“After three or four, in the huddle I said to Russ, ‘Play along with me.’ I got to the line, and I said to Randy White, ‘Our coaching staff loves you. We’re going to run it over you again.’ Then on the next play Russ told him. Randy wasn’t very happy, but after three or four times, he didn’t say a word.”—Jeff Bostic on running the 50-gut 9 straight times against the Cowboys
On the day after the statue of a coach that stood for so much good but now is being portrayed as something far different, the program that Joe Paterno built was rocked to its very foundation. The NCAA, citing the Freeh Report (paid for by the very college that itself was the center of the […]
Well with training camp opening next week, and rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III having just signed his rookie contract, it seemed appropriate to start putting together a schedule wallpaper for the 2012 season. OBVIOUSLY, RGIII is the focus of just about everyone’s attention – both in and out of Washington, so I put together this […]
Not since the days of Chip Lohmiller have the Redskins been set at kicker. Since his departure after the 1994 season, Washington has seen 17 kickers take the field, including five in the 2000 season alone. You read that correctly; the Redskins have averaged one kicker a year for the last 17 seasons.
This summer, there is a legitimate kicking challenge that will take place in Ashburn. The incumbent Graham Gano has been the burgundy and gold’s primary kicker since the final four games of the 20…
Perhaps the most long awaited contract signature in the last two decades for Redskins Nation, finally happened. Robert Griffin III signed what has been reported as a 4-year, $21M+ guaranteed contract. Not bad for a 22-year old – it had to feel like winning the 6 million dollar jackpot at Party Casino. Now that the […]
One day after the Nationals split four games with the division rival Miami Marlins in their first series following the All-Star break, news comes from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that Washington will be looking for some arms and a catcher before the trade deadline approaches. Rosenthal reports that the Nats are looking for starting […]
Let’s face it, there’s something just a little bit metallic sounding, about even having to say something like, “Dez Bryant slapped his mother?” I’ve heard every ridiculous rationalization from, “Maybe he didn’t hit her that hard,” to “Maybe she deserved it,” to “You’re just hoping that it’s true so Bryant doesn’t burn you on the […]
Found this new Dallas Cowboys jersey in my Photoshop today. I have no idea how or why it got there, but I thought that Redskins Nation might appreciate it. I guess it could have had something to do with the Dez Bryant news. Tell me I’m an idiot on Twitter @TheHogsdotNet
Redskins’ fans have had many worries in the past, but one of them has not been the tight end position. Chris Cooley has been the guy, period. Last season that changed, but fans discovered that the team had another card they were keeping close to the vest, Fred Davis. Of course that hope was crushed […]
The running back position turned out to be a delightful surprise for an otherwise lackluster Redskins offense in 2011.
Tim Hightower, acquired last August from the Arizona Cardinals for defensive end Vonnie Holliday and a 2012 sixth round selection, had a fantastic preseason, posting 6.8 yards per carry and two touchdowns on just 25 carries in three games. Before tearing his ACL in his left knee in late October against Carolina, he put up pedestrian numbers in the regular season when compare…
The Redskins linebacker group has had a tough couple of seasons after transitioning to the 3-4 defense. The 3-4 is a defense that works much better with a lead. However, with the lackluster performance the offense has displayed the defense has been tasked with keeping the team in games rather than attacking at will like […]
With Gio Gonzalez, Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg sporting their gray road uniforms, Washington had three representatives in the 2012 MLB All-Star game tonight in Kansas City. Four if you count shortstop Ian Desmond, who backed out due to an oblique injury. No matter how you add it up, this season has produced the most […]
With free agency and the draft allowing the Redskins to address roster needs, a position that was not tended to as aggressively as others was safety.
The defense was already in good shape and was made stronger by re-signing London Fletcher, Adam Carriker and Kedric Golston. That helped the Redskins focus primarily on improving a turnover-laden offense that needed more firepower.
Even with LaRon Landry on the team, the Redskins were already thin at safety. Their decision to let him leave v…
As each week goes by, a playoff berth is looking more and more realistic for the Washington Nationals. The pessimistic D.C. sports fan in me always errs on the side of caution when it comes to expecting postseason production out of the local teams. For the past two decades, the Redskins average one playoff appearance […]
Sorry for the hiccup Redskins Nation. In our long tenure on the interwebs, we haven’t had many outages at all, and we take them seriously. We know that our community loves bleeding burgundy and gold here at THN, and we appreciate that! Today the site was under some form of attack, so our web host […]
This summer, I’ve been given the opportunity to write a piece for What’s Up? Annapolis Magazine to profile local athletes from Anne Arundel County (my home county) and Maryland’s Eastern Shore who have made it to the professional level. I’ve been trying to kick it into second gear and actually talk to some of these […]
Did you catch the nice blog on NFL.com about Robert Griffin III shooting a Subway commercial in Texas? I joke, but I’m just not really sure why the piece led with that tidbit, when the title and crux of an otherwise good piece, is that a bunch of Redskins are heading down to Texas for […]
I first saw Banks in a game between Nebraska and Kansas State. It was November 15, 2008. In That game Banks returned a kick 98 yards for a TD. That kickoff return tied for the fifth-longest in school history. Oddly enough, on the other side of the ball Nebraska’s Niles Paul was busy garnering his […]
The Washington Redskins announced today, that training camp would kick off on Thursday, July 26th. There will be thirteen practices open to the public: Thursday, July 26 – 2:55 p.m. ET Friday, July 27 – 2:55 p.m. ET Saturday, July 28 – 2:55 p.m. ET Monday, July 30 – 2:55 p.m. ET Tuesday, July 31 […]
When Robert Griffin III was drafted in April, I needed to come up with something different for my avatar/twitcon. I had been rocking the RGIII Composite Draft picture up until the draft, but obviously that wasn’t quite as cutting edge once there actually were photos of Griffin being drafted. So I came up with doing […]
Wednesday afternoon saw a couple of press conferences for the media, and an opportunity to speak to coaches Kyle Shanahan, Raheem Morris and Jim Haslett about anything and everything. Here are the “highlights in tweets”: Kyle Shanahan… … on Robert Griffin III Kyle on RG3: “He works a hard as anyone can at it, both […]
Robert Griffin III was just named named 2011 Big 12 Sportsperson of the Year. The award is given to the student athlete that “displays an extraordinary degree of sportsmanship and/or community service during the academic year.” On top of being the first Heisman Trophy winner in Baylor history, Griffin has been setting the standard off […]
So word today, is that the Redskins have interest in Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib. Obviously Raheem Morris knows as well as anyone the skill set that Talib brings to the position, but surely he also knows the baggage. Rumor has it that the Bucs are looking for a late round draft pick. Talib […]
Thursday’s Redskins’ OTA’s were open to the media, so here are a collection of articles to help you sort through all of the ‘exciting’ action: Mike Shanahan says hit was most jarring accident of his career By Mark Maske – Washington Post “Shanahan’s toughness is not questioned. As a college quarterback at Eastern Illinois he […]
There is a good article at the official Detroit Lions website, outlining some of the rule changes coming out of the league meetings that are going on in Atlanta. While the article itself deals more with the fact that the owners voted to move the trade deadline back a couple of weeks (after week 6, […]
Looks like all those Redskins fans that were counting on an extra eighteen million in cap next year, are going to have to go suck on a great big lemon. Jeff Darlington of NFL.com tweeted today that the arbitrator granted the NFL’s motion to dismiss the challenge filed by Redskins & Cowboys on the salary […]
With the opening of the offseason training activities (OTAs) on Monday, the Redskins coaching staff got their first look at the entire 90-man roster at once*, and in doing so, began the arduous process of paring that 90 down to 53. One of the guys that surprisingly seems to be on some people’s bubble, is […]
Well Redskin fans, you know you’ve landed at least a bonafide potential superstar franchise quarterback, when he’s going to be on the Tonight Show before he’s ever played a down of NFL football. Tonight’s show will feature Robert Griffin III and Hugh Laurie. I’m guessing that Robert will have better socks. I put the under/over […]
It’s hard to believe, but there truly looks to be “more” competition for roster spots on the Washington Redskins this year than last year. Seriously, other than quarterback, kicker and punter, there’s an abundance of quality players battling for a position. The offensive line, defensive line and receiving corps all could see some changes, but […]
Tim Hightower tweeted late Sunday night that he had re-signed with the Redskins. Well actually, he tweeted this: I’m baaaaaaaack twitter.com/Tim_Hightower/… — Tim Hightower (@Tim_Hightower) May 14, 2012 The Redskins picked up Hightower last season in a trade with the Arizona Cardinals that saw a sixth-round pick and defensive end Vonnie Holliday, go the other […]
With the new uniforms being launched yesterday, Redskins Nation is of course waxing poetic today about whether they like them… are they original enough… whether or not they will buy them… yadda yadda yadda. For the record, I personally like them. I liked them in 1994 when we first used them. <cough!> If you […]
This afternoon, the Washington Redskins unveiled a tribute to the past with a pinch of modernity in their new uniforms that are set to be worn twice at FedEx Field this season in conjunction with their 80th Anniversary. In what is supposed to replicate their 1937 uniforms, the Redskins put a twist on what was […]
The Redskins will unveil the team’s new 80th Anniversary uniforms today. Here is the Anniversary patch that has been circulating: With Nike taking over the digs this year, there is much anticipation in Redskins Nation as to what is in store with the new uniforms. They will “blend historical elements from the team’s past, with […]
As Redskin fans spent Monday pouring over article after article about the Redskins mini-camp that came to a close on Sunday, one thing that seems painfully obvious, Robert Griffin III blew the doors off of his first NFL on-field assignment. Sunday was the first opportunity that the media were granted access to Mini-Camp, so all […]
There are are a lot of new faces at Redskins Park these days, especially today as the Redskins kick off the offseason schedule with the Rookie Mini-Camp. Combine that, with the fact that it’s Friday, and that means Follow Friday on Twitter, I thought it would be prudent to put together a (hopefully) comprehensive list of the twitter handles of all the new blood.
Thanks to Jake Russell for his help putting it together.
Undrafted Free Agents:
Still looking for Twitter accouts for:
Brian McNally, LB (6-3, 273) New Hampshire
Vaughn Meatoga, NT (6-2, 295) Hawaii
During his time as a Redskin, I had the pleasure of meeting Kevin Mitchell on many occasions. Not once was he ever unpleasant to talk to or interact with. Win or lose, he always flashed his trademark smile for everyone to see.
To help commemorate the fifth anniversary of his passing, I have put together this gallery of various photos that have never been seen by the media. If you never had the chance to meet him, hopefully these photos give you a clear view into his personality.
The family and childhood photos were provided by his widow, Denise Mitchell, and the photos from Redskins training camp in 2001 and 2002 were taken by my mother, Terri Russell.
While Redskins fans were still buzzing on Monday after the most anticipated draft in decades, Denise Mitchell spent the day at her husbands grave. She and their three children, Jonathan (9), Kayla (7) and Alyssa (4) laid flowers on his grave and reflected on what was, as well as what could have been. To commemorate the day, the family went out to dinner to celebrate his life and reflect some more.
Monday April 30 marked the five-year anniversary of former Redskin linebacker Kevin Mitchell’s …
The Redskins went into the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft on Thursday knowing who they would bank their immediate future on. After months of waiting, they got their franchise quarterback and selected Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III with the second overall pick.
RG3 had been taking D.C. by storm even before the blockbuster trade with the St. Louis Rams was consummated on March 9th. Now that he is officially a Redskin, both he and the team are ready to get to work.
Kirk Cousins isn’t in Washington to take Robert Griffin III’s job. He’s a backup. Yet, he has stirred up more contraversy than anyone in the draft. Let’s take a look at a few of the arguments concerning the Cousins pick.
1) The Redskins should draft best available
All I heard heading into the draft is that the Redskins need to draft the best available player. Where did all those voices go? Of course they are still around, but now they are up in arms because Shanahan actually did it. It’s not a good practice at all to bash the guy for not drafting best available and then bash him again when he does it. It seems everyone was so busy looking for a great quarterback in the senior bowl that they forgot who gave the best performance, Cousins. The guy is a smart player and an intelligent person. He’s more confident than John Beck and has better awareness on the field(Yes, Beck has no confidence regardless of what he says, remember the Bills game, ok) and more realistic than Rex Grossman (as well as more mechanically sound). Cousins has actually worked to improve his awareness and confidence, see here: http://bit.ly/IGNlK6
Keep in mind that the senior bowl is the best gauge to see how college players will do against better competition, it’s a pro bowl in college and Cousins clearly had the best performance and Shanahan was right there to see it. So naturally he drafted cousins because he was available.
2) The Redskins don’t need a backup quarterback, they have Rex Grossman
Rex Grossman is terrible. He can’t run, he throws too many interceptions and he fumbles the ball. When a player can’t run out of bounds with the ball and tuck it away, he has issues. So stop telling me that Rex Grossman is a great backup. A backup has to have the ability to come into a game and keep the team from losing. Rex Grossman is skilled at losing ball games. He gives you the chance to lose. What’s that you say? He knows the playbook. So what, Kyle Shanahan has stated he doesn’t need a quarterback who knows the playbook as long as he has a full offseason to work with. So please stop going on about what a great backup Grossman is. Not only is he a terrible plan at backup, I wouldn’t want the guy having any influence on my two young quarterbacks.
3) There were better players available in the fourth round
Were there? Does anyone really know this yet? The folks who are saying this must not think Mike Shanahan knows what he’s doing? Take a look at some of the players he has drafted in the fourth round in the past. John Keim noted several here: http://bit.ly/JNwF1S
The fourth round has been pretty good to Shanahan. While it is very possible that there were better players available, he wanted to focus primarily on offense in this year’s draft, he saw Cousins available in the fourth round when he was supposed to be gone in the second, he looked at the players available and although he knew there were other positions needing attention, he could not pass up picking Cousins. Given his history of picks during fourth rounds of the draft, given he felt his players would be there in later rounds, I believe he felt like he picked the best player available.
With Cousins, Shanahan gets a young guy who has good skills and is very smart. Shanahan can mould Cousins into the type of quarterback he wants him to be.
It also would not surprise me, as we have seen the past two years, that late in the season Shanahan will make some roster changes and based on his play in practice Cousins will have learned enough to move from number three qb to number two. I’m sure drafting two quarterbacks, especially giving up so much for one of them looks odd to most people, but when you have to go through a season with John Beck and Rex Grossman as the only options at quarterback, you will do anything to never go back down that road. I say great job Mike Shanahan!
I’m not sure I really understand the ‘celebration’ of some Redskins fans of the news today that Jabar Gaffney had been released, but whatever. Gaffney was the most dependable receiver on the roster last season, his only season in the burgundy and gold. Other than a Twitter tirade that may or may not have been him (he says that his account was hacked), his time in Washington was very positive.
He hauled in 68 catches for 947 yards and 5 touchdowns in 2011 – all team highs. All three were also career highs (touchdowns tied 2007).
He is the victim of both his contract and the youth movement. With a cap number of $2.65M because it is all in base salary, the Redskins can actually save more money cutting Gaffney than Santana Moss. Combine that with the arrival of Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan, as well as the (hopefully) triumphant re-hab return for Leonard Hankerson, and Gaffney’s cap number becomes a little large for a guy likely to be relegated from starter to back-up duty.
Regardless, I wish him well, and think somebody will pick him up at a good price and get the same thing the Redskins got – solid, not flashy, production. Good luck Jabar.
I don’t want to be one of ‘those guy’s’ that talks about someone other than the guy I’m writing about, but recent Redskins undrafted free agent addition Chase Minnifield’s dad Frank was one of my favorite players as a young man. He was a dominant cornerback for the Cleveland Browns back in the day
Put me in the corner of the guys that think this is a sleeper pick. Chase is a very different type of cornerback than his dad was, but that doesn’t mean that he didsn’t get his dad’s intangibles – which were off the chart. Chase got labeled as a Cover-2 only cornerback in college, but don’t be surprised to see the Virginia product open a few eyes at training camp, and find a way to squeeze on to at least the practice squad as a work in progress.
Baseless Bayless BS
I can’t even watch the guy, but knowing that, many of my Twitter followers are quick to send me the latest and greatest non-sensical ramblings, of that talentless hack with a microphone.
An Emmy nomination too? What, did they run out of names to put into the blank spots? I digress.
Yesterday, Skippy proved the sage truth of the adage that sometimes it’s better to shut your mouth and have people think you’re a fool, than to open it, and remove all doubt. I don’t even want to get into all of the specifics of the ridiculousness of the things that Bayless said, because somehow that would bring them credence. I’m not going to provide a link to his bullspit, because I don’t want to promote the drivel in any way, shape or form. I leave it up to Joe Q Redskin to decide if his raving and drooling about Kirk Cousins is even worth talking about. It isn’t to me, unless its just to express my disgust that the sports world is going to hell in a handbasket when a guy like Skip Bayless is paid to express the moronic opinions that he was expressing yesterday.
By the way, when my girlfriend brought up the vid clip to see why I was smashing my face on my keyboard, knowing nothing of Bayless or his antics, she innocently commented, “Oh I didn’t know the guy was gay.”
Can’t fool the ladies Skip.
I started the ridiculously long hashtag this morning. Please feel free to jump in on Twitter at any time with your non-sensical ramblings. I have been all day.
Robert Griffin III got his first opportunity to woo the Washington media and fans on Saturday at FedEx Field, he did not disappoint. Asked about everything from Redskins history to Redskins future, here are some of his comments:
On the attention he has already received…
“I went to a signing in Chantilly and saw 7 different variations of my name on a shirt, so I kind of understand the anticipation, the excitement. You just gotta realize it’s about more than just one person. Quarterback always gets all the attention. He also gets all the criticism. So it’s not necessarily how you can take the praise and the attention. It’s how you can deal with the type of criticism you’re bound to get. I know this is a business. I have to be a professional. “
On the experience of the last few days…
“It’s definitely been crazy. Some call it a whirlwind… a lot of cameras, a lot of people that want to talk to me and ask me questions. Thank you for that. You just gotta take it and go with the flow. A lot of people can look at this as the bad side. But it’s all a part of the gig. You don’t dream of these type situations as a kid. You think you play professional sports and be done. There’s a lot more that goes into it. You have to wrap your mind around it or be able to. I think I’m trying to do a good job of that.”
On being in the spotlight…
“It can be difficult. The one thing people have said it’s only gonna get worse. But if it gets worse, that means I’m doing my job. When you’re successful people are gonna want a part of you. They’re gonna want to talk to you and see what’s going through your mind, so I plan on being successful. I hope the Redskins, the teammates that I now have, will join me in that battle. Hopefully the spotlight and all the cameras, all the flashes will get worse for everybody. That means we’re doing what we’re supposed to do, and that’s win football games.”
On the past struggles of the Redskins…
“I don’t know the history like the back of my hand. I’ve definitely seen the struggles the team has gone through, especially when it comes to quarterbacks. They drafted me to try to be that solution to that problem. I plan on being the solution.”
On high expectations and being viewed as a savior…
“I think a lot of times the media can take what the fans and expectations are and maybe misplace it a little bit. The fans aren’t excited just because I’m coming into town. They’re excited about the things that are in place with the Washington Redskins. That’s what I’ve tried to tell people. You have a great defense. They’ve added weapons on offense. They brought me in to be the quarterback so that’s what all the excitement’s about. It’s not just about me being here. It’s about the team that’s already here with the addition of myself.”
On being the starter on opening day…
“I try not to expect anything in life or assume anything. So I will work toward being the starting quarterback on day one.”
On his early indoctrination as a Redskin…
“I’m legal now that I’ve got a playbook. I’ll be studying it. Going out looking towards mastering it before the season even starts though I know that’s probably not possible, try to get the best hold of it I can to be able to go out and perform. I didn’t hear anything much different, other than, ‘It’s official.’ I’m a Washington Redskin. They’re excited about that, happy to have me as part of the organization. They’re relying on me. That’s what Dan Snyder told me. I like to be relied on because I feel like I can help in any way possible.”
On President Obama…
“It’s hard to compare everything from the Heisman, to the draft, to meeting President Obama. But he’s as advertised, a really cool, down-to-earth person. We’re gonna try to set up a basketball game after the season. He told me he wouldn’t play against me, but he’d definitely play on my team. We’ll do that. Every experience is its own, so you gotta try to live each moment to its fullest.”
On running the ball…
I know it’s something that everyone’s emphasized that they can really use me in. The coaches told me they’re gonna give me a lot of input on what we do on offense. Not that I’ll come on day one and say, ‘Hey we’re doing this.’ But I like something, they’ll continue to coach it. If I don’t then they’ll take it out because the job is for us to be as successful as well as we can. I’m familiar with the keep game. I do like the keep game. And we’re gonna use the keep game.”
On being a team leader…
“Leadership is something that’s thrown upon you as a quarterback. But you can be a quarterback and not be the leader of a team. I want to come in and show the team that I’m ready work, lead by example rather than come out and being the most vocal guy ever. You do have to take control of the team, let them know that you’re their leader. But, at the same time, being a rookie, you can’t come in and just say it, you gotta show it.”
On being compared to the Eagles’ Michael Vick…
“That’s an honor first of all. Talking to coach Shanahan and Kyle Shanahan, his son, today, they say that I’m a throwing quarterback who just happens to be really fast. So that’s why I think that’s a great comparison. Guys that my dad made me watch growing up, even if I didn’t get to see them play when I was born… Roger Staubach, I know that’s a bad name around here, Fran Tarkenton, Kenny Stabler, Randall Cunningham, Steve Young. Guys that move the pocket a little bit, but also took care of what they’re supposed to do inside of the pocket. You don’t want to be one dimensional. I definitely focused on that in college and hopefully can continue to do that in the pros.”
On his athletic hero growing up…
“Growing up, I was a ‘Like Mike’ kid. So I wanted to be like Mike. I wanted to be Michael Jordan. Basketball was my love. My dad got me involved in basketball at an extremely early age. That’s why a lot of times when you see me throw the ball and my tongue is out, because that’s what Mike did. I really did buy into that. I wanted to be successful. I took that from the field, from the court, from the track, and tried to apply it in the classroom and just be like Mike everywhere. Michael Jordan had a huge influence on me, but no one was bigger than my parents and of course God.”
On former Redskins quarterbacks Doug Williams and Joe Theismann…
“Would love to meet those guys in person, hear what they have to say about being the quarterback of the Washington Redskins. Obviously it’s a unique situation. It’s unlike any other team in the NFL to be the quarterback here so they can give me some pointers and hopefully we can win some Super Bowls.”
On his ability or inability to say ‘no’…
“It’s tough to disappoint people. Most times people surround themselves with yes men. I’ve surrounded myself with a couple of no men… Time in life is precious. Sometimes people in life don’t realize that. You can’t get it back. Time is money, but we’re not gonna mention money.”
On the Redskins choosing QB Kirk Cousins in round four…
“We were in the same group in the combine, so I got to know him a little bit. He’s a good guy. I look forward to going out and growing with him … He got drafted a little bit later than he would have liked but I’m glad to have him on the team.”
On his influence on his teammates…
“I just hope that they know I’m here to work. It’s not about show. You can never walk up to a 30 year-old man when you’re 22 and tell him what to do. You have to earn your respect … Especially in the NFL, the difference between winning and losing is so small, it’s all about your mind-set and how you approach to the game. I approach the game with a mind-set that if you trust your preparation, then no one can beat you.”
Griffin had an announced crowd of nearly 20,000 strong at Fed Ex, eating out of his proverbial hand. The kid just seems to get it and there is a tangible special quality to him – this is not just another high draft pick, this is the face and future of the Redskins franchise for years to come.
In other news, the Redskins finished up the rest of the draft yesterday. Check Jake Russell’s Redskins Draft haul article for full details.
With the 71st selection in the 2012 NFL Draft – the Washington Redskins selected Josh LeRibeus, Guard from SMU. The Redskins originally held the 6th pick in the 3rd round (69th overall) but dropped two spots with the Buffalo Bills to 71, and picked up an extra 7th round selection on Saturday (217th overall).
LeRibeus seems a bit of a reach in the third, as he was projected to be a mid-to-late rounder by many draft pontiffs. Having said that, he’s a road grader with a mean streak that could actually fit in quite well in a zone blocking scheme.
Draft guru Mike Mayock described him thusly, “He’s a tough guy. Short arms, but he’s got a nasty disposition.”
The Redskins now have 6 selections left on day three of the draft – two 4th rounders (102nd and 109th from Raiders), a 5th (141st), a 6th (173rd from the Vikings) and two 7ths (213th and 217th from Bills).
Last night at 8:15pm at the 2012 NFL Draft, the face of the Washington Redskins franchise changed for now and for the foreseeable future. After weeks of terrible secret keeping, and bad acting, the Redskins selected Robert Griffin III, quarterback, Baylor University, with the second overall pick in the draft.
And with the selection, an organization engrossed in twenty years of dismal performances and strife, took a long cathartic breath.
Donning a pair of burgundy and gold socks with the w…
On Saturday, the Redskins filled a hole with a familiar face, by signing Rex Grossman to a one-year deal. Grossman re-joins John Beck and Jonathon Crompton in the Redskins quarterback stable, and all three await the arrival of the young incoming stud, either Robert Griffin III or Andrew Luck.
It isn’t exactly surprising that Washington chose to go this route, especially in light of the cap penalty. If $18 Million weren’t missing from the Redskins’ cap space, Grossman may not have been their f…
Been a minute since I blogged something – had some family strife to deal with, and life got in the way, but on a day of most significance to Redskins Nation, it seemed prudent to pen a few thoughts.
Well unless you crawl under a rock for the entire NFL offseason, you’re probably aware that today is the opening of the 2012 NFL Draft in New York. If you are under a rock, then you won’t be reading this anyway, so I’m going to presume that you know what’s what.
Today is the day that the Washington Redskins select Robert Griffin III with the second overall pick in the draft – a pick that they paid dearly to move up and get – but a move that they desperately needed to make.
Oh sure there is never any such thing as a sure thing in the NFL, especially in the college recruiting process; NFL history is full of great examples of men that, came and saw, but certainly never conquered. So there is still the outside chance that the young man from Baylor could flop, and that Redskins Nation will not get the prodigal son that it so desperately needs…
… but it doesn’t really feel like that, does it?
Oh sure, jackoffs like Donovan McNabb are going to tell you exactly why Griffin will never work out in Washington, but in reality, it’s a good fit – a really, really good fit. And Redskins Nation knows it.
… and that’s what it FEELS like.
I’ve been bleeding burgundy and gold for more than 30 years, and I have been running a Redskins site and publicly expressing my thoughts for the last 10 of them. Other than distant memories like Super Bowl wins, I haven’t been this excited to bleed burgundy and gold, for a long, long time.
And the kid hasn’t even done anything yet.
Now I’m not some Optimistic babbling, over-enthused fan that gets excited when the Redskins 7th Round draft pick makes a special teams play thus crowning him the undisputed jewel of the draft either. Any optimism I have for the Washington Redskins is guarded, and rare – reserved only for special occasions. Two decades plus of futility will put your optimism in check REGARDLESS of your state of mind.
But I am optimistic.
I have… hope.
Yes, yes… that’s exactly what it is. It isn’t anything more tangible than that, but this young man with a rocket for an arm, and locomotives for legs, has given a very defeated Redskins fan, a little bit of hope.
Hope that 20 years of bullspit is over. Hope that 20 years of putting bad-aids on gaping wounds is over. Hope that after giving everything to a franchise for most of my life, that I’m finally again going to get a team that gives a spit, and gives back.
The players are excited. The fans are excited.
This is the dawn of a new era.
There are no guarantees with any college prospect, but rest assured, there are a lot of people in the nation’s capital that think that there is reason to have hope – and it all begins tonight at 8pm.
I had a funny daydream about the NFL Draft that I wanted to share… I call it… “If Vinny Were Here.”
I found myself bemused by people still worried about the draft and the Redskins getting Griffin, and what on earth could possibly go wrong? So of course I thought of My Cousin Vinny.
The stage is the Redskins war room, the Colts have already selected Andrew Luck and the Redskins are on the clock. RGIII is just moments away, and ceremoniously, Vinny and Dan Snyder light obscenely large Cubans, pour a glass of Cognac, and throw their feet up on the table. They’re going to enjoy this little tiny epoch of joy, and they’re going to let the whole world watch them do it.
About 2 minutes from the end of the countdown, Vinny gets up to start making his way to the stage. He has an RGIII jersey in his hand, and a nearly finished glass of Cognac in the other hand. He is bumping fists with other NFL executives on his way to the podium, and waving like the queen to others. He has that goofy look on his face that seems to be a combination of surprised, stupid, and surprised.
And that clock is just ticking. But you know Vinny, oblivious as they come, and totally caught up in the moment… waving and bumping… and bumping and waving. But even Vinny knows what’s at stake, so with about 30 seconds left, he makes his way to the stage…
… and falls down on his way up the stairs, unceremoniously hitting his head on the stage front and knocking himself out cold
People rush to Vinny’s aid… Snyder comes screaming out of the war room with another jersey in hand. He’s running across the heads of NFL execs just trying ot get to the stage.
But the clock. It’s just ticking.
Snyder screams “No!” seemingly in slow motion, but slips and goes crashing into a table… fans are screaming… people are running everywhere… it’s complete pandemonium. The NFL coverage pans right, then left, to get a shot of the mayhem, and then cuts to a staggered snyder who is just making his way to his feet… he spins around to see how much time is left on the clock, but is stunned to instead see…
… the Minnesota Vikings selecting Robert Griffin III with the second overall pick in the draft.
We miss you Vinny. Your incompetence was unrivaled.