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This Day In History: Redskins Defeat Vikings To Advance To NFC Championship

Posted by Jake Kring-Schreifels on January 15, 2015 – 6:17 pm

NFL Hall of Famers

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Jan. 16, 1983…

The celebrated Hogs create enough holes in the Minnesota Vikings defense for John Riggins to plow for a Redskins playoff record 185 yards, leading Washington to a 21-7 win and a spot in the NFC Championship Game.

Before leaving the game, Riggins gallantly bows to the 54,000-plus Redskins faithful, who roar in approval with chants of “We Want Dallas!”

Take a look at the slideshow below! Do you remember this day?

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Bill Callahan, A Brief Background

Posted by Jake Kring-Schreifels on January 15, 2015 – 5:09 pm

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Bill Callahan, the Redskins’ new offensive line coach, has quite a football history, and it’s not all coaching.

Growing up in Chicago’s south side, Callahan attended Mendel Catholic High School as a prepster, and he started at quarterback.

That transferred over to NAIA Benedictine (now Benedictine University in Illinois) and started three years at quarterback, earning honorable-mention All-American honors in his last two years. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in 1978, majoring in physical education.

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Bill Callahan as a sophomore wearing #10 during 1975-76 season (Benedictine University)

He was inducted into the Benedictine University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2004.

“He reminded me of Fran Tarkenton,” Callahan’s football coach John Ostrowski told the Chicago Tribune. “Once he got a chance to start, man, did the leader come out in him.

“Also–I remember like it was yesterday–when his last season at Benedictine was ending, he said he wanted to coach.”

In the same article, Callahan’s former teacher and football coach at Mendel Catholic, Reverend Richard McGrath, commented on his student’s character.

“He was a hard-working, determined young man who knew what he wanted,” he said. “He did not have the greatest physical skills, but he had the determination to compensate for that.”

Callahan began his coaching career at two prep schools, Oak Lawn High School in 1978 and then De La Salle in 1979, where he also served as an instructor.

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Callahan receiving the AFC Championship trophy in 2003 (AP Image)

He graduated coaching into the college ranks at Illinois for six years and then migrated to Northern Arizona, Southern Illinois and Wisconsin for four years. After a stint in the NFL with the Eagles and the Raiders, which included a Super Bowl appearance against Tampa Bay, Callahan signed on as head coach with Nebraska.

Below is a video of his introduction to Nebraska fans as part of the Husker Nation Tour. Cut to about 2:20 to see him rile up the crowd answer some questions.

Callahan returned to the NFL in 2008 as an assistant head coach with the Jets and eventually moved to the Cowboys in 2012.

Callahan’s first year in New York  did wonders for three Jets offensive linemen; center Nick Mangold, guard Alan Faneca and tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson were named to the Pro Bowl. All three repeated in 2009.

With Callahan’s leadership, the Jets broke the franchise record in 2009 by gaining 2,756 yards on the ground through 16 regular season games and led the league in rushing, averaging 4.5-yard per attempt.

As Callahan takes over the Redskins’ O-line, he’ll be looking for similar results.


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Follow The 1st Ladies Of Football On Snapchat

Posted by Redskins.com on January 15, 2015 – 3:22 pm

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The Washington Redskins Cheerleaders are diving into Snapchat.

Be sure to follow FirstLadiesOfFb, as the squad will share exclusive behind-the-scenes images and video with their fans. They’re kicking it off with Charo’s experience at the Pro Bowl in Scottsdale, Ariz., which is being held Jan. 25.

The 1st Ladies will provide behind the scene photos & videos that cannot be seen on their current social media presence or at Redskins.com/cheerleaders. In order to see this footage you will need to download the Snapchat app on your phone and follow their username: FirstLadiesOfFB.


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A Look Inside The Redskins Archives: Joe Gibbs Strategizes In The Shower

Posted by Jake Kring-Schreifels on January 15, 2015 – 12:29 pm

Gibbs Bathroom

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Over the coming weeks, The Redskins Blog will be providing you with a different look at the franchise’s past.

Unlike Throwback Thursday where we’ve looked at important moments on the gridiron against an upcoming opponent, this series will examine some of the lighter moments as we go through all of the photos stored at Redskins Park in Loudoun County, Va.

This week we couldn’t resist to post this picture, taken in 1982, of head coach Joe Gibbs with his staff in the team’s locker room shower.

As always, here are a list of questions to ponder while staring at this incredible shot…

— Why is the coaching staff drawing up plays in the shower? (Is the lighting better?)

— Are their offices all under construction?

— Was matching golf shoes a thing back then?

— How was this photographer allowed into this environment?

— Are the players about to crowd in soon to discuss the play?

We just have to applaud this wonderful question mark of a shot, mostly because it re-confirms the notion that we all do our best thinking in the shower.


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ESPN Pundits Release Mock Draft Updates

Posted by Stephen Czarda on January 15, 2015 – 11:30 am

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It’s that time of the year again, where mock drafts are released and ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay argue the reasoning for their selections of players at certain spots in the NFL Draft.

It’s already begun, as they have different players for the Redskins at the No. 5 pick in the upcoming draft.

Kiper Jr. has Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory going to the Redskins, while McShay has Missouri defensive end Shane Ray coming to Washington.

In two seasons at Nebraska, Gregory recorded 60 tackles with 16.5 sacks and two interceptions.

Ray, meanwhile, in three seasons at Missouri recorded 120 tackles and 17.5 sacks.

While we’ll certainly get into more detail about the NFL Draft in the coming days, weeks and months, this is to just show you some of the names being floated around the Redskins early.


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Maccagnan Picks Up Bowles From Airport 25 Years Later

Posted by Jake Kring-Schreifels on January 15, 2015 – 10:59 am

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If you’re a fan of reunions and re-enactments, this story is for you.

The New York Jets recently announced the hiring of head coach Todd Bowles, a former defensive back for the Redskins.

Earlier this week, the Jets also hired Mike Maccagnan as their new general manager. Maccagnan was so eager to meet Bowles that he took a driver with him to the airport to greet the new head coach as he stepped off the plane.

The significance?

25 years ago an identical scene occurred when Maccagnan, then an intern with the Redskins, picked up Bowles at the airport.

“When we first met, it was immediately clear how sincere and very real he is,” Maccagnan said in an ESPN article. “While he appreciates the need for discipline, players love playing for him, and I believe he has outstanding qualities to help make the Jets a competitive, winning team.”

Redskins interns, it’s a bright day.


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Bashaud Breeland Named To Gil Brandt’s All-Rookie Team

Posted by Stephen Czarda on January 15, 2015 – 10:12 am

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Bashaud Breeland’s great rookie season is being recognized by NFL.com’s Gil Brandt, as the Clemson product was named to his All-Rookie Team.

Breeland — the Redskins’ fourth-round selection and 102nd pick overall this past NFL Draft — was the 10th cornerback taken, but, as any Redskins fan knows, he far exceeded expectation especially considering he wasn’t pegged as a starter early on.

But, when DeAngelo Hall went down for the season Week 3 against the Philadelphia Eagles with a torn Achilles, Breeland was asked to step up.

And, boy, did he ever.

In 16 games, Breeland recorded 71 tackles — tied for sixth-most on the team — along with a team-high 17 passes defensed and two interceptions.

His grandest moment, or at least the most visible, came against Dallas Week 8 when he held Dez Bryant to just three receptions for 30 yards.

Then, on the final play of the game, Breeland extended out to make a game-winning play:

In Week 16, Breeland’s clutch gene once again showed on national television, as he hauled in a late interception that helped set up a game-winning field goal:


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Former Redskin Todd Bowles Hired As New Jets Head Coach

Posted by Jake Kring-Schreifels on January 15, 2015 – 9:18 am

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The New York Jets announced the hiring of Todd Bowles Wednesday as their new head coach.

Did you know he has some Redskins history?

Bowles played eight seasons (1986-90; 1992-93) for the Redskins as a defensive back and free safety, hauling in 15 interceptions and recovering seven fumbles over his career.

After going undrafted out of Temple, he signed with the Redskins and went on to play in 117 career regular-season games, including starting for the 1987 Super Bowl XXII championship team.

Bowles went into coaching shortly after retiring, beginning with the Packers and then migrating to the Jets as a defensive backs coach. He then jumped to the Browns, Cowboys and Dolphins before becoming defensive coordinator for the Eagles and most recently the Cardinals.

“There was his intelligence — he called the signals for our [Redskins] defense, which was very complex,” said former Redskins general manager Charles Casserly to the New York Post. “And he was hungry, he wanted it bad.”

Check out the photo gallery of Bowles’ playing career below.

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