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Week 11 Power Rankings Roundup

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 16, 2011 – 6:41 pm

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Tough times don’t last, but tough people do.”

This has been the rallying cry of the Redskins players and coaches, who remain in search of their first win since St. Louis.  This has been a tough five weeks for everyone at Redskins Park, but spirits are high going into Dallas Week.  If there’s one thing about the NFC East, we know that anything is possible.  Twice already this season, the team with the worst record in the division has beaten the team with the best record.

Any given Sunday in the NFC East.

Check out your fine selection of Week 11 power rankings: Read more »

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Orakpo: Stop The Run, Bring On The Fun

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 16, 2011 – 5:31 pm

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Linebacker Brian Orakpo’s game is predicated on his ability to rush the passer and create havoc in the backfield.

But the Redskins’s recent struggle to stop the run and force third-and-long situations has diminished Orakpo’s opportunities to get to the quarterback.  Orakpo is hoping that the “Miami Plan,” which kept him quiet last week, isn’t used again.

“I hope not, man, I hope not,” he said.  “I hope they don’t get in formations where they run it all day, because that’s not my strength, obviously.  But I do what I can, obviously.  A guy like myself, a guy like Kerrigan–we do what we’re asked to do, we’re very coachable guys–but at the same time, we wanna rush the passer, we wanna get after him.”

And Orakpo really needs to “get after him.”  In his career, he’s played the Cowboys in five games, with zero career sacks.  Against all divisional opponents in his career, he has only one-half sack.

The way that the defense can do that is to stop the run and force the opposing offense to become one-dimensional.

“We have to stop the run on first and second down.  If we in coverage, we need to make sure we’re tight on our coverages,” he said.  “Y’know, we’re not complaining about our coverages, but once we get in those third-and-longs, we wanna get after it.”

Hear Orakpo’s thoughts on scoring on defense and a win over the Cowboys, below: Read more »

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London Fletcher For ‘Heart Of The Game’

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 16, 2011 – 2:55 pm

The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) has opened online fan voting for the 2012 NFLPA PULSE Awards, and Redskins linebacker London Fletcher is a nominee for the “Heart of the Game” award.

Here is his accompanying biographic information.

A two-time Pro Bowl selection and 2011 PULSE nominee for the same category, London Fletcher (LB) has established a strong, persistent defensive presence around the league. He signed with St. Louis as an undrafted free agent in 1998 and was named Rookie of the Year by the Rams.

Since then, Fletcher has enjoyed 14 years of excellence – not missing a single game. Fletcher played in two Super Bowls with St. Louis and took home one championship before moving to Buffalo and then Washington, where he is now serving his fifth season as the team’s defensive captain. He has racked up the most tackles among active players and is the only player with more than 100 tackles in each of the past 11 seasons. Fletcher was also named to Sports Illustrated’s Peter King All-Decade team (2000s).

Off the field, Fletcher is equally as acclaimed. He has served as a spokesman and ambassador for several charities across the nation, and his London’s Bridge Foundation has provided aid and refuge to underprivileged children in the Cleveland, Buffalo, Charlotte and Washington areas since 2003. His foundation aids youth in providing test preparation, college tours and scholarships, as well as fitness promotion and the donation of sports equipment. Programs include the creation of London’s Brigade mentoring network and field trips to BET, Capitol Hill and the Newseum. As a result of his philanthropic efforts, Fletcher was a nominee for the Special Olympics DC Athletes’ Choice Award at the 2010 NFL PLAYERS Gala and a finalist for the 2009 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.

But this is the man in his own, inspired words: Read more »

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Bills’ Stats Still Crossing Canadian Border

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 16, 2011 – 2:29 pm

The Week 8 game against the Buffalo Bills will definitely go down as one of the strangest games of the year for the Redskins.

  • First of all, it was played against a team that the Redskins rarely play, but haven’t beaten since the 1991 Super Bowl.
  • Secondly, it was played in a foreign country, which prints hockey games on their official currency.
  • Thirdly, it’s safe to say that the Redskins didn’t get the results they were hoping for.

And that was all during the game.  The real fun began after.

Three days after the game, we learned that instead of the nine sacks that the Bills’ defense had been credited with, there should have been 10.

And now, 17 days later, the NFL and Elias Sports Bureau have credited Redskins punter Sav Rocca with an additional punt downed inside the 20.

Sporting news must simply take longer to travel across international boundaries.

The situation occurred in the first quarter, on the Redskins’ second possession.  The drive began on the Redskins 39 and stalled after a three-and-out on the Redskins 48.  On fourth-and-1, Rocca punted the ball to the Bills 10-yard line, where it was a fair caught by C.J. Spiller.  But a penalty on the Redskins moved the ball to the 20, and was ruled as not “inside the 20.”

But technically, it still counts. Read more »

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Vernon Fox On Dallas Payback, Fan Morale

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 16, 2011 – 1:05 pm

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Former Redskins safety Vernon Fox continues his roll as a Redskins analyst for School of the Legend, with this week’s state of the Redskins.

He recaps his predictions for the Dolphins game, but perhaps more importantly, he talks about the importance of fan morale to the team right now, and talks about payback against Dallas: Read more »

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‘Concentration’ Beats Desperation

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 16, 2011 – 11:47 am

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Earlier this week I recommended that fans do a Redskins “Beat The Streak” rain dance.

Today, it rained.  So, either we did it wrong, or there’s going to be a win on Sunday.

Head coach Mike Shanahan has never experienced a five-game losing streak in his career, but discussed his plan for breaking his team out of the slump: concentration on fundamentals.

“You have to concentrate on the job at hand,” he said.  “You don’t think about desperation.  You think about preparing to win.  If you start thinking about what’s going to happen three or four days from now, you have no chance of doing the right thing.  We’re got to have some of the guys that are inexperienced come up and play well.  You’ve got to take advantage.  You can’t make those mistaked that we made in the last game.”

He diagrammed some of the mistakes on offense that led to failed drives and field goals instead of touchdowns:

“You’ve got a touchdown and you’ve got a holding call on the 1-yard line,” he said.  “Then you’ve got another opportunity–you’ve got first-and-goal from the 9-yard line inside the 10.  Then you have another opportunity inside the 15-yard line.  You get it down to the 12 and you have another holding penalty.”

Altogether, the team had four red zone opportunities and came away with six points.  Shanahan made no excuses for his offense, and noted that it will take a team effort to overcome the mistakes.

“They’ve got to take a look at themselves and how we stopped ourselves, and eliminate some of those mistakes,” he said.  “You eliminate some of those mistakes, you win.”

Watch his full press conferences, below: Read more »

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