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Old 01-03-2006, 01:00 PM   #1
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Tony McGee: Redskins @ Eagles

Former NFL great Tony McGee sat down with TheWarpath.net front office Monday afternoon and answered some TheWarpath.net questions about the Redskins 31-20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Please be sure to visit http://www.tonymcgeeplus.com and watch Tony McGee's Pro Football Plus Saturdays at 11:30 am on Comcast SportsNet and DirecTV to see Tony and his panel of guests answer "TheWarpath.net Question of the Week". This week's question is "Who will be the Redskins 2006 opening day starter at Quarterback?Ē Ok, let's get started with Tony's thoughts here:

I thought it was a good game, but not the greatest game the Redskins have played. I was disappointed with the lack of pass rush the past couple of weeks. I thought that they started with a good rush at the beginning of the game, then the rush digressed and came back towards the end. I do, however, feel that the lack of pass rush had to do more with the scheme than it did with the linemen. I felt like the Redskins didnít rush the passer through blitzes as much as they did just send the down linemen.

AnonEmouse, I think the first half struggles had to do with both the play calling and nerves. This was a big rivalry game, so you cant expect Philadelphia to not play hard, as they obviously brought their game. In addition, you have to understand that to this point it was probably the biggest game that the majority of these guys have ever played it, so its only natural that they would be nervous.

MattyK72, as far as Mark Brunell being out there, I have mixed feelings. I , for one thought that Patrick Ramsey should have started the game. However, you have to go with what Coach Gibbs thinks is the best decision. The Redskins won the game, so its hard to say that Coach Gibbs made the wrong choice. You have to stick by his decision.

Skinsguy, I think a hard fought win is definitely better for the Redskins. I think having the starters out there for the whole game, and coming together was definitely a positive to carry over into the Tampa Bay game.

Looking ahead to the Tampa Bay game, the key to winning the game is to get pressure on Chris Simms. The reason that Tampa Bay was able to pass the ball so well last time was the lack of pass rush that the Redskins were able to generate. Chris Simms isnít a great quarterback, much like Mike McMahon, but if you give him extra time he will beat the skinsí. As far as Cadillac Williams goes, the key is to get him bottled up and not let him run well right from the start. If you let him start to run well, he will continue to run well. Having Sean Taylor in the lineup will make a difference for the Washington Redskins, as well. Joey Galloway is a receiver who prides himself on his toughness and likes to go across the middle. Sean Taylor is a guy that will make a receiver like that tentative, so Galloway might struggle a little bit more than he did in the last game. Offensively, Clinton Portis doesnít need to have quite as good of a game as he did against Tampa Bay last time, but if he could get up around the century mark, it will allow Santana Moss to have less pressure on him. In addition, the last four or five games with Clinton Portis rushing so well, should loosen up the pass coverage and Tampa Bay will focus in on the run. Finally, Iím sure that the last game will weigh in on the Redskins minds, but they have to start with a clean slate and go into Tampa and play like they have the past five weeks.

Tony McGee's NFL career started in 1971 where he was a starting defensive end for the Chicago Bears. In 1974, Tony began a 7-year stint with the New England Patriots and earned the nickname, "Mac the Sack." His unique ability to swarm opposing quarterbacks helped coin the phrase, "designated pass rusher." Tony's career as a Washington Redskin began in 1982, and included a Super Bowl championship. Tony ended his spectacular career in 1985 with 106 career sacks and played in over 200 games -- a feat achieved only by a select group of NFL defensive linemen.
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Old 01-03-2006, 09:46 PM   #2
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Nice work Gmanc. Thanks for taking over while I'm away. I'll need you to do next week as well if you can. Thanks again.
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Old 01-04-2006, 04:01 PM   #3
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Great Read Tony McGee! Thanks!

Just enough inside info for us to be more knowledgeable, and just enough tease to keep us looking for more next week!
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