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Santana Moss Sees Nick Williams, Thinks Wayne Chrebet

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on November 15, 2013 – 10:50 am

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Nick Williams (13) watches Santana Moss (89)

Growing up in East Windsor, N.J., Nick Williams watched Santana Moss return punts and catch passes for the Jets. When Williams signed with the Redskins in May, the 5-foot-10 undrafted free agent immediately planted himself in the veteran receiver’s ear.

Williams asked questions every day. Moss answered, gradually getting to know a cerebral young player that reminded him of another undrafted 5-foot-10 slot receiver from New Jersey.

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Is AFC East Key To NFC Championship?

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 21, 2013 – 3:36 pm


Happy belated birthday to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who would have been 86 on Jan. 15 (his actual birthday), and a Happy Inauguration Day to all. Regardless of your political persuasion, everyone can enjoy a balmy Monday off of work in the middle of January.

Unless, of course, you’re working today, in which case thank you for choosing to procrastinate with the Redskins.

Yesterday’s playoff football action determined that the Baltimore Ravens will face the San Francisco 49ers on Super Bowl Sunday in two weeks.

Even if you don’t give two hoots about the matchup, there are many heart-stopping appetizers and hilarious commercials to be watched that day, so there is something for everyone.

To find out how the Redskins’ player predictions and a weird statistical anomaly played out, check the link below: Read more »

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New York Jets In The Rear View Mirror

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 5, 2011 – 11:12 am

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In Week 1, the Redskins beat the New York Giants, by starting well and putting them away in the fourth quarter.  The Redskins took a 14-14 halftime tie and doubled up the Giants 28-14 for the win.

Yesterday, the Redskins fell to the Giants’ roommate, by starting well and then letting them get away in the fourth quarter.  After a halftime lead and a 52-minute battle, the Redskins let the Jets off the hook, late.

With their eighth loss on the season, the Redskins also lose the opportunity for their first winning season since 2007.  But at this point, the Redskins can still improve on last year’s 6-10 campaign.

Fans don’t hold 6-10 as a benchmark season, but improving an organization takes time.  The Redskins have had great team performances six times this season (the four wins plus the two Dallas games), but they’ve had stellar individual performances in each game.

How much does that matter?  Just ask the players.

“We’re trying to build a team,” said Redskins safety Reed Doughty.  “The last four games mean everything to this organization, to the fans, to you as a player as you’re evaluated, and what you’re trying to put on film.  Next year, we need to see the young guys step up and we need the old guys really to take leadership. I take pride in trying to put a football team out there every week.

“We’re out to win, we’re not just going out there.”

At this point, the Redskins have four one-week seasons left, four that they’re going to fight hard to win.  The evaluation process is perpetual, but this is the stretch of the season that separates the men from the boys, so to speak.  If players can find motivation to perform now, then they are key components to the future of this team.

And no matter how the team has struggled during the middle part of this season, they’ll be looking to bookend the disappointment with a strong finish.

Here are some individual stats worth mentioning from yesterday’s game: Read more »

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Fourth Quarter Observations

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 4, 2011 – 5:53 pm

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Frustration and disappointment were the flavors in the Redskins locker room this evening, as the team knows that they let a golden opportunity slip away.

For the offense today, it was the tale of two halves, with 183 yards in the first half, and 121 in the second half.  On defense, it was the tale of three quarters vs. the fourth quarter, with 168 yards and 13 points through three quarters.  In the fourth quarter, the wheels came off as they yielded 98 yards and 21 points.

The common thread with every loss this season is ball control.

Last week, the Redskins confirmed that they need a ball-control offense, as they improved to 4-0 when they control the time of possession.  After today, the Redskins are 0-8 when they don’t control the clock.  This is also not a team that does particularly well when they turn the ball over, something that they managed to avoid until the fourth quarter when they turned it over twice

The key to the defense’s demise this afternoon may have stem from a third quarter in which they spent more than 10 minutes on the field.  Even though the third quarter only yielded three points for the Jets, it set up a destructive fourth quarter against a weary Redskins wall.

No question that today was disappointing, but there were some bright spots today, including your Most Valuable Redskin, running back Roy Helu.

Today, Helu went over 100 all-purpose yards for the third time in three starts, and has effectively shaken the label of change-of-pace back.  He is the first rookie Redskins running back to post back-to-back 100-yard games on the ground since Reggie Brooks in 1993.  He did suffer his first setback with a fumble in the third quarter, but it was benign as far as the scoreboard was concerned.

Fred Davis had another stellar performance at tight end, and is proving that he’s not a luxury at tight end, but rather a focal point, and a fixture in this offense.  He was one yard short of 100 yards for the day, but was Rex Grossman’s top target and top producer.

On defense, London Fletcher had a typically productive day, finishing with 17 total tackles.

Barry Cofield had two more passes defensed, adding to his career-high eight for the season.  His previous high was four last season, and his career total now is 19.  His eight this season leads all nose tackles and ties him for the league lead among defensive linemen.

Cofield reflected after the game about how this team has a lot of quality pieces, but isn’t quite there yet.

“I’ve been on good defenses, and I’ve been around good defenses for a long time,” he said.  “This team can be very good, but it’s not there yet.”

Right now, this team is showing it’s undeniable talent, and showing it’s potential.  Greatness is something that takes a while to build, and as Cofield noted–it just isn’t quite there yet.

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Who Is Your MVR(edskin)?

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 4, 2011 – 4:16 pm

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Welcome to the 2-minute warning.

As we do every week, it’s time to pick your top Redskins performer of the day.  The odds are looming large right now, but there’s still time left.  Calling all Armchair Quarterbacks, Head Coaches, and General Managers:

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Third Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 4, 2011 – 3:34 pm

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If you’re a fan of defense, the third quarter was a joyous time for you.

If you like offense, well…sorry.

In the third quarter, the two teams combined for 50 total yards and two (2) first downs in the third quarter.  The fans got back in the game, rocking the stadium hard enough that it could be felt in the press box.

The Roy Helu fumble at the end of the third quarter was the first of his career, and came on his 128th professional touch.  There’s never a good time to turn the ball over, but thanks to a stellar defensive stand, the turnover didn’t cost the Redskins any points.  Helu responded by gashing the Jets for an eight-yard run on the very next play.

The biggest play of the entire game so far, came on a Kevin Barnes nickel blitz from the slot.  On the play, Barnes kept his head high for as long as possible, before lowering it to make the play.  He was flagged for helmet-to-helmet contact, which is a simple penalty: either it happened or it didn’t.  Regardless of whether Mark Sachez ducked or recoiled into the hit doesn’t matter, because replay showed that it was clearly, unfortunately a penalty.

It was a negative play for the Redskins, but it was a net positive, because it re-awakened the Redskins faithful at FedExField, and it fired up the defenders around him.  That drive ended with a fourth-and-23 punt.  That hit might set the tone for the rest of the game.  One more big play can win it.

This game is all knotted up at 13 entering the final quarter of play.

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Redskins Halftime Report

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 4, 2011 – 2:39 pm

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For much of the season, the Redskins defense has bailed out the offense, clinching wins and keeping games close.  For the last two weeks, the offense has returned the favor, piling up 183 total yards in the first half.

After yielding a 17-play touchdown drive to the Jets to close out the first quarter, the offense took the momentum back and marched down the short field and set up a 33-yard chip shot for kicker Graham Gano.

The defense cordially returned their kindness, by forcing a three-and-out.  On the following drive, London Fletcher chased Jets speedster Santonio Holmes down from behind after a swing pass out of the backfield.  That Jets drive stalled and ended in a long field goal to tie it up.

Such intra-team harmony.

The top play on offense right now is tight end Fred Davis, who is playing absolutely lights-out football with four receptions for 82 yards.  As of now, he’s on pace for a season-high (105 yards, Week 1) and career-high in yardage.  His 82 yards at the half are tops in the league for Sunday, and second in the NFL for the week, behind a 90-yard performance by Riley Cooper on Thursday.

The Redskins haven’t won at home since Sept. 18, when they beat the Arizona Cardinals.  With the Redskins currently leading by three, this is the first home halftime lead for the Redskins since Week 2, and only their second of the season.

After last week’s win over the Seahawks on the road, the home fans are pumped up today, producing some of the best FedExField noise of the season.  When a sprinkling of the famous “J-E-T-S, Jets Jets Jets” has been chanted in the stands, Redskins fans have responded with “H-O-M-E, Go Go Home!”

Points for creativity, Redskins Nation.

The top unit of the first half was the special teams coverage and return teams, which were indirectly responsible for six points.  In the first quarter, it was the Armstrong’s 28-yard return off the Banks flip that set up the Redskins go-ahead field goal.  In the second quarter, it was a body-rock by Niles Paul that jarred the ball loose from the Jets returner, setting up the Perry Riley fumble recovery.  Even though the Jets red zone defense held, the coverage unit set them up in easy field goal range, which once again gave the Redskins the lead.

Those are the plays that the team would love to see end in touchdowns, but field goals are the difference in the first half of play.

At halftime, the Redskins are leading at home: Washington 13, New York 10.

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First Quarter Fast Break

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 4, 2011 – 1:40 pm

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I remember when the Redskins used to punt on their first possession each week.

I don’t miss those days.

After not scoring in on the opening drive for an entire season, the Redskins have now scored on opening drives in back-to-back weeks for the first time since Weeks 12 and 13 of the 2009 season.

Roy Helu rushed for 32 yards on that drive, putting him fourth in the league, for the week, at that point.  That includes putting him behind everyone who played a complete game on Thursday night.  Grossman also threw for 50 yards, which put him third in the league for this week’s passing stats.

Fred Davis’s 42-yard reception put him just off of the list for league leaders, but was a season-long, and his longest since Week 10 of last season.  Not only is Helu causing havoc in the running game, but he’s also opening up huge holes for his receivers in the secondary.

On defense, the Redskins yielded a score but made the Jets work for it.  Where the Redskins offense was clicking, and moved 82 yards on eight plays, the Jets needed 17 plays to move 69 yards.  In the red zone, nose tackle Barry Cofield got his career-high seventh tipped pass, in the red zone.  He now leads the league in tipped passes for defensive tackles.

The first quarter ended with an electric kick return by Anthony Armstrong, via Brandon Banks.  When playmakers come to play, get them the ball.

The first quarter ended on a 21-yard reception by Santana Moss.  This reception moves him into fourth place in all-time receiving yards for a Redskin, passing Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell.  Mitchell finished his Redskins career with 6,492 yards, and Moss now has 6, 493.

This is set to be a physical, ground-n-pound game, with only two and one-half total drives in the first quarter.

Redskins and Jets knotted up, 7-7, after one quarter of play.

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Redskins Kickoff Notebook

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 4, 2011 – 1:06 pm

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The Redskins have taken the field, the fireworks have been fired, and we’re ready for football in Washington.  The Jets won the toss and will defer to the second half, meaning that the Redskins will get first crack at the end zone.  Hopefully the Redskins can find their way to the end zone on the opening drive for the second consecutive week.

The Redskins are nearly fully reloaded at wide receiver, getting Niles Paul back:

David Anderson also got the nod over Terrence Austin this week.  These two continue to switch weekly out of the slot.

It’s game time. Hail to the Redskins.

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Madden ’12, Merril Hoge, Player Tweets

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 4, 2011 – 12:10 pm

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Last week, it was former Redskins lineman Mark Schlereth that alone selected the Redskins among respected NFL analysts.  This week, Stink chose the Jets.

However, one ESPN analyst was bold enough to choose Washington, and that man was Merril Hoge.  The part that’s interesting, is that he’s not alone.

In the weekly ESPN Madden ’12 simulation, the Redskins down the Jets 12-10 off the magical foot of virtual kicker Graham Gano.  Here’s the skinny: Read more »

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