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Pierre Garçon and Cecil Shorts III: The Pride Of Mount Union

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 2, 2013 – 4:46 pm

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Cecil Shorts III and Pierre Garcon (AP)

Yesterday in Cleveland, Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts III had a fairy tale game.

As Jaguars.com senior writer John Oehser detailed, Shorts III returned to his home town to score a go-ahead touchdown with less than a minute remaining against the Browns.

Shorts’ former teammate at the University of Mount Union took notice.

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Shanahan Tackles Hard-Hitting Presser

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 2, 2013 – 3:26 pm

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In comparison to the 2012 version, the 2013 Redskins season has de-escalated quickly despite having some of the best talent in the National Football League right here in Ashburn.

Questions continue to circulate around quarterback Robert Griffin III like a pack of pitbulls that has a piece of meat in front and hasn’t eaten in days, confusion has run rampant on the decision to nip Alfred Morris appearances in the second half on more occasions than not and the defense—and for some the base 3-4 package—is failing to shut down opponents this season.

And that’s just a little tiny preview of what’s been said about this team, folks.

I didn’t even bring up the special teams struggles.

Anyway, less than 24 hours after the Redskins fell to the Giants head coach Mike Shanahan gripped the team logged microphone and was frank with his assessment.

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Pereira Offers Clarity On Official Confusion

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 2, 2013 – 1:10 pm

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While the picture above is grainier than footage of the Loch Ness Monster, we know that the Sunday Night Football officials are offering two very different set of instructions.

At the top of your screen, head referee Jeff Triplette is signaling third down following a four-yard completion to Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon.

The clock is running inside of two minutes and no official measurement was called for, so the Redskins and Giants hustle up to the line.

But wait.

At the bottom of your screen, head linesman Phil McKinley is (incorrectly) waving the chain crew to move up to mark the first down.

So what do you do?

As a member of the Redskins coaching staff, the chain gang moves the sticks and the down marker is switched to first down. Head coach Mike Shanahan is not looking for Triplette gesturing with three fingers in the air, he’s basing his play call off the official down marker.

From there, he’s going to make an aggressive play call and target tight end Fred Davis 20 yards downfield. Picking up inches on third down was understandably the furthest thing from his mind.

After the game, Triplette offered an explanation that raised as many questions as it answered.

This morning, former Vice President of Officiating in the National Football League and current Rules Analyst at FOX Sports Mike Pereira sat down with FOX Sports Live to explain the play in detail.

WARNING: Before diving in, Pereira promises, “You’re going to see that there is a major crew breakdown.” This review is not for the feint of heart:

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What Went Right And What Went Awry: Redskins Giants

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 2, 2013 – 12:36 pm

The Redskins were eliminated from playoff contention in a 24-17 loss to the Giants on Sunday night composed of a hot start, a second-half collapse and a controversial spot at FedExField .

Through most of the first half, the Redskins dictated the game. Let’s take a look at what went right on a few big plays and what went awry for Washington.

Highlight: Alfred Morris plunges into the end zone from one yard out to score the Redskins’ first opening drive touchdown of the season.

What went right: In football parlance, this is called putting a hat on a hat. Washington lines up in a power running formation with an extra tackle, a tight end, an H-back and a fullback. Right guard Chris Chester pulls to his left, and the left side of the line blocks down right to compensate. Trent Williams moves Cullen Jenkins out of position. Logan Paulsen occupies Mathias Kiwanuka, and Chester comes across the line to chip in. Tom Compton gets to the next level, taking out linebacker Jon Beason. Morris cuts into the gap created by Williams,  Chester and Paulsen and dives across the goal line. Read more »


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Griffin III: ‘Too Good To Be 10-Loss Team’

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 2, 2013 – 11:19 am

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Showing flashes of what some outside media have described as the “Old Robert”, second-year quarterback Robert Griffin III came out firing last night, refusing to have a second straight letdown performance happen in front of a national audience.

Connecting on his first five passes of the opening drive for 58 yards, the sophomore marched the burgundy and gold deep into New York territory where Alfred Morris dove forward for the first touchdown of the evening.

On the ‘Skins third drive, Griffin III was once again perfect through the air. He capped the drive with a 19-yard connection to tight end Logan Paulsen.

Then, like clockwork this season, it all unraveled in the second half.

Griffin III was off-target on some of his throws, receivers were dropping what seemed like every pass in the fourth quarter and the O-line failed to contain Justin Tuck, as he bullrushed his way to four sacks.

After the game, Griffin III talked about the tale of two halves.

“You want to go back and look at all the film and make sure you did everything you could on that play, like I said last week. That was a big emphasis. We were gelling early on, putting points up, moved the ball really well, and in the second half we just shot ourselves in the foot and got some bad situations. Weren’t converting on third down and the manageable third downs and you’ve just got to make plays on those longer distances. We weren’t doing that in the second half. That’s why some of our drives stalled.”

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Let Ryan Kerrigan Serve You A Steak

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 2, 2013 – 10:30 am

Ryan Kerrigan

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When the 6-foot-4, 260 pound linebacker is rushing toward you, don’t be alarmed.

Ryan Kerrigan will be wearing an apron and serving up armfuls of red meat at his First Annual Celebrity Waiter Night at Ruth’s Chris Steak Steak House in Arlington, Va., on Monday, Dec. 2. This is your last chance to register for tonight’s event.

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Shanahan: ‘We’ll See Who Steps Up’

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 2, 2013 – 10:00 am

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It’s a tough dosage of reality that will take a while to swallow.

Just one season after the Washington Redskins captured the heart of the DMV, and this great nation for that matter, in a blaze of Robert Griffin III effectiveness, defensive prowess and Alfred Morris proving that he’s a heckuva lot better than anyone thought he’d be, that same group of characters have been officially eliminated from playoff contention with four games remaining.

Whether it’s been the offense’s inability to go for the jugular, the defense’s struggles compounded by broken tackles or the special teams unit unable to provide quality field position, the 2013 Redskins failed to capitalize on last year’s magic.

After the game, head coach Mike Shanahan said it’s time to see who wants to step up and play even without the opportunity to hoist the Lombardi Trophy in February.

“It’s disappointing. That’s what you are playing for. That’s the one reason you play this game – to get to the playoffs. It gives you an opportunity to reach your goal. When you are out of it, it’s very disappointing. Now, you find out how guys step up and play the remainder of the season. You don’t like to play for pride, but sometimes that’s the card that is dealt. That’s where we’re at right now, and we’ll see which guys step up and play at a high level for the remaining games.”

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Son Of Washington Gallery: NYG-WAS

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 2, 2013 – 9:00 am

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I’ve got to give it up to Mr. One Man Band aka Son of Washington’s Evan Redmon.

While the rest of his media counterparts are up in a toasty press box tweeting about what color pants the team is wearing in warmups, he’s down on the field snapping pictures and taking a breather to give a quick video update.

While the thought of no playoffs in Washington will be difficult to comprehend for quite some time, don’t let the disappointment of a 3-9 record deter you from viewing some of Redmon’s fabulous pre and postgame work along with a few shots during the playing of football itself.

Here’s a gallery of select images from last night’s home game vs. the New York Giants:

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Recapping 163rd Redskins-Giants Game

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 2, 2013 – 7:00 am

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The Washington Redskins came out of the gates quickly on Sunday night, achieving something they didn’t do against the San Francisco 49ers just six days earlier or on any prior opening drive this season—score a touchdown.

The opening drive, however, was the highlight of another second half slump as the Redskins fell to the New York Giants 24-17, dropping their record to 3-9 and officially eliminating them from playoff contention.

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