You have questions about the Redskins; we have answers. Every week in this space WarpathInsiders' Redskins beat writer John Keim and site Editor-in-Chief Rich Tandler will answer questions about the team. The questions come from a variety of sources—our CPND Redskins Addiction message board, conversations with Redskins fans, and from you. If you have a question, send it to WarpathInsiders@comcast.net. Each week we'll select the best questions and answer them right here.
Will Joe Gibbs get fined for his comments about the
officials? If so, how much?
Keim: I doubt it. He was fined $10,000 after the Denver loss for commenting on the officials, but that time he said, ''I don't think it was a well-officiated game ... There's some mystery stuff going on.''
That calls into question the integrity of the officials. This time he just criticized certain calls. He also said calls can affect the outcome of a game. But that was speaking in general. I would hope he's not fined for disagreeing with them.
Was it better for the Redskins that the Cowboys pulled
out the Monday night game?
Tandler: While there were benefits for the Redskins to the Philly loss, it would have been better had the Eagles been able to hold on. The good part for the Redskins is that the Eagles are probably done, especially if Donovan McNabb is out for any extended period of time. That makes the division a three-team race instead of four. However, it would have been better for the Redskins to be in a three-way tie for second, which they would have been had Dallas lost. Still, if the Redskins are going to win the division or grab a Wild Card spot, they will have to beat Dallas on December 18 at FedEx. If the Redskins do win that game, they will make up the game and have the tiebreaker over Dallas. So, in the big picture, the game did ding the Redskins post-season hopes a bit, but if they take care of their own business against Dallas and against the Giants on Christmas Eve they should still be OK.
Will the fact that Norv Turner used to coach here and was
fired by Dan Snyder have any effect on Sunday's game? Can he do anything to get
his troops to win one for him?
Keim: I'm sure Norv will want to win this one pretty bad -- no matter what he says publicly -- but it has been five years since he coached here. That lessens the revenge factor. Heck, Turner's in a fight to save his job so he should approach every game the same way. As for his players, it depends what they think of him. I'm sure they'll talk about wanting to win this for him, but stuff like that won't decide this game. If you're not prepared, or if your defense gives up too many big plays, that's what matters.
How many Raiders fans are likely to be in attendance at
FedEx on Sunday?
Tandler: There will be upwards of 10,000, maybe more. They can't sell out their home stadium for anything, but the Raiders have a national following and the Raider Nation finds its way into East Coast stadiums every time the team plays in one. It's been 10 years since the Raiders have been to Washington (they played at RFK the last time they were here) and they aren't scheduled to be back again until after the 2009 season, when the current schedule rotation has been completed. There's no doubt that the Raiders fans all over the Eastern time zone have scoured Ebay and Stub Hub and there will be plenty of those oddly-clad folks there on Sunday. The good news is that even if there are 10,000 of them, they're still outnumbered nine to one at FedEx.
Isn't it time to get Carlos Rogers in the staring lineup,
given Walt Harris' struggles?
Keim: YES! Harris is a class act and a terrific locker room guy. Quiet, just does his job, doesn't make excuses. But I'd like to see more of Rogers, too. I know he got beat on one pass the other day, but every corner does. Too often Harris gives too much cushion in coverage and misses too many tackles (though he improved in that the other day). Rogers is a terrific athlete, is more physical and has better makeup speed. I would have thought he'd be starting by now.