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Players Analyze Their Own Fantasy Value

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 13, 2011 – 6:10 pm

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Both Anthony Armstrong and Tim Hightower have been banged up in recent weeks, hurting their value on offense.

But for the loyal members of Redskins Nation that drafted each player to their fantasy football teams, their injuries hurt doubly.

Armstrong was asked during his weekly locker room address, if fantasy owners would be wise to give him the start.

“If I was on my own fantasy team, hell yeah I’d start me!” he said.  “Why wouldn’t you start yourself?”

Fair point.

Hightower later discussed his topsy-turvy fantasy value under Shanahan’s three-back system, with the folks at the NFL Network’s Fantasy Live.  As a non-football-fantasizer, Hightower wasn’t aware of how much people care about an individual’s stats.

“It’s almost as if people, y’know, they really could care less about wins and losses, they need more fantasy points,” he said, shaking his head.  “You could have a horrible game and lose by 30 points but score you 2 or 3 touchdowns and rush for 100 yards, you just made their day.”

Hightower has let it be known that he’s a team-first guy who just wants to win.  He enjoys interacting with fans, but it can get a little out of hand too. Read more »

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Landry Ranks Among NFL’s Meanest

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 13, 2011 – 4:43 pm

A recent poll of 287 NFL players by revealed the top 15 Meanest Players in the NFL.  Unsurprisingly, LaRon Landry, the Redskins enforcer in the secondary, got some appreciation at No. 9 on the list.

Last year, before being injured, Landry racked up a team-leading 101 tackles in only nine games, including a sack and six tackles for a loss.  This season, in only two games, Landry has already wreaked havoc, with 14 tackles and a forced fumble.

Just ask Cowboys receiver Laurent Robinson how mean Landry can be: Read more »

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Chris Cooley Finally Having Fun At Work

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 13, 2011 – 3:50 pm

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Redskins tight end Chris Cooley has a reputation for being a blue-collar, fun-loving guy both on and off the field.  While many players and coaches had referenced the change in attitude around the team this year, Cooley noted on the’s Rich Eisen Podcast that this is the first time that he hasn’t had to conjure up his kick in the pants.

“It’s the first time since I’ve been here, that I like coming to work, that I enjoy the environment,” he said candidly.  ” I don’t have to make ‘fun’ up, it just ends up being crazy.”

That’s a pretty powerful statement for a guy that has had a lot of success and fun with the team over his seven-plus years with the club.

“I get to the Redskins facility at about 6:30, and I leave about 6 [p.m.].  I do a lot of studying, I spend a lot of time in meetings taking notes, and it’s a work day,” he explained.  “But, with that being said, I actually enjoy it.  I enjoy the time with our staff, I enjoy spending time with the guys.”

Cooley attributed the early success of the team this year, to offseason additions and coaching scheme.  Currently sitting at first place in the NFC East, Cooley was asked in the locker room yesterday about what it takes to make this team into a winner.

“The sense for me of what a division title would be, and the sense for me about what a great playoff team would be coming from guys around here that have done it,” he said.  “It comes from talking to Joe Theismann, it comes from talking to guys like Gary Clark–Joe Gibbs was a part of it. I’m aware of what it could be like, but I just don’t know what it will feel like, and I’m excited for that.”

Even more than his own personal goals, he understands what it would mean to the loyal residents of Redskins Nation.

“I’m excited for our fan base,” he said.  “Y’know, I’ve been here long enough that I’m a fan, and I know how the people here feel, and we want to make them happy. We want them to support us, but we want to win football games. I couldn’t imagine anything better as a player to feel the excitement that we would if we win some more games.”

Check out the rest of his interview below: Read more »

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All’s Quiet On ESPN’s All-Division Team

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 13, 2011 – 1:41 pm

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Every week, we take a look at ESPN NFC East blogger Dan Graziano’s picks for the NFC East All-Division Team.  These honors mean very little in Week 6 (and truthfully very little at the end of the season), but it’s nice to hear how the Redskins match up against their divisional counterparts.

After not playing last week, the Redskins held steady in this week’s version of the team, holding on to six of 27 players: Read more »

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Both Teams Calling Sunday A Must-Win

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 13, 2011 – 12:51 pm

One of the strangest concepts in all of sports, is the fabled “must-win.”  Does this mean that there are also “must-lose” or “relative indifference” games?

A classic must-win, is when a team has their backs to the wall, much like the Philadelphia Eagles do this week.  Losing four straight after an opening weekend win, their “Dream Team” has soured into a nightmare of questions and finger-pointing.

No one in Philly wants to openly call this a must-win, but it’s becoming pretty obvious.

“You don’t come out one week and say ‘Okay, well, this game is a must-win,’” Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha told the media yesterday.  “Well, what was last week? Every game is treated like a must-win. Every game is treated equally.”

He continued: “I think every game gets more important as the year goes. So obviously this is the most important game of the season. The season is not on the line but this is the absolute most important game of the season.”

For those of you following at home, they don’t say it is a must-win, but it is, but it’s not…but it really is. Read more »

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Glory Years A Product Of Team Stability

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 13, 2011 – 10:48 am

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After a fortuitous bye week that saw two NFC East opponents stumble, the Redskins are in first place this late in the season for the first time since 2000.

To put that in perspective, this is what the world looked like in 2000:

  • The Baha Men first asked, “Who Let The Dogs Out?”  And it was cool.
  • Millions of people wasted their money on Tom Hanks’s “Cast Away.”
  • MLB London Fletcher, age 26, was a defending Super Bowl champion for the St. Louis Rams
  • Roy Helu, Leonard Hankerson, and Niles Paul could not yet go to a PG-13 video without parental supervision.

Clearly, it’s been a while.

Yesterday, head coach Mike Shanahan discussed what it meant to try and lead this franchise back to the promised land, and try to recapture the Redskins glory years: Read more »

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Gabriella Vos, Youngest Redskins Fan

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 13, 2011 – 9:50 am

I get a lot of comments and emails about being the biggest, oldest, or most knowledgeable fan.  Now, I can present you with perhaps the youngest Washington Redskins fan.

This morning I got an email from Lawrence Vos about his Burgundy and Gold bundle of joy: Read more »

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