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Coordinators: To Booth Or Not To Booth?

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 29, 2012 – 6:36 pm

Former full-time blogger Brian Tinsman took a break from the straight-laced world of Redskins.com to share a few thoughts on FOX analyst Brian Billick’s recent interview with Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. The topic: should coordinators be on the field or in the booth? For the answer, keep scrolling.

To the untrained eye, the average NFL sideline looks like a chaotic intersection of players, coaches, officials, trainers, photographers, videographers and security. Throw in the melee of a game, the pressure of a play clock and the roar of 90,000 fans, and it’s amazing that any coach can focus long enough to dictate a game plan.

For those coaches that cannot brave the elements, there is a coaching booth in the upper decks of the stadium designed to give coaches a bird’s eye view of the action, an extra look at instant replay, and a little bit more elbow room on the sidelines.

Six Redskins coaches sit in the booth during the average game: quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur, assistant defensive backs coach Richard Hightower, offensive line assistant Chris Morgan, offensive assistants Richmond Flowers and Mike McDaniel, and defensive assistant Bobby Slowik.  On the plus side, these coaches watch the game in a temperature controlled environment, with the perks of catering and bathroom facilities.  The bad news is they have to run to the elevators at halftime in order to be present in the locker room, making schedules tight at crunch time.

One coach that doesn’t have that issue is offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who has spent exactly one game in the booth during his nine-year NFL coaching career.  He told NFL analyst Brian Billick that he much prefers being on the field where he can be close to the action–just not too close. Read more »

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Morris: ‘I Have A Whole Lot Of Heart’

Posted by Andrew Walker on November 29, 2012 – 5:56 pm

By now, we all know what a great find rookie running back Alfred Morris has been for the Washington Redskins.

With 18 yards on Monday night against the New York Giants, he’ll become only the second Redskins rookie to rush for 1,000 yards in a season.

Morris — who is a nominee this week for Pepsi Max NFL Rookie of the Week — was a guest today on the NFL Network’s “Around The League” (see full video below), and was asked about what the casual NFL fan might not know about him.

“I believe in myself,” Morris said. “My work ethic is ridiculous. Me, just as a person, I know what I’m capable of doing. I chose the path less traveled. Not many people could have chose the path to go to [Florida Atlantic] and be able to come into the NFL and do what I’ve done. Nothing I’ve ever gotten on my path was given — I’ve earned everything. And I know how to go out there and earn it, set goals and attain my goals. Just my sheer work ethic and my heart — you can’t measure a man’s heart, and I have a whole lot of heart.”

Morris was also asked if he expected to contribute immediately when he was drafted by the Redskins in April:

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Kerrigan On Large Ducks, Movie Armrests

Posted by Andrew Walker on November 29, 2012 – 5:20 pm

Ryan Kerrigan says he’s more of a “numbers guy” and would rather fight one horse-sized duck than 100 duck-sized horses.

OK, I swear we haven’t completely lost it. This was just one of the many awesome questions Kerrigan addressed today in his reddit AMA (“ask me anything”) interview.

The Redskins became the first NFL team to partner with reddit for these AMAs, which will continue each Thursday for the remainder of the season. Kerrigan’s AMA today kicked the series off.

As it turns out, reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian is a huge Redskins fan.

“So many NFL teams — and television series, brands, and political campaigns — have active subreddits that they’re not tapping into,” Ohanian said. “The subreddits are created and maintained by super devoted fans — by engaging the subreddits, the teams could be directly connecting with some of their biggest advocates and evangelists.”

Here’s a recap of some of the better (OK, more off-the-wall) AMA questions for Kerrigan today with his answers:

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Thursday’s Redskins Park Update

Posted by Andrew Walker on November 29, 2012 – 4:46 pm

Thursday’s Redskins Park Update, brought to you by Redskins.com lead writer Brian Tinsman and Redskins.com blogger Andrew Walker.

Today’s update: the Redskins sign a familiar face in linebacker Bryan Kehl, and quarterback Robert Griffin III has another award to add to his growing list.

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FAST FACTS: Alfred Morris

Posted by Andrew Walker on November 29, 2012 – 2:59 pm

Get to know Washington Redskins rookie running back Alfred Morris.

Previous Redskins Fast Facts participants:

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Ask Ryan Kerrigan Anything — Today!

Posted by Andrew Walker on November 29, 2012 – 1:18 pm

(AP photo)

The Washington Redskins and reddit —  the popular social news website where users can submit links to share with one another — are teaming up to conduct special rounds of AMA (ask my anything) interviews with your favorite players.

The Redskins’ AMAs begin later this afternoon with outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, who will begin taking fan questions at 4 p.m.

Participating is easy.

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Griffin III Rookie Of The Month — Again

Posted by Andrew Walker on November 29, 2012 – 10:58 am

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III today was named the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Month.

Randall Liu, the NFL’s Director of NFC Communications, tweeted the news a little earlier this morning:

Bradford, by the way, was named the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year that season.

In only three games in November, Griffin III completed 57-of-82 passes (69.1 percent) for 726 yards with eight touchdowns and a passer rating of 124.3. He also ran 29 times for 166 yards this month.

In his last two games, both against divisional opponents, Griffin III completed 33-of-42 passes (78.6 percent) for 504 yards with eight touchdowns. His passer rating of 146.3 in the past two weeks – now adjusted to include a recent scoring change that altered a Griffin III first-quarter pass to Pierre Garçon in Week 12 at Dallas to a seven-yard run – is the highest two-week rating by a rookie with at least 40 attempts in league history, according to Redskins Public Relations.

As we have been constantly pointing out here on the Redskins Blog, Griffin III’s second NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month is just the latest in a barrel full of awards for the Redskins quarterback so far this season, and include:

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Welcome Back Linebacker Bryan Kehl

Posted by Andrew Walker on November 29, 2012 – 10:17 am

(AP photo)

The Redskins today welcomed back a familiar face, as they signed linebacker Bryan Kehl to their 53-man roster.

Kehl, 28, is in his sixth year in the league, and played in three games with the Kansas City Chiefs this season. He played the previous two regular seasons with the St. Louis Rams after beginning his career with the New York Giants.

In a corresponding move, the Redskins waived outside linebacker Mario Addison from their active roster. Addison, who signed with the team Oct. 9, plauyed in five games with Washington.

Kehl — who is wearing his familiar No. 53 with Washington — originally signed with the Redskins in April and had a strong showing in training camp and the preseason before he was released amidst a crowded group of linebackers during final cuts.

Kehl’s best preseason game in burgundy and gold was his final one, in the Redskins’ 30-3 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Series History: Redskins-Giants

Posted by Andrew Walker on November 29, 2012 – 9:14 am

(Sammy Baugh passes for a 12-yard gain during the Redskins’ 49-14 rout of the New York Giants on Dec. 6, 1937, in New York. Baugh, being tackled by Ray Hanken [37] of the Giants a moment after getting the ball away, completed 11 passes for a total gain of 135 yards and ran his total completions for the regular season to 81, a new national league record. [AP Photo])

The Redskins have played the Giants on 161 occasions in the regular season and the postseason combined, beginning in 1932. The Redskins and Giants have faced each other in the regular season 159 times, making them each team’s most common opponent.

The Giants have played in New York since their inaugural season in 1925. The Giants’ MetLife Stadium is located about a mile from the team’s practice facility and headquarters.

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Redskins Historian: Sean Taylor’s Passing

Posted by Andrew Walker on November 29, 2012 – 8:59 am

By Mike Richman
The Redskins Historian

(Click here for more about the passing of Sean Taylor)

On Nov. 27, 2007, Redskin superstar safety Sean Taylor died a day after being shot in a break-in at his home in Miami.

The passing of one of the NFL’s best players marked the biggest D.C. sports tragedy since Maryland basketball star Len Bias died of cocaine intoxication in 1986 and the biggest Redskin tragedy since Vince Lombardi’s death in 1970.

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