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Neild Relishes Mountaineers’ Bowl Victory

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 5, 2012 – 5:53 pm

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Last night’s Orange Bowl matchup between West Virginia and Clemson was the battle of rookie alma maters between Chris Neild and Jarvis Jenkins.

Going into the game, I spoke with both men to hear some predictions on how they thought the game would go.  A confident Jenkins had spoken with Neild already, and knew that there were some injuries on defense for the Mountaineers.  He confidently predicted a victory of “at least 14 points.”

After I relayed the information to Neild, the nose tackle declared that there’s no way that the Mountaineers would lose, but predicted a close, low-scoring game.

It turns out that both of them were wrong.  At halftime, the Mountaineers had already scored 49 points, in route to a West Virginia rout: 70-33.

For two defensive players, it must have been difficult to watch a game that featured 103 combined points and 1,032 yards of offense.  Both players pride themselves on their individual ability to stop the run, and yet their former defensive teammates allowed a combined 381 yards on the ground.

But that didn’t exactly shame Neild, who celebrated his team’s victory on Twitter, in caps lock: Read more »

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Redskins Have Their Very Own ‘R.G.3’

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 5, 2012 – 4:56 pm

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While I typically focus my energies on professional football, one of the top names in all of football this year was Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, affectionately dubbed “R.G.3”

What most Redskins fans fail to realize is that the Redskins had their very own ‘R.G.3’ under center this season, in Rex Grossman III.  Seriously.

Grossman has extensive Indiana football lineage, with each generation staying local to Bloomington, Ind. to raise families.  Let’s have a look back at “The Grossmen” football tradition: Read more »

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Kerrigan Quietly Mic’d On NFL’s ‘Sound FX’

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 5, 2012 – 1:36 pm

It recently came to my attention that Redskins rookie linebacker Ryan Kerrigan was featured on the NFL Network’s show “Sound FX,” which features microphone’d players and whatever they have to say over the course of a game.

The microphone in his helmet was used to catch his interactions between teammates, coaches and opponents during the Redskins-Vikings game on Christmas Eve.

Kerrigan is a ferocious athlete, and has been called one of, if not the strongest Redskins on the team.  As a converted defensive end out of college, he played every snap of his rookie season and was in the Top-10 of every meaningful defensive category for his position, including tackles, tackles of a loss, sacks, forced fumbles, interceptions and defensive touchdowns.

He was thrice nominated for NFL Rookie of the Week, and was the September recipient of Rookie of the Month.

But he strikes me as a curious designee for the microphone treatment, a role normally filled by the iconic smack-talkers  on a team.   Read more »

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Eight Redskins Named All-Division Team

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 5, 2012 – 12:22 pm

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As the 2011 regular season draws to a close, we once again turn to ESPN NFC-East blogger Dan Graziano for a look at which Redskins are the best at their position in the division.

While I have lobbied for certain players throughout the season, I do defer to Graziano for a more global perspective on the division.  I don’t have to agree, but it’s not my list.

After reaching a high-water mark of eight Redskins on the bye week edition of this list, the Redskins have sunken to as low as five in some weeks, and six in most others.  However, through sustained effort and great individual performance, the Redskins have again risen to eight honorees on the final list of the season.

This was the most by any team in the NFC East, as the Cowboys had seven, the Giants had six, and the Eagles had six of the 27 honors.

These is the complete list of Redskins on the ESPN All-NFC East team: Read more »

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