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Rex Grossman Wears Many Hats

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 14, 2011 – 6:04 pm

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The starting quarterback of the any successful offense has many roles to fulfill in leading his team to victory.  He must be a field general, huddle captain, locker room leader, manager of the offense, etc.

On Thursday, Rex Grossman tried on a few other hats for size.

He was a weather man.  When asked if the week of rain caused the offense to come out slow on Sunday, he said:

“No,” he said.  “We stalled out on the first two drives just because of what the Giants did.  There’s nothing we really could’ve done about it.  They had a tipped pass that would’ve been a first down, they brought a blitz that made me hot and I had to throw it away, and then that pass to Jabar [Gaffney] over the middle was just a little too far.”

He was a mathematician.  Asked how often his hot read comes open on a play, he thought about it for a second and said:

“About 70 percent, I don’t know—a pretty good amount,” he said.  “I definitely have to progress on a lot of reads, but the defense pretty much dictates that.  You try to get a good pre-snap read, but then once the ball is snapped just react and go through the progression.”

He was an Wild West desperado: Asked if he considered himself a gunslinger, he said:

“I think so.  I think I’m just smarter about it because of the offense,” he said.  “The offense allows me to do the things I like to do without trying to manufacture them myself.”

Check out the rest of the podium session below: Read more »

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A Pint Of Blood = Redskins Tickets

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 14, 2011 – 4:55 pm

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Once again, the Redskins have teamed up with the American Red Cross to collect blood donations in the DMV area, in exchange for Redskins-Cardinals tickets this Sunday.

There are two opportunities to donate, so there’s really no excuse not to give.

Especially when you’re so generously compensated.

Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011

Columbia Gym

6151 Day Long Lane

Clarksville, Md. 21029

Noon-7 p.m.

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Redskins Get Nods On All-Division Team

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 14, 2011 – 4:09 pm

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For Week 2 of the regular season, ESPN’s NFC East blogger Dan Graziano compiled his all-division team.

Last week, I was critical of a few selections, particularly of Mike Sellers as the top fullback in the division when he went on to be deactivated for Sunday’s game.

This week, the Redskins secured six awards, up one from last week.  Graziano notes that the criteria for this week is based strictly on a player’s performance in Week 1:

Fullback: Darrel Young, Redskins (Mike Sellers)

Left guard: Kory Lichtensteiger, Redskins (David Diehl)

Outside linebacker: DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys, Ryan Kerrigan, Redskins (Ware, Brian Orakpo)

Punter: Sav Rocca, Redskins (Steve Weatherford)

Kick returner: Brandon Banks, Redskins (Banks)

Punt returner: Brandon Banks, Redskins (Dez Bryant)

Not a bad list for the boys in Burgundy and Gold. Read more »

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Tight End Tights Wednesday

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 14, 2011 – 3:20 pm

We can now expect “Tight End Tights Wednesday” to be a weekly occurrence at practice throughout the season.

Chris Cooley initiated the idea, and Logan Paulsen pitched his idea for “No F-Ups Wedneday.”  Essentially, perfect Wednesdays will now be accompanied by the perfect choice of clothing.

When asked how macho tights are on the gridiron, Cooley replied, “It takes a real man to wear tights.”

Fred Davis added, “Peter Pan wore tights.”

Yes he did, and we all know that Peter Pan is a model of masculinity.

Cooley reported the he would like for the rest of the Redskins offense, and eventually the team, to join in the trend.

Sadly, Mike Sellers refused to join the trend, despite auditioning throughout the preseason as a member of the tight end crew.  When asked why he bucked the latest Redskins fashion statement, he said, “I’m not a tight end.”

He’ll come around soon enough.

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Notes From Wednesday’s Practice

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 14, 2011 – 2:32 pm

Now that tight end Chris Cooley can participate in practice again, he has initiated “Tight End Tights Day.”  It’s a very literal title, and involved Logan Paulen, Fred Davis and Cooley wearing burgundy tights:

Cooley made the announcement, and it was unclear if it will be a weekly tradition, but I will keep you posted. Read more »

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Triple-A’s Magic Flax Seed Oil

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 14, 2011 – 2:05 pm

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Yesterday’s poll suggested that 65 percent of you would take Brandon Banks in a footrace against Anthony Armstrong or anyone else on the team.

But the debate rages on in the Redskins locker room.

Yesterday, Banks re-asserted his status of fastest.  Unless he’s racing his sister?

Rookie receiver threw his hat in the ring for fastest on the team…in hurdles:

But was quickly shut down:

Today, Armstrong revealed the secret ingredient to his speed: flax seed oil. Read more »

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Official Redskins Blog Unofficial Fan Of The Week

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 14, 2011 – 1:00 pm

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It took a while to find the next qualified recipient, but this lady has been a fan harder and longer than most of us have been alive.

Meet 87-year-old Mary Holt of North Arlington, via Charlie Clark of the Falls Church News-Press.

Clark’s piece–although tragically lacking in photographs–takes readers inside the Burgundy and Gold obsession of the octogenarian and her loving husband who puts up with her fandom.

First he describes her “woman cave”:

Mrs. Holt’s phantasmargoric gallery of burgundy and gold gathers some 1,500 team knickknacks ranging from napkin holders to clocks to team photos to Redskins Wheaties cereal boxes. The middle-brow collectibles cascade from every inch of her “woman cave” – a spare room with an organ, an easy chair and a large TV where you find her unbudging every game day.

The variety of objects overwhelms the visitor: A Redskins Tiffany-like lamp, Redskins message-holders, Redskins….. sweatshirts, pompons, book covers, dolls, beer mugs, helmets (real and toy), mini-airplanes, tissue dispensers, a flag, napkins, towels, gloves, birthday cards, earrings, footballs, stuffed hogs, cup warmers, light switch covers, scarves, shot glasses, coffee mugs, Christmas stockings and ornaments, puppets, brooches, bedroom slippers, a broom. Holt can locate any one in a flash.

The best part of the entire story is that her husband is hardly a fan at all.  But as adoring spouses have done over the years, he accepts her team as part of her: Read more »

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¡Viva Los Redskins!

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 14, 2011 – 12:28 pm

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In honor of “Redskins Hispanic Heritage Week,” the Washington Redskins announced their plans to celebrate the passion and contribution of the team’s Hispanic fans.  Celebrations will take place throughout the week and will culminate with the Redskins facing the Cardinals on Sunday, Sept. 18 at FedExField.

Part of celebration this week is the partnership with Univision Interactive Media, which has led to the launch of the new and improved “Redskins en Español” Web site, which is filled with Spanish-language information about the Redskins.

Loosely translated, the site has all of the features of the English Redskins.com, including news, photos, videos, cheerleaders, and NFL 101.

The Redskins Cheerleaders page needs no translation.  It has a certain universal quality to it. Read more »

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