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Daly Dead On

Nov 23, 2004, 2:32 AM EDT



Dan Daly hits the nail on the head more often than any columnist out there who covers the Redskins. I like Wilbon and Boswell OK, but the former is a TV star with an agenda and Bears fan to boot, and the latter is one of the best baseball writers in the business who occasionally scores some good points about football. (And I don’t say that because Daly has said nice things about my books and occasionally throws me a plug in his Sunday columns.)

Daly is a football guy, he’s written a book or two about the history of the game and he just gets it. He’s not a self-promoter; you don’t find him putting his name out to be on this or that radio call in show. And he’s probably been to more Redskins games over the past decade or so than any other beat writer or columnist covering the team. Others have come and gone, and the “stars” like Wilbon cover other events like the World Series during the football season. But there’s Daly, game after game, building an encyclopedic knowledge of the team.

The only problem with his column on Monday was that it left me with nothing to amplify, clarify, or expound upon. If it’s live, follow the link above. If not, go to http://washingtontimes.com/sports and click on the Dan Daly link. Here’s the conclusion:

They’re such a study in contrasts, the Redskins are. The defense attacks, attacks, attacks, and the offense assumes the fetal position almost from the first snap. But at least the right quarterback is on the field now. We have that to be thankful for this week.

A little short on time today, I’ll take a look at my Eagles game predictions (which, unfortunately, will earn a good number of buckets) tomorrow.

  1. Anonymous - Nov 23, 2004 at 2:58 PM

    William McPherson, Suffolk VA

    Let me just say that I have been suprisingly impressed with the Redskin defense this season. The importation of Gregg Williams from Buffalo was a good idea. However, the offense has played dismally and I believe it is from a lack of leadership on the part of Coach Gibbs. I’ve been a Redskin fan since 1991, I remember the confidence Coach Gibbs had when he was coaching the Redskins. His leadership was extraordinary and players caught his vision for the team. Now, it seems Coach Gibbs just wants to avoid another embrassment instead of winning the game. Let the offense play! If the make some mistakes that is ok, it can’t get much worse than it is right now! If we’re going to finish this season well, we need Gibbs to step up and become determined to win football games and not save face.

  2. Anonymous - Nov 23, 2004 at 6:58 PM

    William McPherson, Suffolk VA

    Let me just say that I have been suprisingly impressed with the Redskin defense this season. The importation of Gregg Williams from Buffalo was a good idea. However, the offense has played dismally and I believe it is from a lack of leadership on the part of Coach Gibbs. I’ve been a Redskin fan since 1991, I remember the confidence Coach Gibbs had when he was coaching the Redskins. His leadership was extraordinary and players caught his vision for the team. Now, it seems Coach Gibbs just wants to avoid another embrassment instead of winning the game. Let the offense play! If the make some mistakes that is ok, it can’t get much worse than it is right now! If we’re going to finish this season well, we need Gibbs to step up and become determined to win football games and not save face.

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