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Schedule Odds Stacked Against Redskins

Posted by Stephen Czarda on June 26, 2013 – 4:21 pm

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Despite having drafted quarterback Robert Griffin III and entering year three of the Mike Shanahan era, no one was very kind to the Redskins last year in season previews.

Sure there was Pete Prisco predicting that the Burgundy and Gold would finish with their worst record in 18 years behind a 0-6 division record, but he wasn’t alone. The gents over in Bristol, Connecticut at the ESPN headquarters were even stinger with their forecast—a franchise low 2-14 record during the modern-day 16 game schedule.

Obviously those calculations never came to fruition as the Redskins went 10-6 (with a 5-1 division record thank you very much) and secured the first playoff game at FedExField in 13 years.

While I have yet to see predictions surface for 2013, I can tell you that Athlon Sports believes that the Redskins will at very least have one of the toughest roads to Super Bowl XLVIII.

A good problem to have.

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The Unexpected Journey Of Mark Murphy

Posted by Stephen Czarda on June 26, 2013 – 2:45 pm

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[With 29 days until the start of training camp, Redskins.com intern Chris DeLisi looks back at the career of safety Mark Murphy. Murphy’s quest from undrafted free agent to Super Bowl champion is one of the best stories in franchise history.]

As the Washington Redskins prepare to start the 81st season in franchise history, training camp will be the first opportunity for rookie defensive backs David Amerson, Phillip Thomas and Bacarri Rambo to see live competition against a full squad.

While safety remains a question for the Burgundy and Gold in terms of who will be part of the starting 11, Rambo may be the biggest underdog of them all.

Keeping an eye on a longshot, No. 29 safety wouldn’t be new to Redskins Nation. Just 36 years ago, undrafted rookie Mark Murphy battled the same odds.

While few predicted that Murphy would make any NFL team, almost no one expected him to be enshrined into the team’s prestigious 80 Greatest Redskins years later.

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Griffin III Has Second Easiest FF Schedule

Posted by Stephen Czarda on June 26, 2013 – 1:05 pm

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Quarterback Robert Griffin III was the toast of the town last season both on and “off” the field well before the Redskins’ Week 1 40-32 victory over the New Orleans Saints.

After swapping more than just first round picks with the St. Louis Rams, the 2011 Heisman winner was selected by the Redskins with the intention that he will be the next great to join the prestigious fraternity of Redskins signal callers.

After a 320 yard, two touchdown performance in his debut (to include this top play), No. 10 won over the heart of all of Redskins Nation—and rivals.

You see while fans of other teams wished that their franchise had traded up to the No. 2 pick, they redeemed themselves by taking the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year in their fantasy draft.

Just one year after finishing in the top-five in quarterback fantasy points, NFL.com’s Michael Fabiano sees grander production from the quarterback’s fantasy career.

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Tapp Supports The Kids First Research Act

Posted by Alex Corddry on June 26, 2013 – 11:23 am

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Redskins outside linebacker Darryl Tapp may be new to the team, but the Virginia-native is no stranger to the Washington community.

Earlier this week, he teamed up with a bipartisan group for the U.S. House of Representatives, including Virginia’s own Eric Cantor, House Majority Leader, and Jim Moran, in visiting the Children’s National Medical Center.

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