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3/25/15: Can't get enough of linebacker Ryan Kerrigan on game day? Well, then you have another chance - the opportunity to see him in the upcoming "Sharkando 3", where Kerrigan tries to help save the world. Kerrigan, in a part he was born to play, plays a NASA technician. Sounds like he has been type-cast. In any case, if he does not play well next season, will the fans and media complain that he spends too much time making movies or is that simply reserved for QB Robert Griffin III? Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is also in the movie, and he plays the President of the United States.
3/18/15: While the question going forward will be if head coach Jay Gruden really wants Robert Griffin III to be the quarterback or not will certainly loom, the moves this past week indicate that the Washington wants to improve on defense. that being said, general manager Scot McCloughan went to Eugene, Oregon to personally watch the pro-day for Marcus Mariota, so perhaps there is some interest there. Washington did not keep pass rusher Brian Orakpo, and that created a void. However, they did sign defensive tackle Terrance Knighton. It is a one year deal worth $4 million.
3/11/15: By all accounts, Robert Griffin III is set to be the starting quarterback in Washington again next season and the hope is that year four will be more like year one than years two or three. RG3 should benefit from a full offseason program and familiarity with his receivers. Washington helped out on that front by re-signing tight end Niles Paul to a three year, $10 million deal. Paul had a bit of a breakout campaign last season where he caught 39 passes for 507 yards and one touchdown. Washington is banking that he will continue to develop and become a real offensive threat.
3/4/15: It did not take long for Ricky Jean Francois to find new work after he was cut by the Indianapolis Colts. Jean Francois got a good deal of interest off the bat, reportedly from Washington, San Francisco (where he started his career) and Seattle. Ultimately, he signed in Washington for three years and $9 million, with incentives and bonuses pushing that figure to a potential $11.25 million. Of that money, there is $4 million that is guaranteed. Jean Francois will be reunited with Washington GM Scot McCloughan, who originally drafted RJF when he was the GM of the 49ers.
2/25/15: You cannot get rid of DeAngelo Hall that easily. Hall looks like he will be staying in Washington for at least another year, possibly more since he restructured his contract. He is still going to get his $4 million salary, but none of it is guaranteed anymore. Under his old agreement, $1 million was guaranteed. Cutting to the chase, that means that the veteran cornerback has to make the roster to get paid. Washington can cut him before the start of the regular season and not owe anything. Hall only played in three games last season because he injured his Achilles early on.
2/18/15: We are now entering the fourth year of the Robert Griffin III Era in Washington, and aside from a successful rookie season, the team has little to show for the monster trade that built the St. Louis Rams. RG3 continues to take attacks from internet trolls on his work ethic and ability, though there is no proof that he deserves any of that. That being said, it is time for him to show that he is a franchise QB. He is healthy this offseason and has the opportunity to make a difference in his fourth year. If that does not happen, then there is no guarantee that he will be around for year five.
2/11/15: It was not all that long ago that the Washington left RFK Stadium in the District of Columbia to move to FedEx Field. Team owners love to build new stadiums and be able to show off all the new options that their field has. But FedEx Field has never won the hearts of the fans. For starters, it is far away and less intimate than RFK. So Washington may be on the move again. The team is now asking season ticket holders about their preferences for a new stadium. The team is seeking input on items like stadium size, tailgating options seat movement and benefits for being a season ticket holder. No stadium will be built tomorrow, but it is interesting that the team is interested in moving after just 15 years.
2/5/15: It is time for yet another QB coach to take his shot at working with Robert Griffin III. This time it is Matt Cavanaugh who gets the call. RG3 had initial success during the Shanahan regime, but the coaching staff, at that time, crafted the offense around his strengths. Since then, the idea has been to mold him into a more traditional pocket passer. While pocket passers have been the most successful of all types of QBs in the NFL, there probably is a place for running quarterbacks using the read option. Of course, it is also widely known that bad QBs get their coaches fired, and that is what Washington is trying to avoid.
1/28/15: New Washington General Manager Scot McCloughan has a very good reputation as an evaluator of future NFL talent. If that talent continues, then Washington should be able to add talent to their roster in a very short period of time. McCloughan seems so confident that he said that every draft pick they make will "end up being a good NFL football player from the standpoint of a starter, a quality backup, or a dangerous special teams player". Washington needs help in many areas, particularly on defense, so it will be interesting to see how their 2015 draft turns out.
1/21/15: There was no question that Bill Callahan did not want to be in Dallas anymore, especially after the team stripped his play calling duties and would not let him interview for another position a year ago. So he stung the Cowboys where it hurt the most by not re-signing with them, but rather going to rival Washington. Callahan signed a three year deal last week to be on Jay Gruden's staff. He does not have a title yet, but chances are that he will be working with the offensive line. Callahan was also offensive line coach under Jon Gruden with the Raiders some 15 years ago.
1/14/15: Fired General Managers have not gotten many second chances in the NFL in recent years with the trend being to hire a first-time GM. But, Washington being Washington bucked the trend by hiring Scot McCloughan as their new personnel boss. While Trent Balke likes to take a lot of the credit in San Francisco over the past four years, it was McCloughan who was the GM for the five years before that and it was he that drafted 13 of the 22 starters they had on the roster when they went to the Super Bowl. He cleaned up a mess in San Francisco years ago so maybe he can do the same with Washington.
1/7/15: Things are finally settling down in Washington. The season was essentially a bust with a 4-12 record (a 33% improvement from the previous season), the ongoing drama with Robert Griffin III and a big question about who will be the QB in the future. Speaking of which, backup Kirk Cousins says that he wants to be traded if he cannot be the starting QB. That is fair enough. The guy wants to play. However, he has not shown much in terms of production in the last two years, so there may not be much of a market for him - even from teams that desperately need a franchise quarterback.
12/3/14: It is hard to admit, but Washington is a mess these days. After losing 49-27 to the Indianapolis Colts, the team is now 3-9 and looking at a top draft pick. There has been a lot of bickering in the ranks about who should be quarterback, but Jay Gruden has decided that he is going with Colt McCoy over Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins. McCoy was good against the Colts. He threw for a whopping 392 yards and three touchdowns with no INTs. However, the defense did not show up. Washington is home this Sunday to host the St. Louis Rams.
11/19/14: It is starting to get ugly in Washington. Actually, it has been a mess for some time now, and it just continues to get worse. Washington hosted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday and were overwhelmed in 27-7 rout. QB Robert Griffin III threw an interception on the first play from scrimmage and added another later in in the first half. He finished the day with 207 yards passing, one touchdown, two interceptions and 41 yards rushing. Washington fans were chanting for head coach Jay Gruden to put Colt McCoy in the game, though that may not solve anything. The team is now 3-7 on the season and heads west to San Francisco this Sunday.
11/12/14: Once again, and this is becoming almost an annual event, Washington sits at 3-6. They were in the same position two years ago and then-head coach Mike Shanahan pretty much gave up on the season before the team won all their remaining games and got into the playoffs. Washington finally got RG3 back on the field against Minnesota, in a decision that reportedly came above coach Jay Gruden's head, from the owner and GM (the team, of course, denies that). They have a good chance at win number four on Sunday when they host the lowly Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
11/5/14: For the first time in over a month Robert Griffin III played. According to a few reports, the decision to start him over Colt McCoy (who has won his two games) came from the top reaches of the organization, though they deny that completely. Griffin looked a bit rusty at times, but did manage 251 yards passing with one score and one INT. But Washington had a pretty balanced attack with 28 pass attempts and 29 rushes. It was a decent return for RG3, but the Vikings won 29-26 - taking the lead for the final time on a Matt Asiata touchdown with 3:27 left. Washington dropped to 3-6 on the season and has their bye this weekend.
10/29/14: Not many people gave Washington much of a chance against the Dallas Cowboys last Monday Night, but that did not matter. Starting thrid-string quarterback Colt McCoy, Washington was not afraid of the 6-1 Cowboys and controlled most of the game. McCoy threw for 299 yards while Alfred Morris posted 73 yards rushing and a touchdown. Washington sealed the game with a 40 yard Kai Forbath field goal in overtime, then was able to prevent a hobbled Dallas offense from scoring on the ensuing possession. Washington is now 3-5 on the season and will be in Minnesota this Sunday.
10/22/14: It was just a few weeks ago that many were saying that Kirk Cousins should be the starting quarterback over Robert Griffin III, even when RG3 returns from injury. That was before a few terrible games on Cousins' part. It got bad enough last Sunday against the visiting Tennessee Titans that Cousins got benched for third stringer Colt McCoy. McCoy rallied Washington, throwing a 70 yard touchdown pass on his first attempt (mostly because Pierre Garcon did 95% of that work). Kai Forbath kicked the winning field goal as time expired and pulled out the 19-17 win. Washington is 2-5 now and heads to 6-1 Dallas for the Monday Night Game.
10/15/14: If Washington fans hated the last year of the Shannahan years, then they must be loathing the start of the Jay Gruden Era. Washington dropped their fourth game in a row last Sunday - a 30-20 loss to the host Arizona Cardinals. Washington was in the heart of the game until QB Kirk Cousins threw three interceptions in the fourth quarter. Arizona scored 10 points off those turnovers, and that was the difference in the game. Cousins did throw for 354 yards and two touchdowns as well. Washington returns home and maybe that home crowd will help them get their second win of the season when the Tennessee Titans drop by this Sunday.
10/8/14: The high hopes for Washington have evaporated quickly. After looking pretty good with Kirk Cousins a few weeks ago, the reality is that they are not yet a complete team. Washington fell to the Seattle Seahawks on the Monday Night Game 27-17. Actually, Cousins was pretty good, throwing for 283 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. But Washington could not get the running game going and finished with only 32 yards. That may have been the difference in the game. Washington (1-4) heads west to face the Arizona Cardinals (4-1) in a late afternoon game this Sunday.
10/1/14: Washington may have lost to Philly in Week 3, but it looked like they had found something in backup QB Kirk Cousins at the time. Well, it is time to pump the brakes and hit the rewind button. Washington was routed by the rival New York Giants in front of a national audience in primetime last Thursday, 45-14. Cousins threw four interceptions and even Giants' defenders said that he was staring down his receivers - a rookie mistake. The loss dropped Washington to 1-3 on the season, and may end the speculation about starting Cousins over RG3 when he returns. Washington is at home to host Seattle on the Monday Night Game this week.
9/24/14: Philadelphia and Washington have a storied and violent past, so it was of no surprise that their first matchup of this season would be a bloody and emotional affair. Washington actually played pretty well and backup QB Kirk Cousins is in the middle of showing everyone that he should be the starting quarterback over RG3. He threw for 427 yards and two touchdowns on the day, but his defense let him down. At least DeSean Jackson scored a touchdown to taunt the Philly faithful. The game is past now and Washington is preparing for the Giants visit on Sunday.
9/17/14: Washington showed that they can get by without star QB Robert Griffin III and wide receiver DeSean Jackson just fine. They completely destroyed the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars 41-10. Kirk Cousins came in to replace RG3 after an apparent ankle injury, and promptly threw a touchdown. Jackson left the game with a shoulder injury, but running back Alfred Morris had a big day with 85 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Washington improved to 1-1 with the win, and will be on the road at the Philadelphia Eagles this coming Sunday for an important early season NFC East battle.
8/28/14: Anyone who has followed Washington over the past several years knows that former QB Joe Theismann likes to make his opinions known. He is back at it claiming that Kirk Cousins has outplayed Robert Griffin III. He even claims that if it were a real QB competition that Cousins would be the winner and the team would not start RG3. RG3 and the entire team struggled last season, which seems like a lost season and everyone has turned the page. While Cousins has better numbers, he has been playing against the reserves rather than the starters. Barring injury, RG3 is the starter in Washington, though Cousins could be great trade bait.
8/21/14: Enough of the controversy surrounding Washington's nickname and the missteps they have made while trying to defend it. Now it is time for some actual football. By all accounts, the team is one big happy family under new head coach Jay Gruden, but what lies in store for a team that was expected to make the playoffs last season and finished with three measly wins? For one thing, the offense should be a little more wide open. This has just as much to do with the offensive play calling as it does with the new weapons that RG3 has at his disposal. DeSean Jackson is a true number one receiver and should finish with well over 1,000 yards again this season. Washington, as a dark horse, could easily unsesed the Eagles in the NFC East.
8/14/14: Washington has plenty of issues to deal with on the field without having to deal with issues off the field. Namely, the controversy surrounding the team name of 'Redskins'. The latest issue to arise is out of Minnesota. The Vikings are playing their home games for the next two years at the University of Minnesota. UM does not want the name 'Redskins' to appear in any place - including the scoreboard or game programs. They have requested that the team wear their alternate uniforms during the game as well. This is a new twist in the ongoing saga, and it will be interesting to see Washington's response.
8/7/14: The NFL has officials going out to each and every training camp to inform the teams about their emphasis on enforcing existing rules on defensive contact and pass interference. While this may be a reaction to the grabbing and pushing that was so evident by the Seahawks last season, the rules are nonetheless already on the books. While visiting Washington's camp, an official said that defenses may need to be coached differently. Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett did not take kindly to that remark and offered advice to the official to worry about his own job and defensive coordinators.
7/31/14: Among the more interesting story lines for the Giants during this training camp season is who will run the ball. The team has a stable of them, but no one has been given the desired 'number one back' designation yet. David Wilson certainly has talent, but had a few too many fumbles for head coach Tom Coughlin's liking. There is also journeyman Rashad Jennings. Jennings had a great season with the Raiders last year and is expected to be the starter. There is also rookie Andre Williams, who may emerge as the prime rusher if he is given a chance. While passing may be en vogue in the NFL right now, smart coaches like Coughlin know that an effective running game is a major key to success.
7/24/14: For those Washington fans that would like to see a departure from the Kyle Shanahan offense of the past few years, here is some disappointing news. QB Robert Griffin III says that the new offense is 'very similar' to the one he has run the past two years. The good news is that RG3 claims he is not having a tough time transitioning to the new scheme - basically the concepts are the same with different terminology. One noticeable difference may be limitations on RG3 running the ball as the team wants to take advantage of a talented receiving corps.
7/17/14: How Washington will fare in the upcoming season remains to be seen, of course, but like most teams with a new head coach, the players are raving about the new culture and feel so far. There is reason for optimism, such as a healthy Robert Griffin III getting a full offseason training cycle and a much-needed upgrade at wide receiver with DeSean Jackson coming on board. The players themselves are doing a much better PR job than the team is, especially after the liberal political blogger they hired to help in the nickname issue resigned once it was discovered he had made contradictory comments a few years ago concerning Native American slurs.
7/10/14: Listening to Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III gives the impression that the team is due for a rebound this season. RG3 talked about how there are no competing agendas among the players and coaching staff, as well as the atmosphere being more conducive for team success under new head coach Jay Gruden than with former regime-master Mike Shanahan. RG3 also raves about working with Gruden, who is a former quarterback himself. While the Eagles are the prohibitive favorite in the NFC East, Washington does have talent to take the division crown and get back to the playoffs.
7/3/14: At least this is a break from the ongoing controversy surrounding Washington's nickname. New wide receiver, DeSean Jackson, come out last week and said that he does not flash gang signs. He does make some hand gestures and signs for his 'boys' back home, just to let them know that he is thinking about them. However, he insists that they are not gang signs that he knows of. That was one of the reported reasons that he was run out of Philadelphia, though the real reason is probably in line with Jackson not getting along with head coach Chip Kelly.
6/26/14: The ongoing controversy surrounding Washington's team nickname is picking up momentum, with the media and politicians jumping on the politically correct bandwagon. It was also ruled last week that the team could not keep exclusive rights to the name and logo. Owner Dan Snyder says he will not change the name, but perhaps he is just acting strategically. He could be waiting until the team's fans want a change, then will change it. Then he can sell all new merchandise (jerseys, hats, shirts, memorabilia, etc.), by creating a new market. He (and the rest of the NFL) would get an impressive new revenue stream, and owners like to make money.
6/19/14: There will be ongoing controversy about Washington's nickname until it is changed (if ever). But the team does not want that to be the focal point of their existence, and new head coach Jay Gruden does not want the read option to be the focal point of their new offense. Gruden is not scrapping the read option entirely, but feels that it would be better served as an element of surprise against opposing defenses. He also wants to develop RG3 into an all-around QB, not just a read option player. That is probably in the best interest of the team and should serve RG3 well throughout his career.
6/12/14: Washington should be much improved next season, if for no other reasons than Mike Shanahan and his drama is gone and Robert Griffin III is healthy again. RG3 acknowledged that it is completely different going through training camp and learning the offense as a participant rather than simply rehabbing and trying to pick up the plays in the offensive meetings and playbook sessions. It will also help to have two legitimate wide receivers to catch balls now that DeSean Jackson has joined the team to complement Pierre Garcon. Expect RG3 and Washington to bounce back this season and possibly contend for a wild card spot.
6/6/14: This should be a fun year to watch Washington. The drama from the Shanahan days is over, RG3 is healthy again, and they have a new, young, energetic coach that seems to get along well with his players. Add to that a new weapon at wide receiver in DeSean Jackson, and this may end up being a pretty good offense. The problem is that no one really knows if this is the same team that went to the playoffs in 2012 or the one that struggled to win just three games in 2013. One last fun item, this will be the year that many start to grade the St. Louis and Washington trade that put RG3 in Washington.
5/29/14: For a while, it seemed like Washington just did not get that many find the team name "Redskins" offensive. Now it seems like a battle of egos. This is not to say what is right or wrong or indifferent, but rather an observation. 50 congressional leaders signed a letter urging the team to change their nickname. Meanwhile, a team exec explained that the term is 'respectful'. Right or wrong, public perception, at least outside the Beltway, has turned on the name. The best alternative heard? Change the logo to a potato. Redskin potatoes are delicious, especially when boiled with crawfish.
5/22/14: The draft was only a couple of weeks ago, but of course the 'experts' have already assigned grades to every team, as if anyone could know how every team will have fared at this point. One debate that will be raging on for years is who got the better end of the RG3 trade with St. Louis. Washington, of course, landed RG3 with the second pick in the 2012 draft. The Rams got a nice haul which they turned into eight players, five of which are starters. There is no way to tell who 'won' yet, that will have to wait a decade or so. But if one team can win a Super Bowl, then they can declare victory.
5/15/14: Two years ago, Washington gave a king's ransom to the St. Louis Rams for the right to draft Robert Griffin III second overall. After long last, the tab has been paid and we can see how that turned out. Of course, Washington got RG3 and a playoff appearance in the 2012-13 season. The Rams got (after some trading up and down) Michael Brockers, Janoris Jenkins, Isaiah Pead, Rokevious Watkins, Alec Ogeltree, Steadman Bailey, Zac Stacy and Greg Robinson. The rest of the NFC East may not like going against RG3, but the entire NFC West is now scared of the Rams.
5/8/14: If nothing else, Washington must stay positive - so it probably a good thing that Jay Gruden is now the head coach. The St. Louis Rams are reaping the bounty of the disaster that was Washington's season last year. The Rams own the second pick overall in the draft thanks to the RG3 trade two years ago. Meanwhile, Washington continues to fight against growing political pressure to change their nickname. Lost in all of this is that the team could be pretty good next season (they will have a healthy QB) , even without the number two pick overall.
5/1/14: It looks like the hype machine is starting up about Washington in 2014. The quick history is that QB Robert Griffin III came in as a rookie and took them to the playoffs. He tore his ACL. He may have come back too soon. There was friction between the coaching staff and everyone in a disastrous 2013 season. RG3 is now healthy. There is a new and positive coaching staff. The team acquired star WR Desean Jackson. And now the media loves Washington going into the new season. So now all they have to do is perform. Of course, that is not as easy to do as said, so a lot of eyes will be on the team this season.
4/24/14: Well that certainly escalated quickly. Several weeks ago, longtime Cowboys defensive lineman Jason Hatcher was released by Dallas and quickly signed with the arch rival Washington Redskins. Perhaps Hatcher had some animosity towards the Cowboys for letting him go, and that would be a perfectly normal human response. What is not a perfectly normal human response is the hate being spewed toward Hatcher from Cowboy fans. Some have wished a devastating injury, another others have gone to a much darker place. Forgotten amongst all of this is that this is a business for the players and owners, and is entertainment for fans.
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. 5 /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.
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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 a
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|Dec 28, 2014||Dallas Cowboys - Washington Redskins||44 - 17|
|Dec 20, 2014||Philadelphia Eagles - Washington Redskins||24 - 27|
|Dec 14, 2014||Washington Redskins - New York Giants||13 - 24|
|Dec 7, 2014||St. Louis Rams - Washington Redskins||24 - 0|
|Nov 30, 2014||Washington Redskins - Indianapolis Colts||27 - 49|
|Nov 16, 2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Washington Redskins||27 - 7|
|Nov 2, 2014||Washington Redskins - Minnesota Vikings||26 - 29|
|Oct 27, 2014||Washington Redskins - Dallas Cowboys||20 - 17|
|Oct 19, 2014||Tennessee Titans - Washington Redskins||17 - 19|
|Oct 12, 2014||Washington Redskins - Arizona Cardinals||20 - 30|
|Oct 6, 2014||Seattle Seahawks - Washington Redskins||27 - 17|
|Sep 25, 2014||New York Giants - Washington Redskins||45 - 14|
|Sep 21, 2014||Washington Redskins - Philadelphia Eagles||34 - 37|
|Sep 14, 2014||Jacksonville Jaguars - Washington Redskins||10 - 41|
|Sep 7, 2014||Washington Redskins - Houston Texans||6 - 17|
|Aug 23, 2014||Preseason: Washington Redskins - Baltimore Ravens||17 - 23|
|Aug 18, 2014||Preseason: Cleveland Browns - Washington Redskins||23 - 24|
|Aug 7, 2014||Preseason: New England Patriots - Washington Redskins||6 - 23|