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Byrd Compares Shanahan To Pete Carroll

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 15, 2011 – 3:33 pm

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In college at USC, Dominique Byrd was a top-tier tight end, earning him the 93rd overall pick of the 2006 NFL Draft.  In the six seasons since then, Byrd has exactly six receptions for 83 yards in a touchdown, in 15 career games.

Last Sunday against the Patriots was his first game action since Week 1 as a member of the Seahawks, where he was trying to rekindle some of the success he had in college with Pete Carroll.  Unfortunately for him, he wasn’t in the cards, and was cut only a week later.

Now on his second stint with the Redskins this season, Byrd has processed all of his trials and tribulations that have brought him to Washington.  Although the NFL experience may not have been what he expected, as he told AM 750 The Game in Oregon, the book is still unwritten:

I’ve had some growing pains, so in revamping myself and my work ethic and rebuilding myself as a player, I had to take an honest look at myself as a player and give myself the best opportunity to succeed.  I have a great opportunity here with the Redskins, and I just want to make the most of that.  The skies can still be the limit.

What Byrd is looking for is a chance to reassert himself as a football player, but in order to do that, he’ll have to please a man who is very different from Coach Carroll.  These are some of the traits that he’s recognized as similar: Read more »

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Petitbon A Fan, Likes Team’s Direction

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 15, 2011 – 2:18 pm

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This afternoon, the Redskin introduced former Redskins player, assistant coach and head coach Richie Petitbon as the 45th member of the Redskins Ring of Fame.

He will be formally inducted during a halftime ceremony at the home game against the Minnesota Vikings game on Christmas Eve.

Petitbon was a fixture in Washington during the definitive George Allen and Joe Gibbs years, and gave his assessment for what “Redskins football” truly means:

“I think I could only relate to what transpired when I was here, but you visualize championships,” he said.  “You visualize physical football, a team that’s going to play defense, run the football, and win close games.”

Despite moving on from the team nearly two decades ago, Petitbon has remained a supporter of the Burgundy and Gold, and counts himself among the Redskins fan base.  But that doesn’t mean it’s been all easy for him. Read more »

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A Redskins Shift On The All-Division Team

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 15, 2011 – 1:18 pm

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For the second week in a row, the Redskins have been awarded a six spots on ESPN blogger Dan Graziano’s All-NFC East team.  However, this week saw a shift in the players that were selected for the team, including some well-deserved credit in the secondary.

Once again, I can count, I know that there were technically only five players listed.  But because Banks excels in two roles, the Redskins get a two-for-one special.

Here’s the rundown: Read more »

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Ring Of Fame Honoree Announced, Now

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 15, 2011 – 12:43 pm

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The media is assembled in the Redskins Park auditorium and the newest inductee into the Redskins Ring of Fame will be announced.  Watch the introduction and press conference live, here.

The three Lombardi trophies are out of their case and on full display, today.

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Alexander Credits Pilates For Better Heath

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 15, 2011 – 12:13 pm

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When healthy, Lorenzo Alexander is special teams ace and can play almost any position on defense.  The problem in recent years is that he has been slowed by hamstring injuries in two of the last three seasons.

This offseason, however, he found a secret weapon that has kept him healthy this season: Pilates.

“It’s probably the best thing I’ve done offseason wise, as far as training,” he said.  “Every other day, I was doing something that would focus on hamstrings and glutes to get them strong.  This year, I feel like I’m healthy enough to sustain the grind of the season, and I haven’t had any problems with them.”

I knocked on wood.  “God willing,” Alexander responded.

Pilates is a fitness program that focuses on controlled movement and breathing in order to strengthen the support tissues around the dominant muscles.  This can improve strength and work to prevent injury, as it has for Alexander.

“It allows me to be stronger than usual because it trains your core and ligaments before you work on the big muscles,” he said.  “If that stuff isn’t strong enough, you’re not able to carry the weight and do the work, and be as explosive.”

Alexander said that it was teammate Kedric Golston that got him involved with Pilates for the first time in February.  Alexander’s only regret is that he hadn’t suppressed his pride and gotten involved sooner.

“Once upon a time, I believed it was like yoga, and that’s for women.  That’s not for me,” he said with a smile.  “But it’s not a feminine discipline, it can be very masculine, and you’ll feel better when you go to the gym.” Read more »

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Week 15 Power Rankings Roundup

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 15, 2011 – 9:00 am

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Every week in the NFL season is an opportunity to learn about the muster of a team.  Win, lose or draw, each game serves as a fairly concrete indicator of how a team is doing.

But for a team like the Redskins, a game like the Patriots’ was anything but clear-cut, and boiled down to what experts focus on.

Do wins matter most?  Then this team failed to measure up and should be dropped in the power rankings.  Does matching up well against one of the best teams in the entire league matter most?  Then this team clearly deserves to be rewarded for their good showing.

Can’t make heads or tails of Sunday’s game?  Then keep them where they are.

There’s a little bit of everything going on in this week’s buffet of power rankings, and some cheap shots included in the analysis, for free: Read more »

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