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Rate the Redskins: How do you feel they played in Shanahan's debut?

The Redskins held on for the 13-7 victory, but it was as close as they come, as Dallas scored what looked like the winning touchdown before the holding penalty ended the game.

With some time to calm down and digest the team's debut, tell us what you thought, on a scale of 1 to 10:

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  September 12, 2010; 11:05 PM ET
Categories:  Dallas Cowboys , Mike Shanahan , Polls  
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Sellers is garbage!

Posted by: ga8085 | September 12, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Nice job running over ware!

Posted by: Curzon417 | September 12, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Defense holding this together. Offense looks putrid. Defense sucked to start the game but has really turned it on.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 12, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

I am playing great!

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 12, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Sellers has had the worst game I've ever seen from a FB

Posted by: Diesel44 | September 12, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

with 4 minutes left you ask me to grade how they are playing???

Man, we need to go for the throat and finish off the Cowboys!!

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | September 12, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Another bogus call.

Posted by: beep-beep | September 12, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Terrible call on Cooley!!
Come right back next play w/ biggest RB run of the night!!!!
HTTR

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | September 12, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

My agent said that I am the difference.

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 12, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

UFB...what are you doing LJ...

Posted by: Diesel44 | September 12, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

How come Dallas is letting clock run down?
I'll take it

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | September 12, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

2 minute warning baby!!!

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 12, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

would you believe another beep?

Posted by: Curzon417 | September 12, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Need a 1st to seal it.

Let's go OL.

Posted by: Diesel44 | September 12, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

If our D can learn how to tackle and our WR learn to catch the ball, we'd cream 'em. I suspect those things will get better as the season progresses - after all the Zorn"master" isn't here. I'm impressed w/ T. Williams so far.

Posted by: JesusFreakKaren | September 12, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Coach just ordered pizza!

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 12, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Rookie mistake. Ugh.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 12, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Red snapper should be getting a call next week. Now its up to the defense.

Posted by: ga8085 | September 12, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Red snapper should be getting a call next week. Now its up to the defense.

Posted by: ga8085 | September 12, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Gutsy Kick by Gano!!!!
Nice hold as well

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | September 12, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Kickers are white, but my agent said it is ok.

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 12, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Right as I posted that, he had the penalty. We score anyways.

Posted by: JesusFreakKaren | September 12, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

It is going to be a long season if they do not find someone other then Moss and Cooley that can actually catch the ball...

Posted by: soriphius | September 12, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

A win is a win is a win. I'LL TAKE IT!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: ericenderle | September 12, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Polls are generally stupid.

In game pols are fing straight up tard. But then again, so is most of wapo so its not surprising.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | September 12, 2010 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Wow. The Redskins team picture is going to remind me of the old Duke Team pic.....All the guys in burgundy and 4 old guys in striped unis......There were way to many bad calls on the Cowboys. It really makes you wonder just WHO paid out the mulla to fix the game. Seriously, roughing the QB? The guy was blocked in to the McSkirt and even pulled up......Like Collingsworth said at the end of the game...I have NEVER seen a game end that way......Sorry Redskins nation.....your team ends the season with 6 wins at best. Out played, out coached, but when you have the refs in your corner it doesn't mater...

Posted by: jacob21703 | September 12, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

I predicted that the Cowpuke's O-line would cost them the game, but I didn't think it would happen quite that way. Orackpo would have planted Romo into the turf if he hadn't been held on the last play. I've never seen so many clothesline holds in one game.

Posted by: kaasmaster | September 13, 2010 12:07 AM | Report abuse

Dallas should have never had that final minute. All Larry Johnson had to do in the Redskins final drive was to fall down inbounds. Not too much to ask. Instead he went out of bounds stopping the clock and effectively giving Dallas a free timeout and saving 40 second on the clock. With those 40 second Dallas drove down the field and almost won the game. As a profesional Larry Johnson has got to know that he HAS TO STAY IN BOUNDS TO TAKE TIME OFF THE CLOCK! It is just that SIMPLE! Fall down, 40 second come off the clock and there is no final Dallas drive and the defence does not have to defend or make a final Stand. The little things, like when to stay inbounds and when to go out of bounds make a big difference and can influence and sometimes even change the outcome of a game!

Posted by: red_skins | September 13, 2010 12:12 AM | Report abuse

A few thoughts:

First, the Skins anemic offense only managed 6 points. McNabb was spotty. The running game was largely crap. The only receivers were Moss and Cooley, as usual.

Second, Bidwell was awful. He botched the hold on a missed field goal, and his crappy punt set up the Cowgirls only TD.

Third, do you think Fat Albert is getting the message yet?

So if you lose on offense, and you lose on special teams, you better win on defense. And the Skins did. But they won't face many teams with offensive lines as bad as that. I almost felt bad for Alex Barron. That guy doesn't belong in the NFL. That was just embarrassing.

Posted by: diesel_skins_ | September 13, 2010 12:14 AM | Report abuse

Dallas should have never had that final minute if Larry Johnson had stayed in bounds. All Larry Johnson had to do in the Redskins final drive was to fall down inbounds. Not too much to ask. Instead he went out of bounds stopping the clock and effectively giving Dallas a free timeout and saving 40 second on the clock. With those 40 second Dallas drove down the field and almost won the game. As a profesional Larry Johnson has got to know that he HAS TO STAY IN BOUNDS TO TAKE TIME OFF THE CLOCK! It is just that SIMPLE! Fall down, 40 second come off the clock and there is no final Dallas drive and the defense does not have to defend or make a final Stand. The little things, like when to stay inbounds and when to go out of bounds make a big difference and can influence and sometimes even change the outcome of a game!

Posted by: red_skins | September 13, 2010 12:19 AM | Report abuse

Does Orakpo have a $100 million dollar contract yet????

Posted by: rphilli721 | September 13, 2010 12:21 AM | Report abuse

Good call at the end. Very good call.

Preview: everyone old: two running backs, old. Coach, old. QB, old. Receivers, aging.

Owner, old.

I don't see a lot to be hopeful about, except for maybe fewer errors. Once again, skins looked to the past instead of the future.

We got lucky. That's all.

Posted by: sugarstreet | September 13, 2010 12:22 AM | Report abuse

Luck, more luck, and a little luck.

Dallas gave it away.

But the skins are undefeated.

GO SKINS

Posted by: docwhocuts | September 13, 2010 12:23 AM | Report abuse

Ummm...O line - YOUNG, 2 or 3 of our best defensive players - YOUNG

This roster is not going to be remade in one offseason, but I like the direction we are heading. A receiver, RB, and depth will be addressed I'm sure in the next draft.

Posted by: rphilli721 | September 13, 2010 12:30 AM | Report abuse

It is hard to argue with a Win, but this one doesn't presage too more other wins. Offensive scoring wins games. Romo's numbers were twice as good as McNabb's. This was one of the sloppiest Cowboy teams I have seen in Washington and I seriously doubt if other competitive teams will be this careless.

I'm revising my prediction of 8-8 to 6-10 for the Redskins if the offense is this anemic in the next two games.

Posted by: hisroc | September 13, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

The Cowboys played some sloppy football tonight, but there was a time in the not-so-recent past when they would have won anyway. It was nice to see the Skins play with heart through the end of the game, mistakes not withstanding. It's nice to see sparks from this football team again - it's been too long. GO SKINS!

Posted by: ledamunkle | September 13, 2010 12:44 AM | Report abuse

Thoughts on the Skins first game:

1. The Skins need Vincent Jackson. The WRs currently on the roster are not anywhere near good enough. Its really hard to judge McNabb's play when the receivers are garbage.
2. Mike Sellers was AWFUL, and is coming off a terrible year last year. Are there other options? Can Fred Davis play FB?
3. Shanahan needs to commit to the run and be more patient - especially in the red zone.
4. Carlos Rogers has the worst hands in the NFL. He needs to be doing hands drills all day every day until he stops dropping passes that hit him in the hands.
5. Larry Johnson's stupidity easily could have cost the Skins the game. He has been in the league too long to play that dumb.
6. All things considered a strong debut for Trent Williams, who drew a very tough assignment.
7. Props to the refs for being willing to make the right call when the game was on the line, even if it meant deciding the game on a penalty. It was a call that was bound to draw scrutiny, was not reviewable, and was absolutely correct. A lot of refs swallow their whistles on plays like that. The Skins caught a break.

Posted by: CommieX | September 13, 2010 1:05 AM | Report abuse

The Skins' Defense was fantastic and seemed to be ahead of the Boys' offense time after time. Haslett should get the first game ball. The Oline and Santana Moss had big games. McNabb looked to me to be about as good as . . . Jason Campbell. Go Skins!

Posted by: dolph924 | September 13, 2010 1:19 AM | Report abuse

Cowboys gave this game away. Their O-line couldn't handle the pressure, and penalties killed them. Thanks to the refs for making the right (and obvious) calls.

Posted by: holy_cow | September 13, 2010 1:24 AM | Report abuse

Rate the Redskins:

QB...below average

Receivers: BAD...and Moss after dropping passes all game,finally makes one and poses like he just won Super Bowl...Cooley still only reliable receiver

Running game: Portis better than last year,no threat...but great blocks...Johnson...nope.

Defense: looked very good BUT are Cowboys valid indication of anything ?

Posted by: petebowling1 | September 13, 2010 2:07 AM | Report abuse

To clarify: McNabb looked like McNabb...consistently throughing too low on short passes,behind several receivers,and can't complete when needed to sustain ball control.

Same old Eagle.

Posted by: petebowling1 | September 13, 2010 2:10 AM | Report abuse

"A" for special teams -- Gano converted his field goals, including the 49 yard. The return game was solid -- the Skins had a good kick-off return with Thomas and they held Dallas's return game in check. They helped win the field position battle -- and this was the kind of game where that was absolutely essential.

"A-/B+" for defense. Effective when it counted, plus a decisive score before half-time. If Dallas had pounded the ball a little more, I think there's a chance that the outcome might have been different (e.g. only 22 carries and almost a 5 yard per carry average -- in the 4th quarter they were picking up chunks of yards). Instead Dallas opted to throw the ball 50 times.

"C" for offense. The team didn't turn the ball over. That's pretty much the best that can be said. The team did move the ball at times, but it lost the time of possession battle; it's running attack was underwhelming and McNabb still appears to be looking for a reliable 3rd option. Of course Dallas also has a really good defense. Against a weaker opponent, the Skins might have lit up the score board. This is one area where the Skins clearly need to improve.

Most importantly though they got the win, because unlike some previous Snyder era Skins teams, they played smart, disciplined football (e.g. only 5 penalties for 42 yards and zero offensive turnovers). A fine start to the Shanahan era.

Posted by: JPRS | September 13, 2010 3:52 AM | Report abuse

Any win over Dallas is a 10

Posted by: sorman73 | September 13, 2010 8:03 AM | Report abuse

I'm not sure we won, as much as we got out-stunk. As noted above, any win over Dallass is a 10. Bye bye, Fatsworth. Actually I think Shantheman is going to let Fatsworth twist in the wind for awhile, as a lesson to anyone else who wants to mess with the coach.

Posted by: 21stCenturyCaveman | September 13, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

I agree with a previous poster who said that we need Vincent Jackson. He would have been a better end zone target for McNabb's two throws to the 5'11" Anthony Armstrong.

Posted by: linroy62 | September 13, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Defense - Solid A.

Special Teams - D. It looks like we have a punting problem yet again. In a game like this one, a 27 yarder is unacceptable. Coverage and Gano looked fine.

Offense - C. This was a tough game, but we still have a QB who can't throw and receivers who can't catch. The running game finally opened up, but our DEF needs more help. Time of possession in the first half was putrid.

Posted by: messykat | September 13, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

anyone that rated this above a 3-4 is delusional.

This team has more hole than a block of Baby Swiss.

I posted this last week

This year, the key will be to stay in the games, and not roll over in the forth quarter. This is on the D. Not a QB or RB or a WR or even a coach, it will be the D that will save or win games, putting us in a position to keep a lead or score a game winning FG...

Let Us Pray

They nearly did roll-over in the second half.

Even though this was first game, and kinks need to be worked out, the Skins have nothing short of a brutal schedule. 7-9 is realistic, anything more, a gift.

Posted by: talontbo | September 13, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

I've been a skins fan for 57 years. Last night, I followed Casey Rabach ( excuss the spelling,if wrong)a lot. He is a scrapper, but he was manhandled a lot, pushed back into quarterback, tossed, turned, run over and at times(a few) held his own. At this point, he is the weakest link in the o-line. He needs to be replaced asap.I hated to say this but it is true.

Posted by: JohnCDraper | September 13, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

I would like to give a 6.5% out of ten. A grade school "D" and here is the reason why. 1. The skins should have scored a TD from the 5 yard line especially after they were given a second opportunity from the offside penalty from the previously made field goal. 2. Dropped passes during critical possessions like the on by Moss in the 3rd Quarter even after Clinton Portis laid his neck on the line and picked up the blitzing LB. 3. The poor 25 yard punt which led to Dallas' only TD. 4. The blown coverage with Austin gaining 35 yards. 5. The blown coverage on the last play of the game! 6. Lack of rushing yards with LARRY JOHNSON & CLINTON PORTIS! Excluding those mistakes it would have been a 17-7 solid game with them controlling the ball and keeping Dallas offense of the field. BUT A MUCH IMPROVEMENT FROM WACK AZZ SPURRIER AND ZORN!

Posted by: HURICARDO | September 13, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

I would like to give a 6.5% out of ten. A grade school "D" and here is the reason why:

1. The skins should have scored a TD from the 5 yard line especially after they were given a second opportunity from the offside penalty from the previously made field goal. GOALINE IS AN ATTITDUE! Set the finnesse passing aside & SHOVE THE BALL DOWN THIER THROATS.

2. Dropped passes during critical possessions like the on by Moss in the 3rd Quarter even after Clinton Portis laid his neck on the line and picked up the blitzing LB.

3. The poor 25 yard punt which led to Dallas' only TD. How hard is it to kick a ball as far as you can. Sad when 90% of fans could have punted further.

4. The blown coverage with Austin gaining 35 yards. And The blown coverage on the last play of the game! NOE EXCUSES!

5. Lack of rushing yards with LARRY JOHNSON & CLINTON PORTIS! Shanahan makes every back a beast!

Excluding those mistakes it would have been a 17-7 solid game with them controlling the ball and keeping Dallas offense of the field. Missed out on the 8% or "B" because of that.

BUT STILL A GREAT IMPROVEMENT FROM WACK AZZ SPURRIER AND ZORN!

Posted by: HURICARDO | September 13, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

head coach: b- burning two timeouts before midway thru third quarter no excuse.

off coord: c- did not stay with run enough. 1st and goal with a much needed td by offensive and we throw 2 fade routes to an unproven, undersized wideout. devin thomas should have saw time he deserved it!

d coor: c+ too much blitzing and only 1 sack to show for it with dallas second string oline. phillip should start over carlos at other dback position. reed looks lost!! we are in trouble if they dont tighten up 3-4.

special teams: solid b. would be an a if they didnt botch field goal. devin looks good on kick rtn.

a skins win ova cowgirls is a win!! lets go 2-0 in texas two step!

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

I will rate our team after we have played our 6th game, and thus faced the TOP 4 QB's from last season!

Posted by: artsnsportz | September 14, 2010 5:12 AM | Report abuse

Is easy to say we have a lot of problems. Cowboys self destruction was the reason we won. Our offense was weak. But you know, was the first game of the season with new coaches and completely different schemes and a major improvement over last year primarily because they did not give up, they fought the whole game and gave it everything they had to take the win. They were a team to be proud of. Hail Skins!

Posted by: skins50 | September 14, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

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