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An Ode To The Career of Sonny Jurgensen

Posted by Stephen Czarda on July 16, 2013 – 4:18 pm

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[With nine days until the start of training camp, we take a look back at a unique, fond farewell to Hall of Famer Sonny Jurgensen following his retirement in 1974. ]

After a disappointing 1963 season that saw the Washington Redskins finish below .500 for the seventh consecutive year, changes were a must.

Step one—trading for a successful quarterback who had future Hall of Famer written all over him.

In a move that Eagles fans most assuredly wish was a simple April Fools’ Day joke, the NFC East foes swapped quarterbacks in perhaps the most lopsided trade in NFL history.

Over the next decade, Jurgensen supplied Redskins Nation with a bevy of memorable moments to include four Pro Bowl appearances. His spiral was a thing of elegant beauty and after hanging up his helmet following the 1974 season was written this poem by Sir Fredrick of Austin.

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A Projection For Alfred Morris In Numbers

Posted by Stephen Czarda on July 16, 2013 – 2:04 pm

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The debate continues especially with training camp looming and more importantly for you fantasy football enthusiasts out there, drafts in the coming weeks.

Despite an awe-inspiring rookie season where he pounded even the most seasoned of NFL veterans, Alfred Morris’ year two preseason ranking both on and off the field has become highly questionable to say the least.

Even though he ran for a franchise record 1,613 yards last season, bettering previous marks by Clinton, Portis, John Riggins and Stephen Davis, some are still being (overly) cautionary when predicting his sophomore season.

While ESPN projects a somewhat similar performance this go-round, their forecast includes decreased rushing numbers across the board for the former FAU star.

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Tony Pashos’ Simple Goal–Win A Ring

Posted by Stephen Czarda on July 16, 2013 – 12:31 pm

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One of the more under-the-radar moves the Washington Redskins made over the past six months was the signing of veteran offensive tackle Tony Pashos.

The former two-time All-Big Ten selection was drafted in the fifth round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens. From 2006-2008 for both the Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars, Pashos started 47 games to include two playoff appearances.

The 6-6, 315 pound lineman was last spotted on the gridiron in 2011 for the Cleveland Browns, but after an ankle surgery early in 2012, the former Illinois star sat out the season.

A year away from the game gave him a much needed break to fully recover from the annual pounding his body takes every fall. It also gave him the opportunity to play for a Super Bowl contender once again—an offer he simply couldn’t turn down.

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Robert Griffin III Is Third Best In East?

Posted by Stephen Czarda on July 16, 2013 – 11:23 am

(AP photo)

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Last week ESPN’s Ron Jaworski ranked Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III as the 13th best at the position entering the 2013 season.

His low ranking of No. 10 sparked a widespread debate across the country especially after saying he “rarely” places rookies so high on his quarterback big board. Not only was his recommendation for 12 others higher, but he has two fellow 2012 draft classmates ahead of him.

As the discussion rages on over his ESPN placement, Athlon Sports jumped in on the fun and have ranked all 32 starting quarterbacks a week shy of training camp’s opening.

In a move that will continue to stoke the fire, the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year once again finds himself slighted in the rankings at 11.

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