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Redskins Making The Obvious Choice

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 31, 2011 – 8:45 pm

The Redskins announced the signing of former Cowboys running back Tashard Choice.  Choice was released from the Cowboys on Friday, and signed by the arch-rival Washington Redskins this afternoon.

Choice (5-10, 212) was originally drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round (122nd overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft and spent his entire career with Dallas before being released on Oct. 28, 2011. Choice has 1,139 yards rushing on 250 attempts (4.6 avg.) and eight rushing touchdowns in 54 games. He has also caught 64 passes for 497 yards and returned three kickoffs for 61 yards in his career.

Against the Redskins, for his career, Choice has 37 plays from scrimmage for 116 yards and a touchdown.  Looks like Rick ‘Doc’ Walker will need to perform another cleansing, like the one he performed on former Cowboy Stephen Bowen.

The best part about this signing, is that Choice is one of Bowen’s best friends.  Bowen was very excited this afternoon when news broke of the signing, and will certainly aid in the transition to Redskins Nation: Read more »

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Peacemaker Hall: ‘Football Happened’

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 31, 2011 – 6:28 pm

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: the Redskins may not have won yesterday, but they didn’t quit, and you can’t say they don’t care.

Lost in the hubbub of yesterday’s game was an intense sideline discussion between Redskins defensive captain London Fletcher and safety LaRon Landry.  Frustrations were boiling at this point, but before anyone boiled over, cornerback DeAngelo Hall stepped in with a calm, cool, collected approach.

“Just football–football happened,” he explained to CSN Washington after the game.  “It was an internal matter, and it definitely didn’t involve me.”

Hall joked that he’s normally the most mercurial of the three, but it was his rational approach that kept the defense together.

“Everyone thought it was me,” he said with a smirk.  “For once, I was actually one of the cooler heads that was trying to keep things civilized, and tried to help everybody understand that we’re all on the same team and we’re all trying to get to the same goal.”

Media members love to discuss when ‘a loss is more than a loss.’  Letting sideline frustrations get out of control would have been ‘more than a loss.’  Fortunately for the team, cooler heads prevailed.

Check out Hall’s post-game interview with CSN Washington, below: Read more »

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Seeking ‘Hightower’s Hometown Heroes’

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 31, 2011 – 5:49 pm

Injured running back Tim Hightower isn’t letting his involvement with the team and the community slip, just because he’s been put on IR.  Tomorrow, on crutches, he will fulfill his commitment to a local school for an NFL Play 60 event.  He continues to be a familiar face around the facilities, and sits in on film sessions with his teammates.

On top of that, he has recently unveiled his “Hightower’s Hometown Heroes,” an initiative that salutes young football players in the community, that are likewise involved in the community:

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A Mixed-Emotions Halloween For Redskins

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 31, 2011 – 5:07 pm

If someone knocks on your door tonight dressed as the undead, it’s best not to assume that the Zombie Apocalypse has begun (Although, if the zombies chose tonight to start it would be ingenious).  These zombies do not thirst for human flesh, they just want a candy bar and then they’ll leave you alone.

Redskins returner Brandon Banks may show up at your house tonight…dressed as himself:

There are some very creative Redskins fans out there tonight, who were kind enough to post their celebrations on Twitter: Read more »

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Beck: Injuries No Excuse For Play

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 31, 2011 – 2:55 pm

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Clearly, the blocking schemes need to be reassessed this week after the Redskins pass protection yielded nine sacks yesterday.  The Redskins have lost three of their best blockers in Kory Lichtensteiger, Tim Hightower and Chris Cooley, and the absence of left tackle Trent Williams was felt especially hard yesterday.

But Beck didn’t accept any ready-made excuses, and said that they team needs to adjust and get better.

“That’s just part of the NFL,” he said.  “Because it’s a long season, injuries do happen.  The good teams find a way to win, regardless of who steps in.  That’s our plan: to be the good team.  That’s our plan, to just continually get better so we can insert whoever’s next up, and continue to play well.”

As the Redskins finally come home to take on the 49ers, Beck said his team was aware of the process that it would take to reverse the results of recent weeks.

“You never wanna lose a game, and you never wanna lose back-to-back games, and so forth,” he said.  “So this will definitely be a week for us to get as much as we can out of the game tape, get the most we can out of practice, and take that next step forward.”

Watch his full post-game presser, below: Read more »

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Monday Morning In Fast Forward

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 31, 2011 – 11:52 am

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Oddly enough, when the Redskins landed in Washington last night, it was about 15 degrees colder than it was in Ontario, hours earlier.  And the weather wasn’t the only thing that was frosty.

From the general reaction to the game last night, I wasn’t sure if the sun would rise in Washington today.  If there is something to hang your hat on from last night, just know that the score was based on the metric system.

The Bills really only scored 14 U.S. points.

Most people in Washington will spend the next three days harping on what happened over the last three weeks, but today seems like a good day to live in the present.   Read more »

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