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Cheerleader Monique Named Miss DC USA

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 28, 2011 – 5:57 pm

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The Redskins players weren’t the only ones busy winning on Sunday night, as Redskins Cheerleader Monique Thompkins was announced as the winner of the 2012 Miss DC USA pageant.  She was specially recognized as the Top Swim Suit and Top Evening Gown Awards in the annual competition.

For those of you with a Redskins Cheerleader calendar, you might know her better as Miss November 2012.

For video of the victorious pageant queen, we turn to kstreetkate.net, who interviewed Monique after her victory:

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Grossman Dishes Out Post-Game Awards

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 28, 2011 – 4:52 pm

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With yesterday’s win, Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman improved his record to 4-4 as a starter this season.  After the game, he couldn’t keep the excitement out of his voice, as he heaped praise on his biggest offensive playmakers.

“It was awesome today,” he said, fighting back a big smile.

On running back Roy Helu:

“He had some hard runs that aren’t always on the highlight reel, but kept us in third-and-manageable, or second-and-four,” he said.  “We were able to pick up first downs and move the ball.  And then, to see that, that was one of the most impressive runs I’ve ever seen, to just hurdle somebody and keep on moving–that was awesome.  That was the play that really got us going in the fourth quarter and made us able to win.”

Rex has been around some quality running backs in Chicago and Washington, but Helu’s 28-yard track meet was one of the best.

On receiver Anthony Armstrong:

“Well, we had a double go on the outside with Santana working over the middle,” Grossman recalled about his 50-yard bomb to Armstrong.  “We had seven-man protection and they were dropping eight, bringing only three.”

Seven blockers vs. three pass rushers is usually considered to be an advantage.  Grossman had to time make his read and launch a pass to the end zone.

“I saw that they didn’t have help over the top of Anthony Armstrong, one of the fastest guys in the NFL,” he said.  “So I tried to buy him enough time to eat up the cushion on the defender, and eventually blow by him.  Pre-snap, I saw that look, and I was going to him all the way, it was just a matter of time, to buy him time to clear that defender and put it in a spot where he could go get it.”

“And, y’know, it worked.”

This is a passing attack that went into the season with some of the best raw speed in the NFL.  According to his quarterback, Armstrong is among the most fleet of foot.

This game boiled down to who wanted it more in the fourth quarter.  With the help of one of the fastest men in the NFL, and one of the best runs in the last 31 years, Rex and the Redskins got it done yesterday.

To hear more of Grossman’s commentary and how he was battling LeBron James at cornerback, make the jump: Read more »

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Helu Hurdles Into SportsCenter’s Top-10

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 28, 2011 – 2:59 pm

With 9:57 to go in Sunday’s game against the Seahawks, Redskins running back Roy Helu had never rushed for more than 74 yards in a game.  He had never scored an NFL touchdown.  And he had never hurdled a competent NFL tackler.

But on a critical third-and-three, with his team trailing by 10 points, he put the Redskins on his back and dashed, slashed and hurdled his way to paydirt:

My hope is that Helu had the decency to go back and shake the hand of would-be tackler Roy Lewis, after levitating over him.  But by the looks of this play, Helu doesn’t like to be touched.

Helu’s hurdle landed him at No. 4 on SportsCenter’s Top-10 list, along with fellow Redskins playmaker Anthony Armstrong, for his 50-yard touchdown reception.  The Redskins turned in an entire highlight reel in a little under four minutes of yesterday’s victory.

Perhaps the most appealing part of Helu’s performance, was the way the rookie handled the media after the game.  Even after a monster personal performance, he praised his blockers and critiqued himself:

“Starting from left to right with Trent Williams–he did great,” Helu began.  “To [Maurice Hurt], to [Will] Montgomery, and Chris Chester and Jammal [Brown] on the right side.  Our tight ends did great, and so did our wide receivers down the field.”

As for his thoughts on Roy Helu?

“I was just a product of them blocking well, and hopefully I did the best,” he said.  “I know I missed some things.  I’m improved–not where I wanna be–but improved, and getting better weekly.”

No, 30 touches for 162 yards and a touchdown is not where I would want to be either.  I can’t wait to see what Roy looks like when he thinks he did well.

Check out his full post-game commentary, below: Read more »

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Players Embrace ‘Chippy’ Atmosphere

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 28, 2011 – 12:38 pm

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Coming off a loss in a winnable game to the Cowboys, the Redskins didn’t need any extra motivation to win on Sunday.  But that doesn’t mean the Seahawks weren’t willing to provide it.

“Those guys, they was talking like they were Super Bowl Champions,” tight end Fred Davis told CSNWashington after the game.  “I was looking at them like, ‘Huh?  You almost have the same record as us.'”

And now they do, after the Redskins hung 23 points on them, on the road.  But the tone for the game was set during the pregame coin toss, where the five captains from each team had to be restrained.  It was one of the more confusing altercations that anyone in the press box could remember, considering these two teams haven’t played in three years.  For anyone who thinks there’s nothing on the line when a 3-7 team faces a 4-6 team in November–think again.

“Y’know I told the guys in the locker room, we shouldn’t really have to get almost into a fisticuffs and an all-out-brawl to wanna go out and play football and hit somebody in the mouth,” DeAngelo Hall told CSNWashington after the game.  “But I’m definitely proud of these guys with the way they responded.  I knew the offense was gonna be ready to play, y’know, Trent Williams was over there to talk to them right after the coin toss, and I saw it in his eyes, man.”

Head coach Mike Shanahan said after the game that he had seen a coin toss devolve into bedlam before, but he appreciated his players poise for staying focused on football.

“You’ve gotta stay away from verbal confrontations because you lose your focus,” he said.  “I’ve been through too many games where you lose because guys lose their cool, and I was hoping that wasn’t gonna happen to us today.”

Instead, the Redskins used that fire as motivation to find a way to win.

Check out more player reactions, via CSNWashington, below: Read more »

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Seattle In The Rear View Mirror

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 28, 2011 – 11:32 am

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The Redskins have finally awoken from their bye week slumber, grabbing their first win since Oct. 2, a span of 56 days.  To put it in perspective, here’s a few other ways of measuring how long it’s been for the team:

  • They’ve made 26 changes to the active roster (and not all of them have involved Brandyn Thompson).
  • They’ve traveled approximately 7,733 miles on road trips.
  • They’ve had six other games, 22 team practices, and more than a dozen additional walk-throughs.
  • They’ve celebrated two major corporate holidays (Halloween and Thanksgiving), and spent almost all of Mo-vember.

It’s been a long time coming, it was a hard-fought battle, and it’s a win that everyone can share in and enjoy until Wednesday.

The Redskins proved a lot of people wrong with yesterday’s win, including every NFL prognosticator except for Mark Schlereth, and we’re here to give Stink his due credit.  On a more global perspective, they also surpassed the deflated expectations of ESPN The Magazine and Phil Steele’s NFL Magazine, both of whom predicted a 3-13 inept finish for the Redskins.  They’ve spent a long time searching for that fourth win, but it’s always nice to prove the doubters wrong.

Yesterday also wrapped up a dominant season series against the NFC West, against which the Redskins finished 3-1, beating Arizona, St. Louis, and Seattle.  Sure, these three teams have 10 combined wins, but those are the games that the Redskins were expected to win, and they did so.  It would have been nice to pull out a win against San Francisco, but there’s no shame in losing to one of the best teams in the NFC, if not the whole NFL.

No shame in beating them either, but you take what you can get.

One unexpected byproduct of this rough patch has been witnessing the emergence of several young playmakers on offense and defense.  With the loss of Chris Cooley for the season, the Redskins were able to confirm what they thought they knew about tight end Fred Davis.  With the loss of Santana Moss, the Redskins were able to get a look at both Niles Paul and Leonard Hankerson, who showed tremendous development during their rookie campaigns.  With the loss of offensive guard Kory Lichtensteiger, the Redskins were able to look at seventh-rounder Maurice Hurt, who has been more than serviceable at guard.  With the loss of Tim Hightower, the Redskins were able to get a look at both Roy Helu and Evan Royster in the backfield.

Helu showed yesterday that he has the dual-threat ability to be an offensive catalyst, getting 30 touches for 162 yards and a long touchdown run.  The instant success that he and his fellow rookies have had is just a testament to the scouting and player development behind April’s draft.  Early, premature indicators suggest that the 2011 Redskins draft class could go down as one of the best.

In between buying holiday gifts this Cyber Monday, enjoy a few game stats from Victory Monday: Read more »

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