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Redskins D-Lineman Barry Cofield: It Could Get Historically Ugly

After a strong start in which it appeared they were legitimate contenders in the NFC East, the Washington Redskins have taken a nosedive.  Since their week 5 bye, Washington has lost five straight games.  Rex Grossman was benched but has now reclaimed his starting position.  That doesn’t sound familiar, does it?  With a 3-6 record and games remaining against the Cowboys, Jets, Patriots, Giants, and Eagles, the Redskins aren’t exactly the most confident bunch.  In fact, defensive lineman Barry Cofield acknowledged that Washington could break the wrong kinds of records if they keep playing horribly.

“There’s no guarantee that we can win another game,” Cofield said according to the Washington Post. “We just don’t have a team on our schedule that’s just going to lay down and you know, let us beat them. If we don’t play better, there’s no reason to expect to win any games. The ball’s not going to just bounce our way. It could get very ugly. It could get historically ugly. Hopefully, guys are fearful of that, and hopefully, guys focus in and just come together and do whatever it takes to get a win. If we don’t, it’s going to be a very long winter.”

Cofield is right for the most part.  Washington does have a particularly difficult schedule and will have to face several teams that are in the playoff hunt.  That also means they have a great opportunity to be the spoiler for a lot of teams, which gives them something to play for.

From a personnel perspective, you have to question whether or not Mike Shanahan’s revolving door hurts the team.  Stability is important at the NFL level, and flip-flopping between Grossman and John Beck prevents the Redskins from having any.  I think it’s fair to wonder if Shanny has turned this team into a lost cause.

Redskins Are Still Selling Donovan McNabb Merchandise (Pictures)

Oftentimes when a sports legend leaves one city for another it is hard to let that person go.  When a player has done so much for a franchise and decides to rock another team’s colors, it hurts.  It can even hurt so much that you refuse to change your game day operations after said player is gone.  Perhaps that explains why the Redskins are still selling Donovan McNabb merchandise at FedEx Field.  Check out these pictures that Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post took while at the Redskins game on Thursday:

Who can blame the Skins?  McNabb was a legend in Washington.  He took a franchise in peril and turned it into a powerhouse.  He may not have not have wanted to return to the team as a backup for Mike Shanahan, but that does not mean the legend of Donovan McNabb in the nation’s capital will not live on.

Oh, and the same goes for the player sometimes too.  Obviously McNabb has had a very difficult time letting the Redskins go. Check out his updated website.

Rex Grossman Believes Redskins Will Win NFC East

Well duh, they have Rex at quarterback. Of course they’re going to win the NFC East. I mean this is a no-brainer. As soon as I heard that Grossman was listed at the top of the team’s depth chart, I took out my pen and confidently marked the Skins down as my NFC East winner. I envisioned Rex throwing for four touchdowns per week, picking apart the Eagles secondary. I pictured Washington’s vaunted defense shutting out Dez Bryant, Hakeem Nicks, and Michael Vick. I mean shoot, who didn’t have the Redskins down as division favorites as soon as they learned Grossman had wrestled the starting quarterback job away from John Beck?

But seriously, you have to hear what he said Tuesday. During an interview with Comcast DC, Grossman was asked what the Redskins are if the Eagles are considered the Dream Team. His answer?

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Sneaky Patriots Acquire Albert Haynesworth in Trade with Redskins

Just like the New England Patriots to sneak in and pull off a game-changing deal. Adam Schefter reported early Thursday morning that the Patriots acquired defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth from the Redskins for a fifth-round pick.

Haynesworth signed a seven-year $100 million deal with the Redskins in ’09 but it was a poor fit from the start. He was limited to 12 games his first season in Washington and then he missed the team’s off-season activities as they transitioned under a new coaching staff. Haynesworth was upset they were switching from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense and didn’t want to play for the team. When he finally showed up to camp, he was out of shape and failed his conditioning test.

Haynesworth was deactivated late last season and eventually suspended without pay. His saga in Washington has finally ended with a trade to New England.

The acquisition by the Patriots is eerily similar to the one they made in 2007 with Randy Moss. Moss was a malcontent in Oakland and many people thought he was done. The Pats gave up just a fourth-round pick and ended up getting All-Pro production.

Haynesworth has similar character issues to Moss and similar talent. If there’s any place that can whip him into shape, it’s New England. The only issue is convincing Albert to fit into the Patriots’ scheme, which is also a 3-4. As long as he’s willing to bring his A-game, this is the pass-rushing weapon the Pats have been lacking since trading Richard Seymour to Oakland.

John Beck Turned Away by Security Guard at Redskins Park

Multiple reports have said the Washington Redskins are prepared to go with John Beck as their starting quarterback for the upcoming season. Yes, Beck is the same guy who was drafted in the second round by the Dolphins and released shortly thereafter.

If you’re not too familiar with him, don’t worry — you’re not alone.

According to The Washington Post, Beck showed up to Redskins Park to be the first player at the facility once the lockout ended and was turned away. But that’s not the best part. Beck was not only turned away because players can’t report until Tuesday, but also because the security guard didn’t know who he was.

“I’m OK with that,” Beck said of not being recognized. “I haven’t done anything yet.”

We’ve heard of Tim Lincecum being turned away by security guards but that was from opposing teams and because he looks 12 years old. Beck plays for the Redskins where the city absolutely loves their football team. That just shows how unknown he is. It doesn’t mean he can’t become the team’s starting quarterback, it just shows us he has a long way to go.

Thanks to Andrew Siciliano for the tip

Willie Parker: Redskins Are about Partying

Willie Parker’s dropoff in production and relevance has been swift. He was once considered to be one of the fastest running backs in football, and his greatest accomplishment was running for a 75-yard touchdown in the Super Bowl against the Seahawks. Injuries and the strain of hundreds of carries sapped Parker’s speed, and the Steelers got rid of him.

Parker signed with the Washington Redskins last season and ended up being released before the season began after he suffered a groin injury. You can’t really fault the Redskins for cutting a running back who was old and banged up, but it left a bitter feeling with Parker. In fact, Parker shared some of his feelings during an interview on KDKA radio in Pittsburgh.

“Being in Washington, they don’t care about football. I didn’t feel good from day one there,” Parker said. “They weren’t about football. They were about partying. You appreciate Pittsburgh a little bit more after going somewhere else and seeing what another team has to offer.”

Parker also took a shot at owner Daniel Snyder when comparing him to the Steelers’ owners, but that’s about as unfair of a fight in the octagon between Big Bird and Elmo. It’s no surprise to hear Parker make those comments. The Steelers have had a reputation of being a classy, no-nonsense organization. Daniel Snyder gets routinely turned down by big-name coaches and offers embarrassing insults towards others.

I can’t speak about the issue of partying, but I do know the Steelers are said to have a pretty straight-edge reputation. Well, except for their quarterback and wide receiver who seem to have been distracted the past year.

You can listen to the entire interview here

John Beck Could be Washington Redskins’ Starting Quarterback

With Donovan McNabb set to leave the organization and Rex Grossman a free agent, the Washington Redskins do not have a clearcut starter at quarterback. Many analysts pegged them as a team interested in drafting a quarterback, but they completely ignored the position despite having 12 picks.

It’s quite possible that the Redskins didn’t like any of the quarterbacks in the draft class or that they didn’t feel one was worth taking where they were selecting. Cam Newton, Jake Locker, Blaine Gabbert, and Christian Ponder were all gone before they picked in the first round. Colin Kaepernick and Andy Dalton were off the board when they picked in the second. Whether it was by design or by coincidence, the Redskins did not add an arm.

It’s starting to sound like that was the plan.

Both Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen popped on ESPN Saturday afternoon and reported that the Redskins like John Beck and are preparing to enter the season with him as the starter. Beck is a former second-round pick by the Dolphins who only lasted two seasons in Miami before being released. He was with the Ravens in ’09 and the Skins last year as their third quarterback. The BYU product hasn’t thrown a pass in the league since 2007 and he only has one touchdown and three interceptions in his career.

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