The Redskins and the power of expectations

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(John McDonnell/The Washington Post) Think back to the 2012 opener. Its likely etched in your memory because it was Robert Griffin IIIs very successful debut, as well as the beginning of a new era of Washington football. I dont think Im overstating it by saying the Redskins, after one game, had hope again hope theyd have a winner, that the Mike Shanahan plan would work, that a Super Bowl might again be in the cards. It didnt happen immediately, but the way it happened, the way the Redskins took New Orleans by storm , scoring 10 points in each quarter, leading Drew Brees and the we-thought-they-were-mighty Saints 30-14 at one point en route to a 40-32 win. Fans in the Superdome praise RGIII after his debut. (John McDonnell/Washington Post) One of the anecdotes from the game is Redskins fans in the Superdome singing Hail to the Redskins. One of the memorable photos, besides Griffin on the ground with his arms raised in triumph after the touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon, is fans holding an image of Griffin. In the opponents building. All that doesnt seem so weird now Griffin being a star, the league being enthralled with the Redskins. But this time last year it was but a dream for Redskins fans. Look at this years opener.

Rolo: Should the Washington Redskins change their name? Yes

Fan devotion and profits were not lost due to the name change. In the past two decades, colleges and high schools all across the country have dumped offensive Native American names and mascots. In 2005, the NCAA banned use of Native American mascots in post-season basketball play. They deemed 18 colleges guilty of using “hostile or abusive” Native mascots schools such as the University of Illinois with its “Chief Illini.” The University of Illinois dropped the mascot two years later. The University of North Dakota (“Fighting Sioux”) challenged the NCAA ban in court, but lost. After failing to gain tribal support, the North Dakota state legislature asked voters to decide on the use of the name and mascot. In 2012, a referendum to do away with the “Fighting Sioux” was passed.

Redskins name defender not chief, probably not Native American

A press release put out after the taping described Dodson as “a full-blooded American Inuit chief originally from the Aleutian Tribes of Alaska” that “represents more than 700 remaining tribe members.” Dodson defended the Redskins mascot and said that he and his people were “honored” by the name. “Being a full-blooded Indian with my whole family behind me, we had a big problem with some of the things that were coming out [in the name debate],” he said. “I think they were basically saying that we were offended, our people were offended, and they were misrepresenting the Native American nation. We don’t have a problem with it at all — in fact we’re honored. We’re quite honored.” “It’s actually a term of endearment that we would refer to each other as,” Dodson said. “When we were on the reservation, we’d call each other, ‘Hey, what’s up, redskin?’ We’d nickname it and call each other ‘Skins.’ We respected each other with that term.” But recent reports show that Dodson, whose real name is Stephen D. Dodson, is not really a chief. In fact, only person that calls Dodson “Chief” is Dodson himself, and anybody that reads “Chief Dodson” embroidered on the chest of his Charley’s Crane Service shirt.

Washington Redskins: Silly Team Name Debate Continues

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Lets review: Sam Huff, the Hall of Fame linebacker and longtime analyst on Redskins radio game broadcasts, announced his retirement from the teams radio network after 38 years. Huff, 78, worked a reduced schedule last season due to his deteriorating health. His voice always will be associated with the Redskins dominance in the 1980s and early 1990s. The radio trio of Hall of Fame quarterback Sonny Jurgensen, play-by-play man Frank Herzog and Huff is almost as iconic as the Hogs. Huffs departure leaves only Jurgensen still on the air. How or if the Redskins Radio Network will replace Huff is not certain.

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Specifically, McCartney took to task those who in a recent poll said they would never use the term Redskin, to refer to a Native American,yetwere also in favor of the team name not changing. To McCartney, such people arehypocrites. He even does his readers the favor of citing the dictionary as though they would not know the definitions, noting a hypocrite is one possessing some pretense of a false virtuous character. Essentially, McCartney is saying the factfans are willing to embrace it as their team name, but not as a term for a Native American makes them guilty of hypocrisy. So, if I have this correct, by McCartneys logic I would be absolved from the charge of hypocrisy, if I were willing to address a Native American as Redskin? And it probably figures that the same person who rants and raves about such people being hypocrites admits in the same article he supports the team financially as a season ticket-holder. I suppose McCartney was at least a little more creative in attempting to keep this fabricated controversy alive than ESPNs Jemele Hill, whoutilized an incredibly original tactic: the race card. Citing the fact that former Redskins owner George Preston Marshall was a racist, Hill claims Marshalls legacy is one NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell chose to protect. Goodell, of course sent a letter to the Native American Congressional Caucus earlier this month suggesting the name would not change, something addressed. Now, lets be clear on something: Marshall was a racist; a nasty, vile, ill-tempered bigot, whos public statements and policies towards African-Americans were in fact, despicable. His tenure as owner was a sad and regrettable chapter in the history of the franchise. The Redskins were the last team to integrate and Marshall famously noted the Redskins would start signing Negroes, when the Harlem Globetrotters start signing whites. But Hill is way off base in linking Goodell to Marshall.

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Rolo: Should the Washington Redskins change their name? Yes

Washington Redskins have the right guy in Brandon Jenkins

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The time is now for the National Football League to stop dishonoring Native Americans. It should insist that the Washington Redskins retire the offensive nickname and image. Recently, 10 members of the Congressional Native American Caucus formally requested that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell demonstrate a real commitment to diversity, tolerance and respect by calling upon the Washington Redskins organization to find a name that does not denigrate Native peoples. The commissioner’s response? In his June 5 letter, Goodell defended the Redskins’ name and image. He called it “a unifying force that stands for strength, courage, pride and respect.” Goodell’s offensive reply is not only cowardly, but it is also an antiquated defense reminiscent of those who refused to recognize other pop culture stereotypes such as Little Black Sambo and Frito Bandito. Goodell’s refusal to take the right stand has more to do with money than “honoring” the Native American warrior spirit. But concern over losing fan devotion to the Redskin name and image, and profitable merchandise, television and ad revenue should not be factors in the decision whether or not to rename the NFL team. Even on its own money-grubbing terms, however, Goodell’s argument doesn’t stand up.

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Im comfortable running with [tight ends and running backs]. I wont beat them in a race, but Ill give them a run for their money. Its all about angles. There is one angle to Jenkins career that he did not pursue. He was in his fourth season at Florida State when he suffered his injury. He could have returned for a fifth year. He finished his degree work in sociology last year. Time was flying by, he said. Another year meant the risk of another injury. Nah. Im a big believer everything happens for a reason.

Smerconish: Should the Washington Redskins change their name?

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III lies on the field after injuring his leg while trying to recover a fumble in Landover, Md., on January 6.

A former chair of the Federal Communications Commission recently told me the answer is yes. “I would like to suggest something to you: Why don’t you in your own job think about not using the derogatory name that Mr. Snyder has chosen?” Reed Hundt asked. “Why not? Why doesn’t it start on a person-by-person basis? Why don’t people just say, ‘You know what, standards have changed.'” Hundt chaired the FCC from 1993 to 1997 at the behest of President Bill Clinton and is perhaps best known for having prosecuted claims of indecency against radio’s Howard Stern, self-proclaimed King of All Media. Now Hundt’s nemesis is the King of All Redskins. Snyder has been under increasing pressure to alter a moniker some believe to be racist.

Washington Redskins Co-Captains RG3 and London Fletcher Likely to Retain Title

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With the selection of RG3 as a rookie co-captain during the bye week, something Shanahan could not recall happening on teams he had coached, the quarterback seemed humbled and honored by the selection last November. Rob Carr/Getty Images Robert Griffin III acknowledges the fans following the victory over the Dallas Cowboys in the final game of the 2012 regular season. “You just know that everybody’s looking at me to be the guy, to make everything work,” Griffin said, via ESPN.com. “To me, that’s not pressure. But I just echo it to everyone else that it’s not just me. People will say it’s me and I’ll get all the blame and all the fame, but it’s the http://www.parkwolfpackfootball.com/nfl/robertgriffiniiijersey.html guys around me that make me great.” With Fletcher leading the defense in tackles last season, his career and longevity in the NFL as well as his streak of consecutive NFL games played, I don’t see anyone replacing him as a defensive captain. RG3 is a no-brainer.

Washington Redskins: Joe Theismann Goes Public With Request to Join Radio Broadcast Team

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He helped Washington go from bottom of the barrel to top of the food chain in the NFC East. Unfortunately, the Redskins weren’t able to advance in the playoffs, and RGIII’s injured his knee again in a Divisional round loss to the Seahawks. Fast-forward to the present day, and Griffin is still rehabbing from his injury. He’s on track to be ready for the start of the regular season, and was recently allowed to do change-of-direction drills. He still got a way to go. That’s not to mention that all it takes is one setback to put him back on the shelf.

Native American chief used to defend Redskins nickname may not be a Native American chief

Of course, Red Zebra Broadcasting, which owns ESPN 980, has indicated they will likely go with just Jurgensen and Larry Michaelin a two-man booth. However, they have left the door open for a third person in the booth on select broadcasts, with Red Zebra VP of Programming Chuck Sapienza noting money wouldnt be an issue. Sapienza noted that chemistry, would be the bigger consideration. But lets face it: when Sapienza says chemistry, he means chemistry with Jurgensen a silent yet, incredibly powerful figure in this whole matter. And with regards to 2013, if there was a clear candidate and/or someone available Jurgensen wanted, this would be a three-man booth. And the clear candidate would be Theismann. Sure, he is considered something of an arrogant, nauseating windbag by some. Still, Theismann remains if not beloved in Washington, certainly respected. He, of course, was the quarterback of the Redskins Super Bowl XVII championship team. Also, while he had a reputation as something of a pretty Ryan Kerrigan Jersey boy, Theismann did show a rough and tumble side. He returned punts his first two years with the Redskins and famously led the team to a comeback victory against the New York Giants in 1982, after getting two teeth knocked out.

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“We’ll never change the name. It’s that simple. NEVER you can use caps.” Snyder’s defiant comments to USA Today came one week after Stephen Dodson, a lifelong Philadelphia Eagles fan and Prince George County resident came forward to defend the team’s use of the name on Redskins Nation. According to the Redskins , Dodson is “a full-blooded American Inuit chief originally from the Aleutian Tribes of Alaska” who referred to the team “redskins” as a term of endearment on the reservation during an appearance on “Redskins Nation,” a program produced by the team. Dodson coming forward was cited by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell when he supported the Redskins in a letter to Congress . According to a report on Thursday by Dave McKenna of Deadspin.com, Snyder and Goodell may have wanted to vet Mr. Dodson a bit more thoroughly. According to the Deadspin report from McKenna who it should be noted was once sued for defamation by Snyder Dodson is not a chief (though it appears to be his nickname) and he might not even be Native American.

Redskins linebackers Fletcher, Kerrigan to play in Pro Bowl

Kerrigan enjoying ‘Skins’ success

Redskins coaches praised his physicality over tight ends and his ability to set the edge against the run. Fletcher s and Kerrigan s nomination means three of the Redskins four starting linebackers have a Pro Ryan Kerrigan Premier Jersey Bowl on their resumes. Orakpo went in 2009 and 2010. Alexander also is a linebacker. Rookie running back Alfred Morris still is not named to the Pro Bowl .

** FILE ** Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) is tackled by Washington Redskins inside linebacker London Fletcher (59) after a 19 yard scramble as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

I try to get myself in the mind frame that its going to be a good day, said Kerrigan, whom the Redskins selected out of Purdue with the 16th overall draft pick in 2011. I heard the song one day in the offseason and I was going to play some golf, and I heard it and I said, You know what, this is going to be a good day. And I played pretty well, for me. I decided, thats my pregame song this season. After selecting that tune, the young pass rusher recorded sacks in two of the three preseason games he played in. He also recorded a sack in each of the first two regular season games. Kerrigan hopes he can emerge from this Sundays game sayingit was a good day. But things just got a lot more complicated for him with fellow outside linebacker Brian Orakpo out for the remainder of the year with a torn pectoral muscle. The Redskins last season drafted Kerrigan last year to serve as a much-needed Robin to Orakpos Batman. Orakpo had been lacking a complementary pass rusher, so offenses could devote the bulk of their attention to the two-time Pro Bowl linebacker and, for the most part, keep their quarterback clean. But last season, the defense had more balance. Orakpo recorded nine sacks and Kerrigan added 7.5 as the unit improved from 31st in total defense in 2010 to 13th overall in 2011.

Redskins’ Ryan Kerrigan wants to prove he’s full of good days with Brian Orakpo sidelined

But there’s another position where Purdue has put together a similar track record of excellence: defensive end. The Boilers’ D-end tradition isn’t as well-known as its quarterback heritage, but consider the names who have come through the program in the past two decades: Roosevelt Colvin, Chike Okeafor, Akin Ayodele, Shaun Phillips, Ray Edwards, Rob Ninkovich, Cliff Avril, Anthony Spencer and Ryan Kerrigan, the 2010 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and a unanimous All-American. All nine players went on to the NFL, and several like Kerrigan and Spencer are in starring roles. Purdue has called itself the Cradle of Quarterbacks for years. It now also uses the label Den of Defensive Ends . Boilers junior defensive end Ryan Russell needs no education on the subject. AP Photo/Damen Jackson via Triple Play New Media Ryan Russell hopes to be next in the long line of disruptive defensive linemen developed at Purdue. “Very aware,” Russell told ESPN.com.

Ryan Kerrigan hangs with the Caps

The third-year linebacker is one of a core of up-and-comers on the Skins’ defense, one that was dealt a host of injuries last season but is expected healthy next. And, provided Griffin returns to form, Washington could be one of the NFC’s favorites. In 2012, the Redskins started only 3-6 – defensive stars Brian Orakpo and Adam Carriker were injured – before winning seven straight to make the playoffs. “We had a bunch of injuries and you saw that in the way our defense played,” Kerrigan said. “But as guys were able to fill in more comfortably, and adapt to the defense and get more comfortable with the repetitions, you saw us improve. And now we’ll have a lot of depth this year.” The injuries forced an accelerated maturation for Kerrigan, who was in his second season as a linebacker after playing defensive end, and being an All-American, at Purdue. It went exceedingly well, with the 6-foot-4, 260-pounder making 54 tackles and 8.5 sacks and being named to his first Pro Bowl. “It’s been a really fun couple years, especially going from the disappointing end to my rookie year to my second year,” he said. “It’s really something special. You see the ground work being laid for us to do some really good things in the coming years.” Kerrigan is in West Lafayette this week to host the Ryan Kerrigan/12th Boiler Golf Outing, with proceeds going toward the 12th Boiler Scholarship Fund and the NFF Scholarship Fund.

Purdue’s Russell driven by Den tradition

Photo via the Caps. While the Capitals were busy scoring a touchdown of their own, Washington Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan took in the game, then paid a visit to the locker room for a meet and greet with the players. Though its not uncommon for D.C. athletes from different sports to support each other at games, this wont be a one-time thingfor Kerrigan. Ive been a lot this year, he said, asCaps players introduced themselves, including Eric Fehr, who talked at length with him about football. Kerrigan was shown on the big screen during the game, and fans shouldnt be surprised if they see more of him.When told of former teammate Chris Cooleys shenanigans at the Caps games, like coming down to the locker room and interviewing players , hanging out in the press box, or racing Fred Davis on tricycles , Kerrigan was amused. That sounds about right, he said, smiling.Thats gonna be my thing. Ben Sumner works in the Posts IT department and writes for Capitals Outsider .

Adrian Peterson says Robert Griffin III will be back by Week 1

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(Jeff Wheeler / MCT) By Sam Farmer June 24, 2013, 7:24 a.m. Adrian Peterson , the NFL s reigning most valuable player, believes quarterback Robert Griffin III will be sufficiently recovered from his knee injury to be the Week 1 starter for the Washington Redskins . Peterson has special insight on ACL injuries, having overcome one in an astounding nine months to rush for 2,000 yards last season. “RG3’s confidence level is where mine was at and I think he’ll be back Week 1 and each week, he’ll get stronger,” Peterson told USA Todays Jim Corbett . “I have a lot of confidence in the young guy. “I’ve been with him a couple of times, and judging by how he approached his rookie year, if he continues taking that same strong mind-set and applies it to his rehab, he’ll do better this season than last. I’m pulling for him.” Peterson has been a sounding board for several NFL players recovering from ACL reconstructions, among them Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing and former New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis , now of Tampa Bay. “I’m cool with that role,” Peterson said. “It makes me feel good knowing I set the bar high. “It feels good when guys reach out to be inspired and you have shown people an example of how you can come back and be better than you were before when adversity strikes; and when the world predicts the opposite, you show them you not only can be successful but be great.” The Vikings star is, as the Washington Post s Cindy Boren puts it, the ACL whisperer.

Backup QB: Robert Griffin III could be ready for Week 1

Griffin is working his way back from multiple torn ligaments in his right knee. Cousins said he’s preparing to be the starter in case Griffin isn’t ready but believes Griffin will be ready for Week 1. “Obviously he is a bit of a freak in terms of his athleticism but he’s healed very quickly,” Cousins said. “He couldn’t practice with us, he was on a spate field doing drills all spring … he looked really good and I think he’ll be ready to go in Week 1. But obviously my mindset is to be ready no matter what. And I’m getting ready all summer so I can be ready if called upon.”

Robert Griffin III raises more questions than he answers at Redskins’ OTA

Robert Griffin III alluded to differences with Mike Shanahan. (USA TODAY Sports)

A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Redskins’ Robert Griffin III sprinting toward wedding 5:06 p.m. EDT June 11, 2013 Redskins QB Robert Griffin III rolls out Tuesday at the team’s minicamp. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster, AP) Quarterback still has rehab ahead, but surgically repaired knee continues to progress Quoting LeBron James, RG3 says: ‘You don’t play the game afraid to get hurt’ ASHBURN, Va. (AP) After showing that he can now do “explosive sprinting” his braids flowing behind him as he dashed from sideline to sideline in the end zone of the Washington Redskins practice bubble Robert Griffin III then held a news conference that referenced LeBron James, Tim Tebow and bridezillas. Next up for Griffin: working his rehab into his honeymoon. Griffin again worked on the side Tuesday as the Redskins began their spring minicamp, the franchise quarterback wearing a tight long-sleeve white T-shirt instead of a jersey and sporting the now-familiar large black brace on his right knee.

Robert Griffin III injury: Quarterback begins making cuts with no setbacks

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Yes, there has been some interest from the Giants in fullback Vonta Leach. Yes, this likely means they’re more concerned about Henry Hynoski’s injury than they’ve admitted. No, I don’t think Leach is going to be a Giant. I think he’s going to be a Dolphin. Dallas Cowboys Will Allen hopes he can bring some of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defensive mentality to the Cowboys’ defensive backs room.

Are we now too skeptical on RG III?

9. The injury occurred during a playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks , with controversy coming out at the time due to Griffin staying in the game after suffering the injury. Getting a full range of motion back and that edge on his cuts is perhaps more important for Griffin than any other quarterback in the league. Griffin loves to run the football, putting up 815 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on the ground to go with his 3,200 yards and 20 touchdowns through the air. More: Hogs Haven: Robert Griffin III ranked No. 15 on NFL Network’s Top 100 Players of 2013 list Griffin has been running for some time now, but due to the amount of force impacted on a single leg when changing direction at speed, he hasn’t been allowed to make cuts.

Robert Griffin III looks ‘awesome’ and should be ready Week 1, backup Kirk Cousins says

(USA TODAY Sports) “I didn’t have a problem,” he said then quickly looked down. After four months of dissecting blame for Griffin’s damaged leg, it’s still hard to know who Griffin believes is responsible for the torn ligaments in his knee. He referred to a meeting with Shanahan in which he and the coach ” hashed everything out” and said, “We are moving forward from that.” But he was never specific about what was “hashed out” and the phrase “moving forward” hinted at a greater dissatisfaction. It is almost as if Griffin is quietly signaling he wished Shanahan would have saved him from himself and pulled him from the Seattle game. Otherwise, why didn’t Griffin run away from comments made by his father Robert Jr., who said he hopes his son will run less and throw more next season and that he would have pulled his son from the playoff game at the first sign his leg wasn’t right two quarters before the knee finally gave. Instead Griffin said “I don’t have my parents on a leash.” Then he went on to say that the only thing he told his father was “thank you because that’s what he’s supposed to say as my father.” Later RG3 added “I was just proud of the fact he stood up and said something.” Few players and coaches in the NFL need each other as much as Griffin and Shanahan. Given the way RG3 has torn his knee apart twice in three years and already has missed all or parts of four professional games, he must get the most of these next couple years in case it is all the career he has.

Here is Mike Sando’s reasoning: Griffin would rank higher if his playing style appeared more sustainable. While [Seattle’s Russell] Wilson was a scrambler and occasionally a read-option runner, Griffin far more frequently exposed his body to hard hits through aggressive runs. He was more dependent on that style of play for his success. Let’s see how well Griffin adjusts and how well he overcomes knee surgery before banking too heavily on a continued upward trajectory for years to come. I mean, I guess fair enough, and I’m all for skepticism in general. But I’d caution against using Griffin’s knee injury against him too strongly in this kind of predictive analysis.

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Is the story really that intriguing that there’s more to tell us that we don’t already know from the already incessant coverage? A . : Fair questions, I suppose. However, I would hope you would read the book before passing judgment on the purpose of it. I suspect there are plenty of people who feel Griffin is a compelling enough figure for a book, even at the age of 23. It is not a straight-up biography, although it is partly that. You say he hasn’t accomplished anything, but I beg to differ: He rejuvenated one of the NFL’s flagship franchises, won the offensive rookie of the year award and established himself as one of the most popular and fascinating athletes in the country. June 27, 2013 11:17 AM Q .

Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins joins “NFL AM”

Washington Redskins have the right guy in Brandon Jenkins

We’ll keep you updated on the progress of the league’s newest members. Running back Glen Coffee quit the NFL after one season with the San Francisco 49ers . NFL Evolution has details on the pursuit that filled his heart after his love for the game went away. Coffee joined the U.S. Army in February and is about to graduate from Airborne School in Fort Benning, Ga. Around the League ranks the NFL’s best slot receivers . Where did your favorite land on the list?

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Since we are not there yet, it makes this sort of assessment more difficult. However, based on last years performances and the influx of new players in the offseason, there are already a few players who will be nervous going into training camp. These Redskins are outlined over the next five pages. Dezmon Briscoe, WR Dezmon Briscoe had a disappointing 2012. Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports Although he led the Buccaneers in touchdowns in 2011, Dezmon Briscoe had a poor 2012. His preseason was impressive, and this author wrote an article that confidently declared that Briscoe would earn a roster spot. Although this was in fact the case, his opportunities were limited and he dropped a couple of passes in the regular season. When youre not on the field for many snaps, you have to make sure everything goes perfectly when your name is called. Briscoe didnt do this, and the impression given off was that Mike Shanahan didnt trust his hands enough to read this put him on the field.

Washington Redskins offensive lineman Trent Williams had to get stitches and sat out of the game after being hit in the head with what police called a dangerous instrument. It happened at the M Nightclub in… Via NFL Draft Zone | 1 day ago So, according to Jim Haslett a rookie safety is going to start for the Redskins this season. He either doesnt know who it will be or hes not saying. Earlier this month at minicamp the Redskins defensive coordinator said the following when asked if it was realistic to think that either Phillip Thomas or Bacarri Rambo could start this year: I think one of them. Yeah, I really… Via Down and Distance | 13 hours ago With Robert Griffin III looking strong and his return to the starting QB position appearing imminent, whats next for back-up quarterback Kirk Cousins (Credit: AP Photo) After a season-ending injury and a pretty intensive surgery, Robert Griffin III is back and having no issues, as of yet, running drills on his repaired knee. It looks like RG III has a good shot at being ready… Via Terez Owens | 19 hours ago Its all about hand placement T Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III may not know all his fans, but even the ones he just meets, he feels like theyre old friends. That explains why RG3 is so quick to put his arms around folks.

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Despite the criticism, the Redskins have vowed to stick with the name. Well never change the name, owner Daniel Snyder told USA Today last month. Its that simple. NEVER you can use all caps. Graphic Most want to keep Redskins name. Video A Washington Post poll found that most D.C. fans of the Washington Redskins support the teams name, despite increased pressure to change it. The Post Sports Live crew debates whether the name should be changed. I think its a nonissue, and its been a nonissue for decades, Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen said. We really dont get the talk that other people get because we hear from our fans.

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Dezmon Briscoe had a disappointing 2012.

on FOX. The Raiders lead the all-time series, 7-4. The Raiders defeated the Redskins in Super Bowl XVIII, 38-9, on Jan. 22, 1984, in Tampa, Fla. The Silver and Black has won four of the teams last six games against the Redskins, dating back to the 1989 season. The road team has recorded a victory in each of the last five meetings between the Raiders and Redskins, including Washingtons 34-13 victory in Oakland on Dec.13, 2009. Senior offensive assistant Al Saunders served as associate head coach/quarterbacks with Washington from 2006-07. Assistant head coach/offensive line Tony Sparano was an assistant coach with Washington in 2001. T played in four games with three starts as a rookie with the Redskins in 2011.

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I played varsity high school beginning in the eighth grade, so Ive been in this system for a while, he said. I never felt as fast or as quick as I am now. Im comfortable running with [tight ends and running backs]. I wont beat them in a race, but Ill give them a run for their money. Its all about angles. There is one angle to Jenkins career that he did not pursue. He was in his fourth season at Florida State when he suffered his injury. He could have returned for a fifth year. He finished his degree work in sociology last year. Time was flying by, he said.

Washington Redskins name: Washington Post poll finds most D.C. area fans support it

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The Redskins and the power of expectations

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It certainly wasnt 94 percent of you who thought theyd beat the Saints. And wasnt part of the fun of it that it was so convincing and so unexpected? Couldnt we say the same about Griffins rookie season? Most everyone knew hed be good, but we werent so sure it would be from jump. But it was.

Breakfast links: RG III recovery rolls on

Ultimately, June talk won’t mean a thing, and whether Tuck can play at a high level this year will have a lot to do with the Giants’ success and his own future in New York. Yes, there has been some interest from the Giants in fullback Vonta Leach. Yes, this likely means they’re more concerned about Henry Hynoski’s injury than they’ve admitted. No, I don’t think Leach is going to be a Giant. I think he’s going to be a Dolphin. Dallas Cowboys Will Allen hopes he can bring some of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defensive mentality to the Cowboys’ defensive backs room. ESPNDallas.com’s position series continues with running back , where DeMarco Murray must stay healthy or Joseph Randle should get a chance to prove whether he’s the superior long-term option.

Fantasy Football 2013: Robert Griffin III Outlook

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For now, Griffins average draft position is up in the air. His final position will solidify once we near the start of the regular season. At the time being, it appears that he will be fully ready to play in the Redskins week one contest. If Griffin is 100% for week one as expected, hes a quarterback you shouldnt pass up in the draft. From what he has shown us, there will be no sophomore slump. Hes able to manage every game to perfection, stepping up as a leader on his team. Griffin never gets desperate and his decision making is impeccable, never forcing throws into double or triple coverage. Later in the 2012 season, Griffin was very knowledgeable in not placing himself in situations where he could get injured. He seemed to learn to run out of bounds and avoid hits after his first injury to his knee in which he cart wheeled through the air on a high-low hit from defenders. By learning this strategy so early in his career, fantasy players will be able to depend on Griffin to start each week of the season.

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