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In Clutch Kicks, Hold The Ice Please

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 14, 2011 – 10:30 pm

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In the latest episode of Football Freakonomics, experts examined whether there was any basis to the commonplace maneuver of icing the kicker.

The storied tradition of icing the kicker was actually begun by your very own Mike Shanahan as head coach of the Denver Broncos in 2007.  Just as Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski lined up for the game-winning kick, Shanahan sneaked over to the line judge and called a timeout, negating his 3-point boot.

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Minutes later, he missed his second try.  The Broncos went on to win that game, and thus, a new football tradition was born.  Four years later, it’s unthinkable not to put him on ice.

But, evidently, it doesn’t actually work, and Redskins Graham Gano would agree.

“Yeah, I wouldn’t even call it ‘icing’–it’s stupid,” Gano said.  “[Texans head coach Gary] Kubiac did it to me last year.”

And it worked: Read more »

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Kerrigan: Not A Lot Of Individual Success

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 14, 2011 – 6:39 pm

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So far this season, Ryan Kerrigan has out-shined his own lofty draft slot, which was a mid-first-round pick.  He leads his first-round draft mates in tackles (45), is third in sacks (5), third in tackles for a loss (6), second in interceptions behind cornerback Patrick Peterson (1), second in passes defensed behind Peterson (4), first in forced fumbles (4), and first in defensive touchdowns (1).

On top of that, he’s sixth on the Redskins in tackles, first in tackles for a loss, second in sacks, first in quarterback hits, tied for second in interceptions, first in forced fumbles, and first in defensive touchdowns.  He’s been nominated for defensive rookie of the week twice already, and was named the September Defensive Rookie of the Month.

Unofficially, I would call that a lot of individual success.

He’s done everything that coaches have asked of him and he’s an all-around media darling.  But one thing he will not do is congratulate himself in the middle of a five-game losing streak.  He made it clear to the media today that none of the individual stats matter if the team isn’t winning.

“I wouldn’t say that I’ve had a lot of individual success,” he said today, combating the reporter’s assertion.  “I think I’ve done better lately, but I mean–like you said–it’s hard to look at your own numbers when you’re not winning.  Especially losing five in a row–it’s really been frustrating.  We’ve gotta just find a way to win this week.”

Kerrigan may be a one-man wrecking crew at times, but his record is 3-6, just like everyone else.

Watch the rest of his comments, below: Read more »

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No More Counting On Hank Time In 2011

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 14, 2011 – 5:25 pm

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Yesterday, receiver Leonard Hankerson had his breakout, welcome-to-the-NFL game, with a team-leading 106 yards through the air.  Despite leaving the game with an apparent leg injury at the end of the game, he assured media in the locker room that he was fine.

At this afternoon’s press conference, Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan revealed that Hankerson’s season was over due to a torn labrum, and his subsequent placement on injured reserve.

More specifically, Shanahan explained:

It’s [subluxated], which means it goes out and then pops back in,” he said.  “If it’s dislocated, it just stays out and they move it back in. It did pop back in, but, usually when it pops back in, there’s a labrum tear in that area. The specialist will look at it and we’ll find out.”

He’s not a doctor, he just plays one on Redskins TV.

Time to do an injury rain dance, my friends.  Has anyone broken a Redskins mirror?  Opened an umbrella inside at Redskins Park?  Spilled salt from a Redskins shaker?  Angered a black cat named Sonny?  Walked under a Burgundy ladder?   If so, this is your cue to seek forgiveness.

And go Feng Shui your Redskins fancave. Read more »

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Monday Morning Rewind And Regroup

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 14, 2011 – 1:14 pm

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The Redskins have officially gone six weeks since their last win, which came against the Rams on Oct. 2.  Since then, the world has celebrated the bye week, Oktoberfest, Columbus Day, Halloween, daylight savings, Veterans Day, and of course Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day (no joke).

Since that game, the Redskins have made 22 changes to the starting lineup, just looking for that magical winning combination.  Yes, some of those are predicated by injury, some of those on performance.  But so far, the magical ‘W’ has been more elusive than the Jackalope.

This morning in the locker room, nose tackle Barry Cofield pretty much hit the nail on the head, saying: “There’s really nothing new to say–no new recipe.  Y’know, it’s the same things that we’ve been doing all year, those are the things we need to continue to work on and get better at.  Our schedule doesn’t get any easier, and if we don’t play any better, there’s no reason to expect to win any games.”

No one in the locker room is making excuses for the five-game slide, and no one is blaming anyone other than the players and the play on the field.  If nothing else right now, this team has unity and accountability, which is what it will take to turn things around.

On an individual note, there were some reasons to believe in progress yesterday.

On offense: Read more »

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