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What Went Right / Wrong: Redskins Giants

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 31, 2013 – 1:26 pm

The last game of the 2013 season was a wet and miserable 20-6 loss to the New York Giants. The Redskins defense limited an offense playing without it’s starting quarterback and top two receivers in the second half, but the offense could not score a touchdown.

Let’s take a look back at what went right and wrong at New York.


Highlight: Reed Doughty intercepts Curtis Painter in the end zone.

What went right: The captain in coverage.

-The Giants line up in a shotgun set with a running back in protection, a tight end and an H-back on the left and a wide receiver on the right.
-The Redskins show their base 3-4 alignment and initially rush four defenders.
-Three linebackers are singled up in man coverage. Rob Jackson shadows Bear Pascoe , and Perry Riley Jr. eyes Peyton Hillis before adding pressure.
-London Fletcher, in the last game of a 16-year career, covers tight end Brandon Myers.
-Barry Cofield splits a double team and pressures Painter into throwing. Read more »

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London Fletcher’s Last Game

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 29, 2013 – 10:00 pm

London Fletcher waited in the hallway and hooked his hands into the collar of his shoulder pads.

He assumed a distant expression and listened to Darryl Tapp lead a prayer for health.

Light from outside the visitors’ tunnel at MetLife stadium flooded the right side of the linebacker’s 38-year old face, pointing out the spots where gray stubble pokes through if Fletcher doesn’t shave.

Rain drops seeped through the fissures in the metal ceiling and fell next to cleats inscribed with No. 59, “Iron Man,” and “256.” After the Giants beat the Redskins, Fletcher would sign each cleat and entrust them to teammates.

Brian Orakpo had one packed in his overnight bag. DeAngelo Hall made plans to showcase one above the bar in his home.

Linebackers trickled into the group wearing gold pants and white jerseys. The praying stopped, and the captain began his performance. Read more »

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Special Fletcher Commemorative Cleats

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 29, 2013 – 9:59 am

(AP Image)

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Sunday more than likely will mark the end to one of the most historic careers in NFL history.

Unlike the Robert Griffin IIIs and Brian Orakpos of the world, who were top prospects in college before being drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft, linebacker London Fletcher earned his spot in the starting lineup through determination and a disregard for the doubters.

Always associated with a blue-collar workman’s attitude, Fletcher’s going in a slightly different direction today with these commemorative cleats bringing his career efforts into the spotlight:

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Friday Practice Snapshots

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 27, 2013 – 12:39 pm

Santana Moss keeps warm

Santana Moss keeps warm

The Redskins stretched under clear, sunny skies with crisp temperatures for their final regular season practice of 2013. After working in the bubble for two days, the team ventured outdoors to prepare for MetLife Stadium.

Here are your Friday practice snapshots. Read more »

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London Fletcher Explains ’99 Percent’

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 27, 2013 – 7:00 am

London Fletcher

Ever since London Fletcher announced he was all but certain about retiring after the season, the linebacker left a nagging one percent open to debate.

Fletcher said then and has since maintained he is 99 percent sure he will retire after his 256th consecutive regular season game.

Maybe he didn’t want to create a Favreian dilemma. Maybe he just couldn’t wrap his head around life without football.

In the locker room at Redskins Park on Thursday, Fletcher shined a little light on what 99 percent means to him. Read more »

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Fletcher Said Series Of Lasts Is ‘Surreal’

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 26, 2013 – 11:14 am

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The 16 chapter drama of an underdog that would even make Rocky look like Goliath is about to see its final sentence written.

From John Carroll stud to St. Louis Rams walk-on to an always consistent Buffalo Bill to Redskins legend, linebacker London Fletcher is a the walking example of what a never say die moniker coaches love to fling around locker room speeches can do.

While you were enjoying the embracing of loved ones after months apart and opening wish list gifts, Fletcher spent Christmas Eve 2013 like any other work day since 1998—practicing.

Today and tomorrow will possible mark the last two practices of his storybook career.

The seed of closure hasn’t fully set in yet, though.

“You think about it, but just make it a normal week,” Fletcher told the media on Tuesday. “Go out and prepare like you would normally do and try to help this team get a win.

“I’ve thought about it. I’m sure when we get closer to gameday or we’re at the stadium during that game I’ll think about it even more and that’ll come into play, but really it’s kinda surreal because if you think about it this is something I’ve done for 16 years. To think like ‘Man, this could basically be it.’”

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Will Compton Readies For New Role In NY

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 26, 2013 – 10:35 am


Will Compton made Christmas plans with his playbook.

The rookie linebacker was activated from the practice squad on Tuesday to fill in for injured veteran Nick Barnett.

Compton said on Christmas Eve his holiday plans were to catch up on film study and prepare for his one game opportunity in New York.

“So far I’ve just basically replaced Nick,” Compton said. “They’re giving me backup reps behind London (Fletcher) and (Barnett’s) spots on special teams.” Read more »

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London Fletcher’s Last Pregame Speech In The Tunnel At FedExField

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 23, 2013 – 2:00 pm

Look at the intensity in those eyes.

Before London Fletcher could leave everything on the field in a 24-23 loss to Dallas, before he could salute the fans for supporting him for seven years, he led the linebackers out of the home tunnel for most likely the last time.

Read the transcript of Fletcher’s speech here, and watch the video from CSN Washington below.

“Whether you’re in high school or college, you’ve got a game that means a little more than the other ones. There’s one game on your schedule that means a little bit more than the other ones. For us, this is that game. This is the Cowboys game. This is our game! This is that game that means more than all the other ones! You want to be remembered around here? Beat Dallas! You want to be remembered around here? Beat Dallas! That’s the mandate! Beat Dallas! Let’s go out there and get it done. We can control that. In this group, we’ve got the men to do it. Play with passion! Play with fire! Play with intensity! Be physical! Be focused! Let’s go get it! Like I say each and every week, linebackers set the tone! Linebackers set the tempo! LBs on three! One, two, three, LBs!”

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Watch London Fletcher Salute The Fans and Say Thanks For His Last Day At Home

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 23, 2013 – 10:21 am



Thank you, London.

Thanks for setting the tone and the tempo for seven seasons in burgundy and gold. Thanks for emerging out of the smoky tunnel at home with enough electricity to power FedExField. Thanks for 255 consecutive games and 214 straight starts.

Thanks for one left to go before the probable finish to your storied career.

Thanks for trumping size with talent and sheer will. Thanks for saluting the fans that wanted to thank you.

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Friday Practice Snapshots

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 20, 2013 – 3:05 pm

Darrel Young totes the rock

Darrel Young totes the rock

With one day left to prep for Dallas, the Redskins continued to take advantage of favorable conditions outdoors in Loudoun County.

Here are your Friday Practice Snapshots. Read more »

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