Perusing comments on the game from the Redskins’ perspective, it quickly become evident they have a healthy respect for the Packers and are tickled pink they manage to pick up a win against them.
Here’s just a quick sampling of comments I’ve read:
Mike Shanahan: ”The defensive line we played against is probably the best in the NFL. If they’re not, I don’t want to play the team that has better personnel than they do.”
That’s a pretty high compliment from a veteran coach like Shanahan. And that was without Ryan Pickett, the Packers’ best run-stopper. What that translates to is a very good sign that Mike Neal was indeed a fantastic choice by Packers GM Ted Thompson.
Guard Artis Hicks: “It was the best and most active front we’ve faced.”
Hicks is a nine-year veteran, so he’s seen his share of defensive fronts. The key phrase is “most active”. That is something the Packers have been hoping for to help improve the pass rush, so it’s not strictly linebacker-dependent. That showed big-time in this game. Cullen Jenkins could have had 3-4 sacks by himself, but with that club on one hand, just couldn’t hold onto the wily McNabb. As for B.J. Raji, he played so well that Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel named him the Packers player of the week.