Redskins QB Robert Griffin III Leaves Preseason Game vs Lions w/ Stinger

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The Redskins have a major scare on their hands, as starting QB Robert Griffin III went down in Thursday night’s preseason affair with the Lions.

The QB went down and had a concussion test, which reports say he passed. He won’t return to the preseason game.

Bud Light Kicks Off NFL Season With New Redskins Can

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Just in time for NFL Kick-Off, Bud Light – the Official Beer of the NFL – is bringing a new Redskins Bud Light can to Washington, D.C. The new packaging features Redskins colors, as well as a slogan every Redskins fan can relate to: The perfect beer for fighting on ‘til you have won.

Bud Light worked closely with its NFL team partners to create new can designs for the 28 teams that it is partners with for the 2015-2016 season. Each design features a customized scroll message that speaks directly to each team’s passionate fan base. The cans are on shelves now.

What do you think of the Bud Light Redskins can?

Former Redskins OL Dick Stanfel Named as a 2016 HOF Senior Nominee

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While it comes sadly after his passing, Redskins fans may finally get to see former OL Dick Stanfel go into the Hall of Fame, as today he was nominated as a senior member into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Here’s the story at NFL.com:

An All-Decade offensive guard in the 1950s, Stanfel was previously nominated by the Senior Committee in 1993 and 2012.

Because of a knee injury sustained in the 1951 College All-Star Game and a stint with the U.S. Army in the Pacific theatre, Stanfel’s playing career lasted just seven seasons.

One of the most decorated players in Lions history, Stanfel was a star on the 1952 and 1953 championship teams, earning the team MVP award for the latter season.

Stanfel moved on to a lengthy coaching career that crested with a Super Bowl ring as the offensive line coordinator for the Chicago Bears’ dominant ground attack in 1985.

Stanfel passed away on June 22nd, of this year at the age of 87.

Redskins Talking to Former Saints LB Galette; Should They Ink Him?

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Junior Galette, the troubled linebacker formerly of the New Orleans Saints met today with the Redskins. He was dismissed from the team due to some issues off the field according to Saints Gab.

The Washington Post’s Mike Jones is on board with the deal should it get done, and says the team would be wise to take a chance on Galette, as he could add more punch to the Redskins defense.

Is this a good move, though?

From a football standpoint, absolutely. Yes, it’s a deviation from the build-through-the-draft approach. But the chance to add a pass rusher of Galette’s caliber (12 sacks in 2013, his first as a starter, and 10 last season) doesn’t come around often.

The Redskins have Trent Murphy and Preston Smith in the mix, but you can never have too many pass rushers. And neither has reached Galette’s level yet. Smith could benefit from a limited workload and the chance to learn from two veterans with Ryan Kerrigan and Galette’s skill sets. Murphy, while solid against the run, still has a ways to go as a pass rusher.

A tandem of Kerrigan and Galette would cause problems for quarterbacks and in turn help the secondary. As you know, for years, the defensive backs have struggled in part because of a lack of consistent pressure up front.

The financial situation also appears favorable for Washington. With the Saints still on the hook for the guaranteed portion of Galette’s contract, the Redskins will not have to cough up a lot of money to sign him.

And a short-term deal also would prove beneficial because it gives Galette incentive.

The Redskins have to be careful if they do bring in Galette, making sure he doesn’t become a cancer in the locker room and let these ‘issues’ that he had in New Orleans crop up again.

If he’s truly ready to rumble and has put those issues aside, it would be an interesting move for the Redskins to make.

Redskins and LB Ryan Kerrigan Agree On Multi-Year Contract Extension

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On the eve of training camp, the Redskins announced Wednesday that the team has signed a multi-year deal with outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, Liz Clarke and Mike Jones of the Washington Post report.

The new contract, according to a person with knowledge of the terms, extends Kerrigan another five years and will make him the NFL’s third-highest paid linebacker, behind Kansas City’s Justin Houston and Clay Matthews of Green Bay.

Kerrigan is scheduled to earn just over $7 million this season, per the fifth-year option the Redskins picked up in May 2014. His new five-year deal is worth $57.5 million, of which $24.28 million is guaranteed.

“To get to a moment like this where you get a chance to play out the rest of your NFL career with the team that drafted you, the team that you love, the city that you love, it hasn’t really hit me yet, but it’s an awesome feeling,” Kerrigan told the Redskins’ website. “Now it’s my job to go reward the Redskins for the faith they put in me by playing well this year, and for the rest of my career.”

The “Worst Non-Active Player” in Redskins History? SI Makes Their Pick

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Sports Illustrated has put out a piece on the “Worst non-active player by franchise” for each and every franchise, the Redskins included.

The player that the author the piece, Doug Farrar, picked was truly one of the biggest busts in NFL history – that being former defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth.

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Drafted in the first round of the 2002 draft by the Titans, Haynesworth was a star in Jeff Fisher’s 4–3 defense, where he used his tremendous strength as a one-gap tackle to terrorize quarterbacks and confuse blockers in stunts with end Kyle Vanden Bosch. When the Redskins signed him to a seven-year, $100 million contract with a then-record $41 million guaranteed in February 2009, they unexplainably made him a two-gap tackle in more of a hybrid defense. Basically, they paid Haynesworth handsomely to soak up blockers for other pass-rushers. It was perhaps the most ridiculous decision of Vinny Cerrato’s ill-fated time as Washington’s GM, but Haynesworth didn’t help his case with a poor attitude and inconsistent conditioning.

When Mike Shanahan became the Redskins’s coach in 2010, there was a standoff between player and coach regarding Haynesworth’s physical condition, and he was eventually suspended for failing to follow team rules. The Redskins traded him to New England in 2011 for a fifth-round pick in the ’13 draft, and Haynesworth was released from the Patriots’ employ after a confrontation with assistant coach Pepper Johnson. The Buccaneers gave Haynesworth a chance, but that didn’t work out. For all their money, the Redskins got two years from Haynesworth, in which he put up 6.5 sacks and 42 total tackles. In 2012, the Redskins were handed severe salary cap penalties for their attempts to spread out the damage of Haynesworth’s contract during the uncapped year of 2010. Haynesworth was indeed the gift that kept on giving.

RG III Says He Never Asked Then Coach Mike Shanahan To Change the Redskins Offense

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Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III said that reports he requested Mike Shanahan to change his offense after the 2013 season are “an urban legend,” and that he never told his former coach what plays he would and wouldn’t run, Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post reports.

The fact that this is still being discussed more than two years after it happened may cause you to shake your head. But the latest flare-up was actually courtesy of a Redskins employee, reading a question from a Redskins fan, on a Redskins-produced television program, that can now be viewed on the Redskins Web site.

“We say we take the good the bad and the ugly on these e-mails every day on the show,” Larry Michael said during Griffin’s recent appearance on Redskins Nation. “I told our producer, ‘I don’t want any stupid [questions],’ and we got a couple stupid ones. But here’s one from Jason in Laurel: Is it true you went to Coach Shanahan after your first year and requested the offense be changed?”

Griffin chuckled.

“The urban legend, right?” he said with a smile. “Actually, just like any coach-quarterback combination, we had healthy conversations about everything, evolving as a player. There’s a lot of dark things that are talked about with Mike and Kyle and those things, but it was never a wholesale ‘This is what we’re gonna run, this is what we’re not gonna run’ [demand].

“You know, I’m a player,” Griffin said. “I’m here to play. As we like to say, I just work here. Open discussion. Coaches get to call the plays, and players have to run them.”

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Former DT Haynesworth Claims Redskins Killed His “Passion for Football”

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Former defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth wrote in The Players Tribune that playing for the Redskins — who signed him to a $100 million contract — caused him to lose his “passion for football,” Will Brinson of CBS Sports reports.

Haynesworth writes about meeting with Mike Shanahan (who will now get an extra chance at jumping into the media fray!) and learning the then-Skins coach simply wanted him “grab the center,” “let the linebackers run free” and “eat space.”

Haynesworth writes that he was stunned to learn about his responsibilities given his contract and eventually fell out of love with the game.

“You will lose your passion for football in Washington, and it will be impossible to get back,” Haynesworth writes.

Hindsight is always 20/20 (well, unless it’s 50/50) but clearly Washington was a bad fit. Haynesworth’s other piece of advice for his 14-year-old self? Stick with Schwartz.

“If nothing else, listen to me on this, Albert: Do not leave the Tennessee Titans. Your defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz is a mastermind,” Haynesworth writes. “No matter how much I tell you this, you’ll probably never realize it until your career is over, but it’s true. You’re like a system quarterback. You thrive in a very specific scheme.”

Other interesting notes from Haynesworth:
•He writes about not trusting a psychologist who helped him at Tennessee before eventually becoming his financial advisor and who is “going to take millions from you.”
•He writes about the moment when he stomped on Andre Gurode’s face and how he reacted before and after.
•He writes about becoming happy after football, which is interesting.