The Giants, Eagles, and Redskins will be watching division rival Dallas from their couch tomorrow, but they all have the advantage of an extended off-season to repair themselves. Each team has made some significant moves so far, but the edge goes to to the Redskins. The Redskins really needed the extra help, and they have worked quick to address their problems. Following the firing of head coach Jim Zorn, they were fortunate enough to fill the void with veteran coach Mike Shanahan. This should increase the team’s win-loss record significantly, even if it takes a season of transition.
In Philadelphia, the Eagles were shocked when their General Manager ditched the team for the Browns. I know, it sounds like the craziest idea ever. The GM must have had serious connections with Mike Holmgren or the Browns in general, because his job security in Philadelphia was probably pretty comfortable. The Donovan McNabb uncertainty rumors began to float around yet again as his age increases, but coach Andy Reid shot down any rumors and confirmed that McNabb will be his leader in 2010.
The Giants shook up their defensive coaches in a hurry following their owner’s furious rant. Owner John Mara was disgusted with how the team performed in the final game at Giants Stadium with the playoffs on the line. He promised changes, and the promise was fulfilled later that day as news broke that New York fired rookie defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan after one season. The Giants surprisingly followed up by firing defensive assistant Mike Waufle, who was credited with the development of the dangerous defensive line that won a Super Bowl only two seasons ago. Big Blue shouldn’t be too worried as long as they are able to patch up some holes in their secondary. The offense won’t need any help, so the focus can be zoomed in on the defensive back position.