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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

New York Giants defensive back Deon Grant is helped up by trainers during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams on Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

DALY: Running a fake can be applied to injuries

According to reports out of Dallas, Tony Romo, the Cowboys' glamour-puss passer, still might play against the Washington Redskins on Monday night, despite a fractured rib and collapsed lung. At least, we think he has a fractured rib and collapsed lung. After the way the New York Giants conducted themselves earlier this week in their win over St.Louis, who knows for sure? Maybe he's faking. Published September 21, 2011

Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan shakes hands with Arizona Cardinals Ken Whisenhunt after the Redskins win 22-21 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. Sunday, September 18, 2011. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

DALY: A win for Redskins that comes by taking care of business

So much of success in the NFL is just winning the games you're capable of winning. The Washington Redskins have lost too many of those in recent years — to the Detroit Lions, the St. Louis Rams, the Tampa Bay Bucs. (I'll stop there, lest I be accused of belaboring the painful point.) Published September 18, 2011

Red Sox hurler Tim Wakefield is congratulated Tuesday for his 200th big-league win. (Associated Press)

DALY: Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield is last of breed

Never mind Cooperstown. The Smithsonian should make room for Boston Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield — for his fingernail clippings, maybe. "Never" is a dangerous word to use in sports, but in this case it might apply: We may never see another like him. We may be looking at the last woolly mammoth, the last saber-toothed tiger. Published September 14, 2011

Washington Redskins WR Jabar Gaffney (10) celebrates after his touchdown against the New York Giants during the 4th quarter bringing his team up 27-14 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. Sunday, September 11, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr. / The Washington Times)

DALY: Redskins' fresh faces provided a reversal of fortune

Losing can become a habit. It certainly has for the Washington Redskins as far as the New York Giants are concerned. In recent years, the Giants have been the lock without a key, the puzzle without a solution, the cigarette and the blindfold. Published September 11, 2011

DALY: Despite injuries, Giants figure to be a pain

Season openers are about new beginnings. In the Washington Redskins' case, that means — among other things — Rex Grossman starting in Week 1 for the first time since 2007, Barry Cofield swapping New York Giants blue for burgundy and gold and Josh Wilson (DeMatha, University of Maryland) re-establishing his local ties. Published September 8, 2011

photographs by Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times

DALY: Second (year) and goal to go

'There are no five-year plans in the NFL," Joe Gibbs is fond of saying. "I don't care who you are. You'd better start winning pretty quick." Published September 7, 2011

Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan allowed No. 1 QB candidates John Beck and Rex Grossman to alternate every two series through the third quarter against the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday. Through three preseason games, however, nobody has run away with the opportunity yet. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

DALY: Shanahan's shake-up was sorely needed

Nobody likes to clean up somebody else's mess. But that's usually the first order of business for an NFL coach. After all, teams that bring in a new head man aren't usually oozing with talent. They're usually oozing with losing. Published September 6, 2011

Washington Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman looks down the line during the first half against the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night. Grossman had 112 yards passing and one touchdown in the Redskins' 34-31 loss. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

DALY: In the Redskins' hazy QB picture, Shanahan is the ultimate decipherer

Quarterback competitions — like the one the Washington Redskins are staging between John Beck and Rex Grossman — are overrated. They're overrated because, let's face it, it's easier for all concerned if one QB is clearly better than the other. Then the coach doesn't get second-guessed for his decision, and the team doesn't risk becoming divided into two camps. Published August 26, 2011

DALY: Redskins' Atogwe quietly goes about being among the best

For all the NFL's visibility — and at times it seems omnipresent — it's still possible for an exceptional player to fly below the radar. One way is to play for the St. Louis Rams, who in the past five seasons won fewer games (21) than anybody but the Detroit Lions. When your team goes 3-13, 2-14 and 1-15 in consecutive years, as the Rams did, it's hard not to get swallowed up by the losing, by the sheer irrelevance of your efforts. Published August 23, 2011

Redskins kicker Graham Gano is 6 for 6 on field goal attempts this preseason, including three in Friday night's win at Indianapolis.

DALY: Gano is getting his kicks with help from son's timely arrival

As much as anything, kicking is about timing. So it was nice of Bryson Gano, Graham Gano's newborn son, to come into this world two days before the Washington Redskins' preseason game Friday at Indianapolis. Bryson's father, after all, is battling to keep his job, and a game-day delivery might have proved a distraction. Published August 21, 2011

Washington Redskins running back Tim Hightower ran for 70 yards and a touchdown on six carries in the Redskins' 16-3 preseason win over the Indianapolis Colts on Friday night. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

DALY: So far, these Redskins are hungry to make an impact

Never mind the winning — twice in two preseason games. What we're seeing from the Redskins right now is energy, the kind of energy they've only occasionally displayed in the last two decades. Players, lots of them, actually look excited to play football. Published August 19, 2011

DALY: With Aussie Sav Rocca, Redskins' punting is off on the right foot

Football isn't the most international of sports, not like baseball, basketball, hockey and the rest, but it seems to have developed a taste for, of all things, Australian punters. There's Mat McBriar in Dallas and Ben Graham in Arizona — not to mention Chris Bryan, who's vying for a job with the New York Jets after spending some time in Tampa last season. Published August 17, 2011

DALY: This year, there is a rush to judgment

This isn't just the most hurried training camp in NFL history, it's also the scariest. Why? Because when cuts are finally made, coaches will be deciding the fate of players — and, perhaps, franchises — based on only partial information. Published August 16, 2011