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Paul Returns In All Facets Of The Game

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 5, 2011 – 6:25 pm

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For NFL rookies, special teams may be their first and only opportunity to make it in professional football.  Playing special teams requires a different breed of player; one who is willing to run full-sprint at the opposing team in the ultimate game of Red Rover.

Yesterday, the Redskins sent Niles Paul as their Red Rover. Let’s just say, he came on over:

Most wide receivers are accustomed to dodging big hits, but Paul is developing a reputation for delivering them.  But for the former Husker, this is all in the realm of familiar.

“Y’know, I come from Nebraska,” he said.  “You can ask Roy–I have no problem with going out and blocking.  I have no problem going out there and tackling.  I played safety in high school, and was actually recruited to Nebraska as a defensive back.” Read more »

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Fletcher Defines Redskins Commitment

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 5, 2011 – 5:01 pm

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Following yesterday’s 17-tackle performance against the Jets, Redskins inside linebacker London Fletcher now leads the NFL by a wide margin, with 155 tackles this season.

Fletcher is a defensive captain, top playmaker, locker room leader, and everything that the Redskins could ask of him in the community.  He is the consummate professional through thick and thin in Washington, and was asked about his motivation by the CSNWashington post-game crew.

I tell the guys that I drink a cup of coffee, and take a cup of commitment everyday…That’s really how I look at it…I just take commitment.

It smells better than coffee in the morning, but it’s harder to swallow.

Commitment isn’t just something that he’s bringing to the 2011 Redskins–it’s something that he’s instilling in his younger teammates as well.  With his two Super Bowl appearances, he knows what it takes to reach his goals.

I wanna taste that again…I love playing in Washington, and I wanna be part of the team that brings back the legacy, brings back that tradition of winning.  I wanna be a part of that.

Over the course of his five years in Washington, his position has changed and his role has changed.  His teammates around him have changed, and there have been varying degrees of success.  In light of the fact that the Redskins can’t have a winning record this season, there’s understandable frustration, but also room for hope:

Y’know, it’s frustrating, I won’t lie to you.  I’ve definitely had some long days, long nights.  But this is what I do.  I don’t get caught up in what the score is, what the record is.  I play football.

There’s guys that play hard on this football team, I mean, you look at how hard we’ve played these last three weeks, you can’t question our effort.  Guys come to play every week.

Hopefully, Fletcher can continue his personal dominance rally his teammates down the stretch.

Check out the rest of his CSNWashington interview below: Read more »

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1992 Super Bowl Among Top D.C. Moments

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 5, 2011 – 1:41 pm

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The Washington Post Magazine’s Marc Fisher recently compiled a list of the top 25 moments in the Nation’s Capital, since they came into existence 25 years ago.

From that list, the 1992 Super Bowl Champion Redskins ranked seventh on the list, and came with this description:  Read more »

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D.C. Cupcakes’ Army-Navy Cupcakes

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 5, 2011 – 1:24 pm

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The Army-Navy Game, presented by USAA, is a prominent rivalry in college football each year.  This year’s game is going to be held on Saturday, Dec. 10 and will be hosted in the Nation’s Capital, Washington, D.C, for the first time in the game’s 112-year history.

In light of the match-up’s arrival in D.C, Georgetown Cupcake, Washington D.C.’s celebrated bakery and home to TLC’s hit series DC Cupcakes, will produce limited edition Army and Navy cupcakes branded with academy logos.

As part of their ongoing support of the military, the sisters of Georgetown Cupcake and DC Cupcakes will be selling limited edition Army and Navy cupcakes during the week leading up to game day.  Retired Military officials from both academies will be in the Georgetown store today at 1 p.m. to kickoff and help promote the sales of their cupcakes:

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New York Jets In The Rear View Mirror

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 5, 2011 – 11:12 am

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In Week 1, the Redskins beat the New York Giants, by starting well and putting them away in the fourth quarter.  The Redskins took a 14-14 halftime tie and doubled up the Giants 28-14 for the win.

Yesterday, the Redskins fell to the Giants’ roommate, by starting well and then letting them get away in the fourth quarter.  After a halftime lead and a 52-minute battle, the Redskins let the Jets off the hook, late.

With their eighth loss on the season, the Redskins also lose the opportunity for their first winning season since 2007.  But at this point, the Redskins can still improve on last year’s 6-10 campaign.

Fans don’t hold 6-10 as a benchmark season, but improving an organization takes time.  The Redskins have had great team performances six times this season (the four wins plus the two Dallas games), but they’ve had stellar individual performances in each game.

How much does that matter?  Just ask the players.

“We’re trying to build a team,” said Redskins safety Reed Doughty.  “The last four games mean everything to this organization, to the fans, to you as a player as you’re evaluated, and what you’re trying to put on film.  Next year, we need to see the young guys step up and we need the old guys really to take leadership. I take pride in trying to put a football team out there every week.

“We’re out to win, we’re not just going out there.”

At this point, the Redskins have four one-week seasons left, four that they’re going to fight hard to win.  The evaluation process is perpetual, but this is the stretch of the season that separates the men from the boys, so to speak.  If players can find motivation to perform now, then they are key components to the future of this team.

And no matter how the team has struggled during the middle part of this season, they’ll be looking to bookend the disappointment with a strong finish.

Here are some individual stats worth mentioning from yesterday’s game: Read more »

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