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Redskins: No Rest For The Eager

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 11, 2011 – 4:53 pm

This isn’t a team that soaks up the down-time.

After the Week 1 victory over the Giants, the players declined a Victory Monday.  Every Tuesday morning–a league-wide day off–has seen many players show up to watch tape and lift weights.

At this afternoon’s All-Star Survivor Celebration, safety Reed Doughty was in the building to support his “Team Captain” wife.  He looked oddly out of place in a sea of pink-clad ladies, and seemed to be itching for something to do.

“They better give me something to do quick,” he said with a smile, “or I’m gonna go eat and watch film.

Last week when head coach Mike Shanahan told his team that they would have five days off, there wasn’t the roar of applause that might occur in your average office building.

The players know they are on a roll right now, and they want to keep it that way.

“I feel good,” said cornerback DeAngelo Hall after yesterday’s first practice back.  “I kinda wish we didn’t have as much time off as we had.  I think a lot of the guys were a little bit tired out there today, a little rusty, but we’ll work ourselves back into the shape we need.  Coach gave us conditioning after practice today too, to wake the legs up a little bit.  We feel pretty good though.”

After a good start to the season, there are still 12 weeks to go, and this team isn’t resting on anything yet.

Check out Hall’s full interview below: Read more »

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Redskins All-Star Survivors Celebration

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 11, 2011 – 4:09 pm

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This afternoon was the fourth annual All-Star Survivor Celebration at Redskins Park, which welcomed women that are currently battling breast cancer to come share in an afternoon of luxury.

Redskins tight end Chris Cooley and his wife Christy, were joined by Tanya Snyder, wife of Redskins owner Dan Snyder, to host the event.  Tanya Snyder is a breast cancer survivor herself, having been diagnosed and treated in 2008.  For obvious reasons, this event means a great deal to her.

“Today is about having fun and being inspired, and knowing that it’s going to be okay–hang in there,” she said. “A lot of these women, they have kids at home, they have a lot to fight for, and it is tough.  It is tough to go through what they’re going through, and for them to have an enjoyable day, and even a life-changing day, we want to lift them up and get them through this hardship.” Read more »

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Haslett Goes X’s and O’s On Orakpo

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 11, 2011 – 3:02 pm

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On a recent edition of FOX Sports’ Brian Billick’s “Coach Speak,” Billick sat down with Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett to discuss the success of linebacker Brian Orakpo.

Billick has had a lot of success with the 3-4 defensive end/linebacker hybrid, coaching Terrell Suggs for five years in Baltimore.  His conversation with Haslett had to do with Orakpo’s success in making the switch as well.

“We don’t make it real tough on, because obviously what he does best is rush the passer,” Haslett said.  “But when he does drop, we make it simple.”

Orakpo burst onto the scene in 2009 as a defensive end in the Redskins 4-3 defensive scheme, but had a minor sophomore statistical slump as he adjusted to Haslett’s 3-4 last year.  In 2011, he’s been a backfield terror, already amassing 11 tackles, 3.5 sacks, nine quarterback pressures, and two forced fumbles.

That part’s easy.  Haslett explains how he’s been able to adjust to coverage.

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Redskins Teammates Becoming Family

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 11, 2011 – 11:46 am

The image of the selfish athlete in Washington D.C. is quickly going the way of the Dodo bird, dinosaur (sadly), and mullet (thankfully).

With nearly one-third of his teammates in attendance last night, Chris Cooley hosted his most successful “Cooley’s for the Cure” rally last night.  It wasn’t a matter of guilt or harassment that caused players and their families to show up, however.  They really just wanted to be there for their teammate.

“It really shows you the character of this team,” said linebacker Lorenzo Alexander.  “We’ve had great character guys each year that I’ve been here, but it just continues to get passed down to each new class or generation that comes through the Redskins.”

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Huge Support For ‘Cooley’s For Cure’ Rally

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 11, 2011 – 10:22 am

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Last night’s 3rd annual “Cooley’s for the Cure” event at Clyde’s in Ashburn, was a really fantastic evening of hope, celebration, and amateur auctioneers that moonlight as professional football players.

The night kicked off around 7 p.m. with food and drinks, and the atmosphere buzzed as more and more Redskins players came out in support of Chris Cooley and his family.  All told, about 20 players showed up, and spent time schmoozing with fans, taking pictures and signing autographs: Read more »

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