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.