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LBs Candid About Fletcher’s Assistance

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 18, 2013 – 4:12 pm

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It’s the news of the day. Brian Orakpo, London Fletcher

Veteran linebacker London Fletcher walked into the media room deep inside Redskins Park after practice, grabbed the team logoed microphone and announced that he’s 99 percent certain Week 17 will be the last time he dons an NFL jersey with shoulder pads underneath.

Soon after, teammates ranging from fellow old-timer Santana Moss to rookies nearly half his age began reflecting on their time with and under the grizzled four-time Pro Bowler.

Sometimes those of us on the outside forget how much time players spend with one another. The countless hours together often breeds unbreakable bonds that last a lifetime.

Fellow linebacker mates scratched the surface of what Fletcher’s presence has meant to their professional careers shortly after the announcement spread through the Internet:

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Wednesday Practice Snapshots

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 18, 2013 – 3:47 pm


London Fletcher converses with veteran Kedric Golston

Before he took the podium at Redskins Park and announced he was “99 percent” sure he would retire at the end of the 2013 season, 16-year veteran London Fletcher participated in an indoor practice.

The linebacker cracked jokes with Darryl Tapp during stretching and had a conversation with Kedric Golston while the special teams units drilled.

Here are your Wednesday practice snapshots. Read more »

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What was London Fletcher’s Best Game At FedExField?

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 18, 2013 – 3:02 pm



London Fletcher announced Wednesday that Sunday’s home game against the Cowboys would “more than likely” be his last hurrah at FedExField.

In seven seasons as a Redskins linebacker, Fletcher gave the home crowd their money’s worth.

What do you think was Fletcher’s best performance in 63 home games? I’ll contribute the first nomination and take your suggestions before we pare down our final choices for a poll to be released on Friday.

On Sunday we’ll take a look at how you voted. Here’s my first selection. Read more »

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Player’s Turn: Kirk Cousins At The Mic

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 18, 2013 – 2:22 pm

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That right there, that was on me.

I’m paraphrasing a little bit, but Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins took the blame for his three turnovers and failed two-point conversion on Sunday. He also said spending extra time in the film room this week was paramount.

Well, he had about 72 hours to dissect his first start of the season before focusing his energies on a Dallas Cowboys defense that is close to historical ineptness.

Looking back at Atlanta and ahead to a matchup that could put the Dallas Cowboys down for the count, here’s all that Cousins had to say this afternoon:

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Fletcher Says ’13 ‘More Than Likely’ Last

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 18, 2013 – 1:49 pm

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This is one of those days in Redskins Nation that comes with mixed emotions.

On one hand, there’s the understanding of his decision and the wholehearted appreciation of London Fletcher’s body of work. Week in and week out since September 6th, 1998 the four-time Pro Bowler has sacrificed his body for the greater good of his team.

Every. Single. Week.

Then there’s the reality that the open-armed veteran presence will more than likely be hanging up his burgundy and gold No. 59 jersey for good. The same guy that each young player that has walked through the doors of Redskins Park over the last seven years has looked up to.

Over the coming days, weeks and months we’ll provide you with complete retrospective on Fletcher’s stint in Washington (even if he decides to come back) but in the meantime here are some highlights from his brilliant run:

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Watch Children Get Christmas Presents And Beam At ‘Skins Santa Shoppe

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 18, 2013 – 11:25 am

Santa’s workshop came to FedExField on Tuesday, and more than 1,100 presents found new owners.

Sit down and watch the video above. Then forward it to the scrooge in your life.

I’m still trying to clean up my heart, which has warmed and melted into puddle around my feet.

Read the full story here.

See a photo gallery from the event with accompanying music after the jump. Read more »

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VOTE: Favorite Moment Vs. Dallas

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 18, 2013 – 10:22 am

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Santana Moss refused to see the stars celebrate in his first Washington Redskins-Dallas Cowboys.

The wide receiver brought Big Apple toughness and that one-of-a-kind University of Miami swagger with him to the Nation’s Capital in 2005. He knew the Lone Star State couldn’t outlast him for 60 minutes.

After the offense was shutout in the first game of the 2005 season against the Chicago Bears, the struggles continued in Big D. It seemed like there was an invisible fence constructed at the goal line that prevented anything burgundy and gold from entering.

32 years earlier Ken Houston WAS the fence that prevented any Cowboys entrance.

And 12 months ago there was no stopping Alfred Morris from jaunting his way into the end zone on not one, not two, but THREE touchdown runs on not 100 but 200 yards.

With all of that Redskins goodness jumbled up into one quick summary, here’s some video to help you decide which rivalry moment is the best choice for this week’s Redskins.com feature poll:

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Redskins Rank No. 2 On Tony Romo’s 10 Most Heartbreaking Losses

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 18, 2013 – 9:38 am



At 3-11, the Redskins aren’t making many top 10 lists as of late. But thanks to Tony Romo and the Green Bay Packers, Washington found a spot near the top in one category.

Following Green Bay’s stunning comeback from a 23-point deficit on Sunday, NFL Media Around the League Editor Gregg Rosenthal compiled a list of Tony Romo’s 10 most heartbreaking losses.

Coming in at No. 2, Washington’s NFC East-clinching, 28-18 home win over Dallas from Week 17 of 2012.  Read more »

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Darrel Young, Battle Ropes And Kettleballs

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 18, 2013 – 7:00 am

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“When you’re tired in the fourth quarter that pinkish, grey tissue that you call a brain starts talking to you and the little man upstairs says ‘What do you want to do? I’m tired. I’m too tired right now I can’t do this.’ But that’s when you put yourself in that situation to say ‘Hey, I’m going to overcome all of this, man. I’ve been at the bottom. I don’t want to be there anymore. I want to be at the top. I want to be this elite guy. I want to be someone that is remembered.’”

Sorry local fast-food joint but you won’t be seeing Darrel Young‘s face in your drive-thru window anytime soon.

His palate might scream yummy, but his multi-colored brain tells him otherwise.

You remember when you were released on September 24th 2009, right? Exactly.

This week’s NFL Up! video takes a look at DY’s acorn cracking stares and what he does mentally to get himself ready to bulldoze personal bests in the weight room.

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