WaPOST: Redskins’ weird, wonderful win over the Eagles

“Somehow, they took the Philadelphia Eagles offense out of the competition while simultaneously allowing their opponent to tie a game that began 14-0. And in case that juggling act didn’t make your eyeballs lunge, they emerged from the strange stretch seeming more dominant than they have been all season and won, 27-20.

“In real time, the funny business lasted 75 minutes. Washington turned the game into a monologue. Philadelphia didn’t run a true offensive play from the 13:33 mark of the second quarter until 8 minutes 40 seconds remained in the third quarter. In that span of 19 minutes 53 seconds of action, Washington ran 39 of the game’s 40 offensive plays. Philadelphia was limited to taking a knee to end the first half.”

~ Jerry Brewer, washingtonpost.com, Redskins’ 75-minute offensive monologue just part of a bizarre, joyful win.


Redskins fans should pay attention to the Raiders Stadium deal

Heads up, Redskins fans. Your future could be playing out in the Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders Stadium deal. Two stories caught my eye. Mark Davis seems to suggest Raiders have already moved to Las Vegas. “The Nevada Senate voted in favor of a $750 million expenditure for a new stadium that could host the Oakland Raiders […]

LANDOVER, MD - AUGUST 20: Jamison Crowder #80 of the Washington Redskins warms up prior to the start of a preseason game against the Detroit Lions at FedEx Field on August 20, 2015 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Matt Hazlett/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jamison Crowder

Redskins fans were kinda wrong about this issue

As we’ve discussed before, Redskins fans have been pretty accurate in their criticisms against the coaching staff, such as not hiring Wade Phillips for Defensive Coordinator (HUGE mistake there by Gruden), running the ball more (finally listening), stop with the predictable play calling, draft a dominant defensive end. The list goes on. Of course, the […]

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 26: Jamison Crowder #80 of the Washington Redskins reacts in the game against the Philadelphia Eagles on December 26, 2015 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The Redskins defeated the Eagles 38-24. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Jamison Crowder: Hot playmaker for the Redskins

Special teams came through again for the Redskins in the Ravens game, but this time it was not punter Tres Way nor kicker Dustin Hopkins. Jamison Crowder was THE MAN! Suddenly, you want to know everything about the man who burned the Giants two weeks ago. Here’s a link to Crowder’s profile on Redskins.com. It […]

during their NFL game at Levi's Stadium on September 12, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.

Why we are all getting a bit sick of the NFL

The NFL is quietly concerned about their dropping ratings, blaming it on the elections so they can dismiss the whole issue for now. But the problem in my opinion runs deeper than that. Let me give a few reasons why we are all getting a bit sick of the NFL: 1)  It’s getting too political. […]


Dan Steinberg nails it on why Ravens win and Redskins have not.

The Redskins sucked for so long because they have been the worst-managed team in the NFL. That started in the mid-1990s when they were too patient with Norv Turner. It got much worse when Daniel Snyder bought control of the team. In the ‘Nineties, John Kent Cooke lost focus on football operations while struggling to […]


Redskins: Josh Norman and fun with bow and arrows

Hog Heaven believes that Josh Norman’s bow & arrow gesture was playful and fun, not at all out of place in combat sports entertainment. The NFL disagrees. Officials penalized Norman for taunting. Hog Heaven thought a player had to point his imaginary bow at a rival player to draw a penalty. You know, at a real person. […]


Redskins: Morgan Moses, best RT of Week 4 says Pro Football Focus

Here’s something different. One of our Redskins’ big uglies got rare good press after Week 4 — right tackle, Morgan Moses. Pro football Focus named Moses the best at his position for his performance against the Browns. “All of the top RT performances this week benefitted to some degree from the competition they were going against, […]

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 26: Kirk Cousins #8 of the Washington Redskins warms up prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles on December 26, 2015 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Redskins: When will we know if Kirk Cousins is good enough? See me in November.

Kirk Cousins is in his second consecutive “prove it” year to convince the Redskins that he is good enough to be paid top dollar. Pro personnel people whisper that it takes about 36 game appearances before they can tell about a player. For quarterbacks, it’s 36 game starts, not appearances, starts before teams can make that judgement. […]

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 25: Terrelle Pryor #11 of the Cleveland Browns runs with the football during the 1st quarter against the Miami Dolphins on September 25, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)

Are the Browns a safe win for the Redskins? Uh, no!

Frankly, nobody should be considered safe wins for Washington. It’s not my job to tell the Browns how to beat the Redskins, but Hog Heaven cannot recall a time when Washington beat teams with highly mobile quarterbacks. From Michael Vick, to Vince Young, to Cam Newton, even the semi-mobile Donovan McNabb in his Eagles days, […]

Washington Redskins special teams coach Ben Kotwica pauses during practice at the team's NFL football training facility, Sunday, July 27, 2014 in Roanoke, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Redskins Special Teams – the real heroes of the Giants game

Redskins special teams are the real Giants killers of Sunday’s game. Applaud the offense for being good enough to not lose. Cheer the defense that out-performed the Redskins and the Giants offense for once. But special teams won the Giants game. Not enough people are talking about it. Here are Hog Heaven’s atta-boys. Kicker Dustin […]

at MetLife Stadium on September 24, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Redskins Injuries save the day against the Giants

The Redskins coaching is still bad as there is little accountability.  Will Compton has zero right to start, yet he’ll stay in until injured.  Barry will stay in as the coach even though there is no reason to say he is a better DC than when he went 0-16 with the Lions. The coaches didn’t […]

at MetLife Stadium on September 24, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

3 reasons why the Redskins will beat the Giants, and vice versa

The 0-2 Redskins limp into MetLife Stadium for their second straight NFC East contest. Is it an omen that the Giants’ stadium is named for a life insurance company? Do not pronounce the Redskins dead yet. We give you three reasons why the Redskins will beat the Giants. For the counter-view, we invited Justin Van […]

Are there really locker-room grumblings against Kirk Cousins?

“You have to take everything with a grain of salt. I’ve talked to a lot of players on both sides of the ball. Are they frustrated and miffed over their 0-2 start and the lack of effectiveness of their quarterback? Yes. But they’re also frustrated by penalties, missed opportunities, blown assignments on defense. Nobody is looking at Cousins as the ultimate reason for the two losses, nobody is crushing him and lobbying for Colt McCoy. Yet.”

~ Mike Jones, The Insider, Redskins Mailbag,

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 14: Quarterback Kirk Cousins #8 of the Washington Redskins talks with head coach Jay Gruden after defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars at FedExField on September 14, 2014 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Nobody stops the Redskins ground game like Jay Gruden

And Jay Gruden is doing a dang good job of cratering his own ground attack. Check the numbers after two games.   REDSKINS OPPONENTS PASS ATTEMPTS 89 67 RUSH ATTEMPTS 29 60 PASS PERCENT 75 53 PASS TDs 1 3 RUSH TDs 2 5   As Coach Gruden said in his criticism of Kirk Cousins, […]

Video: What Bo Schembechler would say to the Redskins and to their fans

I’m a Spartans grad with no love for the University of Michigan athletics. But Bo Schembechler was a man much admired for his accomplishment and character.

Football is the most team oriented of team sports. Sniping about the Redskins’ performance against the Steelers and Cowboys is a fan prerogative. Mike Florio reported that daggers were pointed by players at Kirk Cousins after the loss to Dallas. Hog Heaven says never take anything Florio says about the Redskins at face value, but ex-Redskins Keenan Robinson endorsed the story.

Bo would not have put up with this. His 1980s-era video is just what everybody needs to hear right now. Take 90 seconds of your life and listen.

Adversity: Strong teams get stronger when facing it. Weak teams fracture along their own fault lines.

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 18: Wide receiver Josh Doctson #18 of the Washington Redskins misses a catch against cornerback Morris Claiborne #24 of the Dallas Cowboys in the second half at FedExField on September 18, 2016 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Response to Redskins loss is as weak as the game itself

Hog Heaven is fond of saying that football is life in microcosm. Over a season, we live through our team on a epic quest against opponents to achieve a great goal overcoming adversity to stand alone as the victor. You know. The stuff we don’t do in our boring, everyday lives. The riddle of adversity […]

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Redskins: Cousins’ career is on the line with Giants Game

This week’s game against the Giants will determine whether Cousins will ever be more than a good backup QB. The bad news for Cousins is that it is against the Giants in NJ where he has had his historically worse outings including his 5 interception game in 2014.  Add to that the Giants revamped D […]


Redskins: Welcome to the cellar of the NFC East again

NFC East cellar. Again. The positive of this game is that the Redskins performed well during the National Anthem by not sitting down like a bunch of rich, stupid, spoiled brats did. Instead we see horrific play calling on offense and defense, horrific QB play by Cousins, and the Redskins 2014 mistakes repeated. What was […]

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 12: Head coach Jay Gruden of the Washington Redskins on the sidelines during the first half of the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 12, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Redskins coaching staff is one loss away from NFL laughing stock

We already discussed the embarrassing disappointment the loss the Steelers was.  So many coaching weaknesses were exposed, and the entire league beyond Dez Bryant responded “LOL” when asked about $$$ Norman not being assigned to cover Brown. Losing next Sunday to the Cowboys with a rookie QB will be an unmitigated disaster for the Redskins, […]


Quick shots following the Redskins terrible toilet loss to the Steelers

In short, the Redskins were awful.   In the spirit of the country western song “You’re sleeping single, I’m drinking doubles,” I’d like to give a bunch of quick shots on the Redskins.   1) Scot the GM must be regretting not drafting Vernon Butler over Josh Doctson.  So upset, I bet he’d punch a […]

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 11: Robert Griffin III #10 and Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles shake hands after their game at Lincoln Financial Field on September 11, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Browns 29-10. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Sunday around the NFC East, those crazy QB story lines play out

What a fun NFL Sunday, but did the DMV TV audience really want to see a Packers – Jaguars game that had no NFC East appeal? Browns at Eagles carried much more local interests. The Iggles are a division rival starting a high-profile rookie at quarterback. Browns QB Robert Griffin III still has a huge following […]

When the Steelers face the Redskins tonight

“The absence of WR Markus Wheaton (shoulder) is a big deal for the Steelers if only because of the cumulative effect of them missing so many offensive weapons. The Steelers gained 6,327 yards last year. They are without the injured Wheaton, the retired TE Heath Miller, and the suspended RB Le’Veon Bell and WR Martavis Bryant. Those players accounted for 2,605 yards from scrimmage, 41 percent of the Steelers’ total. That’s a pretty substantial chunk of total offense torn out of the lineup. Yes, Ben Roethlisberger has a way of finding ways to get it done and to make productive players out of ordinary ones but at some point the losses get difficult to overcome.”

Rich Tandler ~ Five final thoughts on Redskins vs. Steelers.