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Tuesday, December 22, 2009
How I See It: NFC East Stock Watch

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

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Falling

1. Jim Zorn, Redskins coach: What a disgraceful performance on "Monday Night Football." They'd shown up week after week, but they weren't up to the task in a 45-12 loss. And though special teams coordinator Danny Smith is the trick-play guru, I'm blaming Zorn for sticking with the call. At least it provided comic relief for the poor souls who were still tuned in.

2. Albert Haynesworth, Redskins defensive tackle: I know some of you guys think I'm too hard on him, but I think he should be held to the standard that his contract suggests. The Giants scored with ease almost every time they touched the ball in the first half, and I did not notice Haynesworth doing much about it. I know he had the sack to force a field goal, but he's not the force that some of us expected.

3. LaRon Landry, Redskins safety: I had saved it for Nick Folk, but he's already been replaced by former Redskins kicker Shaun Suisham. Landry earned this dubious distinction by continuing to run past ball carriers. He seems to play with a stunning lack of control and focus.

Ware
DeMarcus Ware rebounded from a neck injury to record two sacks Sunday.
Rising

1. DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys linebacker: One of the best stories of the week. He went from scaring everyone with his neck injury against the Chargers to starring in an upset win over the Saints. His presence alone inspired this team. His two sacks didn't hurt the cause either.

2. Trent Cole, Eagles defensive end: I'm aware that DeSean Jackson and Miles Austin had big games, but Cole's performance against the 49ers stands out in my mind. He was relentless in harassing 49ers quarterback Alex Smith. Cole should be in the mix for a Pro Bowl spot.

3. Tony Romo, Cowboys quarterback: He's had an excellent December despite two losses. But on Saturday in New Orleans, he was at his best. Former tutor Sean Payton had no answers for Romo. Whether it was running for first downs or connecting with Austin, Romo was superb. Romo, Donovan McNabb and Eli Manning all had excellent games.