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Storylines That The Bills Are Following

Posted by Stephen Czarda on August 22, 2013 – 4:39 pm

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While it may not have the engagement of a Cowboys season series, the Washington Redskins and Buffalo Bills have built quite a history together over the years. This will be the fourth time the Redskins and Bills have played each other in the preseason over the last six seasons.

Sure Robert Griffin III’s debut season will most be remembered for his 76-yard touchdown, stuffing Dallas in their own home on Thanksgiving and his first regular season game against the New Orleans Saints among other moments, but the first time the he walked out onto an NFL field was in Buffalo last year.

Although there weren’t as many touchdowns as there were during their 2010 matchup, the only touchdown that was scored on the day gave wide receiver Pierre Garcon a pretty good glimpse of what a Buffalo sky looks like in early August.

As the Redskins hope to win their fifth straight preseason game against their Super Bowl XXVI opponent, here’s a snippet of what New York and national media are keeping an eye on.

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Coach’s Turn: Mike Shanahan At The Mic

Posted by Stephen Czarda on August 22, 2013 – 3:47 pm

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In two days the Washington Redskins will enter FedExField for the second time in six days as they take on the Buffalo Bills in Week 3 of the preseason.

The preseason serves a multitude of purposes ranging from knocking off the rust to players wanting to wow the coaching staff hoping it’ll land them a coveted roster spot. No one knows understands the importance of the four game slate more than Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan and his players.

Besides how else would you guys like Terrell Davis and Alfred Morris become household names?

Anyway, on this cloudy August afternoon Shanahan stepped to the podium shortly after his son and talked about how much the starters are going and an update on Kirk Cousins among other things.

Thanks to the Redskins’ Twitter account (@Redskins) for giving a close listen to his daily presser.

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Coach’s Turn: Kyle Shanahan At The Mic

Posted by Stephen Czarda on August 22, 2013 – 3:11 pm

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This may come as a shock, but Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s weekly press conference started with a question about quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Well now that we have that revelation out of the way I can confirm that the reigning AP Offensive Rookie of the Year wasn’t the only topic of discussion this afternoon.

Despite a down on their luck type first quarter (thanks to Pittsburgh dominating possession—credit Ryan Kerrigan for that) the offense really started hitting on all cyliders in the second quarter. The highlight of that 15 minute period came on one of Leonard Hankerson’s ginormous hands.

Before we get to the consolidated summary of Shanahan’s presser, let’s start with some video:

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Nick Barnett Needs A Bigger Garage

Posted by Stephen Czarda on August 22, 2013 – 2:56 pm

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Now I’m not exactly one who’s well versed in the artistic side of cars (maybe because I despise traffic and connect the dots so that cars equal traffic and traffic doesn’t equal art) but I’ve always respected those who have made it a part of the fabric of their lives.

For most NFL players not named Alfred Morris, they prefer to roll up to work each day in a luxury vehicle with blacked out windows or fully loaded interiors with who knows what kind of amenities in the interior. Or perhaps both. It’s just comes with the territory.

Count new Washington Redskins linebacker Nick Barnett in—livelong car enthusiast and garage owner.

Throughout his decade in the league, the former All-Pro is widely regarded as of the most menacing players. Maybe it’s his fanged mouth guard or just the mere fact he’s accumulated 725 tackles and 20.5 sacks, but he always provides a rough road ahead for any quarterback or running back that has to look him square in the eyes.

Just by per happenstance, though, I stumbled upon a series of photos on his Instagram (@nickbarnettlb) yesterday of some beautiful looking vehicles. So I had no choice but to ask Barnett about them.

“I’ve always loved cars ever since I was little,” Barnett said. “The first car I owned was a 1985 Chevy Citation that kind of looks like a Pinto. It was a good car, though. It served its purpose. My dad bought it for about $800. It’s was pretty sweet though then.”

So why not a gallery of the one thing he’s loved as much as the smell of a football locker room since he was young.

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Coach’s Turn: Jim Haslett At The Mic

Posted by Stephen Czarda on August 22, 2013 – 12:19 pm

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One of the many takeaways from Monday Night’s victory over the Steelers was the impressive performance by the defense in both stopping the run and limiting the number of big passing plays through the air.

In total, the Redskins D limited the black and gold to 95 yards on the ground and 205 through the air (45 of which came on one play). The Steelers were also a measly 1-13 on third down conversions. So when stopping the Steelers from moving the chains the most, it was the Redskins succeeded.

The performance against the Steelers’ grind it out rushing attack might have been the most notable performance of all on the night. Just 10 days prior against the Titans (granted they boast one of the best running backs since the turn of the century), the defense seemed out of place early on and gave up nearly 100 yards in the first quarter.

For the first time since the 24-13 victory, defensive coordinator Jim Haslett responded to every media question like a Ryan Kerrigan pick six—making sure it was memorable.

Let’s take a look at what went down during the noontime presser:

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Josh Wilson’s Pointed Car Sales Pitch

Posted by Stephen Czarda on August 22, 2013 – 11:10 am

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If you think veteran cornerback Josh Wilson is just a football player—think again.

Sure, the former University of Maryland Terrapin and current Washington Redskin has recorded at least two interceptions in each of the last five seasons, but from February to July he’s got a lot of time on his hands besides a few team organized practices and few weight lifting sessions.

I know at least for me, but probably more than likely all of you out there as well, I’m guaranteed to spend a good chunk of my time in the car. There are two things you can’t defeat in this world—Father Time and Northern Virginia traffic.

Chances are you’ll spot a few clunkers on the roads. If you are—Wilson  is here to help and show off his new skill acquired this summer all at once.

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Unearthing ‘Mind-Blowing’ Redskins Stats

Posted by Stephen Czarda on August 22, 2013 – 10:20 am

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It’s an undeniably important time right now for the Washington Redskins. Looking to win back to back division titles for the first time since the 1983-1984 seasons, there’s some lofty expectations around here, but they have the talent to back it up.

For starters, anywhere he goes and anything he does quarterback Robert Griffin III is going to be the center of attention. Putting aside his rehab from offseason knee surgery for a minute, everyone must remember what the second-year pro did last year.

Just look at his stat line through the first 15 games of his fledgling career—3,200 passing yards, 65.6 completion percentage, 20 touchdown, five interceptions, 102.4 quarterback rating. 815 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.

If that wasn’t impressive enough already, that’s just what’s seen on the surface.

His 20 touchdowns to five interception season put him in elite company, as he is only the fifth player in NFL history to do that. The other four—Tom Brady (2010), Steve DeBerg (1990), Steve Bartkowski (1983) and Milt Plum (1960). And they did it with at least four years of experience.

Yeah—pretty amazing.

Robert Griffin III’s entrance into the exclusive 20 and five club is one of the many mind-blowing stats for the franchise on NFL.com.

Here’s some more to wrap your brain around:

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