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Jim Harbaugh Wanted Robert Griffin III

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on November 22, 2013 – 4:05 pm



Robert Griffin III said no thanks. Jim Harbaugh got over it.

Back in the day, when Jim Harbaugh wore Cardinal-colored pullovers, the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers tried to convince Griffin III to commit to Stanford. The Redskins quarterback stayed closer to home, committed to Baylor and went on to win the Heisman trophy. With Andrew Luck in the fold, Harbaugh led Stanford to increased win totals for four straight years and won the Discover Orange Bowl.

In a conference call this week, Griffin III told media about explaining his college decision to Harbaugh when the two met at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine. Read more »

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Luck Talks Spider Two-Y Bananas, Tonight

Posted by Brian Tinsman on March 30, 2012 – 2:54 pm

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It took seven months and 1,200 posts, but I’ve finally worked the word ‘banana’ into a post.

Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck makes his televised job interview debut tonight, with the return of Jon Gruden’s QB Camp at 7 p.m. on ESPN.  As a player who might just be available at No. 2 in this April’s draft, it would behoove Redskins fans to DVR the program and see how Luck acts in the meeting room.

The of the interview revolves around Luck’s ability to diagnose Gruden’s play, delightfully called “Green Right Slot Spider Two-Y Banana.”  Here is a brief clip from tonight’s conversation: Read more »

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Stanford Pro Day Reveals More Than Luck

Posted by Brian Tinsman on March 23, 2012 – 11:10 am

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[Editor’s Disclaimer: Please remember that the Redskins do not have a player selected for April’s Draft, they merely hold the second overall pick.  Even if there isn’t much secrecy left in this process, there is still formality, and the only team that can have any player is the Colts with the first overall pick. Anything after that is still a possibility.  We will continue to respect the draft process, in the best interests of the team and the player.]

For the second-consecutive afternoon, Redskins brass was pictured on the sidelines of a high-profile pro day, this one at Palo Alto, Calif.

This was a whirlwind trip for the representatives of most NFL teams (and ESPN, and Comcast, and the NFL Network, and whoever else was there), drawn by the mystique of two elite quarterback prospects.  The difference between the Redskins (and Colts), and 30 of the other teams, is that the Redskins actually have a legitimate chance to land one of the big fish.

Everyone else was just window shopping.

Ultimately, nothing is a done deal with the Redskins’ pick until the Colts call out the name of the first overall pick on April 26th–until then it’s all speculation.  But watching the last two Pro Days should have fans convinced that there will be a special player on the board, regardless of what the Colts do at No. 1.

And for the other teams in attendance over the last two days, there was clearly some other top-tier talent to drool over at Baylor and Stanford.  Here’s a brief rundown of the top guys that Luck and Griffin were throwing to: Read more »

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Watch Stanford’s Pro Day Live At 2 P.M.

Posted by Brian Tinsman on March 22, 2012 – 1:38 pm

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Yesterday, we witnessed Robert Griffin III solidify his top of the draft status with a commanding Pro Day at Baylor University.  Today, we get the chance to make fair and unfair comparisons to other top prospect Andrew Luck at the Stanford Pro Day.

I can’t wait.

Redskins fans should be equally intrigued by today’s workout, because there are no guarantees that the Colts are stuck on Luck at No. 1.  Hypothetically, if the Colts were to select RG3 at No. 1, then Luck would be the best available quarterback prospect left in the draft.

If the Colts passed on both quarterbacks, then the Redskins would have to choose which one they like better.  That’s why the Redskins top brass is reportedly in Palo Alto, Calif. this afternoon, covering their bases.

And hey, if the Colts and Redskins both pass on quarterbacks, then the Vikings get to decide.  But hey, let’s be serious… Read more »

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Stanford Prospect Is Redskins’ Namesake

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 28, 2012 – 4:25 pm

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At the time of birth, parents have the obligation to name their child.  With that naming, they hold the power to set their kid up for life with either a great name, or a very difficult standard.

One unfortunate example comes to mind.

In high school, I had the opportunity to work with a kid from Arizona named Michael Irvin.  By the time I met him, he had already heard all of the jokes.  No, nobody had ever called him “The Playmaker.”  No, he wasn’t a triplet.  And no, he really wasn’t any good at football.

But his parents were such big Cowboys fans at the time of his birth, that they elected to name him after they’re favorite player.  Seriously.

At around the same time, somewhere near Lemont, Ill., Michelle and Bill Fleener were watching a Redskins game, when famed Redskins Hog Joe Jacoby was pictured on the screen.  Family legend says that Michelle, quite pregnant at the time, turned to her husband and asked him what he thought of the name “Jacoby Fleener.” Read more »

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