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Paul Zimmerman
August 17, 1998
Big Daddy and Big Dana should shore up the defense, but Gus Frerotte needs to toss out last year and prove he's still the man at quarterback
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August 17, 1998

2 Washington Redskins

Big Daddy and Big Dana should shore up the defense, but Gus Frerotte needs to toss out last year and prove he's still the man at quarterback

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Wilkinson agrees. "Number 1, [at Cincinnati] I played end in a 3-4, zone blitz defense where very few people knew what they were doing," Big Daddy said on July 27, just before his first full workout in pads with the Skins. "I was slanting and stunting and taking hits from guys just waiting for me. Now I'm back home in my right position. Plus, I've never had anyone as talented as Dana lining up next to me." Then he went out that day and wreaked havoc, not only with his power rush but also with his—surprise-quickness.

"What did I see today?" Leggett said after the show Wilkinson put on. "I saw a very quick first move."

"It shocked me," Nolan said. "What I saw was something I didn't see in all the tape I studied on him. And I saw it four or five times."

Nolan was smiling as he said it. If this 628-pound Wilkinson-Stubblefield transfusion works out the way the Redskins are hoping, a lot of people around Washington will be smiling. That's the key. You can build from there.

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