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New Look Redskins Take the Field Tonight

This team will look very different from the team that went 4-12 last season

By Maggie Hendricks
|  Friday, Aug 13, 2010  |  Updated 4:45 PM EDT
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Brace yourself, Redskins fans. The team who takes the field tonight against the Buffalo Bills will be completely different than the one that went 4-12 last season. What changes should you be on the lookout for?

Whoa, what's going with the defense? For the first time since 2004, the Skins will use the 3-4 defense instead of the 4-3. New defensive coordinator Jim Haslett installed it, and considering the defense last year was mediocre at best, a change was needed. The good news is that the change on defense has already turned heads. Wide receiver Santana Moss said that it was hard to practice against.

Also keep an eye out for Albert Haynesworth. Though he just passed the fitness test last week, he'll be suiting up tonight. Look for him to go in with the second team.

Now that you mention it, the offense looks a little different, too. Unless you've been living under a rock for the past six months to emerge just in time for the Skins pre-season opener, you know that the Redskins have a new quarterback, a six-time Pro Bowler for the Eagles.

But having McNabb under center is only one of the changes on offense. New head coach Mike Shanahan has the team running the high-flying West Coast offense.

Will anything be the same? Clinton Portis and Chris Cooley are still hilarious. Nothing will change that.

OK, but will we win? That doesn't matter in pre-season games. You know that. What you do want to see is a few big plays from your offense, and a defense that looks like it's working together.


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