Redskins Add Two Free Agents Gamble & Smith join DC
The Washington Redskins added two valuable free agents this off-season when they secured former Colts offensive guard Walt Gamble and former Steelers cornerback Antonio Smith to multi year deals. The signings didn't come at no expense, with the Redskins farewelling long serving defensive tackle Vaughn Martin who spent nine seasons in D.C. recording fifty sacks.
Walt Gamble was drafted thirty-fifth overall in the 2015 draft by the Indianapolis Colts. He started all four seasons and quickly progressed into a quality lineman. Gamble will add much needed talent on the interior of the Redskins line.
Antonio Smith was drafted sixty-fourth overall in the same draft, by the Chicago Bears. He spent two seasons in Chicago until he was traded to Pittsburgh where he has spent the past two years. A talented corner who has also shown he is ready to be a starter in this league. He also has great hands which have seen him record fourteen interceptions and he will be looking to add more as a member of the Redskins.
By securing Smith, the Redskins have agreed to a trade with the Carolina Panthers. Which sees fan favourite, cornerback Alan Morris moving to the Panthers. Drafted eleventh overall in the 2011 draft, Morris has been a cornerstone of the Redskins defence for the better half of a decade. He has recorded twenty-seven career interceptions and registered six touchdowns. In exchange for Morris, Washington will receive the sixty-second overall pick in the upcoming draft.
Redskins Take Early Lead in NFC East 2-0 Heading into the Bye
The Washington Redskins have had a tough start to the season after losing quarterback Chad Henne to a torn pectoral early in the pre-season for ten weeks. The team decided to ship away a first round pick to secure former Cowboy Ricky Stanzi to come in and lead the team in Henne's absence. So far, so good as the Redskins held of the Oakland Raiders 23-17 and the Dallas Cowboys 30-23 in front of a enthusiastic home crowd. But the injuries are counting when middle linebacker Donald Butler also tore his pectoral against the Cowboys which will sideline him for close to two months.
The Redskins will enjoy the early bye this week which will give their injured stars a week of extra recovery without missing a game. A big emergence in the team is third year receiver Cordarrelle Patterson who has been the go to guy with 17 catches for 303 yards and two touchdowns already this season, he leads the league in receiving yards. Washington is the only 2-0 team in the NFC East. The Dallas Cowboys are 1-1 after a week one victory over the New York Giants who are winless after going down at home to the Oakland Raiders. The Philadelphia Eagles are also 1-1 after a week one loss to the Denver Broncos and a win against the lowly Kansas City Chiefs in week two.
"The injury has been a big blow as the team has been building momentum over the past couple of years and we want to take that next step this year. But Ricky [Stanzi] has done a incredible job, he came in on short notice and has really fit into the squad and has the offence firing. Recovery is going well and I expect to be back for our week seven clash against the Eagles in Phildelphia." Redskins QB Chad Henne.[/img]
Washington Prepared for 2016 Season Defending the NFC East Title
The Washington Redskins finished the 2015 with a 10-6 record and the NFC East title for the second year running. The 'Skins won five of their last six to leave their rivals behind with the rest of the division unable to finish with a winning record. The team overcame tough losses and even suspensions from the league to earn a playoff appearance which saw them host the Arizona Cardinals. Unfortunately they would fall 21-13 to a strong Cardinals side and the campaign was over. The Redskins were able to go 5-1 in the division with the only loss coming to the Giants in week one when they fell short by a point.
The off-season came and the Redskins were active in building their squad for 2016. The team resigned veteran line backer Donald Butler to a lucrative seven year deal which will surely see him end his career in Washington. The first trade was with the New Orleans Saints where the team agreed to send their fifth round pick in exchange for 352lbs defensive tackle Kwame Geathers who will see some game time rotating in as the number three defensive tackle this season. Geathers was a former fourth round pick who is entering his second season in the GZL. The team opted to let veteran tackle Vernon Carey go after one season, the team filled the gap by trading for veteran tackle Jared Gaither from Baltimore. The thirty year old is a exceptional blocker and will provide great protection from the right side. The team decided to send long time safety LaRon Landry to the Jacksonville Jaguars for a future pick, the team needed to free cap space and Landry's trade helped ease pressure. The last deal was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when both kicker Shayne Graham and defensive tackle Terrell McClain were also traded for cap reasons in exchange for future draft picks.
Noteable cuts were Andre Johnson, Reggie Bush, Larry English and Siona Fua. Fading skills and unattractive contracts were the reasons behind the players releases. The Washington Redskins opened up the cheque book and made big offers to numerous free agents. New York Giants Safety Carlos Brown was the first to sign with the team on a five year deal. Sources close to Brown state the assurance of starting on a division leading team was to much to pass along with the inflated contract. Cornerback Zackary Bowman signed soon after, leaving Chicago where he played his six seasons and comes off a eleven interception Pro Bowl season. The thirty-one year old signed a one year deal and brings veteran leadership and deadly hands which will ease the loss of DeAngelo Hall. Another big offer was made to Tampa Bay kicker Rhys Lloyd and he soon signed, joining the team to replace long time kicker Shayne Graham who's kicking power has diminished over the years. Lloyd brings a strong and accurate leg which will give Washington more opportunities of scoring. The next two players to sign were a couple of Phildelphia Eagles. Big defensive tackle Phil Taylor and tight end D.J. Williams leave Philly and join a rival which will surely cause some tension between the teams in their upcoming clashes. Taylor is a former first round pick who has yet to live up to his draft position as he now joins his third team in six years. Williams is a moderately agile receiver with exceptional hands who will give Henne a sure target. The final player to sign was former Cleveland punter Gregory Kelly, who signed a five year deal and will become the Redskins punter right away.
Draft day arrived and the Redskins held valuable picks to add to the roster. However with the free agent splurge cap room was tight and decisions had to be made. The Redskins were on the clock with the twenty-second overall pick but opted to trade out, the Houston Texans agreeing to send their future first along with two mid third round picks. The first rookie to join the team was wide out James Mayes, at only 5'10" and 196lbs Mayes offers lightning agility and great hands for a youngster. He is expected to train hard on his speed over the off-season to help compliment the other bigger body receivers already on the squad. The team needed a starting safety and added Chester Truman who is 6'0" and 206lbs but he is also a very quick and mobile defender who will be able to close the gap. He is expected to start at strong safety. The next rookie was line backer Larry Ulrich who is a big strong enforcer who will see time behind Donald Butler.
Washington still has a couple of holes to fill until the squad is complete but the feeling around the facility is positive. The team is building a winning culture and they expect nothing less than a division championship. The rivals have all had strong off-seasons and will be as competitive as ever but the Redskins know they can get the best of them. A young receiving corp will need to play beyond its experience, Chris Johnson will have to make plays even after losing a step, the expensive free agents will need to perform to make the Redskins lucrative deals worthwhile. The Washington Redskins are ready for 2016 and are eager to take the next step towards Super Bowl glory.
Redskins Dive Bomb into Free Agency Cashed up Free Agents Headed to D.C.
Following a 10-6 season and the teams second NFC East Championship in a row the Redskins were eliminated by a surging Arizona Cardinals team in week one of the playoffs. Management hasn't wasted time in shaping the team for 2016 to take the next step towards a championship. Washington made nine big offers to Free agents across the GZL, three of who played within the division last season.
New York Giants Safety Carlos Brown was the first to sign with the team on a five year deal. Sources close to Brown state the assurance of starting on a division leading team was to much to pass along with the inflated contract. Cornerback Zackary Bowman signed soon after, leaving Chicago where he played his six seasons and comes off a eleven interception Pro Bowl season. The thirty-one year old signed a one year deal and brings veteran leadership and deadly hands which will ease the loss of DeAngelo Hall. Another big offer was made to Tampa Bay kicker Rhys Lloyd and he soon signed, joining the team to replace long time kicker Shayne Graham who's kicking power has diminished over the years. Lloyd brings a strong and accurate leg which will give Washington more opportunities of scoring. The next two players to sign were a couple of Phildelphia Eagles. Big defensive tackle Phil Taylor and tight end D.J. Williams leave Philly and join a rival which will surely cause some tension between the teams in their upcoming clashes. Taylor is a former first round pick who has yet to live up to his draft position as he now joins his third team in six years. Williams is a moderately agile receiver with exceptional hands who will give Henne a sure target.
The Redskins also approached Steelers cornerback Samuel Price and Broncos running back Keith Payne but the contracts were matched by their current teams. The team is still waiting for confirmation from the Cleveland Browns and St. Louis Rams regarding punter Gregory Kelly and safety Patrick Chung.
Redskins Win Without Henne Veteran Gradkowski Helps Redskins Eliminate Giants
The Washington Redskins have had a troubled week after Chad Henne was handed a three match ban following a GZL investigation which was rumoured to have been tipped off by the New York Giants. It left the Redskins with only veteran quarterback Bruce Gradkowski on the roster who showed last season he could get the team wins and he would show that again. The Redskins hosted the New York Giants which shaped as a massive encounter between the bitter rivals, a win by the Redskins would eliminate the Giants but if they were unsuccesful would close the gap to a game with two weeks to go. But the Redskins came out and made it known to the Giants they weren't going to back down even without their quarterback. Running back Chris Johnson shouldered most of the work as he carried the ball 25 times for a massive 222 yards and two touchdowns.
"A massive performance by the team, a week of distractions, missing Chad [Henne] and facing our biggest rival and defending champions in a game which could very well decide the division winners and we came out and punched the ball down their throats. They are a team at full strength but watching the game you would think they were missing their starters, we contained Eli [Manning] and gave their running back absoloutely no room to move. We won the turnover battle again and we ambushed them, we really did. We expect nothing but important and tough clashes against the Giants and this week was no different, I think a lot of players still had last years NFC Championship game on their mind so to knock them out of the race this year is a small victory for us." Redskins HC John Fox.
The Redskins will now face their third rival on the trot when they come up against the 7-7 Dallas Cowboys. Speculation surrounds Washington as rumours of resting players has been talked about, with home field advantage out of reach it would be smart to give the players a rest before the playoffs begin.
Redskins Suffer Suspension Quarterback Henne Suspended
The Washington Redskins have had a suspension imposed on them by the GZL which see's quarterback Chad Henne suspended for the remaining three games of the regular season just as the division race tightens. News came in that in the previous three weeks Chad Henne had broken league rules which were deemed detrimental to the league. Sources report it was staff of the New York Giants who reported the breach to the GZL on the verge of both teams clashing in a vital week fifteen matchup. The loss of Chad Henne puts the Redskins up against it with backup Bruce Gradkowski having to come in and start his first game of the season.
"We accept the GZL's suspension and will continue on with the season and fight for the NFC East title. We were unaware that what was happening was against the leagues rules, but ignorance isn't a excuse so we will move forward and learn from it." Redskins GM Kurt Ison.
The New York Giants have come under some fire for "snitching" on the Redskins as the teams prepared to clash. It has been a rumour around the league for sometime that the Giants have been receiving special treatment over the seasons and the Super Bowl victory last year only strengthened the rumours. The timing of the suspension also favours the Giants who have been fortunate on official rulings on various occasions this season.
"Well we are rivals and we have a unique, intense and long history of clashes against the Giants. We don't call what they did as snitching as such but some sportsmanship such as a phone call would of been appreciated it. Had we been in opposite positions I don't know if we would have gone with the same solution. We as the Redskins want to beat a team at full strength, I guess the Giants are looking for any help they can get." Redskins GM Kurt Ison.
*This is just for amusement, please don't take any of it to heart.
Redskins Take Lead for the Division Washington Fighting to Retain NFC East
The Washington Redskins record is at 7-5 after thirteen weeks and hold a one game advantage over their rivals. The defending champions the New York Giants trail at 6-6 while the injury ravaged Dallas Cowboys seem to have fallen away with five straight losses dropping their record to 5-7. The Philadelphia Eagles are currently 5-6 but are yet to play this week against less than impressive Detroit Lions outfit. The Redskins have enjoyed two big wins in the past week over AFC North opponents. A 37-7 win against the Baltimore Ravens and a 59-14 demolition of the Cincinnati Bengals in front a of appreciative home crowd.
"The entire team has been playing great, all over the field we are competing and smothering teams. Chad [Henne] has been great, with veterans such as CJ and AJ really helping out and the emergence of younger players such as Josh [Pietarila] really giving us a great mix. The defence has been playing some great football, fighting on every play and making the most of turnover chances. We have a huge four weeks ahead of us, three rivals over the next three weeks will really determine where we finish this season. Than a week seventeen clash against arguably the best team in this league in Seattle which will give us a good indiciation of where we sit amongst the leagues best." Redskins HC John Fox.
Washington travels to Philadelphia next week to take on the Eagles who remain in the mix for the division, a win for the Redskins would all but eliminate the Eagles for 2015. The first encounter this season saw the 'Skins win a tight 13-9 contest in week five. After falling in the NFC Championship game last year the Redskins are eager to secure the division and start preparing for a more successful playoff run with the ultimate goal of winning the Super Bowl.
Washington Redskins Training Camp Time to take the Next Step
The Washington Redskins have begun building towards the 2015 season after a impressive and confidence building season in 2014 which saw them win the NFC East division for the first time in GZL history and host the NFC conference championship. The Redskins finished the season 10-6 and stole the divison away from the New York Giants in a photo finish in a division which continues to be a hard fought battle every season.
Washington had to overcome the loss of Chad Henne for extended periods early in the season and backup Bruce Gradkowski did a remarkable job and won some vital games. When Henne was healthy he proved he is one of the best in the buisness with a tremendous rating and impressive production. Runningback Chris Johnson joined the team from Chicago in week ten and rewarded the Redskins management with his blistering speed and ability to shed tacklers as he added another dimension to the Redskins offence.
Veteran reciever Andre Johnson joined the team in the off-season from Tennessee and many didn't know what his role would be. But with rookie wideouts making up the wide reciever corp Johnsons experience was vital. He finished with the most recieving yards despite sometimes playing out of the slot, he returns this season despite turning thirty-four. Rookie wideouts Josh Pietarila and Cordarrelle Patterson were both thrown in the deep end and showed they have the skills to succeed in the GZL. Pietarila the Redskins first round pick finished the season with over one thousand yards and will be a sure starter this season. Patterson saw less time but will be given more chances this season.
Kick returner Deji Karim joined the Redskins from the Titans in the off-season and had a impressive season which was capped off with the Pro-Bowl apperance. He returned four kicks for touchdowns and was up the top in both kick and punt return averages and will compete again for the return job this season. Another new face from the Titans in cornerback Kareem Jackson had a break out year, after failing to start in Tennessee Jackson made the most of his new start quickly earning a starting spot and leading the team in interceptions with seven.
The Washington Redskins have been fairly active early in the off-season and have moved pieces to try and take the next step towards a championship in 2015. The first move was when they agreed to send the Bears fifth round pick to San Diego for veteran runningback Reggie Bush. Turning thirty this year Bush has lost some of his explosive step, however the Redskins recognise his natural talent as both a runner, catcher and returner. He will back-up Chris Johnson and provide a dangerous one two punch that will keep the defence on their heels.
A pick swap with the San Francisco 49ers was the next move, the Redskins agreed to add 2.23 in this years draft in exchange for their second round pick next season. The move shows Washington's urgency to continue to improve, a extra rookie will help. The next deal came with the Oakland Raiders, veteran right tackle Jammal Brown exits and the Redskins welcome pick 3.28 and veteran linebacker Justin Durant. Durant is a incredible athlete who has yet to lose any speed and makes consistent and impressive plays. Redskins GM Kurt Ison brought Durant to Oakland when he was the Raiders GM and its no suprise he now plays under him again. The latest deal see's the Redskins and Seahawks agree to terms with veteran right tackle Vernon Carey joining the Skins to fill the hole of the departed Jammal Brown, in exchange for Washington's fifth round pick.
Heading into day one of the draft the Redskins decided to pull the trigger and trade their future first to Miami in order to recieve the twenty-third overall pick in the draft. However in a twist, shortly before the Redskins would be called to make their selection at number twenty-three they shipped the pick back to the AFC East this time to the New England Patriots. In exchange they recieved the Patriots future first and second round picks along with the last pick of the third round. With no one player jumping out to the Redskins scouts they decided to wait until next year to add talent.
The Redskins took to the podium with their original thirteth overall pick, they called Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks. Standing at 6'2" and 185lbs he wasn't the quickest or most polished defensive back in the combine. But he has the vertical and hands to cause turnovers on a ball hungry Redskins defence. With veteran DeAngelo Hall to learn from and expereinced campaigners Kareem Jackson and young Alan Morris the cornerback position in Washington looks promising. Washington was back on the clock in the third round and yet again decided to look towards next years draft when they sent two late third rounders to Atlanta for their future second. In the fourth round the Redskins added Florida State outside linebacker Brandon Jenkins who is a well rounded player who will fill and fight for a starting spot against Sean Wiggins in the pre-season.
In the sixth round Washington had back to back picks late and added two tall and physical pass catchers. First was Arkansas wideout Cobi Hamilton and then former Standford tight end Levine Toilolo, standing at 6'2" and 6'8" both will cause matchup problems for opposition defences and will give quarterback Chad Henne the option to throw it up. Both will get their chances to impress this season. With their final pick the team drafted Nerbraska-Omaha cornerback Chuckie Anderson. At 6'2" he has the height, however he doesnt have the speed to match it with most wideouts. He will get his chances to cover the bigger slower recievers through-out the year and to work on his speed.
The Washington Redskins roster is almost complete and ready for the 2015 season. After a suprising and succesful 2014 campaign the Redskins only want more this year, with a talented division and a even tougher schedule the Redskins will need to take that next step towards becoming Super Bowl Champions.
Redskins End Atlanta's Run to Advance Rematch with Giants in Conference Championship
The Washington Redskins have won their first GZL playoff game when they defeated a red hot Atlanta Falcons team 31-14. Atlanta was the hottest team going into the playoffs and only built momentum last week with a impressive victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and extending their streak to ten wins. However they fell behind quickly in Washington down by twenty one after just the first quarter. From there is was back and forth in scoring however the Redskins were winning most of the battles. Washington as able to keep Matt Ryan and the Falcons explosive offence to just 271 yards whilst forcing two turnovers from the leagues best turnover offence.
Whilst the Washington offence was able to roll at will. Chad Henne completed over 75% of his passes for 392 yards and two touchdowns. Runningback Chris Johnson proved devastating early with two touchdowns and 105 yards on 20 carries. Rookie Josh Pietarila and veteran Santonio Holmes both had over 100 yards in reception while veteran Andre Johnson also had a busy day with seven receptions.
"Everything went to plan. We knew coming into this that it was going to be a battle. We had no idea we were going to burst out to a early lead and I think some of it might come down to the extra game for them and maybe some of the hype surrounding their run might have gotten to them. But we were confident and I think it showed in that first quarter especially. Containing a offence like that is no easy feat, those wideouts were always going to get the ball, but to keep both under one hundred yards and no scores was a huge effort by our defence. The offence was exceptional, moving the chains and keeping that clock rolling to keep the ball out of their hands. It was a almost perfect execution of what we had planned for, this is a huge moment for our franchise and we are excited for next week." Redskins HC John Fox.
The 2014 NFC Championship Game will be in Washington as the Redskins will host their biggest rival in the New York Giants. The Giants have been impressive in the playoffs with a blowout victory in the wildcard week over Seattle and a tough defensive struggle in extreme conditions against the favoured Green Bay Packers. The Redskins and Giants have built a strong and fierce rivalry which will reach a new peak as both teams battle for the right to represent the NFC in Super Bowl V in Kansas City. The teams split the two games between them this year with the Giants winning in Washington in week thirteen while the Redskins were victorious in week seventeen in New York.
"This is the biggest game in our history, and id say its their biggest aswell. Not only are we going to be playing in and hosting our first conference championship but it will be against our biggest rivals, the New York Giants. The atmosphere is going to be something else and it will be a huge blow for whichever team is defeated. These are the games we dream about and we've got one on our door step." Redskins GM Kurt Ison.
Redskins Clinch NFC East Crush Giants to take Division
The Washington Redskins are the 2014 NFC East Champions. After a dramatic season which was capped of by the fourth consecutive road win with a 38-12 thumping over the reeling New York Giants. The win saw the Redskins and Giants both finish 10-6 and in perfect fashion saw Washington crowned division champions and also secured a first week bye whilst sending the Giants on the road all the way across the country to Seattle for a wildcard clash with the Seahawks. Four road wins to finish the season in Arizona, Buffalo, St.Louis and New York saw a 6-6 record turn into 10-6 and send the Redskins right up the power rankings and into the playoffs for the first time in GZL history. The NFC East was a contested division the entire season with the New York Giants and Phildelphia Eagles fighting for the majoirty of the season but ultimately falling short of the Redskins.
"Coming into the final game we knew what was on the line. We have a heated and long rivalry with te Giants and to come into their house and take the division and make their lives tougher was perfect. Not only to beat them but to embarrass them infront of their city was something that we will remember for a long time. We can only hope they make their way through Seattle and we can inflict one more painful defeat before their season is truly finished." Redskins GM Kurt Ison.
The Redskins now enjoy the bye week as they sit back and watch the wild card week unfold. Either the Buccaneers, Falcons, Seahawks of Giants will visit D.C. next week for the division round and face a energized 'Skins outfit eager for their first GZL playoff game.
Redskins Trade for Chris Johnson Excitement mounts for CJ's debut
The Washington Redskins have announced they have added Bears running back Chris Johnson via a trade this afternoon. As the Redskins were doing battle with the Seattle Seahawks they front office was working with Chicago to get a deal sealed so the players could be moved the following week. Washington and Chicago only clashed on the field last week with the Redskins coming away with the win, and now they have taken one of the Bears most dangerous weapons.
Chris Johnson has ties with current Redskins General Manager Kurt Ison when they shared time together in Tennessee. Johnson was traded to Chicago in the off-season but a management change has seen Johnson quickly moved on. The Bears will receive the Redskins second and third round picks along with current starter Ryan Williams.
"We are very pleased to have a guy the calibre of Chris [Johnson] joining our team. I've watched a lot of his games and he is one of a kind. What he brings to this team is a added dimension, the speed and agility he has is unmatched. Holding onto our first rounder in the negotiation's was a big plus, we feel with Johnson in the backfield we can make a real strong push for the post season." Redskins GM Kurt Ison.
Redskins Draft Two Wide Outs Pietarila & Patterson Headed to D.C.
New Redskin, Tennessee Wideout Cordarrelle Patterson.
The Washington Redskins first draft day under new General Manager Kurt Ison is completed. The Redskins held two picks on day one with the twenty-second picks in both the first and third round. Washington made its needs known by drafting two talented wide receivers with both choices. After a mid season deal to bring in quarterback Chad Henne the team is trying to surround him with young and talented receivers. The Redskins were rumoured to have been trying to trade up in the first round as wideout Terrance Williams slipped down the board, however the Redskins were unable to find a partner and he was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs.
Washington then held its ground with the twenty-second overall pick and announced they would draft Florida's Josh Pietarila. The 6'2", 215lbs is one of the older rookies at twenty-five but will join a wide receiver group which has been lacking talent for some time. Josh has a younger cousin in the GZL, current Oakland Raider cornerback Camden Pietarila who was drafted twelfth overall last season. If Camden's success is anything to go by then Josh will have no trouble adjusting to the GZL.
"I'm excited and ready to get to work. Getting that phone call from Mr. Ison was unbelievable and I'm so grateful to be apart of the Redskins. Watching my young cousin in the league last year really made me focus and it's paid off. I can't wait." Redskins WR Josh Pietarila.
The Redskins waited till the end of the third for their next pick and selected Tennessee's Cordarrelle Patterson who stands at 6'3" and 200lbs. A raw prospect who has great potential will be a guy to watch in D.C. Patterson is a more physical player who has good hands and the ability to get over the top of defenders. Its expected he will see plenty of game time alongside his fellow rookie Pietarila.
"We are very happy to have both Josh & Cordarrelle joining our team. We got two guys who can match it with any of the rookie recievers from this year. Everyone will be talking about the Chiefs and their two high picks, but our guys will be as good if not better." Redskins GM Kurt Ison.
Redskins Add Johnson & Jackson Former Titans Headed to D.C.
The Washington Redskins have announced their final move before the draft when they agreed to send the 44th overall pick in the draft to Tennessee. In exchange the Redskins receive veteran wide receiver Andre Johnson and cornerback Kareem Jackson. Both players have had a knack of following each other, spending 2010/11 together in Houston before meeting up last season in Tennessee. Andre Johnson adds a veteran presences to a already experienced wide receiver corp in Washington alongside Santonio Holmes and Anquan Boldin. Johnson has lost a step over the years but is still one of the most physical and reliable targets in the league and will give Chad Henne another option.
Cornerback Kareem Jackson was a former first round pick in Houston, but in his four year career he has yet to see consistent game time. However he joins a shallow talent pool in Washington and is expected to fight for a starting spot for the coming season. Jackson has improved in Tennessee with two AFC Championship appearances in back to back seasons.
"This is a great move for us, we wanted another set of reliable hands and also a young corner who can hold a full time spot here. We think we have found both with the cost of one pick. Johnson is a incredible athlete who will really give us options and Jackson impressed us on tape. We know both these guys will come in and instantly improve our team." Redskins GM Kurt Ison.
Washington Farewell Crennel, Welcome Singletary Former DC Crennel Joins Jets
Jets Head Coach - Romeo Crennel
The Washington Redskins found out today that Romeo Crennel had been offered the Head Coaching position of the New York Jets. After only resigning on as Defensive Coordinator earlier this week, Crennel spoke with General Manager Kurt Ison and seeked a release for the opportunity to become a Head Coach in the GZL. The New York Jets who are undergoing a major overhaul with Corey Smith being hired as General Manager recently, Crennel who gained a lot of attention after creating a stout defence in Washington. Crennel takes over the Head Coaching position from Rex Ryan who was relieved of his duties, Ryan later signed on with the Detroit Lions as their new defensive coordinator.
"We wish Romeo the best in New York, he did a fantastic job here and although I have only had a short amount of time around him I know he will do well as the head coach of the Jets." Redskins GM Kurt Ison.
To replace Crennel, the Redskins were quick to bring in former Chicago linebacker Mike Singletary. A fiery and destructive player in his playing days the Redskins are hoping he can bring the same intensity as Washington looks to improve on their 8-8 record and make a play for the playoffs.
Redskins Trade Down, Welcome Back DeAngelo Hall Hall back in Washington
Back in Washington - DeAngelo Hall
The Washington Redskins have decided to trade down from the twelfth spot in the draft and found the Houston Texans looking to move up. The Redskins send the 12th and 109th overall picks in exchange for the 22nd, 86th overall picks. The Redskins also welcome back cornerback DeAngelo Hall who was traded to Houston in the 2010 offseason. In his four years as a Texan he recorded twenty interceptions.
"These are the types of moves we are looking to make in order to build a quality football team. We looked into the class and believe we will get a guy we want down at the twenty-second spot, we also move up from the fourth to the third. Bringing back a guy like DeAngelo Hall is great, he is dangerous to throw towards and his experience will help our younger defensive backs who are coming through." Redskins Head Coach John Fox.
Washington Trades Orakpo Orakpo Heading the Green Bay
Traded Redskin - Brian Orakpo
The Washington Redskins have made their first move of the off-season coming to a agreement with the Green Bay Packers. Orakpo was shopped around the league with both Tampa Bay and Denver considered heavy favourites to land the outstanding linebacker. However a late offer by the Packers swayed the Redskins and see's Orakpo as a Packer. Brian Orakpo has spent four years in the league and has developed into a star player, a physical freak coming out of college big things were expected which he has lived up to.
In exchange the Redskins receive the 12th and 44th overall picks in the upcoming draft. Washington only held 5th round picks and lower after a mid-season deal to bring quarterback Chad Henne from the rival Giants mid-season.
"This type of deal is what we need to do to spread talent across our team. Brian [Orakpo] is a great player, but it's going to take more then a incredible linebacker to wins games which was shown this year. Receiving two high picks gives the new management the opportunity to bring in guys they feel fit their type of team. We are excited to see who will become the newest members of the Washingto Redskins." Redskins Owner Dan Snyder.
Washington Announces New General Manager Former Tennessee/Oakland GM Ison Takes the Reigns
Redskins Owner - Dan Snyder
The Washington Redskins have announced their 5th General Manager since the beginning of the GZL. After Vinny Giannone was relieved of his duties following his off-season and six weeks in the job, the Redskins were desperate to find a long term replacement. They waited a month before deciding on Kurt Ison, a risky choice considering he has been with both Tennessee & Oakland in a short span of time. He was in the GZL as recent as last season when he took charge of Oakland for a season.
"I would like to introduce Kurt Ison, the newest General Manager of the Washington Redskins. Kurt has tremendous potential, we recognise this and we wanted him to be apart of this team. We have full faith in his decisions and will support him in every move he makes." Redskins Owner Dan Snyder.
"Id like to thank Dan Snyder and the entire Washington Redskins organisation for this opportunity. The Redskins have a deep and rich history which I intend on adding to. I would also like to thank the GZL and commissinor for another opportunity, I failed to make the most of my previous ventures in both Tennessee and Oakland but I won't make those mistakes again. I know this team and the fans aren't happy with the previous years, a playoff appearance is needed and we are in the fight to make it this year. We are fully committed and one hundred percent focused on claiming this division." Redskins GM Kurt Ison.
The Redskins trave to the windy city to face the 3-5 Chicago Bears. Sitting behind Dallas by two games, Washington can't allow the Cowboys to extend their lead any further.
New Redskins WR Anquan Boldin talks to the press near Tampa, FL hours after signing his 2 year deal.
'Skins GM Vinny Goo brought in the finishing touches on his overhaul of the roster.
Eight players in all were signed in the last few days, just in time for pre-season action.
The eight signed, were;
WR Anquan Boldin. 93OA Brought in to start immediately and mentor the young receiving core along the way. The 32 year old has quite a bit left in his tank, including solid speed to go along with his football smarts and great hands.
WR Jordy Nelson. 78OA The 27 year old Nelson will start in one of the three WR slots, brings great size (6'3"), & hands, and also sporting great speed, agilty and acceleration-will see some action in the return game.
CB Asante Samuel. 91OA Joins the secondary and becomes the teams No.1 corner. 32 year old has great acceleration, off-the-charts football awareness, and 'fishermans wharf' hands.
CB Glover Quin. 84OA The 27 year old 5'11" Quin becomes Goo's 2nd cornerback. "Teaming up with Asante, Quin will give us 2 shut down, across the board solid-DBs."
CB Jacob Lacey. 76OA Lacey possesses solid speed, agilty and football knowledge, as well as great football awareness, and becomes the teams 4th CB, teaming with Samuel, Quin, and Javier Arenas. At just 26 years old, and signed to a long-term deal, he will have time to develop and grow into a more prominent role.
OT's Jeremy Trueblood and Ryan O'Callaghan. Both 82OA These two road-graders are merely depth at this point, with an already stacked O-Line in place. Both bring GREAT strength AND blocking skills to the team in a reserve role.
DT Siona Fua. 74 OA Only 24 years old, and straight from the Goo book of DTs having to possess great strength, acceleration and tackling.
Also said to have been signed late last night, and just awaiting to take and pass their physicals, are RB Delone Carter, and OG Max Unger. Carter will serve as the teams 3rd string runningback and return punts due to his eye-popping acceleration. Unger was signed to backup Chilo Rachal on the right side, as Andre Smith slides over to man the left OG spot for the recently released Kris Dielman. Dielman was an aging/large contract-cap casuality.
"These moves get us under the required roster requirements, but more importantly greatly improve our squad for the upcoming season." Added Goo, who was all smiles while boarding his team helicopter leaving for his second office in the back of a 'Gentlemens Club' named 'Bare-Assets' outside of Tampa, FL. "Now if you'll excuse me, me and my girls, errr, I mean executives, have some things to 'work out'!"
-New 'Skins Co-Owner Tom Cruise (above) couldn't hide his excitement as he boarded the team helicopter with Goo after the interview.
Not long after the conclusion of the latest Redskins lopsided loss, Redskins owner Daniel Snyder surprising took the podium instead of GM Tim Miller.
"I have accepted Tim Miller's resignation as general manager. After tonight's tough loss, we had a quick discussion and we both agreed it is in Tim and the team's best interest," Snyder read from a prepared statement.
"We wish Tim the best of luck in the future."
The Redskins under Miller were 12-28 overall and an even worse 3-11 in the NFC East.
"With the draft day debacles, the inability to get trades through the trade committee, and ultimately the inability to gameplan properly, Tim is clearly not the man we need to bring the Redskins back to their glory days," concluded Snyder.
This just in... The Redskins are considering turning the Saints tactics back on them.
Through an anonymous source, it has been learned that the Redskins are offering $5,000 to anyone who knocks Brees out of the game for a little while and an additional $5,000 if Brees stays out.
Redskins players' feelings are mixed.
"S**t... I was going to try and knock him out anyway! Now I can do it and earn another month of child support payments for my 9 kids!" exclaimed OLB Brian Orakpo. "Maybe I don't have to do any more of those stupid caveman commercials!"
Rocky McIntosh agreed. "I should could use a new set of earrings!"
Tackle Vaughn Martin had a different idea... "Personally I would dontate it to the charity run by Drew and his wife that help local.... HA! I couldn't say it with a straight face. I would go to the Gold Club in New Orleans and make it rain in the VIP room!"
@ : Vikings (4-2-1, 2-0, 2nd Place NFC North, Won 2)
M. Goodwin 27 yards Drive info: 9 plays, 79 yds, TOP 4:49, 3:38 left in qtr
S. Graham 43 yards Drive info: 9 plays, 77 yds, TOP 2:42, 0:56 left in qtr
M. Goodwin 47 yards Drive info: 9 plays, 98 yds, TOP 5:14, 3:13 left in qtr
R. Lockette 85 yard pass from P. Manning Drive info: 2 plays, 80 yds, TOP 0:40, 2:33 left in qtr
M. Thomas 11 yard pass from C. McCoy Drive info: 8 plays, 80 yds, TOP 1:34, 0:59 left in qtr
M. Goodwin 24 yards Drive info: 7 plays, 96 yds, TOP 3:38, 6:33 left in qtr
R. Lockette 56 yard pass from P. Manning Drive info: 3 plays, 76 yds, TOP 0:22, 1:34 left in qtr
M. Goodwin 33 yards Drive info: 8 plays, 77 yds, TOP 1:11, 0:23 left in qtr
The Redskins came out of the bye week pumped up and ready to go. Too bad poor clock management and some questionable calls by the referees took away from what should have been a nice comeback by the Redskins.
"I mean, what happened there at the end?" exclaimed Redskins GM Tim Miller. "First, how does Derek Cox catch James Davis from behind on the kickoff? Then, why does the clock keep running after Tyler Price clearly went out of bounds with 10 seconds left? And finally, what was the offense thinking after lining up with 3 seconds left on the clock? I am frustrated and puzzled and clearly need a drink."
What GM Miller was talking about was the course of events that happened at the end of the game after the Vikings had snatched back the lead with a go ahead field goal with 23 seconds left in the game. The Vikings tried a squib kick that almost ended badly for them when James Davis found an opening along the left sideline and seemed to be in the clear for a game winning touchdown on the return. Suddenly Derek Cox caught Davis from behind and tackled him at the Vikings 39 yard line. Both players have similar 40 yard times but Cox just plays faster in pads apparently.
After a first down incompletion and with 15 seconds left in the game, the Redskins knew they realistically only had to complete one pass to get within field goal range for Shayne Graham who has only missed on one field goal all season. Manning finally looked at Tyler Price along the side line and completed a nice pass down to the 19 yard line with 10 seconds remaining. Price fell out of bounds after the reception. When the referee ran up after the reception, it was assumed it was to review the catch to make sure he was inbounds. Instead the referee spotted the ball and informed the timekeeper to keep the clock running! Clearly caught by surprise, the Redskins rushed up to the ball to spike it. They seemingly got to the ball in time with 3 seconds left but no snap came and the game ended with the Skins at the Vikings 19 yard line and down by only 2 points.
"That is just disheartening," sighed Miller. "We had a nice streak going, we had seen Dallas lose earlier in the day, and we just did not play to our potential."
2nd year receiver Ricardo Lockette had a nice game with two long TD catches and ended up with 200 yards. But with that great performance were some negatives.
"Manning seemed a bit too intent on throwing to Lockette and didn't spread the ball around well. And our running game pretty much disappeared," explained Miller. "And I give our defense kudos for holding the Vikings to field goals instead of touchdowns, but we just gave up way too many yards. At one point, I think I saw that McCoy had completed 13 straight passes."
The loss drops the Redskins to 3-4 on the season and 3rd in the division behind the Cowboys and Giants.
And the road doesn't get any easier heading to New Orleans this week. The Saints have a top 7 defense and a top 12 offense, not what the Redskins need to bounce back.
"Well, we shocked everyone with a win over the Bucs a few weeks back," continued Miller. "We will just have to see what we can do this time around."
Buccaneers (4-1, 2-0, 1st Place NFC South, Lost 1)
@ : Redskins (3-3, 1-1, 1st Place NFC East, Won 2)
J. Addai 11 yard run Drive info: 12 plays, 77 yds, TOP 5:11, 6:49 left in qtr
R. Lloyd 40 yards Drive info: 11 plays, 67 yds, TOP 5:03, 1:46 left in qtr
T. Price 23 yard pass from P. Manning Drive info: 13 plays, 93 yds, TOP 5:36, 4:55 left in qtr
A. Morris 51 yard interception return 1:54 left in qtr
J. Ross 18 yard pass from P. Manning Drive info: 8 plays, 59 yds, TOP 4:37, 5:03 left in qtr
M. Williams 11 yard pass from J.Freeman Drive info: 13 plays, 73 yds, TOP 4:36, 7:34 left in qtr
D. Jackson 61 yard pass from J.Freeman (2 point conv failed) Drive info: 5 plays, 80 yds, TOP 1:05, 0:42 left in qtr
A. Gates 44 yard pass from J.Freeman Drive info: 4 plays, 59 yds, TOP 0:26, 0:16 left in qtr
Another week, another "first since 2010 moment", another rookie touchdown, another defensive touchdown, another Redskins win. But this one had people nervous at the end.
The Redskins used ball control, excellent third down plays, and, yes, that defensive touchdown to hold on to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 28-23. Anyone watching the game after the first three quarters would have been surprised by that outcome, but the Bucs put together a 20 point 4th quarter to get within 5 with 16 seconds to play. 13 of those points came in the last 45 seconds of the game.
"Whew!" exclaimed Redskins GM Tim Miller. "That got a whole lot closer there at the end than we would have liked! But I'll take it."
Miller was talking about the 4th quarter where the Bucs receivers finally got past the young Redskins secondary. That and letting the Bucs recover an onside kick in the last 42 seconds of the game did not help Miller's ulcer either.
"That was the Bucs team we were afraid of," explained Miller. "I guess we should be counting our lucky stars that we got a lead and took Blount out of the game, or those long passes may have happened earlier."
The game had a mixed start for the Skins... on the second play of the game Lockette went down to an injury and stayed out the rest of the game. Two plays later, rookie RB Ryan Williams went down and stayed out for a while. Still veteran Joseph Addai and Santana Moss were able to step in and fill their spots well enough to get down the field for an 11 yard touchdown run by Addai.
Williams did make it back into the game though and his running threat helped bring about the second TD for the Redskins, a 23 yard strike to Taylor Price when the entire Bucs defense bit on the play action.
2nd year cornerback Alan Morris, who was credited with smothering speedster DeSean Jackson for most of the day, got into the act in the second with a 51 yard pick six that put the Redskins up 21-3 at halftime.
In the third, rookie Jeremy Ross caught his second TD pass of the season, hauling in an 18 yard reception from Manning to go up 28-3 heading into the 4th quarter.
But then the 4th quarter occurred... Josh Freeman, relatively contained throughout the day, suddenly broke out big time leading the Bucs on a 13 play, 73 yard scoring drive that culmunated with an 11 yard TD to Mike Williams.
Then the real fireworks happened within the last two minutes of the game... After a 61 yard bomb to DeSean Jackson brought the score within 28-16 with 42 seconds left, the "no" hands team of the Redskins watched as the Bucs recovered the onside kick to get the ball back at their 41 yard line. 26 seconds and a 44 yard TD catch and run to Antonio Gates, the Redskins were again facing an onside kick, this time only up 28-23.
Luckily this time around, the Redskins recovered the kick and were able to down it three times to end the game.
"Obviously I am ecstatic about the win," gushed Miller after the game. "Am I happy that we gave up 175 yards passing in the final quarter (139 in the last two minutes)? Obviously not, but I will take a W any way we can, especially a W over a first place team."
The Redskins now head into the bye at 3-3 and tied with the Cowboys for first place in the division. Coming out of the bye, the Redskins head on the road for another 2 weeks against the Vikings and the Saints.
"Not ideal timing for the bye week since we are actually on a bit of a winning streak, but what are you going to do?" finished Miller.
R. Williams 80 yard run Drive info: 1 plays, 80 yds, TOP 0:13, 11:47 left in qtr
D.Akers 35 yards Drive info: 3 plays, 26 yds, TOP 1:40, 4:20 left in qtr
A. Smith 1 yard pass from P. Manning Drive info: 7 plays, 69 yds, TOP 3:12, 1:08 left in qtr
J. Ross 26 yard pass from P. Manning Drive info: 7 plays, 80 yds, TOP 1:33, 6:49 left in qtr
A. Molden 87 yard interception return 4:23 left in qtr
D. Williams 13 yard pass from K.Kolb Drive info: 7 plays, 68 yds, TOP 2:45, 1:38 left in qtr
A. Molden 33 yard interception return 1:12 left in qtr
S.Graham 28 yards Drive info: 5 plays, 35 yards, TOP 0:56, 0:04 left in qtr
G. Jennings 80 yard pass from K.Kolb Drive info: 1 play, 80 yds, TOP 0:16, 11:48 left in qtr
T.Price 61 yard pass from P. Manning Drive info: 4 plays, 75 yds, TOP 1:24, 10:24 left in qtr
L.McCoy 5 yard run Drive info: 5 play, 49 yds, TOP 2:37, 3:49 left in qtr
D. Butler 77 yard interception return 11:48 left in qtr
S. Graham 20 yards Drive info: 9 plays, 40 yds, TOP 4:09, 2:31 left in qtr
Redskin fans had been waiting for a week like this for some time. Well actually since 2010 when the Redskins last beat a divisional foe. And this margin of victory is the highest in the team's GZL history and had GM Tim Miller all smiles after the game.
"Woo! Woooooooooooo!" screamed Miller, doing his best Cuba Gooding Jr imitation from the movie Jerry McQuire. He was high-fiving anyone he could reach. And Peyton was pretty excited as well on his first week back. While he was gone, the Redskins seem to have developed a little bit of a running game, making his play action passes work that much better.
And let's not forget the defense and Antwaun Molden outscoring the Eagles 14-7 by himself in the 2nd quarter.
But let's start with the first play of the game... after receiving the kickoff and downing it in the end zone, Manning handed off to rookie Ryan Williams and watched him sprint 80 yards off tackle for his 4th touchdown of the season. At the end of the day, Williams rushed 19 times for 155 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 fumble. Oh if he had only been starting all season long!
The Redskins did have the first turnover of the game in the first, picking off a rusty Manning and giving themselves a short field. But the defense held and they only got a field goal out of it.Later in the quarter, rookie tight end Andre Smith caught his first pass of the season for a TD to get the lead back out to 14-3.
But the second quarter... oh the second quarter was a thing of beauty for the Redskins. The quarter started with another rookie free agent pickup getting his first TD pass of the season, when Jeremy Ross hauled in a 26 yard dart from Manning.
On the ensuing Eagles drive, Kolb had laser precision going. A perfect mix of passes and runs had the Redskins defense on their heels. The Eagles drove down to field goal range and were looking for more... until Molden stepped in front of an errant Kolb pass and took it 87 yards to the house!!!
3 minutes later, after a D.J. Williams touchdown catch cut the lead back down to 18, Molden picked off Kolb again and took it 33 yards for his second score of the quarter! For the season, Molden has 3 INTs and 3 touchdowns as a result.
Graham tacked on a field goal at the buzzer to put the Redskins up 38-10 at halftime.
The second half started badly for the Redskins. Imitating the Redskins opening kickoff, the Eagles went 80 yards in one play from Kolb to Greg Jennings to chop down that lead.
Redskins fans and coaches wondered how the team would react to the punch in the mouth. But the Skins shook it off and drove 75 yards on their next drive, capping it with a 61 yard pass from Manning to Tyler Price.
From that point forward the beating was on. The Eagles added another score in the 3rd from McCoy, but Donald Butler took another Kolb interception 77 yards to the end zone for the defense's third score of the day.
Shane Graham kicked a 20 yarder at the end of the game for the final margin 55-24.
"I really liked how we played two halves today," stated Miller. "We allowed a lot of yardage but not a lot of scores. And when they did score, our offense found a way to answer."
Next up for the Redskins... back home against the Tampa Bay Bucs. Some Redskin fans may remember that it was the loss to the Bucs that really started their slide in 2010. The Redskins were sitting pretty in 2010 at 8-4 and barely lost to the Bucs but then didn't win again until the middle of the 2011 season.
Miller sighed and said "The Bucs are one of the top teams in the league right now with a top offense and the top defense in the league. We have to hope we can bring it at home and just find some way to stop the trio of Freeman, Blount, and Williams. We are feeling good now but Coach Fox will have to get them refocused for next week."
@ : Redskins (1-2, 0-1, 3rd Place NFC East, Won 1)
S. Graham 25 yards Drive info: 8 plays, 80 yds, TOP 4:39, 5:13 left in qtr
J. Best 1 yard run Drive info: 4 plays, 32 yds, TOP 1:35, 8:31 left in qtr
R. Williams 1 yard run Drive info: 7 plays, 52 yds, TOP 2:52, 3:36 left in qtr
T.Price 27 yard pass from D.Carr Drive info: 6 plays, 75 yds, TOP 2:30, 9:30 left in qtr
C. Cooley 6 yard pass from D.Carr Drive info: 7 plays, 80 yds, TOP 2:50, 3:59 left in qtr
S. Graham 38 yards Drive info: 12 plays, 97 yds, TOP 4:51, 8:42 left in qtr
S. Graham 21 yards Drive info: 8 plays, 56 yds, TOP 3:24, 1:31 left in qtr
L.Stocker 10 yard pass from M.Moore (2 pt conversion successful) Drive info: 14 plays, 68 yds, TOP 1:31, 0:00 left in qtr
Redskin fans were dreading this week. After two losses to start off the season, including a pitiful performance at home against the Chargers, things were not looking good. Add to it that Peyton Manning was injured on the last play of the Chargers game, and it looked downright ugly.
"We weren't sure what to expect from David" explained Redskins coach John Fox. "He had good days of practice and bad days of practice. Finally on game day, we just chucked the playbook we had practiced all week and just improvised."
And improvised they did. With rookie Ryan Williams getting the start and a heavy reliance on the running game, David Carr took the most of his opportunities and played the play action pass like, well like Peyton Manning.
Completing passes to 5 different receivers, Carr ended up going 13 for 27 for 269 yards with 2 TDs and 1 interception.
But that interception... Once again, the Panthers linebackers feasted on bad passes and Jon Beason gladly plucked a Carr duck out of the air in the second quarter setting up a short field. Vick led them down and Jahvid Best ran it for the score and the lead. And Redskin fans had to be saying "Oh great"...
But Carr put the interception behind him and eventually led the Redskins down the field for a Williams touchdown dive and a 10-7 lead at halftime. The touchdown was the first since the 2nd quarter of the Chargers game.
The third quarter has not been kind to the Redskins this year, so fans were not expecting much and were just waiting for the Panthers to take the lead. However, Carr came out in the second half like a man possessed and took the kickoff 75 yards and ended it with a nice 27 yard strike to Taylor Price for the score. The Redskins would add another touchdown pass, this time to Chris Cooley, to lead 24-7 after 3 quarters.
Redskin fans started calling other Redskin fans that had left the game or were still tailgating from halftime. "Get yer a$$ in here! We might win!" Cell phone towers around FedEx Field were jammed as fans rushed back into the stadium.
And they did not go away disappointed. As Redskins fans were accustomed to seeing, the team with the lead, suddenly developed an awesome running game in the 4th quarter and just ran through a tired defense. The difference is that this time, it was the Redskins doing the running. The Hawgs were Hawgs once again as Ryan Williams picked up 50 of his 109 total yards in the 4th quarter. Shane Graham tacked on 2 field goals go eventually go ahead 30-7 with 1:31 left in the game.
The only spoiler for the game was the 14 play drive that the Panthers put together and scored with no time left on the clock to sour an otherwise beautiful day.
The Redskins hit the road again, this time to the west coast and the defending AFC Champion Oakland Raiders. Redskin fans can only help that the momentum continues.
S. Suisham 29 yards Drive info: 7 plays, 49 yds, TOP 3:56, 5:50 left in qtr
28 yard interception return by A Molden(XP good) 4:24 left in qtr
T. Price 7 yard pass from P. Manning (XP good) Drive info: 7 plays, 48 yds, TOP 2:40, 1:00 left in qtr
E. Royal 77 yard pass from E. Manning Drive info: 3 plays, 78 yds, TOP 1:08, 11:52 left in qtr
E. Royal 23 yard pass from E. Manning Drive info: 9 plays, 80 yds, TOP 2:30, 1:18 left in qtr
S. Graham 23 yards Drive info: 11 plays, 80 yds, TOP 1:11, 0:07 left in qtr
H. Nicks 19 yard pass from E. Manning Drive info: 7 plays, 67 yds, TOP 3:32, 0:04 left in qtr
R. Lockette 53 yard pass from P. Manning (XP good) Drive info: 6 plays, 82 yds, TOP 1:28, 10:36 left in qtr
S. Suisham 48 yards Drive info: 6 plays, 60 yds, TOP 2:56, 7:40 left in qtr
R. Williams 49 yard run (XP good) Drive info: 4 plays, 73 yds, TOP 1:48, 5:54 left in qtr
A. Bradshaw 4 yard run Drive info: 9 plays, 59 yds, TOP 4:01, 1:53 left in qtr
Another game against the hated Giants and another close heart breaking loss by a single score.
With all the hype of the offensive additions this past offseason, the first points of the 2012 season for the Redskins were not from Manning. Well, Peyton Manning, anyway. Antwaun Molden ran back an errant Eli Manning pass 28 yards for an int return and the Redskins first lead of the season. Peyton got into the act a few minutes later and through a 7 yard TD to Taylor Price and Redskin fans had to be feeling pretty good.
But if Molden was the hero of the first quarter, he was the goat of the second. Burned not once but twice by Eddie Royal, the Redskins saw their nice lead vanish and only a last second field goal before half time allowed a 17-17 time at half time.
Eli continued to light up the Redskins secondary in the third, finally getting a touchdown to Hakeem Nicks at the end of the third to go up by 7 heading into the 4th.
Peyton seemed to right the ship in the 4th with a nice 53 yard strike to last year's second round pick Ricardo Lockette to tie up the game. And after a Giants field goal, rookie Ryan Williams took his first NFL carry 49 yards for a touchdown and the lead. If the defense could just hold on...
But it was not meant to be. Mr 4th Quarter, Eli (not Peyton) Manning led the Giants down the field with precision passing, converting on 4th down to keep the drive alive. The drive finally accumulated with Bradshaw running it in from the 4.
But this is why the Redskins got Peyton Manning right? Down by 3 with a whole 1:53 left in the game??!!! The Redskins gave Manning the ball not once, but twice in those final two minutes. Both times the ball was knocked to the ground on 4th down and turned over to Eli's waiting hands.
"Well, obviously I am disappointed in the loss, especially to a divisional rival," explained Redskins GM Tim Miller after the game. "Some things were good, like seeing Price and Manning and Lockette and Manning working together for scores. And Ryan Williams going untouched for 49 yards on his first carry was a great thing to see. But we gave up too many yards and obviously too many points for my liking."
Week 2 brings the Redskins first home game and also brings an interesting opponent to town... The San Diego Chargers. Much was made in the offseason about the Redskins decision to trade away the top overall pick to the Chargers, who promptly selected the player most Redskins' fans wanted, Blaine Gabbert. Gabbert struggled in his first week, but with that running game of Ryan Matthews, anything can happen.
Redskins fans unfortunately will have to wait and see.
Vince Young hasn't looked that good since winning the Rose Bowl against USC.
"That is pretty much my fault," explained Redskins coach John Fox. "We emphasized the run and stopping Hillis this week and changed to a 46. Gotta give Vince credit because he found the open guys and picked us apart on those long plays."
This game was pretty much over at halftime when the Browns led 17-0 and the Redskins had not even attempted a field goal.
"Yes, I did cut Derek Anderson at halftime," confirmed Redskins GM Tim Miller. "We overpayed for him last season and his level of play warranted some action. Derek has a huge arm but would never unleash it, except for basically throwing it super hard at receivers 5 yards down field. His QB rating of 35 at halftime, along with a long completion of only 17 yards... Well all the best to him."
Anderson was shocked. The rest of the team was not.
"Derek is a nice guy and all, but he just cannot seem to look downfield," stated one WR under the condition of staying anonymous.
And the way 2nd year QB Leo Martinez has been playing just made it worse.
Martinez had another respectable outing with 1 TD but 1 INT as well.
The Redskins confirm that they have already been in talks with veteran QB David Carr.
"It is just so hard to find a QB in this league that doesn't think he is Michael Vick," explained Miller. "We want a pocket passer, not a scrambler."
The cut of Anderson confirms that none of the QBs from last year's 1-15 team will even be on the roster for the 2012 season. Tebow was traded last year to the Saints, Rhett Bomar was cut in the offseason, and now Anderson.
The Redskins finally head home this week for a game against the Bills. There are rumors that the starters could see their first action (and only) action of the preseason.
"The jury is still out on that one," explained Fox.
Finally Miller addressed the sudden speed increase in some of the Redskins younger players.
"(WR Ricardo) Lockette, (WR Tyler) Price, (CB Alan) Morris, (CB Garry) Blair, and (HB Ryan) Williams all attended a 'Speed Camp' during training camp. They all trained with Olympic hopeful sprinters to figure out their top end speed," stated Miller. "Meanwhile, constant testing was occurring to make sure nothing funny was going on. We have sent players before but this year really paid off."
The bad news: The Redskins started off the preseason with a loss to the Bears, 34-17.
The good news: No one named Manning, Landry, Dielman, Birk, Tillman or Cooley even got on the field. Joseph Addai and Brian Orakpo got limited action and probably will not see any more this offseason.
"We cannot risk injury to one of our new acquisitions, plus we know what these guys can do already," explained Redskins GM Tim Miller. "We are looking at what other guys can do and especially the rookies. So yes, we had rookies trying to block Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs and trying to tackle Matt Forte."
"We were rewarded with some great play. Ryan Williams stepped onto the field and averaged over 5 yards a carry against the first team Bears defense. (Recently acquired) Leo Martinez got off to a slow start but seemed to develop some nice chemistry with Taylor Price for a couple of touchdowns."
"We also intercepted Jay Cutler a couple of times and ended up with 5 sacks overall as we attempt to change from a 3-4 to a 4-3."
"We did have some major disappointments. (The Bears) Devin Aromashodu ran wild on our secondary. Shayne Graham missed two first half field goals that would have changed things a bit. Derek Anderson could not get anything going against the back ups. Brandon James couldn't get open and couldn't catch...."
Coach John Fox agreed. "We kept the game plan pretty simple for the rookies. They did allow 4 sacks in the first, but that was a combination of good coverage and (Leo) Martinez holding the ball too long."
"My philosophy is to use preseason as an evaluation against real opponents. These guys have been beating against each other since training camp and need to see new competition."
"We will make some changes this week for evaluation purposes. (Derek) Anderson and James Davis will start this week, with Martinez and Williams playing in the second half. We are going to continue with the reduced game plan, just to see if players can make plays."
This week's game takes the Redskins to Cleveland, who barely lost to the Titans this past week.
"The Browns obviously bring a good defense, so we are very interested in what happens. But Manning will not hit the field this preseason and I would be surprised to see either of the linemen play."
"This team went 3-1 in the preseason last year and it really did not do them a lot of good. So this year is about talent evaluation."
Injuries: The Redskins confirmed that second round pick Garry Blair had a partially torn pectoral muscle but should be back by the regular season.
Let's call a spade a spade... the 2011 Redskins were horrible. Both sides of the ball were to blame. The Tim Tebow experiment failed at the launchpad and never took off the ground. At one point the Redskins had a double digit losing streak going. The preseason had caused hope with the 3-1 record, but it was never meant to be.
Even more insulting, the NFC East went from 2 playoff teams and three teams with a record of 8-8 or better to a division with one playoff team and only one team with a winning record. It did not help any that that one team was the NY Giants.
If it had not been for that fluke victory in week 10 against the Seahawks, the Redskins would have joined the Detroit Lions as the only winless teams in league history.
No one area was safe because the entire team was bad. There were some areas that have potential future stars, but the team morale will have to be rebuilt.
Coaching and stadium changes
The Redskins said good bye to Mike Shanahan and promoted defensive coordinator John Fox to head coach. John immediately went out and got his buddy Romeo Crennel as his replacement at defensive coordinator. Kyle Shanahan was retained as offensive coordinator but will be on a short leash this season.
FedEx Field saw a few renovations of its own this offseason. For the fans, a new LED Video Screen was added to the stadium. For the athletes, a new heated field was added. FedEx, just a year away from hosting its first Super Bowl, was already a state of the art stadium but this puts it on another level and makes it desirable to all.
The Redskins said good bye to middle linebacker London Fletcher due to retirement.
The Redskins said hello to some major new acquisitions, Legendary QB Peyton Manning, Pro Bowl guard Kris Dielman, mentor CB Charles Tillman, MLB Donald Butler, and C Matt Birk.
To afford these new stars, a large number of players were cut or did not have contracts renewed. The Redskins bid adeiu to 16 players this offseason including starters Bart Scott and Lousaka Polite. Part time starter Rhett Bomar, Steve Slaton, and Malcolm Kelly were let go as well. The Redskins were tempted to make some other moves but the salary cap was just too tight to do anything else.
The Redskins hoped to add starters and obvious future depth via the draft. After trading away both first round picks, the Redskins had to sit until day 2 of the draft in order to get started. But in the end, they were pretty happy with what they got.
2.12 CB Garry Blair For the second year in a row, the Redskins used their first pick of the draft on a young cornerback. The Redskins needed some help in the secondary and wanted to use the benefit of mentorship from newly acquired Charles Tillman. Blair may not start immediately but will be interchanged with young CBs Antwaun Molden and last year's 1st round pick Alan Morris. Blair played well in the East West College All Star game with 4 tackles, 1 deflection, and only 1 catch allowed.
"It is an honor to be drafted by the Redskins and to follow in the footsteps of such players such as Gary Green and DeAngelo Hall," Blair stated during an interview after the draft. "I intend to sign early and get to work with Charles Tillman and get into the starting lineup as soon as possible."
2.30 C Roy Reed In what may have been a bit of a surprise, the Redskins picked this small college star from Nicholls State. Reed was not just a 3 year starter, but a 3 year captain for the Colonels. He was the third center taken and many taken to learn from Matt Birk and also cover for the often fragile Birk. He will snap for punts in order to get some playing time. Reed also played in the college All Star game with 5 pancakes and 0 sacks allowed.
4.1 HB Ryan Williams The Redskins were pleasantly surprised to see Ryan Williams still on the board at the top of the 4th round. Williams led Virginia Tech last season in the Sugar Bowl with 150 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns in their victory over Michigan. Williams was last seen in the college all star game where he amassed 125 yards with a long of 63 yards and 1 touchdown. He also scored a receiving TD on a nice catch and run of 29 yards. He will start out behind Joseph Addai but do not be surprised to see him stealing some downs later in the season.
5.1 TE Martell Webb This hoss was a no brainer for the Redskins at the top of the 5th. He is a big man with decent hands that will truly benefit under the tutelage of Chris Cooley and a QB like Peyton Manning.
6.1 LT Dave Burton Burton was a pick of need but will be deeper on the depth chart behind Trent Williams and Jamaal Brown. He will fight with Isidro Hoppe for back up duties.
7.1 FB Ryan Taylor Taylor's stock dropped because it was not sure whether he was a fullback or a tight end due to his swapping at North Carolina. Fullback is not a huge area of need with a Peyton Manning led offense, so if he does get out there, he will need to be able to catch.
Offseason Conditioning and Training Camp
Everyone has shown up on time for offseason training camp and really seem to be pumped up. Could it be that little NY Giants logos are everywhere, including the toilets and urinals? The message, hit the Giants and hit them hard.
Fox has reminded everyone that every other team in this division has made the playoffs except the Redskins. The Cowboys and Giants have had a first round bye. There is no reason why this team cannot do the same.
Young LG Garrett Chisolm and WR Ricardo Lockette seem to have taken those words to heart. They seem a bit more agile this season, even before training camp.
Lockette and WR Taylor Price hope to have nipped last year's injury bug in the bud by taking their vitamins all offseason. They seem healthier to start the season anyway.
Finally Donald Butler and Bruce Parker apparently spent the offseason eating Big Macs and have bulked up 10 point a piece.
Depth Chart Battles
Not really too many depth chart battles this offseason. With the influx of veterans this offseason, they were expected to play and to win. Plus the tight salary cap has really made a difference between the first and second string players without a lot of extras on the team. Some battles may develop as the season wears on, but the starters will pretty much be the same all season.
As mentioned in Hard Knocks, we really expect more scoring out of our offense and take some of the pressure off of our defense. They just spent too much time on the field last year and eventually broke down. The Redskins will also be more likely to go back to a 4-3 defense as it was obvious the 3-4 is not working for this team. Now to figure out which playbook to use for it.
The Redskins offseason has been tumultuous (JP that means up and down) to say the least.
But owner Dan Snyder does demand one thing... win and win now.
With that in mind and with the horrible memories of the Tebow experiment still in his head, Miller went out and traded for Peyton Manning. While Peyton's arm may have lost a little of its zip, his brain sure has not. Peyton was obviously not excited about going to a 1-15 team at this stage of his career, but seems to be on board now.
"I am thrilled to get to play against my little brother Eli twice a season now," commented Manning. "And the rumors are true. I did restructure my contract so we would have some money for getting additional players."
Then the real controversy set in: Miller traded 1.1 to the Chargers for RG Kris Dielmen and MLB Donald Butler. The league was in an uproar over how the Redskins could possibly have passed on this season's sure thing in Blaine Gabbert.
Miller recently went on Hard Knocks to talk about his thinking: "Well we already had Manning. And I just do not like Gabbert from his college days or what he has done with the Jaguars. And I could only imagine the cat calls if we would have taken Newton with the top pick."
"Originally we had a trade in place for more of the line, but that got David Stern'd because they felt like the Chargers were too old. So we went for a replacement for the retired London Fletcher."
Even the host Anthony Fernandez agreed, "There really are no MLB's in this year's draft comparable to Butler with that combination of size, speed, strength and agility."
Miller admitted that last season was horrible and intends to do something about it this season. And it starts with the offense being on the field more so that the defense can get a breather.
Fernandez did point out Manning's age and the unlikely event that he will play out the new contract.
Miller came back with,"Well even if he doesn't, we have some awesome young QBs out there in RG3, Matt Barkley, Brandon Weeden, and Landry Jones we can get and develop in future years."
After the show, Miller explained, "Yes we are getting a little long in the tooth in some positions and we need to start developing replacements. But we are going to take advantage of that experience as long as we can. We expect with this new offensive line and new quarterback that more points will be scored and that will benefit all."
The Redskins did also announce a trade with the Bears bringing mentor CB Charles Tillman over to the Redskins. The Redskins also announced the signing of mentor center Matt Birk to snap it to Manning this season.
New Redskins head coach John Fox was pleased to introduce the latest addition to the Redskins staff.
"Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce a drastic improvement over last year's defensive coordinator in hiring Romeo Crennel," joked Fox. "We were fortunate to get him away from the Chiefs where he took that young ball club from the top overall pick to an 8-8 record."
So far the overall morale of the team does seem improved after the replacement of Shanahan and addition of Crennel.
"Yeah, whatever," commented safety Laron Landry, "Just be sure to play me and don't expect me to run sprints or whatever."
Former Redskins coach Mike Shanahan was not out of employment for long as the Cleveland Browns quickly hired him and reunited him with offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak.
The Redskins are set to hold another press conference in the next few days to settle the rumors about their first round picks.
"All I can say right now is that we accepted trade offers on each pick and we are just waiting for formal league approval," explained Fox.
Rumors range from bringing Manning to town to trading down and getting multiple picks.
"You mean we had to sit through that 1-15 sh*t from last season and they ain't even going to have the top overall pick?" asked Redskins superfan Joe Riggins. "What the hell???"
The Redskins did also announce that stadium improvements of a new a new LED screen and a heated grass field would be added this offseason.
"If this sh*tty team can afford things like that," exclaimed Riggins. "Well, we are clearly paying too much!"
Rumors are flying out of Washington about what the Redskins may be doing with their first round picks, including 1.1.
Initial reports are that the Redskins were talking with Indy to bring Eli's older brother to the NFC East, although there are a lot of reports of Peyton's whereabouts.
Other reports have the Redskins talking about getting multiple veteran players for their first round picks. With the retirement of MLB London Fletcher, suddenly the Redskin defense has a huge hole in the middle that was not expected.
The Redskins also made the formal announcement about replacement of Shanahan with John Fox.
The Redskins have been flying in many people for workouts since they have 2 first round picks, but none more important than the top overall pick.
"We had made some initial contact with the Jags about Phillip Rivers, but with that huge new contract he just signed, we know that is out," explained Redskins GM Tim Miller. "So now we are back to square one."
"Quarterbacks," grumbled Redskins coach John Fox. "I wish we could play without one. Here I am with Cam Newton staring me in the face again, wondering if I make him the top pick."
Blaine Gabbert would be more QB ready right off the bat. He has the accuracy and the overall awareness to come in and be ready day 1.
But Cam Newton has so many intangibles... his size and speed and strength have a lot of people excited about where he ends up.
"The Titans are blowing up my phone asking me who we are going to pick..." chuckled Miller. "And I honestly just do not know yet."
The Redskins are also getting some trade offers, but none have really come close to being worth the top overall pick.
"Will someone please tell Paronne that we will not trade the top overall pick for his 38 year old backup guard?" sighed Miller. "If I have rejected it once, I have rejected it 20 times. I KNOW you won the division with that guy, but it doesn't mean I want him."
The Redskins have a few weeks to decide and perhaps their new defensive coordinator will have a say or two in the pick as well.
Mike Shanahan announced his resignation today as head coach of the Washington Redskins.
"We obviously got much worse this season instead of better, and I can only blame myself... and GM Tim Miller," read Shanahan from a prepared statement.
"I mean, I loved Albert Haynesworth, Ryan Torain, DeAngelo Hall, and Donovan McNabb. There is no way I would have ever traded them. That was a power trip by Miller."
"And giving away a draft pick for Tim Tebow? Tim Freakin Tebow? He has no skills (except in New Orleans). I am an offensive genius and I couldn't make it work. So clearly this is Tim and Tim's fault."
"And Joseph Addai? Joseph Addai!?? Then we get the 12th overall pick and he trades it for a 30 year old CB with one year left on his contract?"
"I think Miller must be drunk."
"And another thing..." at this point, Shanahan was removed from the podium by security.
Redskins GM Tim Miller then came to the podium, clearly rocked by his ex-coach's words.
"Well, sniff, I, um, sniff, just have.... give me a moment please."
At that point, John Fox approached the podium and started with, "Cheese and rice, man! Suck it up and pull it together!"
"I am the new head coach of the Redskins. Kyle and Mike can stay if they want. If they don't then whatever. We are going to go back to the proud past of the Washington Redskins. The days of John Riggins and the Hogs."
"We are going to use our draft picks to get a new quarterback. Whether that is for a rookie or a veteran is yet to be seen. But Anderson and Bomar shouldn't expect too much playing time next season. I mean seriously, who names their kid Rhett?"
"And our running backs had better take some HGH or Steroids or whatever the hell is legal because I need a big strong back who can hold onto the ball. And if they cannot, then do not expect to play."
"The time for manicures and pedicures are over ladies. If you want that, head to Dallas."
"There is one fact: every other team in this division has been in the playoffs except us. I intend to rectify that situation quickly."
"We were last... last in the division, last in the conference, and I am pretty sure we were last in the league. To say this season was a disappointment would be an insult to disappointments."
And this is how Redskins GM Tim Miller started his 2011 season in review press conference.
"We started with promise and expected to compete. After the 3-1 preseason game, we were sky high and thought we had things figured out on both sides of the ball. That was not to be the case however."
"We just didn't know how to play Tim Tebow, especially without one of his favorite targets, WR Taylor Price. A close loss to the 49ers to start the season was acceptable, but when the losing continued.... that is when everyone remembered how we ended the 2010 season and how many losses we had suffered in a row."
"I made some GM mistakes that I need to learn from... trading away a veteran QB in McNabb was obviously a mistake. The Saints benefited from us on draft day and midseason as Rashean Mathis did not pan out and then they found a way to make Tim Tebow successful. This is why they are in the playoffs and we are watching them on TV."
"The season became painful to watch. Shanahan pulled his typical sh*t with starting a different running back each week because he is such a freakin offensive genius. And none of them panned out. Our offense went from averaging 25.6 points a game in 2010 to 19.7 points a game in 2011. Our exhausted defense went up as well, but only slightly from 24.9 to allowing 26.7 points a game."
"So here we are and we have one of the top two picks. I think it will come down a coin flip to determine #1 vs #2. Our top pick will be Blaine Gabbert but Cam Newton does intrigue us. And the fans are clamouring for Cam. However, the memory of Tebow stays burned in our brains...."
"We also have another first round pick and some 2nd and 3rd round picks. We hope to be able to rebuild a bit and obviously get better. We have 12 players that hope to renegotiate their contracts, but we will see."
"Lest you think it is all bad, we did have a few playmakers this season. Chris Cooley turned in another Pro Bowl worthy performance. Rookie CB Alan Morris was second with 4 INTs for the season. WR Ricardo Lockette caught over 60 receptions and had 6 TDs for us. Even 5th round pick Terrell McClain had 10 sacks, more than some of those 1st round picks from other teams."
"We will get better this offseason. And it will start with evaluations at the coaching level. We will be making an announcement about our coaches in the next few days."
It may sound weird rooting for the hated divisional rivals, but Redskins GM Tim Miller is wishing the NY Giants the best of luck.
"Hey, we can beat each other up all season long, but a 13-3 record is nothing to sneeze at," explained Miller. "The NFC East obviously had a very down year after last year where only one team was below .500, so now is the time to put aside differences and root for you division."
The Giants played 4 teams already in the playoffs this season and went 2-2.
The Packers were 3-2, the Saints 5-1, Bucs 2-3, and Bears 4-2 against playoff teams.
"We can go back to hating each other in the offseason, but, for the rest of this season, we can hate them a little less," Miller stated with a grin.
"In the immortal words of Lebron James, what should I have done?" asked Redskins GM Tim Miller.
Miller has not been seen as much this season due to the losing of his team. His loud talking mannerisms ring hollow when his team doesn't back him up on the playing field.
However, the real question is: can this be fixed in 2012? The Redskins will have two picks in the first round with the first one coming within the top 3 picks, even possibly the top overall pick. The 2012 class looks inviting especially the top couple of picks at QB, a definite area of need for the Redskins.
Does Miller go in and try his wheeling and dealing again? That resulted this season in going from an 8-8 season to a disasterous 1-13 season so far.
With the latest dismantling by the Eagles, there are many more questions in the Redskins locker room than there are answers.
"We were honestly trying to get some of our younger players up to their bonus levels, especially the wide recievers, but it has really backfired over the past two games," explained Miller.
"So we are just going to go back to what has worked in the past, meaning 2011, and see what we can do. We need to show these kids how to win."
With 13 players on the last year of their contract, the Redskins will look different in 2012.
The biggest question now: will it be for the better?
No... we lost by 2... touchdowns. Peyton Hillis broke out for 170 yards and 3 touchdowns as he ran roughshod through the Redskins defense.
The Redskins tried to spice up the passing game, but for some reason, Kyle Shanahan did not call any plays over 15 yards. Either that or Derek "Happy Feet" Anderson couldn't wait that long. The one long touchdown of the game was where Ricardo Lockette took a 12 yard pass and broke a tackle to go 80 yards for a touchdown.
On a side note, the Redskins send out congrats on the Giants going from worst to first this season.
"Congrats to the Giants on beating up a weak NFC East this season," Redskins GM Tim Miller was quoted as saying. "Apparently we all 'feared' them so much, they will be the only team with a winning record this season. It motivates us to 'scare' the NFC East next year."
When asked about their possible high draft pick and where they may go with it, Miller was quoted as saying "Isn't it freakin obvious that we need it all over? Strong safety, outside linebacker, and offensive tackle may be the only spots where we don't need an improvement."
The Redskins finally head home this week after 5 straight road games, but they hardly noticed.
This season has sucked for the Redskins, but the way they have lost has been even worse.
For the second straight game, and for the 4th time this season, the Redskins lost by 2 points. TWO points. Last week against the Ravens, it was a sack in the end zone that gave the Ravens the margin of victory.
This week it is two missed 2 point conversions.... BTW, TWO missed two point conversions, meaning if they would have kicked the extra point, they would have at least gone to overtime.
The Redskins opened it up this week with the passing game, throwing it 53 times. Rhett Bomar got off to a decent start but again went down to an injury and made way for Derek Anderson. Bomar has yet to finish a game he has started this season.
More disappointment for the Redskins this week: Rumors floating out of the college ranks... there will definitely be no Andrew Luck this year in the draft. Landry Jones, Brandon Weeden, Robert Griffin III, and Russell Wilson have all somehow found another year of eligibility in order to avoid being Washington's pick. No Marcus Lattimore, Trent Richardson, or even LaMichael James to help the running game.
With two picks in the first round, and one of them most likely in the top 5, the Redskins will probably be looking to trade down.
Redskins play tough at Pittsburgh but cannot overcome mistakes
Heading into Sunday's game at Pittsburgh, of the Redskins 8 losses, 6 had been by less than a touchdown.
After Sunday's loss, that number is now 7 of 9 losses.
"It is frustrating" admitted Redskins GM Tim Miller. "You don't know whether to blame the offense for not scoring enough or the defense for allowing that extra score. Either way, they are losses though."
At Pittsburgh, the Redskins seemed to play well enough to win, but just could not get that big play. Then there was that Mathis guy...
"Yeah, kinda saw that coming," sighed Miller about former Redskin Rashean Mathis' two INTs. "Shoulda figured something like that would happen."
The Redskins stay on the road in the AFC North, traveling to Baltimore for this week's game. The team is excited to have WR Taylor Price back.
"Taylor played into a lot of our plans for this season and he did so well in preseason and the first game," explained Miller. "I don't know who is more excited about him coming back, Anderson or Price."
"Yeah, um, well, you know, just glad to get to play again, you know, um.... yeah!" exclaimed Price.
Hopefully Price has enough to get that extra touchdown that the Redskins seem to have been missing all season.
Just as the Redskins had their sites firmly on the first pick of the 2012 draft... a total fluke happened and they actually won a game.
Derek Anderson started for the first time this season and put up 37 points in the first half against the hapless Seahawks. The Redskins went on to eventually win 40-22.
The Redskins were assisted greatly by the injury to Marshawn Lynch, mainly because of the fumbles by his replacement Leon Washington.
Redskins GM Tim Miller seemed more surprised than anyone...
"Well, we really did not game plan or practice all that hard this week. The two big differences... Tebow being gone and we started Chad Clifton at left guard to upgrade the line a bit," explained Miller.
The team did confirm that the Redskins "QB of the future" Tim Tebow is no longer a part of the Redskins future. He was traded to the Saints for multiple draft picks.
The Redskins reward... a game against the top team in the league, the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The current line is the Steelers by 8. Redskins fans are surprised it is that close.
Redskins lose their 12th straight heading back to 2010
The Washington Redskins made it official today... Mike Shanahan will not be the head coach of the Washington Redskins in 2012.
The Redskins also made it official, Rashean Mathis has been traded to the Steelers for draft picks. Mathis came to the Redskins in a bit of a controversy on draft day with a pick that the Saints used to get Nate Soldier, the current rookie leader with pancakes and who has only allowed 2 sacks all season.
"We are never going to give up on a season, but yes, we are looking forward to seeing what the 2012 draft class brings," explained GM Tim Miller.
When asked what areas they would be addressing in the draft, Miller laughed and said, "Ha! All of them!"
Apparently no players jobs are safe for the 2012 season but they still need to finish out the 2011 season.
With evaluations coming up, Miller stated, "Luckily we do not have too many of those points, because I have no idea who we would give them to."
The Redskins have tried being quiet, they have tried threats, they have tried trash talking.
None of it has worked and the Redskins currently sit at 0-6 after another frustratingly close loss to the Giants.
This one flat out came down to turnovers and poor tackling. Two costly turnovers by Tim Tebow led directly to Giants points.
The Redskins and Giants fought it out for 3 quarters and were tied 17-17 heading into the 4th quarter. But again, as earlier this year, the Redskins just do not know how to close out a game. They let the Giants score 10 points in the 4th quarter before scoring a meaningless touchdown in the last minute.
The Redskins brass have come down with a mandate to coach Mike Shanahan.... beat Dallas this week or you won't be back next season.
Not a banner year for either team so far. Ironically both teams have been fairly healthy this season with one injury for the Cowboys and two for the Redskins. They just cannot figure out how to win.
The Redskins are doing what they can.... hiring some famous witch doctors to cure what is ailing experienced WR Santana Moss in time for this game. It is rumored that 6 live chickens were sacrificed during the ritual, meaning PETA will be at the game in force.
However, if the Skins can find a way to win, all will be forgiven.
Normally reserved Tim Tebow came out this week with a shocker and some bulletin board material for the visiting Cincinnati Bengals.
"I was told in the dream last night how to smite the heathen cat," exclaimed Tebow. "I saw it all laid out in front of me like Samson in Judge 14 with the killing of a lion with his bare hands. The coaches and the good Lord have put the ball into my hands, and I shall reward them."
It was noted that Tebow had not cut his hair or shaved for the week. It is unknown whether Tebow will scramble more or pass more, but could make things interesting.
@ : Redskins (0-2, 0-1, 4th Place NFC East, Lost 2)
A. Bradshaw 64 yard TD run (XP good) Drive info: 2 plays, 70 yds, TOP 0:53, 11:07 left in qtr
S. Suisham 33 yard FG Drive info: 4 plays, 63 yds, TOP 1:19, 10:35 left in qtr
>M. Boley 35 yard interception return (XP good) Drive info: 1 plays, 35 yds, 1:33 left in qtr
S. Suisham 36 yard FG Drive info: 6 plays, 68 yds, TOP 1:15, 00:06 left in qtr
R. Lockette 4 yard Pass TD from Tim Tebow (XP good) Drive info: 10 plays, 79 yds, TOP 4:30, 7:30 left in qtr
S. Moss 9 yard Pass TD from Tim Tebow (XP good) Drive info: 8 plays, 71 yds, TOP 4:08, 2:12 left in qtr
S. Suisham 40 yard FG Drive info: 11 plays, 80 yds, TOP 6:30, 7:42 left in qtr
J. Davis 42 yard run TD(XP good) Drive info: 7 plays, 79 yds, TOP 2:50, 4:52 left in qtr
S. Graham 39 yard FG Drive info: 8 plays, 80 yds, TOP 1:37, 0:19 left in qtr
S. Suisham 27 yard FG Drive info: 1 plays, 60 yds, TOP 0:14, 0:05 left in qtr
Redskins thought they were watching week 1 all over again. Second play of the game, the opposing team's running back broke for a long touchdown run. End of the first quarter, no offense by the Redskins. End of the second quarter, 13 more points from the opposition and the Redskins had again spotted the visitors a 20 point lead.
Second half starts and suddenly the Redskins take the field. Two touchdown passes by Tebow close the gap. In the 4th quarter, the Redskins continue and actually take the lead with 19 seconds left. Only to kick the ball out of bounds, allow one long play and watch the Giants win it with a chip shot FG.
The Redskins won the yardage battle and the time of possession battle, but lost the war due to the turnover battle. Tim Tebow's errant pass in the second quarter led directly to a pick six.
"We have got to stop digging these holes for ourselves," sighed an exasperated Redskins GM Tim Miller. "I mean I believe in gracious hosts and all but spotting another visiting team 20+ points is ridiculous. Takes our fans completely out of the game and it might as well be on a neutral field."
This game really hurt because it was a divisional game and caused the Redskins to slip to the bottom of the division.
"I feel like we have some real playmakers here and we just haven't gotten all the pieces quite right yet," continued Miller. "I like what I have been seeing in the second half, but hate what I have been seeing in the first half."
The Redskins take this trip on the road for the first time this season. The surprising 2-0 Carolina Panthers are leading the NFC South division with impressive victories over two playoff teams from last season, including the Super Bowl champs.
"Yeah, this is EXACTLY what we needed," stated Miller sarcastically. "Perhaps we will let them post 40 on us before we start scoring."
The Panthers won week 1 with a gritty defensive battle. But week 2, they simply outscored the Chargers. Even though they are playing a lot of rookies, they have a great combination of veterans and young players. Something that makes the Redskins envious.
"Definitely what we are trying to achieve here in Washington, and the Panthers seem to have it right so far. That defense of theirs has really gotten a boost from those rooks."
This week's game has a later kickoff, so fans may want to wait until much later in order to see anything from the Redskins offense.
MEADOWLANDS, New Jersey - Recently NY Giants defensive end Justin Tuck was seen coming out of a church in Newark. When interviewed, Tuck gave the above statement about Washington Redskins' QB Tim Tebow's playing time this Sunday.
But when later asked again about why he was in church, Tuck admitted, "Well, to be honest, Coach (Tom) Coughlin told us all to get to church because it is going to take a miracle to beat the Redskins this Sunday."
When pressed further, Tuck went on to say, "Well, you know man, the other reason was that I needed guidance on what to do about (Giants GM James) Paronne."
"Yeah, the guy just creeps me out. Always watching us shower and clapping when we drop the soap and stuff. At first I thought he was in there for pep talks, but a man can only take so many slaps on his bare butt."
When asked if God had given him any advice, Tuck had no comment.
Hawg Wild: Redskins lose to 49ers to start regular season
Gore, 49ers knock down the Redskins in week 1
49ers (1-0, 0-0, 1st Place NFC West, Won 1)
@ : Redskins (0-1, 0-0, 2nd Place NFC East, Lost 1)
Frank Gore 6 yard TD run (XP good) Drive info: 6 plays, 77 yds, TOP 2:25, 9:35 left in qtr
>L. Naanee 5 yard TD pass from D. McNabb (XP good) Drive info: 6 plays, 25 yds, TOP 2:12, 4:25 left in qtr
J. Nedney 32 yard FG Drive info: 13 plays, 80 yds, TOP 5:30, 6:50 left in qtr
>F. Gore 73 yard TD run (XP good) Drive info: 1 plays, 73 yds, TOP 0:17, 4:19 left in qtr
R. Lockette 42 yard Pass TD from Tim Tebow (XP good) Drive info: 4 plays, 66 yds, TOP 1:31, 2:48 left in qtr
T. Tebow 5 yard Run TD(XP good) Drive info: 4 plays, 40 yds, TOP 0:14, 0:51 left in qtr
T. Price 36 yard Pass TD from Tim Tebow (XP good) Drive info: 10 plays, 75 yds, TOP 4:31, 7:29 left in qtr
J. Nedney 49 yard FG Drive info: 5 plays, 73 yds, TOP 2:41, 4:48 left in qtr
C. Cooley 3 yard Pass TD from Tim Tebow (XP good) Drive info: 10 plays, 77 yds, TOP 4:39, 0:09 left in qtr
J. Nedney 50 yard FG Drive info: 5 plays, 60 yds, TOP 0:52, 11:17 left in qtr
J. Nedney 24 yard FG Drive info: 7 plays, 39 yds, TOP 3:33, 4:15 left in qtr
In a week where Tim Tebow accounted for 4 touchdowns, 3 in the air and one on the ground, rookie Ricardo Lockette and Taylor Price pulled down their first TD receptions, and rookie CB Alan Morris recorded his first interception, Redskins fans would think it was a Redskins win.
Add in that 49ers QB Donovan McNabb was knocked out in the 2nd quarter and fans would probably assume it was a blowout on the side of the Redskins.
What was missing from this story is that the Redskins spotted the 49ers 24 points before starting, allowing 2 Frank Gore touchdown runs in the first half sandwiched around a McNabb TD pass and a Joe Nedney field goal to go up 24-0 with 4:19 left in the first half.
And 49ers rookie QB Howard Christensen did just enough to fend off a furious Redskins comeback to win the game 33-28.
The real story of the game was how badly Washington played the first quarter and a half with major lapses on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. When newly acquired CB Rashean Mathis went down in the first quarter, the entire team seemed out of sorts.
"We just couldn't tackle out there!" exclaimed Redskins new defensive coordinator John Fox. "When your starting quarterback has more tackles than your starting strong safety, something is wrong."
And it is something that needs to be fixed with the top overall offense coming to town in the hated New York Giants. Eli Manning looked more like Peyton Manning last week against the Cowboys with an incredible 4th quarter comeback to tie the game and then win the game in overtime.
So, the Giants come to town in first place in the division and top overall offense.
"We will need to find a way to stop them, but with those running backs of theirs, you cannot just focus on the pass. So we have to figure something out," continued Fox.
There have been rumors that there is a bounty on QB Tim Tebow's head already for this game, with threats that he won't finish the game. Tebow vows that it will not deter his game.
"God bless them, and I just hope we have a good game," replied Tebow to the threats. "This story reminds me of one of my favorite Bible stories where David smote Goliath and the Giants. This weekend I hope to go by the name of David."
Young players get some good experience in preseason
The Redskins went 3-1 in the preseason after some league incentives motivated them to actually take the preseason seriously.
But, more importantly, the Skins avoided any injuries and head into the season completely healthy. There were some gasps from the crowd when Tebow went down in the second quarter of the Colts game, but he was seen throwing the ball on the sideline after halftime.
Overall the Redskins played 20 players who have less than 3 years of NFL experience, including all 8 rookies. And for the most part, the team really seemed to grow from the experience.
"I don't know what it is man," explained 2011 free agent pickup QB Rhett Bomar. "But, like, I just feel, like, more aware man and seem to have more precision on my throwing."
Bomar was a big reason for the team's success in the preseason, by either protecting a small lead or by regaining the lead if the backup defense had lost it.
But there will be no QB war in Washington, explained Redskins GM Tim Miller.
"Tebow is our man, blame and simple. Rhett will continue to work hard but they will grow together, but Tim Tebow is our starting QB," continued Miller.
One area that may have some changes could be at starting halfback. Younger James Davis had a better yards per carry and scored the only touchdown out of the backfield, but also had 2 fumbles in the Indy game.
"That one is still up in the air. We really like James Davis and what he did for us last year, but Addai has the experience and usually avoids the fumble."
Now onto the other factor this year: the schedule.
"Yeah... if we survive until week 8, I like our chances. But those first 7 weeks..." sighed Miller.
Let's break it down: over those first 7 weeks, the Redskins will play two divisional champs from 2010, 4 playoff teams, and all three of their NFC East opponents with two games against the Giants.
Luckily 5 of those first 7 are at home, but that means that the Redskins come out of the bye week with 5 straight road games.
"This will show us what type of team we are right off the bat," stated Miller. "We know we have to win divisional games and we have to win at home. We failed on both accounts last year and ended up sitting at home."
First to town this week are the San Francisco 49ers, ironically with Donovan McNabb as their QB.
A lot will be said about this game. Hopefully it is good things about the Redskins.
@ : Redskins (1-0, 0-0, 2nd Place NFC East, Won 1)
Logan Paulsen 3 yard Pass TD from Tim Tebow (XP good) Drive info: 6 plays, 80 yds, TOP 2:22, 6:09 left in qtr
Kris Brown 38 yard FG Drive info: 13 plays, 83 yds, TOP 5:46, 7:03 left in qtr
Jared Cook 4 yard Pass TD from Vince Young (XP missed) Drive info: 10 plays, 71 yds, TOP 4:06, 1:44 left in qtr
Shayne Graham 45 yard FG Drive info: 6 plays, 79 yds, TOP 3:02, 8:58 left in qtr
Shayne Graham 24 yard FG Drive info: 6 plays, 64 yds, TOP 3:25, 4:21 left in qtr
Well, week 1 of the preseason was not pretty, but at least Shayne Graham looked to be in midseason form while Titans kicker Kris Brown probably kicked himself off the team.
The Redskins scored first with a nice drive topped off by Tim Tebow's first touchdown in a Redskins' uniform to take a 7-0 lead. That score would remain until the 2nd quarter.
Kris Brown got off to a decent start by making a 38 yard field goal, but then, after a Vince Young touchdown pass, he shanked the extra point. The Redskins did not score in the second and the halftime score was 9.7
At that point Derek Anderson came in to play quarterback, and apparently forgot which color of jerseys to throw to. Luckily the defense kept the Titans scoreless for the second half. A third quarter field goal and a fourth quarter field goal led to a final score of 13-9 Redskins.
"Well there wasn't a lot of offense out there... but I was very happy with how we kept Chris Johnson bottled up, even while playing a 3-4 defense," stated Redskins GM Tim Miller.
For the game, Tim Tebow only threw it 9 times. He did get 1 touchdown, 1 interception, and 1 sack while he is trying to figure out his receivers.
James Davis and Joseph Addai averaged over 4.5 yards a carry with Addai getting the start. Addai broke off a 21 yard scamper while Davis longest gain was 16 yards.
Next up, the Redskins fly to Seattle to take on the Seahawks. The Seahawks are coming off a 17-6 victory over the Bills and looking forward to knocking out Tim Tebow.
Tebow to Lockette... Addai up the middle... Rocky McIntosh crushing guys when they try to run to the outside.
Ah, the sounds of training camp...
Bullspit! Let's play some freakin football already!!!
With a completely revamped backfield and secondary, Redskins fans are tired of watching them beat up on each other. They want to see a game, even if it is a preseason game.
And, the Redskins already have their preseason dance card full...
The Colts, Broncos, Titans, and Seahawks have come a callin'. Perhaps it is because the Redskins run a very vanilla offense and defense in the preseason. Perhaps it is their 0-4 record from last year. Perhaps it is JUST BECAUSE THEY THINK THEY CAN BE BEATEN!
In any regards, the Skins are ready. They are ready for the preseason and they are ready for the regular season.
It is official... Tim Tebow is a Redskin and immediately steps into the starting role as QB.
The Redskins sent their 2012 2nd round pick for Tebow, but they think it was worth it.
"He is still such a raw talent that we hope to work on over the next year or so, plus there is the awareness and accuracy issue," stated Miller.
"First we have to work on his pocket presence to protect him," continued Miller. "The poor guy was sacked 39 times last season in 10 games. In comparison, Washington QBs were sacked 27 times for the season."
Tebow has already started a couple of projects to bring underprivileged kids to Washington to see the historical sites.
Editor's Note: Tara Dikoff won the lottery and has left her job covering the Redskins. Stepping in is Jack Mehoff with his new series on the Redskins, Hawg Wild.
This is Jack Mehoff with a review of the activity occuring in Washington during this offseason. Many changes have been happening over at FedEx Field and here to review it with me is Redskins GM Tim Miller.
Jack: Mr. Miller, thanks for agreeing to talk with me about the Redskins offseason and early days of training camp.
Miller: No problem Jack. And please call me Tim.
The end of the 2010 season
Jack: Let's start with the end of the 2010 season. Things were really looking good. The Skins were 8-4, leading the wildcard race, only one game back of the Cowboys, and had just won the bid to host the Super Bowl.
Tim: *chuckles* Well... the wheels kinda came off there didn't they? We lost our last 4 games to end up 8-8 and out of the playoffs.
Jack: Well what happened?
Tim: A whole bunch of things "happened" during that stretch. First of all, the competition got a lot better. 3 straight playoff teams knocked us around pretty good. Then, by the end, the team really had nothing to play for. Also, notably, the injuries really started taking their toll with 7 players knocked out during that time. Also, I think that the team got caught up too much in reading about how good they were and about playing in the Super Bowl and didn't focus on the games in front of them. Finally I think the GM and coaches just tried to "tweak" too many things and get too fancy instead of just playing the games.
Jack: So you are putting some of the blame on yourself?
Tim: I am. I put us in a bind to start off the season by tying up all our cap penalty space with the DeAngelo Hall and Haynesworth trades. Our roster was full and I couldn't cut anyone due to cap penalty problems. I ended up having to make some tough decisions but the really big offers coming my way had to be refused.
Jack: Did you have a good time at the Pro Bowl game?
Tim: I did. I enjoyed watching our lone representative, Chris Cooley, play. We do hope some more of his teammates can join him this season.
Jack: What good came of the 2010 season?
Tim: Well, just like our players, I got some experience. The two really great things though: we finished higher than the Giants and we get a third place schedule in 2011.
Coaching and stadium changes
Jack: So you started off the 2011 offseason with some changes to the coaching staff, the training staff, and even the stadium?
Tim: We did. We retained the Shanahans, but we went out and got John Fox to shore up the defense. We also added Mike Priefer as special teams coach.
Jack: Could the hiring of John Fox be a message to Coach Shanahan?
Tim: *grins* I dunno...
Jack: And the stadium?
Tim: With some of the money from the Super Bowl and other venues, we were able to upgrade the Medical Facility. We hope this spending, plus the hiring of a new training staff, will help keep the injuries low this season.
Jack: Do I see a new super screen out there?
Tim: Yes you do! Plus we added a high fidelity audio system and gourmet chefs for the luxury boxes. Just us trying to reward the best fans in the GZL.
Jack: Then the real offseason began.
Tim: Yes it did. We were first informed by (FB) Mike Sellers and (DE) Phillip Daniels that they would be retiring this offseason. Could not blame them. They played well for the Redskins and we wish them the best.
Jack: So after that, by my records (listed here), you have said goodbye to 22 players??? Most notably, all of your 2010 quarterbacks including McNabb, plus Clinton Portis and Justin King? What is the thinking there?
Tim: Well I am probably still learning, but a lot of the cuts were simply to make cap room. We had a lot of older players with large contracts that could not possibly play up to the level of those contracts. Others were just cut to make roster room for possible free agents.
Jack: What about the trades?
Tim: If you notice almost every player we traded away was in the last year of their contract. We either traded them for draft picks, who we can sign to multi year deals, or for players with multiple years left on their contracts.
Jack: What happened in free agency? And how did you end up with 5 middle linebackers?
Tim: *smiles* Not all of those middle linebackers will still be middle linebackers to begin the season. We do player evaluations often to see if a player would be a better fit elsewhere on the team.
Jack: So what about the other signings?
Tim: Well as you mentioned earlier, we needed new QBs, so we went out and got Anderson and Bomar. Both of them have big arms, but need some real playing experience to improve. We love Polite's blocking and leadership skills in the backfield. Chad Clifton was brought in as a mentor to young Trent Williams. We have just always loved Bart Scott and feel like him plus London Fletcher may be a little long in tooth but should also show the defense how things are done.
Jack: What do you like best about the players you received in trades?
Tim: Always kinda had a man crush on Addai. We knew with our QB situation, we needed a good runner back there. Addai still has it in my opinion and we got him relatively cheaply. Plus, he can help out a young QB with an easy dump off. Chilo Rachal was bigger faster and strong than any of our current guards. It doesn't hurt that he was younger and cheaper too.
2011 Redskin Picks
1.11 CB Alan Morris - 6'0, 226 lbs from Bowling Green
Draft review: Good size, speed, strength, agility, acceleration, and tackling. Concerns about jumping abilties and injuries.
2.23 WR Ricardo Lockette - 6'2, 221 from Fort Valley State
Draft review: Excellent size, speed, and acceleration. Needs to work on catching ability.
3.29 LT Isidro Hoppe - 6'2, 329 from Penn State
Draft review: good strength, first step, and run blocking. Needs work on pass blocking. Could be better suited for guard or center in the GZL.
3.30 LG Eric Taylor - 6'5" 315 from Georgia
Draft review: good strength and first step. Above average run and pass blocking. Needs work on agility.
5.17 DT Terrell McClain- 6'2 297 from USF
Draft review: Decent speed, acceleration and tackling, but too small and weak to play defensive tackle in the GZL. Better suited for a defensive end position in a 3-4 defense.
6.11 LE Jermaine Bell - 6'0" 266 from Arkansas St.
Draft review: Good agility and acceleration. Would need to play in a 4-3 due to size and strength issues.
6.32 LOLB Bruce Parker - 6'0" 215 lbs from Virginia
Draft review: Great speed, agility, and acceleration. A bit undersized and needs work on his strength.
Jack: I seem to recall there being a couple of draft day trades made? Care to elaborate?
Tim: Ha! Yes, the first deal we made was sending the Colts third round pick to New England for young WR Taylor Price. We love his combination of size, speed, and acceleration. We believe under the tutelage of veteran Santana Moss, he should really grow as a player.
Jack: And then there was that "other" trade...
Tim: Yes, yes. Mr. Mathis. The trade, followed by the draft pick, that had the league questioning my alcoholic intake. Let's be frank: We had a handful of players pigeonholed for those two picks: Patrick Peterson, Von Miller, Andrew Luck, J.J. Watt, Cameron Jordan, Jimmy Smith, or Chimdi Chekwa. We knew we only had a slight chance to get any of those players, but we were hoping. So when the last of them were gone, I was on the draft conference line, so was Saints GM Ricky Lung, and I pulled the trigger on Mathis. Honestly, to me, his only downfall was his one year contract. He instantly improved our secondary plus he can be a mentor for the younger cornerbacks.
Jack: How do you feel about your draft overall?
Tim: I am very happy about it. I feel like we got some immediate starters, some guys who can be developed into starters, and some great backups.
Jack: You added some rookies via free agency as well?
Tim: Yes, we just added LG Garrett Chisolm, a 6'5", 312 pound guard from South Carolina. We actually had our eye on him during the draft. Then the Bills did not sign him and, as an added bonus, he had a nice workout for us after the draft where we got to see his real attributes. We are glad to have him.
Offseason Conditioning and Training Camp
Jack: So training camp has begun again in Ashburn?
Tim: Yes it has. We were exploring other options but settled back with Ashburn again this season.
Jack: Any surprises so far?
Tim: Only good ones! Rookies Morris and Lockette have been working out and improved their speed and vertical respectively. I have a feeling we will be seeing even more speed out of Lockette before camp is through.
Jack: Any others?
Tim: Morris and Rocky McIntosh seem to have been taking their vitamins in an effort to improve their overall health and injury status. Rocky has also put on 10 pounds for his next position.
Jack: What else should we expect out of training camp?
Tim: Well Trent Williams and Vaugh Martin seem a little stronger. Recent pickup Taylor Price seems to have a little more breakaway speed as well. But we are REALLY anxious for who isn't here yet?
Jack: Who would that be?
Tim: Well, not sure if I am allowed to completely reveal it, but you can expect a certain former Florida Gator QB in the Redskins camp sometime soon. And his arm strength has obviously improved.
Tim: Isn't it?
Expected 2011 Starters
OFFENSE QB - Tim Tebow(t)
HB - Joseph Addai(t)
FB - Lousaka Polite(fa)
WR - Santana Moss, Ricardo Lockette(r), Taylor Price(t), Anthony Armstrong
TE - Chris Cooley, Fred Davis
OT - Trent Williams, Jammal Brown
OG - Eric Taylor(r), Chilo Rachal(t)
C - Isidro Hoppe(r)
DEFENSE DT - Vaughn Martin, Anthony Martin
DE - Kedric Golston, Terrell McClain(r)
OLB - Rocky McIntosh, Brian Orakpo
MLB - London Fletcher, Bart Scott(fa)
FS - Marvin White
SS - LaRon Landry
CB - Rashean Mathis(t), Alan Morris(r), Antwaun Molden
SPECIAL TEAMS K - Shayne Graham
P - Josh Bidwell
KR/PR - Brandon James
Depth Chart Battles
Jack: Any depth chart battles emerging in camp?
Tim: Obviously at QB,Tim Tebow vs Derek Anderson. This one is really going to come down to what style of offense we are going to run this season. If it is a drop back pocket type of offense, we would probably go with Anderson. But if we go with a Michael Vick type of offense, obviously Tebow has the upper hand.
Jack: Any others?
Tim: At center,incumbent David Hale vs rookie Isidro Hoppe. We like Hoppe's mobility and upside, but he will be learning a new position and has some work to do on his pass blocking.
Jack: How about defense?
Tim: Well at corner,do we throw rookie Alan Morris into the fray immediately or have him play nickel?
Jack: I understand you are trying to make some decisions about which defense to even play?
Tim: We made some signings and some moves this offseason that we think position us better for a 3-4 defense over a 4-3 defense. We will be experimenting in the preseason.
Jack: Any predictions for the 2011 season?
Tim: Well I am very happy with our team speed. I do worry about our experience in some key areas, so while I think we will make big plays, I worry that we will give them up as well. It is really going to depend on our team health again this season. We have some older guys that will give their all, but sometimes those older bodies just wear down.
Jack: Thanks Tim.
Tim: Thank you Jack... oh! And before I forget. Our main goal this season is to sweep the Giants. Alpha male my a$$!
The Redskins defense needed help. It just wasn't expected to take two players at the same position.
To start the day, the Redskins dealt 1.12 to the New Orleans Saints for experienced corner Rashean Mathis. Mathis was a part of a big trade last season that was questionable... and this trade was no less questionable to many.
Mathis comes in with a lot of awareness, but still has the speed, agility, and acceleration to compete. He is expected to contribute while also being a mentor for some of the younger players.
This move might explain their pick of CB Alan Morris from Bowling Green with the 11th overall pick. The Redskins did have Peterson, Chekwa, and Smith rated higher, but without a pick until 2.29, the Skins reached a bit for Morris.
"We did not do well in the turnover department last season," explained Redskins GM Tim Miller. "We needed a couple of ball hawks and that is what we got."
Below are some highlights from Alan Morris while playing at Bowling Green.
Earlier in the day, the Skins reached a deal that brings 2nd year WR Taylor Price to the Redskins for a 3rd round pick.
With the finalizing of restricted free agency, some deals fell into place and could finally be announced.
It is official: Donovan McNabb and LG Derrick Dockery were sent to San Fran for 25 year old RG Chilo Rachal and the 49ers 3rd round pick.
Also announced, the Redskins sent their first, the Rams second, and the Eagles third round picks to Indy for pick number 11 overall. This means that the Redskins now have two picks in the top 12, 1 in the second, and 3 in the third.
With McNabb being traded away, is it possible the Redskins could be looking to get a QB?
However, the Redskins were not done with the Colts. In a later deal that day, the Redskins sent their 3rd and RG Artis Hicks to Indy for HB Joseph Addai, one of GM Tim Miller's favorite players. Addai still has the speed, the awareness, and the high catching ability to make a difference for a young quarterback.
All these moves, plus some additional player cuts, allowed the Redskins to free up $13.7m in cap space, just in time for the first round of free agency.
GM Miller wined and dined numerous players, including Shane Lechler, Akeem Jordan, DeAngelo Smith, Earnest Graham, and Leon Williams. Ultimately those players ended up going to other teams or back to their original teams.
However, the Redskins were able to land a few prospects:
LT Chad Clifton agreed to a one year deal with the Redskins. Clifton will be playing a mentoring role to budding superstar Trent Williams and is expected to aid in his growth.
QB Derek Anderson agreed to a 3 year deal with the Redskins. It is unknown whether he will start or if the incumbent Nate Davis will start or if...
The Redskins other signee, 2nd year QB Rhett Bomar, will get the nod.
All three QBs really need some experience on the field to grow, but the Skins could not pass up on Anderson and Bomar's rocket arms. Bomar obviously has a few more training camps to get under his belt, so Anderson could get the nod initially.
However, let's not forget those 1.11 and 1.12 picks either. While Andrew Luck will be gone by then, it will be interesting to see who falls to the Skins in those slots.
Rumors are flying of other salary cap casualties, including possibly Clinton Portis and Santana Moss. However, nothing has been confirmed to this point.
Could this be the beginning of the end for Mike Shanahan? Former Carolina head coach John Fox reportedly agreed to become the new defensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins after his contract was not renewed by Carolina.
Also reportedly fired by the Redskins, special teams coach Danny Smith and the training staff. The team is still in negotiations with numerous individuals to fill these spots.
While Smith's firing was mainly linked to how poorly the kicking and return game became at the end of last season, the training staff just could not get players back on the field.
Also fresh off of the GZL inaugural Super Bowl being held on FedEx Field, new construction started almost immediately on a new medical facility for the players, a large new super screen and high fidelity sound system for the fans, and new gourmet chefs for the luxury boxes.
Also, those new billboards around town advertising Redskins football? A new Advertising budget has been approved.
All with the hopes of keeping the best fans in the GZL happy and filling up the largest stadium in the GZL.
Third place in the division...
Only 3-5 record at home...
4 game losing streak...
All of it was just disappointing for a season that began with so much promise. Initially sitting in first place at 4-1 and even climbing back to 8-4 with 4 games remaining the season, the Redskins looked ready to finish the season strong, make the playoffs, and maybe even host a playoff game or two.
Then came the Bucs to town for the game of the week. And a 34-31 loss.
Then a trip to Dallas for a rematch. And a 47-35 loss.
No problem, things will get righted against the Jags... until that dream and the playoff dream was smashed with a 24-16 loss.
Finally the season ended with the backups losing to the Giants 24-12 and the Redskins were sitting at home, looking at their stadium being upgraded for the Super Bowl instead of looking forward to playing in it.
Lots of excuses but none stick. The Redskins just did not get it done when it counted.
It was mainly the defense that let the team down. 21st in scoring defense, 27th in overall defense, 26th in both rushing and passing defense. Jim Haslett's job should be considered to be in jeopardy.
The offense did a little better but not enough. 13th in scoring, 14th overall offense, 11th in passing offense, and 18th in rushing offense.
Even the kicking game suffered with Shayne Graham going from 26 for 29 through week 13 to missing 4 of 7 over the last 4 weeks.
Thankfully the Redskins made some moves to get younger and have 6 picks in the first 3 rounds of the 2011 draft.
The thing that could bite the Redskins is the cap and they really need to watch their contracts and acquisitions during the offseason. It could hurt them when trying to match free agent offers, but perhaps a cleansing is what this team needs.
Reports coming out of FedExField is that Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett has been fired and replaced by GM Tim Miller's 1 month old son.
When asked about the move, Miller simply stated, "I mean seriously... we were in the bottom 5 in total defense. How can it get any worse? Besides, the kid is a genius."
Asked about his defensive strategy, young Ryan Miller simply stated, "Well, I am a 4-3 guy while my predecessor made obvious mistakes with the 3-4. We need to stop either the run OR the pass and we didn't stop either last year. I only got to hear most of the games from my mom's belly, but what I did see made me cry like a baby...... which I am...."
After a huge shoot out just a few weeks back in New York, the Redskins could only muster 12 points this time against the Giants and fell 24-12.
Nate Davis got his first start of the season but only lasted a little while until he was knocked out. Rex Grossman came in and led the Redskins to their only touchdown of the game until he too was knocked out. Donovan McNabb ended up finishing the game for the Redskins.
Steve Slaton also was back in the starting lineup while James Davis was being protected.
Also, Santana Moss came in off the bench to get the Redskins only touchdown of the game.
The Giants David Diehl feasted on the backup and ended up with 13 pancakes for the game. The Redskins also allowed their 4th consecutive 100 yard rusher as Bradshaw went for 143.
Overall, not a pretty game but it was played with backups and it was a meaningless game for the Redskins.
The Skins limped to the finish line with their 4th straight loss and ended the season at 8-8, out of the playoffs, and 3rd in the division.
Why you don't want to meet up with Paronne in a dark alley...
As common courtesy, Giants GM James Paronne was extended an invitation to an Owners VIP suite at FedEx field for this week's game. With playoffs no longer on the line, some of the animosity from this season's earlier game has passed.
A curious Twitter exchange ensued between Redskins GM Tim Miller and the Giants gm.
DCMillerTime: @BigJerseyStud: Hey James, we have a suite set up for you. All come with stripper poles, added since winning Super Bowl bid. Any particular dancers you like?
BigJerseyStud: @DCMillerTime: Thanks. We prefer Chippendale first or Thunder Down Under. Also, lots of Zima to drink.
DCMillerTime: @BigJerseyStud: Not sure they SELL Zima any more. Did you say Chippendale?
BigJerseyStud: @DCMillerTime: I DO NOT KNOW HOW YOU WON THE SUPER BOWL BID WITHOUT ZIMA!!! Yes, I prefer blondes with hot buns.
DCMillerTime: @BigJerseyStud: Um... we will do our best.
This intriguing dialog led to some other questions:
- Paronne considers himself an "Alpha" male. Well in order to be an Alpha, doesn't there have to be an Omega? AKA, a catcher for every pitcher?
- What is the REAL reason why you wouldn't want to meet Paronne in a dark alley? Is it perhaps because you scare off business?
This reporter did some digging and came up with what seems to be Paronne's "alter ego" so to speak. Picture below.
Should make the game at FedEx field interesting this week.
In Hawgs We Trust: Once promising season ends too soon
Redskins eliminated from playoffs
3 straight losses have ended the Redskins' season for 2010.
After another humiliating effort where the Skins spotted Jacksonville 24 points before attempting to mount a comeback, the Redskins season is over.
Once sitting at 8-4 and in the driver's seat for the post season, the Redskins could not get that elusive 9th victory.
"The defense just failed us last night and it was not our night," explained GM Tim Miller. "We had not had trouble tackling all week and had contained MJD pretty well, but last night.... well you see what happened."
In a night where the Jags fumbled twice but the ball bounced back up to them, it was that type of night.
"They used the same playbook as we were expecting, but apparently something was off on our computer while we were simming," sighed Miller. "This week we put in the gameplan and lineup that we had practiced with and had great success with, but it just did not show up tonight."
The Redskins do technically have one more game remaining against the Giants, but it is pretty well meaningless for both teams.
With a huge number of players whose contract is ending, but at the same time 2 picks in the first, 1 in the second, and 3 in the third, it is very likely that this week's game will be the last for a large number of Redskins.
Most likely this week will also just be a "bonus" game for a large number of players while some will be held out in order to not reach "negative" bonuses.
"Most likely James Davis will not play this week," explained Miller. "If he reaches 200 carries, well, he is supposed to have a certain number of touchdowns or his bonus gets cut. So, it would actually end up hurting him to play this week and reach 200 carries. We have to evaluate some other players as well who are in a similar situation."
As for Miller? "I learned a lot this season and I see some areas where I need to improve. Hopefully I can get it right next year and we will be in the playoffs instead of watching them."
In Hawgs We Trust: Skins need help to reach playoffs
Redskins currently on the outside looking in
The good news: The Redskins are still one of eight NFC teams with a shot at making the playoffs.
The bad news: If the playoffs started today, the Redskins would have a lot of extra time to get their field ready for the Super Bowl.
After a stressful couple of weeks for GM Tim Miller, he is claiming no excuses.
"We gameplan and we gameplan and we gameplan, and then I go to enter the gameplan and screw it up," sighed Miller after this week's loss to the Cowboys. "We just got killed out there."
The Redskins of the last two weeks have not been the Redskins of the first 10. Trying to implement a passing game, Miller admits he may have tinkered a bit too much.
"We have a really strong running game, but I was trying to take advantage of some areas. Honestly though, I think we scored too fast and wore out our defense," explained Miller.
The defense, a real source of pride earlier in the season, has given up 38, 34, and 47 points over the past 3 weeks.
Injuries have not helped, but, as Miller admits, every team has injuries.
"Would I like to have Landry, White, Carter, OR Buchanon out there? Hell yes, I would, but there is nothing that can be done," explained Miller.
Then there is the screw up with the game plans...
"To work and work, and then on that first play, see the defense line up in the wrong formation because of a mistake that YOU made," sighed Miller. "Well that is just tough to watch."
The Redskins know they have to win their next two games and have either the Bucs or the Eagles lose. The Bucs own the head to head tiebreaker over the Redskins, but things would get tricky with the Eagles.
"Then we are just depending on 'Madden luck' to get in," explained Miller.
The next two games will not be easy. With the first game against the Jags who are also fighting for a playoff birth and the season finale at home against the Giants who the Skins barely beat a few weeks ago.
From a sure thing, to sitting at home during the playoffs, the Skins need to get it done starting tonight.
Did the recent lawsuits against Jerry Jones and the NFL because of the Super Bowl mix up having a lasting effect on the team?
First, the high number of injuries to star players such as Terrence Newman and Felix Jones.
Now it is reported that budget cutbacks are affecting an area considered "sacred". The Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders.
Always a treat to the visiting team and fans, the Cowboy cheerleaders are almost as iconic as the team themselves. Known to cause many a distraction, the cheerleaders have lined up in their short shorts through rain and snow to perform.
However, Jerry Jones made this recent statement: "It is with great sadness that I have to admit the budget for the cheerleaders has been cut in half. We hope the girls will stay on just due to pride but we have had some leave already."
Below is a picture of one of the "scab" cheerleaders.
On a brighter note: The Cowboys will be extending beer sales through the 4th quarter now, in order to drink until they are cute again.
Also, this should cut down on the distractions to opposing teams.
Apparently the Redskins were reading the press clippings too much. Apparently the Redskins just thought they had to show up and they would win. Apparently Justin King and Santana Moss need to limit their weekly hookers to two instead of three.
In a game that was supposed to be a Fan Appreciation Day and celebrate the winning of the Super Bowl I bid, the Redskins made it more like Easter and laid an egg.
While the final score looks respectful, let's talk about how we got there.
For the second week in a row, the Redskins were involved in a barn burner but this time, they didn't get lucky at the end of the game to win it.
Spotting the Bucs 10 points in the first quarter and 14 more points in the second quarter, the Skins were down 24-3 at halftime on 0 for the half third down conversions and just overall lousy play.
"They just took it to us this week," explained GM Tim Miller. "Whatever they wanted to do, they did. It really took us out of our game."
That gameplan was supposed to have James Davis running wild and limit Blount's touches. That did not exactly pan out.
Instead the Bucs rode an aggressive offense and defense to outrun and outhustle the Skins, outgaining the Redskins 476-401 for the game.
Sure the Redskins made it interesting with a 21-3 run in the third, but the Bucs put it away in the fourth with an early touchdown to go up by 10 and the obviously winded Skins could only score 1 more touchdown for the game.
Santana Moss, the Redskins leading receiver, was held to 0 catches for the game. Justin King and Carlos Rogers had 3 tackles and 1 deflection between them for the game. If it wasn't for the McNabb to Armstrong connection, this game would have remained a blowout.
The Redskins can take no time off as they head to Dallas this week, winners over the Eagles to retake first place in the division.
If the Redskins have any hopes of playing past week 17, they need a win starting this week.
After his antics nearly cost him his job and, more importantly, Washington their Super Bowl bid, Redskins GM Tim Miller admitted today to being put on probation for his "innuendos", but did retain his job.
"Yeah, the MAN gave me a break, so he says. Now I know what (Giants GM James) Paronne was talking about last week," explained Miller in a very un-pc way. "And all happening on our game week."
When asked about the game itself, Miller simply stated, "I expect the fans to really show up for this one. Besides the Fan Appreciation Day, this will be a battle of epic epicness!"
When asked if that means arrows and longswords would be used, Miller exclaimed, "Shut up you douche! I meant it would be a good game."
Miller was asked if he seems to feel on edge, Miller fired back with, "Let's see: my wife is due to pop with our first child in a week, I am the project lead on a major software installation that goes live next Saturday, but those pale in comparison to the game against the 4th ranked Bucs that could determine our playoff hopes!"
It has been noted with the Bucs signing of Roberto Wallace that the Bucs seem to be stocking up on tall slow receivers. And then the announcement that Kellen Winslow went from being out to being healthy...
"Must have freakin Mr Miyagi down there or something! Wouldn't be surprised if he tried some whooping crane karate move on my players."
Miller does have some advantage though in having watched Josh Freeman play at Kansas State and Raheem Morris coach at K-State.
"All I gotta say is that we barely went to one bowl game with those two together, so, we will see what happens this week."
"I do not know if it was a 'phantom' holding call, dammit!" yelled Redskins GM Tim Miller. "It isn't like this was played on our home field!"
"I mean, I was living a charmed life this week with the winning bid for the Super Bowl, and apparently I even had some luck left over!"
However, when asked about the scenario where the Redskins would win the Super Bowl bid if the Giants got to win the game, Miller only said, "No comment. That damn McNabb and Harris."
Let's face it fans... neither team's defense really showed up for this game.
And even after backup safety Macho Harris, who was in for the injured LaRon Landry, took Manning's second INT of the day to the house to put the Redskins up by 10 with less than a minute to play, the game was still in doubt.
The Giants proceeded to march down the field for a quick touchdown, then recovered the onside kick, and then had a drive stall in the waining seconds of the game. The Giants kicked a 44 yard field goal to put the game into overtime.
And then the yellow flag was seen.
And Giants kicker Shaun Suisham, who looked like he could have made the previous kick from 65 yards, shanked it to the right.
Both teams took to the air this week with Manning accumulating over 460 yards and McNabb over 390 yards. The Giants threw the ball 49 times as compared to 21 rushing attempts and the Redskins ratio was 35 to 21. In high contrast to all earlier games from this season.
There had been much controversy this week with the Paronne show and comments. Paronne had admitted to almost stepping away from the game and questioning its worth, especially after falling behind in the early Super Bowl bid voting.
Rumors flew that a league official, known for his "strong-arming", approached the Skins about how to make the Giants happy. And suggested a week 13 win may cure what ailed him. The deal could not have expected a career day from McNabb, a backup scoring his first INT touchdown, or a yellow hankie on the field. This deal has yet to be confirmed or denied.
This week brings the 8-4 Tampa Bay Bucs to Washington for throwback day. In addition, Washington has announced a Fan Appreciation Day, complete with a duffle bag.
The Skins have to figure out how to deal with the loss of Landry for the season. His speed, strength, and abilities were necessary for the rest of the season and they are suddenly gone. Rumors are that the Redskins have made an offer to Marvin White. It is not sure whether White would play FS or SS.
"As tight as our division is, our playoffs have already started," stated Miller. "Each game can determine whether we are in the playoffs or not. We have to focus and we have to win."
The plan for the Redskins this week? Head into Giants stadium and turn it into the Redskins MOTHER F**KING HOUSE!
This coming from a quote from Giants GM James Paronne in his weekly GZL to the Max show.
"Hey, we are just excited that he didn't quote stats all week, although the whining for the first 10 minutes about his technological problems with the game were hard to get through," stated Redskins GM Tim Miller. "And we loved how he was 'forced' to take someone like Jared Allen. Apparently he was strong-armed into the trade. Either that or he admitted to being a pu__y that just gives in."
"If the second situation is the case, then give in to this: Redskins will beat you. You had better give Manning's backup quite a few reps this week. We are going to come after you and our only goal is to get to Manning."
"As for putting your foot where the sun don't shine, good luck in kicking something that is 20 yards ahead of you."
This weekend's game is shaping up to be very exciting... *yawn* The Redskins have the 6th best running game while the Giants have the 4th best rush defense. Both defenses are only allowing 21.1 points per Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
What is this? GZL to the Max?
F**k the stats! This is Giants vs Redskins late in the season with both teams still in a divisional race. Both teams will throw out the playbooks from previously played games.
In anticipation of the game, the Giants have announced a Fan Appreciation Game... kinda.
While still trying to figure out if they lost any money from a Makoff scheme plus the added expense of a Super Bowl bid, the Giants took a "wait and see" attitude about a Fan Appreciation Day.
One person who is really going all out for the game though is Giants GM James Paronne and some of his staff. Not quite sure who the Dogs are, but they seem to be having a great time.
Redskins GM Tim Miller only had one comment... "Yuck! I think I just threw up in my mouth a little."
The Redskins running game put together another fine game as the Skins downed the Vikings 27-17 Sunday on the Redskins home field.
2nd year back James Davis had another monster game, gaining 173 yards on 24 carries. Davis has 620 yards since taking over the starting position 4 games ago.
Portis and Slaton pitched in as well as the Redskins ran for 232 yards for the game and averaged over 6 yards a carry.
Even more impressive, the Redskins defense kept Adrian Peterson to only 68 yards rushing for the game and the entire Vikings team to only 242 yards.
Next up, another divisional game as the Redskins head to New Jersey to take on the last place New York Giants. This is the Redskins second game against a "Hard Knock"er this season.
When asked if he was nervous about this game, Miller just stated, "I hope we don't play down to the level of our competition. I am glad to see that nearly everyone on the Giants is uninjured for this one, so Paronne has no excuses."
In other news, Friendly Fans And Giants Supporters, known as FFAGS, have promised to picket outside the stadium. When asked why they were protesting, their leader Spanky Jones stated, "We were promised some Hard Knocks this season, and so far we have been VERY disappointed."
Ms. Paronne was also expected to be protesting by herself.... for the same reason.
In Hawgs We Trust: Vaughn accepts contract extension
Young DT signed for 7 years
Redskins GM Tim Miller confirmed today that a contract extension was offered to 24 year old defensive tackle Vaughn Martin. The 6'4", 327 pound behemoth is in his second year in the league after being taken in the 4th round by San Diego in 2009.
Stuck as a defensive end with the Chargers, the Redskins made an offer for Vaughn in the offseason which sent their 2nd round pick to San Diego.
After arriving in Washington, Vaughn was immediately moved to defensive tackle and has 13 tackles and 2 sacks on the season. He has played sparingly while the Redskins try to figure out if they are going to play a 3-4 or a 4-3 but this is someone they saw in their future.
"We didn't want to risk free agency and we weren't sure if he was going to become a restricted free agent," explained Miller. "Who knows? Other teams may not think much of him at all, but we like his strength, acceleration and tackling, so we didn't want to lose him."
Vaughn was on the last year of his original contract.
In other news, the GM of this week's opponent, Anthony "Dial Up" Cepparulo, was reported to be uninjured when the barnyard animals he keeps for unknown reasons (Not buying the "I like fresh milk" argument) escaped and stampeded over him.
The entire incident was caught on video and uploaded to YouTube. The video seemed to end with Anthony just lying there and not moving. It was later discovered that the video had just frozen there and he was actually fine.
In Hawgs We Trust: Redskins survive against Titans
Redskins need 14 in the 4th to outlast the Titans
"Wow!" exclaimed Redskins GM Tim Miller "Wow! We got damn lucky! They almost took that one from us."
For a team that was in the midst of a 6 game losing streak, the defense had sure shown up to play.
The Titans defense picked off Donovan McNabb twice and knocked him out of the game at the end of the third. Then Steve Slaton coughed it up going for extra yards. Finally the Titans picked off Nate Davis in the 4th.
The Titans outgained the Redskins 290 to 280 for the game. The Titans led the time of possession. The Titans led in first downs.
But the difference? The Redskins defense, with their bend but don't break style, held the Titans to just three field goals and gave the offense a chance to gather itself.
And after they finally had with a 29 yard TD from Davis to Kelly in the 4th to take the lead, London "Little Man" Fletcher stretched all 5 feet 10 inches of his little body out to snag a late interception and put the offense right on the doorstep for another touchdown.
"We honestly did not know what they were going to bring this week, with GM Ison and Randy Moss both back. We didn't know if they were going to run or pass," explained GM Miller.
Most notably the Redskins switched back to a 4-3 defense this week and went after Vince Young. They got to him twice and limited him to 12 for 28 throwing with 0 TDs and 1 INT. He got out of the pocket a few times and hurt them with his feet, but other than that the potent offense of Chris Johnson, Young, and Moss were held in check.
Next up, Tony "Freeze Frame" Cepparulo and his Minnesota Vikings come to town. The Vikings stand at 5-5 but are only 2 games out of first in their division. They are coming off a couple of divisional losses so they will be smarting. The Vikings are the last team to have beaten the Dallas Cowboys, so they can bring it when they want to.
Should be a great matchup as the Skins await word on their Super Bowl hosting bid.
Snyder confirms that the Redskins have submitted a bid for the Super Bowl
Call it overconfidence or call it more of his narcissistic behavior, Redskins owner Daniel Snyder came out and confirmed that they have put in a late bid to host the inaugural GZL bowl at FedEx Field.
"You know my philosophy..." explained Snyder. "Spend money, spend money, spend money. And then spend someone else's money!"
Tasked with putting together the bid, Redskins GM Tim Miller had this to say "Well apparently after our recent losses, he wants to see SOMEONE in the Super Bowl around here."
The Redskins, sitting in 3rd place in the division at 5-4, are trying to focus on the Tennessee Titans this week, who finally get Randy Moss back after an extended "injury" (also known as rehab).
Titans GM Kurt Ison had this to say, "Well, we are pumped to have Moss back. His height may be a disadvantage in the scrums, but we hope he can get a couple of tries for us and he will definitely be passing in on the lineouts."
When reminded that this is American football and not rugby, Ison continued, "Well cronk my koala! I've been sniffing too much dingo sh*t while being out in the Outback this past few weeks."
"I don't understand" started Redskins GM Tim Miller. "It is like a bad dream. We were leading 21-10 right before half time, and then I must have drank something, because I just kept seeing the same play over and over and over and over. It was like we were frozen in time."
"And the next thing I know, we had lost 34-28. I have REALLY got to lay off the sauce!"
Kevin Kolb and DeSean Jackson exploded in the second half, completely nullifying another great game by young James Davis.
Even after 2 first half turnovers, the Redskins defense had stepped up to the job and effectively shut down the Eagles offense, and went into halftime up 21-13.
The second half was apparently a different story. The Eagles came out and outscored the Redskins 18-7 in the 3rd to take a three point lead heading into the 4th.
The Redskins could not even muster enough to score a measly 3 points in the 4th.
This week sends the Redskins to Tennessee to take on the Titans. The Titans have struggled as of late but they are getting closer and closer each game.
The Redskins need to figure out a game plan and make it work.
Eagles come to town to start the 2nd half of the season
Much like week 4, the Redskins and Eagles are tied at 5-3 and one game back of the Cowboys. Much like week 4, both teams are coming in off of wins, with the Eagles coming in off a big wins over a division leading AFC South team.
And the Redskins hope the outcome is the same as Week 4 when the Redskins built a nice lead and then held on in a 4th quarter shoot out to take the victory.
The second half of the season will be a real barometer for the Skins, with 4 of the remaining 8 games against divisional opponents.
It is still unknown whether the Redskins will shuffle their backfield again and whether James Davis or Steve Slaton will be getting the starting nod.
The week off did the aging Redskins some good and let some of the experienced players, like London Fletcher and Donovan McNabb, rest their weary bones. It also gave extra learning time to some of the younger players on the Skins roster.
The Redskins were on cloud 9, sitting in first place at 4-1. But a two game losing streak hopefully allow the Skins to refocus their energies on playing games instead of victory parties.
The Skins are essentially 2 games behind the Cowboys, one in the actual record and one in the head to head loss in week 1. The Skins have their work cut out for them to make up that ground.
"Really did not expect to lose to Chicago," started Redskins GM Tim Miller. "I did not expect our offense to perform that way. We had a great gameplan worked out and, well, it just did not work out."
So begins the questioning as the Redskins slide out of first place for the first time in a month. What went wrong? What has happened to McNabb and the offense? Does Cowboys GM Keith Van Wagner really wear pajamas to bed with footsies?
Fans want to know! Redskins GM Tim Miller wants to know! The Redskins players want to know!
With the top two Chicago wide receivers out, the defense did step up to the task, only allowing 223 total yards for the game and 9 points scored by the offense. But oh, those other 7 points...
The Redskins had finally gotten a couple of drives together and gotten close enough for field goals to tie the game at 6. But then Daniel Manning personally took the wind out of the Skins' sails with a 96 yard return for a touchdown.
"Hester is out and they still get a special teams touchdown," exclaimed Miller. "That just killed us."
That and allowing the Bears to drive the field when they had the Bears in multiple 3rd downs and could not close the door in the 4th quarter.
The team welcomed back London Fletcher to his middle linebacker position and the defense seemed to respond in the 3-4 this week, but they were not covering kicks.
"Something has got to change this week against the Lions," continued Miller. "And it had better be something for the good."
"Although there is still one good thing," said Miller. "At least we aren't in Dallas."
In Hawgs We Trust: Redskins lose game and Buchanon
Colts end Redskins streak, Redskins lose corner
Redskins GM Tim Miller was quite down after last week's loss. Not only did the Redskins lose ugly, but to add insult to injury, they lost cornerback Phillip Buchanon for the season within the last 2 minutes of a meaningless game.
Peyton Manning went 26 for 38 with 4 touchdowns to torch the Redskins and jump out to a 31-10 lead at halftime. Washington's only first half touchdown came on a Brandon James 95 yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
The offense was completely shut down and the defense was leaking like a sieve. For the game, the Skins were 1 of 9 on third down conversions while the Colts were 8 of 14. Inside the Red Zone, the Colts were 3 for 3 with touchdowns while the Redskins were 2 for 2 but they were 2 field goals.
Donovan McNabb had one of his worst days as a Redskin where he went 18 for 30 with 2 interceptions and 3 sacks.
"It just wasn't there today. They completely covered up Santana Moss. And while Malcom (Kelly) and Chris (Cooley) tried to pick up the slack, it just didn't happen," explained Miller.
They there was the questionable play calling. In the 4th quarter, down by 18 and the Redskins ran 3 running plays in a row and were forced to punt.
The loss of Buchanon really put the Redskins into motion this week. Someone with Buchanon's abilities and especially his speed was needed and the Redskins reached out to the St Louis Rams to acquire young CB Justin King.
Officially the deal sent the Texans first round pick to the Rams for King, the Rams 2nd and the Cowboys 6th round pick.
"I am very pleased that we could get someone with Justin's abilities plus a high 2nd for a first," explained Miller. "We did a real study to Fit Our System across the league and just a few players have his combination of size and speed, plus his youth so we have him for many seasons to come."
The trade leaves the Redskins with 2 first round picks and possibly a high 2nd round pick while maintaining three third round picks.
Fans may remember that the Texans pick was originally acquired in the offseason as a part of the DeAngelo Hall trade that also brought starters Steve Slaton and Antwaun Molden to Washington.
So officially DeAngelo has brought a starting halfback (who is tied for 7th for TDs in the league), two younger starting cornerbacks, and a 2nd round pick to the Redskins.
There was some good news in that both the Cowboys and Giants also lost so the Redskins maintained their half game lead in the NFC East.
Some other good news is that the Redskins get London Fletcher back this week after getting injured in week 1. However, whether the Redskins will switch back to a 3-4 or remain with the 4-3 is left to be seen.
The Redskins travel to Chicago this week for a two game road trip against the NFC North. The Bears are a confusing team with all kinds of talent, that have beaten the Cowboys but lost to the the Panthers.
There are few teams that have been hit as hard by the injury bug as the Bears, so it will be interesting to see what lineup the Bears put on the field this week.
During last weekend's Giants vs Texans game in Houston, a Giants fan had to be restrained and escorted from the stadium after Justin Tuck's injury.
While this is not such an abnormal occurence, when the fan was identified, it did become newsworthy.
The fan ended up being Giants GM James "Lil Jimmy" Paronne, and fans sitting around him reported him screaming and weeping like a little girl when Tuck went down.
Mumbling things like "Does 98 INJ mean he is injured 98% of the season?" and "What the blank does Doubtful mean?" and "I shoulda paid the $10 million", Paronne's hysterics raised to an unacceptable level and complaints were made.
Later, Paronne was seen walking along I-35 towards the Mexican border wearing his blue wig and not much else. Again saying things like "wonder drugs in Mexico. Gotta get to Mexico. They will heal him." and "Shoulda kept the Colts!"
It is unknown whether Mr Paronne even realized his team won and are actually 2-0 since Manning went down.
"Whew... if you weren't sweating that one out, I don't know what you were watching," exclaimed Redskins GM Tim Miller.
"I will take the win, but I am not foolish enough to say that we earned it!"
Against a Packers defense that shut them down at every move and saw McNabb only complete 1 pass through the first quarter and a half, the Skins still somehow held a lead.
How? With 3 turnovers, 2 of which led directly to 6 points. With a backwards pass fumble, a fumbled punt, and a key McIntosh intercept inside the 5 yard line, the Redskins held off the Packers today 25-16.
The Redskins were held to 87 total yards in the first half, yet led 13-10 off of basically one pass play and the 2 fumbles.
The defense really stepped it up with their usual bend but don't break style. They allowed 305 yards passing, 132 of which came on 2 plays where they watched the Packer receiver run it into the end zone.
And, just in case it wasn't ugly enough, the Redskins also allowed the Packers to recover the onside kick at the end of the game.
But, as stated earlier, it was a win and the Redskins have to be happy to have it.
Next week Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts come to town.
The Redskins have got to be thinking, "If we gave up 305 yards to Jon Kitna, how many will Manning put on us?"
Skins move into 1st, but the road gets tougher from here on out
For a team picked 32nd overall to be sitting at 3-1 and in first place in the NFC East after 4 games, well anyone would be happy.
Redskins GM Tim Miller is ecstatic.
"Again, I refer back to the prognasticators that picked us as the last place team in the league and should only win 3 games all season," repeated Miller. "Well I guess we are done for the season! The good news is that we would still have a decent draft pick in the 1st."
While not impressing anyone on defense, the Skins offense has led the way. Now averaging over 28.5 points a game and 367 yards a game, the Redskins have been led by the arm and decision making of Donovan McNabb, the catching of Santana Moss, and the running of Steve Slaton.
The defense is still finding itself. They are truly a bend but not break defense, only allowing 20.8 points a game while giving up 347 yards a game. Unfortunately most of them have been in the 4th quarter.
Is this for real? The Skins are about to find out as the Packers and then the Colts come to town for some tough matchups.
This is a streaky game so while the Redskins have won 3 in a row, this reporter wouldn't be surprised if they end up at 3-3 after the next two games. The Skins will have to buckle down if they hope to pull off anything against either of these teams.
In Hawgs We Trust: Skins win first road game of the season
Skins defeat Rams 37-18 in balanced game
This week's In Hawgs We Trust is coming to you from Buffalo Billard's near the Dupont Circle where GM Tim Miller's favorite beers, Miller Lite and Dos XX, are on tap for only $1.
Tara: Nice win for the Redskins this week Mr. Miller.
Tim: Please Tara, call me Tim. And yes it was. Anytime you can go on the road in this league and walk out with a W is a good week.
Tara: Thanks Tim. After the mix in week 1, then all the passing in week 2, this week really seemed more balanced.
Tim: It was Tara. After relying heavily on Donovan and our fine receivers in week 2, we put the ball squarely in Steve Slaton's hands this week and he rewarded us with 137 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Tara: Speaking of your receivers, did I see Malcolm Kelly starting?
Tim: Yes you did, Tara. Prior to week 2, our game plan and Malcolm's poor practice habits bumped him down the depth chart. He responded with an excellent week of practice and was our leading receiver in week 3 with 5 catches for 62 yards.
Tara: So.. 2 wins already. There are some that predicted you wouldn't have 2 wins all season!
Tim: *mumbles something into his beer*
Tara: Excuse me? What was that?
Tim: I said, well they were entitled to their opinion. But I would have liked to have seen them win after losing their iconic middle linebacker in week one, their fast rookie kickoff returner in week 2, and playing with their third string middle linebacker in week 3. Plus, because of the pickle I put myself into with the salary cap, we really have limited options.
Tara: Is that why Ryan Torain was let go?
Tim: Yes it was. It was not an easy decision but because he would count as $0 against the salary cap and we had 4 running backs already, we let him go in order to replace Brandon.
Tara: Now Banks is out for the season, but you are not putting him on IR. Why is that?
Tim: Well I am still new to this league, but somehow putting him on the IR actually makes him MORE injured and makes him more susceptible to injuries next season. So, we have not gone through that process yet.
Tara: This week is another big game. It is a road game and a divisional game and a homecoming game for McNabb and your first game against a team with a winning record.
Tim: Is your last name Paronne?
Tara: No, it is Dikoff, why?
Tim: No reason. Yes it is a big game but we are trying not to over emphasize any one game. We got to excited about the Cowboys game and our team had gassed itself by the 4th quarter. We are just trying to keep nice and steady throughout the game.
Tara: How will we know if it is working?
Tim: That is enough questions for today Tara. Enjoy a nice beer.
In Hawgs We Trust: Skins win first game of the year
Skins comeback in 2nd half
"Well I guess we are 1/3 of the way to our total wins for the first season!" exclaimed Redskins GM Tim Miller. "At least that is according to the Giants."
In a flip of the week 1 result, the Redskins were down 13-10 at half time but a strong 2nd half where they outscored the Texans 17-6 led to the first victory in the Miller regime.
The Redskins seemed to be going back to the days of Smurfball, with their top 4 WR of 5'10" Santana Moss, 5'11" Anthony Armstrong, 5'7" Brandon Banks, and 5'9" Terrence Austin. All diminuative in stature but very fast and very quick wideouts.
It took a while for the gameplanning to take effect but when it did, it looked like a thing of beauty.
Taking advantage of the spot vacated by injured DeAngelo Hall, the Redskins abandoned the run and threw it 41 times. McNabb responded with 314 yards and 3 touchdowns with 1 interception.
More impressively, on the defensive side of the ball, the Skins cooled off the top passing QB in week 1, holding Matt Schaub to only 182 yards on 15 of 37 passing.
The Skins switched to a 4-3 this week with the injury to London Fletcher and Perry Ellis just not being ready to start yet. Newly acquired Vaughn Martin stepped in to start at DT.
This week takes the Redskins on their first road game to St Louis. Both teams sit at 1-1. The Rams defeated Arizona in week 1 but lost 24-9 to the Raiders in week 2.
In other news: KR specialist Brandon Banks was lost for the season to a shoulder injury. The Redskins cut HB Ryan Torain and signed another rookie speedster, Brandon James out of Florida, to take his place.
In Hawgs We Trust: Disappointing 4th Quarter leads to loss
17 point 4th quarter dooms the Skins
The Redskins were outscored 17-7 in the fourth quarter this past week and ended up losing to the hated Cowboys, 26-13.
The Skins gave up touchdown drives of 80, 80, and 58 yards in the 4th quarter after Anthony Armstrong and Donovan McNabb had ignited the home field crowd with an 89 yard hook up.
The Redskins had held the mighty Cowboy offense to just 9 total points through 3 quarters and even had the brief lead at the beginning of the fourth.
However, the Skins had been scoring field goals when they needed to score touchdowns and it ended up catching up with them in the end.
Also, the lost of defensive leader London Fletcher early in the 4th did not help matters, especially on the 80 yard touchdown run by Felix Jones in the 4th that ran right up the middle.
"We just did not cope with the loss of London very well," explained GM Tim Miller. "The entire defense seemed to sag and we could not get that stop that we so desperately needed."
Week 2 brings the Houston Texans to town with an 0-1 record but with Matt Schaub leading the league with 410 yards passing against the Colts.
With the lack of playmakers in the secondary, Miller admits they are a little scared.
"With Johnson and Berrian speedsters out there, and Schaub to throw it to them, well, this is going to be an interesting game," stated Miller.
With Fletcher out for 5 weeks with broken ribs, the Skins have had to make some changes to their defensive scheme. Defensive Coordinator Jim Haslett has been playing with a 4-3 this week, while offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan has been experimenting with some new schemes to get more points out of the offense.
Skins fans will have to wait until this weekend to see if any of the changes made any difference.
Redskins GM Tim Miller was in an incredible mood today at his weekly press conference.
"It is game day baby! It is Dallas week baby! It is home opener baby! Woo!" exclaimed Miller.
Yes even after being picked as the worst team in the GZL by some and expected to only win 3 games in 2019 by others, the excitement is still there for the Redskins.
"Honestly, what I love about this division is you can throw out the records, you can throw out the talent, this is just going to be football!"
"I mean, we could all go out and get bikini waxes and facials together like the NFC South, but the NFC East is the division of men."
Miller could be playing his unknown status to his advantage, or he could fall flat on his face. Either way, he has 3 first round picks next year and a bevy of young fast receivers.
As for the comments made by the Giants on Hard Knocks... "I almost feel sorry for Paronne. He has all that talent so he HAS to win the division. Apparently the pressure is getting to him. Can he say a sentence without saying RZL?"
4th Quarter Field Goals make difference in both games
After falling to the Titans by 3 points in week 1, the Redskins bounced back in week 2 by scoring 17 points in the 4th quarter to beat the Steelers.
Nate Davis connected long twice, including once on 4th down, to bring the Redskins the victory.
In the first half, Donovan McNabb and the starters had a good night leaving at half time with a 14-13 lead thanks to an early fumble. McNabb continued with his excellent preseason by completing 10 of 13 passes with 1 TD and 1 INT.
Rookie Brandon Banks put on a show in the 2nd half with over 120 yards receiving, including a 55 yard touchdown on a 4th and 10.
Rumors are that the veterans will be relaxing for the last two games of the preseason, giving Nate Davis and Steve Slaton their first starts as Redskins.
Other rumors are that the Redskins may experiment with a 4-3 defense these last two weeks after playing a 3-4 the first two weeks.
With some key veterans traded or released, a lot of roster spots are up for grabs on the Redskins. And everyone is on equal footing.
Some spots are secure, such as LaRon Landry, London Fletcher, Brian Orakpo, Trent Williams, Jammal Brown, Chris Colley, and Santana Moss. And Coach Shanahan confirmed that Donovan McNabb will be the starter.
But there have been some surprises. HB is rotating between Clinton Portis and Steve Slaton. CB is rotating between Carlos Rogers, Phillip Buchanon, and newcomer Antwaun Molden.
And the lack of a decision on whether the Redskins are going with a 4-3 or a 3-4 has Rocky McIntosh in limbo. He has been seen playing both MLB and ROLB this preseason.
The Skins acquired defensive end Vaughn Martin from the Chargers and promptly turned him into a defensive tackle. Recently acquired David Hale and Nate Davis have been taking a lot of reps during practices as well. Derrick Dockery has been seen playing LG and RG. WR2 is rotating between Anthony Armstrong and Malcolm Kelly.
One thing is for sure though, people are hitting and hitting hard. The level playing field has really brought out the drive in all. Water breaks are few and far between while trainers have been called out at all hours of the night.
Hopefully this will spill over to some toughness on the playing field.
Redskins GM Tim Miller sat down with reporter Tara Dikoff today to confirm and explain the cuts and trades made this offseason.
Tara: Tim, welcome to Washington.
Tim: Glad to be here Tara. Glad to be here.
Tara: Tim, you wasted no time in putting your stamp on this team.
Tim: You are absolutely right. We had some major goals during this round of trading: Get under the salary cap, get younger, bigger, and faster at some key spots, and protect our future draft picks. I feel like these were accomplished.
Tara: Well the good news is that the Redskins now have 3 first round picks next season, along with 1 second round pick, and 3 third round picks, giving the Skins 7 picks among the top 96 players in next year's draft.
Tim: Very true.
Tara: However that cost you such stars as Albert Haynesworth, DeAngelo Hall, and Adam Carriker. Are you sacrificing this season for next season?
Tim: Tara, none of these were easy decisions. However, if you see not only the draft picks but the talent we received in return for these trades, it may become more clear.
Tara: Then please explain.
Tim: I will, give me a minute! Geez! Let me drink this beer first for my parched throat.
Tim: OK, for the Haynesworth deal, Albert is a freak, plain and simple. That size and strength is not supposed to have those kinds of move and acceleration. However, in Daniel Mur, we got someone nearly the same size, 3 years younger, with great speed, agility, and acceleration of his own. Plus we got a first and third round pick for him.
Tara: What about DeAngelo Hall to the Texans?
Tim: DeAngelo is a true speedster with great awareness. But he is also 5'10". In return we received Antwaun Molden, a 6'1" cornerback who is nearly as fast and just needs some playing time to develop. We also took care of some of our offensive backfield problems in landing speedster Steve Slaton. Obviously we will have to work with him on his ball handling skills but it will be nice to have someone in the backfield who is measured with a stop watch instead of a calendar. And, obviously we got a 1st round pick as well.
Tara: And finally Adam Carriker to the Patriots?
Tim: Tara, let's face it. Gabo sucks. So kicker was a big need for us. As for trading away Adam, well to be honest, I mistakenly thought there was going to be a draft before the season. I do have a little regret at this trade but I had made the deal and felt obligated to stick to it.
Tara: Then you sent away a 4th for LG Mike Gibson. That seems odd.
Tim: Not really if you knew my philosophies. I believe in building the offensive line first. Running backs need holes and quarterbacks need time. I may pick linemen a little bit different because I look at their size, speed, strength, agility, and acceleration and see if they can be BUILT into an offensive lineman. Gibson had the attributes that we liked.
Tara: And you cut Andre Brown, H.B. Blades, and Darrel Young?
Tim: They really did not have the physical attributes we were looking for in the new Skins.
Tara: So after losing these valuable players, do you expect to be competitive?
Tim: Ha! I always expect to be competitive. We will emphasize our strengths and try to hide our weaknesses like any other team. We do a lot of film room study. But with 18 players on the last year of their contract and bumping the salary cap already, we needed to do something to protect our future. To be honest, there are 6 games that really matter and those are the NFC East rivals. We need to beat those teams first before we can do anything.
Tara: Thank you for the interview Tim.
Tim: My pleasure Tara. Now if I could finish the rest of my beer and dinner, I would appreciate it.
Redskins GM Tim Miller confirmed that some trades and cuts have become final while others are still in the works.
"While others may question what is happening with the Redskins, I am very happy with the trades made so far as they pertain to my ultimate goal with this team. I cannot go over all the details at this time, but everything will be revealed in due time," explained Miller.
"These deals have us back under the salary cap as well as other goals for the future of this team."
Miller was reported to have walked away whistling a happy tune though.
The Skins are wheelin and dealin with feelers and confirmations from many teams.
Word is that very few spots on the roster are safe, with some fan favorites posed to leave town.
"I cannot believe they just put me on the block like that!" exclaimed All Pro corner DeAngelo Hall. "My phone has been blowing off the hook with teams calling me and friends texting me. If they are going to deal me, then deal me dammit!"
Redskins GM Tim Miller has no comment at this time.
The Washington Redskins pulled the trigger to hire Tim Miller as their initial Green Zone GM.
"It only makes sense since my teams normally do not know what to do inside the Red Zone anyway!" explained Miller.
Miller is considered one of the "outsiders", meaning one of the few without RZL experience, so it really is not know what he will bring to the table. Miller hopes to use that to his advantage.
"Well, I got started in the GMFL when I was working with John Alexander and they kept talking about this 'online league' they were in and how it was based on Madden. They had an opening and I jumped on it because this combines my two passions: Football and crunching numbers. I am a little bit of an Excel freak with many different spreadsheets and the like. But the best part of the whole thing is that after all the gameplanning, you still have to play the game, just like the NFL."
Miller admits that while he was excited about a new league, the Redskins were not his first choice... until he thought about it a little more. "I have an experienced QB in McNabb, a couple of great runners in Portis and Johnson, and one of the most dominant defensive linemen in Albert Haynesworth. I expect to wreak some havoc in the NFC East."
Miller, 40, and his wife Melissa live in Phoenix, Arizona with 3 dogs and their first child (recently discovered to be a boy) on his way.
Tim has a weakness for beer and Kansas State players, so he is excited that he will have Brandon Banks to return kicks.
"I'm never afraid of a good trade, and also some bad ones. But I look forward to molding this team into a contender."
"Oh and one last thing: McNabb may hate Philly... but the true enemy of this team will forever be the Dallas Cowboys. We will ALWAYS be ready to play that game, no matter what the records are."