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CLINCHED.C.- Wizards Headed Back In The Playoffs

See what they did, there? Clever. Not as bad as the Nats' slogan Natitude, but it's awfully close. Either way, congrats to the Wizards for securing their first playoff birth since 2008. Somewhere,, Soulja Boy is thinking about us & smiling.

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Eagles Fan Loses His Mind Over DJax (NSFW)

I can imagine this is how a lot of Eagles' fans are feeling this week, but this guys goes all the way to DEFCOM 1. If you have eight minutes, (& headphones if you're watching at work) totally worth it. Enjoy. 

Top Ten Hits In Redskins History

And when we say "Top Ten Hits in Redskins History", what we really mean is, "Hey guys, check out this Sean Taylor highlight reel."

Thanks to our friends over at Purple Reign for the idea.  I like my list better, though.

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

LaRon Landry Hits Laurent Robinson (2011)

Lorenzo Alexander Crushes Lamont Jordan

Sean Taylor Pile Drives Tatum Bell (10:06 Mark)

10) Lorenzo Alexander Hits Jorrick Calvin

9) London Fletcher Hammers Brandon Jacobs (2008)

8) Sean Taylor Punks Reggie Brown (2007) (6:12 Mark)

7) Mike Sellers Trucks Kenoy Kennedy (2007)

6) Sean Taylor Smacks Patrick Crayton in Dallas Miracle "Brunell to Moss" game (2005)

5) Pound for pound the best Redskins hit ever, little Martin Mayhew Crushes Andre Reed in Super Bowl XXVI (2:31 Mark)

4) Sean Taylor Annihilates  Jerry Porter (2005) (8:19 Mark)

3) Sean Taylor Destroys Brian Moorman in the Pro Bowl (2008)

2) Big Dexter Manley Knocks Danny White Out of NFC Championship Game (1983) (1:35 Mark)

1) LaVar Arrington Ends Troy Aikman's Career (2000)

Bonus footage: for those who enjoy some Redskins on Redskins crime.  






Best & Worst Offseason Moves in Redskins History

WORST

1. Signing defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth (2009)

Of all the half-baked free agency moves that Vinny Cerratto and Daniel Snyder made, this was (by far) the most Cerratto and Snyder-iest.

The Redskins brass ignored red flags surrounding Albert Haynesworth, signing him to a seven year, $100 million deal, giving him $41 million guaranteed. 

So what did the Redskins get in exchange for their investment?

20 games played, 53 total tackles and 6.5 sacks. After failing several conditioning tests, speaking out against coach Shanahan's plans to move him to the nose tackle position and several off the field incidents, the Redskins shipped Haynesworth to New England for a 6th round pick (pick used for Alfred Morris)


2. Replacing safety Ryan Clark with Adam Archuleta (2006)

Back in 2005, Sean Taylor paired with LSU product Ryan Clark to create a very exciting and opportunistic safety tandems in Washington. At 21 and 26 years old respectively, the duo where on the verge of becoming one of the best young duos in the league.

But then Danny Boy went Danny Boy on us, opting not to resign Clark. Instead, he inked former Rams' safety Adam Archuleta to a six year, $30 million contract (which, at the time, was the largest contract for a safety in NFL history).

AA was never a good fit for the Redskins. He started only seven games before being relegated to special teams and spot duty behind Vernon Fox and Troy Vincent. Just one year into his deal, the Redskins dealt Archuleta to Chicago for a sixth rounder.

Meanwhile, Ryan Clark held down the starting safety position for eight seasons in Pittsburgh, winning a Super Bowl during that span.

Dagger.

3. Signing cornerback Deion Sanders (2000)

Don't lie. You were cised when we signed Deion. Seeing him on stage in the sweet Burgundy & Gold was enough to give even the most skeptical of Redskins fans hope.

(Mind you this was the first offseason Daniel Snyder spent big money. Us Redskins fans didn't know better as of yet.)

BARFFFFFFFFF

They paid Neon Deion a deal worth $56 million over eight years. He managed four interceptions and chipped in on returns, but at 33, he was clearly past his prime(time). He last one of those eight before retiring at season's end. I am fairly certain that the Redskins are STILL paying off his contract.

You would think that after this disastrous blunder back in 2000, the Redskins would learn their lesson about overpaying free agents. Little did we know that this was just the beginning.

4. Signing quarterback Jeff George for (2000)

Speaking of the 2000 Redskins, you can argue that the Jeff George signing was just as bad as any other name on this list. While the money wasn't really that bad (four years, $14.8 million), the George signing did manage to drive your Pro Bowl quarterback (Brad Johnson) out of town and derail a team that could have accomplished something significant.

Fresh off a NFC East division winning season behind Johnson's All-Pro season, the Redskins (for some reason) picked up George. Enamored with his arm strength, and ball placement, George eventually surpassed an injured Brad Johnson and started seven games for the team, winning just one of those games.

Following a subpar 8-8 with George at the helm, the Redskins hired Marty Schottenheimer to replace Norv Turner. Behind George, the Redskins lost the first two games to open the 2001 campaign by a combined 67-3. George was promptly released and replaced by the combination of Tony Banks and Kent Graham. Less than 18 months later, Brad Johnson won a Super Bowl for Tampa Bay. Who knows what could have been.

HONORABLE MENTION

5. Signing defensive tackle Dana Stubblefield & trading for defensive takcle Dan Wilkinson

6. Trading a 2nd & 4th round pick for quarterback Donovan McNabb/Giving McNabb $78 million extension (2010)

7. Trading a 2nd round pick for defensive end Jason Taylor (2008)

8. Trading a 3rd & 4th round pick for wide receiver Brandon Lloyd (2006)

BEST

1. Trading two 1st round picks for linebacker Wilber Marshall (1988)

Back in 1988, free agency was a brand new concept to the NFL.  In fact when linebacker Wilber Marshall signed a five year, $6 million deal that spring (which the Bears failed to match), he became the NFL's first free agent to join another team in eleven seasons.

Marshall started every game during his five years here in Washington, registering 621 tackles, 24.5 sacks, 12 interceptions during that time. The former Bear became the heart and soul of the resurgent Redskins defense that finished ranked second overall in 1991 en route to Super Bowl XXVI.

Marshall turned in his most dominant season as a pro in 1992, tallying 138 tackles, six sacks, three forced fumbles and two picks en route to win the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year award. In 2002, he was named one of the 70 Greatest Redskins of All Time.

2. Trading quarterback Norm Snead & cornerback Claude Crabb for Sonny Jurgensen (1964)

Next time you complain about the Donovan McNabb trade, just remember we screwed the Eagles out of a pretty decent quarterback 50 years ago.

Despite setting NFL records for passing yards (3,723) and touchdowns (32) in 1962, Philly still dealt Sonny Jurgensen to Washington in exchange for quarterback Norm Snead & cornerback Claude Crabb in 1964.

"Jurgensen is a great quarterback. He hangs in there under adverse conditions. He may be the best the league has ever seen. He is the best I have seen."

-Vince Lombardi

Jurgensen played 11 seasons for the Redskins, becoming not only one of the finest quarterbacks of his era, but one of the best players in franchise history. His long list of accolades includes eight times All-Pro, five NFL passing yardage championships, five Pro Bowls and two passing touchdown championships. Jurgenson is in the Redskins Ring of Fame as well as the 70 Greatest Redskins list.

He was named to the NFL 1960s All-Decade team and inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1983

The only factor keeping  the Potbelly Passer from being No. 1 on my list is that Billy Kilmer, not Jurgensen, started Super Bowl VII versus the undefeated Dolphins.

3. Trading two 1st round picks & and 2nd for defensive tackle Dave Butz (1975)

This transaction technically went down before the NFL's free agency period began back in the late 1980s. But when you get one of the best defensive players in the history of your franchise for the cost of a couple draft picks, he belongs on the list.

Due to a contract error, Dave Butz was granted free agent status just two years after the St. Louis Cardinals selected the defensive tackle from Purdue fifth overall. Head coach George Allen (father of current general manager Bruce Allen) acquired Butz from the Cards for two 1st round picks and a 2nd round pick.

Butz went on to play 14 years for the Burgundy & Gold, including three Super Bowls. He made his only Pro Bowl in 1983 after registering a career-high 11 sacks. Butz officially recorded 35.5 sacks in his career, largely in part because sacks were not an official NFL stat until 1982. Unofficially, his 59.5 career sacks would have been good enough for third in Redskins history.

Butz was named to the NFL All 80s Team and was named one of the 70 Greatest Redskins of All Time.

4. Trading Laveranues Coles for wide receiver Santana Moss (2005)

Of all the over-promising under-performing players acquired during the Daniel Snyder era, trading for wide receiver Santana Moss is one move that really has panned out, paying great dividends over the past eight seasons.

Looking for explosive weapons on the offensive side of the ball, the Redskins traded wide receiver Laveranues Coles to the Jets in exchange for wide receiver/return man Santana Moss. Over the past eight seasons, Moss has become not only a fan favorite, but one of the most prolific receivers in the history of the franchise.

The Cowboy Killer resides near the top of the list in many Redskins franchise marks. He ranks second in career catches (722), third in single season catches (93 in 2010), fourth in career receiving yards (7,299), first in single season receiving yards (1,483 in 2005) and second in career touchdown receptions (66).

HONORABLE MENTION

5. Signing linebacker London Fletcher (2007)

6. Signing running back Terry Allen (1995)

7. Signing linebacker Ken Harvey (1994)

8. Signing wide reciver Henry Ellard (1994)

Clinton Portis Defends His Tight Pants....

...is a line I never thought would come out of my mouth. But here we are.

I don't think his football tight fit this snug

I don't think his football tight fit this snug

CP rocked this outfit on Tuesday morning's NFL AM on NFL Network. Tight pants included. 

Portis, known for his bold wardrobe and flamboyant style, received some homophobic backlash on Twitter after his appearance on the show. The former Redskins running back told TMZ Sports, "People are really judgmental. They'll make comments, but I'm comfortable with myself. I know I like girls. I felt good about the outfit."

 

Keep doing you, 26. If you want to wear jeggings on TV, then kudos.

 

Redskins Sign Andre Roberts

Welcome to the official start of the Redskins free agency period.

Per Mike Jones of the Washington Post, the Redskins will come to terms with former Cardinals wide receiver Andre Roberts when the league year begins today at 4PM EST. Initial reports say Roberts will get four years for $16 million

Going into his fifth NFL season out of the Citadel, Roberts just turned 26 in January and is from nearby South Carolina. While I anticipate the Redskins will try and use their new signee in the slot, Roberts can play both outside and in the slot. The move likely ends Santana Moss' time in Washington.

Who Should The Redskins Target in Free Agency?

1. Panthers' Safety Mike Mitchell

Can't wear 21 here though, buddy

Can't wear 21 here though, buddy

The Redskins have not had a reliable player at the free safety position since the days when Sean Taylor was patrolling the secondary. Adding former Panther Mike Mitchell into the fold would solve some problems in the back end. In 15 games played last season in Carolina, Mitchell set career highs in tackles (66), sacks (3.5), passes defended (8), interceptions (4) and forced fumbles (2) 

2. Ravens' Defensive End Arthur Jones

Adam Carriker is gone, Stephen Bowen might be right behind him and Jarvis Jenkins hasn't yet returned to the form he flashed in the 2011 preseason before tearing his ACL. Arthur Jones has experience playing the five technique in Baltimore and would be the upgrade at end the Redskins desperately need. 

3. Seahawks' Cornerback CB Walter Thurmond III

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The Redskins went with a nickel corner on 62% of their defensive plays last season. Josh Wilson won't be back so adding a quality third corner should be a high priority. Walter Thummond III was an effective slot corner during the Seahawks Super Bowl run and would be an ideal fit with DeAngelo Hall and David Amerson.

4. Packer's Tight End Andrew Quarless

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Uber talented tight end Jordan Reed will be a valued part of the Redskins' offense in 2014, but they have to upgrade the TE2 spot on the depth chart. The Packers will likely try and retain the former Penn Sate Nittany Lion, but if he becomes available, he would be perfect for that slot. Andrew Quarless is far more talented tight end than both Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen in the passing game , yet is an underrated in-line run blocker. His receiving and run-after the catch ability would only create more match-up problems for opposing defenses.

5. Bengals' tackle Anthony Collins

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This one is a no brainer. Anthony Collins already has knowledge of Jay Gruden's offense and can transition seamlessly into the Redskins starting lineup. Even though Collins may seek left tackle money, he will still likely cost less than some of other tackles available in this free agent market (Branden Albert, Michael Oher, Rodger Saffold )

 

6. Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt & Bengals wide receiver Andrew Hawkins

These would be two SNEAKY good signing if the Redskins can actually pull it off. Like Anthony Collins, Andrew Hawkins knows Gruden's offense and could become a valued slot receiver to replace Santana Moss. Kenny Britt has had several consecutive turmoil filled and unproductive seasons in Tennessee, but the guy definitely is talented target that you can put opposite of Pierre Garcon. Griffin III needs more playmakers around him, and these are two that you can get on the cheap. The Redskins can probably ink both players to one year deals in which they can prove their worth. 



The Redskins and First Round Picks Don't Get Along

The Redskins seem to earned the reputation around the league as a franchise that usually doesn't resign their own players, instead opting for the Grass-Is-Greener approach of free agency. This statement is especially true of our first round picks, apparently.

Sometimes it's hard to quantify the levels of ineptitude without attaching some sort of number or figure to it. 

Well Rich Tandler of CSN Washington's tweet kind of put it in perspective.

Gut Punch

Gut Punch

Makes you sick, does it not?

Bobby Wilson, Desmond Howard, Tom Carter, Heath Shuler, Michael Westbrook, Andre Johnson, Kenard Lang, Rod Gardner, Patrick Ramsey, Carlos Rogers, Jason Campbell & LaRon Landry all failed to earn a second contract for one reason or another.

There are a few exceptions. Champ Bailey was traded for Clinton Portis and second rounder before his rookie contract was up. Sean Taylor tragically passed away before he could re-up with the Skins. Brian Orakpo technically hasn't signed a second contract as of yet, while Trent Williams, Ryan Kerrigan and RGIII are all still on their rookie contracts.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go throw up in the bathroom for about 10 minutes. Writing the blog post just made me a little nauseous.

Brian Orakpo In Good Company Among the 2009 Draft Class Pass Rushers

Of the pass rushers selected in the 2009, newly franchised tagged Redskin Brian Orakpo ranks second. Keep in mind that Brian Orakpo also missed a season, playing in just five quarters in 2012. 

Aren't you glad we didn't trade up for Mark Sanchez?

Aren't you glad we didn't trade up for Mark Sanchez?

Just in case you're curious, Clay Matthews just got a five years, $66 million extension from the Packers. Conner Barwin got six years, $40 million from Philly last year. Paul Krueger got five for $40 million from the Browns last year. Food for thought. 

Redskins Mock Draft 1.0: Post Senior Bowl

Its safe to say that Jay Gruden, Bruce Allen, Morocco Brown & company certainly have a very interesting first offseason ahead of them.

The Redskins are getting $36 million back from the 2012 league mandated cap penalty. While the Redskins vow to be active in free agency, they must also fill voids left by 22 unrestricted free agents to be this coming spring, so money must be used judiciously. This also puts an increased emphasis on the draft, where the Redskins will look to supplement players on the roster. Here are a list of players I believe the Redskins should look into.

This is the first of three mocks. I will release another mock draft following the NFL combine and another following free agency.

2nd Round (34th Overall)

Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia

Senior, 6-6, 325 lbs.

I think I speak for everyone when I say I'm tired of seeing Tyler Polumbus getting driven back into RGIII's lap each Sunday. Needless to say, the Redskins are in desperate need of a right tackle. This team has been in need of a right tackle since they let Jon Jansen walk back in 2009 to be more specific. Despite several attempts at a quick fix, the position remains the team’s most glaring area of weakness. 

 Luckily for the Redskins, this particular draft is rich with top-shelf talent at the tackle position. And selecting Virginia's Morgan Moses, who has experience playing both tackle spots, would be a great pick to help begin the rejuvenation of the Redskins offensive line. 

Called a 'dancing bear' by CBS draft analyst Dane Brugler due to his massive size and outstanding footwork, Moses has all the physical tools to become a week 1 starter. Most importantly, drafting Moses to be the right tackle would complete a much needed bookend dynamic with Pro Bowler Trent Williams holding down the left.

NFL Comparable: Michael Oher, Baltimore Ravens

Plan B: Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee

3rd Round (66th)

Jimmie Ward, SS, Northern Illinois

Senior, 5-11, 191 lbs.

Like the right tackle position, it’s been a revolving door of stop-gap players that could never quite get the jobs done. Vernon Fox, Laron Landry, Chris Horton and Brandon Meriweather are just a few names that couldn't manage to become the long term answer that this team has needed. NIU’s Jimmie Ward not only fits a need for the Redskins, but he represents the NFL’s new breed of strong safety.

Big-hitting strong safeties are heading towards extinction (especially with the NFL’s ever-tightening contact penalties). Versatile joker safeties that can play free, strong and nickel corner are in high demand. Although Ward’s size (5-11, 191 lbs.) isn’t ideal for a play that occasionally needs to play inside an eight-man box, he makes up for it with high energy, great instincts and more than adequate tackling.

NFL Comparable: Ryan Clark, Pittsburgh Steelers

Plan B: Ahmad Dixon, SS, Baylor

4th Round (98th)

Victor Hampton, CB, South Carolina

Redshirt Junior, 5-10, 202 lbs.

Outside of 2013 second round draft pick David Amerson, no one knows what the Redskins' cornerback situation will look like next season. DeAngelo Hall, Josh Wilson and EJ Biggers are all unrestricted free agents while Richard Crawford and Chase Minnifield are both coming off injuries. Even if the Redskins are able to land Patriots corner Aqib Talib in free agency, as Mike Jones of the Washington Post anticipates, the position still needs to be restocked.

South Carolina's Victor Hampton has all the tools you want in a corner. He is fast, physical and is smart enough to diagnose wide receiver's body language to jump in front of routes. He is proficient in press coverage, making it nearly impossible to throw in direction in man-to-man schemes. The fact that he also returns kicks and punts (something else the Redskins desperately need) only increases his value.

NFL Comparable: Brandon Carr, Dallas Cowboys

Plan B: Terrance Mitchell, CB, Oregon

5th Round (130th)

Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin

Redshirt Senior, 6-1, 189 lbs.

Wisconsin's Jared Abbrederis doesn't quite pass the eye test when being stacked up next to other NFL wide receiver prospects. His stature, speed or overall athleticism won't blow you away. But where the former walk-on appeals to NFL teams isn't his natural, God-given ability

Abbrederis may not be the master of any one skill, but is a balanced and productive receiver overall. His attention to detail, especially in route running, is what made him a record-setting wide receiver in college (finished career tied for UW record for receptions (202) and ranked No. 2 all-time at Wisconsin in receiving yards (3,140) and touchdown receptions (23)). He is sneaky quick and finds ways to get open in the seams of a defense. He also has some of the best hands in the draft. Although I believe the Redskins will target several receivers in free agency, Abbrederis will be a quality third or fourth option, especially while Leonard Hankerson rebounds from a late--season knee injury.

NFL Comparable: Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints

Plan B: Donte Moncrief, WR, Mississippi

6th Round (162nd)

Andrew Jackson, ILB, Western Kentucky

Senior, 6-1, 259 lbs.

In my estimation, whoever lands WKU's Andrew Jackson is going to end up with the sleeper prospect of the draft. 

His stock fell after a mid-season suspension in which Jackson violated team rules and missed a portion of last season. But the three-time  All Sun Belt  performer has the making of being a quality NFL linebacker.

Like Abbrederis, Jackson's measurables don't tell he entire story of his worth. He is one of those "turn on the gamefilm" type of guys. He is a ball player no matter what the stopwatch says.

The preseason Sun Belt POY specialize against the run, slithering through offensive linemen to reach the ball carrier in the backfield. And considering the Redskins general weakness against the run, Jackson can find a place on this defense. Perry Riley will likely be resigned to team with a now healthy Keenan Robinson as the starting middle linebackes. However, Jackson can provide quality depth. I wouldn't be surprised to see crack the starting lineup once he grasps Jim Haslett's scheme.

NFL Comparable: Phillip Wheeler, Miami Dolphins

Plan B: Max Bullough, ILB, Michigan State

7th Round (194th)

Zach Kerr, NT, Delaware

Redshirt Senior, 6-2, 334 lbs.

The local kid from Gaithersburg, MD has a chance to come home whee it all started.

The Delaware product started his career at Maryland but transferred when former Terps coach Ralph Friedgen left the program.  Kerr went on to become a dominate force and the best interior defensive lineman in the FBS each of the past two seasons en route to earning All-American honors.

Kerr has the squatty, powerful frame you want from the guy that anchors your front seven. The massive 334 pounder does a great job engaging lineman, extending his arms to get off blocks and stuffing the ball carrier in his tracks. He also deploys a pretty effective rip move, a testament to his polished technique and quick hands. Drafting Kerr can provide depth on the interior of a shaky Redskins defensive line and give Barry Cofield some much needed plays off.

NFL Comparable: Jay Ratliff, Chicago Bears

Plan B: It's the seventh round.  Just go best player available

Gruden Hire Gives Legitimacy To New Direction Of Redskins Franchise

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Stop me if you've heard this story before.

Disastrous season. Locker room turmoil. Head coach and staff blown out the day after the last game. And then begins the search for the next leader of the franchise.

Sound familiar? It should. The whole 'punch the reset button and find a new coach' had already happened five times already since Daniel Snyder bought the team in 1999. FIVE FREAKING TIMES

So when the Redskins hired former Bengals' offensive coordinator Jay Gruden yesterday, I expected turn on the introductory press conference and get spoon fed the same company line shit that I've had to swallow and digest for the sixth time in 15 years.

But this press conference was different than in the past. Subtle but different nonetheless.

The passionate yet meddlesome team owner wasn’t sitting next to Gruden. He wasn’t sitting next to general manager Bruce Allen. He wasn’t on stage at all. Instead grinning ear to ear from the front row of the auditorium rather than posted up with a microphone in his face next to his prized new conquest.

Also missing were the franchises' three Lombardi Trophies. Like Snyder, those bad boys get buffed up to make an appearance when a big name coach or high priced free agent comes to town.  I get so sick of those damned trophies. A pathetic distraction so you temporarily remember the glory days before you snap back to reality and realize what this franchise has been for the past two decades..

The most glaring omissions from yesterday's presser was Robert Griffin III. The embattled and sometimes outspoken franchise quarterback has come under fire in recent weeks due to his alleged relationship with Snyder and his role in the head coach search. I don't think it was a coincidence that this hiring went down while Griffin was 4,500 miles away on a Hawaiian getaway. Out of sight, out of mind (for the most part).

No glitz. no glamor. No drama or controversy. No unnecessary filler of any kind. Just a an eager new head coach, a general manager confident in his selection and a brand new philosophy on how to run the franchise. And dammit, I think they mean it this time.

It isn't hard finding a good head coach in the NFL. Its the most desired job in the NFL, but also one of the hardest jobs to maintain. 14 of the 32 head coaches have been turned over in the past two off seasons including Mike Shanahan. Everyone is trying to find THE guy to lead them to the promised land.

So with that being said, the questions still remains: is Jay Gruden THE guy we've been waiting for? The guy like the five guys before him that will fix the dysfunction that has been festering for 20 + agonizing years? It certainly is the question that is going to asking countless times between now and next September.

The answer? There is no answer, at least not yet anyway.  It is impossible to already have an answer and irresponsible to try and say that you do. Sure, its okay to have an opinion about the hire but the fact of the matter is no one will know whether this was the right hire for several years when Gruden has built the team to his liking

So what do we know….besides that there will be an abundance of ‘Spider-Two-Y-Banana’ tee shirts at FedEx Field next fall and that our new head coach has quite the potty mouth?

We know that we have brought in a head coach with the franchise’s most prized asset, Robert Griffin III, in mind. By all accounts, RGIII is a self motivated player. Having a high-energy coach that actually has his back should improve the young quarterback's confidence after a down season.

We know that with Gruden, the Bengals improved in total offense in each of Gruden’s three seasons in Cincinnati, finishing 6th in that category in 2013. And you can say what you want about Andy Dalton, but the quarterback threw for over 4,000 yards and 33 touchdowns last season in Gruden’s offense, third most in the NFL. And at 46 years old, Jay Gruden is the youngest head coach the Redskins have had since they hired Norv Turner at the age of 40 back in 1993.

We know that offensive coordinator Sean McVay, widely considered one of the better up-and-coming football minds in the NFL, is not only the youngest coach on the Redskins, he is now the youngest coordinator in the entire league. The next youngest coordinator, Nathaniel Hackett in Buffalo, is six years his senior.

And we know that with executive point men AJ Smith, Morocco Brown and Scott Campbell reporting to general manager Bruce Allen, the Redskins have the closest thing they’ve had to a NFL-quality front office is some time.

If it comes to be that Washington does swing and miss with this new regime, at least Redskins’ faithful can take solace in knowing that their team swung and missed with the correct philosophy in mind.

No more retreads. No more coaches trying to rekindle past success. No more hiring coaches that have seen their best days past them by. We went young, hungry and ambitious most good organizations should.
 

And sweet Bobby  for a REAL LIFE power structure.

The owner writes the checks. The GM works with the front office to find the best personnel. Coaches coach. Players play. No more owners and coaches trying to be GMs. No more players trying to be coaches. Everyone knows their roles and does it to the best of their ability. The way it should be.

The hire doesn't excite me as much as the positive new direction the team seems to be headed. Normally, the Redskins will introduce the new guy and as Redskins fans, we try and justify in barber shops and at water coolers to why this guy is THE guy. This time, the guy we hired comes secondary to what the new guy represents. A fresh start and a new way of running business. Well done, Redskins.

Handicapping The Redskins Head Coaching Candidates

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What do Mike Shanahan and a Christmas tree have in common? Both will be kicked to the curb by New Years' Day (Ba-Doom Ching). Corny jokes aside and barring something unforeseen, the Redskins will hire the franchise's 28th head coach this winter (unless Dan Snyder opts to retread and go with Jimmy Zorn 2.0 or Terry Robiskie 0.5. Sorry, more corny jokes).

So who will grab the reigns and take Washington into their 2014 campaign? We have our top ten candidates listed below.

BAYLOR HEAD COACH ART BRILES

PROS - As Robert Griffin III's college coach, Art Briles will have intimate knowledge on what his star pupil can do and how to get the most out of his unique skillset. Playing in Briles' offense, RGIII accounted for over 10,000 yards of total offense, 110 touchdowns and snagged a Heisman Trophy before declaring for the 2012 NFL draft.  

CONS - RGIII's ego has already become an issue in less than two years in DC. If Briles were brought in, he could have the power to keep the endless Robert Griffin Variety Hour in check. Then again, he could also enable it perpetuating the problem.

CHANCES THE REDSKINS HIRE HIM - 18% 

PAUL WILLIAMS - Where there is smoke, there is fire. Rumors about Briles to DC are already out there. I don't know how credible the sources are, but it wouldn't be a bad gig for Briles or a bad hire for the Redskins. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is just a RGIII hire. Briles will be one of the most sought after college coaches this winter, despite his new contact at Baylor. Reuniting him with RGIII and installing a Griff-friendly attack could lead to success.

The major drawback out be letting a player hand pick the head coach. You cannot let inmates run the asylum. If this does happen, the paradigm and power structure of the team is changed forever.

DOUG RAMEY - Here's what scares me about Briles...he has zero NFL coaching experience, even as an assistant. In fact, he was stuck at the high school level of coaching for 20 years before getting his first college assistant job at the ripe old age of 40. I'm not trusting this guy to control a roster of 53 millionaires. NO!

LOVIE SMITH - FORMER BEARS HEAD COACH

PROS - Coached the Bears to 3 Division titles with a Super Bowl appearance and 2 NFC Championship games. Strong defensive background , NFL Coach of the year in 2005.

CONS - No offensive mind at all, would need to hire a strong OC to mentor RG3. Never was able to take the Bears to the next level and only had 1 playoff win in his last 6 seasons in Chicago.

CHANCE THE SKINS HIRE HIM - 15%

DR - My guess is that Lovie’s heart is set on the Houston job. He’s a Texas native and strong rumors have him tied to this job…unless Shanny lands there.

PW – Lovie Smith went won three division titles, went to two NFC title games and went to a Super Bowl. That alone should be enough to get Smith here for an interview. Passing up on a coach with that kind of resume would be a mistake on the Redskins’ part.

CHARGERS OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR KEN WHISENHUNT

PROS: Ken Whisenhunt has two Super Bowls on his resume (one running the offense in Pittsburgh in 2005 and then again leading the Cardinals as the head coach in 2008). A series of underwhelming quarterbacks following Kurt Warner's retirement cost him his job in Arizona, but is now spearheading Phillip Rivers' rejuvenation in San Diego as their OC.

CONS: Bad quarterback play can be blamed for a lot of the Cardinals woes last year, but somewhere mired in that 1-10 finish, Whisenhunt lost the team. Going 5-11 happens, but when your message stops being received and players stop responding, a larger issue is at hand.

CHANCE THE REDSKINS HIRE HIM - 14%

PWWouldn’t have the flair of some of the younger up-and-coming coordinators of college coaches, but this would be a very solid hire. Daniel Snyder generally likes to go with experience over youth and there aren’t too many candidates with Super Bowl experience. Whisenhunt should be considered a strong candidate

DR - The thought of hiring retreads gives me little excitement. That being said, guys like Bill Belichik and Pete Carroll have proven that it can be rewarding. And as Paul points out, this guy has coached at a Super Bowl level. Bonus with this hiring would be the fact that Russ Grimm would most likely come with Whisenhunt. 

STANFORD HEAD COACH DAVID SHAW

PROS:  Whether serving as an offensive coordinator under Jim Harbaugh or as the head coach, David Shaw has been the architect of Stanford’s powerful offense.  The defending two-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year built offenses around 2009 Heisman runner-up Toby Gerhart then 2010 and 2011 Heisman runner-up Andrew Luck. Shaw spent nine years coaching in the NFL and by all accounts is a respected football mind.

CONS – It remains to be seen whether Griffin is suited for a traditional pro style offense. Yes, Shaw is an excellent teacher of quarterbacks, but if Shaw’s offense doesn’t suit the things that the franchise QB can do well, then hiring him would be a waste of time.

CHANCES THE REDSKINS HIRE HIM - 13%

PW - If I were Daniel Snyder and Bruce Allen, David Shaw would be my No. 1 target. The work that Shaw has done with the development of Andrew Luck would do wonders for RGIII's game. A renewed focus on fundamentals and technique would help take RGIII to the next step of his career. Plus installing a pro style offense in DC would be beneficial to RGIII’s long-term development.

DR - If we're targeting college coaches this should be our guy. Tons of NFL experience as an assistant, 34-6 as HC of Stanford. Born and raised to be a football coach.

JON GRUDEN – FORMER BUCCANEERS HEAD COACH / ESPN ANALYST

PROS - He’s won a Super Bowl and coached a team to a division championship game under 2 difficult owners. Has done wonders with over-the-hill slow white QB’s…imagine what he could do with RG3. Has the reputation to hire the best assistants available.

CONS - He’s nearly 6 years removed from his last NFL game. Hasn’t won a playoff game since 2002. Some argue that his success was a product of Tony Dungy’s sloppy seconds.

CHANCE THE SKINS HIRE HIM 12%

DR - Gruden is my guy, I wanted him before the Skins hired Shanny. He’s got a working relationship with Bruce Allen and he’s a winner. He’s also a QB guru. That being said, I’m not holding my breath that Danny could pull off this hire given his track record with head coaches.

PWThe name has been floated around these parts for some time. It makes sense considering the connection to Bruce Allen. My only concern is how would he handle RGIII. Gruden is a notorious micro-manager of quarterbacks. Griffin needs a good QB coach, but I’d like to see the improvised elements of his game to remain.  Would Gruden put an end to that?

DARRELL BEVELL - SEAHAWKS OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR

PROS - He’s an offensive guy who’s done amazing things with Russell Wilson. He was OC for the Vikings when Favre was killing it with them. Still a relatively young 43 years old but has 14 years experience coaching in the NFL.

CONS - No head coaching experience and he’s worked under Pete Carroll…whom every Redskins fan can agree is the Devil. Would need to hire experienced coaches around him including a strong DC.

CHANCE THE SKINS HIRE HIM: 10%

DR - I would actually love to see what this guy could do with RG3. He’s a west coast offensive guy who’s incorporated pistol stuff while committing to the running game. Not sold on him coaching the team though.

PWSeeing what Bevell is doing in Seattle intrigues me. I wonder what he could do with RGIII, Alfred Morris, Jordan Reed and Pierre Garcon. The type of balance offensively that the Seahawks have is what wins championships. Sneaky good hire if we can land him.

BILL O’BRIEN - PENN STATE HEAD COACH

PROS - He’s built a winner at Penn State from a program that was left for dead after the Sandusky fallout. Called the plays and served as OC for the Patriots for an offense that put up huge numbers.

CONS - No NFL coaching experience and only one year in the NFL as a coordinator. Spent years in coaching obscurity before the Patriots gig.

CHANCE THE SKINS HIRE HIM: 8%

DR - This is my dark horse and a guy I would be happy with. He’s won at Penn State against all odds. He’s an offensive guy who can work to mold RG3. I’m warming up to this option.

PW Bill O’Brien is one notch below David Shaw as far as college coaches go in my opinion. He is a no-nonsense Bill Belichick disciple and the job he has done at Penn State is nothing short of miraculous. I would feel very comfortable putting RGIII’s future in this guy’s hands.

SAINTS OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR PETE CARMICHAEL

PROS - Drew Brees and Sean Payton get most of the credit for the Saint's offensive success, but offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael also deserves his due. The three men all arrived in New Orleans in 2006 with Carmichael as Brees' quarterbacks coach. The three paid instant dividends for the Saints, racking up Madden-on-Rookie-mode like numbers. The Saints have ranked first in total offense four times in Carmichael's six years in NO.

CONS - It’s hard to tell exactly what kind of contributions Carmichael has on the Saint's offense. Yes, he is the coordinator, but Sean Payton is one of the NFL's top play-callers and Drew Brees is a Hall of Famer. I'm not saying that Carmichael doesn't have a significant role for the Saints' offense but you have to wonder what would happen if he were trusted to construct and top offensive unit on his own.  

CHANCE THE REDSKINS HIRE HIM - 6%

PW - Pete Carmichael is my dark horse candidate. Pete Carmichael is far from a household name, but would be a pretty good hire. Can you imagine the Redskins deploying a fast-paced vertical offense like the Saints? If the Redskins assemble the right combo of talent around the QB, then it could be possible down the line.

DR - Unfortunately, it would take the Redskins 2-3 years to assemble the talent to try to duplicate the Saints. That's assuming of course, that the Redskins would make the right picks and signings to do so. I know he doesn't call the plays and it's a passing league, but it bothers me the Saints run the ball 10 times a game. I want to feed Alf more.

PANTHERS DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR SEAN MCDERMOTT

PROS - Sean McDermott (currently the Maestro behind the one of the NFL's best defenses down in Carolina) coaches his team to play an aggressive and suffocating brand of defense, usually featuring a number of exotic blitzes which he learned under the tutelage of the late Jim Johnson.  McDermott has long been considered one of the better young coordinators and should be on the short list for teams looking for a strong defensive presence (including Washington).

CONS - The Panthers have invested a lot of money and a lot of high draft picks on their defense. What is the reason for the defensive dominance: coaching or personnel?  

CHANCES REDSKINS HIRE HIM - 3%

PW - While I do think Sean McDermott will be a good head coach, the Redskins probably won't hire a defensive head coach. RGIII is clearly this team’s best asset and will likely hire someone that will focus on developing the offense

DR - I agree the Redskins won't hire a defensive coach, even though our defense is historically BAD. My hope is that whomever the HC is, he brings in a D-coordinator who can make a difference like this guy does.

JAY GRUDEN - BENGALS OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR

PROS - Comes from pretty solid coaching lineage. Has done a formidable job mentoring Andy Dalton and the Bengals have made the playoffs each of his 3 seasons in Cincy.

CONS - 3 years ago he was little more than an arena league coach and UFL coach. Zero head coaching experience in the NFL. Possible Snyder puppet.

CHANCE THE SKINS HIRE HIM: 1%

DR - I can maybe see Danny kicking the tires on Jay…as a courtesy to his brother. Danny calls Jon, Jon says no but you should talk to my brother. Kind of like when you ask out the hot chick and she’s like…I have a friend you should meet.

PW - I don’t want to knock Jay Gruden because he has been admirable as the Bengals’ OC, but he brings no head coaching credibility. If Chuckie weren’t his big brother, would he even have a chance at this job?

Which Redskins Could've Been Superheroes

First featured on Redskins Republic  

 

Ben Affleck is now tabbed as the new Batman. Pshhhh I don't mean to be rude, but the good people over at DC Comics could've found a better Caped Crusader down in DC. Matter of fact, you can find multiple of your movie superheroes wearing burgundy & gold. Here are a few...

Robert Griffin III - Kal-El / Clark Kent AKA Superman

Coaches and doctors call him superhuman and perhaps there is a reason for that. The Redskins' Man of Steel wears a No. 10 across his chest instead of that traditional yellow & red S (which coincidentally means hope on Superman's native Krypton, because that is exactly what RGIII has brought back to this franchise).

Superpower: Faster than a speeding bullet & leaps tall linebackers in a single bound.

Weakness: Weak ACLs and Haloti Ngata.

Trent Williams - Bruce Banner AKA The Incredible Hulk

Don't make Trent Williams angry. You wouldn't like him when he's angry.

Superpower: Superhuman strength that increases the angrier he gets, used to move defensive lineman with ease.

Weakness: Loud-mouthed corner backs. HULK SMASH (Richard Sherman's face, that is).

Pierre Garcon - Victor Creed AKA Sabretooth

Both fast, physical and use animal-like instincts to seek out their prey. Plus, how else would you explain the fangs?

Aldrick Robinson - Barry Allen AKA The Flash

  As the fastest receiver on the Redskins, he has to be the Flash. He uses his supernatural ability to take the top off of a secondary.  If you blink, you might miss him running right by you

Superpower: Defying the laws of physics and nature with his super speed

Weakness: Running any route, and I mean ANY ROUTE, outside of a go pattern.

Alfred Morris - Tony Stark AKA Iron Man

Morris has got to be made of Iron, right? Or at least some sort of resilient exoskeleton. After accumulating 335 carries (third most in the NFL) and missing no time while taking a pounding from the NFL's stoutest defenses, you have to wonder what he's made of. He may not have Tony Stark's engineering knowledge, but he sure knows how to tote a rock.

Superpowers: Blasting through defenses with arc reactor-like power.

Weakness: The NFL's new rule against touchdown celebrations.

DeAngelo Hall - Wade Wilson  AKA Deadpool

If any Redskin deserves the moniker "talking jive and taking lives" or "the mercenary with the mouth", it has got to be DeAngelo Hall.

Superpower: The gift of gab

Weakness: Double moves, Dez Bryant and overzealous referees

Leonard Hankerson - Peter Parker AKA The Amazing Spiderman

Ok this one might be somewhat of a stretch. Hanktime doesn't have the agility of the athletic arachnid, but he definitely uses his webs and spidey-sense from time to time.

London Fletcher - Steve Rogers AKA Captain America

Peak of human conditioning? Check.

Excellent field commander and a leader of men? Double check.

Seemingly been around since World War II? Triple check.

Mike Shanahan - Bruce Wayne AKA Batman

As Batman returned to rid Gotham City of villains like Scarecrow, the Joker and Bane, Mike Shanahan returned to coaching to rid Washington of villains like Albert Haynesworth, Jim Zorn and Vinny Ceratto...

Kyle Shanahan - Dick Grayson AKA Robin

...Mike Shanahan's young but courageous sidekick.

Bruce Allen - Lucius Fox

Batman had Lucius Fox to be his wise and logical voice of reason while maintaining the applied sciences department of Wayne Enterprises. The Shana-khan have Bruce Allen to do the same thing.

Rex Grossman - Scott Summers AKA Cyclops

Rex Grossman may not have a powerful beam of energy shooting from his head, reducing his opponents to a pile of ash, but if anyone knows how to stare down a receiver, its Sexy Rexy.

Superpower: Slinging the pigskin around without conscience.

Weakness: Any cornerback or safety that knows how to read a quarterback's eyes.

Brian Orakpo - James Howlett / Logan AKA Wolverine

Tell me that pose isn't Wolverine-esque. All he needs is the adamantium claws jettisoning from his fists and we will be in business.

Logan Paulsen - Thor

The resemblance is striking, am I right? Watch out, Hemsworth.

Happy Anniversary of '2131', Iron Man

Porter Binks, USA TODAY Sports

I usually don't write much about Baltimore sports teams in this forum (unless I am referring to how I want to get Joe Flacco a swift karate chop straight to the jugular), but today is the anniversary of one of sports most unbreakable records/my childhood's most memorable sporting events and deserves acknowledgement. 

On this day 18 years ago, Cal Ripken Jr., baseball's Iron Man, played in his 2,131 consecutive game, surpassing Lou Gehrig's previous mark that stood for 56 years.   

Worth noting, as many of you probably know, that even though no one would have blamed Cal for taking a night off after the arduous streak was broken, he didn't. He kept it going for several more years.  If a baby was born on the night Cal began the streak on May 30, 1982, he would be eligible for a Maryland state driver's license the day the streak ended on September 19th 1998. 2,632 total games. Wow.

As 10 year old, I don't think I could fully comprehend how amazing a feat this was and still is. I am a gainfully employed adult now and could not possibly fathom what it would be like to show up for work everyday for 16 straight years. The second I have mild cough, I am on Web MD convincing myself I caught SARS somehow. Truly remarkable, Iron Man. 

 

Click here for a replay of that September 6, 1995 game versus the California Angels in its entirety. Enjoy.