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Redskins Hold Steady In All-Division Team

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 30, 2011 – 4:24 pm

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For Week 4 of the regular season, ESPN’s NFC East blogger Dan Graziano compiled his all-division team.

It’s difficult to pick up accolades in a loss, but Redskins fans should find consolation in the fact that they didn’t lose any spots this week either.

Once again securing eight of the 27 awards, Graziano didn’t have a knee-jerk reaction to a down week for the team, basing his rankings on the overall season picture.

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

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, Fletcher)

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

Punter: Sav Rocca, Redskins (Rocca)

Kick returner: Brandon Banks, Redskins (Banks)

Punt returner: Brandon Banks, Redskins (Banks)

It’s interesting that Darrel Young didn’t play last week (deactivated, hamstring), and still held onto his spot as the division’s top fullback.  That shows that, when healthy, he’s the undisputed top lead back.

As far as punters, Sav Rocca brings the Down Under Thunder, leading the league in precision punting inside the 20.  Distance per punt is overrated, and Rocca is giving the defense a big boost by pinning the other team back deep.

Graziano was complimentary of the Redskins line, which has held their own so far against three tough front-sevens:

No changes on the offensive line, though I took a long look at Washington center Will Montgomery and Eagles left guard Evan Mathis. The Redskins’ offensive line really is playing well, and I thought it held strong for most of the night under very difficult circumstances against Ware and his buddies in Dallas.

Graziano also mentioned cornerback Josh Wilson as a possibility, after he had a great week in Dallas.  I suspect that if safety LaRon Landry continues to return to form over the next few weeks, he’ll be a consideration for a top safety spot as well.

Lots to look forward to for Redskins fans, as long as players stay healthy and play up to their potential.

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Redskins Park On Spirit Friday

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 30, 2011 – 3:27 pm

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It is Friday, and in the NFL, that means the last business day before gameday.  It also means that everyone at Redskins Park is wearing the shirts (shown above), which say “Beat St. Louis,” and “Fight For Old DC” on the back.

Once again, intern Christopher Mudd does a tremendous job of modelling the shirt; so much so that he can have tomorrow off.

Hopefully you’re sporting something Burgundy and Gold in your at-work attire on this most casual of Fridays.

The Redskins players were greeted by the Redskins staff, once again cheering them on to victory in St. Louis.  The locker room was really buzzing after practice, and the players seem ready for the Rams:

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DeJon Gomes And His Sugar Glider, Ralph

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 30, 2011 – 2:16 pm

Redskins safety DeJon Gomes considers himself an animal person, but “never had any pets, because my mom is scared of all of them.”

He had frogs when he was younger, but they died.  He had a beta fish once, but it died.

“I had a Beared Dragon, but it passed away while I was on vacation because my mom wouldn’t feed it.”

Sounds like Mom is serious about not liking pets.

But now that he’s on his own in northern Virginia, Gomes needed a furry companion.  But forget Whiskers and Fido–he went out and got a Sugar Glider.

“It’s a marsupial, and it’s similar to a flying squirrel,” he said.  “I just got him last week, because they were selling them in the mall.”

Via his Twitter, here’s a picture of the proud papa and “Ralph”:

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Haslett Gets His Rams Rematch

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 30, 2011 – 1:47 pm

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When the Redskins travel to St. Louis this weekend, it will be a familiar destination for former Rams head coach Jim Haslett, who coached there from 2006-08.

Last year, he had a chance to win a personal victory over his former employer, but the Redskins fell 16-30.

This weekend will be revenge game, take two.

For the record, last year’s defeat in St. Louis didn’t annoy Haslett because it was against the Rams.  It made him mad, because the Redskins lost.

“We didn’t play well up there,” he said bluntly.  “We didn’t play well in any facet and we had guys hurt before the game, blocked punts, missed assignments and missed tackles. It was the whole gamut. Our guys are pretty focused and we’ll go out there and play well.”

Despite an 0-3 Rams team, Haslett knows from personal experience what can happen when you take the Rams for granted.  In his first game as the head coach of the Rams in 2008, his 0-4 Rams knocked off the 4-1 Redskins, 19-17, at FedExField.

“I think they are a pretty good football team,” he said.  “The quarterback, I think, is excellent. I know Steven [Jackson] and the running backs, they upgraded with Cadillac [Williams] and they have [Jerious] Norwood. They have three [running backs] as good as anybody in the league. Their receivers are solid players [and they have] athletic tight ends. [They have] a lot of first round picks and a lot of money in the offensive line and they’ve done a good job. I think they’re just a team waiting to break loose and hopefully not this week.”

One element that will be different from last year’s game, is new Rams offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.  Although they haven’t put it together yet, his is the scheme that worked so well with the Patriots in 2007.

“They are a totally different offense,” Haslett said.  “They have a great scheme and they do a lot of things differently. They change from week-to-week so you have to be up on it and be ready to adjust to whatever they are going to give you. I think the scheme’s excellent. I think they have all of the makings to be a really good offense.”

To hear more about Haslett’s preparation, check out the video below: Read more »

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Redskins Running Short On Hamstrings

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 30, 2011 – 11:48 am

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The Redskins have come out of a shortened offseason in surprisingly good shape, and relatively *knock on wood* injury-free.  But sometimes the worst injuries are the “nagging” ones, and moody hamstrings have been a concern for the Redskins this week.

Yesterday, head coach Mike Shanahan reported that receiver Anthony Armstrong, fullback Darrel Young, and safety DeJon Gomes were all limited, but didn’t think conditioning was an issue.

“Y’know, I don’t think so,” he said.  “Anthony’s in good shape, he just kind of pulled it on one of the routes. I don’t know with DeJon, what happened with him. We had Darrel do some practicing on Thursday, so you really don’t know. Maybe they’re a little tight, not quite loose enough. We’re going to make sure they get a good stretch, because we can’t afford to have any more pulls, that’s for sure.”

Going into the last game before the bye week allows coaches to rest players that aren’t quite healed.  But don’t expect that to mean that Shanahan will push for injured players to go if they aren’t ready.

“No, it’s like every other week,” he said.  “I mean, if they can go, they can go.  If they can’t…you just don’t know.  Some guys heal a little bit quicker than others.”

Players have practice today and walk-through tomorrow to show that they’re ready for Sunday.

Check out more Shanahan comments below: Read more »

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Epic Rams’ Fan-Instruction Video

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 30, 2011 – 11:36 am

Our friends over at Hogs Haven spied a “fan instruction video” from the St. Louis Rams Web site.  I likely would not have posted it, but because there are Redskins ties in the video, I feel compelled.

I’ll be honest with you, I’m not really sure what to make of this, so I’ll let you decide:

To give credit where it’s due, the “12th Ram” and “dome-field advantage” are pretty creative.

Here’s where I’m a little confused (and amused): Read more »

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Hail! Finds The Essence Of Chris Neild

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 30, 2011 – 10:02 am

What do you call a 320-pound lineman?  In my experience, whatever he wants.

In the case of rookie nose tackle Chris Neild, he prefers the nickname “Truck,” a name that he was given in sixth grade.  His Twitter name (@TruckNeild) even reflects it.

Given his stature and impressive play so far, I’d say that this week’s edition of Ben Ceccarelli’s Hail! comic pretty much nails the essence of Neild:

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