE basically the whole AZ game, and then in preparation for Week 1, they move him to NT?

I realize that Fat Al is a lazy-arse who would have benefited from OTAs. But he wasn;t there and it's done.

If they plan on keeping him around, they can help him with the learning curve and stop trying to teach him 2 new positions simultaneously.

Or if they decide that he sucks; trade him already cuz it's all gotten real tired.

Posted by: p1funk | September 13, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully, we'll get a couple TDs on Houston. If we can do right by this two game homestand, he should be 4-0 going into the Packers game. Important that we get out to a fast start with the Packers, Colts, and Vikings still on the schedule...

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 13, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Laron Landry went postal last night. Man, I sure hope he keeps up the sure tackling. I'll even take the post-tackle posturing if he keeps coming up like that.

17 tackles is a LOT of tackles. Impressive work.

Posted by: Thinker_ | September 13, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Good hard-earned win. They really needed this, didn't they?

As to the redzone problems: I'm afraid that's going to be a problem all year. Teams take out Cooley and in that smaller area Moss's quickness is negated. What threats do they have?

Maybe get McNabb on more rollouts but that cuts the field in half.


Posted by: SteveMG | September 13, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse


The redzone play calling was frankly reminiscent of Zorn.

2 fades in a row to a WR that's under 6ft?

If teams take out Cooley, why not line up Fred Davis out there and throw the fade to him?

Posted by: p1funk | September 13, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

What? No Poop-Snack? You sure you're feeling OK?

Posted by: Thinker_ | September 13, 2010 5:41 PM
----

Well, our snack could be very high in fiber which would lead to some good, healthy pooping.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 13, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Anyone watch the Colts v. Texans game?

Colts run-d was non existent. Foster had some good runs but he doesn't have breakway speed. Didn't seem like much more than really good blocking, he had some big holes to run through.
It helped the Texans control the game and setup playaction. Seems if the Redskins go with a lot of run blitzes and give Carlos help over the top w/ the FS against Andre Johnson, we will have a good shot at containing them.

Happy this game is at FedEx though. Texans stadium was rocking. They close the roof if its over 85 degrees and that place was jumping.

Bernard Pollard laid a huge hit to force that fumble on Collie. Mario Williams is another big test for the rook. Texans secondary is iffy though. Just need to give McNabb time and let those receivers run some deeper routes.

Posted by: saltine182 | September 13, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

The good news is most of the issues on offense can be resolved through more reps in the offense; instead of adding flashy wide receivers and foresaking the offensive line risking McNabb's health, our team chose to stabilize the leaky line. Yes, our receiver position is very weak, but we have competence in coaching and administration that will no doubt resolve this issue in the next offseason (or this season if there is a trade that makes sense before the deadline).

I'm sure that this staff will review the films, take corrective action on obvious flaws, and build upon this victory.

Make no mistake that we won the game but we were lucky to have a competitor that was so glaringly arrogant that they did much to sabotage their advantages.

In the end, we will games we should have lost; the key is to make sure we win games that we should win. This team can easily be an overachiever. Our quarterback has much to prove; our running back as well. Our coach has a need to show his firing was a demonstrably stupid thing by Denver. It is already obvious that this coaching staff has our guys prepared and game plans against the competition. We may be the ugly team that manages to do what the Giants did a few years ago - gel at the right moment and snatch victory out of the jaws of defeat.

Damn it feels good to be a Redskin fan - burgundy and gold - competent coaches - 90,000 Redskin fans making life miserable for visiting teams, and the sense that we aren't merely rebuilding - but each week we are building upon success and mitigating weakness. HTTR.

Posted by: laserwizard | September 13, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

p1- agreed. I'm sorry for bringing it up, that circus needs to leave town or play him exclusively at DE and keep NT Bryant active.

I also continue to see VJ talk up here and that's another tired subject. WR is a need but a luxury at this time and especially not that guy. We need a C immediately, BA/MS need to check the 32 other teams backups/practice squads for an upgrade. Maybe the Browns who have Steve Vallos who is 27 behind future pro bowler Alex Mack who is 25.

I'd also be interested to see if Sellers was on the team plane for the trip home.

Posted by: Diesel44 | September 13, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

A good day. Very impressed with Landry. He was all over the field and made sure tackles. Hall all over the field too. Fletch was typical. Orakpo really turning into an any position performer. Thomas shows promise as a returner. Trent stood up against the best. I think we may have a kicker. Would like to see more depth on kick-off. Portis looked good. A lot to work off of. Would like to see a Cooley, Davis, Paulsen, Portis, Johnson package inside the 10.

Posted by: AZborn | September 13, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

yeah, Casey Wayback was getting accordingly pushed in that direction all night.

Hard to watch. lol

Posted by: Thinker_ | September 13, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Good hard-earned win. They really needed this, didn't they?

As to the redzone problems: I'm afraid that's going to be a problem all year. Teams take out Cooley and in that smaller area Moss's quickness is negated. What threats do they have?

Maybe get McNabb on more rollouts but that cuts the field in half.

Oh well, 1-0 and just sweet.

Posted by: SteveMG

On the 2nd fade, Cooley was man on man vs an LB -- and he definitely had the better of him. If you have the replay, you'll see him on the same side as the ball went to. If I'm McNabb and I have Cooley man up in the end zone, that's where I'm going.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 13, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

I'd also be interested to see if Sellers was on the team plane for the trip home.


Posted by: Diesel44 | September 13, 2010 6:00 PM

Someone is going to take his job soon. The coaching staff will not continue to tolerate such poor play from him.

Posted by: HokiesSkins | September 13, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

The redzone play calling was frankly reminiscent of Zorn.

2 fades in a row to a WR that's under 6ft?

If teams take out Cooley, why not line up Fred Davis out there and throw the fade to him?

Posted by: p1funk | September 13, 2010 5:45 PM


To be fair, if Zorn were here he would have called 3 fades in a row to Brandon Banks--with Hunter Smith throwing...

Armstrong ran good routes on those plays and McNabb threw a good ball on both. He just flat out dropped the first one and the second one was a bit better defended (for obvious reasons). So I don't fault the play call as much as I do Armstrong for simply failing to make the play.

Having a guy like VJ in that spot would have been great...(dig at Diesel)

Just to throw in my .02 on what Diesel brought up, AH was CLEARLY dogging it last night. Dude was getting blown up and pushed around so much I thought we got Montgomery back. Any remaining AH apologists have NO leg to stand on anymore and Shanahan should trade this guy NOW--provided he has any trade value after that performance last night. Take the ham sandwich and the open bag of Skittles and move on...

I will agree that I'm concerned about the interior of our O-line...Rabach may actually be done. How we haven't called up Kevin Mawae is beyond me...

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 13, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Good hard-earned win. They really needed this, didn't they?

As to the redzone problems: I'm afraid that's going to be a problem all year. Teams take out Cooley and in that smaller area Moss's quickness is negated. What threats do they have?

Maybe get McNabb on more rollouts but that cuts the field in half.

Oh well, 1-0 and just sweet.

Posted by: SteveMG

If this was a good hard-earned win, what would a bad one look like?

Posted by: Dancy1 | September 13, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Looked at the Dallas Morning News so I could see what the Cry-Boys/ Crack-Boys writers were saying. They think they're in deep stuff-

Check it out-

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/football/cowboys/stories/091310dnspotaylorcol.ea5cb6b3.html

Posted by: RedskinsNow | September 13, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

How we haven't called up Kevin Mawae is beyond me...

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 13, 2010 6:13 PM

Probably because the future HOF is 2 yrs older than me and half of beep-beep's age.

But I'd take him and to your point, his last game he played prior to retiring was the 2010 pro bowl.

Posted by: Diesel44 | September 13, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan on Clinton's blocking:

"I thought Clinton did a heck of a job."

So did Keith Brooking. He kept on scratching, but he just kept on bleedin'.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | September 13, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Probably because the future HOF is 2 yrs older than me and half of beep-beep's age.

But I'd take him and to your point, his last game he played prior to retiring was the 2010 pro bowl.

Posted by: Diesel44 | September 13, 2010 6:26 PM


Considering the Vikes are pinning their SB hopes on a 41 year-old, I don't see the problem.

Mawae isn't coming off injury and as you stated, he's a Pro-Bowler even at 38. From what I've heard, his pass blocking dropped off quite a bit last season but he's still stout in the ground game. After last night's performance, I'd settle for that.

A one-year deal at the vet minimum doesn't hurt anything. It's not like getting him would be at the expense of a young guy...we're still pretty old on the line overall. I think we should kick his tires...worst case scenario, it lights Rabach's fire a bit...

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 13, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

bw26- get the deal done. I'm all for it, I know Rabach is "super smart" but he's a liability in pass & run blocking.

Also I'd like to see the skins send Portis to a neurologist. He's the best blocking back in the league bar none, but he definitely has balance issues.

Posted by: Diesel44 | September 13, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Probably because the future HOF is ... half of beep-beep's age.

Posted by: Diesel44 | September 13, 2010 6:26 PM

Mawae isn't coming off injury and as you stated, he's a Pro-Bowler even at 38.

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 13, 2010 6:35 PM

This is the blind leading the blind. You guys can't even get your story straight. Brownwood says he's 38 and Diesel says he's 27. Personally, I hope Diesel's right because that would mean he has a lot of gas left in the tank (unlike Poopy who's got no gas left in his tank).

Posted by: beep-beep | September 13, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

BRING BACK RED SNAPPER!!!

Posted by: iliwai34 | September 13, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

I loved the play by Rabach. He grabbed the back defender's jersey and dragged him as he was running the other direction.

Posted by: ccwbambam | September 13, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

The second fade in the redzone was an option play. The Skins were looking to get the ball to Cooley, but because one of the blitzing Cowboys got in untouched, McNabb had to get rid of the ball before he wanted to. That play was the result of a poor playcall by Shanahan (not because of the fade, but because he didn't have the right protection to pick up the blitzer).

Posted by: psps23 | September 13, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Seemed like Shanahan gambled on the game being decided by mistakes and did his best to make sure his team made fewer of them. It's an old saw that three quarters of NFL games are lost by one team rather than won by the other and this game seemed like an illustration.

Most teams don't come out of the blocks on offense in the first game, the way NE did yesterday. I would expect Houston to go back to throwing this week, absent the element of surprise.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 13, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Casey Rabach is definately a weak link on the oline he was manhandled and beat a lot, which is nothing new, saw a lot of that last year. We need a young top of the line center.

Somebody other than Cooley and Moss need to step up to catch the ball. Please don't throw the ball to Sellers anymore this year, and his blocking sucked, time to bring his playing time to an end, his skills have eroded.

As far as Haynesworth? Play him or ship him. Stop humiliating him.

We now look like a real NFL competitive football team, something we couldn't say after last years amatuer hour.

I see the offense getting more in sync as time goes on, the future is bright, all is right, bring on the Texans!!

Posted by: 72Redskins | September 13, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

BRING BACK RED SNAPPER!!!

Posted by: iliwai34 | September 13, 2010 6:47 PM

Ethan Albright is 2 years older than me, 8 years older than bw26, and half of beep-beep's age.

He also had back surgery during the offseason and an ailing back is akin to a torn rotator cuff for a QB.

Posted by: Diesel44 | September 13, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

This should be another three hours of pain and hate coming up here. Both teams going with kickers even the Cowboys wouldn't keep, so I expect a missed extra point to decide this one.

Not to change the subject or anything...

Posted by: SMACK1 | September 13, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Vince Young wants Reggie's Heisman

Posted by Mike Florio on September 13, 2010 6:45 PM ET

So to recap...

VY has the Natl Championship and now wants his Heisman.

An undrafted RB (Pierre Thomas) takes all of his carries.

And a cowboy has his girl.

Posted by: Diesel44 | September 13, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Oh I doubt any Cowboy has anything but somebody elses sloppy seconds.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 13, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

HAIL TO THE REDSKINS! F-Dallas!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | September 13, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

I loved the play by Rabach. He grabbed the back defender's jersey and dragged him as he was running the other direction.

Posted by: ccwbambam | September 13, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

I saw that too, that was a sweet and subtle "block". Barron should take note, that's how you hold a guy and get away with it. The guy being dragged either has no balance or was diving like an Italian at the World Cup. Unfortunately, that was about the only positive for Rabach...a hold.

Posted by: HTTR | September 13, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

All this Rabach talk is amusing. I mean Crissakes, the guy was going up against the best NT around. AH looked old and slow by comparsion. Some said he was dogging it but his skills have definitely declined. He still can do a competent job and since the Skins are not deep in DL probably best to keep him around. Not sure how much cred to place on this game because it was the first of the season and both teams had a lot lapses that you probably won't see midseason. One concern for the Skins has to be WR. After Moss and Cooley there isn't much so far. Armstrong played poorly. Portis did show some signs of life, ditto LJ, so it is a little early to know how the running game is going to turn out. One big postitive was turnovers, one of which won the game for the Skins, and where the they sucked real bad last year.

Posted by: BangerVance | September 13, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

BRING BACK RED SNAPPER!!!

Posted by: iliwai34 | September 13, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Other than that high snap on the field goal, I think Sunderg did ok. Bidwell could have caught that and put it down in time for Gano. Speaking of bringing back someone, if it's anyone it should be HUNTER THE PUNTER!

Posted by: monk811 | September 13, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Flacco seems to have regressed this year. Looks like Zorn has been working with him a lot.

Posted by: beep-beep | September 13, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Anyone watch the Colts v. Texans game?

I caught the 2nd quarter, and, as usual, have some unqualified, unfounded opinions based on 15 minutes of action:

--I'd play 'ugly' against the Texans and feature double-tight, power formations to slow the pace of the game down

--I'd run right at M Williams early and often

--M Schaub should be encouraged to throw the ball as much as possible at any receiver not named A Johnson

--continuing with the theme of ugly play, we might want to use a two-headed tandem featuring Portis/Williams

--finally, winning ugly 17-13 ain't bad, and just might be what this year's redskin team is:

A hard-playing defensive based team that outsmarts pretty teams by playing hard.

And being ugly.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 13, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Flacco seems to have regressed this year. Looks like Zorn has been working with him a lot.

Posted by: beep-beep

was thinking the EXACT same thing. 2 turnovers, both on dumb decisions. Smells of Zorn

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 13, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

wasn't this armstrong's first NFL game?

instead of resting dockery, how about resting rabach to give his back up some reps?

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | September 13, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Now we get the real Texans. However, for those that are rightly saying that these Texans are better than the Cowboys, this game will be an easier matchup for the Redskins ironically.

Lood for the Redskins to produce offensively this week against the Texans.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | September 13, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

"I mean Crissakes, the guy was going up against the best NT around. AH looked old and slow by comparsion."

Dallas has a lot of guys that will look at M Austin's new contract, and will want to get paid.

And if Dallas can't pay J Ratliff or A Spencer, a team would have to be foolish to not swoop in and take them away.

Ratliff by himself is worth the money AH is getting--but unlike AH, is worth it.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 13, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Scanning through some of today's posts, and I CANNOT believe some up here are making references to "zornskin-esque" football. I thought the whole team looked completely different, stats be damned. Get a grip, people!

Unrelated note, 30 yard pick up by Hoosh, first down. Why'd we pass on him again?

Posted by: RomoLongballs | September 13, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

"Look for the Redskins to produce offensively this week against the Texans."


I don't think McNabb has enough of a feel of the offense to try to score with the Texans.

I'd say a low-scoring, hard-fought game is our best way of playing until the offense gels.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 13, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

brownwood, he (TJ Housh) chose the ravens.

No one else was even considered.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 13, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to say Rabach was only beaten like a rented mule. But it was worse. He was beaten like a "stolen" mule. There were at least three or four plays where Rabach just let a Dallas defender muscle right over, through or around him. I know we replaced three o-lineman, but maybe we should've done four? It was bad that the center of our line was as porous as it was. Hope Shanny gets that fixed soon. I like Rabach but he needs to take a page from that little kid Marcus in the video game commercials.

"Step ya game up!"

Posted by: 20yrskinfan | September 13, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

We didn't win pretty but the coaching and quarterbacking show up in a very professional way. NO Turnovers and not losing the game!!! Biggest mistake ever made was drafting JC and hiring Zornman....we waisted years. I just glad we are now in good hands!

Posted by: LongTimeSkinsFan | September 13, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

We didn't win pretty but the coaching and quarterbacking show up in a very professional way. NO Turnovers and not losing the game!!! Biggest mistake ever made was drafting JC and hiring Zornman....we waisted years. I just glad we are now in good hands!

Posted by: LongTimeSkinsFan | September 13, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

We didn't win pretty but the coaching and quarterbacking show up in a very professional way. NO Turnovers and not losing the game!!! Biggest mistake ever made was drafting JC and hiring Zornman....we waisted years. I just glad we are now in good hands!

Posted by: LongTimeSkinsFan | September 13, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

We didn't win pretty but the coaching and quarterbacking show up in a very professional way. NO Turnovers and not losing the game!!! Biggest mistake ever made was drafting JC and hiring Zornman....we waisted years. I just glad we are now in good hands!

Posted by: LongTimeSkinsFan | September 13, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

We didn't win pretty but the coaching and quarterbacking show up in a very professional way. NO Turnovers and not losing the game!!! Biggest mistake ever made was drafting JC and hiring Zornman....we waisted years. I just glad we are now in good hands!

Posted by: LongTimeSkinsFan | September 13, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

wasn't this armstrong's first NFL game?

instead of resting dockery, how about resting rabach to give his back up some reps?

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | September 13, 2010 8:37 PM |

Part of the problem with that is that Rabach is the line caller. He calls the blocking schemes.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 13, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Other than that high snap on the field goal, I think Sunderg did ok. Bidwell could have caught that and put it down in time for Gano. Speaking of bringing back someone, if it's anyone it should be HUNTER THE PUNTER!

Posted by: monk811 | September 13, 2010 8:25 PM

I thought he also had a low snap on the last field goal that Bidwell managed to get down okay.

Posted by: beep-beep | September 13, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

he (TJ Housh) chose the ravens.

No one else was even considered.

Gotcha, Moe, hadn't heard that.

And I get what p1funk is saying about the two fades in a row, but if it was Zorn, it would have been "run left from the I" three times in a row, and a Suisham disaster for the loss.

I personally don't mind the decision; if Armstrong catches one of those he's on his way to stardom with all the confidence in the world. I think it was worth the try.

Posted by: RomoLongballs | September 13, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Flacco seems to have regressed this year. Looks like Zorn has been working with him a lot.

Posted by: beep-beep

LOL!

Oh yeah Jets are sooooo overrated. SO OVERRATED.

Posted by: rachel216 | September 13, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Flacco seems to have regressed this year. Looks like Zorn has been working with him a lot.

Posted by: beep-beep

LOL!

Oh yeah Jets are sooooo overrated. SO OVERRATED.

Posted by: rachel216 | September 13, 2010 9:05 PM

Joe, you are a little amped up. I need a lot more "medium" from you.

Posted by: HokiesSkins | September 13, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Dallas has a lot of guys that will look at M Austin's new contract, and will want to get paid.

And if Dallas can't pay J Ratliff or A Spencer, a team would have to be foolish to not swoop in and take them away.

Ratliff by himself is worth the money AH is getting--but unlike AH, is worth it.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 13, 2010 8:39 PM |

Austin appeared last night to be well worth the $$$ that the Cowboys invested in him. Dallas has two leets on O - Romo and Austin, but they need to do something to improve their OL - and two leets on D - Ware and Ratliff, but they need to upgrade their DBs.

Posted by: BangerVance | September 13, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

"There were at least three or four plays where Rabach just let a Dallas defender muscle right over, through or around him."


What's funny is that the team rotated right tackle and left guard, but, for obvious reasons, not center.

I think it's gonna take an act o' god to have Rabach replaced any time soon.

But I'd say we should put center alongside outside linebacker on our preliminary draft wishes.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 13, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

I think Tennessee has a good shot at a championship this season.

Maybe Shanny thinks trading AH back there now might result in a ring for the malcontent.

Conspiracy theory #2813.

Posted by: SMACK1 | September 13, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

...but they need to upgrade their DBs.

Posted by: BangerVance | September 13, 2010 9:12 PM

I'm thinking that they will never be diddly until they upgrade their coaching staff. That's where all the problems start.


Posted by: beep-beep | September 13, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: LongTimeSkinsFan | September 13, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

I think we have a first! We have had a rare Quad, but I think this is a first.
the fabulous Quint! Way to go, LTSF.

Posted by: frediefritz | September 13, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Flacco seems to have regressed this year. Looks like Zorn has been working with him a lot.

Posted by: beep-beep

Wow. You can't be serious. Like he wanted Campbell a big tall QB to through more compact to shorter routes. I was able to get Flacco as one of my fantasy QB's last year and he did damn good.

Flacco has always been adept at throwing the ball deep as Campbell was before Zorn arrived.

Zorn likes the short rythm throws. Please don't tell me he has changed Flacco's mechanics as he did to Campbell as well.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | September 13, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

"Austin appeared last night to be well worth the $$$ that the Cowboys invested in him."


If Jason Garrett had a do over, I'd say he'd choose to feed M Barber.

Given the low score, the proper choice would be smashmouth running over passing as it wears out the D, and allows you to control the flow of game.

J Garrett violated this common sense play calling rule.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 13, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

"There were at least three or four plays where Rabach just let a Dallas defender muscle right over, through or around him."

You notice Rabach was one of Allen and Shanahan's first priorities, in terms of getting him signed.

Maybe they're looking for something in a center that isn't obvious to the casual viewer relaxing half-drunk in his barcalounger.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 13, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

I was surprised that the Joe Pissarcik incident from years ago didn't get any mention when Dallas fumbled the ball and gifted the Skins 6 pts. The circs were a little different but it basically boiled down to the same thing - a no-brainer "take a knee". The Giants lost the game immediately because of their gaffe, the Cows had to play another half before they could officially hand the game over.

Posted by: BangerVance | September 13, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

I was able to get Flacco as one of my fantasy QB's last year and he did damn good.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | September 13, 2010 9:20 PM

You really had Flacco? Man, you are The King.

I managed to get Drew Brees. He had a good year, too.

Posted by: beep-beep | September 13, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

I don't know if anybody saw Marcus Lattimore run all over Georgia Saturday, but it was probably the best RB performance I've seen in quite a while. He's one of those guys who doesn't go down on contact...

Very Adrian Peterson-like.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 13, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

J Garrett violated this common sense play calling rule.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 13, 2010 9:21 PM

Are you referring to 47 passes vs. only 22 rushes despite averaging 4.7 yds per carry?

Any OC worth a damn would have flipped those numbers and punished our DL and run at 99 all game. Thank God for the Jason Garretts and Wade Phillips of the world.

Posted by: Diesel44 | September 13, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Maybe they're looking for something in a center that isn't obvious to the casual viewer relaxing half-drunk in his barcalounger.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 13, 2010 9:23 PM

Even a completely drunk Barney Gumble can see that Rabach is less than adequate. He struggles equally vs. a 3-4 and a 4-3 and is easily the weak link on the line.

They have Kory Lichtensteiger, maybe they should teach him the line calls. MS did draft him the 4th Rd while he was in Denver, he definitely sees something in him.

Posted by: Diesel44 | September 13, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Thank God for the Jason Garretts and Wade Phillips of the world.

Posted by: Diesel44 | September 13, 2010 9:35 PM

Except when you have one calling himself Jim Zorn. "Aw, let's run that swinging gate again. That play is fool proof."

Posted by: beep-beep | September 13, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Haynesworth trade market could heat up, again

Posted by Mike Florio on September 13, 2010 9:28 PM ET

With one game in the books and another one six days away, the Redskins reportedly may once again explore the possibility of trading defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN.

Mort reports that the Redskins "could try" to trade Haynesworth through Tuesday, and that the Titans remain the top potential trade partner.

The price had been a second-round draft pick; Mort believes that the Redskins may take less than that. He says that Haynesworth hasn't learned the Redskins' 3-4 defense and that he doesn't care to learn it.

Meanwhile, coach Mike Shanahan did his best to preserve leverage by projecting a sense that Haynesworth is going nowhere. "We had most of our linemen play between 15 and 30 plays and they rotated," Shanahan said Monday, explaining the limited snaps Haynesworth received on Sunday night against the Cowboys. "We had six lineman up for the game. Talking about Albert, Albert played hard. He's getting more comfortable with the 3-4 scheme every time he takes a rep. Hopefully, he keeps on getting better and better, but he did play extremely hard."

Possible translation? "If you trade for him, you won't be getting a head case who only plays hard when he's chasing a pot of gold."

As we pointed out in the Week One Monday 10-pack, the Titans should not risk adding to the locker room a head case who only plays hard when he's chasing a pot of gold.

Posted by: Diesel44 | September 13, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

I managed to get Drew Brees. He had a good year, too.

Posted by: beep-beep | September 13, 2010 9:32 PM

Hell, you are the King of Kings. Philip Rivers was my #1 though and he did very good as well.

I was on vacation this year and got stuck with autopick on my top pool and ended up with Jason Campbell. Can you believe it?

LOL.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | September 13, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Diesel44 | September 13, 2010 9:48 PM

Agreed. I don't think we will get much for AH. If we can't get any sort of draft pick by week 6, we take what we can get and move on. If we can't get anything at that point, we give him the TO treatment an send him home if he can't behave.

Posted by: HokiesSkins | September 13, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

I was on vacation this year and got stuck with autopick on my top pool and ended up with Jason Campbell. Can you believe it?

LOL.

LarryInClintonMD.

Pick up Garrard.
Or Orton.
Or Sanchez.
Or Beck.
Or Colt.
Couple good lookin' Pee Wee kids out there, too.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | September 13, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Man, Ray Ray can still bring it. Layin the wood on Keller...

Posted by: RomoLongballs | September 13, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

mark sanchez sucks: 10/21 74 yards

jets are overrated!!

Posted by: rachel216 | September 13, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

I was surprised that the Joe Pissarcik incident from years ago didn't get any mention when Dallas fumbled the ball and gifted the Skins 6 pts. The circs were a little different but it basically boiled down to the same thing - a no-brainer "take a knee". The Giants lost the game immediately because of their gaffe, the Cows had to play another half before they could officially hand the game over.

Posted by: BangerVance | September 13, 2010 9:24 PM

I posted that it was "Miracle of the Medowlands at FedEx" 10 seconds after it happened. :)

Posted by: NosferatusCoffin | September 13, 2010 11:40 PM | Report abuse

I was surprised that the Joe Pissarcik incident from years ago didn't get any mention when Dallas fumbled the ball and gifted the Skins 6 pts. The circs were a little different but it basically boiled down to the same thing - a no-brainer "take a knee". The Giants lost the game immediately because of their gaffe, the Cows had to play another half before they could officially hand the game over.

Posted by: BangerVance | September 13, 2010 9:24 PM

I posted that it was "Miracle of the Meadowlands at FedEx" 10 seconds after it happened. :)

Posted by: NosferatusCoffin | September 13, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Ravens looked surprisingly good considering it was the first game of the season on the road in the opening of new stadium for the Jets. You can see the difference between a good coaching staff and the Cowboys staff. Ravens were without 2 starters in the secondary, 1st and 2nd string RT and one of their best run stopping DTs.

Schottenheimer has to start throwing the ball with Sanchez or they are going to struggle against every team with a strong run defense. That offense was painful to watch.

KC looks to have some explosive playmakers with McCluster and Charles. They could be exciting this year.

Posted by: srobert1117 | September 13, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

At least Norville knows to kneel down.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | September 13, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse

Haynesworth trade market could heat up, again

Posted by Mike Florio on September 13, 2010 9:28 PM ET

With one game in the books and another one six days away, the Redskins reportedly may once again explore the possibility of trading defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN.

Mort reports that the Redskins "could try" to trade Haynesworth through Tuesday, and that the Titans remain the top potential trade partner.

The price had been a second-round draft pick; Mort believes that the Redskins may take less than that. He says that Haynesworth hasn't learned the Redskins' 3-4 defense and that he doesn't care to learn it.

Meanwhile, coach Mike Shanahan did his best to preserve leverage by projecting a sense that Haynesworth is going nowhere. "We had most of our linemen play between 15 and 30 plays and they rotated," Shanahan said Monday, explaining the limited snaps Haynesworth received on Sunday night against the Cowboys. "We had six lineman up for the game. Talking about Albert, Albert played hard. He's getting more comfortable with the 3-4 scheme every time he takes a rep. Hopefully, he keeps on getting better and better, but he did play extremely hard."

Possible translation? "If you trade for him, you won't be getting a head case who only plays hard when he's chasing a pot of gold."

As we pointed out in the Week One Monday 10-pack, the Titans should not risk adding to the locker room a head case who only plays hard when he's chasing a pot of gold.

Posted by: Diesel44

I will say this in the simplest way possible: skins aint gonna trade hanesworth. We gottem now and we paid fer 'im.

Boss done broke 'em.

"What we got here is a failure to communicate; some men you just can't reach. If that's the way he wants it, well...he gets it."
-The Warden in "Cool Hand Luke"

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | September 14, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Boy, the Chiefs are looking good. Those youngsters are making plays all over the field.

They might finally make a little noise this season.

Posted by: NosferatusCoffin | September 14, 2010 12:14 AM | Report abuse

"Even a completely drunk Barney Gumble can see that Rabach is less than adequate." posted by Diesel44"

I imagine a lot of things are easier to see when you're completely drunk.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 14, 2010 12:17 AM | Report abuse

Looks like the Eagles lost two offensive starters for the year on Sunday: center Jamaal Johnson and fullback Leonard Weaver.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 14, 2010 12:26 AM | Report abuse

"Ravens looked surprisingly good considering it was the first game of the season on the road in the opening of new stadium for the Jets."

See, I'd be worried if my team ran up and down the field like that and only came up with ten points. One false move and they lose that game.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 14, 2010 12:29 AM | Report abuse

That Weaver injury was scary. Almost made me think of Joey T. Pam Oliver said one the Eagle got sick after seeing it on the big screen.

Posted by: NosferatusCoffin | September 14, 2010 12:38 AM | Report abuse

"Even a completely drunk Barney Gumble can see that Rabach is less than adequate." posted by Diesel44"

I imagine a lot of things are easier to see when you're completely drunk.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 14, 2010 12:17 AM

...or at least easier to look at.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 14, 2010 12:39 AM | Report abuse

Wow. The Chiefs look like they have turned things around as much as the Skins have.

Biggest win of the week. Chiefs 21 Bolts 14

Posted by: NosferatusCoffin | September 14, 2010 1:19 AM | Report abuse

Wow. The Chiefs look like they have turned things around as much as the Skins have.

Biggest win of the week. Chiefs 21 Bolts 14

Posted by: NosferatusCoffin | September 14, 2010 1:19 AM


Perhaps...but the Skins and Chiefs both played the two most overrated teams in the NFL so it's hard to tell. Wouldn't be a shock to me if the Chiefs won that division because the Raiders looked putrid and the Chargers aren't a lock to go above .500 let alone win the division. Should be a very interesting season...

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 14, 2010 5:05 AM | Report abuse

AH has a fupa.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | September 14, 2010 6:59 AM | Report abuse

Has anybody heard when NFL Network is going to run the compressed replay of the Redskins/Cowboys game? When you scroll through Verizon's menu screen, it doesn't list the teams.

Posted by: MColeman51 | September 14, 2010 7:46 AM | Report abuse

the most overrated in the NFL.. the skins kicked two F'ing FG and were handed a TD, 12 penalties, and people in DC call that a win? that is why fans across the country read these LD comments from the fans and wonder who let's people breed with their relatives in this area? Portis 63 yds on 18 carries...pedestrian at best. the D got gashed on every run. Dallas beat themselves and KC put 24, not 6 up and actually played football. The skins are still a disgrace to the NFL and 2HWTR!!!

Posted by: doyouktt | September 14, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Hard Knocks = Learning how mediocre you really

Posted by: p1funk | September 14, 2010 7:49 AM | Report abuse

the most overrated in the NFL.. the skins kicked two F'ing FG and were handed a TD, 12 penalties, and people in DC call that a win?

Posted by: doyouktt | September 14, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse


Actually, the NFL calls it a "win".

But thanks for weighing-in with your dumb-arsed take. Chump.

Posted by: p1funk | September 14, 2010 7:52 AM | Report abuse

Wise words from Mighty Mike,

"...I think as time goes on with our system, he'll (D Mac) just be more comfortable with the system, more comfortable with the terminology, just comfortable playing the position," Shanahan said.


That being said, we still believe being ugly is just fine up until McNabb masters the offense.

Let's just play D and teams and win or lose by punching pretty AFC passing teams dead in the mouth.

Let's go two-tight, power formations and pound and dink and dunk until, sometime around Oct. 3, McNabb gets in rhythm.

And we do we play that weekend?: the Philadelphia Eagles.

It would be nice to reward Andy Reid's gift of trading McNabb with a complete beatdown.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 14, 2010 7:54 AM | Report abuse

You can bet the ranch that when Fat Al was standing by himself on the sidelines, he was hoping the Redskins would lose.

Posted by: shanks1 | September 14, 2010 7:56 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: doyouktt | September 14, 2010 7:48 AM

Too funny. When you win you don't have to come up with excuses.

BTW. The cowboys scored a TD after a terrible punt and a short field. That's it...against a team that was 0-6 in the division last year and switched it's base defense.

If anything the Skins left more points on the field than the boys.

Posted by: Diesel44 | September 14, 2010 8:02 AM | Report abuse


Most games over the weekend looked like preseason games to me, very sloppy. You've got to love the Cowboy fans celebrating RWilliams TD.

HOLDING # 71 OFFENSE, GAME OVER !!!!

HUH ??????? WHAT ???????


Posted by: hessone | September 14, 2010 8:03 AM | Report abuse

couple things:

Flacco got BLASTED first play of the game last night...Impressive that he got up and shook that off...

Send AH to the jets, as they just lost Kris Jenkins again...they'd be desperate...

Dan Snyder has his many, many faults, but have you heard about how Bob Kraft of the pats DEMANDED a public apology from Logan Mankins, and because Mankins refused, the contract offer got rescinded....yikes...one of the best, if not the best guard in the league, and this is how you treat him?? W-O-W...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 14, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse

See, I'd be worried if my team ran up and down the field like that and only came up with ten points. One false move and they lose that game.

Posted by: Samson151

I see it the other way. The ability to run up and down the field on the #1 defense from last year is impressive. They were breaking in two new receivers last night. One only had a week of practice. They also were without their starting RT against a blitz heavy team. The game was not as close as the score. They kept shooting themselves in the foot. If I were a fan of the Jets and they won that game I would definitely be concerned.

Posted by: srobert1117 | September 14, 2010 8:05 AM | Report abuse

It would be nice to reward Andy Reid's gift of trading McNabb with a complete beatdown.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 14, 2010 7:54 AM


Amen to that.

I live in PA and watched that game in its entirety...if the Eagles play us like they played the Packers in the first half with Kolb at the helm, we'll win that one in a blowout. That dude doesn't look ready for primetime...and if he sits out the next game or two leading up to that Skins/Iggles tilt, then he'll get killed. Not by us, by those idiot fans...

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 14, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

hessone

"Most games over the weekend looked like preseason games to me, very sloppy...."

Amen, reverend, amen.

And so, you must ask why the 4 preseason games, then?

The league schedules 4 preseason games that starters don't even participate in all that much, and then, come week 1, the play is awkward and lame.

('Cept for the Texans, Stillers, 'Hawks, and Packers)

So much for the preseason's utility.

Teams would be better prepared had they scrimmaged against each other for longer periods, then played just two preseason games, one with the starters more.

Yes, this is an argument for an 18 game season.

But ultimately, it's an argument that wins.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 14, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

From NFC East Blog on ESPN.COM:
Outside linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said that Shanahan was all business after his first victory with the Redskins.

"Everything about him said, 'Been there, done that,'" said Alexander. "He's ready to move on to next week."


Ladies and Gentlemen, we finally have grownups running our organization, and I believe things are only going to get better.

Posted by: monk811 | September 14, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

brown, you hung over yesterday...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 14, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps...but the Skins and Chiefs both played the two most overrated teams in the NFL so it's hard to tell. Wouldn't be a shock to me if the Chiefs won that division because the Raiders looked putrid and the Chargers aren't a lock to go above .500 let alone win the division. Should be a very interesting season...\

I was impressed with the Chiefs. They do have some explosive playmakers. That division is putrid. I still think the Chargers win it. It seems like they always start the season slow under Norv. They get bailed out by being in a bad division. In any other division besides the AFC West or NFC West they would be buried by their slow starts.

Posted by: srobert1117 | September 14, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

beeps...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 14, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Haha, not at all Greg...stayed up to watch the game, but called out of work to handle some "family business"...i.e., I didn't feel like waking up at 3 am after going to sleep after midnight and wanted to pursue another job opportunity later in the day.

Monk, a happy co-sign...good to see Shanahan act like he meant to beat Dallas, instead of that "hip hip hooray" garbage from Zorn...

Oh, and Greg...PFT says we're dealing AH for Mankins straight up. Can't believe you don't already have that posted...

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 14, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

AH for Mankins? Won't they want to use him the same way Haslett does?

Posted by: MColeman51 | September 14, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Guys, what do you know now that you didn't know already?

Rabach struggles against stronger nose tackles. He is much better lining up against a 4-3 tackle where he can get an angle on his block. His straight away speed is mediocre. This has been true since he first came to the Redskins.

Sellers can't catch a ball. Old news, folks because he only had a few passes thrown his way last year and I distinctly remember the oopsies. The guy can still draw a bead on a defender and block him into next Tuesday... (Secretly I am saying, "C'mon Young. Develop your game, young man - the clock is ticking.") BTW - When was the last time the Redskins had a running threat at fullback? It adds such an extra dimension to an offense to have a fullback that can block, receive and run...

A scrawney 5-10 receiver cannot outmuscle a defender for a fade. Duh. That only works if Armstrong gets a step and they were too close to the goal line for him to get separation. I like Fred Davis in the fade with a three tight end package, and if all else fails in a goal line press, bring in Selvish Capers as tackle eligible and let's see a defender muscle the ball away from him...

Reed Doughty: nice guy, not a free safety. He gave up the touchdown by biting on the run. The dude still thinks like a strong safety and that is going to be costly. I know Kareem Moore is back in maybe two weeks, but the team needs to think about better options. I vote for moving Rogers into the free safety spot and letting Buchanon backfill his spot. Just until Moore is healthy. Maybe the team should look at trading Doughty to NO for a corner.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | September 14, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

the most overrated in the NFL.. the skins kicked two F'ing FG and were handed a TD, 12 penalties, and people in DC call that a win? that is why fans across the country read these LD comments from the fans and wonder who let's people breed with their relatives in this area? Portis 63 yds on 18 carries...pedestrian at best. the D got gashed on every run.

Posted by: doyouktt | September 14, 2010 7:48 AM


This guy must be smoking some bad stuff. Wait until they lose to Chicago in Sunday. They'll make more excuses. 7 points on offence and he criticizes the skins' offensive woes? What a clown.

Posted by: mustang_johnny1 | September 14, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

the most overrated in the NFL.. the skins kicked two F'ing FG and were handed a TD, 12 penalties, and people in DC call that a win? that is why fans across the country read these LD comments from the fans and wonder who let's people breed with their relatives in this area? Portis 63 yds on 18 carries...pedestrian at best. the D got gashed on every run.

Posted by: doyouktt | September 14, 2010 7:48 AM


This guy must be smoking some bad stuff. Wait until they lose to Chicago in Sunday. They'll make more excuses. 7 points on offence and he criticizes the skins' offensive woes? What a clown.

Posted by: mustang_johnny1 | September 14, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

"But for real, the coaches have said that he is essentially learning 2 positions (NT/DE) in a new scheme and it will take time.Why don't these coaching geniuses simply teach him 1 position? Why not just focus him on being an RDE - which is what he likes and what he'll likely be better at?"

Fair question. Probably because they need him at both positions. DE is easier for a guy like Albert to learn than NT, but NT is where he could have the most impact, particularly on pass plays, if he could collapse the center. He's really the only pass-rushing interior lineman they have. The others are Tony Siragusa types.

Of course this all presumes that Albert has any interest at all in learning either position, and is not just biding time until he figures a way out of here. And Shanahan knows this & is simply spinning it to his advantage.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 14, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

"[Rabach's] straight away speed is mediocre. posted by RedskinHead"

Straight away speed? First time I ever heard that applied to a center. Must be a new metric.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 14, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

"Oh, and Greg...PFT says we're dealing AH for Mankins straight up. Can't believe you don't already have that posted...Posted by: brownwood26"

Remember to include this in your prayers tonight...

Posted by: Samson151 | September 14, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

haha, this is an excerpt from the Dallas News. At least this guy is objective:

"Now, those of who you wave pompoms when you watch the games will blame the Cowboys' offensive struggles on the loss of left guard Kyle Kosier (knee) and right tackle Marc Colombo (knee). You might even say losing Dez Bryant for much of the preseason affected the unit's chemistry.

Whatever.

The reality is this unit makes way too many mistakes, whether we're talking assignment busts, penalties, poor execution or dumb play-calling. "

Hail baby


Posted by: mustang_johnny1 | September 14, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

"[Baltimore] kept shooting themselves in the foot."Posted by: srobert1117

That's what would worry me if I were the Ravens' coach. They got a dominating performance from their D, lots of yards from the O, and (almost) nothing in terms of points. Suggests that if they run into a club with a decent game plan, down they go.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 14, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

"that is why fans across the country read these LD comments from the fans and wonder who let's people breed with their relatives in this area?" posted by doyouktt

Speaking of breeding, I'd like a look at your family tree -- bet it resembles a rope ladder.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 14, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of game plans, IMO the Skins had one of the better ones Sunday, focused on reducing errors. As if Shanahan figured the team which made the fewest mistakes would ultimately pull out the victory. Not a bad strategy for a first game against arguably a stronger club.

Other good game plans: Baltimore against the Jets, KC against San Diego, and of course, Houston over Indy, a true classic featuring a complete switch-up in approach based on a single opponent.

First games are often stolen rather than won.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 14, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

First games are often stolen rather than won.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 14, 2010 9:14 AM

Dude, you lost. Accept it and move on. It's pathetic how all these girls fans want to believe that their team has actually got a shot to making it to the SB. No discipline, no execution, no character, no guts, no game plan. Why did they think they deserved to win? Oh yeah, because they believe everything the media says. Oooh. Wait, I just saw the Lochness monster strolling in the parking lot. It's true.

SUCKERS.......

Posted by: mustang_johnny1 | September 14, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

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