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The good vibes from the Redskins preseason carried right over into the regular season on Sunday.

Rex Grossman made Mike Shanahan look smart for a week, and last year’s awful defense looked much improved.  Washington’s wild optimism for this team will only grow from here.  Especially after they hear the following story.

Shanny gave the team Monday off after the big win, which is traditional after the victory.  Led by linebacker London Fletcher, the team vetoed the idea.  They will watch film and work out instead.

“It’s just something special, some little buzz going around in here,” Anthony Armstrong said after the game via the Washington Post. “I don’t know what it is, but it’s something special.”

We remember a huge amount of optimism about the Redskins last year after their opening week win.  The Shanahan era would be different, we were told.  Instead the ’10 season devolved into an ugly campaign centered around Donovan McNabb and Albert Haynesworth.

This Redskins squad may still not have enough talent to win consistently, but it’s harder to imagine this group creating so much negative drama.

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  1. benh999 says: Sep 12, 2011 9:35 AM

    Better hook up the polygraph and find out the cause of such insubordination.

  2. berniemadoffsides says: Sep 12, 2011 9:39 AM

    As a Giants fan, I must admit – I was impressed with how hard they played in that second half. I can’t blame it on the injuries, either. Their energy was just superior to ours.

    I think Tim Hightower is going to have a great season there.

  3. shanefu316 says: Sep 12, 2011 9:39 AM

    Big deal….they’ve been on vacation the last 5 seasons.

  4. bturner032002 says: Sep 12, 2011 9:39 AM

    “This Redskins squad may still not have enough talent to win consistently”

    lol hater!

  5. losvandam says: Sep 12, 2011 9:40 AM

    kinda cheesy but gets me cised!

  6. clintonportisheadd says: Sep 12, 2011 9:40 AM

    Much ado about nothing…..

  7. touchdownsyndrome says: Sep 12, 2011 9:42 AM

    Big division win and a great team effort.

    15 more to go before we can truly assess this team’s ultimate direction.

    Pass Pro needs to step up. Props to the depleted G-Men D-line… They bring the heat regardless of who’s playing on Sunday.

  8. jpmelon says: Sep 12, 2011 9:42 AM

    I do miss London Fletcher. Great player to have on your team….he was the same way when he was in Buffalo.

  9. giselleisasucubus says: Sep 12, 2011 9:44 AM

    this team looked really tough yesterday. Not perfect, but their defense is young, hungry and talented, Rex is better than anyone gives him credit for, the TE’s are both good and their wide outs arent bad either. This team is going to surprise people. BTW- NOT a skins fan.

  10. waitingguilty says: Sep 12, 2011 9:44 AM

    It’s also hard to imagine that 30 other teams are better than the Redskins.

  11. cakemixa says: Sep 12, 2011 9:46 AM

    SB bound!

  12. kevo126 says: Sep 12, 2011 9:48 AM

    lets not get to excited. they still have rex as their qb and they beat an average, non playoff team at home.

  13. therealsmiley says: Sep 12, 2011 9:48 AM

    Awwwww sheeeeeet!! We like to hear that!! Hail!!

  14. talkintrashallday says: Sep 12, 2011 9:49 AM

    REMEMBER….your QB is Rex Grossman. You’ll get a win every so often.

  15. redskinspike says: Sep 12, 2011 9:49 AM

    The Redskins are going to have a good season this year. Don’t be surprised if they go 7-9, 8-8 or 9-7. The defense looked great yesterday (and when Landry is back it’ll be even better), and the offense led by Sexy Rexy was shaky at times but they looked good in the second half.

  16. jnbnet says: Sep 12, 2011 9:50 AM

    Not a Skins fan, but I did watch them and was impressed by their intensity. Their decision to come to work on Monday shows their desire to win.

  17. sullijo1 says: Sep 12, 2011 9:50 AM

    Isn’t this against the new Union rules?? Clearly a lawsuit headed their way.

  18. blackqbwhiterb says: Sep 12, 2011 9:51 AM

    Hell yeah, for the 1st time in a decade, players are glad to be in Washington and fans feel good about the team! Not many are under any illusions about the Super Bowl, but finally things feel like there’s a true rebuilding effort underway….and maybe there’s hope….

  19. jimmysee says: Sep 12, 2011 9:51 AM

    McNabb is somebody else’s problem now. 🙂

    So is Haynesworth.

  20. cowboyhater says: Sep 12, 2011 9:52 AM

    I heard Haynesworthless didn’t practice over the weekend due to some unspecified illness, and McSlabb, what can I say about his performance. Have fun Vikes, and Pats. Hey Pats, keeping picking up rejects and keep thinking that your organization can change them. It will catch up to you sooner rather than later. Taking this one game at a time, but HTTR!!!

  21. ninjapleazee says: Sep 12, 2011 9:53 AM

    wait til they play a real team.. then reality kicks in.. and then they’ll have plenty of days off while the playoffs come and they’ll be sitting at home

  22. blackqbwhiterb says: Sep 12, 2011 9:53 AM

    But Trent Williams and the offensive line need to keep improving…..the one glaring thing to me…..

  23. leevi98 says: Sep 12, 2011 9:53 AM

    Why does the media not tell the facts when it comes to the skins???? All I’ve heard has been boo hoo for the Giants cause of injuries…well ….

    the Redskins had them too!!!!

    Jenkins, Landry, Stallworth, Buchcanon & cooley not 100%…so Skins had guys missing too! NO EXCUSES! Injuries are part of the game!

  24. redskinsrt says: Sep 12, 2011 9:57 AM

    The Redskins prevented mistakes from costing them the game in a way that they haven’t for years. We still have some holes but played solid football.

  25. burgundyandgold says: Sep 12, 2011 9:58 AM

    This is going to be a special year for us Redskins fans because, more than anything, the team looks like a professional team again. 7th round draft picks making plays, intensity, support, calmness in the eye of a storm. I am under no illusions that this team will go deep in the playoffs, or make the playoffs, but there is definitely something different going on here and I like it. HTTR!

  26. tundey says: Sep 12, 2011 9:59 AM

    I think the one thing that’s different this year is that fans are starting to understand just how bad, talent-wise, our team has been in the past several years. Thus, expectations have been lowered. We just want the team to play hard, beat the sucky teams and put up a good fight against the killer teams. And to get better. After week 1, they did some of those things. What’s not to like? And all the drama has been removed. Classic case of addition by subtraction.

  27. tundey says: Sep 12, 2011 10:01 AM

    @ninjapleazee: All of a sudden, the Giants are not a “real team”? Give me a break. Both teams had significant injuries and the Redskins won convincingly. Would have been worse without a couple of overthrows by Grossman.

  28. ny82jy says: Sep 12, 2011 10:03 AM

    Nice win yesterday for sure. With that said id like to see the skins step up and be a factor in the division for once. It would make for even more good battles in the nfc east this yr. Not trying to talk crap but if i was a giants fan id be scared to death. This is supposed to be the easy part of their schedule and they lost a winable game already and are still injured bad.

  29. thelittltoad says: Sep 12, 2011 10:03 AM

    Long time skins sufferer here. Liked what I saw. Much improvement in D and scoring. Grossman played well. Can he keep it up?
    I think the skins have more control over their prospects this year. Playoffs feel possible. WOW! Nice.

  30. eaglesfan290 says: Sep 12, 2011 10:07 AM

    Wait till week 2 when the Redskins realize the Giants are not much better than a HS football team. LOL

    I love the passion, but come on guys that wasn’t a big win the Giants have half of their team on IR.

  31. dcsween says: Sep 12, 2011 10:08 AM

    The difference this year looks like its about depth. The talent drop off (and salary drop off) after the starters is nowhere near as steep as it has been in the past.

    The sack leading up to Kerrigan’s Tip Six was by a front of Carriker, Neild, and Golsten … none of which carries the “starter” title. [I do agree with Grumpy Gregg Williams in N.O., however, that on defense, there are no ‘starters’, just packages.]

  32. thunderskins007 says: Sep 12, 2011 10:12 AM

    i remember a friend of mine who is a giant fan by the way crapping on the skins for signing fletcher and letting antonio pierce go. where is antonio pierce now and fletcher is the heart of the skins defense. bet the giants wished they signed fletcher. one of the best free agent moves ever by the skins. i love what he brings to this organization.

  33. nukeslovesit says: Sep 12, 2011 10:21 AM

    The Skins have been one of the worst franchises the better part of a decade. Its only one win, but a big division win nonetheless. Maybe they can get back to some level of respect. Shame what they have gone through, its such a storied franchise.

    As a Giants fan, I am not too thrilled by what I saw yesterday. Where was Jacobs on those 3 &1 and 4 & 1 plays?

  34. mattyk72 says: Sep 12, 2011 10:24 AM

    Man, the backhanded compliments are coming fast & furious in this entry. Stay classy Rosenthal.

    Shanahan is smart for a week eh? Yeah I guess a 2 time Super Bowl winning head coach just might know what he’s doing. Crazy… I know.

  35. n0hopeleft says: Sep 12, 2011 10:31 AM

    From a lifelong Giants fan and season ticket holder:

    Aaron Ross – YOU ARE TERRIBLE.
    You wouldn’t move to safety – maybe now after getting DOMINATED by the Redskins 2nd and 3rd tier receivers, you’ll reazlize that you’ve had one good season, and you aren’t anywhere near how good you think you are.

  36. touchdownsyndrome says: Sep 12, 2011 10:31 AM

    eaglesfan290 says:
    Sep 12, 2011 10:07 AM
    Wait till week 2 when the Redskins realize the Giants are not much better than a HS football team. LOL

    I love the passion, but come on guys that wasn’t a big win the Giants have half of their team on IR.

    I have to disagree.

    Any division win is a “big” win.

    Couple that with the fact that the Giants have owned the Skins lately, and you can see why Sunday was an important W and a step in the right direction for the Skins.

  37. realitypolice says: Sep 12, 2011 10:38 AM

    The first game-costing Grossman pick six will pop this balloon.

  38. skinsfandcdan83 says: Sep 12, 2011 10:38 AM

    Keep hatin on the Skins..We are about give some teams the business this year!!!

  39. realitypolice says: Sep 12, 2011 10:39 AM

    redskinspike says:
    Sep 12, 2011 9:49 AM
    The Redskins are going to have a good season this year. Don’t be surprised if they go 7-9, 8-8 or 9-7.

    The above post tells you everything you need to know about the state of this franchise.

    I can remember a time when records like that got you fired in DC.

    Now that’s a “good” season?


  40. orakpownd says: Sep 12, 2011 10:41 AM

    “half the team on the IR” …..bro enough excuses….tell that too Green Bay last year…..I mean wow…take the loss.

  41. dieselfan44 says: Sep 12, 2011 10:42 AM

    anyone that has followed this team for any period of time can surely see that this group of guys have a totally different mindset!…great victory Monday!

  42. skinsfandcdan83 says: Sep 12, 2011 10:42 AM

    @eaglesfan290 well see you soon!!!!

  43. Rex Grossman says: Sep 12, 2011 10:44 AM

    Man, I smell a future hollywood blockbuster. “Remember the Skins”.

    “No, coach, we’d like to improve, coach.”
    “Yeah, coach, I don’t want to go home today.”
    “Yeah, coach” (x15)


    *starts crying*
    “Well, alright then”


  44. chescobirdfan says: Sep 12, 2011 10:47 AM

    From a lifelong Giants fan and season ticket holder:

    Aaron Ross – YOU ARE TERRIBLE.
    You wouldn’t move to safety – maybe now after getting DOMINATED by the Redskins 2nd and 3rd tier receivers, you’ll reazlize that you’ve had one good season, and you aren’t anywhere near how good you think you are.


  45. jeffro33 says: Sep 12, 2011 10:49 AM

    Big win, have to say that the Redskins showed great toughness yesterday…

    That said, I still don’t see them finishing any better than 3rd in the NFC East.

  46. bradblah says: Sep 12, 2011 10:54 AM

    As an Eagles fan, I don’t look forward to playing them this year. They seemed to put things together well yesterday and Grossman the ball under control most of the game.

  47. toonsterwu says: Sep 12, 2011 11:04 AM

    What does “winning consistently” imply? Considering the NFL is basically a .500 league with one or two teams with great records, and one or two with poor records, I don’t see why Washington can’t be around .500.

    If Rex can be what Brian Griese was to the Denver offense when he was the starter, and the OL can stay healthy, they should have a solid offense. Fred Davis might be a poor blocker, but he’s a legitimate weapon in the passing game that Cooley isn’t anymore since Davis can really attack and stretch the seams. They’ll be able to run with Hightower/Helu/Torain.

    Defensively, the DL is solid, the edge rush looks improved. I am concerned about the secondary, but the starting 4 is solid.

    I think there’s too many concerns and the lack of a top QB to expect more than a .500-ish team, but considering the NFL is a .500 league, I think they can be competitive all year.

  48. musicman495 says: Sep 12, 2011 11:14 AM

    eaglesfan290 says: Sep 12, 2011 10:07 AM

    Wait till week 2 when the Redskins realize the Giants are not much better than a HS football team. LOL

    I love the passion, but come on guys that wasn’t a big win the Giants have half of their team on IR.


    Last time I looked, Justin Tuck and Osi did not play offense. The Redskins defense did plenty to enough to win. If anything, the Giants were done in as much by their bad front office moves and free agent defections as they were by injuries, and those will not be fixed when injured guys come back.

    Meantime, Skins will deal with Eagle and Cowboy losers soon enough.

  49. mike913 says: Sep 12, 2011 11:26 AM

    more like the scrubs the giants had out there that posed as a defense made shanahan look smart for a week. did anyone inform the giants that the lockout was over and they didnt have to use replacement players???

  50. azwildcats96 says: Sep 12, 2011 11:30 AM

    You can hate Shanahan all you want to but he knows how to build playoff caliber teams. Critics love to say, “He’s never won without Elway.” Well how many sb’s has Belicheck won without Brady? It’s only the first game but the winning, professional attitude that the Redskins have now is a good start. Also, his offensive schemes make an average QB look like a pro bowler (insert Jake Plummer). If the defense plays well it wouldn’t be a stretch to see them make the playoffs.

  51. fatguystrangler says: Sep 12, 2011 11:35 AM

    Thanks alot, Giants.
    I’m already out of the work suicide pool.

  52. nac89 says: Sep 12, 2011 11:38 AM

    Remind me again who the Giants were “missing” on offense?? They had all their starters out there and say what you want about their Defense but they still put pressure on Rex ALL day.Maybe the Redskins simply outplayed the Gmen on both sides of the ball. Maybe the Skins were more hungry. Maybe you don’t need Peyton Manning to run a good offensive system. Maybe the Skins had the injury bug as well but still found a way to win. Maybe its time to put away excuses…

  53. sadskinsfan89 says: Sep 12, 2011 11:53 AM

    Was at the game yesterday and that place had energy. Havnt seen it like that in a long long time. Loved how the defense looked besides reed doughty blowing that coverage having the back third. He’s a bum.

  54. corkwriter says: Sep 12, 2011 11:53 AM

    Tough call for Redskins….Come to work and bask in beautiful victory over Giants, or stay home, take care of kids, do housework, run errands etc.

    We kid the Redskins. Good sign of commeraderie. Haynesworth wouldn’t show on day off. heck, he barely showed on his days on.

  55. jaypace says: Sep 12, 2011 12:02 PM

    Note: Rex has passed for 300+ yards in three of his four starts for the skins.

  56. southpaw2k says: Sep 12, 2011 12:19 PM

    Could this be at least in part another method of the team thumbing its collective nose at Haynesworth? If Haynesworth was still on the team and they still won yesterday, would he have still shown up with the rest of the team despite Shanahan giving everyone the day off?

  57. trollaikman8 says: Sep 12, 2011 12:24 PM

    Will Rex Grossman decline dessert?

  58. skins23 says: Sep 12, 2011 12:32 PM

    Huh – well, Shanny is 18-1 on opening weekends, the Redskins draft picks (Kerrigan and Neild) dominated yesterday, Rex had an outstanding game, Gaffney had a TD (who the Skins traded Jeremy Jarmon for and the Broncos ended up cutting), Armstrong had a TD (an UFA who the Skins claimed off waivers), and Hightower had 75 yards and a TD (who the Skins traded 35 year old bench warmer Vonnie Holliday for).

    It’s almost as if the Skins AREN’T a laughing stock.

    Maybe Snyder DOESN’T need to bring back Joe Gibbs, eh PFT?

  59. goindy2006 says: Sep 12, 2011 12:51 PM

    This is the kind of thing you like to see if your a coach! Looks like the team is changing in the right direction. Nice to see!

  60. baddegg says: Sep 12, 2011 12:56 PM

    To all those who are saying, “No big deal, the Giants were injured,” consider this:

    1. Redskins only won 6 games last year and have been picked by the national media to go as low as 2-14 this year. Winning ANY game is a big deal. Besides, you have to beat struggling teams before you beat good ones. If the Pats beat the Browns, no one is saying that “the win doesn’t count.”

    2. I don’t see many Redskins fans on this site or others predicting a Super Bowl for the team this year. Instead, I see people happy that they are competitive and rebuilding enough to go 7-9 or 8-8.

    3. As has been pointed out, Redskins had some significant injuries as well. Landry and Jenkins out are HUGE, for instance.

    4. The big difference in this year’s opening win vs. last year’s opening win was that that win was spurred by a freak big play (fumble and interception return for a TD). Most of the season, they played close and only one at the very end or let games go at the very end. In this game, they took the lead, maintained it, and expanded it. That did NOT happen last year, even against BAD teams.

    5. The fact that the team wants to come back to work is good, EVEN IF THE TEAM GOES 6-10. It shows that they want to improve and get better. How on earth can you say it is a bad thing to want to get better? They don’t have to go to the playoffs to make that a good sign for the team.

    6. Haters gonna hate.

  61. baddegg says: Sep 12, 2011 12:58 PM

    I am really happy for the win, but the one thing that they need to seriously work on is blitz pickup and a quick response when the pressure comes. Bad Rex only game out one time for the fumble, but you are rolling the dice if you let him get hit that many times.

  62. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 12, 2011 1:10 PM

    Skins will still go 5-11.

    Aaron Ross stinks. Greg Jones is better than Goff already. We miss TT and missed Tuck. JPP got double teamed all day and STILL had two sacks.

  63. jbcommonsense says: Sep 12, 2011 1:15 PM

    My ‘Skins are good enough to compete for 2nd place in the rugged NFC East. The Eagles are too loaded to stop, but 10 – 6 for our team is possible. The blocking needs work or Rex may not last long.

  64. calzone21411 says: Sep 12, 2011 1:18 PM

    Yeah Jenkins was going to have such a huge impact. Are you serious? Maybe wait until he takes an NFL snap.

  65. americankris says: Sep 12, 2011 1:26 PM

    Huge man props to the guy that said Fred Davis is gonna push Cooly out the door

  66. skins23 says: Sep 12, 2011 1:29 PM

    calzone21411 says:
    Sep 12, 2011 1:18 PM
    Yeah Jenkins was going to have such a huge impact. Are you serious? Maybe wait until he takes an NFL snap.

    You must work for PFT cause it seems like you haven’t paid attention to football until yesterday.

    Jenkins was the Skins best preseason player until he got hurt.

    Neild and Kerrigan hadn’t played an NFL snap before yesterday either. How’d that end up? 2 sacks, an INT, and TD between the 2 of them.

  67. granadafan says: Sep 12, 2011 2:05 PM

    Not a Skins fan, but congrats on the win. The new attitude by the players to work harder is good to see.

  68. brintfatre says: Sep 12, 2011 2:16 PM

    It was only the Giants.. but they did look good beating them!

    I’m not a Redskins fan. But, I would like them to get some enthusiasm and confidence and win their division… Eagles and Cowboys will be starting their backup QB’s in a few weeks.

  69. cletusvandam says: Sep 12, 2011 2:41 PM

    The same people jumping on the Cam Newton Bandwagon are posting here apparently… It was one game people.
    It’s also funny to see an Anthony Armstrong quote in this story. That dude had 3 or 4 drops that could have made this a really different game.

  70. freedomispopular says: Sep 12, 2011 2:55 PM

    Rex played pretty well last season too. I never understood all the hate for Grossman coming into this season. I had a feeling he’d play well.

  71. waltdawg says: Sep 12, 2011 3:46 PM

    The way they played, I can believe it….Passion, excellence and total team and fan devotion….Great to be a SKINS fan! HAIL 2011~

  72. managod777 says: Sep 12, 2011 4:50 PM


  73. pwningpft says: Sep 12, 2011 6:38 PM


    You mean the Mike Shanahan that had a record of 91-69 AFTER elway? or the one that produced 3 probowl quarterbacks AFTER elway?

    Do you need help removing your foot from your mouth? or removing your head from…nm.

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