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Old 12-26-2005, 03:30 PM   #1
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Tony McGee: Redskins vs. Giants

Former NFL great Tony McGee sat down with TheWarpath.net front office Monday afternoon and answered some TheWarpath.net questions about the Redskins 35-20 win over the New York Giants. 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 "Gregg Williams is on the list of a lot of NFL teams to be their next head coach, do you think he will stay in Washington or opt for another head coaching job?Ē Ok, let's get started with Tony's thoughts here:

This was a good, dominate performance overall by the Washington Redskins. Clinton Portis and the Redskins offense were able to run the ball effectively, and they did a great job stopping the run defensively, which is very important. Clinton Portis has been very critical in the Redskins winning streak, and he is doing that everyone associated the with the Washington Redskins has been wanting to do the past few years, and that is run the football effectively. When we rush the ball well, we are able to pass the ball well, which is why Santana Moss was able to be so effective this weekend. If Moss is double teamed, it will take him out of most games, but when you can run the ball effectively it opens up Moss. The one thing I think the Redskins will have to do better is pressure the quarterback; there was not enough pressure on Eli Manning. If the Redskins want to beat the Philadelphia Eagles, this is something the Redskins will have to do effectively. Mike McMahon is not a very good quarterback, but if you give him to much time to sit in the pocket and find a receiver, he can be very good. The Redskins need to find a way to rush the quarterback like they did against Dallas if they want to be successful the rest of the season.

Next week against Philadelphia it is imperative that the Redskins come out with a lot of intensity, they can not be caught looking ahead or they will be sitting at home in two weeks. They need to run the ball effectively, and if Mark Brunell isnít able to play this weekend, they canít put the game into Patrick Ramseyís hands. They need to allow Ramsey to make safe, smart throws, and pound the ball. Donít make Patrick Ramsey win the game, just let him manage it.

GMANC711, I think a lot of people are like you and are surprised at the lack of touches Rock Cartwright has been receiving. In the NFL, though, you donít lose your job very often to injury. When Ladell Betts became healthy, they would now play him, thatís how it works in the NFL.

Bigskinbauer, we canít think ahead to the playoffs, the players need to take things one week at a time and not worry about the momentum shifts. If they start thinking past next week, they are going to get into trouble. The Redskins just have to take care of the business in front of them, and make it to the playoffs. This is a very winnable game no matter who is in at quarterback, but if they get caught looking ahead, it could be a long day. As far as home field advantage in the playoffs, it would be an advantage to the Redskins, but its very unlikely. The Redskins have had some trouble on the road, but they can win on the road too. Having a home playoff game would be important to Washington, but they just need to focus on the task at hand first.

Skinsguy, I think were getting a little bit ahead of ourselves when we talk about the Super Bowl. This is a team that can be out of the playoffs next week, so I donít think we can talk about them being in the Super Bowl just yet.

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 12-27-2005, 08:05 AM   #2
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Thanks Tony and thanks for Gmanc711 for taking over the duties this week!
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Thanks Tony! Great assessment!

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