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Coach Gibbs ‘Chalk Talks’ Pass Protection

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 5, 2012 – 5:20 pm

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Former Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs has had Super Bowl success that needs no introduction or qualification–he is simply one of the best of all time.

On the eve of Super Bowl XLVI, Gibbs made a ‘chalk talk’ video for his website “Game Plan For Life,” discussing his keys to tonight’s game.  The Gibbs Redskins teams were known for being solid on defense and creative on offense–first with the running game, and later with an open aerial attack.

But for a coach who needed three quarterbacks for his three Super Bowl titles, Gibbs understands the importance of quality pass protections.  Both the Giants and the Patriots have found offensive success through the air, and he explains how both have been able to keep their quarterbacks upright: Read more »

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Fletcher Knows Tonight’s Opponents Well

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 5, 2012 – 4:45 pm

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If any Redskins player should understand tonight’s Super Bowl matchup, it’s linebacker London Fletcher.

Beginning his illustrious career in St. Louis, his Rams played Brady’s Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVI, exactly a decade ago.  In a shocking upset (which has since been questioned in Spygate), the Patriots pulled out a late victory, launching the first dynasty of the 21st century.

From St. Louis, Fletcher left to join the Bills, where he faced the Patriots twice a year for five years, solidifying his rivalry with New England.

After his time in Buffalo, Fletcher brought his talents to Washington, where he became a part of the storied Redskins-Giants tradition–two teams that have played the other 157 times.  And after taking on these two teams a combined three times this season, he has a pretty good idea of what he’s looking at across the line of scrimmage.

He shared his thoughts on each team earlier this week with Don Banks of Sports Illustrated, beginning first with his team’s unparalleled success against the Giants: Read more »

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