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Shanahan: Cowboys deserve high praise

The Redskins are winding down their preparations to kick off the season Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys, who are as impressive on film as paper, Coach Mike Shanahan said.

"I think a lot of people look at them as Super Bowl contenders because you look at their defense last year," he said. "I think they were second in the league with points given up. That's pretty impressive. If you take a look at their red zone, I think they were first in drives. If you take a look at their rush defense, I think they were fourth.

"If you take a look at them offensively with 400 yards in a game, I believe they were second. If you look at yards per attempt, they were number one. They've got an excellent offense statistically, an excellent defense statistically and they've been playing good special teams.  When you have those types of combinations, people usually put you at the top of the list."

And it's not just about the Cowboys' stars, Shanahan said.

"Anytime you do what they've done, you have to have a lot of playing together," he said. "That rush defense ... you take a look at their rushing guys.

"A lot of times those defensive ends don't get a lot of recognition as they should but they can still put pressure and they can occupy people. Anytime you're second in the NFL, this stat and that stat, you've got a lot of guys playing well together."

Outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware is among the top pass rushers in the game, but nose tackle Jay Ratliff is also a star.

"Yeah, he is," Shanahan said. "He's one of those guys with the speed and quickness to rush the passer, also has the strength at 300, 305 pounds to take double team blocks on and play quite well.  That's one of the reasons why he was in the Pro Bowl."

By Jason Reid  |  September 10, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  Dallas Cowboys , Mike Shanahan  | Tags: Cowboys-Redskins rivalry  
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Another day of Albert_Haynesworth and Poopy McPoop could send me to the nut house. I wish RI would do something about the trolls that want to post grade school stuff on this board.

Posted by: hessone | September 10, 2010 6:25 AM | Report abuse

Shanahan told me yesterday in private that he thinks the cowboys suck.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | September 10, 2010 6:29 AM | Report abuse

"Shanahan: Cowboys deserve high ankle sprains"

There, fixed it for ya...

hess, this is nothing...you shoulda been up here when they were "upgrading" the blog and you didn't have to register a handle at all. Now THAT was chaos...

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 10, 2010 6:32 AM | Report abuse

hessone

"Another day of Albert_Haynesworth and Poopy McPoop could send me to the nut house."


I hear you, bro', the blog is what it is.

I just skimmed through yesterday's threads, and there's very little football talk.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 10, 2010 6:33 AM | Report abuse

Notice how Shanahan is saying they look good "statistically"...which is basically, "they look good on paper but paper don't translate on the field". At least that's what I hope he means...

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 10, 2010 6:36 AM | Report abuse

I hope that on the first play from scrimmage haynesworth sacks Romo, then instead of stomping on him, he tears romo's spine out through his mouth then tears him in half like a a pride of hungry lions ripping open a gazelle carcass. That would take care of like three problems for the skins all at once.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | September 10, 2010 6:40 AM | Report abuse


Did anyone see the pictures of Farve's thigh and ankle taken after last years championship game ? I'd think twice about returning to football after being roughed up like that.

Posted by: hessone | September 10, 2010 6:40 AM | Report abuse

And speaking of football talk, there's a some interesting 'pedigree' college football games on this weekend.

We say 'pedigree' as the featured teams are programs that used to dominate, but as for now, live on history now that they've run out of talent and gas.

Is any of this Must-See TV:

FSU v. Oklahoma?

Notre Dame v. Michigan?

Penn State v. Alabama?

Miami v. Ohio State?

South Carolina v. Georgia?

Canes v. Buckeyes will get this bloggas attention.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 10, 2010 6:41 AM | Report abuse

That's right Coach, DO NOT underestimate what the enemy, we don't need any of that " stay medium" crap this year!

Posted by: narielnasl | September 10, 2010 6:41 AM | Report abuse


Did anyone see the pictures of Farve's thigh and ankle taken after last years championship game ? I'd think twice about returning to football after being roughed up like that.

Posted by: hessone


http://backseatfan.com/2010/02/brett-favre-injury-pictures/

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | September 10, 2010 6:44 AM | Report abuse


I'll take your advice brown and ITA, including the Dallas trolls.

Without much training camp, Farve looked medium. The guy has an arm, no doubt, but he still trys to force things when there's nothing there. DB looked rough in the first half, did better in the second half.

Posted by: hessone | September 10, 2010 6:53 AM | Report abuse


monkeymayonaise

Thanks for the pictures monkey. Freakin Farve's ankle looks broken.

Posted by: hessone | September 10, 2010 6:58 AM | Report abuse

I hope that on the first play from scrimmage haynesworth sacks Romo, then instead of stomping on him, he tears romo's spine out through his mouth then tears him in half like a a pride of hungry lions ripping open a gazelle carcass. That would take care of like three problems for the skins all at once.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | September 10, 2010 6:40 AM


Still playing Mortal Kombat, I see...

Hess, I saw that...dude got F*CKED UP...

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 10, 2010 6:58 AM | Report abuse

"I think a lot of people look at them (the Cowboys) as Super Bowl contenders because you look at their defense last year," he said.

The Cowboys garner a lot of Super Bowl speculation because they are, well, the Cowboys.

There's this rumor that they are America's Team.

And because of the rumor, media types toss the Cowboy name in the hat of preseason Super Bowl chatta, then spend ample time at the end of the season wondering why things didn't work out the way they claimed they would.

The effect?: it keeps them talking 'bout dem Cowboys while younger, more attractive teams (like the Cards, Niners, Falcons, Ravens, Saints, Texans, Packers, Chargers, and Titans) remain anonymous to all but true football watchers.

Mr. Shanahan is right to say the cowboys feature a great offense and two stud defensive linemen in Ware and Ratliff.

But you can throw at the Cowboy secondary and their starting quarterback has more brain farts than an absent-minded retiree.

The team comes to D.C. with a questionable offensive line and gun shy gunslinger.

They will try to run at the skins with misdirection play to A Carter's side and run away from their running game as they always to.

Like a bald man, they have no faith in Barber--and they should.

Last year's physical beatdown playoff lost to the vikes also revealed the cowboy team is all Star and no heart.

And without a heart, no team can truly lay claim to the football fans of America.

And that's not a rumor.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 10, 2010 7:10 AM | Report abuse

Dudes, those photos were clearly faked in the interest of growing the Legend of Favre.

Same as with the "bloody sock" thing a few years back. We sports fans will fall for anything.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | September 10, 2010 7:13 AM | Report abuse

Well said, Moe. Don't know if you caught it up here yesterday, but Bill Simmons had a great rant on ESPN.com about how the Cowboys = Kardashians. Spot on and hiliarious...

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 10, 2010 7:16 AM | Report abuse

What if the Vikings won the game? Would Brett have played, or even been effective in the SB?

Posted by: FedorEm | September 10, 2010 7:17 AM | Report abuse

What if the Vikings won the game? Would Brett have played, or even been effective in the SB?

Posted by: FedorEm | September 10, 2010 7:17 AM


They kicked that around a bit during the game...if they won it would have been an issue but knowing Favre, he would have definitely tried to play. How well he would have played is another story...

But you know how it would have gone...he throws 3 picks in the game, the Colts win, and all offseason the media slurps Favre anyway for being "a warrior" and playing hurt. What a joke...

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 10, 2010 7:23 AM | Report abuse

Some may wonder why there are so many Cowboys fans in the D.C. area. Many will tell you that they hate the Redskins because George Preston Marshall was a racist and the Redskins were the last team in the league to integrate.

As usual, my fellow African Americans pick the dumbest sh*t to take a stand on!

Texas was one of the most racist states in the union...so much that they continued slavery for TWO YEARS after the Emancipation Proclamation.

IDIOTS!

Posted by: rickyroge | September 10, 2010 7:27 AM | Report abuse

I wish coach would talk about me instead of the Cowboys.

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 10, 2010 7:27 AM | Report abuse

Anyone catch the end of the saints game last night? The way they run the ball is alot like we will, with counters and cutbacks. The Vikings run D (Top 5 in the league if not top 2) looked tired and slow in the fourth quarter. Made me really excited for the offense this year. Anyone else see that?

Posted by: zjenks | September 10, 2010 7:33 AM | Report abuse

Yeah Jenks...that's why I feel good about Portis this year. The only way he doesn't have a good season is if he's hurt...

Ricky, I've always thought that civil rights reasoning for being a Dall-ass fan in D.C. was a cop out anyway...as if you forge rooting alliances based on something as completely unrelated as that. Or as if Marshall was the only racist owner during that time period. All that is is a lame attempt at rationalizing something that is totally irrational...

Most fans aren't old enough to remember that time period anyway. I recognize it for what it is...trying to mask the fact that they're bandwagoning frontrunners like LeBron. If they were REAL fans, they wouldn't disappear completely every time they lose...

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 10, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

"Phillip Buchanon or Brandon Banks: who will return punts?"


The answer: Brandon Banks, of course.

Why else is he on the roster?

Dude should put the redskin return game on lock.

Perhaps the offense has a 'Wildcat' package featuring Banks, but once that doesn't work, he'll do what he came to do.

Which is return kicks.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 10, 2010 7:42 AM | Report abuse

Anyone catch the end of the saints game last night? The way they run the ball is alot like we will, with counters and cutbacks. The Vikings run D (Top 5 in the league if not top 2) looked tired and slow in the fourth quarter. Made me really excited for the offense this year. Anyone else see that?

Posted by: zjenks | September 10, 2010 7:33 AM
------------------------------------------
Saw it and agree that they just wore down the Vikings' defense by the second half. Of course, the Vikings were so darned worried about being torched in the passing game after the Saints ran through them on that first series that they were dropping a lot of guys back in coverage. The Vikings have injury problems in their secondary and in their wide receiver corps and it shows. Of course, their starting center didn't play all preseason and he was getting run over on darned near every play. If the Vikes can get healthy they will be a force down the stretch, but right now, they aren't anything special. BTW, I think that little pump fake hand off thing that Favre and Brees had going last night is going to catch on around the league.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | September 10, 2010 7:47 AM | Report abuse

Texas was one of the most racist states in the union...so much that they continued slavery for TWO YEARS after the Emancipation Proclamation.


gracious slave:

Boss, you mean I can be a fan of any team in the NFL?

Jerrah Jones:

Why sure you can...so long as it's the cowboys.

slave

Thank you, boss, thank you.

I always knowed you was a good man.

Jerrah Jones:

Don't tell that lie.

Just make sure you know you're free to follow the cowboys into your grave.

'Cuz if you don't, you'll be in one before you're free.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 10, 2010 7:52 AM | Report abuse

I think this may be ONE of the biggest games of Snyder's tenure as owner.

He finally seems to be doing things the right way. A win at home against Dallas with a credible coach/GM would probably mean so much to him that he'd probably charge people to piss in the port-a-potties!

HAIL!

Posted by: rickyroge | September 10, 2010 8:03 AM | Report abuse

Called it?

We take the Saints winning in what might just be a blowout.

The vikes may have counted on B Favre's magic just a bit too long--the 2008 jets will speak to them about that issue.

At some point, the vikes will have to address their q-back situation as T Jackson and the rookie Webb are the same guy.

The vikes have a Super Bowl ready team.

But is Favre ready to take them to the big game?

We don't think so.

We take Nawlins winning 32-17.

Posted by: MistaMoe

Okay, so the game wasn't a blowout.

But one fact should hold true: the Vikes' dependence on B Favre might just be their undoing.

They didn't seem to get how--like the packers/jets did--that Favre's routine has kinda sorta played out.

Yes, Favre can still play.

And make the occasional bone-headed play.

Sidney Rice will return, and their offense will look sweet, again.

But for how long?

Wouldn't it have made more sense for the vikes to have been engaged in talks or moves to get a dependable, younger quarterback during Hamlet Favre's summer of discontent?

The Packers will surpass the vikes in the improving NFC North this year, and drive home the point that sometimes, loving a star can make you not love yourself enough.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 10, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Moe, as long as the Vikes crap the bed like that against us at FedEx, I don't care what they do the rest of the season.

Posted by: brownwood26 | September 10, 2010 8:15 AM | Report abuse

"[Texas] continued slavery for TWO YEARS after the Emancipation Proclamation."

I expect they'll do the same if the death penalty is ever outlawed. Just to see if the voters really mean it...

Posted by: Samson151 | September 10, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse


beeps to more shanahan

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

Somebody said that neither one of those teams looked like they'd be in anybody's Super Bowl this year. Like last season, when the Steelers and Titans fought an epic struggle in the first game -- then Tennessee went on to start 0-6, and Pittsburgh was up and down the rest of the season.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 10, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

"Hamlet Favre's summer of discontent?"

LOL. Of course that second allusion is more Richard III than Hamlet...

Posted by: Samson151 | September 10, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

In other words, "I got sompum fo they ass."

Posted by: Thinker_ | September 10, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

"Outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware is among the top pass rushers in the game, but nose tackle Jay Ratliff is also a star."--RI

Scary thoughts. Ware goes against a rookie--a talented one but a rookie--an Ratlife plays against an undersized center who can be pushed around by tough NGs.

Dallas O is beat up. This game may be determined by turnovers and whose QB is upright at the final gun.

Posted by: TheCork | September 10, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

"[Texas] continued slavery for TWO YEARS after the Emancipation Proclamation."

Since the proclamation was signed in the middle of the Civil War and applied to all ten of the states of the Confederacy, this statement can be made with equal truth and equal irrelevancy about Virginia and Georgia and the Carolinas and Florida and...

Posted by: kguy1 | September 10, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Some may wonder why there are so many Cowboys fans in the D.C. area. Many will tell you that they hate the Redskins because George Preston Marshall was a racist and the Redskins were the last team in the league to integrate.

As usual, my fellow African Americans pick the dumbest sh*t to take a stand on!

Texas was one of the most racist states in the union...so much that they continued slavery for TWO YEARS after the Emancipation Proclamation.

IDIOTS!

Posted by: rickyroge | September 10, 2010 7:27 AM |


ricky -

Note that the great state of MD (my home) was the last state to have legal slavery - more than a decade AFTER the civil war ended. In terms of peonage (an ugly truth that is waxed over in US History), Mississippi and Alabama had farms using illegal slaves in the 1950s...which were more of a spark for the civil rights movement in the 1950s than Rosa Parks ever was. mass graves, feet chopped off and all kinds of ugliness.

Note that no one from the families who engaged in peonage were ever convicted of any crimes and their children attended Harvard. Seriously, you think a bunch of folks went on strike over a seat on a bus?

My dad was a Colts fan because of his hatred of GPMarshall and his racist policies. A lot of folks find the name of our team offensive. But accusing Texas as having been more complicit in extending slavery than DC and MD - both of which had legal slavery years after the civil war is ridiculous.

They do deserve to be made fun of for a ton of other reasons...."no, Danny, no" is one of my faves.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | September 10, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

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