The Washington Redskins have made some curious spending decisions in the past but the trade for Donovan McNabb & the signing of Mike Shanahan may be the start of something good for the Washington Redskins. With the acquisition of McNabb, offense may not be the issue but there could be issues on the defensive side of the ball.
Shanahan Starts His Tenure in a Battle With His Newly Converted Nose Guard
Albert Haynesworth is in a battle with his new head coach Shanahan because the defensive scheme is going to change for the 2010 NFL season. Washington’s defense will go to a 3-4 alignment, forcing Haynesworth to move from defensive end to nose tackle. Haynesworth is not very excited about playing in the trenches and not being able to come around from the defensive end side to rack up sacks.
Shanahan and the entire Washington Redskins team are upset with Haynesworth because he knew the defensive scheme was going to change, yet he still took a bonus payment of 21 million dollars. Shanahan said after Haynesworth didn’t show up, “I assumed he was alright with what we doing when he took the money.” One thing can be sure if Haynesworth does show up for the Washington Redskins training camp next week he will be staying in the doghouse.
Will McNabb Fit With the Washington Redskin Offense?
Although the Washington Redskins will continue to run the West Coast Offense that Jim Zorn installed, the tweaks and additions by offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan will create a high octane offense. Enter Donovan McNabb, who has been in the high octane offense of Andy Reid his entire career.
McNabb should be able to make a smooth transition into Shanahan’s system and he as already invited his receiver and backfield to join him for “Hell Week” in Arizona. “Hell Week is Donovan McNabb’s week before camp preparation. From all who have attended his camp, it is a grueling week that makes training camp look tame in comparison.
Will McNabb and Clinton Portis Work Well Together in the Washington Redskins Backfield?
Clinton Portis is said to be coming into camp in great shape and determined to be an asset to his new quarterback. No word if Portis will attend “Hell Week” but if he is due for a bounce back year. Portis is going to be Donovan McNabb’s Brian Westbrook out of the backfield.
Portis is great catching the ball out in the flat and is quick to get turned around and headed up field effortlessly. If Portis can stay healthy he could have 700-800 yards receiving to go with a possible 1300-1500 yards rushing. Portis and McNabb will have to work together if Shanahan’s high octane, West Coast offense is to work.
Washington Redskins Defensive Change is Causing Upheaval
The Washington Redskins and Mike Shanahan are going with the 3-4 defense for the 2010 NFL season. Besides the Albert Haynesworth debacle, the entire defense is under the gun to change to the faster, action based 3-4.
Washington will be relying on their linebackers and secondary to pick up the slack on defense and in theory it sounds like a good plan. The positive of the Redskins early OTA’s is that besides Haynesworth, the attitude of players adapting to the new system is a positive one.
Las Vegas Giving Washington Redskins 3.5 more Wins in 2010
The Las Vegas Hilton Superbook has placed the Over/Under win total of the Washington Redskins at 7.5 wins. That would be an improvement of 3.5 wins over last year and that may be asking a little much in the tough NFC East.The Washington Redskins could win six games and call it an improvement but their fan base will not be happy.
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