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No Sour Grapes For Rex Grossman

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 19, 2011 – 5:34 pm

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Seven weeks ago, quarterbacks Rex Grossman and John Beck stood on the eve of the decision for who would start for the Redskins, and who would backup.  Whoever won would be expected to win football games, and whoever lost would be expected to be supportive in reserve.

Following Sunday’s Eagles game, the coaching staff decided it was time for a change, and the same rules apply: starter needs to win, backup needs to be supportive.

Today, Grossman let it be known that he was disappointed, but would not be a distraction for the team, or for Beck.

“I’m a professional,” he said.  “I’m going to go about my business the same way.  I’m just going to try to get better and build on things that I did well.  Obviously, there are things that I need to clean up, but, for the most part, I’ll be in a good frame of mind.”

This is good news for a team looking for a spark on offense.  Wet blankets tend to put those out.

Grossman also said that he has somewhat of an idea for how to avoid the turnovers that have plagued him during the season, including a four-interception performance on Sunday.

“Maybe my mindset,” he offered.  “That’s maybe the only thing that I could do that would maybe encompass all turnovers.  Just have a little more conservative approach due to the fact that turnovers are bad.”

“Having that mindset might help.”

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

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Redskins Owner Dan Snyder Talks To Sully

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 19, 2011 – 4:38 pm

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Following another wild Wednesday at Redskins Park, team owner Daniel Snyder accepted an unusual interview request with up-and-coming journalist, Sullivan Carr.

“Sully” happens to be 5th-grader from Leesburg, Va., wearing a No. 72 Dexter Manley jersey.

Carr was here to write a report on a person in his life and what they do for a living.  Why not choose the owner of his favorite sports team?

Let’s just say that there were no softball questions from the young journalist, and there were some very interesting answers from Mr. Snyder.

The interview will air on Redskins Nation tomorrow at 5:30 p.m., and will be featured in a blog entry as well.  Check in for the “Adventures of Sully at Redskins Park” tomorrow!

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Niles Paul: Angry Bird Extraordinaire

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 19, 2011 – 3:53 pm

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Niles Paul is a budding young receiver and special teamer, but he moonlights as a pretty impressive video gamer:

He says that his favorite video games are played on a TV system, but he holds a special place in his heart for the Apple app sensation, Angry Birds.

“Oh, that’s my joint, man,” Paul said with a smile in the locker room.  “I love that game.”

When I asked if he had played all of the dozen-or-so versions of the game, he responded, “I’ve beat all the games.  I get ’em, I beat ’em, and then I delete ’em from my phone.  I’m three-stars man, three-stars.”

In order to commemorate his great victories of mal-tempered avian over pigs, Paul has invested in T-shirts: Read more »

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Redskins Go Beck To The Future

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 19, 2011 – 2:29 pm

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The last time John Beck was handed the keys to an NFL offense, his team resembled a beat-up ice cream truck.  Beck’s 2007 Dolphins would only win one game that year, and not while Beck was under center.

This time around, Beck may actually have the tools to do the job.

The 2011 Redskins offense has yet to be determined, but it certainly has the pieces to compete.  Now that Beck has been handed the reins, he’s expected to have a better shot this time around.

“The situation that I stepped into as a rookie was a very difficult on because we were winless,” Beck said.  “The organization had been through a lot of struggles that year and we were already 0-9.  This is still the beginning part of the season and this team has a good feeling about it.  When we’re together on gameday, when we’re with our coaches, we feel good about the situation.  That’s different than the one I was in.”

It was only six short weeks ago that the Redskins announced that he lost the starting quarterback position to Grossman.  Beck said that he considered it a blessing to have the time to sit behind Grossman, while he awaited an opportunity.

“Since that time, I’ve been able to learn the offense a little more,” he said.  “Now when I watch Rex at practice and in games, my knowledge is greater.  I kind of look at things with a different eye.  The quarterback room is a different feeling now with the knowledge I have.”

If knowledge is power, Beck is starting to look like Adam Carriker.

Check out the full video below: Read more »

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Redskins Changing Of The Guard

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 19, 2011 – 12:04 pm

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Lost amid the quarterback drama in Washington this week, has been the fact that the offensive line is about to look very different.  When the dust settles, it’s possible that four of the positions will feature new faces; five if you include tight end.

Is it the bye week yet?

The most unfortunate part is that left guard Kory Lichtensteiger, lost for the year, was playing at a very high level so far this season.  After joining the Redskins prior to last season, he was finally settling into a system that highlighted his strengths.  For now, his ascension has been put on hold.

His fellow offensive linemen were very empathetic to his struggles, but knew that they had to soldier on:

Oddly enough, it may be a defensive lineman that best understands what Lichtensteiger is going through.

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Hightower: Facial Hair Equals Hard Work

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 19, 2011 – 10:12 am

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Via an interview on BroBible.com [Editor’s Note: potentially NSFW], Redskins running back Tim Hightower discusses his secret weapon to getting back out on the field.

Hightower typically sports a clean-shaven look, plus a triumphant mustache on gamedays.  But catch him in the middle of the week when he’s working to improve, and it’s a different story:

We’re curious about your facial hair. Do you think it gives you power that some of these bare-faced mortals might now have — especially the ones trying to tackle you?

I’m in my grind right now. It’s rough, hard working, get back to work phase. I don’t need my grandmother to be on me right now. I just need to shave.

Having come over from the Arizona Cardinals in the offseason, where he worked with former Redskins Hog Russ Grimm, Hightower was also asked about his memories of the Grimm mustache: Read more »

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