1. Donovan McNabb.
So…. he says the Eagles are a better team than the Redskins and shouldn't ever have lost to them. Let's see, the Redskins made the playoffs last year and the Eagles didn't. The Redskins have started off 4-1 while the Eagles are 2-3. And, oh yes, the Redskins beat them Sunday – outscoring them 23-3 in the final three quarters. Is it possible the Redskins are better? Hmmm.
2. Right tackle.
It's very, very clear that Jim Zorn prefers Stephon Heyer. Given several chances to praise Jon Jansen on Monday he would point out other players, such as Chris Samuels and Casey Rabach. Zorn, a former quarterback, wants a pass protector first. But the offense looked darn good against two excellent defenses the past two weeks with Jansen in the game. Some members of the front office have told others they don't think Jansen can play anymore. But his line mates liked having him in the game, knowing he would understand his assignments. And let's just say the running backs liked having cutback lanes. But the choice for Zorn is this: young vs. old; pass protection vs. run blocking. Heyer is a part of the Redskins' future; it's clear that Jansen is not.
3. Leigh Torrence.
OK, this is off-topic, but he spent Monday making a last-ditch effort to register players to vote (it was the deadline in Virginia). Give the kid credit for getting involved. He helped register Rock Cartwright among others.
4. Lucky players.
If the Redskins were 2-3, you have to believe Durant Brooks would be out of a job. He's had three bad games out of five – three really bad games. The Redskins crossed their fingers when they kept him, knowing Derrick Frost was more proven but would not improve. When you talk to Brooks, he comes across to many as a bit scared or unsure of himself. He rallied after two bad games, had two good ones then had a clunker vs. Philly. He's on a short leash. The other lucky player is Chris Horton. He's made some mistakes that could have cost games for Washington, but he's also been in position to make plays. Sometimes he's made mistakes in coverage and still ended up with an interception. At least with Horton you can live with the growing pains because you see the promise.
5. Shaun Suisham.
I talked to Suisham last week to find out why his kickoffs have been so much better. He was stumped by the question, because he really didn't realize there was any difference. But there is; he's already had four touchbacks --- two less than all of last season. He's had a few others that have been kicked into the end zone and returned. It's why the Redskins are third in the NFL in starting field position by the opposition. He's quietly become a very reliable kicker for the Redskins.
John Keim covers the Redskins for the Washington Examiner and is a contributing editor for Warpathinsiders.com. He has covered the team since 1994. Some of his other stories can be found at dcexaminer.com
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