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Rex Grossman Joins The QB Derby, And Other Links

Posted by Matt Terl on May 18, 2011 – 4:59 pm

Well, the ongoing radio-based offseason Redskins quarterback controversy continues: first with John Beck returning to the airwaves yesterday, bringing along special guest Leonard Hankerson to an appearance on 106.7 The Fan. (Dan Steinberg has the details here, but — Hankerson aside — it’s pretty similar in tone to Beck’s Sirius appearance.)

Then Rex Grossman — who is not actually on the Redskins roster at the moment — came on ESPN980 with Kevin Sheehan and Thom Loverro, and made it clear that he still considers himself very much in play. Here’s the relevant quote, via John Keim at the Washington Examiner:

“I definitely feel I’m the starter, but I’m not even signed yet. The coaches have to set the playing field and let us know what the situation is. I feel I’m coming into the prime of my experience and I know what I can do well and what my weaknesses and strengths are and how it relates to this offense. I’ve been in crucial situations. I’ve been in the Super Bowl. I feel I’m so much better than I was then that I’d love to have the opportunity to have a full season with this offense and have a whole season to feel like this is my team. That’s what I want to happen.”

They say nothing gets Washingtonians going like a good QB controversy; maybe that’s what we have going here. (Beat writer Rich Campbell — who has moved to the revamped Washington Times from the Free Lance-Star — has a good take on the situation here.)

Other things that you should be aware of: Read more »

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Not Everyone’s Onboard With John Beck: A Becklash Roundup

Posted by Matt Terl on May 18, 2011 – 9:32 am

John Beck is very optimistic about his chances as starting quarterback for the Washington Redskins, and thus far I’ve been focusing on the positives in writing about that possibility. After all, Beck knows Beck far better than I do, so who am I to doubt his assertions? Many of his arguments do make sense, after all: he DID make rookie mistakes as a rookie, he HAS been in this offense for a year, he WAS highly regarded coming out of college, and so far this offseason he DOES seem to be taking an active leadership role.

But, as you’d expect, not everyone’s convinced. Not even close. So here, in the interests of fairness, is my first Becklash Roundup, collecting some of the more skeptical responses to the John Beck situation.

And, since Homer McFanboy‘s Brian Murphy has probably shot as many action pictures of Beck in a Redskins uniform as anyone (that’s one of his above), let’s start with his work from today: Read more »

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Larry Brown Is Still A Fan Favorite

Posted by Matt Terl on May 17, 2011 – 3:33 pm

If you were to ask me to guess the favorite running back of a random South Carolina high school student, it would take a very, very long time before I came up with the name of Larry Brown. Which isn’t a slight on Brown, who was a terrific running back — four Pro Bowls, three-time first-team All Pro, the 1972 offensive player of the year … the list of accolades goes on and on.

But it’s just not an obvious answer. Even someone who is a high school senior in 2011 would’ve been born seventeen years after Brown retired. And Brown has no specific connection to South Carolina, either: he was born and raised in Pennsylvania, went to college in Kansas, and played his entire pro career with the Redskins.

Nevertheless, Brown is apparently the favorite player of Calhoun Academy (S.C.) student Michael Pascoe … and, according to The Times And Democrat, Pascoe even had the opportunity to meet Brown.

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Sonny Jurgensen Was Great In College … As A Safety

Posted by Matt Terl on May 12, 2011 – 12:30 pm

I never got to see Sonny Jurgensen play football at any level, but all my life I’ve heard stories of how amazing he was. How he was the best pure passer in the league. How he threw the ball 90 yards downfield behind his back. How when he threw the ball, it trailed rainbows and sparkles and unicorns on its way into the receivers hands. And most of the highlights I’ve seen have backed all of that up, slight exaggerations aside.

So it came as something of a shock to see that longtime Charlotte News-Observer columnist Caulton Tudor not only left Jurgensen — a Duke man in his college days — off his list of top-25 all-time ACC quarterbacks, but backed his argument up a day later.

Here’s the main gist of Tudor’s defense:

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Mark Rypien's Daughter Now A QB As Well

Posted by Matt Terl on May 11, 2011 – 12:02 pm

In the not-too-distant past, I’ve written about the daughters of former Redskins coaches AND about a former Redskins player coaching in the Lingerie Football League. So I feel like I’d be completely failing my established standards if I didn’t mention reports that a former Redskins player’s daughter will be playing in the Lingerie Football League.

The player in question is Mark Rypien, Super Bowl XXVI MVP and quarterback of one of the most underrated teams in NFL history, the 1991 Redskins squad. His daugher is Angela, and her Lingerie Football team will be the Seattle Mist.

Annnnd…. that’s about the extent of the information provided by KentReporter.com: Angela Rypien is Mark’s daughter, and will be playing QB.

I promise to do my best to keep up with updates as this story develops.

Photo via the slightly-not-work-safe Busted Coverage.

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What Is The Key Moment For The Redskins Franchise?

Posted by Matt Terl on May 10, 2011 – 2:57 pm

So ESPN’s NFL blogs all appear to be doing something called “Flash Points”, where they look at the crucial, formative moments in a franchise’s history. Each team gets a few possible Flash Points offered up for a vote, and the results will be revealed on May 27. For the Redskins, ESPN’s choices are:

  • Trading for Sonny Jurgensen in 1964
  • Hiring George Allen in 1971
  • Hiring Joe Gibbs in 1981
  • Daniel Snyder purchasing the team in 1999

Or, of course, “Other.” Here’s ESPN writer Jeffri Chadiha’s explanation for those choices: Read more »

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Golf Is Not Actually Brian Orakpo's Best Sport

Posted by Matt Terl on May 10, 2011 – 9:22 am

Lots to like about Brian Orakpo hosting yesterday’s Leukemia Golf Classic. He got a lot of his teammates out there, for one thing. More importantly, it’s a great benefit for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. And, you know, it was a nice day and he provided a reason for folks to be outside. All good things.

Less good, though, is Orakpo’s actual golf swing. Kelli Johnson of Comcast SportsNet actually told Orakpo that she had heard some less-than-flattering reports on his golfing abilities and, after a little bit of bravado, Orakpo acknowledged that it might be an area of some concern.

“I mean, I’m great on the Wii, you know?” Orakpo said. “When you’re swinging that remote, I can get a hole in one in that, but we’ll see on this real life course.”

They certainly did get to see, and thanks to the magic of Comcast SportsNet’s cameras, so can you.


Me, I’m just happy to hear that, like me, Brian Orakpo is only good at golf on the Wii.

H/T to DC Sports Bog and SB Nation DC, who also have this up. Read more »

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Win Lunch With Bruce Allen By Submitting A Fan Photo

Posted by Matt Terl on May 6, 2011 – 11:26 am

If you’re a passionate Redskins fan and can prove it photographically, you could win lunch with general manager Bruce Allen at Redskins Park, along with a host of other terrific prizes. Here’s the deal:

Go to http://Redsk.in/FanDraft to enter. Submit a fan photo demonstrating your passion and support for the Redskins, explain why you’re the biggest Redskins fan, and you could win a chance to be selected for the grand prize. Which is pretty grand, as these things go — big enough that it gets explained in its own bullet-pointed list:

  • Lunch with Bruce Allen at Redskins Park, including private facility tour
  • 2 tickets to Redskins vs. Giants on September 11, 2011, at FedExField including parking and pregame field passes
  • an autographed Redskins helmet
  • 2 VIP passes to training camp
  • $100 Redskins gift card
  • Free Redskins yearbook

All of that stuff is terrific, but it’s the lunch with Allen that puts the prize over the top. Not only is he the general manager of the Redskins — and, if my inbox is anything to go by, plenty of you would just want to get his ear because of that — but he’s also a remarkable repository of Redskins history. He remembers and can share enough first-hand stories about a remarkable variety of events, players, and coaches to make for twenty memorable lunches, let alone one.

To get your creative juices flowing, here are some photos of passionate Redskins fans through the years, culled from the Associated Press archives. I recalled some of these; others (the Redskins Uncle Sam, the terrifying Hogs) were new to me. All of them are worth looking at, and — with the exception of the last image — all would be appropriate for you to submit to the contest … if they were of you, of course. You can’t just submit other people’s pictures, especially not the AP’s. Read more »

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'Rogue Scout' Likes Redskins Draft

Posted by Matt Terl on May 4, 2011 – 2:32 pm

Dave Razzano was one of the more interesting supporting characters of the weeks leading up to the 2011 NFL Draft. An ex-NFL scout with blunt opinions and a whole lot of enthusiasm, he gained a bunch of notoriety as “The Rogue Scout” after a profile by Yahoo!’s Michael Silver; that notoriety manifested on this blog in the form of a 2,000 word post exploring Razzano’s comparison between Jake Locker and Brett Favre. (This was back in the day when writing about Jake Locker seemed like a potentially relevant pasttime here at the Redskins Blog; I wonder if there’s a Titans Blog somewhere that would like a whole bunch of slightly-used Jake Locker posts.)

Anyhow, John Keim of the Washington Examiner caught up with Razzano to get The Rogue Scout’s scoutcentric p.o.v. on the Redskins draft, and the result is a bunch of remarkably favorable commentary. I’ve excerpted Razzano’s thoughts on DeJon Gomes below, mainly as a way to balance out the pictures of Gomes and a porcupine from my last post, and you can click on through to Keim’s article to see the rest of the analysis. It’s good stuff.

Here’s what Razzano thought of Gomes: Read more »

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The Redskins Draft Class In Nine-Minute Video Form

Posted by Matt Terl on May 2, 2011 – 9:01 am

There’s much bigger news out there today, obviously, and this post has nothing to do with that. (Although if you want a Redskins tie-in to bin Laden’s death, Dan Steinberg has aggregated the reaction tweets of D.C. athletes.)

No, this is just a fantastic video compilation of highlights of the Redskins’ twelve-man draft class — plus their Twitter reactions to being selected, and more — set to “Welcome To D.C.” by Mambo Sauce and “Moment 4 Life” by Nicki Minaj. And it is awesome. (Language warning: There’s a little bit of profanity in the soundtrack, so turn the volume down if you find that sort of thing offensive or you’re at work or whatever.)

Video by @KCClyburn, via BroodingBurgundy. Read more »

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