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How I See It: NFC East Stock Watch

4/8/2010

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.