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From Philadelphia, Marcus Hayes writes an article about how the Jets might be in trouble trying to incorporate the Wildcat with a backup QB as the trigger man. ?Hayes should know, because he watched the dance between Donovan McNabb and Michael Vick just a few years ago and according to Hayes, it wasn't pretty.
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The Daily News' Gary Myers thinks so:

Clearly, McNabb is on a one-year trial. [Mike]?Shanahan is taking McNabb for a test drive.

But Shanahan undermined McNabb's ability to lead this team (by benching him last week with 1:50 to go and trailing the Lions by six). How can McNabb trust him? Will it happen again? Unless McNabb plays lights-out the second half of the season, I find it hard to believe he will be back in Washington next year.

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Donovan McNabb, Mike Shanahan, NFC East, NFL, Washington Redskins
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ELI MANNING IS?DIVISION'S TOP QB

Andy Reid has spent all season trying to decide if Kevin Kolb or Michael Vick will be the Eagles' starting quarterback. In Washington, Mike Shanahan doesn't seem to think Donovan McNabb can run the two-minute offense. By the way, McNabb has under-performed this year, his first as a Redskin: Eight games, seven touchdowns, eight interceptions. And how 'bout them Cowboys? Tony Romo is done for the year and he wasn't all that great when he was in there anyway. Right now the Cowboys' season (I know, their season is over) is in the hands of Jon Kitna. Enough said.

And then there's Eli Manning, arguably the best quarterback in the NFC East even when Romo, McNabb, Kolb, and Vick are at their best. Manning has thrown 14 touchdown passes against 11 interceptions. He's thrown for 1,785 yards?and has a quarterback rating of 88.3. At this point, the numbers aren't as good as last year. But they've been good enough. Certainly better than anyone else under center in the NFC East.

Tags: Donovan McNabb, Eli Manning, Jon Kitna, Kevin Kolb, Michael Vick, New York Giants, NFC East, tony romo

When the Eagles traded Donovan McNabb this past offseason, both the team and the player knew this day would come. On Sunday afternoon, McNabb will lead his 1-2 Redskins into Lincoln Financial Field to face the 2-1 Eagles?in front of a national television audience. After an impressive win over the Cowboys?in Week 1, the Redskins have dropped two straight. Their defense has struggled. Washington is?last in the NFC in average yards allowed per game (423.7). On Sunday, the Redskins will face Michael Vick, now the starting quarterback of the Eagles. But the spotlight will be on McNabb, who makes his return to the city where he spent the first 11 years of his career.

"I'm just excited about this opportunity to give us a chance of getting back on track," McNabb said yesterday.

"For me to sit here and try to explain how my emotions may be or what might be going through my mind, I think it's just - as Mike Tyson said - ludicrous," McNabb said. "The thing about it is, I think I can respond to that better when the game is over. For me to try to come up with something wouldn't be right.

Tags: Donovan McNabb, NFC East, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins
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And you thought the?Albert Haynesworth soap opera was over? Less than a week away from the Redskins' opener against Dallas, it now appears that the defensive end won't start the?game?because the coaching staff?isn't happy with his play. His status is anything but certain. From The Washington Post:

Two team sources said Haynesworth probably would have had a key role, even if he did not start, against the Cowboys this week if he had fared well in the preseason finale against the Arizona Cardinals. Haynesworth's play was described as "awful" by the sources, who said it wasn't as much a matter of blown assignments (Haynesworth did not have many) as his lack of effort and failure to adhere to the principles of Washington's new 3-4 scheme.

Practice was closed to the media Saturday, but a team source said Haynesworth participated in few plays. After lining up primarily at right end recently, Haynesworth was moved back to nose tackle. And in an even more telling sign about Haynesworth's standing on the team, the two-time all-pro was taken out of the nickel package. He had started in that defensive alignment for the final two weeks of the preseason.Meanwhile, head coach Mike Shanahan is confident that quarterback Donovan McNabb (ankle) will start the opener.

Tags: Albert Haynesworth, Donovan McNabb, Mike Shanahan, NFC East, Washington Redskins
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DALLAS COWBOYS: The Cowboys had one of the top defenses in the league last year. Dallas ranked ninth in the NFL in yards per game, second in points allowed, and third in forced punts. However, they were tied for 15th in forced fumbles (23) and 26th in interceptions (11).

"A really grand statistic every year in the league is your turnover ratio and how that kind of relates to winning and losing," linebacker Keith Brooking said. "All the teams that are plus in the turnovers... tend to kind of favor being really good, successful and being in the playoffs year in and year out. That's something we didn't do well last year defensively."

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Donovan McNabb, Mike Shanahan, New York Giants Blogs, NFC East, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins
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When the news broke yesterday of the deal struck between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington Redskins, jaws dropped and heads were scratched.

Why would the Eagles trade Donovan McNabb to the Redskins?

To many, the trade makes no sense. The NFC East had a specific pecking order, one which had the Redskins on the outside looking in. Now, with the addition of a franchise quarterback, Washington is back inside with a better seat at the table.

Tags: Donovan McNabb, NFC East, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins
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