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Daily Slop: Shanahan Confirms Grossman Will Start; London Fletcher Pro Bowl 1st Alternate


Studs and Duds (defense): Redskins-Vikings | John Keim
Studs: LB London Fletcher. He blamed himself for the 67-yard run, saying he could have done a better job of forcing the play. But he was blocked from the get-go as the hole was big. There were a lot of mistakes on this play. In general, Fletcher’s impact did not result in any game-changing plays.
Duds: Cofield, Bowen, Kerrigan, Gomes

Redskins’ defense is improved, but it’s not there yet - WaPost
"You watch a couple teams that do run this type of scheme [and] you see they play fast," Haslett said. They make up for a lot of things because they know where they’re going and what they’re doing and they’ve been together for a while and they just fly around. That’s where we’ve got to get to." (Skins also produced 8 more turnovers last year)

Rex Grossman’s confidence ‘is at an all-time high’ - The Insider
When asked if there was any way that John Beck – who replaced Grossman as starter for three games -- would play at quarterback on Sunday, Shanahan said, only "if Rex gets hurt. We play to win. We’re going to play the best players."

London Fletcher Pro Bowl First alternate - The Insider
"Our record speaks for itself," Orakpo said. "We’re not going to get voted in. It’s something we have to address in the next year, try to win some games, get some more notoriety. …Three straight losing seasons and it’s kind of hard to get representation in there."

Eagles could preview 2012 secondary vs Skins | Philadelphia Inquirer
Jaiquawn Jarrett, a second-round pick in April, is expected to start for injured safety Kurt Coleman, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie looks likely to start in place of an ailing Asante Samuel.

Redskins Week 17: Scouting the Eagles | Washington Examiner
In 2010, the Eagles won the NFC East with a plus-9 in turnover ratio. This year, they are 30th in the NFL at minus-13.

Aldrick Robinson aims to prove he can play - The Insider - The Washington Post
After 16 weeks on the Redskins’ practice squad, rookie wide receiver figured he wouldn’t be called up to the team’s 53-man roster.

The Redskins Blog | Adam Carriker Resembles ‘Ivan Drago’?

Cheerleaders Blog Overseas Tour in Kuwait
Sadly, no pictures.

Carlos Rogers, the Pro Bowl, peace and happiness - DC Sports Bog - The Washington Post
Former Redskins cornerback is going to his first Pro Bowl; he talks about his reaction to the news.

Redskins' Record Impacted Pro Bowl Voting
"It's not surprising," Fletcher said. "We need a better record than 5-10. The teams that win typically get more players in the Pro Bowl."

Helu Optimistic He'll Play vs. Eagles
"I feel a lot better," Helu said on Wednesday. "I’ve had a lot of rest."

Redskins Park: Quotes - Mike Shanahan, Rex Grossman, Andy Reid, Jason Babin
Grossman on how much the Eagles’ defense has changed since their first matchup: "Not a lot. You can tell from watching tape that they’re better at what they’re doing. Not a lot different, they’re just more sound and you don’t see those huge plays that they were giving up in the run game and some in the pass game earlier in the season."

Mike Shanahan: Redskins’ 2011 season has dragged - The Insider - The Washington Post
"Any time you’re not winning, it’s pretty slow, especially when you’re not in the playoff hunt," Shanahan said. "I think if you look back, you look at the opportunities we had to close games out that we didn’t close. If you look at the Dallas games, you take a look at the New England game, you take a look at the Jets game. You can go through a number of scenarios, and you know how far you are to get into the next level."

Redskins’ offense shows signs of life in second half - The Washington Post
The result is an offense that produces fewer points per game (18.5) than any unit Shanahan ran during his 14-year career in Denver.

Eagles players stand behind Reid, Castillo | Philadelphia Daily News | 12/29/2011
Cullen Jenkins and Herremans comment.

From Eagles cheerleader to porn star | Philly | 12/05/2011
Beverly Lynne, once an Eagles cheerleader, is a now a porn star and the "Queen on Late Nite."

Dan Snyder: Unsportsman of the Year, 2011 - Washington City Paper
Dave McKenna, the famous writer who's Cranky article on Dan Snyder forced the libel suit, is leaving the Washington City Paper.

Enter Motorola's Super Bowl Contest - Baltimore Beat Down
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