Did Penn State avoid NCAA ‘Death penalty’? - Les... →
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 […]
Redskins 2012 Schedule Wallpaper – RGIII Style! -... →
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 […]
Training Camp Battle: Kicker - →
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...
RGIII Officially Signs - Mark Solway →
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 […]
Nationals Targeting Pitchers, Catcher Before Trade... →
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 […]
Dez Bryant Endorsement Deal? - Mark Solway →
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 […]
New Cowboys Jersey (Spoof) - Mark Solway →
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
Camp Battles: Tight Ends - Roger Stumbaugh →
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 […]
Training Camp Battle: Running Back - →
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...
Camp Battles: LineBackers - Roger Stumbaugh →
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 […]
Nationals Represent at the All-Star Game - Jake... →
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 […]
Training Camp Battle: Safety - →
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...
Nationals Turn Back the Clock with a Comeback -... →
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 […]
Back Online - Mark Solway →
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 […]
Interview with Texans running back Ben Tate - Jake... →
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 […]
Griffin Just Has ‘It’ - Mark Solway →
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 […]
Brandon Banks: From Kansas State to Redskins Park,... →
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 […]
Redskins Training Camp Schedule - Mark Solway →
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 […]
RGIII Wallpaper - Mark Solway →
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 […]
Redskins Press Conference Tweet Highlights - Mark... →
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 […]
Redskins Rookie Quarterbacks Honored - Mark Solway →
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 […]
Training Camp Moving To Richmond - →
It was announced today that the Washington Redskins Training Camp festivities are making the move from Ashburn, Virginia to Richmond, Virginia in 2013. Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen released the following written statement: “We are very pleased to continue our relationship with the Commonwealth of Virginia that my father established 41 years ago.” “We are proud to...
Interest in Talib For the Redskins? - Mark Solway →
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 […]
Hog Wire: Redskins OTA Round-Up - Mark Solway →
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 […]
Rule Changes For 2012 - Mark Solway →
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, […]
Arbitration Rejected - Mark Solway →
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 […]
Cooley Comeback Begins - Mark Solway →
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 […]
Griffin On The Tonight Show - Mark Solway →
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 […]
Tough Decisions: The Washington Redskins... →
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 […]
Hightower Returns - Mark Solway →
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 […]
Throwbacks For Sure - Mark Solway →
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 […]
Redskins Unveil Throwback Uniforms For 2012 - Jake... →
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 […]
Redskins Launch New Uniforms Today - Mark Solway →
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 […]
Tuesday Hog Wash - Mark Solway →
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 […]
Follow Friday – ‘New Redskins’ Edition - Mark... →
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...
Photo Gallery: Kevin Mitchell (1971-2007) - Jake... →
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...
Remembering Kevin Mitchell: Five Years Later - →
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....
Redskins Complete Most Anticipated Draft in Years... →
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....
Mini-Camp and OTA Dates - Mark Solway →
The Redskins have officially announced the dates of their mini-camps and Offseason Training Activities (OTAs) Minicamps: May 4-6 (rookies), June 12-14; OTAs: May 21, May 23-24, May 29-31, June 4-7 Training camp dates have not yet been announced, and probably won’t be until some time in June.
Why Drafting Cousins was a Great Move - Rodge →
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...
Hog Wire: News And Notes - Mark Solway →
Gaffney Released 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...
Griffin Dazzles In Presser - Mark Solway →
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...
LeRibeus In Third - Mark Solway →
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...
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...
Grossman Returning - →
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...
RGIII Thoughts - Mark Solway →
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...
If Vinny Were Here - Mark Solway →
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....
2012 Washington Redskins Schedule - Mark Solway →
DATE OPPONENT (NETWORK) TIME (ET) Sunday, Sept. 9 @ New Orleans Saints (FOX) 1:00 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16 @ St. Louis Rams (FOX) 4:05 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23 vs. CINCINNATI BENGALS (CBS) 1:00 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30 ...
Torrence Returns to Redskins Secondary - Mark... →
Leigh Torrence was signed by the Redskins yesterday, four years after the cornerback left the Redskins to go and ultimately win a Lombardi with the New Orleans Saints. While the move didn’t exactly set Redskins Nation on its ear, it is the third signing in two days that was made to shore up some depth, and that made good football sense. Torrence won’t likely challenge DeAngelo Hall or Josh Wilson...
Lee and Golston Inked - Mark Solway →
The Redskins made a couple of depth moves today, signing offensive tackle James Lee, and re-signing defensive lineman Kedric Golston. Golston has been with the Redskins his entire six-year NFL career, and Washington knows exactly what they’re getting – a solid contributor that is versatile enough to back-up anywhere along the defensive front. He had 1.5 sacks in nine games last season before...