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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

Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis (83) walks off the field after a 34-19 loss to the Jets. Davis will serve a four-game suspension following the game at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., on Sunday, December 4, 2011. (Preston Keres/For The Washington Times)

DALY: Redskins' rebuilding goes up in smoke

One of best movie lines Mickey Rourke ever uttered was the one he laid on William Hurt in "Body Heat": "Any time you try a decent crime, you got 50 ways you're gonna [mess] up. If you can think of 25 of them, then you're a genius." Published December 5, 2011

Quarterback Rex Grossman will have his hands full trying to lead the 4-8 Redskins to another win this season. (Pratik Shah/The Washington Times)

DALY: Redskins' troubled season can only get worse

There was a sense of the season ending Sunday at FedEx Field, even though we still have a month to go. Just as the Washington Redskins were getting under way against the New York Jets, SI.com reported that Trent Williams and Fred Davis stood to miss the last four games because of drug violations that had previously been whispered about. Published December 4, 2011

Washington Redskins strong safety LaRon Landry was placed on injured reserve Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

DALY: LaRon Landry walking isn't a bad idea

Earlier this season, it was an Achilles tendon injury, a carryover from last year, that kept LaRon Landry from his appointed rounds as the Washington Redskins' strong safety. Now it's a groaning groin. He missed practice again Thursday, and his game-day status — with the New York Jets coming to town — is once more in doubt. Published December 1, 2011

Quarterback Tim Tebow has led Denver to five wins in his six starts, putting the Broncos in the thick of the AFC West race. (Associated Press)

DALY: Broncos buck the system with Tim Tebow

Eighteen games into his NFL career, Tim Tebow remains a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside ... a football helmet. His Denver Broncos team keeps winning — five times in his six starts this season — but Tebow also keeps putting up numbers that, for a quarterback, are straight out of the leather-helmet era. In fact, his completion rate this year (45.5 percent) is lower than the league rate in 1947 (47.0). Published November 30, 2011

New Washington Capitals Head Coach Dale Hunter takes to the ice with his team as they practice together for the first time, at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va, Monday, November 28, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr/ The Washington Times)

DALY: Two-way was only way Hunter knew how to play

As Dale Hunter skated around the ice at Kettler Iceplex on Monday, shaking players' hands and engaging in small talk, you asked yourself: Do these Washington Capitals — the Europeans, especially — even know who their new coach is? Published November 28, 2011

Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall celebrates his touchdown with running back Clinton Portis after recovering a Dallas Cowboys running back Tashard Choice fumble during the first half of an NFL football game in Landover, Md., on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

DALY: Choice morsels and other food for thought

It's Thanksgiving weekend. And what would Thanksgiving weekend be without a bowl of mixed nuts? Try not to dislodge a filling while chewing on any of these: Published November 24, 2011

DALY: Penn State strikes up the brand

The erasing has begun at Penn State, the kind of erasing dictatorships are so good at. The president is gone. The legendary football coach is gone. The athletic director and a vice president have resigned. Soon enough, they'll probably be taking down Joe Paterno's statue, though maybe not as roughly as the Iraqis took down Saddam's. Published November 16, 2011

Washington Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman is shown on the sidelines during the second half  against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, in Miami. The Dolphins defeated the Redskins 20-9. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

DALY: QB or not QB? That is the question for Grossman

For a team in the throes (or is it the overthrows?) of what the Washington Redskins are in the throes of, there is no bottom. Two losses become three. Three turn into four. And then you run the streak to five with a 20-9 loss on Sunday to the previously 1-7 Miami Dolphins. Published November 13, 2011

DALY: It's time for Redskins' season to become a tryout

That crunching sound you hear is the eggshells the Washington Redskins are walking on. When you have lost four straight and your season is vaporizing before your eyes, almost nobody is feeling very secure. Not with four new players arriving the past couple of days (and another last week). Published November 9, 2011

DALY: It seems the Redskins are ready to come apart at the seams

It's all coming apart for the Washington Redskins. You can feel it with every incomplete pass, every stuffed run, every missed tackle, every senseless penalty. Mike Shanahan's grand plan, whatever it was, is looking more and more like the jottings of the Nutty Professor. Maybe it's time to start calling him Sherman instead of Shanny — and calling the Redskins the Klumps. Published November 6, 2011

DALY: It's no snap going from QB to head coach in NFL

Quarterbacks watch so much game tape that it makes their eyeballs bleed. They're often the first players on the practice field, the last to leave. They're smart, for the most part, and they're leaders — let's not forget that. Leaders of large men in times of crisis. Published November 3, 2011

Left wing Alex Ovechkin was having a subpar game Tuesday, so he was bypassed when the Capitals were searching for the tying goal in the waning moments. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

DALY: Capitals' win resulted from a bench verdict

The game Alex Ovechkin always has been able to bend to his will is suddenly offering some resistance. Tuesday night, for the first time since he was "a little kid ... probably 14," he guesses, he wasn't on the ice in the final moments of the third period when his team needed a goal. Published November 2, 2011

Much like this pass intended for rookie receiver Leonard Hankerson, broken up by Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin, the Redskins had a hard time getting a handle on anything against Buffalo in absorbing their third straight defeat. (Assocaited Press)

DALY: A trip to Toronto was good for nothing

As currently constituted, the Washington Redskins barely resemble a pro football team. They can't run the ball. They can't throw it. They can't stop the opposition from doing either. If the past three weeks are a preview of how it's going to be the rest of the way, they have no hope. Cancel the last nine games and just hold an extended minicamp. Published October 30, 2011