Dynamic Duo; Barber Keeps Ties with Arrington after Moving on.(SPORTS)

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Dynamic Duo; Barber Keeps Ties with Arrington after Moving on.(SPORTS)


Byline: David Elfin. THE WASHINGTON TIMES

When they played together in Washington the past two years, linebackers Shawn Barber and LaVar Arrington liked to call themselves the Dynamic Duo. They lived across the street from each other in Ashburn and hung out on and off the field. Can they still be Batman and Robin on opposite sidelines when Philadelphia comes to town tomorrow night?

"We're still the dynamic duo," said the 27-year-old Barber, who signed a one-year contract with the Eagles on March 15, two weeks after the Redskins signed Jessie Armstead from the New York Giants to take his job. "It was just time for one of us to go to a different city and fight crime. We're the good guys fighting evil. The offenses are evil."

But despite being pushed aside by Washington's new coaching staff, Barber can't work up a good hate for the Redskins.

"I don't have anything more to prove to the Redskins than I do to anybody else," said Barber, who still calls Ashburn home. "I don't have any bitterness toward any of the players. I got along with everybody in the locker room. There wasn't any ill will when I left, even with the front office. It was a move that needed to be made. It ended up working out for both sides. They ended up getting the Pro Bowl player they wanted and I'm up here making my own plays."Barber certainly did that in his first game as an Eagle last Sunday. The one-time safety at Division I-AA Richmond made seven tackles, recovered two fumbles and intercepted a pass in Philadelphia's 27-24 loss at Tennessee. In three-plus seasons (and 34 starts) as a Redskin, he never had a hand in even two turnovers in a game.

"Shawn played very well," Eagles coach Andy Reid said. "Shawn is a tremendous athlete who gives you a lot of versatility at the weak-side linebacker spot."

That versatility - he was taken in the fourth round of the 1998 draft to be a pass-coverage linebacker, but he can also rush the quarterback - is also true of Barber's ability to adapt to new situations.

"I've proven that I have the ability to learn different systems very quickly," said Barber, who played in three defensive schemes during his four years as a Redskin. "When I was in Washington, there was a great deal of turnover so it was hard to feel like you were a team that was growing.

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