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USA Today Names Its Free Agent Winners

Posted by Brian Tinsman on March 28, 2012 – 5:03 pm

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And the Redskins are one of the teams listed.

The USA Today singles out 15 teams as either winners or losers after two weeks of free agency, and the Redskins have landed on the right side of the equation.  Most free agent power rankings are picked clean at this point, so where the Redskins sit is roughly how they’ll be judged for this free agent class.

For the second consecutive year, the Redskins have been looked to as big players in free agency, but have showed savvy restraint by avoiding the big-name, high-risk personalities.  While fans have been forced to learn the names of underrated free agents (i.e. Stephen Bowen, Joshua Morgan), the results have shown that “calculated” is the new offseason motto in Washington.

Here’s what the USA Today’s Nate Davis said about the Redskins shopping list in 2012: Read more »

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Redskins In NFL’s 2011 Highlights…Barely

Posted by Brian Tinsman on March 28, 2012 – 4:00 pm

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Yesterday afternoon, NFL.com released a video entitled “The Season in Six Minutes,” meant to look back at the 2011 season in a “special six-minute presentation.”  For Redskins fans, it’s six minutes that they likely won’t appreciate, or get back.

Of 362 possible seconds that the Redskins could have been featured (for better or for worse) Redskins’ footage is limited to part of one play, which takes approximately two and one-half seconds.  The highlight was of Roy Helu’s infamous hurdle in Seattle, one of the top plays of the NFL season, and the first touchdown of Helu’s promising career.

That is all the attention that the Redskins got.  But it could be worse, and here are several reasons why: Read more »

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Allen, Shanahan On State Of The Redskins

Posted by Brian Tinsman on March 28, 2012 – 2:39 pm

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Today marks the final day of the NFL Owners’ Meetings in Palm Beach, Fla.  It’s been an eventful week, complete with rumors, reports, rule changes, and good ol’ fashioned drama.

But the good news out of Redskins Camp is that the two top personnel men–general manager Bruce Allen and head coach Mike Shanahan–are very pleased with the State of the Redskins, and shared their thoughts with the gathered media.

Since I could not be in attendance (someone had to stay at Redskins Park), I rely on the assembled Washington media to pass the news along.  Credit to SiriusXM, Rich Cambell, and Rich Tandler for the quotes.

Here is it, broken down by topic area: Read more »

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Fans Invited To Two Draft Weekend Parties

Posted by Brian Tinsman on March 28, 2012 – 1:34 pm

These are the first events for Redskins fans in the 2012 calendar year, and we expect a huge assembly from Redskins Nation.  You’ll want to sign up ASAP, and here’s how you can do it: Read more »

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With The 69th Selection, Redskins Pick…

Posted by Brian Tinsman on March 28, 2012 – 12:01 pm

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[Editor’s Disclaimer: This is a story based on a fun fact, and contains speculation that is not meant to reflect that actual thoughts of Redskins’ executives.  Any words from Redskins’ executives are clearly defined and attributed.]

Let’s set the scene: The Redskins brass are huddled around one of 32 tables at the NFL Draft.  Last season didn’t go as expected, and the team needs to beef up an offense that ranked in the bottom of the league.  It’s time for a new look and a new face, as the team aggressively tries to dig out of the bottom of the NFC East.

In the first round, the team bolstered the offense with what they hope to be a franchise player and leader in the locker room.  The Redskins traded away their second round pick, and wait around until No. 69 overall in the third round.

With that pick, the Redskins select a future Hall Of Fame offensive lineman in Russ Grimm.

The year is 1981, and the table is located in the conference room of a New York hotel.  The team had finished 6-10 in 1980, causing owner Jack Kent Cooke to find a new franchise leader in Joe Gibbs.  The first overall selection was future Pro Bowl offensive tackle Mark May, who played nine strong seasons in Washington.

But the Redskins arguably found their best overall value with their second pick at No. 69–the same selection they will have in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft.  With 30 days to go before the third round of the NFL Draft, the Redskins find themselves in an eerily similar situation as they were in the spring of ’81. Read more »

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