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Steve Jackson Talks About This Season, Mentions The Super Bowl

Posted by Ryan Gracia on May 19, 2011 – 3:10 pm

Safeties coach Steve Jackson recently sat down with Amanda Mitchell of the Redskins Broadcast Network for an interview about where things stand this offseason. If you haven’t seen it on Redskins Nation on Comcast SportsNet, you can watch part 1 below. And if you’re the less-visual sort, new Redskins.com intern Ryan Gracia has written up some of the highlights, including some serious optimism on Coach Jackson’s part.

by Ryan Gracia
Well, Redskins fans, the past is the past. And the new 3-4 defensive system has taken some getting used to – but not for long. The time to jump from the second-worst defense in the NFL to the top-ranked defense is now, at least according to safeties coach Steve Jackson.”Being a new staff last year, the guys were still getting to know each other,” Jackson told Amanda Mitchell in an interview that aired on Comcast SportsNet’s Redskins Nation. “It was a new system, you have to have a different type of personnel for this system. And just getting all those combinations of things together, I think we’ll be miles ahead of where we were last year. I don’t buy into that ‘it takes a long time to do this.’ You are, in my opinion, what you think you are and what you do daily. If you think it’s going to take you five years, well it’ll probably take you twenty. If you think you’re going to do it today, you do it today and you don’t expect anything less.”

To hear Jackson explain it, it’s a simple recipe for success.

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Here’s Art Monk Fishing

Posted by Matt Terl on May 19, 2011 – 11:29 am

There’s been an awful lot of drama around the Redskins lately, especially considering that there’s no actual football activity taking place. Sometimes, all that stuff becomes too much and you just want to get away to someplace quiet and contemplative — be alone with yourself and your thoughts and some water while you try to trick marine life into eating a hook.

Well, we can’t actually all do that — a fishing field trip is way outside the remit of this blog — but through the magic of AP photography, we CAN join Art Monk on a 1992 fishing excursion. If you’ve got headphones on, you can make it a truly immersive experience by clicking here for the relaxing sounds of water.

After the jump, more relaxing photos and a quick anecdote. Read more »

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Aldrick Robinson Overcomes the ‘Death Penalty’

Posted by Brian Tinsman on May 19, 2011 – 9:52 am


Wide receiver Aldrick Robinson has been part of groups from the moment he was drafted. He was the second of back-to-back sixth round picks. He was the third wide receiver selected by the Redskins. The closest he’s come to a spotlight on the blog was being one of the people featured in my look at draft day phone calls. Redskins.com intern Brian Tinsman was determined to change that. This is the result.


by Brian Tinsman

To be clear, Aldrick Robinson is a soft-spoken guy who has never committed a crime worthy of capital punishment, even by the standards of his native Texas. But much of his football story has been shaped by a different kind of “death penalty.”

The“death penalty” in the NCAAis when a collegiate athletic program is banned for one or more seasons due to multiple or particularly heinous infractions. At Robinson’s alma mater, Southern Methodist University, those infractions were improper benefits to players from boosters and alumni.

As a result, the 1987 season was canceled, and the school nixed the 1988 season as well. No recruiting was permitted until August 1988. The team was banned from television coverage and bowl games until 1989. The team was also only permitted to have half of the normal coaching staff and lost most of their athletic scholarships.

Stick a fork in the Mustangs — they were done. The program that produced NFL greats Eric Dickerson, Raymond Berry and Craig James was closed for business.

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