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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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Club DJ Tiësto Is An Excited Redskins Fan

Posted by Brian Tinsman on March 27, 2012 – 5:11 pm

via @Tiesto

Make room on the Redskins bandwagon for Dutch musician Tijs Michiel Verwest, known in dance clubs around the world as the famous DJ Tiësto, or simply “Tiësto.”

For those of you that don’t frequent the rave, Tiësto has released 66 singles and 79 remixes in the last 15 years.  He has been nominated for 61 international awards, and has walked home with 48 pieces of hardware.  If you follow club music, he needs no introduction.

If you don’t, his introduction doesn’t mean much.  Just trust me that he’s a big deal.

The important part is that he’s officially a big fan of the Redskins, as he revealed to his 1,033,590 followers on his Twitter account (@Tiesto): Read more »

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Meriweather Happy To Follow Sean Taylor

Posted by Brian Tinsman on March 27, 2012 – 4:02 pm

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When Brandon Meriweather was added to the secondary mix in Washington, he was following in the familiar footsteps of friend and former teammate Sean Taylor.

A year behind Sean at the University of Miami, Meriweather shared the field with him for two seasons before Taylor was drafted by the Redskins.  Meriweather counted Sean amoung his close personal friends, and talked about how Taylor helped to shape his game even after he left for Washington.

“He was a great…person,” he said in reflection.  “Y’know, whenever I needed him, I could call him and he would answer, and he always gave me the advice that I needed.  He was the person that I looked up to, and I’m sure that anyone who played with him looked up to him too.”

While Meriweather leaned on Taylor for advice, he didn’t concern himself with trying to be No. 21.  As far as he was concerned, there was only one Sean Taylor. Read more »

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Rypien Whistles ‘Hail’ Over Fan’s Voicemail

Posted by Brian Tinsman on March 27, 2012 – 12:42 pm

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Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien was the gunslinger under center for the 1991 Redskins–arguably the greatest team ever assembled–but had a reputation for being a man of the people.

Outside of the magical season in Washington, he had a journeyman’s career, and forged his best relationships with the fans.  As far as I can tell, he never ‘big-leagued’ anyone during his career or post-playing days, and continues to be a Redskins fan and ardent supporter.

He even whistles the Redskins Fight Song in perfect form. Read more »

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Player Safety Justifies Kickoff Rule Change

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

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With several hot-button issues on the docket for this week’s NFL Owner’s Meetings in Palm Beach, Fla., the NFL took pause to celebrate an issue they resolved in last year’s meetings: player safety on kickoffs.

Under the old rules, the defending team kicked the ball off from the 30-yard line, and defenders could run from as far back as the 15-yard line, building up a full head of steam before the ball was kicked off.  On the receiving side of the ball, teams were permitted to block with a “wedge”: three players who could link arms in an ultimate game of Red Rover.

Although some of the most exciting plays in a football game, kickoffs were responsible for more concussions and brain trauma than any other play in football.  In 2010 alone, there were 218 concussions in 321 preseason, regular season and postseason games.

The league addressed the issue with a threefold plan:

1. Move the kickoff up five yards to the 35-yard line.
2. Limit defender head starts to five yards behind the kickoff line.
3. Eliminate the three-man wedge in favor of two-man wedges, no linked arms.

And according to a comprehensive AP article on SI.com, it worked, with total concussions falling to 190 in 2011 (12.5 percent), with a more significant drop on kickoffs alone: Read more »

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Uprights Hang From Practice Bubble Roof

Posted by Brian Tinsman on March 26, 2012 – 4:36 pm

There’s a new twist on goal posts here at Redskins Park.

As some fans may know, the field goal has counted for four, five, one and eventually three points, at some point in the last 120 years.  Kicking tees have been invented, instituted and subsequently banned from field goal tries, as kickers have moved from a straight-approach to a soccer-style boot.

The goal posts were originally placed at the goal line of the end zone, before good sense prevailed and it was moved out of the field of play.  The width between the uprights was also reduced to 18 feet, six inches.

The point, is that changes to the offensive kicking game are nothing new.  So fans shouldn’t be surprised to learn that the base of the goal post has been eliminated from the practice bubble’s uprights, replaced by chains that hang it from the ceiling.

Larry Michael takes fans inside the bubble on this month’s special episode of Inside The Redskins.  We may be looking at the future of indoor goal posts with this concept: Read more »

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Team Redskins Will Bring Full-Court Hustle

Posted by Brian Tinsman on March 26, 2012 – 3:08 pm

As most of you can attest, the Baltimore-Washington sports rivalry is a strange one.

At different times over the last 100 years, the two cities have shared teams (Redskins 1984-1996, Orioles 1971-2005, Capitals forever-present), moved teams (Baltimore Bullets/Capital Bullets/Washington Bullets/Washington Wizards), and gone along with dramatic, media-driven rivalries (anything involving Beltway dramatizations).

Are they sporting brethren?  Are they sporting rivals?  It might depend on who you ask.

It also may depend on the sport, as the Redskins and Ravens look to find out in a charitable Celebrity Basketball Game between the two teams this Friday at Stafford High School.

And from the sounds of it, the Redskins are going to bring their fast-break team to the hardwood.

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A Look At The New Redskins Draft Slots

Posted by Brian Tinsman on March 26, 2012 – 1:34 pm

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Going into last season’s draft, the Redskins had seven draft picks, including the No. 10 pick overall.  Umpteen trades later, the Redskins selected Ryan Kerrigan at No. 16 overall, and managed to pick up five extra picks along the way.

So spending a long time pontificating about the Redskins draft slot is probably premature at this point, and borderline pointless altogether.  Both head coach Mike Shanahan and general manager Bruce Allen have made it clear that they’re in the business of restocking the team’s depth chart with quality, home-grown talent.

Especially after swapping the first and second round picks to move up four slots to the No. 2 overall pick, I would expect the team to continue making adjustments on the day of the draft, to get the players that they like.

But with that being said, the team currently has seven picks.  The Redskins’ own Larry Michael breaks down the full story in this month’s special edition of Inside The Redskins: Read more »

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