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Monday Afternoon H-Back

Redemption all around. Full marks to the entire organization, Daniel Snyder on down. Quite an accomplishment even getting this far, and I don't think they're done yet.

Coach Joe Gibbs, obviously, deserves a tremendous amount of credit for getting this thing turned around. And Gregg Williams, who took a lot of half-baked shots a year ago about the league catching up to him and his players quitting on him ... well, he loses his best safety, top corner and emerging stud linebacker and still gets the defense from 31st to 8. The Skins went from 31st against the pass to 6th. They rank 3rd in the NFL in yards allowed per carry. Nuff said.

The kids were alright again. Reed Doughty has been a beast against the run and he's making plays in coverage now, too, with a huge breakup on that pass to Whitten in the end zone. Stephon Heyer gave up one big sack - that happens to everyone sometimes - but was great otherwise. Lorenzo Alexander did his thing. Leigh Torrence had some big plays and broke up a few passes. Anthony Montgomery clogged up the middle as usual (Cornelius Griffin had one of his best games of the season as well).

Holding Dallas to one rushing yard was tremendous. Barber's first four carries were all for negative yardage. And a ton of the credit for that goes to the corners. Yeah, you heard that right. Without Springs and Smoot holding it down (Springs is playing every bit like a shutdown corner again) Gregg can gamble with 8 in the box and play almost exclusively Cover-3. Trust me, your corners have to be holding it down to be able to go that route and still surrender no big plays of note over a 4 week span.

Now, they'll face their best pass attack during this streak Saturday (I am not counting Dallas yesterday with Romo not playing a full game, no TO, Glenn clearly just getting his legs back, starters being yanked at the half and with nothing to play for. I don't see Seattle moving the ball a inch on the ground and I imagine Holmgren will do everything possible to force Gregg to drop more people back in coverage (but let's not get ahead of ourselves yet; plenty of time this week to dissect the next game).

Todd Collins seemed a little shaky early, but again was a star. His quick reads and quick delivery have been vital to the short passing game, with Portis now a huge weapon on screens and check downs. They've always envisioned Portis as someone who could catch 5 balls for 50-60 yards any given Sunday, and now they've got it. He's looking more and more like Brian Westbrook, and Collins is finding him in stride out in space. It's become an essential dynamic to the offense.

No one could have expected Collins to play this well. For the month of December, only one QB in the NFL had a better passer rating than Todd's 106.4. Can you guess who?
BBM. Yep. Peyton was pretty incredible this month, with a 122.2 rating (97-for-136, 1219 yards with 12 TDs and 2 INTs). The only other QBs with a rating over 100 this month were Shaun Hill (yeah, the ex-Terp) posted a 101.3, and David Gerrard of the Jags had a 100.6.

That Brady dude? A mere 94.5 rating. (Again, not too look ahead too much and not to keep the beating the Seattle-will-try-to-throw-the-heck-out-of-the ball theory into the ground, but BBH (Big Brother Hasselbeck) had a 95.8 rating in December, throwing for 1079 yards with 10 TDs and 3 INTs.

As a whole, it's impossible not to believe that something well beyond football is going on with this franchise. They are accomplishing some incredible special stuff and it definitely reminds me of covering the 1997-98 Detroit Redwings, who overcame great tragedy as well to win a second straight Stanley Cup. People start doing things that don't seem possible and the belief in the collective defies all. I think this team is winning at least one more game, and two would not surprise me either. Hell, anything other than telling me they're winning the Super Bowl would not surprise me.

The Redskins and Jags are the two teams in either conference no one wants to face right now. Also, just got a text from a personnel exec from a team I know well, who crunched the numbers and said only Philly played a tougher schedule than the Redskins this season. The Skins' opponents posted a collective record of 142-114 (.555). So they did it the hard way.

And you look at how they have played against the best of the NFC - those who make the postseason - and they gave games to the Pack and Dallas, beat Dallas at home, split with the Giants (including another game they gave away) ... and gave one away to Tampa with some questionable coaching decisions and all those turnovers.

So it seems pretty wide open to me, even with all of the injuries and tragedy the Redskins have faced.

PS- Hasselbeck dinged up his throwing hard in the one half he played Sunday. Seahawks acting like it's nothing major, but from what I hear they had him take a brace off his hand before meeting the media after the game. Not a huge thing, but could be enough to alter his mechanics on a throw or two, or at least something for the defense to consider when attacking him.

By Jason La Canfora  |  December 31, 2007; 1:58 PM ET
 
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FIRST......... down WASHINGTON!

Posted by: johnw | December 31, 2007 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Great insight, Jasno. Love the comparison to the Red Wings.

Posted by: PDiddy | December 31, 2007 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Ravens fire billick. on espn now.

Posted by: puttinforbird | December 31, 2007 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Wikipedia has an explanation of the Detroit Red Wings tragedy Jasno alludes to, for those that are hockey-challenged:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detroit_Red_Wings#1993-2004:_Return_to_glory

Posted by: PDiddy | December 31, 2007 2:09 PM | Report abuse

THIS TEAM IS TOUGH.

Posted by: alex35332 | December 31, 2007 2:10 PM | Report abuse

ESPN also has a headline about "John Fox thinks he'll be back, Panthers owner quiet."

It would be absolutely ludicrous to fire Fox. That dude can coach and will not be out of work long.

Posted by: PDiddy | December 31, 2007 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Ravens fire billick. on espn now. Is this real?

Posted by: sams3 | December 31, 2007 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Good to see you give everyone in the credit that is due JLC including the Dan. ESPN is reporting Ravens coach is gone.

Posted by: jm220 | December 31, 2007 2:13 PM | Report abuse

PDiddy,
As we watched the game yesterday, Nate, Dchan and I were discussing a possible road trip for the game.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | December 31, 2007 2:15 PM | Report abuse

One of best sport quotes ever came from those wings: Dino Cicarelli about Claude Lemieux:
"I can't believe I shook this friggen guy's hand. That pisses me right off"

Posted by: puttinforbird | December 31, 2007 2:16 PM | Report abuse

So who will be the next HC for the Hon'townies?

Posted by: alex35332 | December 31, 2007 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Joe Jackson Gibbs 2.2

We all know about Gibbs 1.0 - He never wanted to have anything to do with the defense, he was heavily involved in constructing the offensive gameplan and he called all the plays, and he and his staff were brilliant at in-game adjustments. He won 3 Superbowls and had two 14-2 seasons. Gibbs 1.0 is in the Hall of Fame.

We all know more than we'd like to know about Gibbs 2.0. Again, he never wanted to have anything to do with the defense, he was heavily involved in constructing the offensive gameplan and he called all the plays. Unfortunately he was running a 1.0 offense in a 2.0 world, and he seemed to have lost his touch at in-game adjustments. Even though he managed one playoff run, Gibbs 2.0 was on the whole a disaster.

In Gibbs 2.1, he ceded offensive control to Saunders and "kicked himself upstairs". He still had input into the offensive gameplan, but he no longer called plays. On game days, he relegated himself to making the key in-game decisions. Sadly, he botched even that and helped cost us a game by calling two timeouts when the rules only permitted one. While Gibbs 2.1 was an upgrade over Gibbs 2.0, there were still things missing.

We are now in the midst of Gibbs 2.2, and in this version he has shown that he is master still of that which always helped set him apart from others in this league - as a leader of men. He has proved once again that, whenever everything is crumbling around you, when bombs are dropping all about, when you don't know how you can continue, this is the man you want leading you. The man takes no praise, only blame, and still keeps on going. It is absolutely no coincidence that in Gibbs 1.0 two of his Superbowl victories occurred in strike years. He has found a way to inspire this team, to have them believe in a goal higher than their personal goals and he once again has them on a magical ride. It is also no coincidence when, near the end of the Dallas game a few players noticed that the Skins were winning by the all important number 21, it is Gibbs to whom they ran and pointed it out, then hugged him.

And now, no one knows where this magical ride might lead - only that, if you are an NFL team, you certainly don't want to be on the other side of it, because then you are tempting fate.

And dare we even think of this - this team would dearly love another shot at the Patriots, a team that crushed them in an earlier life, a life that now seems to be in a distant mirror. Yet, there is only one route that can bring them that, and there are several mountains to climb before they can even see that peak. It's a good thing Gibbs 2.2 comes completely equipped with climbing boots. Let's all wish them good footing....

Posted by: rfritts | December 31, 2007 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Billick firing is confirmed on espn.com.

Stumped, there is a Portland contingent en route :-) If you're coming as well, Nate can give you my email. Would love to have more of the regs show up in Seattle.

To paraphrase the great Buddy Elf: "To spread 'Skins cheer, sing loud for all to hear."

HTTR!

Posted by: PDiddy | December 31, 2007 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Billick being fired is a shock to anyone who doesn't spend more than 5 minutes watching pro football. He shoulda seen it coming; everyone else did, including his dog...

Posted by: Soups1 | December 31, 2007 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Or as I also like to call em, the fightin' Hon's

Posted by: alex35332 | December 31, 2007 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Redskins will have the 21st pick each round in the draft.

http://www.profootballtalk.com/2008DraftOrder.htm

Posted by: tafka | December 31, 2007 2:22 PM | Report abuse

I had forgotten about the Red Wings accident. Excellent linkage, Jasno!

Posted by: NCICURN | December 31, 2007 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Great post rfritts

Posted by: jm220 | December 31, 2007 2:23 PM | Report abuse

The 'genius' wore off pretty quick for Billick....

Posted by: gregmarino88 | December 31, 2007 2:23 PM | Report abuse

I really think the Seahawks are running into a buzzsaw on Saturday. I sure hope folks keep playing up the underdog angle. Lots of people are in for a rude awakening..

Posted by: Soups1 | December 31, 2007 2:24 PM | Report abuse

I submit that we have no talk of draft, salary cap, or any other off-season business while the 'Skins are in the playoffs--and that'll be until Feb 3.

Posted by: NCICURN | December 31, 2007 2:25 PM | Report abuse

"Or as I also like to call em, the fightin' Hon's"

Fire up the petition. This one might have legs.

Posted by: jspaceman72 | December 31, 2007 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Strength of Schedule:

Redskins .555 (2nd hardest); Record 9-7

Seahawks .414 (32nd hardest); Record 10-6

Posted by: tafka | December 31, 2007 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Stumped,

Please shoot me an e-mail. Need to axe you somethin'.

freakzilla at mindspring dot com

You'll get an auto-reply from my spam blocker, but you can ignore it. I'll see your mail.

Gracias.

Posted by: freakzilla | December 31, 2007 2:34 PM | Report abuse

The Skins have gone from a team that wins mostly by having the other team lose to a team that wins and the opponent has to beat.

IOW, they're winning games and not having games being lost by the opposition.

And yes, Jason, you can quote the above brilliant insight with accrediting me.

Oy. And to think, English is my first language.

SMG

Posted by: SteveMG | December 31, 2007 2:38 PM | Report abuse

I thought this year was Gibbs 2.4?

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 31, 2007 2:39 PM | Report abuse

4th -- math isn't his strong suit. It's not like he's an accountant or something...

Posted by: daggar | December 31, 2007 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Email from the Redskins I just recieved:

Hey Redskins Fan!

The Redskins are headed to the Playoffs! Are you? Don't wait another minute to score your playoff tickets on StubHub, Official Ticket Marketplace of the Washington Redskins!

Whether it's at FedExField or on the road, StubHub has great seats available for you to root on the Skins wherever they go. You can even buy tickets all the way up to game time - just pick them up at our convenient local StubHub ticket location.

Go Redskins!

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 31, 2007 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Gotta love JLC's optimism. If he's believing, than I'm believing.

Posted by: saadman40 | December 31, 2007 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Damn, I was hoping Billick would stick around just so we could all get another lick in.

Posted by: daggar | December 31, 2007 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Actually, the Skins had the hardest schedule in the NFL. The Seahawks were at #32:

http://www.playoffstatus.com/nfl/nfcsosag.html

Posted by: hkd2029 | December 31, 2007 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Good one dagger!

If, and I reapeat, If (in this case if and when are interchangeable) we beat the Seahawks, Dallas will host their divisional playoff game (against su spelled backwards) in the late evening on 01/13/07. 8 Days of rest!

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 31, 2007 2:50 PM | Report abuse

i have a slightly different take on the TEAM's success. the D started playing lights out right after sean's death to no avail. it is when the todd era began that the skins were able to convert the D's effort into W's. so without Todd there'd be no playoffs. the D would still be awesome and ranked in the top 10/5 but no playoffs. and i really believe that with Sean and Todd this team would be a superbowl contender.

nate, we're all wondering what you're "miffed" about. we're just shelfing that discussion until this sweet ride is over.

Posted by: dealer | December 31, 2007 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Can everyone chill out with the versions talk. Joe Gibbs is a human not computer software. Joe Gibbs is one of the greatest leaders the world has ever seen.

P.S ESPN breaking news: everyone that hated on Clinton Portis is now legally considered a dumb ass.

Posted by: sams3 | December 31, 2007 2:55 PM | Report abuse

I BELIEVE!

HAIL!

Posted by: goskinsgo | December 31, 2007 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Redskins will have the 21st pick each round in the draft.

http://www.profootballtalk.com/2008DraftOrder.htm

Posted by: tafka | December 31, 2007 02:22 PM

that asterisk is a reminder ... Skins looking to pick at the #32 spot, baby!

I anticipate that Billick will take the year off to finish his novel, a historical tale about colonial Baltimore centering around a cooper (barrel maker) named Harold, who invented high fructose corn syrup. After that, an international So Do Ku tourney, (then a few visits to the unemployment office), and then picking up as O-coordinator in Detroit.

Posted by: dcsween | December 31, 2007 2:57 PM | Report abuse

and gave one away to Tampa with some questionable coaching decisions and all those turnovers.

What coaching decisions? We went for it once but it was the 6 ternovers.

Posted by: mul | December 31, 2007 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Pick/Club/Win/Loss/Percent/Sched. Strength/Opponents' Record

19. Eagles 8-8 .500 .563 144-112-0

21. Redskins 9-7 .563 .555 142-114-0

Eagles had the hardest schedule; Redskins had the 2nd hardest.

Posted by: tafka | December 31, 2007 3:01 PM | Report abuse

I think this LaRon/Terry Glenn thing is alot about an aging receiver who, after sitting out an entire year, is hearing footsteps and feeling his mortality. http://www.star-telegram.com/332/story/383776.html

Posted by: dcsween | December 31, 2007 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Only the Seahawks commit "ternovers".

Posted by: tafka | December 31, 2007 3:04 PM | Report abuse

triple sams, relax its a nick name culture up here, everyone respects Gibbs but he gets nick names like everyone else!

Posted by: chrislarry | December 31, 2007 3:05 PM | Report abuse

I anticipate that Billick will take the year off to finish his novel, a historical tale about colonial Baltimore centering around a cooper (barrel maker) named Harold, who invented high fructose corn syrup. After that, an international So Do Ku tourney, (then a few visits to the unemployment office), and then picking up as O-coordinator in Detroit.

Posted by: dcsween | December 31, 2007 02:57 PM

I anticipate him chasing down David Simon to get him to do one more season of the Wire, with him, centered around the Ravens organization.

Posted by: jspaceman72 | December 31, 2007 3:07 PM | Report abuse

I think it's more about a little girl and his polly pocket set than anything else.

Terry Glenn needs to grow up and realize he isn't any good and never was. Everyone in Dallas seems to think everyone has nothing to do but worry about them. It's comical

Posted by: sams3 | December 31, 2007 3:08 PM | Report abuse

I'm upset that Billick has been fired. Don't we play the AFC North next year? :-(

Posted by: PBL4 | December 31, 2007 3:08 PM | Report abuse

triple sams... I like it, good call. If you want a nickname for gibbs though it should be something along the lines of demigod

Posted by: sams3 | December 31, 2007 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Duff Goldman can make Billick a "going away" cake.

Posted by: tafka | December 31, 2007 3:09 PM | Report abuse

PBL4 (Pabst Blue Libbon already in its 4th sequel?), NFC East does play the AFC North next season, but the Ravens need more than a new game manager, they also need a QB.

Posted by: dcsween | December 31, 2007 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Does anybody have a better free agent site (i.e., better chances of being current) than the www.theredzone.org/free agents site? That one says that Sellers is still FA ... and Skins have already locked him up for next year, right? That site shows that The Todd and Brunell are UFA this season ... hmmmm ... which one has the better shot to stay with the team?

Posted by: dcsween | December 31, 2007 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Spuds McDuff

Posted by: sams3 | December 31, 2007 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Hail to the Redskins.

27-17 Skins over Seattle
27-24 Skins over Dallas
20-16 Skins over Green Bay
31-30 In the most exciting SB in history...not sure who wins. It's a tossup.

We were there for the '72 Dolphins and we'll witness the '07 Pats, too.

Posted by: freedom0125 | December 31, 2007 3:18 PM | Report abuse

dcsween, PBL actually stands for Pabst Blue Ribbon, but as I am Chinese, it's indeed pronounced Pabst Blue Libbon.

McNair is old and can't put on his helmet without injuring something, and Kyle Boller has been a total bust. (Like all Jeff Tedford products - Trent Dilfer, Joey Harrington, David Carr, etc. Jury's still out on Aaron Rodgers.)

But the biggest problem for the Ravens is that their vaunted defense is old too-- Ray Lewis, et al, have lost a collective step.

Some of 'em should just retire. I'm sure Lewis has a great 2nd career as murder for hire.

Posted by: PBL4 | December 31, 2007 3:18 PM | Report abuse

BTW, It may not be the Pats in the SB in my prediction. Either Jags or Colts.

Posted by: freedom0125 | December 31, 2007 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Glenn is a girl for real.

Landry hit the ground before he even made it to Glenn and because of the slickness on the field, ended up sliding into him. Give me a break!

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 31, 2007 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Ummm. Wouldn't that be Pabst BRue Libbon ?

Posted by: freedom0125 | December 31, 2007 3:21 PM | Report abuse

But as I am black, we usually just call it a '40' or a 'bumper' no matter what the brand.

Posted by: freedom0125 | December 31, 2007 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Not Pabst Brue Libbon. If it were Japanese, it would be Brue Ribbon. Chinese is Blue Libbon.

Posted by: PBL4 | December 31, 2007 3:23 PM | Report abuse

As a Giants man (we did our best!) relocated to DC, I was most impressed with the Skins yesterday.

Todd Collins is making much better (and quicker) reads than Jason Campbell. You see the benefit of being able to use the whole 700 page playbook when he is in there.

You all will be spoilers for more than one team this post-season.

Posted by: keithrjackson | December 31, 2007 3:23 PM | Report abuse

If the Browns are stupid enough not to pay Derek Anderson starter money, I could see him going to (and doing well with) the Ravens. If not, then the only remaining UFA and viable QBs out there are Rex Grossman and Chris Redman. [Note: I said "viable", not "good"]

Posted by: dcsween | December 31, 2007 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Final football related thought...
Joe Gibbs should be coach of the year despite what Belicheck has done. Great coaches are about more than X's and O's. Most of the great ones (Phil Jackson, Auerbach, Lombardi) have one thing in common. They were all great motivators of men. Gibbs is one of the best of all time in that regard. For everyone who thought that he'd lost it, you're wrong. Evaluate what it is that makes a great coach. They oughtta take his bronze bust out of Canton and gold plate it. he's one of the best ever. Period.

Posted by: freedom0125 | December 31, 2007 3:26 PM | Report abuse

... Todd Collins is making much better (and quicker) reads than Jason Campbell. You see the benefit of being able to use the whole 700 page playbook when he is in there ...

Posted by: keithrjackson | December 31, 2007 03:23 PM

Todd Collins likely knows better where all the receivers are supposed to be than the receivers themselves. In the NFL, The Todd is a one trick pony, and fortunately for the Skins, that one trick is knowing Saunders' playbook.

Also, re: the 700 pages, there were stories in espn or si a while back about how average to short 700 pages really is compared to other teams' playbooks. I recall that Minnesota's had something more like 800 pages.

Posted by: dcsween | December 31, 2007 3:28 PM | Report abuse

agreed. Its' not that JC is bad r Collins is better. Collins just knwos the offense. Imagine next year when JC has the entire playbook at his disposal and Saunders' confidence. Knowledge plus his arm should make us pretty potent...especially with Thomas and Jansen back. Also everyone crying about Dan's poor draft strategy and lack of depth should STFU. We'll have heyer and fabini on the becn next year when they would star for every other team.

Posted by: freedom0125 | December 31, 2007 3:29 PM | Report abuse

My other thought about SAUNDERS' 700 page playbook ... maybe its something about using a 4 point font in his ... I think that might be why his eyes are so squinty.

Posted by: dcsween | December 31, 2007 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Tafka is correct about the Skins having the second-toughest schedule (142-114 to 144-112 for the Eagles). The difference between those schedule strengths being, of course, the Skins themselves! Strange error by the folks at playoffstatus.com, though.


I loooooove the scores posted by freedom0125. You know the Skins can beat anyone playing the way they have.

Posted by: hkd2029 | December 31, 2007 3:30 PM | Report abuse

The Ravens originally drafted Derek Anderson. It would be funny if they had to pay extra to get him back. (That Ravens' front office is pretty sharp; first-class organization and all that.)

Posted by: tafka | December 31, 2007 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Better qb play is the differnce in the team from sean taylors death till now.... not the only reason, but the major on field reason... the other factors are very big, huge in fact...but my guess is if collins doesn't make all the plays and protect the ball we end up playing hard "fighting our guts out" and watching the playoffs...but he is making all the plays and protecting the ball and the lift that has given the team plus all the emotion carries us to the second season....we are good enough to make a run here .....not sayn'

Posted by: Oldschool | December 31, 2007 3:32 PM | Report abuse

When you watch Todd make the read to Santana, you can see its a touchdown before he releases the ball.

He rolls right, he sees Moss has beat his man (he looks two steps beyond him, when Todd makes the read) and Todd doesn't hesitate for even a split second guns it right into the pattern.

Tidings of great joy.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | December 31, 2007 3:35 PM | Report abuse

If Seacrest couldn't throw off the mojo, Seattle has no chance. Somebody call TK and have him get The Bandwagon out of the garage because this ride has five more weeks to go. Destination: Glendale, Arizona. The Reaper rides with his boyz one more time.

Posted by: rmfsports | December 31, 2007 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I recall that Minnesota's had something more like 800 pages.

Posted by: dcsween | December 31, 2007 03:28 PM

sween- I think it's 798 pages of run left/right/middle for Peterson/Taylor, and 2 pages where Tarvarious throws an INT

Posted by: 4-12 | December 31, 2007 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Billick has been fired.

Posted by: Lisa_R | December 31, 2007 3:43 PM | Report abuse

4-12, You are close. I heard it was 2 pages of ints 2 pages of runs and 796 pages are a manual on how to look like a child molester. (written by childress obviously)

Posted by: sams3 | December 31, 2007 3:45 PM | Report abuse

hkd, good catch on the difference btwn the Skins and Iggles' schedules. The only difference is that the Redskins played the 8-8 Eagles and the Eagles played the 9-7 Redskins.

Posted by: PBL4 | December 31, 2007 3:55 PM | Report abuse

F Sleepless in Seattle

Posted by: mtnskinsfan | December 31, 2007 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Love this team and organization inside out and upside down. Redskin football is back! Soemtimes in life things happen for reasons we may not ever know. Whatever the reason for Sean Taylor's early and tradegic departure it has brought out the absolute best in every way, shape and form of this organization and everyone associated with the Redskins. Joe Gibbs is a great leader and coach as evidenced by what we have done the last four weeks. They are playing like champions at the right time of the year. Keep it going. Joe Gibbs deserves to be the Coach of the year. He is a class act. Bill Belichick and the patriots, I have no respect for them anymore. In my book they are cheaters and I hope we can redeem our earlier loss to them when it matters. Keep playing hard!

Posted by: cangle12 | December 31, 2007 4:18 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: _Stumped_ | December 31, 2007 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Love this team and organization inside out and upside down. Redskin football is back! Soemtimes in life things happen for reasons we may not ever know. Whatever the reason for Sean Taylor's early and tradegic departure it has brought out the absolute best in every way, shape and form of this organization and everyone associated with the Redskins. Joe Gibbs is a great leader and coach as evidenced by what we have done the last four weeks. They are playing like champions at the right time of the year. Keep it going. Joe Gibbs deserves to be the Coach of the year. He is a class act. Bill Belichick and the patriots, I have no respect for them anymore. In my book they are cheaters and I hope we can redeem our earlier loss to them when it matters. Keep playing hard!

Posted by: cangle12 | December 31, 2007 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Right on, PBL4.

I don't think, for the reason Tafka wisely mentioned, that the Ravens will go after Anderson, as it makes them look rather bad.

McNabb, on the other hand, would be a good fit, or perhaps solve the problem through the draft. The McBolSmith experiment has not been particularly fun for Ravens fans.

Posted by: hkd2029 | December 31, 2007 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Yesterday's game was a joy in and of itself to watch, because - well, it was Dallas getting snuffed! Every shot of Wade "Have another Twinkie" Phillips gave me great pleasure. To see that silly Romo grin turn into a deer vs. headlight moment was just fun.

But it was the power, the emotion and the conviction of the players, their obvious love of their coach that seems to signal that this team will go deep into the play-offs, leaving an indelible impression of perseverance, redefining the concept of team in the free-agent era and most importantly, restore a teams confidence.

Posted by: erthdog | December 31, 2007 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Dallas will host their divisional playoff game in the late evening on 01/13/07

1+13+7 = 21

They've got the 21st pick in the draft.

'nuff said

Posted by: atkinsonjm | December 31, 2007 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Errr.... atkinsonjm, Dallas will host the game on 1/13/08, not 1/13/07.

Posted by: PBL4 | December 31, 2007 5:43 PM | Report abuse

D'OH!

Posted by: atkinsonjm | December 31, 2007 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Why is it that everytime I see Wade Phillips I either think of Newt Gingrich or Rush Limbaugh?

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | December 31, 2007 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Because he's a fat white guy from Texas.

Posted by: PBL4 | December 31, 2007 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Not so fast, Gibbs haters!

Where are all the "NFL scouts/executives who wish to remain anonymous" who say Gibbs's offense is predictable, or that they never would have drafted _________ (name player), or that the game has passed Gibbs by (how tired is that cliche?) now?

Or the "Redskins veteran player who wishes to remain anonymous" who has no faith in the calls from the sidelines? (Jasno, didn't you talk to this guy a few short weeks ago?)?

Or the columnist who, a few weeks back, said "...kind of makes you wish for Spurrier... (WTH?)"

Or the fans chanting "Joe must go!"

Well y'all, Joe got 'em to the playoffs 2 of his 4 years back, and they are always competitive, with some great performances. So why don't you just find a new team to root for while the rest of us fans root for the Redskins in the playoffs. Again!

Go Skins!

Posted by: mmiovino | December 31, 2007 11:29 PM | Report abuse

JLC believing in the Redskins organization? Passing out praise to everyone, including Dan Snyder? Holy c**p, it's a Christmas freakin' miracle.

If the 'skins can make JLC a believer, this really IS a special season.

Super Bowl!!!!

Posted by: hithere1 | January 1, 2008 12:17 AM | Report abuse

If the Redskins are the '98 Red Wings, then I hope Esa Tikkanen is playing for the Patriots...

Posted by: JohninMpls | January 2, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

FIrst the Skins will avenge the 2005 playoff loss this weekend...then they will travel to Dallas and end the winking smiling Romo and so much overated talk of a cowboys team this year. PERIOD! Of course doing so advances them to the NFC Championship game at GB ...Repectful team that has a great record through the years at home with the great Farve at the helm..but unfortuantely...Brett and the Pack canot overcome these Redskins who are on a mission. In a very close hard fought Game..SURPRISE. The Skins are In the Super Bowl against the heavy favorite Pats. All week long all you have read about and heard about is the Pats and going undefeated. Almost to the point where they are the Champs and have the formality of playing a game. The Skins are an after thought...Hardly talked about. So there ya have it...The Pats end up having way too much pressure and lose their edge and The Skins Defeat the Pats to avenge being the team who lost to the last undefeated team in 72 and shock the world with the most incredible, surprising, unlikely, run of any team in United States sports history and capture the Super Bowl Title and become the beloved Redskins team by Skins Nation in it's 75 year History..even thought the 82 team is still in the nation hearst..This 2007 team will win it over and be a badge on our sleeve and cement Joe Gibbs in discussion with the greatest coaches of alltime overcoming odds and winning a 4th SB with a difernt QB.

HAIL!

Posted by: leevi98 | January 2, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

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