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Garcon Closing Gap On Art Monk’s Record

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 17, 2013 – 3:39 pm

(Via Fansided)

(Via Fansided)

Earlier today as part of the Redskins Blog’s weekly stat ranking update, I centered the post on the output of wide receiver Pierre Garcon and his transcendence to—near—the top of a longstanding franchise record.

Not surprisingly, the little tidbit gained some traction in the Twitterverse.

There were many a years where the Hall of Famer recorded at least 40 receptions—12 to be exact—but in 1984 he became the first and only Redskin to record triple-digits with 106 catches. Santana Moss (93) and Laveranues Coles (90) came close in the mid to late 2000’s, but neither truly challenged Monk’s record.

Garcon, however, is well within striking distance. At 96 receptions and counting, the former Mount Union star needs just 10 more to tie and 11 to become the franchise’s single season receptions king.

With Dallas’ defense on a historical pace of awfulness and the ending of the first Redskins-Giants game enough incentive to prove he’s got the hands to compete with a legend, Garcon is in position to surpass Monk.

Here are some facts about Garcon and the last two matchups that you might not know that really favor him snatching the record:

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Coach’s Turn: Mike Shanahan At The Mic

Posted by Stephen Czarda on October 10, 2013 – 3:32 pm

(AP Image)

(AP Image)

In the heyday of the Redskins-Cowboys rivalry Hall of Fame head coach George Allen would use any motivational method possible to pump up his team.

Ranging from an in your face speech that would get the blood pumping to kicking a board in two with a Taekwondo outfit and standing in amazement with mouth wide open wondering what just happened, he’d go to any measure to prove that losing to Dallas is the absolute worst thing in the world. Even more so than traffic on I-495, on a Friday, with a protest going on when you need to be at a meeting in Maryland in 30 minutes.

While current head coach Mike Shanahan keeps most of his Dallas Week plans under wrap I can tell you that he won’t be doing any flying kicks around Redskins Park. And if he does–well that’s where new blogger Gabe Hiatt comes into action.

Cool, calm, dry and collected, Shanahan addressed the media this afternoon with just three days until the annual slugfest in the Lone Star State.

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An Unexpected Dallas Story

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on October 10, 2013 – 9:12 am

(AP)

(AP)

The kindness of strangers and a gift from the Cowboys come to mind when practice squad player Troy Kropog looks back at his life in Dallas circa 2005.

When I floated around the Redskins locker room Wednesday gathering handshakes and introductions like a politician, I didn’t expect to hear a story like Kropog’s. I saw a large man sitting alone at his locker. I approached, introduced myself and asked if he had any connection to Dallas.

The offensive lineman said not really. He lived there once as an evacuee.

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My five favorite things about Redskins Chronicles: Redskins Cowboys Rivalry

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on October 8, 2013 – 3:20 pm

Maybe you like the History Channel.

Maybe you like to whittle the hours away with first-hand accounts of brave Americans storming the beaches of Normandy. Maybe you get a kick out of bearded duck-call moguls.

That’s all solid programming, but I don’t watch. When I need my nostalgia fix, I turn to the NFL archives, preferably video filled with spots and cracks indicative of 16 mm film, preferably produced by the Redskins.

The latest installment of Redskins Chronicles covering the Redskins Cowboys Rivalry is a treasure trove of historical video. Watch the clip. Not only will you learn the story behind one of the NFL’s most impassioned rivalries, you’ll pick up priceless details of past periods.

This is my second day on the job at Redskins.com, and I couldn’t think of a better way to settle in.

Here are my five favorite things about the Redskins Chronicles episode covering the Redskins Cowboys Rivalry:

1. NFL marching bands: Our first sign of a bygone era also spotlights talented musicians who played “Hail to the Redskins.” We learn in Redskins Chronicles that the rights to that song were essential to the birth of the Cowboys. Old-timey trades were the best.

Band

2. Clint Murchison, Jr., has a 300-pound, cast-iron double phone. What is this device? It just looks like a phone receiver glued to another one. I can’t imagine it helping in any way, but I want one shipped to my desk at Redskins Park immediately.

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Papa John’s Kicks Off Dallas Week Proper

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 7, 2013 – 3:55 pm

(AP Image)

(AP Image)

It’s rainy and gray in the Nation’s Capital today, making a Monday with no organized nap time that much more fun.

papa johns

But on a day like today, there are three things that should make every Redskins fan smile. First of all, the Redskins are back at full strength after the bye week, bolstering the defense with two regulars from last year: Jarvis Jenkins and Rob Jackson.

Secondly, the Dallas Cowboys–this week’s opponent–lost in heart-warming fashion yesterday, with Tony Romo leading the world in passing yards and touchdowns, before serving up one of his patented Romo Turnovers.

The third reason for Redskins fans to be excited is Papa John’s 10 FREE TOPPINGS special, for Monday only!

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