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Coach’s Turn: Mike Shanahan At The Mic

Posted by Stephen Czarda on September 26, 2013 – 3:35 pm

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Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan got his first led role in the NFL with the Raiders in 1988.

Now 25 years later, he’s hoping to get his first win of the 2013 campaign against the team that gave him his first taste of NFL head coaching.

He addressed a gaggle of local and national media personalities this afternoon at Redskins Park. He touched on injury updates, depth at tight end, squashing the pesky turnover bug, an altered schedule due to being on the West Coast and more.

“You always have to be ready when people go down.”

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Coach’s Turn: Kyle Shanahan At The Mic

Posted by Stephen Czarda on September 26, 2013 – 3:19 pm

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There’s an old saying that your best defense is a good offense. For the Redskins, they could use a fantastic showing on the offensive side of the pigskin (okay they could actually use it on both sides of the ball, but for the purpose of this article I’ll leave them out this time) to not only get that elusive first win of the season, but gain momentum and confidence going into the Bye Week.

Sitting on a win for two weeks leading up to the always vaunted Cowboys matchup (in Dallas) and things could really turn around. A fourth loss in four games–well I’d rather not elaborate on that any and I know you don’t want me to.

Anyway, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan focused his afternoon press conference on improvement.

“By no means are we where we want to be, but we just have to keep working and getting better.”

More quick hits from his presser along with video:

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The Only Option On Sunday: Read-Option

Posted by Stephen Czarda on September 26, 2013 – 2:16 pm

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Unlike the Wildcat craze that swept through the National Football League a few years ago and then disappeared back into the wild, the read-option appears to be a more permanent fixture in playbooks.

When the Raiders tapped former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor to be the starter, they tinkered their offense to suit his physical traits—6-6 and reported 4.3 speed.

The Raiders inserted foundational aspects of the scheme into their playbook and going into Sunday’s game, Pryor (198 rushing yards) and Darren McFadden (186 rushing yards) have dumbfounded opponents through the first three weeks.

Before they ever unveiled their new offensive preference though, they spent countless hours dissecting the Redskins offense’s success last season and realized just how potent the attack can be when executed to the utmost.

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Coach’s Turn: Jim Haslett At The Mic

Posted by Stephen Czarda on September 26, 2013 – 12:18 pm

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On Thursday, Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett addressed the media.

Haslett’s unit has been disappointing through the first three weeks of the season, but showed obvious improvement against the Detroit Lions. Predicated on stopping the run, the defense was able to have its best performance to date—holding the Lions to 63 rushing yards and limiting the damage in the red zone.

With Calvin Johnson in his arsenal, the Redskins held quarterback Matthew Stafford to only 20 percent completion percentage inside the 20-yard line.

Moving forward though, Haslett’s defense is facing the unknown of the unknown. Will Terrelle Pryor be healthy enough to play? If so, will the read-option make an appearance or stay in the O.co Coliseum dugout? If Matt Flynn is playing, will the Raiders resort to a more “traditional” game plan?

Here’s Haslett in his own words to those questions:

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Sweeping Curve: Playing On Baseball Field

Posted by Stephen Czarda on September 26, 2013 – 10:48 am

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This time two weeks ago the Redskins were getting bombarded with questions about their thoughts on famed Lambeau Field and the cheeseheads.

Lambeau, which is on every football fan’s dream list of stadiums to visit, gives off a nostalgic feeling and symbolizes football’s roots—smash mouth football, weather that’ll make you wonder if your hands froze off and a simplistic fan experience long before the invention of HD.

Now, they’re getting ready to cross this great nation to the Bay area where they’ll play at O.co Coliseum.

Ehh. So it’s not the same as Lambeau, but its current claim to fame is being the last stadium to cohost a professional baseball and football team.

Baseball season ends in September. Football season starts in September.  So for just a few weeks, the stadium has to accommodate both teams and the only way to do that is to keep the baseball diamond exposed.

Multipurpose stadiums like RFK Stadium have been phased in recent years as teams prefer to have their own homes with unique features.

With grown men wearing shoulder pads bedazzled in spikes yelling in the background, the Redskins will have to adjust to having the base paths under their feet.

How much though?

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Week 4 Redskins Fantasy Projections

Posted by Stephen Czarda on September 26, 2013 – 9:54 am

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In three days, the Washington Redskins will play their only game in California against the Oakland Raiders.

The 4:25pm start time has a direct impact on you. Not only will you be able to sleep in slightly longer than usual, but your fantasy team’s results could very well hinge on how the Redskins perform. Maybe once or twice a season, but the Redskins rarely play during this time slot.

With a plethora of weapon, bright, sunny skies expected throughout game day and a defense that has yet to see Robert Griffin III or Alfred Morris in person, the burgundy and gold have the perfect concoction to brew up their best performance to date.

With tonight’s 49ers-Rams game on the docket, but more importantly the Redskins playing one of the last games of the Week 4 slate, here’s final point projections for various Redskins:

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