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The Tide is Turning in DC

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You know some things in life just aren’t fair. You get bypassed at work for a promotion by your boss’ idiot nephew. Or you find out the day before free agency that your favorite team will be completely handcuffed because the NFL has decided to fine them for reasons that makes zero logical sense. Maybe you have played Mega Millions for your entire life only to find out the person who just won $640 million bought a computer generated ticket literally 15 minutes before the drawing.

Truth is everyone has a bone to pick with the universe sometimes, for some that bone needs to be picked a little more often than others.

Such is life as a fan of the Washington Redskins.

My dad once told me being a Redskin’s fan would prepare me for the harsh realities of life – he was right. Since 1992 the Redskins have been stuck in professional sports absolute worst purgatory – mediocrity.

They are never good enough to have any type of consistent success, or bad enough to be in the position to draft a QB with enough talent to get them over the hump. Sure Joe Gibbs 2nd run with the team brought two playoff appearances, but it also brought a record of 30 wins and 34 losses. Not good enough to be good and not bad enough to have a draft pick that will change everything

For whatever reason the stats always seem to align for certain teams, like the Indianapolis Colts.

The Colts are coming off a decade and a half of dominance lead by Peyton Manning. Now they have the first pick in the 2012 draft and are all set to re- solidify their QB position for another 15 years.

Jim Irsay is busy trying to convince anyone who will listen that he hasn’t decided on what to do with the first pick in this year’s NFL draft. If you believe that I have some land in Texas I’d like to sell.

There is ZERO, let me repeat that ZERO chance that Irsay doesn’t know what he is doing yet. It’s April people! The draft is in a few weeks, to even imply that they don’t have a plan is foolish, and to believe Irsay when he says they aren’t sure what is happening is naïve to the point of stupidity.

I will take it a step further, the Colts are taking Luck. He fits exactly what they want to do and should help Colts fans forget old what’s his name sooner than later. The Colts are looking right at a 30 year period of time with 2 starting quarterbacks leading the charge.

The Redskins on the other hand have not had anywhere near that type of stability at the QB position. The parade of QBs to come in and out of Ashburn since Theismann got LT’d has been Comical at best and embarrassing at worst.

The 25 player long list of failed replacements pretty much covers the spectrum from washed up Pro Bowlers (McNabb, Brunnell) to laughingstock projects (John Beck, Tim Hasselback).

Historically the team has not been that great drafting Quarter-Backs either.

In 1937 they got it right taking Sammy Baugh with the 6th pick of the ’37 draft. Outside of that the first round has been pretty rough including Heath Shuler (3rd pick overall) Patrick Ramsey (32 pick overall 2002) and Jason Campbell (25th pick overall in 2005). It is worth noting that the Redskins had to trade into the first to take both Ramsey and Campbell and that both could be considered a reach at the spot they were taken.

History would suggest that the Redskins fans should have more to worry about in drafting a QB in the first round considering two of the three Super Bowl winning QBs were not even drafted by the Redskins (Theismann, Williams) and the third was a 6th round pick (Rypien), but this time it feels different.

With the Colts set to take Andrew Luck 1st overall (no matter what Irsay says) Robert Griffin III will be the guy.

I am not going to break him down here again and sell you on the fact that he is a perfect fit for what Shanahan wants to do in DC. Everyone not name Donnovan McNabb has been doing a great job of that for the better part of a month so you are just going to have to trust me – the kid is a perfect fit.

Some guys like Irsay have all the Luck, but it looks like the tide is finally turning in favor of the Burgundy and Gold.

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Love is in the Air as RG3 Puts on a Show at Pro Day

Ah, Spring time. The flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping, love is in the air. It’s the time of year where new romances begin to bloom, it’s beautiful.

Think you have somehow stumbled across the wrong blog? Don’t worry you haven’t.

I’m talking about yesterdays Baylor Pro Day. If the NFL Combine is supposed to bee speed dating, yesterday was like the actual first date.

In case you happened to have missed it the beginnings of a great love affair were solidified yesterday as pretty much anyone who is anyone in the Washington Redskins organization spent the day in Waco Texas lusting after their Heisman winning QB of the future.

Listen no one in Ashburn is going to tell you that the Redskins want Robert Griffin III. When they traded up for the second overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft Bruce Allen said they had “fallen in love with two players”.

They very well may think a lot of Stanford Quarterback Andrew Luck, but I can promise you they only have eyes for one, and he goes by RG3.

For the better part of an hour yesterday afternoon Griffin flew around Baylor’s practice bubble (which is incredibly nicer than the new one at Redskins Park) like some sort of mythical super human. While the Redskins brass and fans all gawked like a bunch of middle school boys in front of a Victoria’s Secret.

I will admit Griffin put on a show. The guy has absolutely explosive speed and an impressive arm. Time and time again he rolled out and hit receivers in stride, it was beautiful. The cherry on the cake was the last play in which Griffin caught a 45 yard TD pass from Kendell Wright just because he can.

Now it is worth noting that pro days like this are scripted, and definitely worth noting that there are no defenders in pro day workouts. But I have to be honest watching that type of explosive speed roll out and throw It is going to extremely difficult to defend this kid.

Griffin has a burst that is unlike anything I have seen from the Quarter Back position before, and Mike Shanahan absolutely loves it. It is no secret that Shanahan’s offense is based on the QB boot and play action and with Griffin defenders are never going to really know if he is going to run or throw.

Every so often ESPN would show Shanahan, Allen and Snyder standing on the sidelines watching – grinning from ear to ear, salivating at the prospect of this kid running things in DC and he is more than capable.

Griffin showed a lot more yesterday than just his ability to run and throw. Between every throw he was talking up his receivers, coaching them on the field, and displaying the leadership the Redskins have missed in the huddle for a long time.

On a stage that was pretty big and all eyes looking on him, Griffin looked like he didn’t have a care in the world. He looked like a 22 year old kid playing a game and he is good at it. Wearing a tee shirt that said “No Pressure, No Diamonds” while warming up, you can tell that the lights are not going to be too bright for this guy. He loves the pressure, and his attitude is infectious.

Watching Griffin interact with his teammates it is pretty clear that they think the world of him. His value transcends X’s and O’s to the point where no one will ever be able to take him off the field for a guy like John Beck.

The thing that impressed me the most from yesterday is this: even though he has all the tools speed, accuracy, strength, touch, it is never just about him. During his press conference he spoke of how success on the field was team success, and that he could promise that it would always be about team and never just about him. For a team that has seen its share of me first guys fail. It is refreshing to see a guy like Griffin “get it”.

When asked about playing for the Redskins you can almost tell Griffin already believes that he is one. He even went as far as to say “no I didn’t grow up a Cowboys fan so there won’t be any awkwardness there” and honestly if he hadn’t said anything else, that was enough for me.

New Redskins in Uniform on Madden

 

OK I admit it, I am a Madden nerd. Every year I find myself waiting at midnight so excited to give EA Sports my hard-earned money for the newest Madden. I also admit that as soon as the Redskins announced roster moves like adding RG3 and Pierre Garcon, I had to update my copy of Madden to see how the new guys play.

I took a few pics of the new guys so you could see them all in uniform for the first time anywhere. OK maybe seeing the guys in Madden doesn’t count but it sure is fun. Sorry the pics are kinda crappy but since I have no clue how to rip screen shots right from the PS3 this is the best I can do.

You can check out the first video footage that I have seen on the internet of RG3 throwing a 17 yard TD to Pierre Garcon, and check out the pics of the guys in Redskins gear below.

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RG3 Should Cause a Chain Reaction in Redskins Off-Season Plans

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Rejoice Redskins Nation, it is a good time to be a fan of the burgundy and gold. Friday night’s announcement that the Redskins had acquired the 2nd pick overall in the 2012 draft to bring Robert Griffin III to DC brings something this team has not had since Lawrence Taylor ended Joe Theisman’s career – hope for a franchise quarterback.

Everyone and their brother has debated whether this was or wasn’t a good move (heck we even did just yesterday). So let’s get past the whole should they or shouldn’t they and look at what this does to the Redskins off-season plans.

Whether you love or hate the move, there is no denying that it sent a shockwave through this organization (and pretty much the entire NFL). For a team that needs a lot on offense this set the table for tomorrow’s start of Free Agency.

Step one has to be giving the kid some weapons and the Redskins are targeting the most dangerous one in this year’s free agent class.

Since the season ended Mike and Kyle have both been on record stating they need a big time playmaker on offense, specifically at wide receiver. All reports point to the fact that a big receiver like Vincent Jackson will be the Redskins top target. To be honest at this point I would be absolutely shocked if they did not get him.

Let’s look at what we know.

Mike Shanahan is absolutely in love with Jackson. After coaching against him twice a year while in Denver he is more than aware of what Jackson can do on the field. Two years ago when Jackson was seeking trade from San Diego after being franchised, it was Mike Shanahan on the phone with AJ Smith trying to bring him to DC.

The Redskins were willing to pay a heavy price for that trade, believed to be at least a second round pick at the time. The typically tight lipped Shanahan even admitted to being involved in the trade talks once the deadline had passed without a deal.

Outside of the Shanahan infatuation Jackson has some family ties already on the roster.

During his college career at the University of Northern Colorado, Jackson was teammates and roommates with Redskins safety Reed Doughty. You have to believe the brass in Ashburn have had Doughty make one or two recruiting phone calls, perhaps they spoke of the arrival of RG3. The point being Jackson should and most likely already does have a good idea of what to expect in DC. The inside track could lead to a quick close on this deal.

In years past when you hear the Redskins were in love with a big time play maker you knew that they were going to throw money at said player until they agreed to come. The results were disastrous. Time and time again the team trotted out big names so consumed with counting their newly acquired fortunes that playing the game became secondary.

Thankfully those days are over.

Bringing in an explosive playmaker like RG3 takes Washington from being a team to go collect a paycheck to playing for a team that can be absolutely dynamic and that is extremely attractive to Free Agents.

Don’t get me wrong I still expect the team to pay a pretty hefty price, I would guess it should be somewhere in the range of 5 years 55 million. But the truth is having one of the most exciting players to come out of college football in over a decade locked up should go a long way in convincing guys like Jackson that DC is not just a place to get paid, but a place to win.

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Rant Sports.com Has SOW on Redskins Off-Season Round Table Discussion

Our good friend Emmanual Benton over at RantSports.com invited SOW to be a part of their Redskins off-season round table discussion, hitting on three key questions concerning the team this off-season. You can check out the full article below but make sure you check out Manny’s work over at Rant Sports.

March 13th, 4pm ET, a new league year begins. Teams are gearing up for the frenzy we call Free Agency, with the hope of improving their rosters. For the Washington Redskins, offense will be the priority, and it starts with the Quarterback position. Washington must address the Quarterback position and surround the player with more talent. Fortunately, the Redskins have options, but it’s important they make the right decisions.

With free agency quickly approaching and the 2012 NFL Draft right around the corner, I reached out to 5 fellow Redskins bloggers/experts for a round-table chat:

R.D Smith, SonofWashington.com
Mark Solway, TheHogs.net
Kevin Edwolt, HogsHaven.com
Ricky Allen, RantSports.com
Rich Tandler, CSNWashington.com and RealRedskins.com

So, with help from my fellow RantSports Redskins blogger, Ricky Allen, I came up with 3 questions to give an outlook on the offseason.

Gentlemen, rev-up your engines, and lets Rant!

     1. Mike Shanahan believes the Washington Redskins had a playoff caliber offense in 2011. Do you agree or disagree? Why?

Emmanuel Benton: I believe offenses are only as good as their Quarterback play, and the Redskins production at QB was sporadic. With better play from the QB position, Washington’s offense can be highly functional. Unfortunately, depth is a major issue, and if you plan on making a run for the playoffs… you need depth.

R.D Smith: Perhaps Mike got confused and meant to say Defense? It’s painfully obvious that the Redskins Defense is LIGHT YEARS ahead of the offense. The only unit(s) on offense that seem to be set are running back and TE. When looking at every other unit, they’re nightmares. The Oline lacks depth,especially at tackle, and the Wide Receivers still do not possess a true playmaking threat. Playoff caliber offenses have some sort of depth at every unit (see the 2010 Green Bay Packers who had more injuries than the 2011 Redskins), not to mention one or two players at skill positions that strike fear into defenses. This team did not have either last year and it showed.

Mark Solway: To say the Redskins had a playoff calibre offense is ridiculous. I don’t know of any playoff teams that struggled to score points like the Redskins did, and stats would bear that out. The Redskins were 26th overall in offensive points scored – only Tampa Bay, Indy, K.C., Jacksonville, Cleveland and St. Louis scored fewer – none of them made the playoffs either. When you additionally consider that the Redskins defense was above middle of the pack for points allowed (12th), it’s hard to see the reason for not making the playoffs as being anything but poor offensive production. If the Redskins had a playoff calibre offense in 2011, they would have made the playoffs.

Kevin Edwolt: I disagree, although I see where’s he coming from. I don’t understand how an offense with no WR threats or consistency can be playoff caliber. If I asked Shanahan to elaborate, he’d likely say “Well, we beat the Giants twice, almost beat the Patriots, blah blah.” The point is, Mike Shanahan, like all coaches, have a responsibility to keep fans believing their team has a shot to make it. There are tickets to be sold. The Redskins offense, when clicking, looked like a playoff caliber team, but I don’t understand how you have a team that turns the ball over as much as the Redskins did and say they’re playoff caliber.

Ricky Allen: Mike Shanahan’s Offense was not a playoff caliber offense in 2011. Their failures at the quarterback spot kept the offense in a series of changes that clearly reflects in their 5-11 season. There’s no way you’re going to ask an offense that’s already numb to quarterback/coach drama to make it to the playoffs with Rex Grossman, who is almost expected to mess up in the last two minutes of any game, and John Beck, a man who barely gets snaps. Then there’s the lack of effort to truly get Evan Royster and Roy Helu in the major scheme of things, which angered me on several occasions. Helu and Royster showed us they can do more when given the chance. Forget that they’re rookies for a minute and think about the last game. They were beasts. I forcast they will, if given the chance, easily break the 1,000 -yard mark in the next two seasons.

Rich Tandler: I understand what Shanahan was trying to do in putting a good spin on the offense. But even when everyone was healthy they just didn’t score many points and that is how you judge the caliber of an offense. The good news is that I don’t think that Shanahan is delusional. The bad news is that the offense needs a lot of works.

2. In your opinion, who should the Washington Redskins select with their 1st round draft pick?

Emmanuel Benton: Robert Griffin III over anything. The Redskins must address the Quarterback position, and RG3 is the best of many options for this team.

R.D Smith: No secret here, the Redskins have no choice, but to find a way to address the biggest deficiency they have had since the 80′s. The NFL is a passing league now – and this team needs a franchise QB. It will cost a lot for the Redskins to trade up to take St. Louis’s 2nd overall pick, but Mike Shanahan has no other choice. RG3 would be an amazing fit for the Shanahan offense; he has all the tools including the speed to run the QB boots that make this offense so dangerous.

Mark Solway: Robert Griffin III – The Redskins have to be willing to pay a lot, just not something insane. If the deal is anything similar to what the Giants paid to move up and get Eli Manning, as it should be, then I make that trade with the Rams as soon as I can. It can change the face of free agency for Washington.

Kevin Edwolt: The Redskins have to get a QB. I’m all up for trading up, but the Redskins MUST find a way to get this deal done without mortgaging the future. Including a player or switching picks in future drafts/rounds mitigates that. I’d be shocked if Redskins trade up and give away their top two picks this year and next year. For continued success, a team needs high picks year in and year out. If STL refuses to budge on wanting 4-5 picks, for example, then I absolutely would be trying to bring in Manning, let him run his offense, and trade down in the draft to acquire more picks affording us the luxury to bring in more young OL/CB/WR talent.

Ricky Allen: Hate to sound like the rest, but my first pick is RG3, with Kirk Cousins (Yes I’m still on that wagon) as an alternate. Both men are at the top of their game and could do wonders in a Redskins uniform.

Rich Tandler: Not much explanation needed here: Robert Griffin III.

      3. Slot 1 new starter on offense and defense via free agency, draft, trade, or current roster:

Emmanuel Benton:

(Offense) Outside of RG3, I believe the Redskins will successfully add Vincent Jackson. I’m a bit wary of possibly making this acquisition, however, Shanahan loves VJax and wants to add a legit #1 WR to this offense.

(Defense) Jarvis Jenkins will likely be that guy. The coaches love everything about him. I had an opportunity to talk with Jim Hasslet about Jarvis back in January, and his face literally lit up. Hass said, “He may be our best defensive lineman.”

R.D Smith:

(Offense) I think the Redskins have to do whatever it takes to get Free Agent WR, Vincent Jackson. Jackson possesses the size, strength, and speed that makes him the play-maker they covet. Even though there are some concerns regarding Jackson’s DUI history, I have to believe that at 29 years old he has outgrown some of that.

(Defense) On defense I have to believe that the next new starter is already on the team. Prior to blowing his knee out against Baltimore last preseason, 2011 2nd round pick Jarvis Jenkins looked primed to set this defensive line on fire. All throughout camp the word from Ashburn was that the kid was the best player on the field, period. Some guys just naturally get it – and Jarvis fits that mold perfectly. Assuming the good reports of his rehab hold up, this is a kid that could not only be a starter, but also a force. Luckily his injury was early enough last year that he should be ready to go for camp. Watch out for Jenkins, he could make our already very good front seven an absolute nightmare for offenses.

Mark Solway:

(Offense) Assuming that it’s beyond Robert Griffin III being the starting quarterback, I’d like to see Ben Grubbs added at guard. There aren’t a lot of tackles in the free agent pool to fix the Redskins’ right side, and they aren’t likely to have a draft pick high enough to draft a guaranteed replacement (if they make the RGIII deal), so I would upgrade the interior. I would still bring Kory Lichtensteiger back to compete with Chris Chester at the other guard spot, and having the three of them along with Will Montgomery, drastically improves the entire depth chart of the offensive line.

(Defense) On defense, my new starter comes from the existing roster in defensive end, Jarvis Jenkins. Every rehab report has been glowing, and he was lighting it up last year before getting hurt. So I expect big things out of the youngster from Clemson in his second season.

Kevin Edwolt:

(Offense) I think the Redskins land Vincent Jackson.

(Defense) Redskins definitely need to bring in another CB and ILB. Wild guess, Chase Blackburn from the Giants to backup Fletcher and Riley.

Ricky Allen:

(Offense) Randy Moss on a shoestring deal (Yes I said it, come and get me America)

(Defense) Linebacker, Takeo Spikes from SD. He had over 100 tackles and would be a great addition coming in at 6’2”.

Rich Tandler:

(Offense) Besides RG3, I think they will be able to get Vincent Jackson on board (if they have the rights to RG3 in hand by the time free agency starts).

(Defense) I’ll go with free agent safety Dwight Lowery of Jaguars, signed to take LaRon Landry’s spot.

Make sure you give a follow to all the contributors on the round table over on twitter and let them know what you think.

R.D: @SonofWashington
Kevin: @HogsHaven
Mark: @TheHogsdotNet
Ricky: @UltimateRedskin
Rich: @Rich_Tandler
Emmanuel Benton: @Roccoskins


Redskins Advertising Alluding to #RG3inDC?

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The above picture is from a Washington Redskins advertisement selling dream seats. You know the people who brought us the R U In campaign videos that claimed “the franchise QB is in place.”

If there is one thing that the Dan Snyder owned Redskins do well it’s market themselves. Even though that whole McNabb thing was a total flop I bought into that ad hook line and sinker.

They know how to push the right buttons and get fans excited and I have to wonder if they are up to it again with this one.

You may remember this image of Jabar Gaffney jumping into the stands versus the Patriots a few short months ago.

But in the current state of RG3inDC hysteria. . . it is pretty easy to mistake this as RG3 himself jumping in the crowd.

Make no mistake the marketing team in Ashburn rarely do anything by accident.

So you have to wonder if they are already sending subliminal messages to sell their product based on a player that won’t be drafted to any team for another two months.

Well played Danny. . . Well played indeed.

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Shannon Sharpe: Redskins “Will Move Heaven and Earth” for RG3

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Twitter is awesome. I mean that, it really is.

Last week we posted some Shannon Sharpe tweets regarding the Redskins trying to trade up with the Rams for the rights to draft Heismann Trophy winner Robert Griffin III.

This week, we chatted with him a little on twitter and one tweet really got our attention.

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Typically when a talking head says a team will “move heaven and earth” to get a player I blow it off, but Sharpe has a closer relationship to most talking heads.

I would venture to guess ( especially after Sharpe pointed it out) that Shannon and Mike are still close. Sharpe did carve out most of his Hall of Fame career under Shanahan in Denver while winning two Super Bowls.

Clearly it’s still early but in my experience when there is smoke there is fire. . . especially when that smoke comes from a guy with a real connection this front office.