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Redskins: Rare Trent Williams Hype Video

Rare that someone makes a hype video of an offensive lineman. Somebody did that for Trent Williams. Thanks to his play, no one in Washington says, “Gee, this team really misses Chris Samuels.”

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Chief Zee and the era when Redskins fans owned the game day experience

The passing of Zema “Chief Zee” Williams is a big deal, but not just for the loss of arguably the Redskins’ staunchest fan. The Chief is from an age when fans were more expressive. You know, before the NFL corporationists wrested control of the game experience from fans. They snuffed out all the originality that […]

The Redskins’ sad history with the franchise tag

“The Redskins have never signed a tagged player to a long-term contract. Their first franchised player was LB Wilber Marshall, who ended up with the Oilers after a contentious debate over compensation. A few years later transition-tagged CB Tom Carter signed an offer sheet with the Bears and the Redskins chose not to match. DT Sean Gilbert sat out a year rather than play on the franchise tag in 1997. He was tagged again in 1998 and eventually signed with the Panthers, giving the Redskins two first-round picks. CB Champ Bailey was on the tag for a few weeks before being traded to the Broncos in 2004. They didn’t use the tag again until 2012, when TE Fred Davis was franchised. He suffered a torn Achilles in Week 7, signed a one-year deal to return the next year, and hasn’t played since. Then came Orakpo.”

~ Rich Tandler, Real Redskins, The Redskins have never signed a tagged player long term

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Everybody wins if there is no deal between Kirk Cousins and the Redskins

Hog Heaven foresaw this contract scenario play out for Kirk Cousins, but we saw it happening with another team. In 2012, we all saw Robert Griffin III as the savior of Redskins football who today would be playing on a one-year, bargain-priced $16 million contract extension. As we wait to see which side blinks first, […]

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Kirk Cousins and Josh Norman, who’s worth the money to the Redskins?

QB Kirk Cousins is the highest paid player on the Redskins for 2016. Josh Norman has the richest cornerback contract in the league. While there are still whispers that Cousins is not worth his $19.9 million franchise value — whispered perhaps from the very top of the team — there is no such talk with […]

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Redskins’ Josh Norman is now a lockout cornerback, too.

Well, it worked before. In the 2010 contract negotiation, the players campaigned to re-open training camp with a silly “Let them play” theme. And they “won.” The owners campaigned for a rookie pay scale, limits to contract guarantees, absolute authority over player conduct, a greater share of TV revenue and a long-term deal. Capitalist thinking […]

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Redskins, Champions of the Beast!

Enough, you silly non-DMV people, of all the talk about how “the Redskins didn’t beat anybody” when they won the NFC East last season. The Redskins were better — by far — than division rivals against the conference. Washington finished the season 8-4 against the NFC. No other Beast team finished as high as .500 against […]

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How the Redskins make the NFL playoffs this season

You’ll know the Redskins will likely make the NFL playoffs if: At least 4 rookies make an impact on the team, especially during the 2nd half of the season. At least 4 starters make a big jump in improvement in their play and stay relatively healthy.  (For example, last season Morgan Moses, Kirk Cousins, Chris […]

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The 4C strategy of Redskins GM Scot McCloughan explained

  The strategy of the Redskins GM Scot McCloughan can perhaps be simplified by 4C’s: Cardinals, Colts, Cousins and Cornerbacks. Cardinals – the Redskins are trying to copy the success of the Cardinals not just on defense by picking Su’a Cravens in the 2nd round a la Deone Buchanon, but also their passing game.  The […]

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What’s the Redskins’ hurry to sign Kirk Cousins? None at all.

“If the Redskins are going sign Kirk Cousins for $20 million per year (i.e., Super Bowl winning QB money), why don’t they wait and see what he does consistently and see if he earns Aaron Rodgers, Eli Manning, Drew Brees, Tom Brady $$$$ to make sure they don’t get stuck with a Brock Osweiler contract?” […]

TEMPE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 12:  Cornerback Lloyd Carrington #8 of the Arizona State Sun Devils during the college football game against the Cal Poly Mustangs at Sun Devil Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Tempe, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Reading the Redskins UDFA tea leaves for how these players fit the roster

Something is brewing at Redskins camp with the relatively limited positions represented by the new UDFAs.  What is it? First off, the key positions targeted are: Corner/Free Safety hybrid players Swing Tackle/Guard hybrid players Edge Rushers Tall Wide Receivers Possession Running Back At this crazy early time to predict, the new potential Quinton Dunbar of […]

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The fight to save the Conrad Redskins

The Conrad Consolidated Schools of Science in Wilmington, Delaware, is the latest target in the organized campaign to expunge Native American references from popular culture. The high school’s sports team has played as the Conrad Redskins for 80 years. The school board pushed off a keep-or-change decision until Summer 2016 as they weigh the ramifications. […]

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Something feels “off” with the Redskins’ 2016 Draft

No doubt Scot our trusted GM can spot talent infinitely better than 99.999999% of the rest us can. That said, something feels off with the 2016 draft.  In a word, it’s ‘light.’ We were spoiled by Scot’s incredible first Redskins’ draft.  Of the first 3 stellar 2015 picks, the lightest was RB Matt Jones at […]

UNITED STATES - APRIL 3: House Budget ranking member Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., speaks during the press conference with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on the House Republican budget on Thursday, April 3, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) (CQ Roll Call via AP Images)

Hog Heaven endorses Chris Van Hollen for U.S. Senate

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D. MD) knows the role of government in improving the real world lives of citizens. We are not sure his opponent, Rep. Donna Edwards (D. MD), does. Thus, Hog Heaven is all in for nominating Van Hollen for the U.S. Senate. Redskins Hog Heaven is a football fan site. Primary elections […]

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 07: Running back Silas Redd #32 of the Washington Redskins breaks through the tackle of cornerback E.J. Gaines #33 of the St. Louis Rams at FedExField on December 7, 2014 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

What should Redskins fans make of Silas Redd?

Was Silas Redd’s decision to jump ship on Penn State a warning about substance abuse? Stay with me on this. Hog Heaven never met Silas Redd, who is was third on the Redskins depth chart at running back. So we don’t know what to make of the news of his indefinite suspension for violating the […]

WaPOST explains why Redskins might not miss nose tackle Terrance Knighton

“Despite running a defensive front classified as a 3-4 (which utilizes two ends, a nose tackle and four linebackers), Redskins defensive coordinator Joe Barry and his charges often shift to their nickel package, which utilizes a four-man front (with two edge rushers and two interior linemen) and is better designed to defend the pass.

“Coach Jay Gruden estimated last week that the Redskins utilized their base package on less than a third of their defensive snaps last season, and that reduces the need for an exclusive nose tackle. Barry plans on further de-emphasizing the position this season, Gruden said. As a result, he could lean more heavily on holdovers Chris Baker and Kedric Golston to play nose tackle in those limited circumstances where the team uses a three-man front. Baker is the starting left defensive end, but saw time at nose tackle when Knighton needed a breather, or was injured. Golston, meanwhile, served as a rotational player both at end and nose tackle.”

~ Mike Jones, washingtonpost.com, Redskins lean towards further de-emphasizing the nose tackle.

Cleveland Browns fan comes to grips with Robert Griffin III

“I’m not celebrating like I would have had the Mike Holmgren-led Cleveland Browns traded up to get Robert Griffin III in 2012, but compared to the Browns’ prospects at quarterback on the morning of Wednesday, March 24, I’m excited. RG3 is not a lock for anything. Nobody who gets beat out by Kirk Cousins can be considered a lock in terms of his NFL career. That said, this is why you hire a head coach like Hue Jackson. These are exactly the kinds of chances to take. Given where the Browns are and have been in the recent past, signing Griffin is a low-risk move for them. It’s one that should be celebrated, not because it’s guaranteed to work, but because you could spend your time doing worse things than trying to resurrect a 26-year-old who has only recently lost his way in the NFL.”

~ Craig Lyndall, waitingfornextyear.com.

Hue Jackson, the former Redskins offensive coordinator under Steve Spurrier, is the coach who gave Jason Campbell a second chance with the Raiders. Griffin joins the team that lost the 2012 bidding war with Mike Shanahan for the right to draft him. Mike Holmgren ultimately lost his job for that failure.

~ Hog Heaven.

“The world is a circle without a beginning and nobody knows where it really ends.”

~ Lyrics by Hal David from 1973 movie “Lost Horizon.”

 

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