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Ryan Kerrigan Lists His Starting Five

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on February 28, 2014 – 3:27 pm



He’s got the biceps and the skill set, but the rest is up for debate.

Ryan Kerrigan once likened himself to Ben Wallace as an intimidator and a shot blocker on the basketball court, but he admitted his game has regressed.

battleKerrigan appeared on “Redskins Nation” with Larry Michael Wednesday to talk about his time at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine and promote a “Battle of the Beltway” charity basketball game  pitting Kerrigan’s squad against a team captained by Baltimore Ravens receiver Torrey Smith.

“I was pretty subpar to start with,” said Kerrigan, who was a big man for Muncie Central High School. “Now I have a knee – a bad knee – so it’s probably even worse, but it’ll be a good time.  I’m on the recruiting trail right now trying to round up some Redskins to play.”

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A Big Implosion And Metrodome Memories

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on February 28, 2014 – 11:56 am


A super site for Redskins fans crumbled early Sunday morning.

Workers from Mortensen Construction set off 84 explosive charges to demolish the roof ring of the Metrodome in Minneapolis, where Washington beat the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVI.

The Vikings will break ground on a new stadium project slated to open in 2016. When the Redskins travel to Minnesota next year, they will play at T.C.F. Bank Stadium.

With that in mind, it’s time for a cursatory look back at our favorite Metrodome memories:

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Jay Gruden: ‘We Need Time’

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on February 27, 2014 – 4:16 pm


Jay Gruden has a fire in his belly, but it’s not necessarily a raging bonfire befitting of a beachside bacchanalia. It can be a steady, slow-burning flame like a pilot light.

In Part Four of an exclusive interview with Redskins.com at the NFL Scouting Combine, Gruden would not say he wished the season started today.

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The Best Of Big “Swaggy” Chris Baker

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on February 27, 2014 – 3:19 pm



It’s been a long road for defensive lineman Chris Baker. Now “Swaggy” is reaping the rewards.

After getting kicked out of school at Penn State, maturing at Hampton and being waived by the Denver Broncos and the Miami Dolphins, Baker found a home in Washington. In 2013, his second year with the Redskins, the 26-year old snatched a starting job and his first career sack.

The Redskins showed a commitment to developing and retaining talent by announcing Thursday the team has re-signed Baker before he could test the market as a free agent.

“I think this year I’ve taken practice a lot more seriously and the film room a lot more seriously, and it’s starting to show on the field,” Baker said during the season.

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Charley Casserly Explains The Combine

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on February 27, 2014 – 11:42 am



NFL Network analyst and former Redskins general manager Charley Casserly does not put a ton of stock in the underwear Olympics.

Casserly told ESPN 980’s “The Sports Fix” he determined “80 to 90 percent” of his draft grades from the film room and generally dismisses workouts once he leaves an event.

The value in the NFL Scouting Combine and Pro Days is to “fine tune” nuances and test players for specific skills.

“What you do in a workout, whether it’s in Indy or a school, is really athletic ability, skills or technique work,” Casserly said Wednesday. Read more »

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Visiting Old Friends Marchibroda, Brooks

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 26, 2014 – 5:06 pm


You’re never far from home, even sitting in the lower bowl of Lucas Oil Stadium.

Earlier on Twitter, we celebrated our coverage of the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine by asking Redskins Nation to identify the former Washington Redskins coach and player immortalized in the Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor.

Speedy typists Shaun Wood and David Heyman were all over that:

As promised, each got a retweet and a follow from the Redskins’ official handle. But who are Bill Brooks and Ted Marchidbroda?

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Jerry Jones: Ware’s Return Not Automatic

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on February 26, 2014 – 3:30 pm



Consider this a Texas anology or an Arkansas anology or a Texarkana anology if you want.

Either way it’s folksy and tremendous and could mean Redskins fans won’t have to worry about a man who picked up at least one sack in 10 of the 16 games he’s faced Washington.

ESPN sat down with Jerry Jones at the NFL Scouting Combine and asked the  owner/general manager of the rival Dallas Cowboys about the future of four-time All-Pro DeMarcus Ware.

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NFL Network’s Dan Hellie And Amber Theoharis: More Than Just Pretty Faces

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 26, 2014 – 2:27 pm

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Gone, but not forgotten.

Last training camp, local TV talent Dan Hellie ascended from his role as Sports Anchor at NBC-4 in Washington, to the Host of NFL Total Access on the NFL Network.

He was joined by former Terp, Amber Theoharis, whom many of you will remember from her time as a sports anchor for WBOC, a radio personality for 105.7 out of Baltimore, a sports reporter at NBC-4 and of course her extensive work with the Baltimore Orioles’ broadcast on MASN.

But I digress…the point is that both local personalities have made it to the big time, which means that they are compelled to do things like run 40-yard dashes for all the world to see during the NFL Scouting Combine.

Let’s just say that both did fine, but may not have a future in track and field.

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Jay Gruden: Nobody Calls Me Jon

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on February 26, 2014 – 12:30 pm


If you’re pulling air from the atmosphere, you have or had parents or guardians. If you have siblings, you share those parents and guardians. If your parents and guardians are anything like my parents, you’ve been called the wrong name in stories and scoldings.

Apparently Jay Gruden has never had this issue.

In Part Three of an exclusive interview with Gruden at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, Larry Michael asked Gruden, “Does anyone ever call you Jon?”

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Baylor Rock Star RGIII Talks ‘Fresh Start’

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on February 26, 2014 – 11:05 am


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Robert Griffin III has given literal bear hugs, scaled a 53-foot free-standing rock structure, delivered an inspirational speech and appeared on national television to talk about the Redskins all in the few days at Baylor.

When I go back to school my most productive move is procuring fried chicken sandwiches from my favorite biscuit kitchen.

The DC Sports Bog captured the quarterback’s comments on Washington’s coaching change while RGIII appeared on a Fox Sports 1 broadcast of a women’s basketball game between the Bears and the Oklahoma Sooners.

“We’re all excited, everybody in the [Redskins] organization,” Griffin III said. “Talking to my teammates, it’s not that we’re starting over; we’re just getting a fresh start. So we’ve got a new leader at the helm and we’re going to be a united front.” Read more »

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