Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Trouble with the Law

The hard hitting Sean Taylor is moving to a different beat for now. He gets to play the whole season with out interference from the court. Although he does have an arrangement to on the 25th of this month but more than likely the trail won’t be held till next winter. Taylor’s agent reported that he will show up to training camp and will be at the team facilities this coming Tuesday.

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

'Redskins Generation': Auditions Coming Soon!

- from the official site of the Washington Redskins

Kids ages 12-14 can be a part of a new in-season weekly show, "Redskins Generation." Auditions are June 4-5.

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Don Warren

Don Warren has returned to the Redskins organization to help with Pro scouting. Warren, who is a legend to the Redskins franchise, will be evaluating different aspects of both internal and external degrees. He will be reviewing pro personnel and NFL Europe, etc.

Warren was a Redskins tight end from 1979-1992, where he assisted in making three Redskins Super Bowl Championships. During his last 13 years, Warren has been coaching high school ball in an effort to be able to coach his own kids but still be close to the game he loves. Now, he returns to the team he loves to help build them up.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

It's Official: Redskins Sign DB Hall

- from the official site of the Washington Redskins

The Redskins have signed veteran defensive back Cory Hall, according to Vice President of Football Operations Vinny Cerrato. Hall, formerly with the Falcons, will add "more depth and more competition," Cerrato said. The team also released defensive back Roosevelt Williams.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

From Chicago to Washington

The Washington Redskins have been putting together a line that resembles something of a line from before; that line was the Bears 2001 defensive line. After acquiring Cornerback Walt Harris and defensive end Phillip Daniels (both starters on the Bears during 2001), the Redskins have now snagged Warrick Holdman.

The 6-1, 235-pound linebacker has been with the Cleveland the last few years but was originally part of the Bears. Greg Blache, who was originally defensive coordinator in Chicago, is currently defensive coordinator in Washington.

Sunday, May 15, 2005


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Patrick Ramsey needs to have a Drew Brees-like season if he wants to remain in the plans for another year. But he must first overcome some problems. He needs to make quicker decisions. He needs to overcome his tendency to try to make a play instead of throwing the ball away and letting the defense go to work. The team is experimenting with the shotgun formation, which should benefit Ramsey in a number of ways. It will give him a better view of the defense and a better chance to detect any pre-snap movements. He will have a better chance to sense inside blitzes on long-yardage passing downs and give him more time to react to and elude them. He will be in passing position immediately upon taking the snap, which gives him a better chance to make quick reads and hit breakoff receivers in case of blitzes off the edge.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Possible Middle

Lemar Marshall originally came to the Redskins through Michigan State. Marshall has been accustomed to playing outside linebacker for the Skins and has done so for the past three years. This may not be the case anymore.

According to the Redskins website, they have been testing out the option of Marshall shifting to middle linebacker due to the recent losses the team has suffered in this position.

"I used to be a safety and I had to make a lot of calls on defense and getting everybody situated in the defensive backfield. But it's different because at middle linebacker you have to be aware of everybody else, including DBs and the D-line. That's the only difference. You have more people you have to communicate with."
- Lemar Marshall

Tuesday, May 10, 2005


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Although it's a long way from tryout player to regular-season contributor, Charles Howard, a defensive end from Florida State, has taken the first step in the journey. Howard showed excellent quickness and good speed in the rookie minicamp. He came in as a tryout player and walked out with a free-agent contract. Howard's effectiveness will be tested when he faces real NFL players. But he might have enough quickness off the edge to merit a long look in training camp. . . .

Jason Campbell also is a long way from earning a starting job, but he at least performed well enough to provide some justification for his selection at No. 25 overall. The former Auburn quarterback had good pocket presence and showed an ability to zip medium-range passes to receivers. He did a good job of understanding pass patterns, finding open receivers in traffic and delivering the ball where the receiver was supposed to be. He impressed the coaching staff with his patience. When something went wrong, he refused to blame the less talented tryout players and took the blame himself.

Friday, May 06, 2005

LaVar Arrington

LaVar Arrington is set to return in full health in this upcoming season. Arrington was put out for 12 games last season on account of a faulty knee. He had two surgeries on that knee and after some time of rehabilitation appears to be healthy and ready to go. The Redskins were one of the leaders in defense last season holding the #3 spot. With a ready Arrington, we have the possibility of rebuffing our defense and possibly further improvement.

Monday, May 02, 2005


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Sean Taylor is perhaps the most physically gifted member of the defense. He can patrol the deep middle, cover man-to-man when necessary and is a force in run support. But unless Taylor matures and prepares mentally for the job, which includes participation in the offseason program, the time will come when no matter how great his physical gifts, he will come up short in his performance. His off-the-field problems last year, combined now with his apparent interest in renegotiating the contract he signed last season, are not good signs for a long, happy future in Washington.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Ninth Pick

After losing a couple of possible choices for the ninth pick, Joe Gibbs decided on Carlos Rogers to fill a corner that needed it bad. Rogers comes from Auburn University. This is the second straight season that Gibbs has used the first round pick on a defensive back.

"I think he is a combination of a shutdown corner and a very physical guy. I think he fits in good with us. It's going to be exciting to have him on the football team."
- Joe Gibbs

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Joe Gibbs on Draft

Recently in a press conference, Head coach Joe Gibbs stated his intentions for the Redskins with the upcoming draft. The Redskins currently have the ninth draft pick in the first round. There will be a media session upcoming between the tops in the organization to discuss further plans.

"Right now we've had no discussions with anyone about trading away the ninth pick (in Saturday's NFL draft). Are we considering any options we are presented with? Yes, we'll consider anything, but no one has presented a compelling scenario."
- Coach Joe Gibbs

Thursday, April 14, 2005


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If the team can get a mid- to late-round pick for WR Rod Gardner, it likely will trade him. The club lacks a second-round pick, and if it could move down in the first round and pick up a second-round selection, it might make that deal. But a third- or fourth-round pick might be the best it could get in return. Coach Joe Gibbs' frustration with the offense shouldn't be underestimated. He might add a front-line wide receiver to compete with David Patten for the starting job.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Wide Receiver Prospects

  • Chris Henry, 6-5 and 190 pounds, West Virginia
  • Craphonso Thorpe, 6-0 and 189 pounds, Florida State
  • Reggie Brown, 6-1 and 194 pounds, Georgia
  • Steve Savoy, 5-10 and 191 pounds, Utah
  • Roscoe Parrish, 5-8 and 176 pounds, Miami (Fla.)
  • Larry Brackins, 6-5, 218 pounds, Pearl River C.C.
  • J.R. Russell, 6-2 and 204 pounds, Louisville
  • Matt Jones, 6-5 and 220 pounds, Arkansas
  • Vincent Jackson, 6-5 and 238 pounds, Northern Colorado
  • Dante Ridgeway, 6-1 and 199 pounds, Ball State

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Patrick Ramsey

Coming onto his fourth consecutive year with the Cincinnati Bengals, Patrick Ramsey is looking forward to the coming season. Ramsey, who has started in all four years, has to focus on some offseason training.

With optional training open March 21st, Ramsey is looking at preparing himself properly before the season.

“My mindset right now is to just continue to improve. Last year, there was improvement during the course of the season, but I want to begin that process now. That'll put me at an accelerated level when I start the season. Obviously, you're going to learn something in every game you play. I want to be the guy who leads us to great things and turns this thing around. I want to be a part of the success and I want to be out there on the field when it happens.”
- Paul Ramsey

Thursday, March 31, 2005


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With their receiving needs addressed through free agency, the team now is free to focus on shoring up the areas of defense that were damaged in the free-agent market. The team is more likely to look at cornerbacks and defensive ends for the ninth pick in the first round. Adam Jones from West Virginia and Antrel Rolle from Miami both should be available. If the team decides to improve its pass rush, a good candidate will be DE Erasmus James from Wisconsin. One other possibility exists. The team does not have a second-round choice, having traded it last year in order to draft Chris Cooley in the third round. If the team can trade down, still get a capable defensive player in the first round and pick up a second-round choice, that might be too good a deal to pass.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Preseason Schedule

  • Aug. 11-15, at Carolina, Bank of America Stadium
  • Aug. 18-22, Cincinnati, FedExField
  • Aug. 26, Pittsburgh, FedExField, 8 p.m. ET
  • Sept. 1, at Baltimore, M&T Stadium

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Cheerleader Auditions

April 9-17 is the final week of auditions for the Redskins cheerleaders. Many different people have come to audition for a single slot and many have been turned away. The final grouping will be 65 gals competing for 40 slots and to be the “First Lady of Football.” It takes place at the Ballston Common in Arlington, Va.

"The Redskins Cheerleaders have become known as supermodels in looks--and at the same time they maintain superior dance technique. I feel Redskins fans, sports fans and even dance fans respect them as true entertainers in sports."
- Donald Wells, director of the Redskins Cheerleaders

Sunday, March 13, 2005


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When asked about coaching the modern NFL player, one of Joe Gibbs' standard lines is that human nature doesn't change, that today's players want the same things as the players he coached from 1981-1992. But with the Laveranues Coles incident and the case LaVar Arrington has pending against the team over a disputed bonus payment, Gibbs needs to acknowledge the hard truth that today's players are different in some fundamental ways than the players he coached earlier in his career. Gibbs constantly stresses "team first, individuals second." But in Coles he has seen an excellent example of "me first, team second." Gibbs knows it takes outstanding players to win, and now he knows there is a very high price, and it is not completely a financial price, that comes with some of today's outstanding players.

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Moss for Coles

The Redskins and New York Jets have completed discussions on another intense trade. This time it is involving two receivers: Santana Moss from the New York Jets and Laveranues Coles from the Washington Redskins.

Moss, who is a five-year veteran of the game, has caught 151 passes for a total of 2,416 yard and 19 touchdowns. Last season, Moss didn’t rack up as much stats as during the 2003 season. This was due to a hamstring injury that held him back from producing.

Coles has been an extreme force for the Redskins, which made the trade on their part seem kind of odd. He has racked up the third-most receptions in Redskins history. Art Monk is the only one to beat him out on these stats.

It is a very ironic trade on account that Coles was traded to the Redskins before the 2003 season, only to be traded back now. But, the Redskins have made room for Moss and want him on their line.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

General Updates

Lemar Marshall, outside linebacker, will stay with the Redskins. He was re-signed February 17th after producing a great season. Along with Marshall, running back John Simon will be returning after spending 2004 on the injured reserve list.

The Redskins also gave up quite a few players. Most major in my opinion was dropping Vonnie Holiday. He’s an extremely good player, but expensive as well. Letting go of him will leave some salary cap space. Jermaine Haley was also released along with Vaughn Parker.

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Brian Mitchell Retiring and Returning

Brian Mitchell, after a 14-year legendary career in the NFL, will be going into retirement. Mitchell, 37, began his career with the Washington Redskins in 1990. After a 10 year span in Washington, he moved to the Philadelphia Eagles for three seasons and the New York Giants in 2003.

Mitchell, specializing mainly in punt and kickoff return, was an extremely versatile player, being able to move to running back, wide receiver, and even quarterback. He actually began his career as a quarterback for Southwestern Louisiana where he threw for over 5,000 yards and ran for over 3,000.

Mitchell will sign a one-day contract with the Redskins to be able to retire from the franchise.

Some of his records include:

• Second all-time in all-purpose yards with 23,330
• Kickoff Return Yards: 14,014
• Punt Return Yards: 4,999
• A member of the 1991 Super Bowl championship Redskins team

Sunday, January 30, 2005

4 players signed

The Redskins have signed four players to the team's offseason roster, including two who were with the team for parts of last season.

Offensive lineman Ben Nowland, offensive lineman-tight end Dan Goodspeed, defensive back Roosevelt Williams and linebacker Joe Tuipala were officially added to the roster this week.

Tuipala is a three-year NFL vet who has had stints with the Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars. He was a special teams standout for Jacksonville in 2001-02, leading the team in tackles both seasons. He also saw limited duty at linebacker for the Jaguars, recording 17 career tackles (8 solo). Tuipala hails from Honolulu, Hawaii and played collegiate football at San Diego State.

It is expected that the Redskins will assign Tuipala to NFL Europe this spring.

Williams is a 2-year NFL vet who has previously played for the Chicago Bears and Cleveland Browns. He was originally a third-round selection by the Bears in the 2002 NFL Draft and as a rookie started two games at cornerback, playing in 11 overall and recording seven tackles. Williams moved on to Cleveland the following season and started three games at cornerback, playing in 14 overall and logging 13 tackles. He attended college at Tuskegee Institute.

Goodspeed was briefly on the Redskins' 53-man roster in December, but did not play in a game. The 6-6, 300-pounder is a two-year NFL veteran who spent 2004 training camp with the Miami Dolphins but was released prior to the start of the regular season. During his career, Goodspeed also spent time with Tampa Bay and the New York Jets after being signed as an undrafted free agent out of Kent State by the San Francisco 49ers in 2000.

Nowland, who spent most of last season on the Redskins' practice squad, recently completed his second year in the NFL. He has mostly played center in his football career, including starting 33 consecutive games at Auburn.

Nowland is expected to be allocated to NFL Europe this spring. Last year, he was assigned by the Redskins to play for the NFL Europe's Frankfurt Galaxy. He helped lead Frankfurt to an appearance in the World Bowl.
I guess we need to keep a close eye on NFL Europe, and look out for a couple of those guys. Lets hope they turn out alright and injury free in NFL Europe, so they can come back and play here. GO REDSKINS!

Monday, January 24, 2005

Silly Penalties

Something of importance that the Redskins need to improve on next season would be to stop the number of penalties. A good portion was by the talented LG Derrick Dockery. Dockery was tagged with false start penalties in just about every game and C Cory Raymer would help the cause if would watch his hands and hold less. On the defensive side of the ball there is the young, hard hitting Sean Taylor who plays with a lot of intensity but would better his defense if avoid the personal fouls.

In the end the Redskins gave up 1,047 yards in penalties by the end of the season. How can you win a football game with that many mental mistakes. You can't, but these kinks can be easily work out of the system in the off-season.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Season Finale

"It was a fun season in respect to this defense being an overachieving defense," assistant head coach-defense Gregg Williams said. "The thing we did well was that we didn't have any superstars. We don't coach superstars, we coach players. We coach teams, and our guys bought into that."

It's true, the upside to the whole 6-10 season, was that the Redskins defense stood there ground remaining in the top 3 defenses through the entire season. They end up being the third ranked defense in the 2004 NFL season. Not to shabby.

Throught the season the Redskins held their opponents collectivly to 4,281 yards, or 267.5 yards per game.

Joe Gibbs, I still have faith.