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Polls: Player/Rookie Of The Game

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 12, 2011 – 10:15 pm

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Third Quarter Pontifications

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 12, 2011 – 9:53 pm

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Washington snatches the lead 10-7.

It may not sound like much of an accolade, but Kellen Clemens is one of the top third-string quarterbacks in the league.  Maybe he takes some snaps during the regular season, maybe he doesn’t, but he provides the sort of depth off the bench that winning teams have.  Even though he’s only been part of the complex offensive scheme for two weeks, he looked comfortable out there and showed comfort moving around in the pocket.

Neither Clemens nor Rex Grossman is going to win a game with their legs, but both had good poise and awareness in the pocket, avoiding blitzes and picking up time.  Clemens doesn’t put a lot of zip on his passes, but he makes good reads and he hits his receivers in space. Read more »

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Second Quarter Musings

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 12, 2011 – 9:01 pm

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“Whooaa, we’re half-way there…”

Familiar faces took over in the second quarter for the Redskins, as Rex Grossman hooked up with Santana Moss in the redzone for an 8-yard touchdown pass.

This is the Sexy Rexy the Redskins wanted to see, and he has jumped out to an early lead in the quarterback competition.  He’s made up for lost time this week in practice and it culminated in a pretty good performance against the Steelers defense.  Granted, he looked best against the Steelers second and third stringers, but he was very efficient throughout.

The Grossman-to-Moss connection was pretty solid all night.  Towards the end of the half, he had some failed connections with Santana Moss, but that looked more like miscommunication than anything.

It’s the preseason for everyone.

The offensive line deserves a lot of credit for their performance tonight, opening up holes in the running game and keeping Grossman upright in the backfield.  On the other side of the ball, the defensive blitz was collapsing the pocket and getting good pressure on Byron Leftwich.

Two of the biggest concerns going into this game were the two lines, and both played remarkably well.  It’s hard to judge from a 30 minutes of Preseason Vanilla, but it looks like the Redskins are playing better up front.

In case no one else noticed, Brandon Banks is a man on fire.  On his only punt return, he followed his blockers for a 19-yard return.  On his only kick return, he followed his blockers for a 58-yard lead.  When he had the blockers, he followed his vision and cut well on his knee.  When he didn’t have the blocks, he fair-caught the ball.  Not much more that you can ask: good decision-making, good results, good showing for the Redskins return man.

Kicker Shayne Graham may have answered the Redskins kicking controversy by missing two field goals in the first half.  Rough night for No. 5, and unfortunately he has cost the Redskins the lead.

Score is tied at 7, Redskins faithful.

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First Quarter Observations

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 12, 2011 – 8:20 pm

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Fresh faces shined brightly in the first quarter, as the Steelers and Redskins remain gridlocked at 0-0.

It’s like rush hour traffic on the beltway.

Tim Hightower showed his big-play ability both in the run and passing game.  Already, he has seven touches for 42 yards.  Hightower imposed his will on the field just like he has in practice everyday in Ashburn.  It’s not a matter of whether “he’s that good” or “the defense is that bad.”  He is that good, and he showed it out there in the first quarter.  He attributes a lot of his game to the example set by Edgerrin James in Arizona, and he runs a lot like him: flow to the numbers and then cut it up field.

Not bad for the fourth-worst back in the league, right?

Speaking of running backs, Evan Royster got his first snaps as a third-down back and picked up the first down.  He, also, looked a lot like he has in practice.  He darts through the line and looks for a hole at the next level.  He has a chance to be very productive if he runs like this against Pittsburgh’s line.

Darrel Young looks good blocking, good as a receiver, and great on special teams.  The block that sprung Brandon Banks on the punt return was a crushing block of Young on the Steelers Niles Brinkley.

I can’t wait until Niles Brinkley covers Niles Paul.

Stephen Bowen registered a big sack on defense after he just mauled his way into the backfield.  The defensive line looks good and moves well for big boys.

The offense is clicking and the defense bends but doesn’t break.  This is a fast and fluid start on both sides of the ball

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Redskins Take The Field For Warm-up

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 12, 2011 – 7:02 pm

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The Redskins have taken the field amid cheers from the mostly Burgundy and Gold gathering.  The team is wearing their burgundy tops and white pants with Burgundy and Gold trim.

Results from the rookie poll earlier this week revealed that fans are the most pumped to see how defensive end Jarvis Jenkins looks suited up tonight.

I’ll be covering him with an extra-keen eye tonight, but No. 99 should be hard to miss out there.

Captains tonight are wide receiver Santana Moss, and linebackers London Fletcher and Lorenzo Alexander.

Check in for quarterly updates on the blog, breaking news on the site, and in-game thoughts on Twitter.

Stay tuned…

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Football + Music = Football’s Back Remix

Posted by Ross Leonhart on August 12, 2011 – 6:40 pm

Football’s back!

Here’s something you can nod your head to and get the burgundy and gold pumping in the veins while watching the Redskins vs. Steelers.

Thanks to our friends at HTTR4Life.com for this video:

Football’s back!

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Former Steeler Gives Competition Report

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 12, 2011 – 6:20 pm

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One of the newest Redskins faces on the field tonight will be linebacker and special team’s ace Keyaron Fox, who comes to Washington after three years in the Steel City.

Fox leaves with no hard feelings about his departure, but is clearly relishing the opportunity to get out and hit some former teammates.

Who in particular?

“Everybody on offense,” he said simply.  “Anybody with the ball, or anybody that gets in my way to the ball.”

After practicing against the Steelers offense for the last three seasons, he has a pretty good idea of what their players have to offer.  Here was his report: Read more »

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The Top Secret Down Low Lowdown Scoop On Tonight

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 12, 2011 – 5:38 pm

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Every Redskins site will give you the standard preview of tonight, but if you want to truly be ready for tonight, you have to know the facts.

Did you know…

1. The Redskins and Steelers both broadcast in a nation’s capital

The Redskins cover Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina.  Their wild card is the District of Columbia.

The Steelers cover Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, and West Virginia.  Their wild card is Mexico City.

That Mexico City.  I’ll take Washington D.C.

2. Ducks are in the house.

Backup quarterbacks Kellen Clemens and Dennis Dixon are both Oregon grads.  During Clemens’ senior season, an injury knocked him out and Dixon came in.

Now they’re both looking to make their respective teams off the bench.

3. What a bunch of sellouts.

The Steelers boast an impressive 303-straight sellouts in their home stadium over the last four decades.  That’s nice, but it pales in comparison to the Redskins 359th-straight sellout tonight.

Now go impress your friends with your knowledge.

Hail to the Redskins!

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Cheerleaders Are In Regular Season Form Tonight

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 12, 2011 – 5:04 pm

If you’re coming out to the stadium tonight, you can see the Redskins Cheerleaders celebrating the first game of their 50th season in DC.

If you’re stuck at work still, here’s a preview of them warming up.

You’re welcome.

First we had the walk-through:

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Video Of The FedExField Facelift

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 12, 2011 – 3:17 pm

Tonight, the Redskins will unveil their newly renovated home, complete with a new skyline and solar panels in the parking lot.

The new official capacity of FedExField is 85,000 seats, still making it (comfortably) the largest stadium in the NFL (sorry Giants and Cowboys).  The removal of seats in the top ring of the stadium will allow for Party Decks to be installed in the upper level.

Here’s is a panoramic shot from the upper level: Read more »

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