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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 […]

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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, […]

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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.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 14:  Odell Beckham Jr. #13 of the New York Giants attempts to score a 30 yard touchdown that was nullified due to a penalty in the fourth quarter during their game against the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium on December 14, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Giants win the NFC East? Hog Heaven demands answers.

Yesterday, Hog Heaven wrote about predictionmachine.com’s outlook on the Redskins 2016 season and the NFC East. (See the link at the end of this story.) We were perplexed by Prediction Machine’s love for the Giants. So we demanded asked for politely emailed them for an explanation. Prediction Machine’s GM Rob Pizzola responded. “We already really […]

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Why do they predict the Redskins to win 7.6 games?

Those nice people at the sports books insist that you commit to a number over or under the betting line. The projection of the Redskins to win 7.6 games is a betting line. You must pick seven or fewer wins (unlikely), or eight or more wins to place a bet. Hog Heaven dropped our own […]

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Redskins Quarterbacks: Yes, I do like that.

The team published an image of three Redskins quarterbacks on its Facebook page today. Pictured are Kirk Cousins, Sonny Jurgensen and Doug Williams. Doug Williams was two years old when Sonny Jurgensen entered the NFL. Jurgensen retired from football four years before Williams entered the league, and 14 years before Kirk Cousins was born. All […]

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 28:  (L-R) Josh Doctson of TCU  holds up a jersey with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being picked #22 overall by the Washington Redskins during the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University on April 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

What’s up, Doc(tson)? The real reason the Redskins are hiding Josh Doctson.

How much longer do Redskins fans have to wait to see our shiny new first-round toy, WR Josh Doctson? Some say it’s day to day. Others say he’s a bust pick, put him on PUP for the first 6 games and we’ll be lucky to get him even then. According to all, the coaches are […]

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Your reaction to the Redskins 2016 schedule should be phfft!

USA Today published its 2016 preseason NFL power ranking. Let’s indulge our curiosity about the Redskins 2016 schedule and rank opponents by the USA Today power ranking. USA Today RANK TEAM GAME DAY COMMENTS 1 Arizona CARDINALS December 4 Tough out. The Cardinals won 34 games over the last three season and scored 101 more […]

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 20: Running back Matt Jones #31 of the Washington Redskins celebrates after scoring a fourth quarter touchdown during a game against the St. Louis Rams at FedExField on September 20, 2015 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Matt Hazlett/Getty Images)

For Redskins’ Matt Jones, it takes a team to struggle at rushing

Matt Jones’ struggle to run against the Falcons was the biggest disappointment of the Redskins’ night. Football is the most team oriented of all sports. Failed plays cannot be laid solely at the feet of the player with the ball. It really does take 10 other guys to make a play work. Rich Tandler reminds […]

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