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Clinton Portis injury: Is he done in Washington?

November 24, 2010 - 11:44 AM
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Clinton Portis has gained a lot of yards for the Redskins. Is that why he won't be back next year? (Photo: Associated Press)

With the news that Clinton Portis has been placed on injured reserve, officially ending his season, it leaves him close to several significant marks. He's 77 rushing yards away from 10,000 in his career, 649 away from becoming the Redskins' all-time leading rusher.

But even before the IR announcement, Dan Daly wondered if the 29-year-old Portis had played his last down for the Skins. Running backs don't age well, as Larry Johnson and Willie Parker can attest.

Do you want the Skins to give Portis another chance next year to get the records? Do you think he can still be a starter?

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Donovan McNabb extension: Are you in favor?

November 15, 2010 - 03:35 PM
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Donovan McNabb will your leader in DC for a while now. (Photo: Associated Press)

It wasn't that long ago that we wondered if Donovan McNabb's benching during the fourth quarter of the Lions game meant he wouldn't resign with the Redskins after his deal ended at the end of the year. Wonder no more.

He got a five-year, $78 million extension, making clear that the Redskins have no doubt who will be their leader for years to come. Yet even before the Lions game, some Redskins fans have questioned whether they even wanted him under center beyond this year.

What do you think? Is this a positive move for the Redskins' future?

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Did Ryan Zimmerman deserve a Gold Glove?

November 10, 2010 - 05:17 PM
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No hardware for Ryan Zimmerman today. (Photo: Associated Press)

Did Ryan Zimmerman get snubbed for the 2010 National League third base Golden Glove award?

The Reds’ Scott Rolen took home the honors, his eighth overall. Rolen has now won the award with three different teams with 2010 his first since 2006.
Rolen may be the modern day Brooks Robinson, but did he really deserve to win this year over other worthy candidates in Zimmerman and San Diego’s Chase Headley?

TBD's Sam Chamberlain thinks both Zimmerman and Headley have a complaint. Let’s break down the numbers.

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Is Alexander Ovechkin missing his spark?

November 9, 2010 - 10:49 AM
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TBD's Dan Rowinski thinks Alexander Ovechkin has been missing something this year. (Photo: Associated Press)

TBD's Dan Rowinski has noticed that Alexander Ovechkin seems to be missing a bit of his spark this year, writing that "the cocky thump that has defined the Russian superstar to start his career does not seem to be present 14 games into this season." He says the team-high four hits Ovie registered against the Flyers Sunday were deceptive, as he passed on hits he would have made two years ago.

Ovie is statistically doing fine, as he's third in the NHL in points with 18 (eight goals, 10 assists). But for those who have watched the games, are you seeing what Rowinski has seen? And do you think it'll impact the Caps as the season goes on?

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JaMarcus Russell and the Redskins: Bad idea or terrible idea?

November 2, 2010 - 12:06 PM
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As you know, there are only two sides to any issue. And we like to present both of them here at TBD, so after hearing that the Redskins are giving a tryout to JaMarcus Russell, let's look at the X's and O's of the possibility. We'll get to the bottom of whether this is a terrible idea, or merely a bad idea.

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Randy Moss waived, Redskins a fit?

November 1, 2010 - 03:10 PM
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Randy Moss: Future Redskin? (Photo: Associated Press)

We haven't even heard the story of why it happened yet, but the Minnesota Vikings have waived wide receiver Randy Moss, according to reports all over the place.

It took just seconds for fans to start imagining him in a Redskins uniform, and it makes sense in a lot of ways. Danny Snyder loves his big names. Though Anthony Armstrong has made several big plays, the Skins don't have a reliable second receiver behind Santana Moss. And Donovan McNabb had his best year throwing to Terrell Owens, so he's ready for just about anything.

What do you think? Should the Skins take a chance on him?

 

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Will Donovan McNabb get a contract extension?

November 1, 2010 - 07:43 AM
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Donovan McNabb hasn't been what some Skins fans have expected. (Photo: Jay Westcott)

It was assumed Donovan McNabb would be the one deciding whether or not he'd be the Redskins' quarterback for years to come. Now, a lot of fans are debating whether the Skins should even offer him an extension after his contract runs up after this year.

Skins fans knew they'd be getting an upgrade over Jason Campbell, but they thought they'd be getting more than this. We've seen many people saying that they finally understand why the Eagles traded him.

Even with his struggles and his fourth-quarter benching against the Lions, do you still think he gives the Redskins their best chance at winning that they've had in years? Or do we not believe that anymore?

And would you be comfortable seeing him lead the Skins for the next three or four years?

 

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Ugliest win in Redskins history?

October 25, 2010 - 05:00 AM
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Unless you really, really like interceptions, Sunday's 17-14 win over the Bears was about as ugly of a Redskins win as you'll ever see. There were three turnovers, six fumbles, many bad decisions by Donovan McNabb, wide receivers dropping easy passes, 2-13 on third down conversions, a missed field goal, squandered field position, and seven penalties. If the Bears weren't that much worse, all that would have almost certainly led to a loss for the Redskins.

But the defense showed up, likely saving this game from being the worst win the Redskins have ever had. Just for fun, let's think back: Can you think of any games in which they played worse, but somehow came away with a win?

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Is the Colts loss Donovan McNabb's fault?

October 17, 2010 - 05:00 AM
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This wasn't Donovan McNabb's finest hour.

In TBD's in-game live chat, which you should check out during next week's game, Jon Kelman of DC Landing Strip asked: "What did McNabb do today that was better than mediocre?" No one had an answer.

McNabb has occasionally looked dynamic this year, but Redskins fans have also seen the spells of inaccuracy that McNabb was often known for in Philadelphia. He had an opportunity to lead the Skins down the field for a game-winning drive but came up short.

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Gilbert Arenas: Are you bothered by his lie?

October 14, 2010 - 04:00 AM
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Gilbert Arenas and his fully functional left knee. (Photo: Associated Press)

Gilbert Arenas, who can never seem to find any ways to get attention from the media, found himself in a new one: He faked a knee injury before a preseason game, claiming he did it so backup Nick Young could play more.

TBD's Samuel Chamberlain likened it to Allen Iverson's famous rant about practice (not a game, not a game), arguing that you can wake him up when it happens during the regular season. But Coach Flip Saunders was less amused, fining Arenas an undisclosed amount.

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Are the Redskins a playoff team?

October 11, 2010 - 07:14 AM
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It's been a long time since we've seen a team that has so violently yanked around its fans' expectations from week to week.

One week they're a bunch of bums, the next they're beating one of the NFL's hottest teams. Actually, one half they're a bunch of bums, the next they're beating one of the NFL's hottest teams. As DC Pro Sports Report pointed out, the Skins have yet to put together a full four-quarter game.

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Is Riggo's rushing record safe?

October 7, 2010 - 01:46 PM
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Clinton Portis entered the season needing just 875 yards to tie John Riggins as the franchise's all-time leading rusher. (Photo: Associated Press)

Clinton Portis entered the season with 6,597 yards as a Redskin and within 875 yards of John Riggins for first place on the franchise’s all-time rushing list.

During the training camp, with Portis slimmed down and showing good quickness and explosion, it looked as if Riggo -- the most beloved Redskin of all time for many fans -- just might be unseated.

Portis struggled in the first two games of the season, then got off to a strong start in Week 3 before falling down and being replaced as the primary runner by Ryan Torain. Then last week he again started strong while facing the Eagles, and after picking up 55 yards on 11 carries, Portis suffered his groin pull in the third quarter.

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Clinton Portis injury: The beginning of his end in Washington?

October 6, 2010 - 03:55 PM
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Will Clinton Portis regain his starting spot? (Photo: Jay Westcott)

Remember when the Redskins had an overabundance of running backs? Those were the days.

We've come a long way since training camp. Back then, we debated Larry Johnson v. Willie Parker for the back-up spot to Clinton Portis, and Keiland Williams v. Ryan Torain for the third spot. How times have changed.

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Who was the Redskins' MVP against the Eagles?

October 4, 2010 - 05:00 AM
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Ryan Torain was one of several Skins to come up big against the Eagles. (Photo: Jay Westcott)

Though the actual game ball went to Donovan McNabb in the locker room, there's no clear choice for MVP after the Skins' 17-12 victory over the Eagles.

McNabb didn't play his finest game, but did come up with some big first downs with his legs and tossed a few big ones. Meanwhile, Clinton Portis and Ryan Torain were effective on the ground, the secondary shut down the Eagles' dangerous receivers, and some big hits were administered all night.

Who does your game ball go to? Let's discuss it in the comments.

 

 

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Was Wednesday Adam Dunn's last home game as a National?

September 29, 2010 - 08:36 AM
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Adam Dunn's last victory lap at home as a National? (Photo: Associated Press)

Jokes about home games against the Phillies actually being road games aside, there's a significant chance this could be Adam Dunn's last game as a National inside Nationals Park. MASN's Ben Goessling reports that sources have told him it's unlikely the Nats will resign the first baseman.

Fittingly, Dunn was the hero in last night's 2-1 win over the Phillies. Sam Chamberlain reports Dunn didn't have his mind on nostalgia after the game.

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Will the Redskins win in the next three weeks?

September 26, 2010 - 07:38 PM
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Coach Mike Shanahan has a tough task ahead of him. (Photo: Associated Press)

Just as fan confidence is at its lowest, Washington will have to deal with a brutal schedule in the three weeks ahead: at Philadelphia, followed by home games with Green Bay and Indianapolis.

The Eagles didn't seem like an overly imposing opponent until recently, when Michael Vick got the keys and made the offense suddenly lethal. Green Bay is 2-0 going into its Monday night game with Chicago, and has looked awfully good on the way. Indianapolis rebounded from its Week 1 loss to Houston by throttling the Giants and Broncos.

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Stan Kasten resigning: Good or bad news?

September 23, 2010 - 03:56 PM
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Stan Kasten will be leaving the Nationals at the end of the 2010 season. (Photo: Associated Press)

Nationals fans may have been prepared for President Stan Kasten's announced resignation by this morning's Thomas Boswell column in The Washington Post. Boswell didn't break the news that Kasten will be leaving at the end of the 2010 season, but it sure was a finely timed column examining the issue.

Now, fans are speculating on the Nats' future, and revisiting Kasten's legacy. Will he be missed as an advocate for the owners opening up their wallets, or was he just as responsible for all the Nats' misery as anyone else?

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Did Larry Johnson deserve to be cut?

September 21, 2010 - 05:44 PM
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Larry Johnson runs from tacklers, presumably in the correct direction. (Photo: Jay Westcott)

Larry Johnson, who proved against the Texans that he is not Barry Sanders by taking a brutal 10-yard loss on an unnecessary backward loop, was cut by the Redskins today. His final line as a Redskin: 5 carries, 2 yards.

It looked to be an exciting offseason at the running back spot, as Johnson was one of two former Pro Bowlers the Skins signed. The other, Willie Parker, was cut during training camp.

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Should DeAngelo Hall always cover the top receiver?

September 21, 2010 - 05:00 AM
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In a not-so-delicate suggestion – in fact, it wasn't a suggestion at all – DeAngelo Hall assigned himself to the opposition's top receiver for the rest of the season. He hadn't run it by defensive coordinator Jim Haslett yet, but he didn't hesitate to tell reporters about his plan.

Bold, to be sure. But did he have a point?

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Will the Redskins' running game appear?

September 20, 2010 - 05:00 AM
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When everyone's tired in the fourth quarter and your team is winning, there's nothing better than seeing a running attack that jams the football down the defense's throat, keeping the clock running and keeping the ball away from the other offense.

Sure would have been nice, huh?

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