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 […]


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 […]


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,, 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,

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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Redskins are highest ranked NFC East team in power ranking’s Elliot Harrison designated the Washington Redskins the 11th-ranked team in NFL preseason rankings. Games are played on the field and not on paper. Preseason rankings are cursed by recency. Analysts draw straight-line projections from the way last season ended into next season. The Cowboys were ranked highest in last year’s preseason rankings. Blah! Blah! […]

The Redskins unveiled a concept design of its next stadium created by the Bjarke Ingels Group.

The one key feature missing in the Redskins Stadium concept

The most important, fan-friendly feature in in a new Redskins stadium is a perennial Super Bowl contender that wins at home. Team owner Daniel Snyder says he wants to build a new stadium reminiscent of good old RFK Stadium. We do not revere RFK because of the facility, or even because it was in the […]

For Redskins, Josh LeRibeus is the bird in hand

“I have to laugh whenever fans get all riled up over things like Josh LeRibeus re-signing with the Redskins. The deal is for around minimum salary and the Redskins could afford to cut him at any time. He has been around for four years, they spent a draft pick on him, and they think he is worth keeping around. Scot McCloughan is not going to bypass a promising interior lineman in the draft because he has LeRibeus on the roster. If they don’t sign a veteran center like Stefen Wisniewski it won’t be because they have LeRibeus.”

~ From Rich Tandler’s Real Redskins.

The full adage: A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.”

SANTA CLARA, CA - NOVEMBER 23:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins is seen during pregame against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on November 23, 2014 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Redskins: Ten is the magic number for Robert Griffin III.

Mike Freeman caused quite a stir this week with his Bleacher Report story that at least 10 teams are interested in signing RGIII when the Redskins inevitably release him sometime next week. Andy Benoit wrote in his MMQB story that Griffin will be out of football before he wins his next ten games. Both cannot […]

Under Scot McCloughan, the Redskins rediscover the Draft

“Under some previous Redskins regimes, a roster starting to get a little top heavy in terms of salaries would be cause for alarm. Drafts under Vinny Cerrato and Mike Shanahan were mediocre at best and if one of them was still in charge the chances of them being able to stock the team with quality, low-priced talent on a consistent basis would be very low.

“It may be asking too much for McCloughan to produce a draft class that contributes as much as his 2015 group did year after year. But if he can land a few quality players every year the team won’t have to bring in free agents like Pierre Garçon, DeSean Jackson, Chris Culliver, and Jason Hatcher. Combined, they are taking up $37.3 million in cap space this year, or 24 percent of the total available to spend. If their roles were being filled by draft picks working on their first contracts you can see that the Redskins would have plenty of room to maneuver.”

~ Rich Tandler,, With more high-priced players, draft is key for cap management.

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 09:  Quarterback Jason Campbell #8 of  the Oakland Raiders who is wearing a Black AL in the form of a Raider shield on the back of helmet warms up before playing against the Houston Texans on October 9, 2011 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. Raider owner, Al Davis died at age 82 at his home Saturday morning.  (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)

Redskins: Robert Griffin III is no Jason Campbell

At least Campbell was tradeable. For the record, The Redskins in 2010 got a future Draft choice for Jason Campbell when they traded him to the Oakland Raiders. The pick turned into a 2012 fourth-round pick. Yes, Virginia, Campbell’s value was so miniscule in 2010 that Mike Shanahan had to wait two years to see […]

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 27:  Quarterback Colt McCoy #16 of the Washington Redskins talks with quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys after the Redskins beat the Cowboys 20-17 in overtime at Cowboys Stadium on October 27, 2014 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Redskins must have the most wanted QBs in football

They must have. Everybody writes about them. All of them. Hog Heaven keeps telling you that anything can happen when it comes to free agency and the Redskins’ quarterbacks. This statement  caught my eye today. “Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy could be an ‘interesting option’ for the Dallas Cowboys in free agency this offseason.” ~ […]

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 13:  Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers listens to the fans cheer during the final seconds of a win against the Atlanta Falcons at Bank of America Stadium on December 13, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers won 38-0.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Panthers: 5 Greatest Cam Newton Commercials

Cam Newton is taking a lot of superficial heat over trivial matters of decorum. Hog Heaven is a Redskins fan. Based solely on the shallow nothingness of the outrage directed at him, I’m all in for Newton and the Panthers’ “in your face” Super Bowl win today. To gear up, here are my 5 greatest […]

Scot McCloughan’s magic touch with the Redskins

“McCloughan’s biggest accomplishment over the past year was transforming the Redskins into a structurally sound organization by establishing a clear hierarchy, which allowed everything else to fall into place, something not seen in Washington at any previous point since Snyder purchased the team.

”’I think now for the first time I can say that, after we got rid of a head coach who I thought a lot of who could help us win games, with Jay being there, we’re starting to get the players that we needed,’ [Santana] Moss said. ‘You know, I was there for a while and we didn’t have a lot of good players.’”

From, Santana Moss on Snyder expressing doubt about RGIII.

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Redskins: Adam Schefter’s unbelievable thought about Robert Griffin III

So much controversy surrounds Robert Griffin III that it’s sure to be a subject of a 14-part FX series someday. Writers at the WaPOST surveyed NFL talent evaluators about Griffin’s prospects for the future and DC Sports Bog put it in the form of a virtual round table discussion. This Adam Schefter quote stopped me […]

This nails it about the Redskins and Robert Griffin III

“The Redskins’ handling of Robert Griffin III almost from start to what seems to be the inevitable finish in a few weeks has been rife with mistakes. Among them was the decision to pick up his $16 million option for 2016. Not only did the option, which is guaranteed for injury, keep the Redskins from being able to either play or trade Griffin, it sets up a scenario where they won’t get even a late-round pick as compensation when he leaves. Click on the article for details but since the Redskins will be releasing him they won’t be eligible for a compensatory draft pick when he moves on.”

~ Rich Tandler’s Real Redskins from here.