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Third Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 1, 2012 – 3:27 pm

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Following a long touchdown pass to Roy Helu–the first receiving score of his career–the Redskins were right back in the game.  However, if they want to stay in it for the fourth quarter, they have to eliminate the big 15-yard penalties that are consistently pushing them backward.  So far, they have three of them on the afternoon.

The first was a penalty on Santana Moss for taking his helmet off after a play. He was understandably frustrated, but that’s a long-standing rule–on the field, helmets stay on.

The second penalty was on Donte’ Stallworth on the Roy Helu touchdown catch and run.  It’s unclear what exactly was going on, but Stallworth took a knee in the end zone and was flagged for excessive celebration, going to the ground in the end zone.

The third penalty was for a hit on a defenseless receiver, on the defense.

You can say what you want about the legitimacy of the rules, the interpretation of said rules, and whether or not the Redskins players violated those rules.  I certainly have my own thoughts on all three facets.  But no amount of angst or debate on the topic will change the fact that the Redskins put themselves in a position to be flagged for three flagrant fouls in a game that they’re losing.

This is a game for pride alone, and this isn’t the type of focused football that’s going to win this afternoon.

On a very positive note, running back Evan Royster is over 100 yards from scrimmage again this week, piling up 73 on the ground and 37 through the air.  It’s hard to project how Royster and Helu will pan out to a 16-game season, but the experience that they’ve gained in their respective rookie campaigns have laid the groundwork for an informed, focused offseason.

Although the Redskins haven’t found their top guy in the passing game today, Grossman has spread the ball around, finding nine different receivers, including Brandon Banks for the time this season.  Receiver Jabar Gaffney was a non-factor in the third quarter and still needs 53 yards to reach 1,000 on the season.

After three quarters in Philadelphia, it’s still in reach for the Burgundy and Gold: Redskins 7, Eagles 13.


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First Quarter Impressions

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 1, 2012 – 1:44 pm

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Prior to two weeks ago, Brian Orakpo was the team’s leader in sacks during his tenure with the team, having never registered a full sacked on a division quarterback.  Against the Giants, he brought Eli Manning down for the first of his career.  Against the Eagles, he took care of things early, “Orakpo-ing” Michael Vick on his first third down pressure.

Now that the divisional sack monkey is off his back, Orakpo looks to be flogging it.  Orakpo is also the first Redskins defender with eight or more sacks in three consecutive seasons since Dexter Manley achieved the feat between 1983-89.

The Redskins defense is getting good pressure on Vick today, which could prove to be effective.  Vick has been bothered by various contact related injuries this year, including broken ribs, and looks to prefer passing today.  I’m certain the Redskins will be spying him all afternoon, but it’s nice to know that he has a vested interest in being a passer first.

On offense, running back Evan Royster got the first crack today, continuing his success from last week.  The Redskins initially viewed Roy Helu as a change-of-pace back earlier this season, and the same dynamic could be in place today, with both backs healthy and active.  The Redskins have also continued to pitch the ball on almost all running plays, something that head coach Mike Shanahan attributed to their ability to get the ball, pick their hole, and get a full head of steam going through the line.

The running game hasn’t necessarily been effective in the first quarter, but this is an important facet of the game that the Redskins need to stick with.

With the 20-yard pass from quarterback Rex Grossman to fullback Darrel Young, Grossman passed 10,000 passing yards for his career.  For the Redskins, he passed for 3,779 yards in his first 16 games before today.

Punter Sav Rocca has been a model of consistency in his first season in Washington, but badly missed his first punt this afternoon, kicking it out of bounds for 12 yards.  The play essentially acted like a turnover, but the defense held on a short field, yielding only a field goal.

Rocca bounced back on his next two kicks, downing both inside the 20-yard line, tying a career-high for the season with 28.  Nice recovery from the Down Under Thunder.

At the end of the first quarter, the Eagles lead by a field goal: Washington 0, Philadelphia 3.

After the first quarter in the “2012 Social Showdown,” the Redskins fans have pulled it close, trailing by 40 fans.  #HTTR, #BeatPhilly


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Royster Nominated For Rookie Of Week

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 27, 2011 – 2:10 pm

For the sixth time this season, the Redskins have a newcomer nominated for NFL Rookie of the Week.  This is the third different player (Roy Helu, Ryan Kerrigan), and the third nomination on the offensive side of the ball.

Royster earned his nomination with a 19-carry, 132 yards performance on the ground.  He tacked on an additional two receptions for 15 yards through the air, in a 33-26 loss to the Vikings on Saturday.

His nomination comes on his first professional start, the third Redskins player this season to manage this feat.  As a sixth-round pick (177th overall), Royster is the latest draft selection among Week 16 Rookie of the Week nominees. Read more »


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Family Prepares Royster For Lead Role

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 26, 2011 – 3:25 pm

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In his first NFL start, running back Evan Royster showed gritty determination against one of the league’s better rushing defenses.  He gained the most yardage of a running back against the Vikings since Stephen Jackson in 2006, and he gained the most by a Redskins rookie back since 1993.

According to a chat I had with him on Thursday, his training in physicality has been a long time coming, as the youngest of four brothers.  Some of his best holiday memories were of getting presents, and then trying to keep them away from his brothers.

“My favorite gift growing up, was the Sega Dreamcast,” he remembered fondly.  “I was so excited to get it!  I had wanted it forever, it was my gift, and I didn’t get to play it for a couple days because my brothers took over.

“As the youngest, I was spoiled, yes, but I took the punishment for it.  I was given gifts, but it didn’t mean they were always mine.”

But those days are behind him, as Christmas is now a peaceful time with family.  Yesterday was actually the first Christmas that Royster got to spend with family since 2005, when he was a senior in high school. Read more »


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Fourth Quarter Frustrations

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 24, 2011 – 5:44 pm

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The Redskins found out the hard way that sometimes knocking out the starter isn’t the answer to beating a team.  Where Adrian Peterson is an athletic stud who can slash and dash, Toby Gerhart is more of the ground and pound bowling ball.

For the second consecutive year, Gerhart was the Vikings’ leading rusher against the Redskins, going over 100 yards in the second half alone.

Where quarterback Christian Ponder was a passer with some elusiveness and the ability to run, Joe Webb was a runner who attempted only five second half passes.

Unfortunately, half of them were for touchdowns, and he finished with a perfect 158.3 quarterback passer rating.

When a team loses their top playmakers on offense, it’s usually a disadvantage.  But in this case, it cast the Redskins defense into the unknown of facing players they didn’t prepare for.  The Redskins’ defense contained Peterson and Ponder in the first half, having good anticipation of the Vikings’ game plan.  Once their replacements entered the game, it was a different ball of wax.

“It was disappointing because that wasn’t us out there,” said linebacker Ryan Kerrigan after the game.  “We feel like we have the capability to be one of the top defenses in the league, and to allow 240 rushing yards is disappointing.”

After last week’s win in New York, the Redskins looked to be pushing for a late-season surge.  Even today, there were plenty of things to be proud of.

Roy Helu was out for today’s game, but Evan Royster rushed for 132 yards on 19 carries, good for second in the NFL after the 1 p.m. games.  This was also the first time in Redskins history that two rookies running backs managed 100-yard games in the same season.

Jabar Gaffney eclipsed 900 yards receiving on the season for the first time in his career, and added another touchdown and “Landover Leap.”  He needs only 81 yards to crack 1,000 yards this season, and his next touchdown will be his career-high sixth in a season.

Kicker Graham Gano, who was on the toastiest of hot seats only a month ago, has put the kicking game on ice with his fourth-consecutive perfect game of placekicking.  Despite his leg strength, his lack of touchbacks this season looks to be a product of kicking the ball higher for added hang time.  All-in-all, this has been quite a rebound for the young kicker.

Because of the Saturday game, the players will now have three days off for the first time since the bye week, with which to rest and recuperate before getting ready for Philadelphia.  Despite a disappointing record, the Redskins have played each of their division opponents well this season, and beat the Eagles on the road last year.  Given their record on the road and their level of play against division opponents, I wouldn’t discount their ability to play some of their best football next week.

For the last time this season, so long from FedExField, as the Redskins lose a tough one: Minnesota 33, Washington 26.


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First Quarter Impressions

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 24, 2011 – 1:48 pm

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Much like last week, the Redskins turned the ball over early, but not because of aggressive play call down the field.  Instead, it came via a breakdown in protection that led to a sack-fumble.  The defense had a stellar stand, yielding two yard, but the Vikings were already in field goal range.

Vikings kicker Ryan Longwell doesn’t miss those: 3-0.

Running back Evan Royster has been a capable replacement for Roy Helu in the running game, gaining 24 yards on five carries.  He looks strong to the hole and fast through it, but he isn’t quite the weapon so far in the passing game.  On a downfield pass attempt midway through the quarter, there was some sort of miscommunication between Royster and Rex Grossman.  On the play, Grossman went long with the pass and Royster curled back in.

Not sure who misread who, but it was a mistake that didn’t hurt the team.  Hopefully that good luck will continue while they work out the kinks–the offense needs these two players to produce.

The Redskins top player in the first quarter was cornerback Josh Wilson, who has been playing out of his mind the last two weeks.  Wilson has three tackles in the first quarter, a decent game statistic for him position.  He has also stopped, slowed and prevented plays that could have potentially broken for big gainers.

Redskins trailing early with the Viking driving: Washington 0, Minnesota 3.


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Redskins Featured In New ‘NFL Magazine’

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 23, 2011 – 11:41 am

In case you haven’t heard the joyous news, the league has created an all new official publication called NFL Magazine.  As it describes itself in the first few pages, it is:

“…an all-access magazine that will take fans where no other publication can go.  In the coming months, we’ll be taking you inside coaches’ pregame meeting, peeking inside the NFL Command Center, taking a trip down memory lane to see where some of the biggest names in the league got their start and what made them who they are today.”

So, it’s along the same ilk of what we do on the Official Redskins Blog, but from a league perspective.  And it probably won’t have Angry Birds reviews or Epic Beard updates.

In the inaugural issue of the league’s new NFL Magazine, the Redskins get some pretty serious props for their work off the gridiron.  First we have love for the dynamic backfield duo of Darrel Young and Roy Helu helping out at recent Play60 Events:

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That’s A Wrap: One Giant Victory

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 18, 2011 – 4:11 pm

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Happy holidays, from Eli Manning, to the Redskins’ defensive backs.

That say it’s better to give than receive, and Manning gave three different Redskins takeaways.   When three-quarters of the starting secondary has an interception in the game, it usually bodes well for the team as a whole.  The Redskins offense capitalized with 10 points off of those turnovers.

For the fifth-consecutive week, the Redskins went over 300 yards of total offense, including 121 yards on the ground.  Although this is the first week in four chances that Helu didn’t crack the century mark, it was the fourth consecutive start for the rookie, and the fourth consecutive week that the team had over 100 yards.

Helu is also proving that he can be a workhorse in the backfield, carrying the ball 20-plus times for the fourth consecutive week, the first time that a Redskins back has done that since Week 5-8 of the 2008 season (via @granthpaulsen).  Since he’s been the starter, the team has shown a renewed commitment to the run, something that we haven’t seen since Tim Hightower’s success early in the season.

Altogether, there were more than 78,000 Giants faithful here at kickoff, with a very sparse sprinkling of Redskins fans.  The trickle of fans  into the parking lot started at the beginning of the fourth quarter and turned into a flood with seven minutes to go.  In the waning moments of the fourth quarter, there were fewer than 10,000 fans remaining, most of them frozen to their seats or jumping around in jubilation.

This game was a opportunity for a Giants’ statement game, a chance to avenge a Week 1 loss and keep pace with the Cowboys for the division crown.  Instead, it was the Redskins that made the statement, putting an exclamation point on the Week 1 victory.  After a dismal middle of their season, the Redskins have clearly embraced the role of road warrior and spoiler down the stretch.

After the Week 1 victory, Giants safety Antrel Rolle stated that the Giants would beat the Redskins “95 times out of 100.” Earlier this week, he reiterated his theory, upping his ante to 99 times out of 100.

Good thing he covered himself and didn’t guarantee 100 out of 100, because then he would have been wrong.  By giving the Redskins a 1 percent chance of victory, he saved himself from looking foolish on gameday.

There are a number of reasons why the Redskins lost six-straight earlier this season–some which are more obvious, and some which we will never know.  But this team has had a different mentality over the last five weeks, finally rolling on all cylinders with the roster that they have available.

There have been growing pains and disappointments, but this is a team with talent and a team with heart.  Showing up today and battling for the win was well-deserved and a job well-done.

That’s all from East Rutherford, as the Redskins come away with the win: Washington 23, New York Giants, 10.


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Arriving In The Land Of Snoopy

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 18, 2011 – 11:34 am

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This morning started off with an unexpected twist, as the team hotel’s fire alarm started going off just as people piled out of bed and into the shower.  It also turned out to be one of the most polite fire alarms I had ever heard, first suggesting that the alarm had been triggered, and then that I might want to consider leaving.

I obliged, but only because the automated man was calm and asked so nicely.

For most of the team, this is the first trip to this stadium, and everyone’s first visit to the newly-coined MetLife naming rights.  Given that the Giants don’t really have a mascot, per se, Snoopy will be the most recognizable mascot-esque feature at the game today.

I’m not sure what Snoopy has to do with the Giants, but then again, I’m not really sure what he has to do with life insurance either.  I’m sure it all makes sense.

An interesting feature of the stadium is that it’s a behemoth structure that is very tall.  Seems like an obvious statement, but the end result could spell shadow concerns for gametime.  As we speak, the sun is still rising and the shadows stretch nearly to midfield: Read more »


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Rookies Forging Competitive Bonds

Posted by Brian Tinsman on December 14, 2011 – 5:02 pm

While we already have early impressions, it will be about three or four years before analysts are able to fully gauge the Redskins’ 2011 rookie class.  Here are the facts for this group so far:

  • 11-of-13 rookies have played.
  • Six have started for the team this season.

On offense:

  • They’ve accounted for 1,141 yards of the team’s 4,553 total offense.
  • They’ve accounted for three of the teams 23 touchdowns, including the only score on defense.
  • They’ve also scored the team’s only two-point conversion.

On defense:

  • They’ve account for 88 of the team’s 977 tackles, 10 for a loss.
  • They’ve account for 8.5 of the team’s 34 sacks.

On special teams:

  • They’ve account for 14 tackles, a forced fumble, one return, and a kicked down inside the 20.

From this laundry list, it’s fair to say that they’ve performed well with their opportunities this season, experience that will inevitably jump-start their development down the road.

Early bright spots as far as individuals, have been running back Roy Helu and outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan.  When discussing Kerrigan, teammates London Fletcher paid the pair a high compliment about their preparation. Read more »


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