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The Redskins' Five Early Warning Signs

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

1. GIBBS DECIDES NOT TO CALL PLAYS

In January, Joe Gibbs, the coach/team president, decides it's time for a new offense. Cue the season-long transition.

2. WELCOME TO THE WORLD'S EASIEST TRAINING CAMP

The team is the last to report to camp, shuns two-a-days, moves practice times to beat the heat. An 0-4 preseason becomes a 4-9 record through 14 weeks -- that's 4-13 if you're keeping score at home.

3. BRUNELL MAKES A BOLD ASSERTION

Gibbs was in quash mode as Super Bowl hype grew during the late summer. Then QB Mark Brunell stated what many were thinking -- that anything less than a trip to the big game would be disappointing.

4. THE TRIFECTA OF DOOM

After the preseason opener, Clinton Portis and Shawn Springs are headed to surgery, and Pierson Prioleau is lost for the season on the opening kickoff of the regular season opener.

5. TOMKAT KURSE

Could the diminutive action star and his then-future wife have jinxed the team by attending the season opener with owner Daniel Snyder? Nah, movie stars can't be that important . . .

-- Jason La Canfora

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