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Fletcher Embraces Opportunity To Mentor

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 29, 2012 – 5:39 pm

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As the clock ticks down to the start of free agency, Redskins linebacker London Fletcher sat down with Sirius XM NFL Radio hosts Alex Marvez and Bill Polian to discuss his plans for next season.

While it has been widely circulated that the Redskins wish to retain their captain and he has an interest in returning, he also left open the possibility of his departure.  If he remains unsigned at the start of free agency on March 13, he is free to pursue any options.

Regardless of where he goes, he said that he welcomes to opportunity to be a mentor to the next generation of teammates.  For him, it’s a natural progression as a professional that was instilled at him early in his career: Read more »

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Montgomery Offers Depth With Versatility

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 29, 2012 – 4:38 pm

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News broke earlier this week that the Redskins had re-signed interior offensive lineman Will Montgomery, in a deal that may be more important than initially meets the eye.

With only four interior linemen on the roster for next season, the Redskins had an obvious need to address, with the ability to make other moves.  Montgomery’s proficiency at both center and guard gives the Redskins the option to target either position in the draft or free agency.

And if injuries strike again in 2012, the Redskins know that they have a quality player to fill in accordingly.

ProFootballFocus.com named Montgomery the best center in the division, and “easily the best lineman” on the team: Read more »

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Celebrating Redskins Aerials On Leap Day

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 29, 2012 – 2:45 pm

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Happy soggy Wednesday to Redskins fans in the DMV, and a very happy Leap Day to everyone around the globe that follows the Gregorian Calendar.  For the record, we have respect for all calendars here at Redskins.com.

In honor of the obscure extra day that’s four years in the making, as well as all of the award shows going on this time of year, I thought we’d take a look back at the 2011 season and honor the top Redskins “leaping” plays of the year.  The plays were voted on by yours truly, and preferential treatment was given to those with commemorative Youtube clips.

With that being said, it’s a pretty good batch of plays: Read more »

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NFL Experts Have Redskins Taking Griffin

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 29, 2012 – 1:05 pm

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[Editor’s Note: Officially, no Redskins official is talking on the record about Robert Griffin III or a potential trade, so any rumors and reports – in any publication – are speculation at this point.]

This just in: Baylor prospect Robert Griffin III is an exciting playmaker at quarterback, and the Redskins could possibly have interest in drafting him.

Last season, Redskins quarterbacks combined for 14th in the NFL in total passing yards and 26th in aerial scoring.  They threw for 3,773 yards, 19 touchdowns and 24 interceptions, and a rating of 73.3 yards.

For an unfair comparison, Griffin threw for 4,293 yards, 37 touchdowns and six interceptions.  He also rushed for another 699 yards and 10 touchdowns, deep in the heart of Texas.

To be clear, this is not groundbreaking stuff.  The Redskins are, and should be interested in any player that can help them upgrade their roster.  A player of Griffin’s caliber is going to attract attention from all corners of the league, and the main question remaining is who will give up the most to acquire his talent?

A majority of NFL.com experts are now predicting that team is the Washington Redskins: Read more »

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Stanford Prospect Is Redskins’ Namesake

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 28, 2012 – 4:25 pm

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At the time of birth, parents have the obligation to name their child.  With that naming, they hold the power to set their kid up for life with either a great name, or a very difficult standard.

One unfortunate example comes to mind.

In high school, I had the opportunity to work with a kid from Arizona named Michael Irvin.  By the time I met him, he had already heard all of the jokes.  No, nobody had ever called him “The Playmaker.”  No, he wasn’t a triplet.  And no, he really wasn’t any good at football.

But his parents were such big Cowboys fans at the time of his birth, that they elected to name him after they’re favorite player.  Seriously.

At around the same time, somewhere near Lemont, Ill., Michelle and Bill Fleener were watching a Redskins game, when famed Redskins Hog Joe Jacoby was pictured on the screen.  Family legend says that Michelle, quite pregnant at the time, turned to her husband and asked him what he thought of the name “Jacoby Fleener.” Read more »

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Radio DJ’s Not Ready To Be Cheerleaders

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 28, 2012 – 2:20 pm

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Over the last few weeks, the Redskins Cheerleaders have been making the rounds to local radio stations in anticipation of their upcoming classes and auditions for the 2012 season.

At the end of last week, they visited 95.5 WPGC and partied with DJ Flexx, who was wearing his favorite Redskins jersey, No. 21 Sean Taylor.  He calls himself in the video, “The No. 1 Redskins fan, period.”

So what would make the best experience for the No. 1 fan?  How about learning some basic Cheerleader moves from Mila and Monique, two of the most recognizable First Ladies of Football.  Check out the video here.

DJ Flexx did pretty well for himself, and maybe by September, he’ll be ready to go.

Another pair of ladies–Ashley A. and Maigan–also visited Boxer and Intern Tim at 98.7 WMZQ, and got both men to show their best moves.  Let’s just say those moves were something short of Jagger’s: Read more »

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Shanahan: Fair To Judge 2011 Draft Now

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 28, 2012 – 12:10 pm

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Conventional NFL wisdom will tell you that it’s unfair to judge a draft class after one season on the team.  Sure, the great drafts in Redskins history (see 1981, 1983, 1999) had early indications of greatness, but most players don’t blossom in their freshman year.

The 2011 Redskins draft class has the potential to be a historic draft, simply based on its size.  With a dozen picks, the Redskins were able to address a lack of depth at some positions, and upgrade the talent at others.

Their collective play has caused Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan to abandon the prevailing theory on judging a draft class, as he explained to Redskins Nation’s Larry Michael at the Combine:

“You can always judge a draft after one year. But if you have a lousy draft and nobody’s doing good, then you wait two more years and you say, ‘Well, at least there’s hope.'”

“I feel very good. I feel very good about our draft, and we got a lot of depth on our football team. We need that kind of draft this year. We need a good, solid draft, as well as free agency, like we did on defense last year at a few key positions.”

“Hopefully, we can have that kind of success…It’s exciting, and you gotta have a gameplan.”

Hear more about it, below: Read more »

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Niles Paul Catches A Pass, Into A Backflip

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 27, 2012 – 3:28 pm

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While prospective NFL players have gathered in Indianapolis this past week to strut their stuff, NFL veterans have dispersed around the country to take their game to the next level.

Take grizzled, one-year veteran receiver Niles Paul, who showed his physical prowess with impressive special teams play and a pair of acrobatic catches in his rookie season.

Of course, those acrobatic catches pail in comparison to the fantastic athletic ability captured by one of his trainers last week at his offseason home in Nebraska.  This five-yard reception has serious style points (at the :45 mark): Read more »

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Shanahan Talks Offseason Schedule Plans

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 27, 2012 – 2:22 pm

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As Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan prepares for his third season in Washington, he will do so under his third different set of offseason rules.

In January 2010, he was brought in to diagnose the problems on the roster and rebuild a perennial contender in Washington.  Although the old collective bargaining agreement expired shortly after his arrival, the two sides had a one-year window for negotiations, under rules that were fairly similar to previous years.  Free agents were signed, trades were executed, and the draft happened.

In January 2011, labor uncertainty loomed on the horizon and a work stoppage seemed unavoidable.  Sure enough, the offseason was turned on its head, forcing teams to draft players before free agency or trades could be executed, and drafted players couldn’t meet with coaches until August.  Once the lockout ended, free agency began, and pieces fell into place very quickly.

Now in 2012, Shanahan finally has a normal offseason to evaluate talent, sign players in free agency, and draft where necessary in April.  With the start of free agency (March 13) and the NFL Draft (April 26-28) set in stone, Shanahan sheds some light on the rest of the Redskins’ offseason schedule with Redskins Nation’s Larry Michael: Read more »

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Nationals’ Harper Wears Redskins Apparel

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 27, 2012 – 11:59 am

When it comes to the DC sports community, we usually try to keep an eye out for crossover support, especially in the direction of the Burgundy and Gold.

Last fall, Capitals’ owner Ted Leonsis came out to FedExField for the Sept. 18 win over the Arizona Cardinals.  When the Nationals traded for pitcher Gio Gonzalez, he ended his first radio interview with a “Hail to the Redskins.”  And when the Wizards’ Roger Mason hits hotels on the road, he used to go by the moniker of his favorite Redskins player, Doug Williams.

Now, from spring training in Viera, Fla., it appears that Nationals’ top prospect Bryce Harper is getting his season kicked off with some love for the Redskins (via NBC-4’s @DanHellie):

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