Rumble In Our Nation's Capital: Redskins and Cowbows Renew Hated Rivalry

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Rumble In Our Nation's Capital: Redskins and Cowbows Renew Hated Rivalry
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Redskins running back Clinton Portis collides with Kansas City's Mike Brown

Coaching in Washington D.C. during the reign of over-zealous Redskins owner Daniel Snyder is enough to send any new hire hauling tail for the nearest NFL city, even if it means a slight demotion.

Former Denver Broncos’ head coach Mike Shanahan accepted the Washington Redskins coaching job this last January.  Before Shanahan took the position, negotiations had been in the works while then head coach, Jim Zorn, was simply fighting to keep his job.

Shanahan’s coaching philosophy is one that gathers one of two reactions. 

Players and critics not high on his attitude accuse the new Redskins head coach of over-delegating and an egotistical manner at best.

Others consider Shanahan’s tactics as firm but fair.

Try and find a middle ground, all the luck in the world to find it.  Not much has changed from his days leading the Denver Broncos, and no one had complained over the two year period he accumulated back to back Super Bowl Championships.

Who could blame folks for judging Mike Shanahan’s reluctance in accepting the Washington Redskins coaching position?

Right...anyone?

In the words of ESPN college football analyst Lee Corso, “Not so fast.”

Knowing Donovan McNabb is not 100% going into tonight’s game in the Redskins home opener against their arch nemesis the Dallas Cowboys, a comforting sense of relief hovers above Washington fans.  As any well groomed veteran, McNabb goes about his business on the field with the utmost respect for the game.

He wants to win, and he’s not the type of quarterback unwilling to back up the talk.

Of all the seasoned stars Daniel Snyder brought into the D.C. area in the past, though nothing is ever a given, Donovan McNabb will resurrect what has been a detached and miserable Washington Redskins team since Snyder took control.

Topping the list of frenzied stories surrounding the Redskins as they prepare for tonight’s grudge match with the Cowboys continue to be that of surprise, surprise…Albert Haynesworth.

Haynesworth playing time is expected to be a trivial five snaps to possibly half of the games worth, somewhere around the 35 snap mark.  It’s clear to see Albert remains trapped hidden deep in one of the dark corners of Coach Shanahan’s doghouse.

Is trading Albert Haynesworth imminent? 

Perhaps.  Limiting his snaps is sending a message of some type, but the situation remains to be seen.

"We can't win without Albert," McNabb said. "He plays a major part on our defense, and everyone knows that. It's just unfortunate what's been going on and how everything has transpired, but that's the game of football, and I think he'll handle it the right way. ... I think he'll be here. I hope he'll be here. ... As a player, you would want Albert to be here." –ESPN

Donovan McNabb’s confidence in Haynesworth is either extremely idiotic or he knows something the rest don’t.

On a rainy night in Landover, Maryland, the stars on the field are suitably aligned despite the depleting turf conditions likely as the games progresses.

It’s essential for Donovan McNabb to hone in on wide receivers Santana Moss and Joey Galloway early establishing the passing game.  Santana Moss has made a career of torching the Cowboys in the clutch and former Dallas Cowboy Joey Galloway offers up reliable hands over his lengthy NFL career.

Early involvement of long time Redskin Santana Moss has had past tendencies to spark the team in unloading a considerable amount of points on seemingly every possession.  Unfortunately, last year’s offense deprived themselves any shot of ripping off enough points to win games let alone put up showstopper numbers.

Expect to see third year wide-out Devin Thomas, former Michigan State receiver and rookie wide receiver out of Kansas State to add significant productive depth to the Redskins in 2010.

Supposedly the Skins offensive line is said to have shored up numerous holes, and the reports better be right if running back Clinton Portis will have prayer tonight.  Mike Sellers set at fullback and tight end Chris Cooley add much needed support, not mention Chris Cooley mixing in beautifully as a generously proportioned pass receiver.

Defensively, Washington snuck under the radar last season owing one of the NFL’s most potent front lines.  Led by Andre Carter, Rocky McIntosh, London Fletcher and Brian Orakpo; strong safety LaRon Landry, corner backs Carlos Rogers and DeAngelo Hall provide considerable solace appreciating how fast the defense as a whole molded together.

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