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What Went Right / Wrong: Redskins Giants

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 31, 2013 – 1:26 pm

The last game of the 2013 season was a wet and miserable 20-6 loss to the New York Giants. The Redskins defense limited an offense playing without it’s starting quarterback and top two receivers in the second half, but the offense could not score a touchdown.

Let’s take a look back at what went right and wrong at New York.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

Highlight: Reed Doughty intercepts Curtis Painter in the end zone.

What went right: The captain in coverage.

-The Giants line up in a shotgun set with a running back in protection, a tight end and an H-back on the left and a wide receiver on the right.
-The Redskins show their base 3-4 alignment and initially rush four defenders.
-Three linebackers are singled up in man coverage. Rob Jackson shadows Bear Pascoe , and Perry Riley Jr. eyes Peyton Hillis before adding pressure.
-London Fletcher, in the last game of a 16-year career, covers tight end Brandon Myers.
-Barry Cofield splits a double team and pressures Painter into throwing. Read more »


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Tarik El-Bashir Lists Possible Candidates

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 31, 2013 – 11:47 am

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Until the Washington Redskins officially announce the hiring of the 29th head coach in franchise history, countless names will be the linked to the prestigious position.

ESPN’s John Clayton gave his list of 10 quality candidates earlier.

Now it’s CSN Washington’s Tarik El-Bashir’s turn to give names of interest:

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ESPN’s John Clayton Lists 10 Coaches As Options For The Redskins

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 31, 2013 – 10:37 am

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Executive Vice President/General Manager Bruce Allen kicked off the search for the next head coach of the Redskins on Monday.

ESPN’s ace NFL reporter John Clayton released his own list of 10 potential options. Read more »


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Pierre Garcon Ends ’13 With Most Catches

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 31, 2013 – 9:30 am

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“It’s gonna be a great new feeling, it’s gonna be a fresh new start. We got a lot of great receivers around us, and we’re gonna make things happen.”

That was Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon just moments after signing a lucrative contract during the 2012 free agency period.

Knowing they’d be selecting a stud quarterback just weeks later (Robert Griffin III), Washington went out and got the top receiving threat on the market.

Some questioned the decision.

Washington’s making a silly move during free agency once again, guys. Shoot he was the No. 3 receiver in Indy for a majority of his tenure.

Well he was behind two legends and he hadn’t fully developed yet. But keep on hatin’ on.

In 2013, he proved he can be the guy and then some. Setting a franchise-record for receptions in a season with 113, the six-year veteran also accumulated a career-high 1,346 yards and five touchdowns.

A quick look back at his season:

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Six-Year Old Kedric Golston II Sums Up Redskins 2013 Season

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 31, 2013 – 7:00 am

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Kedric Golston arrived home Sunday night and found his 6-year old son down in the dumps. The eighth-year defensive end knew how he felt.

After the New York Giants added a final damper on Washington’s season, the visitors at MetLife Stadium had a season’s worth of questions to answer.

The day after their arrival back at Redskins Park, their head coach and eight assistants had been relieved of their duties. While Mike Shanahan gave a final statement, the players cleaned out their lockers and looked forward to the offseason.

The following are their recollections of the 2013 season:

Kedric Golston (Monday):

I think my 6-year old summed it up best. When I walked in the door last night he had his head down and his arms folded and said, ‘Why did you lose the game?’ And I couldn’t answer it. Obviously my wife understands, being with me in this business for awhile that these kind of things happen. But there’s nothing we can do about it now. We had all season to try and fix it. Now is just about getting healthy, getting in the best shape you can, come out here and try to impress in following years. 

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Alfred Morris, Chris Baker and Ryan Kerrigan Reflect on 2013

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 30, 2013 – 4:42 pm

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Monday was moving day at Redskins Park.

Players underwent mandatory physicals before talking to the media and emptying their lockers for the offseason.

Redskins.com obtained an exclusive interview in the locker room with running back Alfred Morris, who finished the season with 1,275 yards rushing, the fourth-best total in the league.

Morris talked about achieving individual success during a 3-13 season.  Read more »


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General Manager Bruce Allen: ‘It Is My Job To Find The Next Head Coach’

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 30, 2013 – 3:22 pm

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Executive Vice President/General Manager Bruce Allen had a “painful” day he said was fitting for a “painful” season.

Allen met with Owner Daniel Snyder and Mike Shanahan at 9 a.m. Monday morning to relieve Shanahan of his duties to the franchise. The GM met with assistant coaches throughout the day, then addressed the media four hours after the dismissed coach made a statement.

Allen stressed that that every member of the organization had a part in a 3-13 season. He spoke to the media about how the franchise has begun its search for a new head coach, what the criteria for that position will be and what the club will learn from a regular season full of distractions.

He talked about how the world of sports lends itself to instant evaluation, how to create stability and how NFL teams can complete quick turnarounds.

Watch video of the full press conference below and follow @Redskins for breaking news. Read more »


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Players Thank Shanahan On Twitter

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 30, 2013 – 1:00 pm

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After Mike Shanahan was relieved of his duties to the Redskins, the coach made a statement first thanking the fans, then thanking his players.

Several players took to Twitter to appreciate their former coach.

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Team Ends 2013 On Losing Streak

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 30, 2013 – 12:18 pm

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On Sunday, the Washington Redskins squared off against the New York Giants with the opportunity to end a frustrating season on a high note. Slow out of the gates, the Redskins failed to score a touchdown and fell victim to enemy onslaught for the eighth straight time by the final score of 20-6.

 

One season after registering off seven straight victories on an improbable run to an NFC East championship and home playoff game, the Redskins posted their first three-win campaign since 1999.

 

It was also the first time the burgundy and gold failed to win a divisional game since 2009.

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Watch Mike Shanahan’s Final Statement

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 30, 2013 – 10:25 am

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About 15 minutes after the Redskins announced they have relieved Executive Vice President/Head Coach Mike Shanahan of his duties with the team, Shanahan made a statement to the media at Redskins Park.

“First off, I’d like to thank the fans,” Shanahan said.

“Through the first couple years, you go through some rough times. I can’t tell you how supportive this fan base is. And to be able to coach here… in front of fans like that, that support you the way they do, made me feel very special.”

Shanahan went on to thank Daniel Snyder for an opportunity to coach the team and thank the players for their efforts.

The former coach talked about the team’s issues with the salary cap, the progression of the franchise under his direction and positives for the future of the Redskins.

Watch video of the full statement below and follow @Redskins for updates throughout the day. Executive Vice President/General Manager Bruce Allen will address the media at 2 p.m. ET. Read more »


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