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Don’t Hate Chris Baker For Rooting On The Denver Broncos

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on January 13, 2014 – 2:37 pm

Give Chris Baker a pass, please.

 

 

The sight of the Redskins defensive end decked out in Broncos gear on Sunday in Denver might upset some Redskins fans, but here’s why you should be okay with it.

His best friend was on the field wearing an orange No. 94 jersey. 

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Sean Taylor Might Have Made The Best Moment In Pro Bowl History

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on January 13, 2014 – 1:35 pm

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In an effort to promote the unconferenced 2014 NFL Pro Bowl, the NFL has released an online ballot for fans to vote on the best moment in Pro Bowl history.

As of Monday afternoon, the late Sean Taylor was leading the poll, garnering 33 percent of the votes for laying out Buffalo punter Brian Moorman on a fake punt in 2007.

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Chris Cooley: Jay Gruden ‘Down To Earth’ And Good For Robert Griffin III

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on January 13, 2014 – 12:04 pm

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In nine seasons with the Redskins, tight end Chris Cooley played under Joe Gibbs, Jim Zorn and Mike Shanahan. In his first season as an analyst for ESPN 980, the Redskins Radio Network and the Redskins Broadcast Network, Cooley provided an insider’s perspective throughout the final year of the Shanahan regimeCooley arrived at Redskins Park last Thursday with some time to kill before interviewing Gruden on-air after a press conference to introduce the 29th head coach of the franchise.

Cooley briefly met Gruden before the coach’s hectic media tour. Afterward, I sat down with Cooley for a one-on-one interview to get his early impressions of the new head coach. (The following interview has been edited and condensed).

Gabe Hiatt: What are your impressions of this move and this fit with Jay Gruden?

Chris Cooley: I’m excited because I feel like all the pieces that Bruce (Allen) wants are currently here. I’ve been a believer in Bruce since the minute he walked in the door. I think he understands people well. I think he understands players well. He knows who to bring in. My trust in that, and his relationships with everyone in the football world are so high. I think it’s an exciting time. You have everyone on the same page with Bruce, with Jay, with the scouting department now… You have a completely synched organization. That’s something we really haven’t had since I’ve been here. Read more »


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The Alfred Morris Airport Diet

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on January 13, 2014 – 11:15 am

Alfred Morris

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By now blog readers should be aware of Alfred Morris’ morning dietary preferences.

Morris hustled to Chick-Fil-A after cleaning out his locker, preferring to make the breakfast cutoff instead of rehash Mike Shanahan’s tenure with reporters.

 

 

But it’s not as if Morris was unwilling to talk that day. In fact he talked to us about improving during the offseason.  He was just a hungry Alfred.

Ever the loyal customer, Morris used a hearty chicken breakfast to get him through the airport gauntlet on Monday.

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Robert Griffin III Explains Arm Sleeve On Facebook

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on January 13, 2014 – 10:36 am

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Supposedly the fashion emerged from a case of elbow bursitus plaguing a scrappy guard from Georgetown.

Allen Iverson was known for his style as well as his grit, his braids and his sleeve as well as his intrepid attacks on the basket.

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More than a decade after Iverson popularized the compression sleeve in the NBA, Robert Griffin III helped elevate Baylor’s football program, bringing a Heisman trophy to Waco, Texas, with a similar sleeve on his arm.

The quarterback flashed a playful style, wearing Superman socks to the Heisman ceremony in New York.

Griffin III drew the spotlight in Washington with scintillating play during a 10-6 Redskins campaign that earned him 2012 NFL Rookie of the Year. When Griffin III and the Redskins struggled in 2013, some of that attention turned sour.

On Friday, the quarterback took to Facebook to explain why he wears the sleeve and how the attention he attracts doesn’t detract from the team.  Read more »


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