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Chris Chester Prefers David Lee Roth

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on October 23, 2013 – 5:00 pm



I was an ‘80s baby, not old enough to enjoy the purple leather suits, the hair or the confusing definitions of masculinity. I’m sorry I missed it.

But music lasts forever. Through the magic of VH1, I learned about the golden age of hair metal.

Guard Chris Chester brought ‘80s music into my mind with a tweet about one-hit wonder Night Ranger.

The karaoke value here triples because of the potential to bungle the lyrics. On Wednesday, I asked Chester what compelled him to put that tidbit out in the world. Then we played a round of ’80s hair metal word association. Read more »

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Player’s Turn: Robert Griffin III At The Mic

Posted by Stephen Czarda on October 23, 2013 – 3:57 pm

(Evan Redmon)

(Evan Redmon)

One of the most overused clichés in sport is the sophomore slump. If a second-year play has one bad game they are instantly smacked with the label as if all their accomplishments from a year before are a moot point.

Take running back Alfred Morris for example. Self-admitted, No. 46 had a terrible game against the Philadelphia Eagles in the season opener. With two fumbles in the first quarter a career-low in yardage, detractors were quick to jump on him in belief that he was a mere system back and defenses figured him out.

Well we’ve seen how that’s turned out.

The same two-word assumption was being floated around the man whose ‘R-G-3’ chant has filled the surrounding air of stadiums across the country—until Sunday. With a marvelous performance against a vaunted Bears defense, quarterback Robert Griffin III reasserted himself as one of, if not the, best dual-threat in the game.

He touched on the read-option among other things at his weekly press conference this afternoon.

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Coach’s Turn: Mike Shanahan At The Mic

Posted by Stephen Czarda on October 23, 2013 – 3:26 pm

(AP Image)

(AP Image)

Often during Mike Shanahan press conferences I touch on his career record against the upcoming opponent, highlighting both highs and lows. With so much success in his coaching career, it’s easy to say that Shanahan’s gotten the better end of the stick more times than not.

For Denver though, the focus is on his success there. 138 of his 169 victories at the helm came during his time in the Mile High City. With two Super Bowl victories and a laundry list of accomplishments to fall back on, Shanahan skyrocketed up the all-time wins list during his 14 seasons there.

Fast forward to Week 8 of the 2013 season and Shanahan is preparing to face Denver for this first time since Week 3 of the 1989 season when he was in charge of the Raiders. A win on Sunday would place him in elite company of coaches with 170 career victories, but with a season still very much in leeway, his all-time rank is the last thing on his mind.

After the first practice of Denver Week in the books, Shanahan had an extensive press conference focusing on scheming for Peyton Manning, playing disciplined and that whole return thing.

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In It To Win It Challenge: Contrast Hot and Cold Hydrotherapy For A Full Recovery

Posted by Redskins.com on October 23, 2013 – 2:43 pm

HDL Pool

The Washington Redskins and Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc. (HDL) are challenging Redskins fans to heighten their activity levels with the “In it to Win It” Challenge. Sign up here to join the rest of Redskins Nation getting fit and winning prizes including Redskins gear, Nike+ FuelBands and more.

With all the activity minutes you’ll be logging, you’ll be dealing with some soreness.

We brought in Redskins Physical Therapist and Assistant Athletic Trainer Elliott Jermyn to show you how the players use hot and cold hyrdotherapy as a tool in rest and recovery. You can apply these principles yourself using ice and heat packs. Read more »

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Wednesday Practice Snapshots

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on October 23, 2013 – 1:45 pm


Jarvis Jenkins, Chris Neild, Kedric Golston and Barry Cofield in defensive line drills (Gabe Hiatt)

After a Victory Monday and a Tuesday in the community, the team returned to work at Redskins Park on a cloudy, chilly day. Here are your Wednesday practice snapshots. Read more »

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Jose Gumbs Torn On World Series Pick

Posted by Stephen Czarda on October 23, 2013 – 1:30 pm

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(AP Image)

For a majority of the second half of the calendar year the National Football League dominates sports headlines in the United States.

In late July, after months of nothing more than stories about favorite pregame tunes and awkwardly extending a simple beach picture into something more, teammates reconvene in the dog days of summer with one goal in mind—hoisting the Lombardi Trophy high in the sky in ridiculously cold temperatures for their fans to see in a street parade.

Before Old Man Winter rears his ridiculous head (seriously go away old man) into our lives, we have to get through fall, perhaps the best time of the year for both the casual and consumed sports fan.

With almost every sports season overlapping, it’s a true treat. While football will still get its headlines in, baseball will get a share of the spotlight in the coming days with the World Series starting.

Safety/baseball lover Jose Gumbs told me he’d only watch because of his roots in the sport. After all why would a New York Yankees fans subject themselves to the bearded wizardry of the current Boston Red Sox?

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Santana Moss’ Pointers From Manning

Posted by Stephen Czarda on October 23, 2013 – 1:10 pm

(AP Image)

(AP Image)

After Sunday’s 45-point outburst, the Washington Redskins offense had it’s best showing since last season’s stuffing of the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day.

There was an old saying that used to float around NFL circles that if you could hold your opponents to 17 points or less than you’d be almost guaranteed victory. Ehh that saying is more applicable than ever in this “modern” NFL of spread formations and no-huddle offense. Holding your opponent to 17 points should be a victory of its own.

If you hold the Denver Broncos to 17 points then the league should just go ahead and give you two wins. As a team they already have 35 offensive touchdowns. Let me repeat that so the Internet world can fully grasp what I just said. Through seven games the Denver Broncos have score 35 offensive touchdowns.

Thanks to the guy who created italics for helping my cause.

The nucleus of their offense is of course 12-time Pro Bowler Peyton Manning. Manning is one of those players universally respected with a legion of followers who are continually in awe of his legendary preparation skills. Entering the team facility at an hour where even the overnight janitorial staff is not seen, Manning devises plans, equipped with countless audibles, that he then disseminates to his offense when they get their days started. Whether it’s learning from mistakes or building on successes, Manning makes sure to build a unique rapport with each weapon.

Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss admitted his open respect for Manning and said that he’s not only trying to build a similar connection with Robert Griffin III, but instill similar preparation skills in the sophomore as well.

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Series History: Redskins – Broncos

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on October 23, 2013 – 12:40 pm



This one’s personal.

It’s impossible to evaluate a business trip to Denver without looking back at Mike Shanahan’s connection to the Broncos.

Shanahan spent the 1984 season as Denver’s receivers coach, 1985-1987 as the offensive coordinator, 1989-1991 as the quarterbacks coach and 1995-2008 as the head coach. That adds up to 21 years of service and five Super Bowl appearances.

As the head coach in Denver, Shanahan posted a 146-91 record and became the fifth coach in NFL history to win back-to-back Super Bowls (XXXII and XXXIII).

Sunday will mark the first time Shanahan faces the Broncos as a head coach since 1989, when he directed the Los Angeles Raiders. Read more »

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Josh Wilson’s Yearbook Photos

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on October 23, 2013 – 12:00 pm

The 2003 Washington Post All-Met 4x100 team: Anthony Wiseman, Dominic Berger, Paul Hall and Joshua Wilson

The 2003 Washington Post All-Met 4×100 team: Anthony Wiseman, Dominic Berger, Paul Hall and Joshua Wilson

Last week I wrote about why cornerback Josh Wilson gave DeMatha Catholic a shout out on Sunday Night Football.

I was unsuccessful in my attempts to dig up Wilson’s photos from high schools, presumably to find awesome hairstyles or something embarrassing I could hold over Wilson’s head.

The good news is I found some old pictures. The bad news, for my bad intentions at least, is that Wilson looks pretty much the same. The man can rock a bow tie.

More pictures below. Thanks to Barbara Coyle at DeMatha for scanning the photos.  Read more »

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Shanahan Looking Forward To DEN Return

Posted by Stephen Czarda on October 23, 2013 – 10:15 am

(AP Image)

(AP Image)

Wednesday is the accustomed transition day in the NFL as teams flip the page from games now three days old to focusing their efforts on the opponent ahead. Players are open to speak with the media, coaches hold a standard practice, and press conferences from both the starting quarterback and head coach take place in the afternoon.

While he probably won’t show anything more than a thankful wave to the fans or embracing with former colleagues that remain due to situation (there’s this physical game called football that’s gotta be played), Sunday marks the first time that head coach Mike Shanahan returns to Denver after 21 years with the Broncos organization–14 of which as head coach.

As Joe Gibbs and George Allen are here, Shanahan is considered one of, if not the, greatest coach in franchise history.

The Broncos were a consistent contender in the 1980’s, but like the Phoenix Suns in the mid-2000’s, simply couldn’t win “The Big One”. From 1986-1989 the Broncos appeared in  the Super Bowl three times but left the stadium in the wee hours of the morning empty handed, wondering what it would take to capture that elusive Lombardi Trophy.

The solution was Mike Shanahan.

Replacing Wade Phillips in 1995, Shanahan led the Broncos to two Super Bowl victories and winning on-average 10 games per season.

Shanahan admitted on Monday that he looks back on his years in Denver fondly and still appreciates all that the city and organization did for him and his family.

“I think anytime you’re at a place for 21 years, you know, that’s quite a long time,” he said at his Monday press conference. “In football years, that doesn’t happen very often. It’s been where we raised our kids. I was head coach there for 14 years, an assistant for seven. I’ve got a lot of great friends there. You look forward to that type of rivalry. Obviously, you always want to play your best. I’m looking forward to playing there.”

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