Canton Opens Its Doors For Chris Hanburger

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 6, 2011 – 11:34 pm

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As a player on the field, Chris Hanburger was smart, dominant, and ferocious.  As a man off the field, he was quiet, reserved, and soft-spoken.  In the lead-up to his induction to the Pro Football Hall Of Fame, many wondered what side of him would be on display.

But when he took the podium tonight in Canton, he did not disappoint, showing off another side entirely.  The man once referred to as “The Hangman” on the field, was actually really funny during his induction speech.

The best part is that he took the opportunity to roast the other six inductees into the H.O.F., all while making fun of his own reputation of being quiet.   Read more »

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A Snap-Shot Of Training Camp Competitions

Posted by Ross Leonhart on August 6, 2011 – 9:01 pm

With thousands of fans on hand for Fan Appreciation Day at Redskins Park, I took my up close view to try to capture some things the folks from the hill couldn’t see.

Suited up in their full upper-body pads, it was the first day of full-contact practice.  No more slap and hug tackles, break out some ferocity:

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The Saturday Scoop On Special Teams

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 6, 2011 – 8:46 pm

Sav Rocca, courtesy of

No other Redskins blog will take you this far undercover in special teams.  No other blog has this level of coverage.

But I know you care, so I write it for you.

Saturday was actually a pretty big day for special teams as the unit has started to take shape.  The Redskins got good news today, as the Australian Prince of Punting, Sav Rocca, arrived at Redskins Park.

He joined long snapper Nick Sundberg, and the Graham Group (Shayne Graham and Graham Gano) practicing field goal snaps from the Jugs machine.  I don’t know if the intention is for Rocca to be the holder, but he looks like a natural.

Check out the great footage of air-kicks below:

There are a couple things to take away from this video.

First of all, Rocca claps for Graham Gano, so the air-kick must have been good.  He doesn’t clap for Shayne Graham, so perhaps he shanks his air-kick?

Secondly, Shayne Graham lines up farther away from the ball, which caused me to change the angle on my camera-work.

Thirdly, I followed the trajectory of where the ball would have gone, had it actually been kicked.

For the record, the unit did kick real field goals on the far field during practice.  Of course it happened when cameras weren’t allowed, so this is all of the footage for now.

Also check out this footage of rookie receiver Niles Paul on return drills:

Paul has participated in these drills everyday and could get looks at returner in the upcoming preseason games.  He’s been very impressive so far in camp.

More on the kicking controversy Monday!

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An Epic Rock Tribute To Chris Hanburger

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 6, 2011 – 7:21 pm

As we stands on the eve of Chris Hanburger’s induction into the Pro Football Hall Of Fame, let’s take a look back at the incredible Redskins career of No. 55:

Just because it took so long for the voters to enshrine him in Canton should not take away anything from Hanburger’s legacy.

This honor is very well deserved for a hard-hitting, soft-spoken man.

The Redskins Larry Michael is in Canton providing coverage of the event, which we will post when it becomes available.  Tune in to the NFL Network now for coverage of the induction ceremony.

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Fan-tasy Football: A Video Recap

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 6, 2011 – 6:40 pm

Today could not have gone better for fans that showed up at Redskins Park.

Originally when I stood outside this morning, I thought it was going to rain.  I checked the weather report, and it said there was a better than 50 percent chance of rain all day.  It was nothing short of Redskins Magic that the rain held off until players had cleared the fields and fans had gotten in their cars.

You tell me that’s just a coincidence.

I made sure to charge up the batteries on the Flip Cam today to share the sights and sounds of the day with you, through my lackluster videography skills.  Enjoy:

First we have the grand entrance onto the field.  This video has a little bit of everything: players, fans, cheerleaders, and the Redskins fight song: Read more »

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Pure Fan-demonium: A Picture Recap

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 6, 2011 – 5:57 pm

The best part of my job is that it gives me license to talk to not only the players, but also the fans.  And as far as Redskins fans are concerned, there are more characters than Disney World.

Going into the crowds today, I talked to people from 12 different states, including Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and Iowa.  I talked to casual fans, I talked to super fans, I talked to fans of four other NFL teams that “just wanted to see what was up.”

Right.  To those fans, I said, “Stay awhile, you just might like what you see.”

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Fans Turning Out For Some Appreciation

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 6, 2011 – 10:35 am

It’s still an 90 minutes until practice begins, but the fan festivities are under way and there is already a larger crowd here than I’ve seen for all of training camp.

This is video from about 9:30 a.m. and the crowd has already tripled:

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Like Father, Like Son: Choosing Redskins Over Cowboys

Posted by Ross Leonhart on August 6, 2011 – 9:57 am

I’ll always remember how I became a Redskins fan, despite growing up around a heavy Baltimore Ravens influence. My grandfather told the best stories about the Redskins, and my next-door-neighbor sat me down to sing ‘Hail to the Redskins’ and cheer on the ‘Skins.

But, some people take a much more difficult route to find their inner Burgundy and Gold.

Kevin Smith Sr. was a Redskins fan in a Cowboys family, and he remembers destroying his mother’s living room décor in a scrum with his father over the Redskins-Cowboys VHS that yielded a victory for the good guys; something his dad didn’t want to watch again.

Now, Kevin Sr. has passed on his Washington loyalties to the next generation by introducing his son, Kevin Jr., to a little something we call Redskins football.

The two haven’t missed a day of training camp yet, and are just as fired up as players like Santana Moss and Brian Orakpo.

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A Burgundy And Gold Sunrise

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 6, 2011 – 9:23 am

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Good morning Redskins Nation, and welcome to the biggest Saturday on your schedule.

Truthfully, I was being poetic in the title of this post–it’s a little gray out at the moment.  However, as I sit at my desk, I do see the golden sun poking through the cloud at Redskins Park.  It’s going to be a great day.

Not only is it Fan Appreciation Day at Redskins Park, but it’s also the day that Chris Hanburger gets his just deserts and is immortalized in the Pro Football Hall Of Fame.

A double-whammy.

The video below shows the staff here putting the final touches on Redskins Park before the fans stream in:

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Sean Locklear Adds Versatility And Depth

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 6, 2011 – 8:32 am

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The Redskins are very, very quietly compiling a pretty good team.  The latest addition to the Burgundy and Gold comes from the great Northwest: former Seahawks offensive guard/tackle Sean Locklear.

For those of you waiting for a sexy, splashy signing, it may not come.  But this is another savvy move that helps improve the depth and versatility of the offensive line.  The offensive line was a major area of need going into the season, and the Redskins have made moves that help solidify the unit.

Locklear is said to be athletic and mobile, which fits the mold of a zone-blocking lineman.  Paired with the earlier signing of guard Chris Chester, the Redskins are building a line that better fits what they want to accomplish on offense.

He has started 78 games in his NFL career and has experience at both the guard and tackle positions, but is better suited to guard.  He is now 30 years old and has had injury concerns in the past, which will likely keep him from carrying the load at any position. But he will be given the chance to compete for playing time and he represents an upgrade over any other reserve linemen currently on the roster.

These are the type of players that any successful team has and needs.  Games are not won with just the starting lineup and injuries are a fact of life in the NFL.  Whether he wins a job on the line or off the bench, his experience allows the Redskins to stick to their game plan.

As a native of Lumberton, N.C., this signing means that Locklear will be playing much closer to home, which factored into his decision.

“It was exciting,” he told the media.  “It was a chance to come out to the East Coast after being in Seattle for my whole seven years.  I had a good time there, but it was time for a change and I’m excited to be over here.”

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