- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 15, 2007

Washington Redskinscoach Joe Gibbs doesn’t need anybody spying on the Philadelphia Eagles‘ defense for him to guess what they’re going to do Monday night against quarterback Jason Campbell.

“They like to blitz. They’re going to come,” Gibbs said. “That’s what we have to expect.”

Philadelphia defensive coordinator Jim Johnson and Redskins assistant head coach-defense Gregg Williams share the same philosophy of pressing the quarterback regardless of the down and distance.

In the Eagles’ 16-13 loss at Green Bay, Johnson, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, blitzed on four of the Packers’ first eight drop backs, but then just nine of the last 38.

Johnson’s game plan might change because cornerback Lito Sheppard (knee) is out, but the Redskins still expect the Eagles to challenge Campbell early.

“They’re aggressive and they cause a lot of problems because they have a lot of different looks,” Gibbs said.

Miami rarely blitzed Campbell last week. Linebacker Zach Thomas rushed up the middle for a sack, but when the Dolphins blitzed in overtime, Campbell made his quick read to Chris Cooley for a 10-yard gain.

“The good thing for Jason is that day in and day out, he goes against our defense and everybody knows [Williams] brings a lot of blitzes and sends guys from all over the place,” center Casey Rabach said.

Last December, Campbell was sacked twice and intercepted twice by the Eagles.

“He’s grown,” Eagles safety Brian Dawkins said. “He’s still going to make mistakes. … Those are the things that are going to happen with a young player. He’s going to make mistakes and then there are times where he’s going to look amazing back there because he’s an athletic guy who can move. He does look a lot more comfortable back there than he did last year.”

Since 1999, the Eagles’ plus-39 turnover ratio is third-best in the NFL and their 309 sacks since 2000 trail only Pittsburgh (312).

Daniels questionable

Defensive end Phillip Daniels (foot sprain) sat out practice yesterday and is questionable for Monday night.

“It feels pretty much the same as it did [Thursday],” he said. “It can take some time but we’ve still got a couple of days. … I can’t do anything crazy to hurt myself worse.”

Safety Vernon Fox (groin) is doubtful, and safety Pierson Prioleau (hamstring) is questionable. Cornerback Fred Smoot tweaked a hamstring in practice yesterday but is probable along with tight ends Cody Boyd (shoulder) and Todd Yoder (ankle).

Williams on spying

Williams said he has been videotaped by opposing teams giving hand signals.

“It’s been done,” he said. “I’ve seen myself on tape before when teams forget to cut it out of the coaches’ copy. … I’m glad we’re not involved in that stuff.”

Portis’ mom ready

Running back Clinton Portis said his mom, Rhonnel Hearn, will be at Lincoln Financial Field on Monday night. Two years ago, Hearn was involved in a fight with an Eagles fan.

“My mom comes to all my games,” Portis said. “Nothing’s going to stop her. Why would see need a [luxury] box? She’s not running from nobody. She’s going to come, sit in the stands and enjoy the game.”

Gibbs praises McNabb

Gibbs has high praise for Philadelphia quarterback Donovan McNabb.

“He’s played the best against us more than any other single player,” Gibbs said. “He’s an exceptional player.”

Since Gibbs returned to the Redskins in 2004, McNabb is 3-1 against Washington. He has thrown eight touchdowns and three interceptions and complied a 96.9 passer rating.

McNabb is 9-4 career against the Redskins with 22 touchdowns, 12 interceptions and an 82.2 passer rating.

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