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Is Johnny Manziel Incomparable?

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on February 21, 2014 – 12:14 pm

(Two Heisman winners from Texas, AP)

(Two Heisman winners from Texas, AP)

A smoky garnish of sadness arrived alongside my chopped beef sandwich on an otherwise celebratory night at an Adams Morgan barbecue joint.

I was happy Texas A&M beat Duke on New Year’s Eve. I was happy to celebrate the holiday with friends and fatty cow cuts. I was a little glum I’d never see Johnny Manziel play college football again.

Manziel was as transfixing a quarterback as I’ve seen play for  scholarship dollars. The jackrabbit from Tivy High School in Kerrville, Texas, routinely stepped out of tackles, changed directions and improvised from 15 yards behind the line of scrimmage until he either ran past defenders or completed jump-balls he had no business heaving. He was also an oil heir making it rain for all to see, unapologetically  showcasing the collegiate celebrity life in 140 characters or less. Still, Manziel survived his senior season without a debilitating scandal. He missed the first half of a game against Rice, which the Aggies won by 19 points, but otherwise continued throwing up dollar signs and baiting columnists. He shared how the “Johnny Football” celebrity affected him, engendering sympathy or loathing depending on how you felt.

Now with the NFL Scouting Combine kicking off in Indianapolis, Manziel has sculpted a narrative of growth and maturity while maintaining the brashness that fuels his brand. He will address the media but won’t throw.

Until they hear from the man himself, Manziel’s best use for NFL scribes is as a comparison to past players, a swizzle stick for debate. Read more »

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How DeAngelo Hall Earned His Deal

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on February 19, 2014 – 11:53 am


DeAngelo Hall used two words to end the speculation.

In a tweet directed at Robert Griffin III on Tuesday, Hall wrote, “I’m BACK,” assuring his quarterback he would not depart in free agency.

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GALLERY: Wilbur Marshall Talking Smack And More Redskins Falcons History

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 14, 2013 – 7:00 am

Wilbur Marshal, Andre Rison


I don’t think Wilbur Marshall was telling Andre Rison how much he loved chili dogs at The Varsity, but I guess it’s possible.

This phenomenal shot of the Washington linebacker jawing at the Atlanta receiver in 1992 is just one image we’ve got from the series history between these two franchises.

Check out the gallery below for a look at Larry Brown topping the 1,000 yard mark during his 1972 MVP season, LaVar Arrington putting the hurt on Michael Vick and Ryan Kerrigan celebrating a pick-six with a little help from the fans at FedExField. Read more »

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Philly QB Trusts His Speed Over RG3’s

Posted by Stephen Czarda on May 30, 2013 – 9:54 am

(AP Images)

(AP Images)

As the Redskins Monday Night Football opener inches ever so closer to commence the start of the 2013 season, a delayed saga between two of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in NFL history may finally take place.

The highly anticipated Robert Griffin III-Michael Vick showdown was supposed to tear the house down last year as the two were going to trade highlight reel plays—except that never happened.

Instead, Vick had a front row seat on the sidelines to watch the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year gash Philly’s defense to the tune of 486 yards, six touchdowns, and two wins en route to an NFC East title.

No matter what stats Griffin III puts up, Vick boasts that he can beat him in one category: speed.

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RG3 Signs Autographs For Redskins Fans

Posted by Brian Tinsman on March 31, 2012 – 9:38 pm


He may not know his career destination until April 26th, but Heisman-winning quarterback Robert Griffin III was in Redskins Country on Saturday, signing autographs and take pictures with sports fans.

The event was the Collectors’ Showcase of America’s annual sports memorabilia show at the Dulles Expo Center.  Grffin didn’t speak with the media, but area fans shared their own excitement with CSNWashington, gushing about dreams of RG3 in B&G.

Watch the full video right here:

You can also see WTOP Radio’s video footage of the event, with commentary from former Steelers’ running back Jerome Bettis, as well as current Redskins running back Roy Helu: Read more »

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Vick Apologizes To Redskins Cheerleaders

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 17, 2011 – 2:55 pm

In one of the stranger moments of yesterday’s game, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick went from being a quarterback/running back, to kickoff specialist.

Unfortunately, the Redskins returner was wearing makeup and carrying pink pom-poms:

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Vick's Agent: "No Chance" On Vick To The Skins

Posted by Matt Terl on August 11, 2009 – 11:25 am

The big story at practice today had nothing to do with onfield stuff, nothing to do with punters’ shoes, nothing to do with goofy haircuts. In fact, as it turned out, it had literally nothing to do with the Redskins at all.

Agent Joel Segal was a guest at practice, which is not completely unusual. Segal represents four guys on the team — Jason Campbell, LaRon Landry, DeAngelo Hall, and linebacker Robert Thomas. (No, not the Matchbox 20 guy, although you wouldn’t be the first — or twelfth — person to make that joke.) Agents show up at the facility or at games every so often; it’s not an every day occurrence, but also not something that would be worthy of any note.

Except… Segal also represents ANOTHER high-profile quarterback client, one who is currently looking for a team. So as soon as he showed his face, you could almost hear the rumor mill start to turn: Segal is Michael Vick’s agent … Segal is at Redskins practice … not a lot of dots to connect.

But first in a conversation with Larries Michael and Weisman on ESPN980, and a bit later talking to reporters after practice, Segal said — although he’d heard from “a host” of teams about Vick, the Redskins weren’t among them.

And he didn’t say this in some mealy-mouthed wishy-washy way, either. Here’s the quote on Vick to the Redskins: “No. No chance.”

So any Redskins fans who were readying another round of faxed pictures of injured dogs, another batch of pro- and anti-Vick signs, or another set of impassioned emails on either side of the issue … looks like you can really, honestly relax.

No. Chance. Read more »

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Still Hearing That Michael Vick Is NOT Coming Here

Posted by Matt Terl on July 28, 2009 – 10:11 am

In case you’ve somehow missed it, here’s a quick update of the rumor mill as of this morning:

Basically, you need to know three things:

1) Michael Vick was conditionally reinstated to the NFL yesterday.

2) The Redskins are connected to every big name free agent who hits the market.

3) Tanner Cooley mentioned on Twitter last night that Vick had been spotted at a restaurant in Ashburn, Va., not far from Redskins Park.

From there, it was a short ride to all the panic and soul-searching and enthusiasm and confident Vick-is-a-Redskin pronouncements you would expect.

I’ve been hearing for weeks that there was no way Vick was coming to the Redskins , and nothing that I’ve heard in the last 24 hours has changed that. Which, I’ll be honest, makes me pretty happy.

The team that makes the most sense to me for Vick? It would have to be the Patriots. Read more »

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A Terrific Start To The Day: The Examiner Says No Vick For Skins

Posted by Matt Terl on June 10, 2009 – 9:35 am

Five months ago, Rick Snider wrote a piece in the DC Examiner suggesting that what the Redskins REALLY should do this offseason was consider signing quarterback Michael Vick, at the time still imprisoned for dog fighting. Fans here were largely displeased at the suggestion.

Writing in the Examiner today, John Keim reports that the team took Snider’s advice and considered signing Vick … for what sounds like about twenty seconds.

According to multiple league sources, the Redskins briefly discussed signing the ex-Falcons quarterback and came to a quick and unanimous conclusion. It would not work here. It’s a message league sources say has been consistent since January.

The reasons why not are myriad, according to Keim’s league sources, ranging from questions about what position Vick could play to the political nightmare of Vick this close to the nation’s capital to the fact that Vick and incumbent quarterback Jason Campbell share an agent. Honestly, as long as the thesis of the article is correct and Vick isn’t coming to the team, the question of why barely matter to me at all. Read more »

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Thursday, March 5: Terrell Owens On The Market, Redskins Fans About To Explode

Posted by Matt Terl on March 5, 2009 – 10:03 am

I first saw the news that the Dallas Cowboys had released Terrell Owens on ProFootballTalk shortly after it was posted at 12:17 last night (or, technically, this morning). Four minutes earlier than that, at 12:13, at least one thread had gone up on ExtremeSkins about if the Redskins should sign Owens or not.

Some sample reactions (with elaborate animated smileys removed):

Slacky McSlackass: I in no way would like for Danny to go out and sign TO. And in no way would I EVER want to see that piece of **** in our sacred burgundy and gold.

NastyBoy: Good Lord we’ve officially spiraled WAY out of control.

Sawyer5500: I just lost my dinner. SAY NO TO OWENS!

wunderhill: Not even if it guaranteed a superbowl win! This is crazy…what the hell is a matter with you people…don’t you have any pride?

NYSkins: no way in ******* hell

So that’s a no, then? Not according to this morning’s complete speculation from, again, ProFootballTalk: Read more »

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