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4/17/14: Sometimes the best laid plans simply do not work out. That may be the case for new Washington wide receiver Andre Roberts. Roberts had been stuck in Arizona depth chart behind all-world WR Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, which severely limited his opportunities. He thought that a move to Washington would help his cause as a complement to Pierre Garcon. That was until the team signed DeSean Jackson after DJax was released by the Philadelphia Eagles two weeks ago. Now Roberts is stuck in the same boat as before, and is not necessarily guaranteed a roster spot.
4/10/14: Washington moved quickly to sign former Eagles pro bowl wide receiver after Philadelphia released him last week. The transaction process is complete, but the story simply will not go away as the release happened just hours after a published report that Jackson had affiliations to gang members. There were several teams that wanted DJax, and there may be some truth to the speculation that he wanted to go to Washington to play against the Eagles twice a year. In a related story, QB Robert Griffin III said that he is not giving up his number 10 jersey to Jackson, as star quarterbacks generally get to keep their numbers.
4/3/14: This is kind of unusual in Washington for this time of year, but there are no sensational stories going on. Instead, the team is acting dignified and professional. When asked, new head coach Jay Gruden said that he wants to foster a good relationship with QB Robert Griffin III. That means listening to what RG3 has to say about play calls and pace of the game. Some could interpret that as a veilled shot at former Washington head coach Mike Shanahan. Shanahan did not, at least publicly, have a strong relationship with RG3, and there are many who blame the coach on RG3's injuries in the 2012=2013 season.
3/27/14: Washington General Manager Bruce Allen seems to think (at least publicly) that the team's collapse in 2013 was due to complacency. Washington won the NFC East in 2012 with a surprising 10-6 record. They fell to an atrocious 3-13 in 2013. Normally, the silver lining to that terrible record is a high draft pick, but that was traded to St. Louis for the number two overall pick in 2012 (Washington drafted Robert Griffin III with that pick). Washington may have been lax last season, who knows. But RG3 was not really healthy all season. In any case, the Rams are enjoying the draft pick.
3/20/14: Off the field rivalries are always fun, and DeAngelo Hall and Richard Sherman are giving us plenty to enjoy. It all starts from Hall saying that Sherman is not the best cornerback in the league, something that Sherman takes exception to. Hall considers Sherman a great cornerback, but lists Aqib Talib, Patrick Peterson and Darrelle Revis as the best three. Sherman says that he has a Super Bowl ring, and that trumps all. If that were true, then a backup on a Super Bowl winning team would be better than any other player at his position, but no one thinks that Seattle's back up QB is better than Peyton Manning or Tom Brady.
3/13/14: Washington struggled with the decision for a few weeks, but in the end, decided to place the franchise tag on linebacker Brian Orakpo. Big O has been a mainstay in the Washington defense for a few years, and would probably command a pretty good salary on the open market. Simply put, that means he will be expensive to keep. Indeed, the franchise tag will cost Washington between $10-12 million for the next season. The best case scenario is to work out a long term deal with him and keep him in maroon and gold for many years. Both sides appear open to that idea, so there is a good chance that something will get worked out soon.
3/6/14: Washington should have some room to breath this season as their salary cap limit (punishment from the league for their 'abuse' during an uncapped season) is now gone. It also helps that the salary cap for 2014 should be in the neighborhood of $132 million, several million more than originally expected. There is still a lot of talk about backup QB Kirk Cousins. Cousins says he likes the team and his role, but would like to start. There will continue to be trade speculation around Cousins, and Washington may trade him if they get the right offer.
2/27/14: Washington is committed to RG3 as their starting quarterback next season, which surprises no one. Griffin has performed very well when he is healthy and confident in his body. That confidence was lacking for most of last season as he recovered from a torn ACL and then head coach Mike Shanahan sidelined him for the last three games of the season for a healthy Kirk Cousins. Washington now says they would trade Cousins for a second round pick. That actually seems like a bargain, and one that QB-desperate teams like Houston or Oakland should look at before spending a high draft pick on a rookie QB.
2/20/14: It looked like cornerback DeAngelo Hall's time in Washington was about over when he suggested publicly that the team 'probably should change their name'. Everyone knows that owner Daniel Snyder is vehemently against changing the moniker, and most bosses do not care for it when their employees speak ill of them. However, now it looks like Hall may be back as the two sides have reportedly intensified their discussions for a new contract. Hall would be a free agent, and would be able to find work somewhere. Now, though, it looks like he may not have to move again.
2/13/14: It will be interesting to see the development of QB Robert Griffin III this season. It has been long held that only pocket passer can lead their team to a Super Bowl championship. That held true again this year. Sure, Russell Wilson is mobile, but he is a pocket passer at heart and had a great defense. RG3 gets a fresh startr with new head coach Jay Gruden, and he is one of the better offensive minds in the NFL today. Surely they will improve on their three win season, and it may turn out that this past debacle of a season helps them in the long haul.
1/30/14: It is the offseason in Washington. While the team may be lamenting that they do not have their own first round pick (which was traded to the Rams in 2012 for the second overall pick, which became Robert Griffin III, and is now the number two pick overall), they have team business to do. Like filling out a new coaching staff. New head coach Jay Gruden has hired Randy Jordan as the running backs coach, and he will get to work with star Alfred Morris. Say what you will about Mike Shanahan, but he did have a knack at finding great running backs late in the draft, like Morris and Terrell Davis.
1/23/14: If anyone thought that the drama in Washington would end once former head coach Mike Shanahan was out of the picture, then they were sorely mistaken. QB Robert Griffin III went on a Twitter rant to say how all the media and outside spectators are wrong about him and the team. That seems pretty immature for a guy who is trying to shed a prima-donna label. Additionally, Washington denied the New York Jets the opportunity to interview defensive coordinator Jim Haslett. It looks like Haslett will remain on the new coaching staff. Haslett has been a defensive coordinator in the NFL for a number of years, and even was head coach of the Saints over a decade ago - taking over for the failed Mike Ditka.
1/16/14: Now that Washington has cleaned house, they had to find a new head coach. They did that by hiring Jay Gruden, who was the offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals. He is brother to Jon Gruden, and has a pretty deep and broad history of coaching at many levels. He was the head coach of the Orlando Predators (twice), an assistant for the Bucs, and an assistant for the Florida Tuskers of the UFL. Gruden will keep a few members of the old Shanahan coaching staff, including Jim Haslett. Of course, Washington said they got "the right guy".
1/9/14: It may get ugly before it gets better for Washington. With the head coaching job open.an elite franchise QB in place, and a weakened NFC East division, this should be one of the hottest coaching jobs around. However, it seems that the perception among head coaches is that they do not want to get involved with the meddling of owner Daniel Snyder and have concerns about GM Bruce Allen having all the personnel power. That makes it tough to land an elite head coach, but the fans will demand more than Jim Zorn from a few years ago. This may take a while to shake out.
1/2/14: The nightmare that has been Washington's season is finally over. The team fell in their final regular season game to the New York Giants and finished up with a 3-13 record. There was no second half miracle finish like last season, and the team fired head coach Mike Shanahan, as well as a slew of assistant coaches. To make matters worse, they 'earned' the second pick in the draft, but that goes to St. Louis as part of the trade that got them RG3 two years ago. The coaching search is already started, but is not considered a premier job anymore because of a meddling owner and a GM that holds all the power.
12/26/13: Washington's first round draft pick keeps getting better and better…for the St. Louis Rams. Washington fell to 3-12 on the season by losing to the rival Dallas Cowboys last Sunday. Dallas rallied with a late score for the 24-13 win, which further clouds head coach Mike Shanahan's future with the team. Kirk Cousins started at QB for Washington again, as Shanahan insists that is RG3's best interest to stay healthy and get a full offseason. The offseason will come on after Washington's game at the New York Giants (6-9). The question is if Shanahan will have a job come Monday night.
12/19/13: Washington stole a lot of headlines over the past two weeks with the decision to sit RG3 for the remainder of the season and go with backup QB Kirk Cousins. New QB, same result. Washington fell to 3-11 with a 27-26 loss to Atlanta. Head coach Mike Shanahan insists that he wants to stay on as the coach next year, though there is a lot of speculation that will not happen. He also states that sitting Griffin is good for the young QB because it ensures he will be healthy and have a full offseason to learn and develop. Washington hosts the Cowboys (7-7) this Sunday.
12/12/13: Washington was crushed 45-10 by the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday, dropping their record to 3-9 on the season. The game was a blowout early, and Washington simply had no answer for the powerful Chief defense. More importantly, though, is what is going on off the field. A report surfaced that head coach Mike Shanahan almost quit last January, and there is a divide between him and owner Daniel Snyder. That is on top of the presumed rift between coach and QB RG3. Rumors are already swirling about the next Washington coach, with speculation pointing to RG3's college coach.
12/5/13: This awful season continues for Washington, as they lost 24-17 to the New York Giants to fall to 3-9. Opposing players continue to insist that RG3 is not fully healthy and should not be out on the field. They could be right and RG3 may be hurting himself and his team. Even more damaging is that the team is not in much of a position for a quick turnaround. Washington will likely earn a top draft pick, but that will go to St. Louis as part of the trade that brought RG3 to Washington. With the team's dismal play and questionable future, it is possible that this is the last month that Mike Shanahan is employed by the team.
11/28/13: As head coach Mike Shanahan put it, Washington was dominated by the 49ers in the Monday Night Game, losing 27-6. It was the first time in RG3's career (college or pro) that his offense failed to score a touchdown. The San Francisco defense was merciless in Washington, refusing to allow much yardage throughout the game. Many now are calling for RG3 to be benched in favor of Kirk Cousins - something that would have seemed improbable a year ago. More likely, RG3 is not fully healthy and it shows in his play. Washington (3-8) hosts the New York Giants (4-7) in the Monday Night Game.
11/21/13: One year ago, Washington found themselves at 3-6 and everyone wrote them off. They then proceeded to go on a mammoth winning streak that got them into the playoffs. Washington fans have tried to convince themselves that this would happen again. So far it has not as the Eagles easily dismissed Washington 24-16. RG3 threw for 264 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 44 more. However, much of their offense achievements came in the fourth quarter after the game was already decided. Washington is now 3-7 on the year and hosts San Francisco in the Monday Night Game this week.
11/14/13: Like most of the NFC East, Washington has struggled a lot this year. The team had the misfortune to be the road team in the last Thursday's game, which is traditionally a disadvantaged position. That was the case as Washington fell to the Minnesota Vikings 34-27. Washington had a chance to tie the game with a last second drive. RG3 threw to Santana Moss in the end zone, but Moss could not get his feet down in bounds and that sealed the loss. The team is now 3-6, the same record they had last year before rolling off six wins. That kind of streak would likely give them the division this year. Washington is at Philadelphia (5-5) this Sunday.
11/7/13: Washington got a much needed overtime win against the San Diego Chargers last Sunday, with touchdown vulture Darrel Young scoring three times, including in overtime, for a 30-24 win over the San Diego Chargers. RG3 seems to be returning to form, slowly. He was 23 of 31 for 291 yards passing, but zero touchdowns. Alfred Morris chipped in 125 yards plus a score on the ground on 25 attempts, while Pierre Garcon had a great game with 172 yards receiving. Washington was bullish on the goalline, and that was San Diego's downfall. The team does not have much time to celebrate as they head to Minnesota (1-7) for the Thursday Night Game.
10/31/13: Washington strode into Denver and made their Sunday afternoon tilt against the Broncos an interesting game for three quarters. But they play four quarters in the NFL. Washington held a 21-14 lead heading into the fourth quarter, but then allowed 31 points in the final frame to lose 45-21. RG3 was knocked out of the game on a late hit and was replaced by Kirk Cousins, who did not fare much better. Alfred Morris had a good game with 93 yards rushing and a touchdown. Washington heads home to host the surprising 4-3 San Diego Chargers this Sunday.
10/24/13: Washington got a big and much needed win over the Chicago Bears, winning 45-41 in a shootout at FedEx Field. QB Robert Griffin III threw for 298 yards and two touchdowns, so he is starting to look like the pre-ACL tear RG3. The game was in question, even late, until Roy Helu Jr. broke in for the winning touchdown with under three minutes to play. It was one of the more exciting games of the weekend and keeps Washington within striking distance in the NFC East. Washington (2-4) goes to Denver for a late Sunday game with the Broncos in Week 8.
10/17/13: Washington is trying to save their season, but that got a lot tougher this past weekend when they lost to the Cowboys in Dallas. The Washington defense was pretty good all night, limiting Tony Romo to 170 yards in the air. However, special teams were a problem as they gave up two long returns - one for a TD and the other set up a touchdown. RG3 continues to shake off the rust, but he is clearly not the player he was last season. Washington falls to 1-4 on the season. They return home to host the Chicago Bears (4-2) on Sunday.
10/10/13: It was a good time for Washington to get their bye week. They need some extra time to get their offense in sync again since QB Robert Griffin III did not play in the preseason. They have looked better the past few weeks, steadily improving as RG3 gets more reps and more comfortable with his reconstructed knee. We are all still waiting for Washington to use him like last year with more running and making better use of running back Alfred Morris. Washington (1-3) returns to action in Week 6 and it will be a prime time affair. They travel to Dallas to face the Cowboys (2-3) on the Monday Night Game.
10/3/13: Washington rallied from a 14-0 first quarter deficit to earn their first victory of the season on Sunday. The team allowed the Matt Flynn-led Raiders to score two early touchdowns before tightening up and playing like most people expected them to play this season. RG3 led the team to 24 unanswered points for a 24-14 win. This was not an offensive masterpiece, but it was effective. RG3 only threw for 227 yards an no receiver had more than 60. Even running back Alfred Morris only had 71 yards rushing. But a win is a win, and Washington (1-3) needed a win. Washington has a bye in Week 5.
9/26/13: The struggles continue in Washington. The team hosted the Detroit Lions, and the Lions had never won in D.C.. That is, until Sunday. The Lions took advantage of 4th quarter turnovers to break a 17-17 tie and win 27-20. The good news, if there is any for an 0-3 team, is that QB Robert Griffin III started to look like his old self again. RG3 threw for over 300 yards and had 37 yards on the ground. RB Alfred Morris also had a good game with 73 yards rushing and one TD. It is still a work in progress, but Washington does seem to be improving. The team has a good chance for a win this week when they travel to Oakland (1-2).
9/19/13: The word after two weeks into the NFL season is that Robert Griffin III is not the same player yet. RG3 missed all of training camp and preseason while rehabbing his torn ACL. In two games, he has only run a handful of times, but none of those have been designed runs. He is also playing with a knee brace, which may be slowing him. Chances are he will improve as he gets more playing time and knocks off the rust. The Washington defense has not been impressive, so the team needs all the points they can muster. Washington lost 38-20 in Green Bay last Sunday and now hosts Detroit and Calvin Johnson in Week 3.
9/12/13: Washington and Philadelphia is a long-standing rivalry, and the team truly despise each other - at least the fans do. This was supposed to be RG3's triumphant return after tearing his ACL in the playoffs. In reality, it showed that RG3 needs to knock off some rust before he will be at 100%. Chip Kelly's fast-paced offense was too much for Washington, going down 28-7 at one point. Washington rallied back to make it close, but ended up losing 33-27 in the first Monday Night Game. Another week of practice will help, and they will need it. They travel to Green Bay this Sunday.
9/4/13: Barring any unexpected set-backs, Robert Griffin III is expected to start on opening day. Dr. James Andrews has cleared him to play but offers some advice in how Washington uses him. Dr. Andrews cautions against his reckless playing style and the team's dependency on RG3's legs. Washington fans may not want to hear that, and certainly RG3 does not want to hear that, but Dr. Andrews makes a good point for the longevity of the QB's career and long-term health. It is the same risk with all mobile quarterbacks - their running style puts them at risk for major injury, and that hurts both the team and the player.
8/29/13: Obviously any news about QB Robert Griffin III gets headlines, and this last week was no different. The NFL fined RG3 $10,000 for wearing a tee-shirt that was not provided by the official NFL sponsor. The shirt read "Operation Patience", which is likely a reference to RG3 needing to be patient and heal before he gets back on the field. Many expect Griffin to be ready for the regular season. If he cannot go, then second year QB Kirk Cousins will get the start. Cousins filled in well for RG3 last season, but that is certainly not the plan that the team wants to take.
8/22/13: The Redskins star QB Robert Griffin III has been pushing, through the media, to play in the preseason. Head coach Mike Shanahan says that simply will not happen. RG3 is only seven months removed from tearing his ACL. He will probably play in the opener, but there is no reason to risk his health on meaningless games. Many in the media speculate there is a rift between QB and coach, though all parties deny that. It is good to see RG3 anxious to play, but he needs to understand patience and that he is more valuable to the team in November and December than in August.
8/15/13: Of course the major focus on the rehab for Washington players is on QB RG3. But he is not the only starter trying to come back from a serious injury. Tight end Fred Davis is seeing his first action in 20 months since tearing his Achilles tendon. Contrary to popular belief, he actually had a good rapport with Girffin before he go hurt.Linebacker Brian Orakpo is back on the field as well, and claims to be feeling great. He claims that he is playing with reckless abandon and has no concerns about the pectoral from last season. Maybe that explains the over-pursuit on Titans running back Chris Johnson that went 60 yards for a touchdown.
8/8/13: Left defensive end is proving to be problematic for Washington as training camp has just started. Adam Carriker is undergoing a third surgery on his quad and will not be back anytime soon - he may be out for the season. His replacement, Jarvis Jenkins, was just suspended for four games for violating the league policy on performance enhancing drugs. Who is next and how will this affect the team? Washington is coming off of a great season and looks to improve and take control of the NFC East. However, without consistent good play coming out of the defensive line, it may mean a lot 32-28 games for this team.
8/1/13: Washington wide receiver Pierre Garcon made some waves last week when he said that his offense can be the best ever. Not the best in the NFC East. Not the best in the NFL this season, but the best in the history of the game. That puts them up with the 2007 Patriots and the 1999 and 2001 Rams teams. That is a pretty tall order for a team without a standout WR and a QB coming off of a devastating ACL tear in the playoff last season. When asked again, Garcon defended his earlier statement - so at least the team has confidence on their side going into the season.
7/25/13: Its been six months and the fans of the team have still not taken a breath. Washington is just waiting for the word that RG3 is healthy and back in practice. The truth is that he is only six months removed from a viscous ACL tear - an injury that usually takes nine to 12 months to heal. Dr. James Andrews claims he is ahead of schedule, but it is likely that the team takes his training camp very cautiously. There is no need to rush him back to service, because that simply increases the risks. However, he may take the Adrian Peterson program and not play at all in the preseason. Just come out and light it up in the regular season.
7/18/13: All eyes in Washington are on RG3, as most would expect. There is no word yet from the team if the superstar quarterback will join the team in training camp on day one or sometime later. The team medical staff has not yet inspected his surgically repaired knee after the torn ACL in the playoff last season. Since it is only about six month removed from the injury, a full recovery is out of the question at this point. However, reports are that he is healing at an advanced rate and could be ready to play in Week 1.
7/11/13: Maybe Pat White finally gets it. White became the first player in college football history to start and win four bowl games. He was drafted by the Dolphins during the height of the 'Wildcat' era, presumably to help with the Wildcat formation. One problem, the Dolphins introduced that play and already had Ronnie Brown doing a great job. After three years out of the league, White is back and with Washington. When he was drafted he only wanted to play QB, now he will accept any roll he can get and hopefully contribute where he can. With RG3 and Kirk Cousins on the roster, he probably will not get very far at QB, so this is a smart change of attitude.
7/4/13: Washington stunned everyone last season by rallying around a couple green rookies en route to the NFC East title and a playoff birth. Head coach Mike Shanahan utilized the rare rookie QB and running back combo for most of the season, and the team rebounded from a 3-6 start to win the division. Of course the expectations in Washington are through the roof now, and possibly rightfully so. Washington is hoping RG3 can rebound quickly from a torn ACL. If not, backup Kirk Cousins is preparing to start, so the team is in good hands. Only the rest of the NFC East and the Rams are rooting against them.
6/27/13: Very few teams have classic announcers - those voices which are synonymous with the team such as Jack Buck with the St. Louis Cardinals or Harry Carry with the Chicago Cubs. Washington is losing their voice as radio announcer Sam Huff is retiring. Huff was a linebacker with the Giants and Redskins, who is in the Hall of Fame. He has been associated with the team 50 years, but now it is time to hang up the mike. The team will honor Huff during a game this season, as he called 770 games as their radio color commentator.
6/20/13: The debate about Washington's nickname continues. This topic seems to pop up every few years, as many people find the name "Redskins" offensive. Of course, owner Daniel Snyder refuses to change the name of the team he has revered since he was a boy, while politicians looking for some easy points spend taxpayer dollars on getting him to change it. The results are still the same - no change for now. The other big story, and this is getting monotonous, is QB Robert Griffin III's recovery from a torn ACL. He appears to be doing very well and ahead of schedule. But this is not normal. It usually take 9-12 months for recovery. But good for RG3.
6/13/13: Everybody knows that owner Daniel Snyder is not going to change the 'Redskins' name short of a federal court order mandating it - so that is a dead topic (though there could be great marketing gains by selling new merchandise with a new name). On a more positive note, outside linebacker Brian Orakpo claims his goal is to be the NFL defensive player of the year. Orakpo's 2012 was cut short with a torn pectoral muscle in only Week 2. He is fully recovered now, and believes that he and RG3 could split the comeback player of the year award. If he is right on both counts - and there are still 16 games to go, then Washington should be a true contender this season.
6/6/13: The Washington Redskins franchise is under scrutiny again for the team name, which some may consider a racial slur. Team owner Dan Snyder has said that he will not change the name and even says that it would cost $20 million to do so. Ten members of Congress wrote a letter to Snyder asking for the name change, which is now a hot topic on sport talk radio. What Snyder may be missing is the opportunity to get good PR, a lot of publicity, and a chance to sell new team gear, which equals more merchandising revenue.
5/30/13: Dr. James Andrews made waves a few weeks ago when he said RG3 was 'Superhuman'. He clarified himself this week by saying RG3 and Adrian Peterson heal much faster than most people, and this should not be expected in other cases. Griffin, for his part, is already throwing at OTAs and looked good doing so. He says that he is comfortable with sitting out all of preseason and coming back for the first game of the season. Washington should be cautious here. it would be better to work him in slowly over a couple of weeks rather than risk further damage by rushing him back.
5/23/13: After nine games last season, the Redskins were 3-6. Head coach Mike Shanahan was throwing in the towel. Then lightning (or something) struck, and the Skins went on to win out and make the playoffs. With that kind of showing, the expectations in Washington are very high. There is no guarantee that RG3 will be back for opening week. But Washington should not care. If they can just win three games in the first half, then they feel they should be alright. The Rams are rooting against them, because St. Louis owns Washington's first round pick next year - and hope to hit another draft day home run with it.
5/16/13: Washington is starting to sign their draft picks. The team did not have a first round pick this year (or next year) because of the 2012 draft trade that gave the team the second overall pick. That pick, of course, was Robert Griffin III. However, they have signed safety Bacarri Rambo and fifth rounder Brandon Jenkins. Jenkins may be the steal of the draft. A great defensive lineman and pass rusher in college at Florida State, he missed last season with a foot injury. While that gave Tank Carriaine and Bjorn Werner the chance to shine, Jenkins may be better than both when he returns to health.
5/9/13: There have been many calls over the years for Washington to change their nickname from Redskins to anything else. Many people believe that it is a racist term for Native Americans, while many other think it is tradition, and still others do not even have an opinion. Now a Washington DC council member plans to introduce a resolution to change the name to Redtails, in honor of the Tuskagee Airmen. A recent poll showed that nearly 80% of Americans do not think the name should be changed and only 11% think it should. It is certainly a touchy issue, but the only vote that really counts is owner Daniel Snyder's, and he says he is not changing.
/2/13: Washington did not have a pick in the first round this draft (or next year, unless they trade into it). They surrendered their league given picks to the St. Louis Rams last year by trading up to the No. 2 position overall and taking Robert Griffin III. That has worked out for both sides so far. Their first pick this year was the 19th in the second round, where they chose cornerback David Amerson of NC State. Washington may have gotten the steal of the draft with Florida State defensive tackle Brandon Jenkins late in the fifth round. Jenkins is a rare talent who was hurt all of last season. When healthy, he will be an All-Pro.
4/25/13: Washington will be on national TV a full five times next year, as all the networks want to put RG3 on the air. Still no word if Griffin will be ready for the opener or even the first month of the season as he rehabs from that torn ACL. But Washington is in good hands with Kirk Cousins as a fill-in. Washington will likely be waiting a while for their first pick. St. Louis owns that pick (22 overall) from the trade a year ago that gave Washington the second overall pick (which was RG3). The Rams also own Washington's first round pick next season, so Rams fans have a vested interest in a poor Skins season.
4/18/13: The Redskins figure to have a pretty tough schedule this season, which includes five games against teams that made the playoffs last season and the regular line up of NFC East rivals Dallas, New York Giants, and Philadelphia. Of those five games against playoff teams, four are on the road, including Denver, Green Bay, Minnesota, and Atlanta. They do get the 49ers at home. It is just the way the schedule works out. The NFC East plays the the AFC West and NFC North this year, and by finishing first in the division last year, they have two games against division winners this season.
4/11/13: Why do people not learn? A few weeks ago, Dr. James Andrews said that Robert Griffin III's recovery from a destroyed ACL was superhuman - and he caught a lot of flack for that statement. Now comes word that Washington head coach Mike Shanahan believes that RG3 will set a record for recovery. He did stress that RG3 will not play until he is 100% healthy. But this type of comment can only raise expectations unrealistically high and put pressure on the young QB to play before he is ready. That puts him at risk for another big injury and can ruin his career.
4/4/13: Torn Achilles tendons were all the rage among the NFL injured last season, including Washington's tight end Fred Davis. Davis tore his in an October 2012 loss to the New York Giants, and it certainly affected his free agent status. Had he been healthy, he likely would have been among the most coveted tight ends. Instead, he only could explore options with Buffalo, the New York Jets, and Washington. In the end, he settled for a one year deal to stay with the team, which will give him a chance to build his market value for next off season.
3/28/13: Dr. James Andrews is the best known surgeon in the world, at least among athletes and sports fans. His most recent star athlete is Robert Griffin III, the young and dynamic quarterback for the Redskins. Dr. Andrews publicly said that his recovery is superhuman at this point. That may sound great, but there may some unintended consequences at play here. Team officials and fans may believe that RG3 will return ahead of schedule - even by Week 1 of the 2013 season. Realistically, that is not fair to RG3, and may end up hurting him more in the long run.
3/21/13: The St. Louis Rams organization and their fans were the most disappointed in the Redskins turnaround last year. Washington was 3-6 and went on a season-long winning streak to win the NFC East. That cost the Rams a big drop in the 1st round pick for April from the RG3 trade (probably 10 to 15 places). With that in mind, head coach Mike Shanahan is complaining that he has not had a normal offseason or free agency due to the rules and the $18 million salary cap penalty the NFL imposed. He may have valid points, but he did pay a king's ransom for RG3, and that asset is rehabbing a major ACL tear at this moment in time.
Unfortunately RG III couldn't bring the Redskins to the Super Bowl this year, but there is much promise there indeed. Next year! But that doesn't mean you can't have a great time at the Super Bowl this year. Check out more info on Super Bowl tickets and prices over on the SeatGeek Blog.
3/14/13: Many people may have forgotten, but Washington mush play defense and not solely rely on Robert Griffin III. The team has a good, but not great defense. Unfortunately, they got weaker this week with the release of DeAngelo Hall, the team's top cornerback. Hall had earlier indicated that he may be willing to take a pay cut to stay with the team, but head coach Mike Shanahan never mentioned that that was an option. Losing Hall leaves a gaping hole in the secondary, which right now has just some unheralded youngsters in need of a leader.
3/7/13: Kirk Cousins was the other quarterback that Washington drafted last April, behind that one guy, Robert Griffin III. Head coach Mike Shanahan, and his son, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan made the unusual decision to list two rookies as their top two QBs last season. It obviously paid off as RG3 had a monumental rookie campaign and Cousins stepped in ably when RG3 got hurt. It is doubtful, but Washington may be willing to trade Cousins for the right price, which Shanahan believes is a first round pick. Washington does not have a first round pick this year or next, trading those away to St. Louis in order to draft Griffin.
2/28/13: Good news for the Redskins and their fans. According to Dr. James Andrews, Skins QB Robert Griffin III is ahead of schedule on his recovery from ACL and MCL. RG3 suffered a horrible injury in his last game against the Seahawks. The Washington coaching staff took a lot of blame for keeping him in the game after he was visibly hurt in the first quarter, but RG3 just claims it is a tough injury. His type of play is prone to injury (see: Michael Vick), but with any luck, he may be able to get back on the field by the early part of next season - the same way that Adrian Peterson got back in eight months.
2/14/13: All-pro quarterback Robert Griffin III is confident that he will be ready for next season. RG3, of course, tore his ACL and LCL in his right knee in Washington's playoff loss to Seattle in January. He claims he is ahead of schedule and anticipates a full recovery and return. Griffin tore his ACL in 2009 while with Baylor, so he knows what type of rehab is needed. If he needs any inspiration, he need only look at this past season's MVP, Adrian Peterson. Peterson tore his ACL on Christmas Eve in 2011, but made a full recovery to lead the league in rushing and falling just eight yards shy of tying Erik Dickerson's single season rushing record.
2/7/13: The Redskins just won the NFC East behind a rookie quarterback, so logic would dictate that the team is on the rise and only can improve with a few tweaks. Not so for the Redskins. The team has multiple holes, starting with the secondary. Cornerback Deangelo Williams is due $7.5 million next season - so the team must either part ways or restructure the contract because Williams has not played to that level in a while. Washington also needs another receiver. Santana Moss is still on the roster, but he is not a true number one, nor is Pierre Garcon. Washington's first round pick is going to St. Louis, so the team needs to make moves in free agency.
1/31/13: Washington's uber-rookie Robert Griffin III received a nice honor from his hometown, who named a street after him: Robert Griffin III Boulevard. No word if Mike Shanahan is unnecessarily and needlessly driving it way too recklessly. Washington won the NFC East this season but lost in the first round to Seattle, when RG3 went down with a shredded ACL. Assuming he can return healthy for next year, then Washington will seek to improve on their surprising season. The team is without a first round pick for the next two years, as they traded those to St. Louis for the rights to draft RG3.
1/24/13: Time will tell if Washington's trade to St. Louis will work out. Washington traded three first round draft picks and two second round picks to move up to the second spot in last April's draft in order to select Robert Griffin III. Two and a half months into the season, when the Skins were 3-6, it looked bad. But Washington rallied and went on to the playoffs behind RG3. Now, the QB has a major knee injury (ACL +) and who knows how he will turn out. The Rams, meanwhile, are an improving team that will only benefit from the extra draft picks.
1/17/13: Losing in the playoffs was bad, but losing Robert Griffin III is far worse. RG3 injured his knee late in the season, but came back two weeks later to lead the Redskins to their final two victories and the NFC East crown. He aggravated the knee in the first quarter of the playoff game against Seattle, and was ineffective from then on. But then he shredded the ACL and LCL in the third quarter, the same ACL he tore in college. He had surgery to repair the torn tendons, but is questionable for the start of next season. Meanwhile, head coach Mike Shanahan is being skewered in the press for not pulling him earlier.
1/10/13: The Redskins hosted their first playoff game since 1999 and started off perfectly. They quickly took a 14-0 lead, but then RG3 re-aggravated his knee. He was gimpy and not effective in the second quarter, and was finally forced from the game in the third quarter. Without RG3, Seattle was able to rally and hold off Washington for the win. RG3 had tests performed after the game, and the team is waiting for the results. It is feared he tore his ACL, which would put some of next season in jeopardy. If there is a silver lining, Adrian Peterson suffered a torn ACL late last year and returned for one of the best seasons ever by a running back this year.
1/3/13: Washington won their first NFC East title since 1999 and will host a playoff game against media darling Seattle this weekend. The Redskins hosted their arch rivals, the Dallas Cowboys, in the last game of the regular season and came out with a 28-18 victory in the winner take all match. The win was Washington's seventh in a row, the second longest streak in the NFL (Denver has 11). The 10-6 Redskins have the fourth seed in the NFC, good enough to host the first playoff game in the nation's capital since Clinton was in office.
12/27/12: Robert Griffin III returned from a knee injury that kept him out against the Browns last week to lead the Redskins to their sixth win in a row. The 27-20 victory, combined with losses by both the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys, put Washington only one win from the NFC East crown. A month and a half ago, even coach Mike Shanahan counted out the then 3-6 'Skins. Now they have a chance at their first division title in 13 years, and it only takes a victory, at home, against the hated Dallas Cowboys to do so.
12/20/12: The Redskins traveled to Cleveland to take on the surging Browns last Sunday, in a game many viewed as an upset in the making. The only ones upset were the Browns faithful, as Washington showed they are much more than just RG3. Griffin was held out of the game with a knee injury from a nasty hit in the Baltimore game the previous week. But backup QB Kirk Cousins was up to the task, throwing for a whopping 329 yards and two TDs. The 38-21 win was the Skins fifth straight and leaves them in control of the NFC East. Washington has a chance to solidify their hold with a trip to Philly this Sunday.
12/13/12: The Beltway was buzzing about the Ravens/Redskins game last Sunday, and RG3 and team did not disappoint. Washington battled back from a late deficit only to see star quarterback RG3 injure his knee at the end of the game. Backup and fellow rookie Kirk Cousins threw a touchdown and ran in the two point conversion with 29 seconds left, before Washington won in overtime 31-28. RG3's availability against the Browns next week is unknown. He was diagnosed with a sprained knee, but fortunately did not have any ligament damage which would immediately end his season. For now, the Redskins are still in the playoff hunt, but need to win out.
12/6/12: The Washington Redskins defense tightened up when they had to, and kept the game against the Giants close enough to steal a win. New York moved the ball with ease in the first half, but were limited to field goals rather than TDs in the first three quarters. Trailing 16-10, the Redskins scored the lone touchdown in the fourth quarter and won 17-16. The win boosts the team to 6-6 on the year, tied with Dallas and one game behind the Giants in the NFC East. RG3 has invigorated this team, and some people believe they can win out. Their first game in the home stretch is a home game against the Baltimore Ravens this Sunday.
8/10/12: Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III made his debut today against the Buffalo Bills. Last year's Heisman trophy winner, went 4 for 6 for 70 yards with a touchdown. The touchdown came on a screen pass to receiver Pierre Garcon that went for 20 yards. The only error for Griffin came on a botched handoff to running back Evan Royster that was fumbled. RGIII was poised and executed a conservative gameplan. He did not take any deep shots but most of his throws were on the mark. Rex Grossman took over for RGIII after the first two series.
4/12/12 With the second overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins are looking to pick up a new franchise quarterback that they hope will solve their problems on offense. With a defense that is already among the best in the league, the Redskins will put their faith in whichever quarterback falls to them with the second pick. Of course, that depends on who the Colts end up taking with the first pick. Many experts believe that means Washington will likely end up with Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III from Baylor who will arrive with his Superman socks to save the Skins.
Washington Redskins Tickets - Season Preview
After finishing the 2010-11 NFL season 6-10 and fourth in the Eastern division of the National Football Conference, the Washington Redskin selected Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan with the No. 16 overallpick in the 2011 NFL entry draft. With the exit of nose tackle AlbertHaynesworth, the Redskins continued overhauling the defensive linethroughout the draft. Washington selected Clemson defensive tackle Jarvis Jenkins with the team's second pick and would select two moredefensive linemen in the final round of the draft. While two other players were chosen ahead of him, no Redskins rookieenters 2011 with as much hype and fan attention than former Miami Hurricane wide receiver Leonard Hankerson. Redskins faithful haveplaced high expectations on Hankerson following a record-breakingcareer at Da U, surpassing former Hurricane greats like MichaelIrving, Reggie Wayne and Andre Johnson. With former Cane Santana Mosssigning a five-year contract this offseason, Skins fans can expect tosee game-breaking plays from the due for years to come.
Washington moves into the 2011-12 NFL season without six-time Pro Bowl quarterback Donavon McNabb. After being benched in favor of backup RexGrossman during a week eight game against the Detroit Lions, itappeared McNabb's time in the Nation's Capital was over. Following the worst statistical year of his career since his rookie season in 1999,he was traded to the Minnesota Vikings on July 27, 2011 in exchangefor a 2012 sixth-round draft pick and another conditional pick in 2013.
Washington Redskins Tickets - Team History
The Washington Redskins have represented the nation's capital since 1937, winning five league championships and three Super Bowls in the process. With only two playoff appearances in the past decade, the new millennium has not been overly kind to the Redskins and, unfortunately, 2011 may be another rebuilding year for the team. The Donovan McNabb experiment does not look promising, and a rocky relationship between McNabb and head coach Mike Shanahan possibly foreshadows an end to the quarterback's time in D.C. Though the Redskins may not be favored to win the NFC East this year, Shanahan is a proven winner and is a good man for Washington to have in its corner.
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Though he showed flashes of what made him a perennial Pro Bowler in Philadelphia, 2010 was a rough year for Donovan McNabb. His 14 touchdowns were his lowest total since his rookie season, and his 15 interceptions were a career high. Rex Grossman will probably take over this season, but the team's offensive weapons do not exactly send goosebumps throughout the NFC. Neither, unfortunately, does the defense. Call it a player cashing in and checking out or a coach unwilling to bend his philosophy for a superstar, but Albert Haynesworth has been a complete disaster in Washington. His brief flashes of dominance mixed with constant bickering with Shanahan have made him a far cry from the player who commanded a $100 million dollar contract just two years ago. At 36, London Fletcher was incredible last year, and Brian Orakpo is a very good strongside linebacker. Wins over the Eagles, Packers, and Bears last year showed that not only do the Redskins have the ability to win tough games, their defense is capable of stifling tough offenses. Yet the same team that gave up 12 points to the Eagles in Week 4 gave up 59 to the same squad just six weeks later.
Washington Redskins Tickets - 2011 Schedule
Washington's schedule just may allow the team to contend this year. Depending obviously on how the season plays out, out of conference games against the Cardinals, Rams, Panthers, Bills, Dolphins, Seahawks, and Vikings all present games Washington can look at right now and expect to win. Their six conference games, however, are going to be challenging, as the Cowboys, Eagles, and Giants should be tough once again.
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