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Dan Daly

Dan Daly has been writing about sports for the Washington Times since 1982. He has won numerous national and local awards, appears regularly in NFL Films’ historical features and is the co-author of "The Pro Football Chronicle,” a decade-by-decade history of the game. Follow Dan on Twitter at @dandalyonsports –- or e-mail him at [email protected].

Articles by Dan Daly

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) passes against the Arizona Cardinals during the first quarter of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

DALY: Quarterbacks waste no time making impact

Take a look at the NFL playoff field. Notice anything unusual, anything we haven't seen before and might not see again anytime soon? Here, I'll help you: Half of the clubs, six of 12, are led by quarterbacks who were drafted in the past two years. Published December 31, 2012

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) hands off to running back Alfred Morris in the second half of the Redskins' 38-31 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Nov. 22, 2012, in Arlington, Texas. (Associated Press)

DALY: Striking a balance integral to Redskins’ success

Sixteen weeks into the season, we still don't know how good the Washington Redskins are. It's one of the reasons there's such salivating over Sunday night's potential elimination game against the Dallas Cowboys. When the hostilities are over, we'll have a better feel for where the Redskins fit in the football universe, whether they're ready to contend or need more time in the oven. Published December 27, 2012

Washington Redskins inside linebacker Perry Riley (56) congratulates Washington Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (91) after sacking Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) as the Washington Redskins play the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pa., Sunday, December 23, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

DALY: Redskins churn along without Brian Orakpo, Fred Davis

Remember when Brian Orakpo tore his pectoral muscle in Week 2, and Washington Redskins fans anguished about the impact it would have on the defense? Remember when Fred Davis' Achilles gave way in Week 7, and Redskins Nation worried about the void it would leave in the offense? Published December 24, 2012

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (18) can't haul in a would be touchdown pass in the closing minute of the game at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pa., Dec. 23, 2012. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)

DALY: Redskins' wins keep coming by any means necessary

There's only one way an NFL team can string together six victories: By having the ability, as Robert Griffin III put it Sunday, to "win any kind of game we have to, whether it's high-scoring or low-scoring or a gut-wrencher" or (fill in the blank). Published December 23, 2012

The 49ers suspended running back Brandon Jacobs on Monday for the final three games following a series of posts on social media sites addressing his lack of playing time, including one during the weekend saying he was "on this team rotting away." (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

DALY: Anti-social media is all the rage

You remember Brandon Jacobs. He was that big, bulky fullback for the New York Giants, the one the Washington Redskins loved to arm tackle. Well, he's gotten himself in some extra-large trouble with his new team, the San Francisco 49ers, for a Series of Unfortunate Instagram Posts. Published December 12, 2012

Playing with abandon is what makes Robert Griffin III the player he is, even if it means the potential for absorbing hard hits, such as this one by Baltimore tackle Haloti Ngata (left) during the Redskins' 31-28 overtime win Sunday. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)

DALY: Playing on edge in RG3's DNA

Twice now Robert Griffin III has reduced FedEx Field to silence -- the kind that comes not from awe but from the awful sight of him being knocked out of a game. Against Atlanta, he suffered a "mild" concussion, if there is such a thing. Published December 10, 2012

Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon (88) hauls in an 11-yard touchdown pass in front of Baltimore Ravens free safety Ed Reed (20) and defensive back Chris Johnson (39) in the final minute of regulation at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Dec. 9, 2012. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Dec. 9, 2012. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)

DALY: Redskins rise from dead with victory for ages

This was one of those games Washington Redskins fans might be re-living for decades. When the first names that roll off your tongue after a victory are Kirk Cousins and Richard Crawford, you know you've seen something special. Published December 9, 2012

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) heads back into the locker room after warms up before the Washington Redskins play the New York Giants for monday night football at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Monday, December 3, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

DALY: RG3 already taking the country by storm

A win in Dallas on Thanksgiving, another over the New York Giants on "Monday Night Football," and suddenly Robert Griffin III is a national phenomenon — a rookie with the NFL's top-selling jersey, a name politicians love to drop. It can happen quickly, can't it? Almost as quickly as Griffin can run the 40. In his case, just 12 games into his pro career. Published December 6, 2012

Baltimore Ravens free safety Ed Reed, (20) runs after recovering a fumble by Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace (17) during the first quarter of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. The Ravens won 13-10. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

DALY: New NFL strives for points, not pain

The stories are separate, but they're not separate. Not really. In Kansas City, we have an NFL player killing his girlfriend and then himself — and the shadow of football and its insidious head injuries hangs over it. Published December 5, 2012

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) celebrates after the Washington Redskins defeat the New York Giants 17-16 on Monday Night Football at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Dec. 3, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

DALY: After taking down champs, it's time to take Redskins seriously

Until the Washington Redskins started beating the NFL's better teams, they couldn't be considered one themselves. They finally accomplished that Monday night at loud and proud FedEx Field, coming from behind in the fourth quarter to hang a 17-16 loss on the division-leading New York Giants — and keep their various playoff possibilities alive. Published December 4, 2012

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) signals a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012 in East Rutherford, N.J. After further review Manning's pass to Hakeem Nicks was ruled a touchdown. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

DALY: Giants have made habit of winning at right time

Feels good, doesn't it? Feels good to have the New York Giants coming to FedEx Field for a late-season game that actually matters. Feels good to think the home team might have the better quarterback, certainly the more dangerous one. It's been too long. Way too long. Published December 2, 2012

University of Maryland football head coach Randy Edsall (right) chats with Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany (left) following a press conference to announce the University of Maryland's joining the Big Ten Conference at the University of Maryland in College Park on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

DALY: Now, roles reversed as Maryland flees ACC

Seems like just yesterday Randy Edsall, Maryland's imperious football coach, was imposing his will on Danny O'Brien and two other players to keep them from transferring to Vanderbilt, where former Terps assistant James Franklin has been gaining traction. Published November 29, 2012