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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

** FILE ** Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay speaks during a news conference at the team's headquarters Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

DALY: Colts provide comic relief before drama of title games

There's never been a week like this leading up to the NFL's conference title games. I say this, as much as anything, because I don't remember an owner ever using the words "4 finger circus clowns" before on Twitter — or even not on Twitter, come to think of it. That Jimmy Irsay, he's such a card. Published January 19, 2012

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco warms up at the team's practice facility in Owings Mills, Md., Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. The Ravens face the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game Sunday. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

DALY: Flacco can't be ordinary Joe

When Joe Flacco shuffled into the interview room Sunday night at M&T Bank Stadium, he didn't look like a quarterback who had just won an NFL playoff game. His shoulders sagged. His eyes looked tired. His voice lacked the ring of certainty you'd prefer in a QB. Published January 18, 2012

DALY: Ravens' oldies still golden

The Baltimore Ravens' defense isn't as ferocious as it was once upon a time, when it bent everybody to its will. And the Joe Flacco-led offense, if we're being honest, doesn't exactly cause opponents to pace the halls at night. But the Ravens remain well-coached and hard to beat, and in this post-lockout season they're one of the two best teams in the AFC. Published January 15, 2012

Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III figures to be a dynamic selection for whatever team takes the Heisman Trophy winner in the April draft. (Associated Press)

DALY: Where will QB carousel stop for the Redskins?

You can't pay too much attention to the quarterback position in the NFL (though the Washington Redskins have been ignoring this axiom for the past year). Until you find a bona fide QB, you can forget about hoisting any Lombardi trophies, forget about making any history — the good kind, at least. In fact, until you find a bona fide QB, you're pretty much roadkill for all the teams that have found bona fide QBs. Published January 12, 2012

Former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher hasn't shown much interest in returning to the NFL fray despite being just 54 years old. (Associated Press)

DALY: NFL coaching pool seems to have dried up

The Oakland Raiders fired their coach Tuesday — a brave move, to say the least. After all, when you get rid of your coach, it means you have to find another, and the supermarket shelves aren't exactly overflowing with quality candidates. Published January 11, 2012

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw for 5,476 yards, 46 touchdowns and had a 110.6 quaterback rating this season. He tossed for 466 yards and three TDs in the wild-card playoff win over the Detroit Lions on Saturday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

DALY: NFL season wasn't skewed by lockout

The Cincinnati Bengals were absolutely dreadful in their 31-10 loss to the Houston Texans on Saturday. The Atlanta Falcons were even worse in their 24-2 loss to the New York Giants 24 hours later. Published January 9, 2012

DALY: Final chapter written on latest Redskins' season of despair

The Washington Redskins put the 2011 season out of its misery Sunday. Before (just guessing here) 40,000 occasionally interested fans at Lincoln Financial Field, they were pounded 34-10 by the Philadelphia Eagles — who also had nothing to play for, but had better players to do it with. Published January 1, 2012

Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck has thrown for 3170 yards, 35 touchdowns and only nine interceptions this season. He's considered to be the likely first pick in the NFL Draft. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

DALY: Subplots fuel last week of NFL regular season

Just because the Washington Redskins have been out of the playoff picture since Thanksgiving doesn't mean the last Sunday of the NFL regular season can't be entertaining. Published December 29, 2011

Washington Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman (8) runs play action with starting running back Evan Royster (35) on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, against the Minnesota Vikings. Royster had 132 yards on 19 carries. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

DALY: For a team going nowhere, the Redskins sure can run

No Washington Redskins fan should be very happy with Saturday's holiday present from the team: a 33-26 home loss to a Minnesota Vikings club that was in the running for the first pick in the draft. After a series of encouraging performances, the Redskins had a relapse and played like the stumblebums they were earlier in the season, when they were finding creative ways to drop six straight. For their efforts - or lack thereof - they wrapped up last place in the NFC East for the fifth time in six years. Published December 25, 2011

Washington Redskins wide receiver Brandon Banks (16) shows his frustration when he is stopped after a 15 yard kickoff return in the third quarter as the Washington Redskins take on the Minnesota Vikings at Fedex Field, Landover, Md., Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

DALY: Jekyll and Hyde Redskins hit new low

This time, there was nowhere for the Washington Redskins to hide. Injuries? Heck, the Minnesota Vikings lost their All-Pro running back (Adrian Peterson) and starting quarterback (rookie Christian Ponder) on the first two snaps of the second half. Published December 24, 2011

Washington Redskins running back Roy Helu (29) runs with the ball during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

DALY: Young Redskins team still must get younger

A six-game losing streak in the NFL can be like getting caught in a tornado. There's no telling what might get carried off in the whirlwind — the quarterback, the coach, a coordinator, even a blocking sled. Published December 19, 2011

DALY: Eli thriving as the Only Manning this season

Peyton Manning is just now starting to throw the football again — in earnest — after being sidelined all season with the World's Most Publicized Neck Injury. He likely won't put himself in harm's way, though, until next year, and it could very well be for a team other than the Indianapolis Colts. (Stay tuned on that one, Washington Redskins fans.) Published December 15, 2011

Washington Capitals goalie Tomas Vokoun (right) was pulled Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Flyers after surrendering four goals in two periods. After the 5-1 loss, the Caps are 15-13-1 on the season. (Associated Press)

DALY: We've seen this lifeless look from the Capitals

After two games of flirting with competence, the Washington Capitals jumped back on the teeter-totter Tuesday night. The Philadelphia Flyers, flattened by the Caps on their home ice back in October, returned the favor at Verizon Center, 5-1. By the time Caps finally scored, Michal Neuvirth had replaced Tomas Vokoun in the net and doubt had replaced the temporary relief of back-to-back victories. Published December 14, 2011

Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson (26) intercepts a pass intended for New England Patriots wide receiver Tiquan Underwood (10) in the end zone in the 4th quarter. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

DALY: Today's NFL is a numbers game

Since the NFL and AFL clasped hands in 1970, rosters in pro football have increased from 40 to 53 players. Throw in the practice squad, and there are 61 men immediately available nowadays to any team. Published December 12, 2011

Washington Redskins wide receiver David Anderson (88) celebrates with Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss (89) after catching a 6-yard touchdown pass during the third quarter. (Pratik Shah/The Washington Times)

DALY: Where has this been all season?

If the Washington Redskins played every game with the emotion they displayed Sunday against the New England Patriots, their season might have turned out differently. Not differently enough to put them in the playoffs, perhaps, but differently enough to cut down on the cries of despair from their fans as one defeat was piled atop another. Published December 11, 2011

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has 65 receptions for 928 yards and 13 touchdowns this season. Fellow tight end, Aaron Hernandez, has 54 catches, 523 yards and five scores for New England. The two will oppose the Washington Redskins on Sunday. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

DALY: Tight end is the new glamour position

Had circumstances not intervened, this could have been quite the Sunday at Fed Ex Field, a veritable Tight End Jamboree. The New England Patriots would have shown up with twin terrors Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, and the Washington Redskins would have countered with their formidable pair, Chris Cooley and Fred Davis. Published December 8, 2011