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    Redskins Nation is a half-hour show devoted to giving fans unfiltered access to the day's events at Redskins Park. Hosted by Larry Michael, the show features Redskins players, coaches and sit-down interviews with team officials. (Show re-airs at 11:30 p.m/7:30 a.m. daily)

    • DATE: December 3, 2013
    • TIME:  5:30 PM 
    • LOCATION:  Comcast SportsNet

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  • Fri., Aug. 01, 2014 3:50 PM - 4:00 PM EDT Live Gruden Press Conference Redskins Head Coach Jay Gruden talks to the media following practice at the Bon Secours Center in Richmond, VA. on August 1, 2014.
  • Fri., Aug. 01, 2014 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM EDT Redskins Nation

    Redskins Nation is a half-hour show devoted to giving fans unfiltered access to the day's events at Redskins Park. Hosted by Larry Michael, the show features Redskins players, coaches and sit-down interviews with team officials. (Show re-airs at 11:30 p.m/7:30 a.m. daily)

    • DATE: December 3, 2013
    • TIME:  5:30 PM 
    • LOCATION:  Comcast SportsNet

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  • Mon., Aug. 04, 2014 3:50 PM - 4:00 PM EDT Live Gruden Press Conference Redskins Head Coach Jay Gruden talks to the media following practice at the Bon Secours Training Center in Richmond, VA. on August 4, 2014.
  • Mon., Aug. 04, 2014 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM EDT Redskins Nation

    Redskins Nation is a half-hour show devoted to giving fans unfiltered access to the day's events at Redskins Park. Hosted by Larry Michael, the show features Redskins players, coaches and sit-down interviews with team officials. (Show re-airs at 11:30 p.m/7:30 a.m. daily)

    • DATE: December 3, 2013
    • TIME:  5:30 PM 
    • LOCATION:  Comcast SportsNet

  • Tue., Aug. 05, 2014 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM EDT Redskins Nation

    Redskins Nation is a half-hour show devoted to giving fans unfiltered access to the day's events at Redskins Park. Hosted by Larry Michael, the show features Redskins players, coaches and sit-down interviews with team officials. (Show re-airs at 11:30 p.m/7:30 a.m. daily)

    • DATE: December 3, 2013
    • TIME:  5:30 PM 
    • LOCATION:  Comcast SportsNet

Fourth Quarter In Review

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 19, 2011 – 11:32 pm

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Another game, another team-win for the boys in Burgundy and Gold.

I preface any comments by saying that technically these games don’t matter.  But isn’t it fun to knock off two teams that have won their respective divisions a combined 11 times in the last eight years?

Not only that, but young players continue to develop on both sides of the ball.  Ryan Kerrigan had his first career sack tonight.  Brandyn Thompson had his first career interception tonight.  Roy Helu registered his first 100-yard game.  Leonard Hankerson was the team’s leading receiver.

These may not be stats that put these players in the Hall Of Fame, but they will help keep them in a Redskins uniform, and for that reason, they matter a lot. Read more »


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Who Are Your Top Performers?

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 19, 2011 – 9:46 pm

You, the voters, selected John Beck as your first-half MVR(edskin).  His line for the day was 14-for-17 for 140 yards and a 101.0 quarterback rating.

That’s good enough to earn him a shot at top Redskins player in the game.


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Third Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 19, 2011 – 9:17 pm

The Redskins finally loosened their choke-hold on the Colts, allowing a field goal on defense and punting twice on offense.

Rex Grossman took over the reins at quarterback, and his best weapon was still Roy Helu.  After looking a little tentative running last week, Helu looks decisive and is focused on turning up-field.  He has 124 total yards from scrimmage through three quarters.

Once again, Sav Rocca hasn’t had an opportunity to show off his ability to “launch a real belter,” but he did hit his spots.  On his first punt of the game, he landed a 37-yard punt at the 11 yard line, followed by a 52-yarder to reverse fields.  He’s averaging 44.5 yards per punt, a good showing for the Aussie.

Chris Neild finished out the first half with an athletic play, making a tackle on running back Delone Carter in the open field.  He talked last week about feeling overwhelmed last week, but showed good awareness out there.  He has the luxury of learning from the linemen in front of him, and could develop into a solid run-stuffer.

The defense looks aggressive and seems to sniff out the play quickly.  No big plays yet, and a good job of flowing to the ball.

 


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Halftime Musings

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 19, 2011 – 8:37 pm

So far, the offseason additions orchestrated by head coach Mike Shanahan and general manager Bruce Allen have made the Redskins click.  Here are some quick-hitting stats:

  • The Australian Punting Prince, Sav Rocca has yet to take the field except as a holder for field goals.
  • The Redskins offense has 16 first downs in the first half.  The Colts have one.
  • The Redskins have 160 rushing yards, more than they had all last week.  The Colts have one.
  • The Redskins have converted five-of-eight 3rd downs. The Colts have yet to convert one.
  • The Colts have run 41 total plays. The Colts have run 14.
  • John Beck is 13-for-16.
  • And most importantly, the Redskins have 16 points, and the Colts have zero.

No question that the running game has been the staple of this offense, and the backs have been successful no matter who is in.  This is a testament to the coaching of Bobby Turner and the talent of the backs, but this is also an indication of a dominant line.

The Redskins offensive line was a much-maligned group last year, and deservedly so.  But despite only one offseason addition to the starting unit (guard Chris Chester), and returning four starters, the line looks night-and-day better.  Maybe it’s the product of the preseason.  Maybe it’s a product of a second year in the zone blocking scheme.  But this unit is blowing open running lanes, and the one-cut backs are hitting the holes perfectly.

For so many new faces at skill positions, the offense is playing like a well-oiled machine.

On defense, the team isn’t allowing Indianapolis to gain any traction.  Despite resting key starters in the secondary, the defense has only yielded only 40 yards through the air.  The defensive line is controlling the line of scrimmage, allowing only one yard on the ground.

One.

Graham Gano has gone a long way towards silencing his critics, staying perfect on the preseason: 3-for-3 on field goals and nailing an extra point.  At this rate, Clint Stitser may be back selling real estate in Reno pretty soon.

Redskins 16, Colts 0.

Who is your top performer in the first half?


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Graham Gano Paternity And Mid-Quarter Game Updates

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 19, 2011 – 8:05 pm

According to Redskins public relations, Graham Gano is the proud father of a baby boy.

Bryson Clark Gano was born on Wednesday morning, and he weighs 5 lbs, 12 oz.  Congratulations to the whole Gano family.

I can only imagine what Bryson’s kicks were like inside his mother’s stomach.

The paid attendance for tonight is 64,753.

The officiating crew has announced that the stadium roof and window will now be closed.  Apparently rain is now in the forecast for tonight, and the roof needs 11 minutes to close.

Start your stopwatches…now.


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First Quarter Recap

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 19, 2011 – 7:43 pm

Tim Hightower has asserted himself in this offense for the second consecutive week, and is playing like a man willing to earn his playing time.  His 58-yard blast through the Colts defense was flat-out explosive.  If not for a saving tackle, he scampers the distance to the endzone.

If he continues to run like this, his mere presence on the field changes the way a team defends the Redskins.

This week the Redskins went with a different starter at quarterback (John Beck in place of Rex Grossman) and experienced even better results on their opening drive.  After only 2:45, the score was already 7-0.

In other words, it’s still a vanilla offense, but it’s custard this time.

Gano continues to play well in special teams, getting both kicking opportunities in the first quarter (extra point and 28-yard FG).  He also buried two kickoffs deep in the Colts endzone.  There was no shortage of spark in the return, as Terrence Austin followed his blocks for a 29-yard return on kickoff.  His punt return was called back due to penalty.

Redskins are clicking on offense and have stifled the Manning-less Colts on defense.  The score is 10-0 going into the second quarter.


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Welcome To Lucas Oil Field

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 19, 2011 – 7:02 pm

What time is it?  Game time.  Or about 7 p.m. EST.

With no inclement weather in the forecast, the retractable dome roof is open tonight and the endzone window is opened up.

Here are some scenes from the field during warm-up: Read more »


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Clint Stitser Is A Workout Beast

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 19, 2011 – 6:34 pm

We already discovered that Clint Stitser can fulfill any and all real estate needs in the greater Reno, Nev. region.

Now, courtesy of Youtube and “For Max Results,” I bring you Clint Stitser “demonstrating some of the unique techniques of sports specific training.”

No, seriously, check it out:

I’m ready to see some functional explosions tonight [if he kicks].


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Players Tweet Final Game-Time Thoughts

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 19, 2011 – 6:09 pm

According to league rules, players are restricted from tweeting a certain amount of time before and after the game.  There wasn’t much chatter from the veteran players, but for the younger guys, this game could mean a lot.

Darrel Young is battling for the starting fullback position:

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Redskins Fans Tuned Up For Tonight

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 19, 2011 – 5:02 pm

We are now down to two hours before kickoff at Lucas Oil Stadium.  Fans indicated on the offensive and defensive units polls that they are most excited to see the Redskins running backs and defensive lines take the field.

With so many position battles yet to be resolved, I don’t anticipate a dull aspect of tonight’s game, but fans have every right to be excited for the running game.

Last week against Pittsburgh’s stingy defense, the Redskins backs rumbled 35 times for 140 yards. Last week, the Colts yields 41 rushes for 169 yards and two touchdowns against the Rams.

Everyone should get touches tonight.

On the defensive line, there are a lot of exciting possibilities coming out of camp.  Free agent additions Stephen Bowen and Barry Cofield had good debuts last week, highlighted by Bowen’s sack for a 10-yard loss.  Rookie Jarvis Jenkins created a lot of buzz in camp, and Adam Carriker is still listed at the top of the defensive end depth chart.

A formidable rotation appears to be in the works.

Here are some [randomly selected] fans that took to Twitter to express their feelings. Read more »


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