NFC East: Stock Watch 32510 NFC

How I See It: NFC East Stock Watch

April, 8, 2010
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Falling

Albert Haynesworth, Redskins DT

Oh how the mighty have fallen. Mike Shanahan's barely been on the job three months and he already wants Haynesworth out of his sight. He made it known how important it was for players to attend the "voluntary" offseason conditioning program. Haynesworth passed on that opportunity. And the player also complained about having to potentially play nose tackle in Jim Haslett's 3-4 scheme. The Redskins reportedly offered Haynesworth to the Eagles, but they weren't interested.

To date, Haynesworth has already been paid $32 million by the Redskins. The fact that Shanahan wants to dump him says a lot about his power in the organization. Can you imagine Jim Zorn suggesting such a thing? I'm not even sure Joe Gibbs could've pulled this off during his second tour of duty. But right now, Dan Snyder is totally yielding to Shanahan. And the new coach is providing some great theater in the NFC East.

Rising

Kevin Kolb, Eagles QB and Donovan McNabb, Redskins QB

For Kolb, this is the chance he's been waiting on his whole career. But he shouldn't expect the honeymoon to last long. Eagles fans aren't interested in using the "rebuilding" word, but then, Kolb's not either. He honestly believes the Eagles will be a better team in 2010 and you have to admire his optimism.

McNabb never dreamed of finishing his career with a division rival, but considering the circumstances, this is a pretty good outcome for him. If he can somehow help Mike Shanahan awaken this once-proud franchise, it will only enrich his legacy. Can you imagine the satisfaction he'd feel if he's able to lead the Redskins to a Super Bowl title? I'm not ready to make that prediction, but I do think McNabb will play well with a huge chip on his shoulder. He's looking forward to leading a new group of young players. Now, he just needs a couple more offensive linemen who can help him stay upright. With McNabb in Washington and Kolb in Philly, this is by far the most compelling division in the league.

And it's not like we were hurting for storylines before.

How I See It: NFC East Stock Watch

March, 25, 2010
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Falling

Albert Haynesworth, Redskins defensive tackle: Well, it didn't take long for Haynesworth to run afoul of new coach Mike Shanahan. The coach had made it clear that he expected full participation in the club's "voluntary" offseason conditioning program. Shanahan's brought in new strength coaches, new equipment and a different attitude. But Haynesworth has his own personal trainer and has chosen not to join his teammates at Redskins Park. I asked Shanahan about the situation during the owners meetings this week and he said he "totally disagreed" with Haynesworth's decision but respected the fact the defensive tackle came in and discussed it with him in person. He likes the "communication." Redskins general manager Bruce Allen told me that he was not disappointed at all that Haynesworth is skipping the offseason program. Allen acted as if he couldn't believe it was even an issue. But no matter how they spin it, Haynesworth already seems to be in a power struggle with the new regime. He has said publicly that he'll do whatever he's asked, but he's also made it known that he doesn't look forward to playing nose tackle in a 3-4 scheme. I think Jim Haslett will put Haynesworth in a position to succeed, but the player's not making the best first impression.

Rising

Kevin Kolb, Eagles quarterback: Obviously, we're spending most of our time talking about a potential Donovan McNabb trade. But one of the main reasons the Eagles are suddenly so eager to move their veteran quarterback is their belief that Kolb is ready to take over. None of this would be taking place if Kolb had flopped in those two starts last season. But now he has won over the offensive coaches and a lot of his young teammates. If you took an anonymous poll among the Eagles' offensive players right now, I fully believe that Kolb would be favored to start over McNabb. There's a feeling in the organization that it's time to turn the page. And why not do it while McNabb still has some value on the open market? The Kolb era has finally arrived -- if the Eagles can land a decent draft pick for McNabb.

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