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First Quarter Considerations

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 20, 2011 – 2:46 pm

Today is a good day to have your Redskins roster printed and at the ready.  In the first defensive stand, a 10-play drive by the Cowboys, the Redskins subbed in defensive linemen Chris Neild, Darrion Scott, and Kentwan Balmer.  Those are No.’s 95, 76, and 93, for those of you following at home.

It was a strange first drive for the Redskins, who used two running backs not named Roy Helu, Ryan Torain, or Tashard Choice.  Head coach Mike Shanahan said that Anthony Armstrong and Donte Stallworth should see some playing time this week–he just didn’t say where.

Today features a battle between Outback mates at the punter position, with both Sav Rocca and Mat McBriar hailing from Melbourne, Australia.  Both players have factored into today’s game, with a pair of punts a piece.  Rocca leads in head-to-head stats, averaging 47 yards-per-punt (44 for McBriar), and no touchbacks to McBriar’s one.  If the defense keeps playing this well, it could be a competition to keep an eye on.

But the best play of the quarter, was running back Tashard Choice’s 9-yard gainer for his first play as a Washington Redskins player.  No. 40 hit the hole, made contact, spun out of the lineman’s grasp, and trucked cornerback Terrence Newman.

Welcome to Washington, good sir.  Now lead your people to the end zone.

Redskins trail after 15: Dallas 7, Washington 0.

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Choice: ‘What A Story It’s Gonna Be’

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 20, 2011 – 1:36 pm

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Redskins running back Tashard Choice has been looking forward to this Sunday’s matchup ever since his unceremonious release from the Cowboys several weeks ago.  His shoulder and hamstring are healthy, and he’ll be active this afternoon for the first time in Burgundy and Gold.

It also happens to be his birthday, and will be looking for a big present from his blockers today.  Happy birthday, Tashard!

He ran around the field during warm-up, and shared this little sound byte with the pregame show: Read more »

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Tashard Making The Wise Choice

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 17, 2011 – 3:08 pm

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In life, silence is generally considered to be golden.  In football, choosing not to be silent is cork board–bulletin board material–to be more precise.

In anticipation of the upcoming game against his former team, Redskins running back Tashard Choice could say a lot of things.  He could talk about how the Cowboys, the team that drafted him in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft, cut him unceremoniously after Week 7.  He could talk about how he laid his body on the line, and when he injured his hamstring, they sent him packing.

He could talk about how he’ll celebrate his 27th birthday on Sunday, hoping to be an active participant in a perfect storyline.

But he’d rather not. Read more »

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“Beat San Francisco” On Spirit Friday

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 4, 2011 – 3:53 pm

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The whole universe is in sync this week, with even the leaves turning Burgundy and Gold at Redskins Park.  This is a big game, not only for the current Redskins, but also the 80-plus Redskins alumni that will be part of the Redskins Homecoming ceremonies during the game.

Some of the greatest players to ever suit up in Washington will be welcomed back, and the Redskins need a good showing more than ever.  Players like Donte Stallworth realize the challenge that the 49ers present:

As always, the Redskins front office staff was on-hand to welcome their favorite footballers back inside after the last practice of the week: Read more »

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Redskins Vets Picking On The New Guy

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 3, 2011 – 4:16 pm

One of the hardest transitions in professional sports is changing teams mid-seasons.  Aside from all of the elements that change on the field, adjusting to the culture of the team off the field can be even harder.

Most players get ignored.  Most have to build up their reputation on the field and prove that they belong before anyone will welcome them in.

And then there’s new Redskins running back Tashard Choice, who can’t find some peace and quiet.

Choice has a reputation for a hard worker on the field, and a relaxed, fun-loving guy off of it.  But in his first 72 hours in Washington, he’s trying to emphasize the first part and make a good impression.  During each of his first two days on the job, he’s been approached by media to discuss his transition to the Redskins.  And on both occasions, he’s been interrupted by his teammates.

Yesterday, it was defensive end Stephen Bowen, who is probably the most excited Redskins player since Choice arrived.  While Choice was answering questions about getting acclimated to the playbook, Bowen stood behind reporters and jumped around, waving his hands in the air.

Choice couldn’t help but laugh, gesturing to Bowen and saying, “And then this jackrabbit back there wouldn’t leave me alone since I got here.”

He also went on to say, in all seriousness, “Bow’–Bow’ my boy. He helped me out when I was a rookie in Dallas.”

Bowen later informed reporters that he was looking out for Choice, but he wasn’t going to offer him a place to sleep, unless he paid up.

“He can crash at my place for maybe $150, plus tax,” he joked.  “I remind him about those taxes; it’s really more like $175.  It’s like staying at the Double Tree [hotel].”

Today, it was the same story, but a different chapter.  After practice, Choice was approached for a daily update.  As he answered a question about how he was “blessed” to be with the Redskins, the former Georgia Tech running back was interrupted by Georgia alum Kedric Golston, who sang out “Georgia Bulldogs!” to the delight of Choice and the media.

Clearly, it’s tough being the new guy in town.

Listen to Choice’s transition and what he has planned for the Cowboys, below: Read more »

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Young To Choice: Welcome To The Family

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 2, 2011 – 1:37 pm

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This season, the Redskins running game has been similar to the push-mower I used in high school: sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t.  Sometimes it’s very dangerous, and sometimes it’s just ignored in the shed.

With the subtraction of Tim Hightower and the addition of Tashard Choice, Redskins fullback Darrel Young is hoping that the Redskins have found that perfect combination of horses in the backfield.

“It’s exciting, man,” he said.  “Every time you bring someone into the family that’s been productive in this league, it’s exciting.”

“Success” is a results-based term.  What do you like most about his style, DY? Read more »

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Players Happy With Team’s Waiver Choice

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 2, 2011 – 10:53 am

When new Redskins running back Tashard Choice arrives in the locker room this morning, no introductions will be necessary.  Most of those have already happened.

For example, Choice has already met Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall:

I’m told there’s no bad blood between the two, it was just a playmaker, making a play.  Choice, who was No. 23 with the Cowboys, has adopted No. 40 with the Redskins.  That number was previously possessed by cornerback Brandyn Thompson (in training camp), who was waived from the active roster in order to make room for Choice.

Funny how it’s all connected. Read more »

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Redskins Making The Obvious Choice

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 31, 2011 – 8:45 pm

The Redskins announced the signing of former Cowboys running back Tashard Choice.  Choice was released from the Cowboys on Friday, and signed by the arch-rival Washington Redskins this afternoon.

Choice (5-10, 212) was originally drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round (122nd overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft and spent his entire career with Dallas before being released on Oct. 28, 2011. Choice has 1,139 yards rushing on 250 attempts (4.6 avg.) and eight rushing touchdowns in 54 games. He has also caught 64 passes for 497 yards and returned three kickoffs for 61 yards in his career.

Against the Redskins, for his career, Choice has 37 plays from scrimmage for 116 yards and a touchdown.  Looks like Rick ‘Doc’ Walker will need to perform another cleansing, like the one he performed on former Cowboy Stephen Bowen.

The best part about this signing, is that Choice is one of Bowen’s best friends.  Bowen was very excited this afternoon when news broke of the signing, and will certainly aid in the transition to Redskins Nation: Read more »

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Stephen Bowen: ‘They Say I Have Feet Like A Cat’

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 31, 2011 – 1:00 pm

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It recently came to my attention that new Redskins defensive end Stephen Bowen has some pretty serious moves on the dance floor.

While he was still a member of the Dallas Cowboys, Bowen was recorded breaking it down in the locker room with his teammates.  While it pains me to post footage of the Cowboys, I assure you it’s worth it:

Bowen said that the video was taken by running back and good friend Tashard Choice in the locker room after OTA’s in the spring.

“We used to have fun in the locker rooms after practices,” he said after a long laugh.  “It starts to get repetitive, and you try to keep everybody loose and fun, enjoying everything.”

But Bowen’s dancing skills are no laughing matter. Read more »

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