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Darrell Green Pays Visit To The Park

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 12, 2011 – 6:49 pm

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Beloved Redskins great Darrell Green came to Redskins Park this morning to talk to Larry Michael from “Redskins Nation” about his new venture with WalkFitHealth Nation.

The 51-year-old retired cornerback–once renowned for his speed on the gridiron–has focused his recent energies on getting people active in the old slow and steady approach.

WalkFitHealth Nation (WFHN) is a web-based walking and fitness-monitoring portal where the members are encouraged to achieve optimum health and fitness through a personal daily walking, jogging or running regimen.

Essentially, it boils down to a social media site devoted to getting its members off on a healthier foot.

“In this country we have issues with obesity, diabetes and heart disease, all tied to activity.  We gotta wake up to that,” Green said.  “That’s some real life.  In my own family, we struggle with high blood pressure.  Literally, my sister–and all of my siblings–are on high blood pressure meds.”

This online portal allows its users to work alone or create workout communities.  They can set goals and track their progress, all with a mini pedometer that automatically tracks your results and uploads them to the site.  Studies show  that those using pedometers were 26.9% more active with an average increase of 2800 to 3000 steps per day over those who did not use a pedometer. Read more »

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Trick Play A Keeper With Southpaw Banks

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 12, 2011 – 5:08 pm

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Last week, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan saw something in the Patriots’ defense that caused him believe they were susceptible to a trick play.  The quarterback would take the snap, hand it off to the running back, who would run to the right side of the field.  He would then flip it to the receiver, who would run an option to the left and either keep it or throw it.

All he needed was a speedy, left-handed receiver that could get the ball downfield.

Enter Brandon Banks:

And that’s pretty much exactly what it was supposed to look like.

“We practiced it a couple of times this week–probably four or five times,” Banks said after the game.  “They played around with me throwing it, but it was a joke at first.  This week it was kinda serious though, obviously.” Read more »

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Celebrate ‘Redskins Fan Day’ At ICE!

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 12, 2011 – 3:29 pm

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Each winter the Gaylord National hosts a winter celebration called ICE!  A winter wonderland created entirely of 5,000 blocks of ice weighing 2 million pounds, sculpted by 40 international artisans and kept at a chilling 9 degrees Fahrenheit.

Come out to ICE! this Wednesday, Dec. 14, to celebrate the ‘Redskins Fan Day.’  For one day only, any fans who wears Redskins colors, and/or uses the code word “Redskins,” will receive $5 off the ticket price.  For a family of four, this is a $20 savings!

Redskins Cheerleaders will be on hand for the celebration from 4-6 p.m.

Produced exclusively for Gaylord Hotels, the winter attraction is fully interactive, allowing guests to roam inside, around and on-top of holiday scenes. Check out photos of ICE! at the Gaylord National Resort, and reserve tickets for the Redskins Fan Day.

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Even Brady Agrees Fletcher Hit Was Clean

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 12, 2011 – 2:28 pm

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At the end of the second quarter, the Redskins were in a position to go into halftime with an amazing 20-17 lead.  Standing between them was Tom Brady in the 2-minute offense.

Thanks to a 50-yard catch and run by Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots were in long field goal range with about a minute to go.  Two plays later on a second-and-four play, Tom Brady scrambled up the middle for three yards before tucking into a slide.  Here’s the play as it happened:

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Patriots In The Rear-View Mirror

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 12, 2011 – 1:25 pm

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The last time that the Redskins clashed with the Patriots was in 2007 under mildy New England skies.

Quarterback Jason Campbell threw a touchdown and an interception, in addition to fumbling the ball three times on three sacks.  The Redskins rushing attack managed only 47 yards on the ground, while the defense yielded 486 total yards to the Pats’ fabled offense.

Fans who watched it all the way through managed to see the Redskins tack on a touchdown onto the scoring parade, with the game mercifully ending at 52-7.

The scary thing is that some people expected that to happen again, yesterday–or worse.  But the Redskins showed up in a big way.

This season has been defined by progress.  When the team came out of training camp with 25 players with less than three years experience, it was considered a sign of progress towards a much-needed influx of youth.  When the team started out 3-1, it was seen as progress towards competitiveness.  When the team lost six-straight, but kept fighting and didn’t fracture emotionally, it was considered progress in character.

And when the Redskins showed up yesterday, they proved that they have the heart to show up ready to play.  Last week’s late loss to the Jets could have deflated this group, but they rose to the occasion.  Injuries and suspensions have utterly decimated a Redskins’ offense that nearly out-dueled the NFL’s No. 2 offense.  The defense picked off Tom Brady, who hadn’t thrown an interception since Week 9.

Even in a loss, yesterday was a fine example of progress, as the Redskins played perhaps their best game all season.  Yesterday, the Redskins showed that their progress is paying off, and that there’s a lot to look forward to, both immediately and in the future.

Special kudos for yesterday’s game go out to the following players:

On Offense: Roy Helu

Who else?  This young man is showing the vast potential of mid-round backs in the Shanahan system, putting up three-consecutive 100-yard games with his 126 yards yesterday.  With yesterday’s performance, he is:

  • The first rookie running back to accomplish this feat in franchise history.
  • The first of his 2011 rookie draft class to do so.
  • The first Redskins running back since Clinton Portis went five-straight in 2008.
  • The first 100-yard rusher against the Patriots this season.

Even though he didn’t get his first career start until Week 8 against San Francisco, Helu has already accomplished multiple feats never seen before in this organization.  That’s not just noteworthy, that’s downright impressive.

On Defense: Barry Cofield

Cofield will never get the credit that he deserves as the 3-4 nose tackle in Washington, but fortunately, he doesn’t seem to mind.  He finished yesterday with five tackles, putting him at 55 on the season.  He added in a half-sack of Brady, and was credited with his league leading (among nose tackle) ninth pass defensed.

On Special Teams: Brandon Banks

Admittedly, this recognition goes for his overall performance, not just what he was able to do on special teams.  Banks got all of his work on kickoff returns yesterday, managing 117 total return yards.  But when you combine that with his 49-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter–now we’re talking.  Notes on that pass:

  • Was the first by a Redskins receiver since Oct. 5, 2008, when Antwaan Randle El threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to tight end Chris Cooley at Philadelphia.
  • The longest by a non-quarterback in Redskins’ history, beating the previous long of 48, set on a Randle El pass to Moss vs. the New York Giants on Dec. 30, 2006.
  • It was the first of Banks’ career. He did not attempt a pass in college during his time at either Kansas State or Bakersfield College (Calif.).
  • The touchdown reception was the 35th of Moss’ tenure with the Redskins, tying him with Ricky Sanders for seventh-most in team history.
Banks has been lobbying to be included in the offensive gameplan all season.  This play isn’t possible without the defenders’ respect for his dangerous speed, but as the old cliche goes: playmakers make plays.

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