Andre' Woodson's Redskins Signing Sends the Giants Scrambling

Ed SheahinCorrespondent ISeptember 6, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 17:  Andre Woodson #3 of the New York Giants throws against the Carolina Panthers on August 17, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the Panthers 24-17.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Redskins' signing of free agent quarterback Andre' Woodson has a greater impact on the team than most football fans would imagine.


Woodson, who was released by the New York Giants two days ago, was signed by the Redskins and placed on their practice squad.


The record-setting collegian quarterback from Kentucky provides the Redskins with more than just an impressive résumé to add to the team’s roster.


The signing of Woodson creates multiple problems for the Redskins’ opening game opponent in the Giants.


Whether the Redskins plan to seek Woodson’s knowledge of the Giants offense and their audibles has yet to be determined.


With less than a week before the Giants and Redskins clash in the Meadowlands next Sunday, the Giants will be forced to change all their offensive audibles, as well as alter whatever game planning they have installed in preparation for the game.


Ethically, when players switch squads, they try to avoid the politics between the team they left and their new employer.


At least that’s what they tell the media and the public.


However, the possibility remains, which creates a dilemma for the Giants.


The Redskins didn’t sign the former Wildcat to pick his brain as they prepare for the Giants, but his signing does come with a bonus that can only benefit the team.


Instead of installing a game plan during their three days of practice prior to the game, the Giants are forced to spend a certain percentage of practice time creating a new set of audible plays.


Whether the Redskins and Woodson plan to discuss the Giants' game plan and audibles prior to Sunday’s meeting is not the issue.


As long as the possibility exists, the Giants must prepare for it. 


The chess match between the two rivals has already started. Advantage Redskins!