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How You Voted: Redskins-Vikings

Posted by Andrew Walker on October 16, 2012 – 5:05 pm

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It’s that time of the week again to see how you Redskins Blog readers are doing with your psychic skills.

We asked you to vote which Redskins player you thought would shine last Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings in Washington’s third home game of the 2012 season FedExField.

The Redskins won 38-26, which, of course, led to another postgame poll: picking your Most Valuable Redskin of the game.

But first, here’s the results of the first poll of the day:

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Boxer Seth Mitchell Visits Redskins Park

Posted by Andrew Walker on October 16, 2012 – 4:39 pm

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Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell is definitely one of those guys you’d like to have your back while walking down a dark alley.

Oh, did I mention he’s a big Redskins fan?

Mitchell — one of the top up-and-coming heavyweight talents in boxing today — stopped by Redskins Park Tuesday for a tour and to visit with several players, like Chris Baker and Chris Wilson (above), who were at the facility on their traditional “day off.”

The Redskins Blog caught up with Mitchell, who is currently training for his big fight Nov. 17 against Johnathan Banks (28-1-1, 18 KOs) at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. If things all go to plan against Banks — which is certainly easier said than done — then Mitchell (25-0-1, 19 KOs) thinks he would only be another three to four fights away from a shot at the world heavyweight title.

Mitchell — a Maryland native — also has a football background; he was a standout middle linebacker at Michigan State University.

Here’s a transcription of our interview with Mitchell, who you can follow on Twitter by clicking here:

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Banks Vs. Morgan: Slam Dunk Contest

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 16, 2012 – 4:32 pm

It’s scary to think that there are athletes talented enough to go pro at more than one sport in their careers.

Notre Dame wide receiver Jeff Samardzija had top-10 NFL draft talent, but possessed a 99 MPH fastball, which led him to Major League Baseball.  Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden pitched for four seasons in the minor leagues before going back to play college football.  Tony Romo fancies himself a golfer, but…I’ll leave that one alone.

Classic success stories include Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson, who had a chance to be teammates–had Sanders signed with the Kansas City Royals as the sixth-round pick in 1985.  Sanders remains the only athletes to ever hit a professional homerun and score a professional touchdown in the same week.

And then there are Redskins receivers Brandon Banks and Joshua Morgan, who are really good at…football.  Maybe not only football, but certainly not basketball; at least not at today’s Hometown Huddle Play 60 event. Read more »

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‘Mediocrity’ Not Necessarily A Bad Thing

Posted by Andrew Walker on October 16, 2012 – 3:44 pm

OK,  let’s set this straight right off the bat: ending a season with a .500 record is not something any team strives for.

But if you look at the NFL teams currently sitting at .500 — all 11 of them — there are some perennial powerhouses who have gotten off to 3-3 starts so far.

The Redskins are currently one of those 3-3 teams, and ESPN analyst and former NFL linebacker Tedy Bruschi thinks they’re one of the better ones.

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Pat Fischer Revolutionized Press Coverage

Posted by Andrew Walker on October 16, 2012 – 2:33 pm

Before Pat Fischer came along, defensive backs weren’t really known for their physicality against a receiver at the line of scrimmage.

But because a receiver’s routes are all about timing, Fischer and his coaches thought it’d be to their advantage to do whatever they could to knock a second or two off that offensive process.

Fischer, an all-time great Redskins defensive back, talked today with Larry Michael, the Voice of the Redskins, for a taping of “Redskins Chronicles,” which airs each Saturday from 10:30 to 11 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet. He discussed the process of revolutionizing press coverage in the NFL in the 1960s and 70s as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals and the Redskins.

“What we called ‘pressing’ or ‘clamping,’ different terms have been used to express it, but it was an introduction of a style of play that the NFL actually had never had,” Fischer said. “And it took offenses and receivers three or four years to make the adjustments to that type of play, and that was to go play right up at the line of scrimmage.”

Fischer said he was one of the first defensive backs in the NFL to utilize press coverage.

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Vote Griffin III For Rookie Of The Week

Posted by Andrew Walker on October 16, 2012 – 9:56 am

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Can Robert Griffin III make it a three-peat?

The Redskins rookie quarterback this week is nominated for the Pepsi Max NFL Rookie of the Week, marking the third time this season he’s been one of five weekly nominees up for the award.

In the two other instances, Griffin III has been victorious, and you Redskins fans can definitely make it a third. Here’s how you vote:

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