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Redskins Earn More All-Division Selections

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 21, 2011 – 6:48 pm

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For Week 3 of the regular season, ESPN’s NFC East blogger Dan Graziano compiled his all-division team.

Ironically, as the Redskins continue to win with team efforts, individuals continue to pick up accolades.

This week, the Redskins secured eight of the 27 awards, up two from last week and three from the start of the season.  Graziano notes that the best-of-the-best are starting to come into focus as we get further into the season.

Here are the Redskins recognized in this week’s edition:

Fullback: Darrel Young, Redskins (Young)

Left guard: Kory Lichtensteiger, Redskins (Lichtensteiger)

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

Inside linebacker: Sean Lee, Cowboys; London Fletcher, Redskins (Lee, Greg Jones)

Safety: Kenny Phillips, Giants; O.J. Atogwe, Redskins (Phillips, Jarrad Page)

Punter: Sav Rocca, Redskins (Rocca)

Kick returner: Brandon Banks, Redskins (Banks)

Punt returner: Brandon Banks, Redskins (Banks) Read more »

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Shanahan Admires Bowen’s Focus

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 21, 2011 – 5:47 pm

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Today’s post-practice press conference was full of distractions, including four planes flying over, two golf carts driving by, and wide receiver Donte Stallworth belting out his rendition of whatever was on his iPod.

Just another day at Redskins Park.

This Monday’s matchup against the Cowboys has a lot of emotion riding on it, especially for new Redskins defensive end Stephen Bowen.  Bowen was a valuable member of the Cowboys defense for the last five years before coming to Washington, and has worked extremely hard in the last two months to adjust to the Redskins defense.

But he has done all of this while mourning the loss of one of his infant twins, and making frequent visits to see his son in the hospital.

“You’re talking about somebody who is mentally tough,” head coach Mike Shanahan said of Bowen.  “He’s so tight with his family and cares so much about his family. For him to be able to do what he’s doing about it is just amazing in itself. I take my hat off to him and it sounds like the baby is doing well and should be back maybe Friday. I know that means a lot to him like it does the rest of the team.”

The fact that he has so far lived up to his billing on the gridiron, has not been lost on his head coach:

“He’s done a great job for us,” Shanahan said.  “He’s a pro. He’s a student of the game and he works every day. He’s accountable and he’s what we were hoping for.”

Catch more Shanahan wisdom after the jump: Read more »

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Flutie Remembers Playoffs Vs. Redskins

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 21, 2011 – 3:31 pm

Former NFL quarterback and all-around good guy Doug Flutie was at FedExField on Sunday to participate in the NRG Solar Bowl.

Over the course of his 21 seasons in professional football, he played for eight different teams (Patriots twice) across three different professional leagues.  But his NFL career began in Chicago, and his fourth NFL game was against the Redskins in the 1986 playoffs.

The game made an impression on Flutie.

“My worst memory was when I was with the Bears in the playoffs and we got beat by the Redskins,” he said.  “It was my best opportunity [for a championship], I thought, because we had a heck of a defense in Chicago.”

Flutie, was signed in December to replace an injured Jim McMahon, and guided the World Champions to a 14-2 record.  On Jan. 3, 1987, his Bears hosted the Redskins, and Flutie had a painful day.

Final stat line: 11-for-31, 134 yards, TD, 2 INTS, fumble.

“The only problem was I had just been there about four or five weeks and didn’t really know the system that great,” he said.  “I was there a short while, became a starter, and I just wish I had been more comfortable going into the system at that point. When it came down to it, threw a touchdown pass and we were going down for the lead. We were down by maybe four or something, and Walter Payton fumbled inside the 10.”

How often did Payton fumble? Read more »

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Gomes Dedicates Season To Fallen Friend

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 21, 2011 – 2:16 pm

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As a freshman at the City College of San Francisco, Redskins safety DeJon Gomes was a star defender and helped lead the squad to a victory in the Junior College National Championships.

One of his teammates and close friends on the Rams, was a running back David “Doom” Henderson, a bright high school football star who rushed for over 5,600 yards in high school.  Like Gomes, coming out of the Bay area, he too had NFL aspirations.

“He always had a smile on his face,” Gomes remembered, sitting at his locker.  “He was a guy who was always ready to go out for practice, and have fun doing it.”

Even after Gomes transferred to Nebraska for his junior season, he remained close with Henderson, right through the day that he joined the Redskins.

But less than a month later, Henderson’s life was cut tragically short, by a shooting in his neighborhood in San Francisco.  After making the team earlier this month, Gomes responded by dedicating his rookie season to the life and memory of his fallen friend.

“Really, in his community, he didn’t have too many people that didn’t like him,” Gomes said quietly.  “Of course, there’s haters everywhere, and I guess the haters got the best of him in the end.  I just want to go out there and play in his memory.”

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Madden: Redskins Top O-Line For Week 2

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 21, 2011 – 10:45 am

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In the interest of full-disclosure, this press release comes from a Prilosec OTC-sponsored John Madden.  With that being said, it’s still pretty cool for the offensive line to be recognized:

CINCINNATI, OH (September 21, 2011) – Aided by powerful pass protection and dependable run blocking, the WASHINGTON REDSKINS overcame an eight point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Arizona Cardinals 22-21. The Redskins offensive line now joins an emerging list of contenders for the 3rd annual Madden Protectors Award, presented by Prilosec OTC. This award honors the NFL’s best offensive line and will be presented during the week of Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis. Past Madden Protectors Award recipients include the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (2010) and the NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (2009).

The Madden Protectors Award recognizes the fundamental role offensive linemen play in their teams’ success by providing consistent and powerful protection day in and day out.

With the victory, the Washington Redskins, amassed a total of 455 yards on Sunday, and certainly opened a few eyes in the NFC East with their inspired 2-0 start. The Redskins offensive line was solid throughout the game Sunday, allowing only one sack and providing quarterback REX GROSSMAN (Florida) the protection to complete 25 of 43 passes for 283 yards and two touchdowns. On the ground, running backs TIM HIGHTOWER (Richmond) and RAY HELU (Nebraska) combined for a total 170 yards. The Redskins rank among the Top-Five in yards per carry and among the Top-10 in passing yards per game.

After trailing the Arizona Cardinals by eight points with less than 11 minutes to play in the fourth quarter, Rex Grossman led the Redskins on a five and a half minute scoring drive converting three third downs and one fourth down along the way. On 4th and 3 Grossman converted with SANTANA MOSS (Miami, FL) for an 18-yard touchdown with 5:18 to play. After a failed two-point conversion and still trailing by two points, GRAHAM GANO (Florida State) was able to seal the victory with a 34-yard field goal with only 1:45 minutes to play. Starting in the trenches on Sunday for the Redskins were tackles JAMMAL BROWN (Oklahoma) and TRENT WILLIAMS (Oklahoma); guards CHRIS CHESTER (Oklahoma) and KORY LICHTENSTEIGER (Bowling Green); and center WILL MONTGOMEREY (Virginia Tech). In his second season with the Redskins, CHRIS FOERSTER serves as the Offensive Line coach.

The best part of the press release is the quote by the football video game guru himself, Hall Of Fame Coach John Madden:

“Washington’s offensive line did a great job protecting Rex Grossman and setting up a balanced offensive attack.”

Thanks, coach.

This is an award that’s been given out by Madden and Prilosec-OTC for three years now, both on a weekly and annual basis.  Now that it’s lunch time and perhaps you have heartburn, you can go to Madden’s endorsement page.

And of course, thank you for choosing the Official Redskins Blog for your heartburn remedies.

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McIntosh Has Top-Rated New Show

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 21, 2011 – 10:15 am

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Redskins fans have seen Rocky McIntosh at outside linebacker, inside linebacker, and now finally as a top news correspondent.


McIntosh’s new online show “52 Seconds with Rocky McIntosh,” is a creation of the NFL Players Association School of The Legends website.  After it’s first week, his show was ranked No. 1 of the 64 player correspondents.

Among the topics that he discusses in last week’s video, is the joy of beating the Giants (a first, for him), the keys to the Cardinals game, and the faith that he has in “Sexy Rexy.”  Probably the more relevant aspect of the interview at this point is his look at Graham Gano’s locker.

There’s nothing like surprising a teammate with a camera crew to rummage through his things.

The other side of this project is the former player correspondent, Redskins safety Vernon Fox.  Fox was a member of the Redskins from 2006-07, and interviewed former teammate Reed Doughty in this week’s segment.

Doughty talks about how in his six years in Washington, he’s played for three head coaches and defensive coordinators, and 17 different safeties.  He attributed his longevity with the team to “dependability, accountability, and durability.”

“I’ve been versatile, playing defense, special teams, dime, free safety, strong safety–really, whatever they need,” he said. I’ve just taken the opportunity, where if there’s a job that I can learn on the back end of the defense, I’ll learn it. Just in case there’s somebody that needs to step in at gametime, they can count on me.”

He said that his favorite memory with the Redskins was the game after Sean Taylor’s tragic passing, in which the defense took the field with only 10 players, pointing towards the sky. Read more »

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