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Shanahan Not Buying Into The Hype

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 4, 2011 – 4:35 pm

The role of the media in sports is to capture the essence of the team.  If a team is doing well and winning, the media will focus on why they’re finding success.  If the team is doing poorly and losing, then the media will focus on the negatives.

Regardless of what they’re saying, though, Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan doesn’t want his players buying into it.

“This is a game-by-game league,” he explained.  “You’re saying we arrived on defense — it takes one game for it to go the opposite way very quickly.  It does the same thing on offense.  Our guys are smart enough to understand what happens in this league. I try to tell our guys, ‘Don’t pay attention about what anybody says. Understand that we’ve got to do it each and every week, and you’ve got to find a way to win. You’ve got to find a way to be at the best at what you do.’ And at the end of the season, we’ll decide on what type of team we have.”

This is a team that has found success so far, by staying in the moment and focusing on each opponent as they come.  If the team can come back refreshed from the bye week and plug in for the next 12 weeks, then this team could live up to its potential.

“The one goal that I tell our players and our coaches is that you have got to take it day-by-day,” he said.  “Once you start listening to how good you are or how great the defense is doing or how poorly an offense is doing week-by-week, it’s easy to get lulled into a trap. Don’t get lulled into a trap. Just concentrate on the job at hand.  Try to find a way to win and get better every day. Don’t listen to people that are negative. Believe in yourself and just keep on working and if you do that, then you’ve got a chance.”

For the rest of Shanahan’s wisdom, check out the video after the jump: Read more »

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Team + Torain Taking It To The House

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 4, 2011 – 3:12 pm

Any time an offense successfully executes a big gain on the ground, it’s the product of any combination of three things:

1. Great blocking by the offense

2. The defense out of position

3. Great individual effort.

Midway through the second quarter of Sunday’s game, Ryan Torain was brought in the game as the Redskins third option at running back.  His first play of the season was a rush through the line for seven yards.  His second run was a 20 yard scamper to paydirt (pictured above).  Let’s break down what happened on the play.

The play kicks off with great blocking at the line of scrimmage.  The line shifts to the left on the handoff, while quarterback Rex Grossman rolls back to the right.  Running back Ryan Torain runs to the numbers and looks for his cutback lane.

He finds a huge hole between left guard Kory Lichtensteiger and Trent Williams/Chris Cooley, who have sealed off the edge.  To be fair, Lichtensteiger vs. Ben Leber (LB) and Williams vs. Quintin Mikell (S) is no one’s idea of a fair fight, but these are the opportunities to take advantage of on offense.

Torain is able to cut into the open field, which is when he becomes most dangerous.  Kudos to the blocking scheme and execution on the line for clearing the way to the next level. Read more »

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A Win Is Always Good; A Loss Always Bad

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 4, 2011 – 1:57 pm

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Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo said it best when he addressed the media on Sunday, saying, “we’re not into moral victories.”  A loss is a loss, and there are no asterisks to go alongside it.

But the flip side of that discussion is that there is never a need to apologize for a victory.  Winning is hard enough in the NFL, and the teams that find a way to win, find themselves where they want to be at the end of the season.

Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman has been on both sides of this equation in his NFL career, and wasn’t about to regret a win on Sunday.

“When you get a victory, you’ve got to appreciate the things that you did that got you those 17 points,” he said.  “It was frustrating that we couldn’t finish [drives], but we did a lot of good things in this game.”

Overall, the Redskins are in a good place going into the bye this afternoon, but Grossman doesn’t even believe that we’ve seen the best Redskins football yet.

“I think we’re playing OK,” he said.  “We can improve and we will improve. We’re 3-1. We’ve got a chance to rest a little bit and play a big game against the Eagles.”

Check out his full comments below: Read more »

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Kerrigan Up For Rookie Of The Week

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 4, 2011 – 12:53 pm

Already once considered for the NFL Pepsi Rookie of the Week for his Week 1 domination of the Giants, outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan has again opened some eyes for his Week 4 numbers against the Rams.

The NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Month brought the heat on a game-changing edge rush in the second quarter, tallying the sack and forced fumble.  The Barry Cofield recovery set up a Redskins touchdown three plays later, and helped the team jump out to any early lead.

Kerrigan finished the day with six tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in the Redskins’ 17-10 victory over the St. Louis Rams.

The responsibility now falls to you to ensure that he earns the distinction as NFL Pepsi Rookie of the Week, but voting ends on Friday at noon ET.  The winner will be announced Friday on NFL Total Access on NFL Network and on NFL.com.

I asked your boss, and he said it’s okay to spend company time voting as many times as possible.


Here is the pool of rookie candidates:

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Torain Nominated For Player Of The Week

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 4, 2011 – 11:39 am

Going into Sunday’s matchup with the Rams, Ryan Torain had no stats on the season, and was the team’s third option in the running game.  Torain played for only the last 37 minutes of the game, but piled up 135 yard on 19 carries and a touchdown.

This morning he was honored with a nomination for the FedEx Ground Player of the Week.

Fans can vote for one player in each category on NFL.com/FedEx from 9 a.m. EST on Tuesday through 3 p.m. EST on Friday to determine the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week. The winners will be announced Friday on NFL Total Access on NFL Network and on NFL.com.

Vote as many times as possible between now and Friday.  Include the link on the signature of your email.  Blast out company-wide emails with the link.  Teach your grandma how to use the Internet, but don’t tell her about any other sites.

Just don’t forget to vote yourself.

Here are the other nominees, saving best for last:

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Redskins Players Having A Green Competition

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 4, 2011 – 9:00 am

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While most fans are concerned with the success of the Burgundy and Gold, some of the non-football disciples have been lured to Redskins Nation by another color: Green.

Green energy, to be more specific.

With all of the self-sustaining energy initiatives that the Redskins have embarked on with NRG and its subsidiaries, the organization has understandably drawn some more globally-minded interest.

Our friends over at energyNOW! have put together a really interesting video that highlights the efforts that the Redskins (and other less important teams) have made towards a greener NFL.  Part of their interview process was to look at various members of the Redskins team and the individuals efforts that they’re making towards renewable resources as well.

Redskins linebacker Lorenzo Alexander has a gas-guzzling SUV, paired with a Honda Prius.

I think I just allow people to see that it is okay to go across the grain. You know, NFL player riding in a small Prius. It’s not the norm.

Uh, not really, no.

But Alexander was called out later in the video by fellow Redskins defender, Oshiomogho Atogwe.

Yeah, his idea of “going green” is eating spinach or something like that. Them [Cal] Bears have absolutely no idea what it means to go green.

Check out how Alexander responds to such reckless allegations below: Read more »

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