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Mike Sellers Makes ‘Hit Of The Day’ Eight Months Later

Posted by Brian Tinsman on July 13, 2011 – 4:30 pm

Ryan Gracia checks in with a quick-hit post. For those who want more detail about this hit, check out my conversation with Sellers about it from back in October.

This clip has been surfacing around the Twitter world today, and was named “Hit of the Day” by the Skinny Post (@skinnypost). Without much to read or watch recently, I hoped it would be a quick-fix solution to satisfy everyone’s craving for Redskins-related material. Enjoy.

Ahh…just the sight of a hard-hitting NFL tackle makes me feel better already.

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Redskins Players React To The U.S./France Game: A Much Shorter Twitter Sequel

Posted by Brian Tinsman on July 13, 2011 – 2:10 pm

This afternoon’s Women’s World Cup semi-final match didn’t provide the high-flying dramatics of Sunday’s extra-time thriller. The U.S. struggled to find shots early, but never trailed in the game, and went on to a 3-1 win over France.

That’s largely irrelevant to the remit of this blog, but it did have a very definite effect on the tweets of Redskins players watching the game — which is very much within the remit of this blog.

Last time, Redskins tweets told the story of Abby Wambach’s improbable late equalizer and the shootout win. This time, it was much more straightforward.

Seventh-round draft pick Chris Neild:

Phillip Daniels:


Safety Chris Horton:

Direct and to-the-point. Still, I’m pretty sure that Sunday’s Finals will provoke livelier commentary.

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Vote Redskins To The 2014-1016 “Dream Team”

Posted by Brian Tinsman on July 13, 2011 – 12:21 pm

Brian Tinsman looks in on ESPN’s latest fan-interaction initiative/random list of stuff.

In the latest indication of a slow offseason, ESPN has developed a poll for fans to choose who they think will be the NFL superstars of 2014-2016.

The voting pool is not a comprehensive list, but instead one narrowed down by ESPN writers. As the article notes, nobody that specifically covers the NFC East was consulted in making the list, but the selections seem pretty reasonable.

Four Redskins were selected to the pool and all of them are solid choices. After each player’s name is the short description by the writers, and then my take. Don’t forget to vote:

Offensive Tackle, Trent Williams:

2010 first-round pick expected to blossom with Skins in Year 2.

Williams showed flashes of brilliance in a solid rookie campaign, and will be given every opportunity to succeed as their franchise left tackle. Not every high draft pick lives up to their billing, but Wiiliams projects to get better down the road.

Cornerback, DeAngelo Hall:

One of the game’s premier ball hawks has 32 career INTs.

If 2010 was any indication, this 27-year-old Pro Bowler is just entering his prime. If the defense gels in the 3-4 scheme and gets a consistent pass-rush, then Hall could become a legitimate shutdown corner. Hopefully he can be a productive corner into his 30’s.

Strong Safety, LaRon Landry:

Beast near line of scrimmage; coverage skills coming along, too.

Landry is not a protypical ball-hawking safety, but that’s why the Redskins went out and got O.J. Atogwe to patrol centerfield. Landry is more instinctive closer to the line, and should be more comfortable with help in the secondary. In three to five years, Landry will be in his prime.

Linebacker, Brian Orakpo:

Pro Bowler as a rookie (’09); has 19.5 sacks in two seasons.

Orakpo, meet your new best friend, Ryan Kerrigan. After averaging nearly 10 sacks per season as the team’s only legitimate pass-rusher, Orakpo will not have the entire offensive line shifted to his side of the line. Orakpo’s success is closely tied to the improvement of the defensive line and the development of Kerrigan as a pass-rusher.

What I liked about the candidates:

All-in-all, there were some positive things about this pool of candidates. The Redskins were well-represented, and it’s reasonable to expect these four to become elite players. On top of that, every team in the NFL was represented, which–if nothing else–makes it more interesting for everyone to vote…

What I did not like about the candidates:

…But, I question some of the names. First of all, both Jason Witten and Vince Wilfork will be 32-35 years old in the 2014-2016 seasons. History shows that that’s the wrong side of 30, and both could be out of the league by then.

On the flip side of that, there were 27 rookies and 11 college players named to the list. That’s 38 players that have never taken an NFL snap, including some that may not make the NFL at all. Certainly some of these prospects will succeed in the NFL, but most haven’t even met their pro coaches yet. Dream team material? I would say that’s ambitious.

As the saying goes, “If you don’t vote, don’t complain,” so make sure you vote. And then feel free to complain.

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And Now, Photos Of The Solar Panel Construction

Posted by Brian Tinsman on July 13, 2011 – 9:25 am

By now you’ve probably seen the reports: the Redskins are partnering with NRG Energy to bring renewable energy to FedExField, specifically in the form of 8,000 solar panels covering 850 parking spaces. The panels will provide enough energy to provide a portion of the stadium’s electricity on gamedays, and all of it’s non-gameday needs. This, frankly, is awesome.

If you’ve seen the reports, you’ve likely also seen the artist’s rendering of the solar panels, which is also awesome, especially since it’s just six people in silvery jumpsuits away from being the cover to a circa-1958 science fiction paperback.

Here, though, is the thematic continuation of our “pictures of cranes” series: pictures of drilling things (and more cranes) erecting the solar panels in the Platinum A1 parking lot of FedExField. As always, click the photos to enlarge; they make much more sense when they’re bigger.

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