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Top 32 Draft Classes: Number One Seeds

Posted by Chris Herting on March 19, 2013 – 3:11 pm

march-madness_draft_classesOn Sunday night, we launched a bracket style vote on Facebook for you, the fan, to decide your favorite Redskins draft class of all-time. We seeded each draft class since 1980 (#1-8), divided them into four brackets, and are leaving the rest up to you! And just for participating, we’re selecting one grand prize winner at random to receive a Robert Griffin III autographed jersey!

Of course, we’ll have other prizes along the way at the culmination of each round.

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Catch ‘The Mike Shanahan Coach’s Show’

Posted by Andrew Walker on August 23, 2012 – 4:19 pm

The weekly look into everything Redskins with head coach Mike Shanahan is back — and will be airing at a special time Saturday.

Taping got underway today for the first episode of “The Mike Shanahan Coach’s Show,” which will air Saturday at 10:30 a.m. (EST) on NBC-4.

The show will air for the rest of the season on Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.

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Catch Charles Mann On ‘Late Night’

Posted by Andrew Walker on August 22, 2012 – 3:19 pm

He was a four-time Pro Bowler with 82 sacks and 17 forced fumbles as a member of the Washington Redskins.

He also won two Super Bowls during his stay in Washington.

And now he’s the featured guest on your favorite Redskins late-night show.

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Area Firefighters Excited For 2012 Season

Posted by Andrew Walker on July 25, 2012 – 8:45 am

Washington Redskins defensive back DeJon Gomes talks with Montgomery County (Maryland) firefighter Gary Mann prior to Tuesday’s 80th Anniversary Thank You Tour stop in Silver Spring, Md. Capt. Thomas Foster is shown behind Mann.


On Sundays they’re just like you or me: they enjoy sitting in front of the TV with their Redskins on and their snacks within an arm’s reach away.

The only difference? In the blink of an eye, their focus could turn from cheering for a Brian Orakpo sack to saving lives.

The firefighters at Montgomery County (Maryland) Fire and Rescue Station 18 know this feeling all too well.

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Tour: Redskins Have Fun In Silver Spring

Posted by Andrew Walker on July 24, 2012 – 5:24 pm

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A group of Washington Redskins cheerleaders and current and former players found themselves trying to keep up with dozens of young children at play on Tuesday.

The Redskins’ 80th Anniversary Thank You Tour was at Silver Spring, Md., as part of an NFL “Play 60” event, a league campaign encouraging children to be active for at least 60 minutes a day to help reverse the trend of childhood obesity.

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‘Ker-rakpo’ Among League’s Best Tandems

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 9, 2012 – 3:33 pm

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It took most of the 2011 season, but the rest of the league has finally caught on to the fact that the Redskins are doing something special at outside linebacker.  It’s interesting what a difference 12 months can make.

In ProFootballFocus.com’s analysis of the most productive edge-rushers in the NFL, the Redskins are one of exactly two teams (Eagles) with a pair of edge rushers in the Top-20.  This stands in stark contrast to last offseason, when the Redskins forewent a franchise quarterback in the first rounds in order to secure a pass-rush complement to Brian Orakpo.

So, what determines a player’s pass rushing productivity?  The folks at PFF have developed a complicated formula (Sacks + 0.75 (Hits + Hurries)/ Number of Pass Rushing Attempts * 100 = PRP), which highlights the 4-3 defensive ends and 3-4 linebackers that are able to disrupt the offense with the greatest frequency.

Redskins veteran Brian Orakpo blitzes from the blindside of a right-handed quarterback, and is the 11th-ranked edge rusher in football.  Redskins rookie Ryan Kerrigan blitzes into the grill of right-handed quarterbacks, and was ranked 20th in the league for edge rush production.

After only a year together on the job, this devastating duet has big potential for the future.  Here are just a few of the reasons why: Read more »

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Dexter Manley Offers His Take On Fixing The Defense

Posted by Brian Tinsman on May 16, 2011 – 11:33 am

Dexter Manley was at Redskins Park on Friday to dispense some advice to kids as part of the 4th & Life campaign. He also had some suggestions for Albert Haynesworth, but Manley didn’t stop there. Here, via intrepid intern Brian Tinsman, are his thoughts on the team’s 3-4 defense, the brand new pass-rushing tandem of Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan … and what needs to improve.

by Brian Tinsman

Dexter Manley was one of the most fearsome pass rushers of his generation, striking fear — and 253 pounds of burgundy and gold — into opposing quarterbacks. At Friday’s 4th & Life event at Redskins Park, he packed only a ferocious handshake as he shared with me a few thoughts on the team.

Manley was a stellar 4-3 defensive end for the Redskins from 1981-1989. In his time on the team he collected 91 sacks with his hand in the dirt. To see the team switch to the 3-4 last year, he says, was a mistake, especially with the older players.

“See, that’s a tough one,” he said. “You’ve been putting your hand in the dirt for a lot of years, and all of the explosiveness, it comes from where? You explosiveness comes from down here, in your glutes and in your thighs. You can pop off the ball, POW!” Read more »

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Charles Mann On MC Hammer And The Falcons

Posted by Matt Terl on March 8, 2011 – 10:40 am

A few weeks ago (and for no real reason), I found myself writing about the January 1992 playoff game between the Redskins and the Falcons and focusing on the fact that the Falcons had rapper MC Hammer on their sidelines. The post ended with screencaps of several victorious Redskins defensemen mocking Hammer’s single (and unofficial Falcons theme song) ‘2 Legit 2 Quit’. One of those defensemen was Charles Mann, so — when Mann was at Redskins Park mentoring students with Merrill Lynch the other day — I asked what he remembered about MC Hammer and the Atlanta Falcons.

And his answer broke a little bit with the Gibbs-era tradition of never taking shots at an opponent. Read more »

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Charles Mann’s Hands

Posted by Matt Terl on February 28, 2011 – 11:32 am

I shook Charles Mann’s hand when he was in the building on Thursday, talking to students about preparation and planning. It was an unexpectedly painful experience.

The pain was unexpected not because Mann doesn’t look strong (he does), but because there’s been so much talk over the years about Dexter Manley’s handshake and no one ever mentions Mann’s. “It’s a standoff,” Mann says, when I ask him how his grip matched up to his old defensive linemate’s. “He tries to hurt people. I’m just really firm, because for years these things” — he holds out his huge hands and twisted fingers — “hurt so bad, and now they don’t hurt anymore. So this is like payback.”

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Charles Mann Hosts Students At Redskins Park

Posted by Matt Terl on February 24, 2011 – 12:50 pm

Redskins great Charles Mann is at Redskins Park today, along with Jeff Wood, Managing Director of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. They’re leading about thirty kids from T.C. Williams High School on a tour of Redskins Park, discussing goal setting, preparation, planning, and strategies for success — how those things are important in football, and by extension how they’re important when it comes to these kids making plans for the future.

The trophies that stand in a case near the entrance to the facility — two of which were acquired largely because Mann prepared tirelessly when he himself was a player — make a compelling visual argument for the football part of that theory, and Mann’s stories, bolstered by those sorts of visual aids, seem to make a pretty solid impression on the kids.

“Bringing kids to something that they can relate to and putting fiscal preparedness in that context,” Wood explains, “it resonates with them a lot better.”

“When these kids see a professional athlete,” Mann adds, “or in this case a former professional athlete, they want to know what you drive, they want to see how you live. And this is an opportunity to say, look, I don’t live beyond my means. I don’t have bling all over, I don’t have a chauffeur. That’s not real life.”

I’ll have more on this later, including Mann’s memories of the “2 Legit 2 Quit” game and his theory on what modern defensive ends do less effectively than he and his peers. Read more »

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