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Football Momentum: A Myth Or Reality?

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 29, 2011 – 7:01 pm

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In a recent edition of NFL.com’s “Football Freakonomics,” the experts looked into the issue of whether momentum was a myth in the NFL.  If a team is flying high, should we expect them to stay high?  If a team is low, will they stay low?

I broke down some of the stats provided in the video and asked my own panel of experts how they felt about momentum in the context of the game.

Fact: Since 2001, after a team enjoys a long kick return (40-plus yards) or punt return (30-plus yards), that team is approximately four-times as likely to score on the next play than they are to score on any other play from scrimmage.  

Special teams practitioner Graham Gano responds:

“I mean, if you don’t believe in momentum, then you’re crazy,” he said matter-of factly.  “You can feel it in the game, you can see it on the sidelines.  When you have a big return, like Banks returning one, you can look at the other sidelines and see everyone sulking around.”

For Gano, momentum is a precarious balance, waiting to shift on a given play.  At times, it can shift within a play itself.

“It can happen on one play,” he said.  “You can have a big return like that, and have a fumble or interception on the next play–I think it shifts.  I think that’s a big part of the game, and the appeal of the game.” Read more »

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Shanahan Reflects On Bruce Boudreau

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 29, 2011 – 5:41 pm

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In his weekly sit-down with CSNWashington’s Chick Hernandez, Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan discussed, among other things, his budding friendship with former NHL Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau.

Not that this blog should be your choice destination for hockey news, but in case you’ve been living under a rock, Boudreau was relieved of his coaching duties on Monday.

Shanahan first met Boudreau when the hockey guru paid a visit to Redskins Park during training camp, and the two hit it off well.  But on a professional level, Shanahan is a coach that has also been fired from a team after years of success.  For Shanahan, it’s just part of the business.

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The Recipients Of Redskins Holiday Cheer

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 29, 2011 – 5:00 pm

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As the holiday season has approached, we’ve spent a lot of time focused on the players contributions back to their communities, and how wonderful it is that they stay involved.

The part that’s often forgotten in these situations is the impact on the beneficiaries of the holiday cheer–especially the children.

These are a little past due, but they just passed my desk, and warranted being passed along to you.  The stories will melt even the Scrooge-iest of hears.

Tip of the cap to local television stations ABC-7 and NBC-4 for covering the impact of Redskins community outreach events, on those that receive. Read more »

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Team Had Good Luck Charms In Seattle

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 29, 2011 – 3:13 pm

It was a big weekend of football for former Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien, who managed to catch his former college team and NFL team in the same stadium, 24 hours apart.

On Saturday, his Washington State Cougars took on the University of Washington Huskies in the annual Apple Cup at CenturyLink Field.  On Sunday, his Washington Redskins took on the Seattle Seahawks in the same place.

He had good company while he was at the game, with his daughter Angela, who rocked his No. 11 Redskins jersey:

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Helu A Nominee For NFL Rookie Of Week

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 29, 2011 – 1:13 pm

The Redskins freshman class continues to draw national media attention, as running back Roy Helu has been nominated as a Week 12 NFL Rookie of the Week.

After a 23-carry, 108 yard performance, with an additional seven catches for 54 yards through the air, Helu was a logical candidate for this award.  This is his second nomination on the season, following his 24-touch, 146 yard performance in Week 9 (Check out his rap about that performance from NFL Rhyme Reels’ Nick Javas).  He is also the fifth Redskins rookie to be nominated, following three by defensive teammates Ryan Kerrigan.

The Redskins have yet to win a weekly award this season.

This is your opportunity to change that, by VOTING between now and Friday at noon.  Take a break from online shopping and vote early and often: Read more »

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