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Redskins optimistic about Kyle Shanahan's offense

Under the direction of then-coordinator Kyle Shanahan, the Houston Texans' offense last season led the NFL in passing yards with 4,654 and ranked fourth in total yards at 6,129.

Redskins players have expressed excitement about Shanahan's plans for their offense this season, and praised him for his straightforwardness. "Coach Shanahan is just real cool," wide receiver Devin Thomas said. "There's no guessing about what he wants from you. He lets you know. And the offense, man, I just really like what we're doing."

The Redskins ran a version of the West Coast offense the past two season under then-coach Jim Zorn, but Shanahan's scheme "moves guys around a lot more and gives you a lot more looks," tight end Fred Davis said. "There are just a lot more opportunities for guys to make plays because of what we do now. There are a lot more opportunities for everyone now."

Shanahan acknowledges his spread approach requires much from players. "Most people in the league run the same plays, but it's how can you disguise those plays," he said. "And when you can run the same plays, whether you're four yards outside the numbers or 10 yards inside the numbers, and you can change your splits and the direction of your routes, but you're ending in the same spots when the ball is ready to be thrown, I think it really helps receivers.

"We can get bump coverage off of 'em with stack releases. We can dictate, based on formations, whether a guy plays 'em inside out or inside in. You can really help 'em with the leverage. The problem is if they don't work at it, what we do can get real confusing for 'em. Then they're just trying to think and guys are kicking their [butts] instead of them really trying to separate. But if they can handle it all, and they can move around, really grasp it all and then once the game starts just be able to react and not think, then I think [the Redskins' offense] is a huge advantage."

Among the league's fast-rising young coordinators, Shanahan, 30, is expected to become a head coach soon. If things go well in Washington the next few seasons, Shanahan could succeed his father, Mike, as the team's head coach, many league observers believe.

Kyle, however, is focused on his important role with the Redskins' offense, which was among the league's worst the last two seasons under Zorn.

"Better is really your results," Shanahan said. "If you think you're a guru and you try to draw up a ton of stuff, and do all this stuff and you're punting all the time, you're not a very good coach. And it's hard in this day and age to have a team that's just absolutely better than the next team.

"Usually it's pretty even, so you've got to help give them [players] advantages. If you go back to the days when you have those [Dallas] Cowboy teams, they just kept it simple because [their guys were] going to win every time. Their guys were just better than the guys they were going against. But with all the competition now, if you can change things up, I think that's a huge advantage."

By Jason Reid  |  August 12, 2010; 11:58 AM ET
Categories:  Mike Shanahan  
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Comments

Lil Shanny is gonna kill it....

Sleepy and Coooley both over 60 catches....

Lots of Santana deep...1500 yards..

Posted by: 4thFloor | August 12, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Could have done without the cowboy reference, but still stoked to see what the kid can do for us.

Posted by: stevek20147 | August 12, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

What's with all the Dallas stuff all of a sudden Reid? I'm thinking you're the one bringing all these Cowdung trolls onto the blog...

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 12, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

MrIvin88, BigBlueStar, DoomsDayD, All Cowboys Fans

Funny stuff but hold your fire. We got 4 weeks then all these dbags will see what they are messing with.

Posted by: 10peterbilt | August 12, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Lil Shanny is gonna kill it....

Sleepy and Coooley both over 60 catches....

Lots of Santana deep...1500 yards..

Posted by: 4thFloor | August 12, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Co-sign. Portis back in the ProBowl, Moss will be in 2005 form.

Posted by: iH8dallas | August 12, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

"If things go well in Washington the next few seasons, Shanahan could succeed his father, Mike, as the team's head coach, many league observers believe."
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See, now I'm happy that this isn't a Haynesworth post, but then you go and screw it up with statements like this. Pure speculation. Lazy reporting.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | August 12, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

DT11 likes what they're doing...so it must be good

Can't wait to get a little taste tomorrow night!!!

Posted by: PlayAction | August 12, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Found this on another site, from Karl Nelson's Playing the Offensive Line, and thought it was the best justification for zone blocking I've seen yet:

"The problem being solved by zone blocking is that if the defensive end over the tackle takes an inside move and the linebacker fills in where the tackle was, even if the tackle blocks the defensive end, the guard will not be able to block the linebacker because the defensive end will be in his way. To solve this, the guard and tackle work together to block the linebacker and defensive end. The tackle can take a hard step with his outside foot and aim for the end's outside number. The guard takes a slide step with his outside foot, being ready to take on the end if he slants to the inside. If the end is playing it straight, his job is to not get hooked, so he will try to work outside when he feels the outside pressure. The guard, seeing that the end is not coming inside, should then step up and take on the linebacker as if there was no combination block."

Posted by: Samson151 | August 12, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

2005 form.

Posted by: iH8dallas | August 12, 2010 12:21 PM


Exactly what I got going in my head...

I've watched enough of Texans football to know our roster is better than theirs, save for AJ...

Posted by: 4thFloor | August 12, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Santana goes deep in the 1st quarter against Dallas for a score.

Posted by: iH8dallas | August 12, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

i don't think i've ever seen a reporter use more "[...]" then J. Reid....he must think we're too stupid to understand what is being quoted...the majority of the time his paranthetical referencing is just superfluous

Posted by: altarkenton | August 12, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Exactly what I got going in my head...

I've watched enough of Texans football to know our roster is better than theirs, save for AJ...

Posted by: 4thFloor | August 12, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm really excited about K-Shan's offense.

We are going to surprise alot of people this year, especially the special needs fans who wear those old Starter Jackets with stars on them.

Posted by: iH8dallas | August 12, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Santana goes deep in the 1st quarter against Dallas for a score.

Posted by: iH8dallas | August 12, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse
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I could live with being down 13 in the 4th if he could the distance twice to break their crummy little hearts again.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | August 12, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Santana goes deep in the 1st quarter against Dallas for a score.

Posted by: iH8dallas | August 12, 2010 12:27 PM

Yes!!!...dammit was in the bathroom and missed it...how long was it?

Posted by: PlayAction | August 12, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Co-sign. Portis back in the ProBowl, Moss will be in 2005 form.

Posted by: iH8dallas | August 12, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Lets hope that a lot of our players are in 2005 form, if CP LJ Dmac and Moss get back to 2005 form then this offense will be great.

Posted by: Stu27 | August 12, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Big Raider fan today ... they play jerruh's team

Posted by: zcezcest1 | August 12, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

I could live with being down 13 in the 4th if he could the distance twice to break their crummy little hearts again.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | August 12, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

That was the sh_t!

Posted by: iH8dallas | August 12, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Lets hope that a lot of our players are in 2005 form, if CP LJ Dmac and Moss get back to 2005 form then this offense will be great.

Posted by: Stu27

wow stated this way it is super depressing

Posted by: chrislarry | August 12, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Lets hope that a lot of our players are in 2005 form, if CP LJ Dmac and Moss get back to 2005 form then this offense will be great.

Posted by: Stu27 | August 12, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

They all seem healthy and vibrant to me.

CP light and quick, Santana's hammies are good, LJ is beasting and D-Mac is D-Mac.

We're straight.

Posted by: iH8dallas | August 12, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

I hear they're having a "Star Pride" parade up in Dupont on Sept. 11-12 weekend featuring co-grand marshals MrIrvin88 and BigBlueStar.

They have also changed the official colors from rainbow to silver and blue.

Posted by: HTTR | August 12, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Oh man....

I called lil shanny being a mastermind n our next coach.....

I think haslet n lil shanny are the real big signings for us....

The 3 4 hybrid hopefully results in more turnovers....

More chances to score sounds good to me

Creative plays to get guys open sounds good too

I hope teams sleep on us...

Then they'll get taken out..... like mrirvin88s mom, mrsmririvin88 to a nice steak dinner and ill never call her again!

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | August 12, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Oh man....

I called lil shanny being a mastermind n our next coach.....

I think haslet n lil shanny are the real big signings for us....

The 3 4 hybrid hopefully results in more turnovers....

More chances to score sounds good to me

Creative plays to get guys open sounds good too

I hope teams sleep on us...

Then they'll get taken out..... like mrirvin88s mom, mrsmririvin88 to a nice steak dinner and ill never call her again!

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | August 12, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

I don't want to give the sorry Dallas fan who has nothing better to do than snipe on a Skins site, but have to give props to my Top 5 responses to his hilariously uninspired post:

5) Cowboys fans: Proof positive that not everything is big in Texas.

4) are you aware that Wade Phillips is on the sidelines with coaching headphones on listening to Al Green's greatest hits?Who the fcku are you and why are you on this blog?

3)Years since last SB:

Dallas: 15
Washington: 19

Playoff wins since last SB:

Dallas: 1
Washington: 2

Neither fanbase has much to talk about. The only difference is we're smart enough to know that...

2) I'm a fan of your ointment.

1) I hope you're not joking about taking our wives...I'm going to hold you to that...now go away.

HAHAHA!

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | August 12, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

I have no problem holding a discussion on football with a reasonable, civil Cowboys fan...problem is finding one.

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | August 12, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Cowboys fans = 4am wal mart shoppers......

And I always wondered why do most look like they belong on how to catch a predator?? Kinda creeeeppy.....

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | August 12, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

So the Cowboy fan is the latest attempt at trolling? Clearly these clowns have been posting up here for some time under multiple handles and have finally found their nitch.

Why else would they know the vernacular, get the flow, and never double post. Brandon_in_Cali has been posting on RI for months and regularly double posts, so unless they were no stranger to RI their learning curve would be more severe than B_in_C's.

Posted by: Diesel44 | August 12, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Lil Shanny is gonna kill it....

Posted by: 4thFloor


I hereby co-sign 4th that from this day forword,Kyle shall be known as "Lil Shanny".And so it is written and done.

Posted by: smittdiddy | August 12, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Big Raider fan today ... they play jerruh's team

Posted by: zcezcest1 | August 12, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

lets see how many cowboys TEs get busted up this game...

Posted by: Stu27 | August 12, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Mrirvin88,

See now your postin on my blog n if I woulda known it was gonna get this bad me n your momma wouldn't have decided to keep you. When the dr said you were gonna be mentality challenged we knew u would become a cowdung fan. When I get home your gonna go to timeout back in the hole. I'm on my way....

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | August 12, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

I like what I hear about the two tight end sets and Fred Davis really stepping up in this offense. What's most impressive about his numbers in Texas are that he did so much with arguably one really good receiver and a bunch of role players. I think Lil' Shanny knows how to make adjustments and create opportunities. Guys like DT and MK better get in the groove because this offense could be a huge boost for their career numbers.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | August 12, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

@ Notorious_LMG...we were quickly lining up to take shots at that kids weak post this morning...like shooting fish in a barrel

Posted by: PlayAction | August 12, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Hey, this is off the cowboy posters and all, but, wasn't the person who invented gravy a genius?

Posted by: bostskin | August 12, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

But see, even with the ole SF west coast off, Jerry Rice and Taylor moved around, that just was not happening with us......so alot of that is with how the O was being ran last year.

Now getting back to MK....Why o why won't they put him either in the slot or on the same side with Santana in the slot, and use his size to isolate. They are not going to leave santana by himself,thy may even double him in the slot...therefore..run santana off and clear out for MK. That way it gives a big body space to work and it automatically makes a mismatch.

Or use him like a Tightend...Line him up in the slot close...a LB or a Safety will come up in the box, thus less help overtop..by him being so tall, LET HIM CALL THE COVERAGE OUT, he'll be able to see it right away.....i mean damn, simple...but anywho, it's hard to mess up a 5-10yrd out/in..he's too tall not to automatically have a window. do that a few times a game and it will draw attention when he's in tight..then BAM.....Moss or DT is streaking down the field...

As for the TE's....I mean, Donnovan should not take too many hits because the ball should always be coming out of his hand..

Posted by: impervious99 | August 12, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Jerry Jones rubs Blue Star Ointment all over his tight-as-a-drum face simply because of the name.

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | August 12, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Plus the apple dosent fall far from the tree for the Shannys where TE are concerned. After Andre O Daniels has been one of the key parts of their passing game, even though he got injured last year before the injury he was on a furious pace.

Posted by: Stu27 | August 12, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

What does that have to do with the price of rice in China? No doubt the Eagles were just plain overmatched that day. All I'm saying is that when Kolb has gone up against elite level defense, he's come up small and when he's played cupcakes he's looked good. Hardly enough to draw a definite conclusion.

I mean, if you go back and look at my comment it looks to me like we somewhat agree on the topic. Sometimes I think you just arbitrarily pick a counterpoint to have something to talk about...

Posted by: brownwood26

I was not making a counterpoint just to have something to talk about. You used the Baltimore game as a reason why they should not be overly excited about Kolb. I was just pointing out that McNabb looked awful and got pulled against that same defense. That is not really a good example of why they should not be more excited about Kolb than McNabb. We definitely agree that there is no definite conclusion about how he is going to play one way or another.

It is the time of year where fans can hang to the hopes that all of their players are going to step up and be great. It is happening with every NFL fan in the world.

Posted by: srobert1117 | August 12, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Let me be the first to say that Redskins fans shouldn't get too high when the 'Skins hang a big number on the Bills.

D-Mc should get the first team on the board at least once but then Sexy Rexy might light up Danny's new toy scorebard himself as he could well see 2+ quarters of playing time. Given how well he knows this offense, he might look like Todd Collins did when he came in for Campbell and started lighting it up because he knew that O like the back of his hand.

Book it.

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | August 12, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

@ Big Blue Star

You sir, are All Hat.

Texas: famous for oil, politics and football.

OIL: Destroying the gulf.

POLITICS: George W., Bush

FOOTBALL: Dallas Cowboys.

Three massive disasters.

But you talk a good game.

Posted by: TheCork | August 12, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

can always count on corky to bring up politics....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | August 12, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

@ Big Blue Star

You sir, are All Hat.

Texas: famous for oil, politics and football.

OIL: Destroying the gulf.

POLITICS: George W., Bush

FOOTBALL: Dallas Cowboys.

Three massive disasters.

But you talk a good game.

Posted by: TheCork | August 12, 2010 1:22 PM |


Bush? Seriously? At least he won TWICE and the DOOSH that's in there now is making him look like a genius. Barry won't even get his own party's nomination AS AN INCUMBENT IN 2012!

Take that to the bank!

Oil is not destroying the Gulf either - the special interests are. If they hadn't pushed oil drilling efforts out to sea where we had to drill a mile down, these kinds of disasters would NEVER HAPPEN.

I know this isn't a place for politics but I know a loser argument when I see one.

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | August 12, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

All this talk about Lil Shanny being coach in two years reminds me of Grilliams being the heir apparent to Gibbs and not getting it. He had a million dollar pay out clause in his contract if he didn't get the nod and they paid him to leave. Guess they felt switching to the left coast O and going with Zorn represented a better opportunity. Train wreck!

Let's not hand it to Lil Shanny just yet. Snyder can screw anything up. Personally, I'd like to see this team be a playoff team with an elite O the next couple of years before I even think about wanting that.

Besides, Shanny Sr isn't gonna just step aside in two years, he's gonna want to hoist the Commissioner's shiny metal football above his head one more time before he ever considers taking his leave.

Posted by: edvar | August 12, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

can always count on corky to bring up politics....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | August 12, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Aww come on now greg, that seemed in good fun, besides, if you follow the rules all redskins fans by law must end up hating the Bush family.

Posted by: alex35332 | August 12, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

All this talk about Lil Shanny being coach in two years reminds me of Grilliams being the heir apparent to Gibbs and not getting it. He had a million dollar pay out clause in his contract if he didn't get the nod and they paid him to leave.
Posted by: edvar | August 12, 2010 1:32 PM

That "Million Dollar Payout Clause" was nothing. Who are you talking about here? One mil as a payout to break a promise is like me paying 4th floor's mom an extra dollar to blow me.

Ya dig?

I could see Shanny Jr. as a successor but there will have to be some nice success here for that to even pop up on the radar. Let's give his dad a chance first, he hasn't even coached ONE GAME YET.

Jesus.

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | August 12, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Beeps Peeps

Posted by: Diesel44 | August 12, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Whatsup deadskins fans hahaha

Posted by: cawboy76 | August 12, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Diesel,

The reason I double post is because I post from my cell phone n it always does it for a time or two....

Unless your purposing that that doosh is just frak or something..

If so ill just ignore him too

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | August 12, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse


Deadskin Dummies: You heard what Jerry Jones said about McNabb, didn't you? McNabb's a Jekyll and Hyde QB who costs you games. Now he's playing for a contract. Contract year = Selfish Play = Hyde. When he forces that ball into quadruple coverage and throws a pick-six, don't y'all say a word! Just sit there with your stale nachos and leftover "homemade" dip from last year and stare at your "best" TV (you know, the 13" black and white with the coathanger antenna and no sound). LMAO!!

Posted by: MrIrvin88 | August 12, 2010 11:28 AM

Jerry Jones also said Dave Campo would someday lead the Cowboys to the Super Bowl. Jones is a loudmouth lush and is hardly anyone to quote for unquestioned truths. Now stop it.

Posted by: 2020doc | August 12, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

That "Million Dollar Payout Clause" was nothing. Who are you talking about here? One mil as a payout to break a promise is like me paying 4th floor's mom an extra dollar to blow me.

Ya dig?

I could see Shanny Jr. as a successor but there will have to be some nice success here for that to even pop up on the radar. Let's give his dad a chance first, he hasn't even coached ONE GAME YET.

Jesus.

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | August 12, 2010 1:36 PM

...soooo, you're agreeing with me.

Posted by: edvar | August 12, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

"Most people in the league run the same plays, but it's how can you disguise those plays," he (Kyle Shanahan) said.

And here is where Kyle Shanahan is so different from Jim Zorn.

It seemed that the skins under Zorno ran a lot of the same plays out of the same formations, almost thinking the talent would overwhelm the defense's ability to cipher what was coming.

And we saw how that worked.


Posted by: MistaMoe | August 12, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Big Blue Star mu brother whats going on in here I see they got mad hahahah keep it up Bro

Posted by: cawboy76 | August 12, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

That "Million Dollar Payout Clause" was nothing. Who are you talking about here? One mil as a payout to break a promise is like me paying 4th floor's mom an extra dollar to blow me.

Ya dig?

I could see Shanny Jr. as a successor but there will have to be some nice success here for that to even pop up on the radar. Let's give his dad a chance first, he hasn't even coached ONE GAME YET.

Jesus.

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | August 12, 2010 1:36 PM

...soooo, you're agreeing with me.

Posted by: edvar | August 12, 2010 1:40 PM

Abso-freakin-lutely. I am agreeing that a million dollar clause shouldn't make ANYONE feel safe if they're working for Snyder. He tips his helicopter valet a mil. BUT, talking about a successor to a man who hasn't even coached game 1 is flat out retarded.

Besides, 4th floor's toothless mother is totally worth the $3.

You can't beat a gummer-hummer.

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | August 12, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I hear Jerry Jones is suing the makers of BLUE STAR OINTMENT for copyright infringement.

Me? I don't think he has much of a case except for the ad showing a football player, wearing #88, vigorously rubbing the ointment in question on his satchel.

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | August 12, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

"i don't think i've ever seen a reporter use more "[...]" then J. Reid....he must think we're too stupid to understand what is being quoted...the majority of the time his paranthetical referencing is just superfluous
Posted by: altarkenton"

...Smart enough to know how to spell 'parenthetical'?...

Posted by: Samson151 | August 12, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

2005 form? A 10-6 record and one wild card win? losers

Posted by: loux24 | August 12, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Why bother to play the season when it's obvious the 'Skins are going all the way! All aboard the (Kyle) Shanny Shuttle, we're going to the Super Bowl!

Posted by: allknowingguy | August 12, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Sexy Rexy MAY be sexy, but he's a byatch of a QB. You do know what that word means, don't you? You talk about a fumbler, this guy is a stone-cold chicken.

Posted by: dcjazzman | August 12, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

The last time we had a coach lined up to take over the team when our current coach steps down, he wound up being fired. Lets not get ahead of ourselves. Snyder, bless his heart, is probably trying to take Cowher out to dinner as we speak to have a backup plan in case he gets upset with Shanny. He figures he will need two or three years to convince him and about ten million annually.

Posted by: 1bmffwb | August 13, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

I also dislike the Cowboys reference, but it's very true. And the best indication that it is true was how Vanilla and Mediocre Norv Turner was without Emmitt, Troy, and Michael.

We've seen it over and over again. The coach or the O Coordinator gets credit that just isn't due. I would have liked to have seen what Gibbs II could have done with Redskins if he really focused on the Offense. He just didn't have the drive of Gibbs I.

The best thing about Gibbs I was that he played to the talents of his team. Won a Super Bowl behind John Riggins, won another bombing to the Smurfs. The last one was really led by the defense... The offense could do whatever they pleased.

I don't like an O Coordinator who sings the praises of his "system." The system aint gonna work with a dirt bag (or trash pail) O Line, so, if you are earning your paycheck, come up with something else.

Like a double fake field goal.
Now, you're pushing the envelope!

Posted by: Thinker_ | August 13, 2010 3:12 AM | Report abuse

Man, The Raidahs make our O Line look like the '83 Hogs.

Poor Jason Campbell. He went from really really bad to a lot worse.

I think Colt might finally get his shot. Of course, it will last all of 2 quarters or a third hip replacement, whichever comes first.

Sad to see that Raider line crumble so quickly. I mean, you gotta shake your head. It's actually amazing. Even if you fall on your back you'd give him more time than that!

And the look on his face... Instant anger. Like he's just had enough of this.

The Topper... On 3rd and 8, the receiver runs an out pattern, Campbell hits him perfectly... for 7.9 yards. And that's with the extended arm.

Heyward-Bey... ZERO catches.

The good news... The Raiders sacked Romo 3 times in the first series alone. And he fumbled.

Poor Jason Campbell. Dude needs to learn to get rid of the ball on "Set."

Posted by: Thinker_ | August 13, 2010 3:22 AM | Report abuse

last year the wizards went out to dallas and beat the mavs...everybody started "drinking the coffee" saying the wizards will be a playoff team...and make a serious run in the east...what happened? remember bloggers this is wash. d.c. one of the worst cities for pro franchises over the last decade! usually our athletes are over-paid underachievers...lets see what happens sunday night against dallas...that will def be a good barometer on how to judge this team...but if you start to soar now you will only have that much further to fall later...we all want the skins to do well (i hope they win the superbowl) but i have decided to take it one game at a time...that way my ups and downs want be so catastrophic!! HTTR!!!!!

Posted by: ronniecope106 | August 13, 2010 5:26 AM | Report abuse

HTTC how does every stinking report from that dumpster in ashburn turn into a dallas cowboy wanna-be party? man, they don't even mention the bob marley logo there or if they do, it is with passing interest. jealousy is ugly and facts are facts, they are america's team because they have fans stacked globally. when they play here at KFC stadium they pack the joint as do the steelers who again are winners. people like winners, lakers, lebron, cowboys, yankees, celts, redwings, on and on. they don't like clown posse's with cross dressing fat guys with pig snouts and bob marley on the helmet. ugly team, ugly play, ugly stadium, and PG/PW co. merged with SE in the stands on game day. that is why people who live here are fans of other teams.

Posted by: doyouktt | August 13, 2010 8:03 AM | Report abuse

I wonder, can NFL football coaches talk using
the English language pattern that most of us common folks use?
AS FOR HOW THE REDSKINS DO THIS YEAR...PEOPLE CAN SAY WHATEVER ABOUT THIS PLAYER OR THAT, HAVING A BIG YEAR ON OFFENSE...BUT IT ALWAYS COMES DOWN TO THE O LINE AS A WHOLE. THEY WERE AWFUL LAST YEAR. HOW MANY MORE GAMES THE SKINS WIN THIS YEAR..WILL CORRELATE WITH HOW MUCH BETTER THE LINE IS. KYLE WILL HAVE A GREAT O SCHEME..BUT IT IS UP TO THE LINE TO MAKE IT WORK!!

Posted by: blazerguy234 | August 13, 2010 8:12 AM | Report abuse

It just may turn out that getting Kyle Shanahan was the best part of getting Mike Shanahan.

Posted by: shanks1 | August 13, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

?: Who's gonna be the Skins #2 WR, & can they create seperation to make big plays?

Is Malcolm Kelly's @ss grass, or can he get on the field and become the over the middle beast we've envisioned him being?

Teams cannot continue to double Santana and subsequently shut down the Skins offense.

Posted by: bernard_thompson | August 13, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

I absolutely dare these folks to talk about how 'different' and 'great' this new offense will be, and then they go out there and run left / run right and punt ala Al Saunders (who is surprisingly employed by the Ravens; it looks like the Ravens organization just takes in all of our discarded coaches, which is a bit strange).

Posted by: guisher | August 13, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

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