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Offense Benefits From 3-4 Defense

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 17, 2011 – 4:00 pm

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As teams in the league move more and move to base 3-4 defenses, the Redskins offense has benefited from seeing it everyday in practice.

After going up against the Giants 4-3 scheme last week, head coach Mike Shanahan said his offense was more comfortable going up against the Cardinals 3-4 this week.

“Any time you go against a 3-4 team, you go all the way through your reps in practice and that helps,” he said. :It’s just the opposite when you play a four-man front. It always helps when you’re going against the type of defense that you’re seeing on a daily basis.”

That unfamiliarity could have contributed to some breakdowns in run and pass blocking last week.

Tomorrow will tell if those issues have been resolved.

Check out the full Shanahan presser below: Read more »

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Jim Haslett Game-Plans For Fitzy

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 17, 2011 – 2:00 pm

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Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald has been one of the most consistent performers in the league in recent years, and certainly commands the respect of an opposing defense.

Redskins defensive coordinator respects the ability of Fitzgerald, but isn’t going to be lulled to sleep by the rest of the Cardinals offense.

“Their whole offense is electrifying to be honest with you,” he said about Fitgerald.  “I think [Kevin] Kolb’s done an excellent job. [Larry] Fitzgerald is a good receiver and they have great receivers. They upgraded at tight end and they have good running backs so this will be a great challenge for us because they do a lot of different things. They’re stressful in all of the different combinations they have, but we’re looking forward to it.”

That’s been a familiar sentiment with the Redskins secondary too.  There’s no quit in this group, and they intend to rise to the challenge.

Here’s the rest of Haslett’s press conference: Read more »

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Graham Gano Ready To Make Amends

Posted by Christopher Mudd on September 17, 2011 – 12:00 pm

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Down 7-0 in the first quarter kicker Graham Gano was given the first opportunity to put points on the board for Washington.

With 4:39 left in the first quarter, Gano took a deep breath, measured his shot, called for the snap, and booted the ball from the Giants 29-yard line.

The snap was good, the hold was good, and the kick was…just wide.

“It seemed like it came off my foot well, but then when I looked up it just barely missed right,” Gano said.

In the preseason Gano was perfect, hitting all 10 of his attempts. His miss from 39 yards out against the Giants, was his only attempt of the game.

Gano was able to watch game tape and analyze what happened. Read more »

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Redskins-Cardinals: A Photographic Tribute

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 17, 2011 – 10:00 am

Another week and another matchup between two storied franchises.  The Redskins game against the Cardinals will be the 120th matchup between the two franchises, stretching back to 1932.  The Redskins hold a 73-44-2 series advantage.

Here’s a look back at past battles, in terms of photographs:

Redskin quarterback Sammy Baugh threw one deep against the Cardinals blitz, on Dec. 9, 1951. This picture was taken in the first quarter against the then Chicago as Chicago Cardinals, as Cardinals Bob Dove (42) dives at him. Also rushing 37-year-old Baugh are Cardinal tackle Lloyd McDermott (64) and tackle Lou Ferry (82). In foreground is Washington end Jim Peebles. Baugh connected on seven of 13 tosses, leading the Redskins to victory, 20-17.  Read more »

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