The 2011 season was a disappointing campaign for both the Redskins starting safeties and Brandon Meriweather.
The Redskins thought they had a pair of dynamic playmakers in LaRon Landry and Oshiomogho Atogwe, but poor health and performance led to their departure. Coming off of back-to-back Pro Bowl seasons in New England, Meriweather was cut on the eve of the regular season, before landing in Chicago.
The 2012 season is tailor-made for dual redemption.
Despite adding an army of safeties this offseason, Meriweather has an opportunity to compete for either starting safety position. It appealed to Brandon that teammate, mentor and close friend Sean Taylor starred for the Redskins. It appealed to him because he could showcase his talents (Live) on a young defense.
And it turns out that the vibrant, living history of the Redskins was the icing on top. Read more »
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Welcome to the 1980s. Michael Jackson was the King of Pop, fluorescent paint was in, and the Redskins were the best team in football.
The 1980s panel on the Redskins history wall is by far the largest, and rightfully so. This was the Burgundy and Gold age of enlightenment in the NFL, when The Hogs dominated the line of scrimmage and The Diesel rumbled the gridiron.
The Redskins kicked off the 1980s by making the single greatest coaching hire in franchise history, bringing Chargers offensive coordinator Joe Gibbs over from San Diego. During the two labor strikes in the decade, Gibbs engineered his team-first rosters all the way to Super Bowl victories.
Whether it was by air or by ground, the Redskins offense was unstoppable and the defensive line was impenetrable on the biggest stages. Whether it was Joe Theismann, Doug Williams or Mark Rypien, the Redskins were blessed with prolific passers and the steady defense of young defensive back Darrell Green.
This decade was also the heyday for RFK stadium, which literally shook from the pulsating Redskins faithful. The roar of “We Want Dallas!” still rings in the ears of those that were there, and the Redskins-Cowboys rivalry was never bigger.
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As part of our journey through the Redskins history wall, today we’re looking at the 1970s, when the Redskins exited the desert of mediocrity and into an era of success. Going into the decade, the pieces were in place for the Redskins to play some playoff-quality football, behind the arm of Sonny Jurgensen and the leadership of head coach George Allen.
The 70’s began on a somber note with the passing of head coach Vince Lombardi. Five months later, the team hired a future Hall of Famer, who guided the team to five playoff appearances in six years. The Redskins put together some tremendous teams in the early 70’s, behind the likes of Jurgensen, John Riggins and Charley Taylor.
The team even made it to the Super Bowl following the 1972 season, before falling victim to the undefeated Dolphins. In 1971, the team moved its facilities to Redskins Park in Ashburn, and in 1975, the team bade farewell to Jurgensen, an 18-year veteran.
Behind quarterback Billy Kilmer, the team stood on the cusp of another great run by the end of the decade.
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The Redskins entered the decade behind the arm of an aging Sammy Baugh, and the performance of the team was slipping. The team brought in Packers legend Earl “Curly” Lambeau to coach the team back to greatness, but it was just no use. After an illustrious career, Baugh retired at the end of 1952, and Lambeau was fired after the first preseason game of the 1954 season.
And who said preseason games don’t matter?
The decade had some highs too, as the Redskins became the first team to sign a television deal, putting them into living rooms coast-to-coast. The team saw a return to glory by the end of the decade, and in 1959, signed a 30-year lease to keep them in the Nation’s Capital.
Here’s a look at the 1950’s section of the H.T.T.R. Walk:
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As we learned yesterday, there are two new walls in Redskins Nation, each commemorating the rich history of the team.
One thing that’s really cool about this wall is that I had the opportunity to help get it off the ground, when it was still in the concept stage, in March of this year.
I had just come aboard with the team, and this was literally the very first assignment that they asked me to do. My responsibility was to lend a hand with the research and photos, helping to build the skeleton that would later come to life.
Redskins.com’s Gary Fitzgerald put in a lot of the legwork to flesh out the project, producing most of the copy as well as assembling the photos necessary to create a timeline. Many hands helped to mold the final product, from team owner Daniel Snyder to general manager Bruce Allen, with help from team executives Larry Michael and Mitch Gershman.
HZDG is the company responsible for creating the final product and it really does look magnificent. It’s pretty cool to see something that started as a Word document on a 14-inch monitor end up as a 65-foot mural, commemorating a franchise that stretches over eight decades.
But I digress.
Yesterday, we looked at the franchise in its infancy, in the 1930s, and today we’ll look at the 1940s panel.
No man captured the essence of the Redskins in the 1940s more than team quarterback, Slingin’ Sammy Baugh. Baugh could do it all, and was a hero in all facets of the game. He finished his career with 13 NFL records as a quarterback, punter, and defensive back.
His indelible mark on the team and this city, is properly represented in the 1940s panel:
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The Redskins have unveiled two wall murals dedicated to the rich history of the football team, entitled the “Hail to the Redskins Walk.”
One mural is adjacent to the locker room on the first floor of the facilities at Redskins Park. Players cannot enter or exit the locker room without seeing life-sized pictures of Slingin’ Sammy Baugh or “The Diesel,” John Riggins, immortalized on the wall.
“It displays the storied history of this proud franchise,” said Redskins Senior Vice President, Tony Wyllie. “Anyone that walks downstairs and takes a look at it will instantly understand what this organization is all about.”
The mural magically appeared on Monday morning, and curious players have been seen pausing on their way to and from meetings, taking a closer look. Wyllie said, “Everyone from veterans to rookies have read it and studied it, and walked away proud to be a Redskin.”
An identical wall has been constructed at FedExField, and will have television screens embedded in the wall for a delightfully multimedia experience. It’s located on the club level of the stadium.
This is Part One of an eight-part series, looking at each decade of the Redskins history, as depicted on the walls.
The Redskins were born in the 1930’s, in Boston, Mass. Originally known as the Braves, the team moved to greener pastures in Washington, D.C., and became the Redskins that we all know and love.
Here are shots of the 1930’s panel on the Hail to the Redskins Walk:
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Blogger Rich Tandler — of Real Redskins fame — has written a new book. It’s called The Redskins Chronicle, and it features original accounts of every game the Skins have played in, from 1937 through to last year. As part of his preorder press for the book, Tandler is posting excerpts on his blog, and today’s game is quite possibly my favorite regular season game ever: October 2, 1983 against the Los Angeles Raiders at RFK.
The Redskins were leading 20-7 in the third quarter, which is when things started going wrong. Two touchdown passes put the Raiders ahead, and then it got even worse. Here’s Tandler:
When Greg Pruitt took a punt back 97 yards for a touchdown that gave the Raiders a 35-20 lead with just over seven and a half minutes left in the game, it was positively suffocating.
In fact, although most of them will probably deny it, nearly half of the crowd of 54,016 headed for the exits after that punt return. What ensued was one for the history books, as Theismann would say afterwards. Or, one for the storybooks.
I was at the game with my father, and we didn’t leave. In hindsight, this was somewhat odd — my dad was often one to get out early to beat the traffic, especially if the home team was facing a seemingly insurmountable deficit — but not only did we stick around, we took advantage of the half-empty stadium to move much closer to the sidelines from our upper level seats in Section 514.
I have two main memories of the rest of the game. The first is that the sun was blazing down on those lower-level seats, which was new to me; the partial-roof overhang kept our upper deck seats shaded. (You can actually get a sense of how powerful the sun was by looking at the fans in the picture above.) And the second is that, for those last seven minutes of this one game, Joe Theismann, Charlie Brown, and Joe Washington seemed to me like as good a QB-WR-RB combo as any in the NFL.
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