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Eagles have stability edge over Redskins

October 26, 2009

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— Over the last decade, the Washington Redskins have employed six head coaches.

The Philadelphia Eagles have had one.

Since 1999, the Redskins have burned through more than a half-dozen so-called No. 1 quarterbacks. None has started more than 42 games.

The Eagles have had Donovan McNabb. He’s started 131.

Since Jeffrey Lurie bought the Eagles in 1994, the franchise has been one of the most successful in the NFL. Nine playoff appearances. An NFC title. Only five teams have won more games since his first full year of ownership. He’s hired talented people to do the work and let them be.

Since Dan Snyder bought the Redskins in 2000 — well, let running back Clinton Portis finish the thought.

“I’ve been here for six years. I’ve been enduring change since I’ve been here,” Portis said. “We’ve done had a new this, a new that, a change in quarterback. ... That’s what it is around here. Change.”

They may be only 120 miles apart, but there’s much more that separates the two teams that will play tonight. The Eagles (3-2) have something the Redskins (2-4) don’t. Call it consistency, stability or familiarity.

“It’s very hard to come into a year or season and have different coaches coaching you every single year or every two years,” running back Brian Westbrook said.

For the Redskins, that must sound like football heaven. It felt like a landmark moment Friday when the team announced something wasn’t going to change — coach Jim Zorn would keep his job through the end of the season.

“That should relieve a lot of tension and a lot of stress,” quarterback Jason Campbell said. “Guys don’t have to worry about thinking about it or talking about it. We were the soap opera for the NFL the last two weeks, so hopefully it’ll calm down a little bit.”

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