“It’s not a coincidence that in his fifth NFL season Cousins suddenly has great command. This is his first offseason as the starter and he is showing that he intends to take advantage of the opportunity.”
~ Rich Tandler, realredskins.com, Redskins’ Gruden trying to make things difficult on Cousins.
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 […]
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 […]
“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?” […]
Yay! Way to go, Kirk Cousins. NFL players selected the Redskins QB as No. 85 in the 2016 Top 100 NFL Players list, and they said nice things about him. “Kirk Cousins had a season to remember in 2015. He became the only Redskins QB to a throw at least one TD pass in every […]
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 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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
“Bobby Beathard was the GM of the Redskins for 11 drafts (1978-1988). He only used three first-round draft picks. Two of them, Art Monk and Darrell Green, are in the Hall of Fame.”
~ Rich Tandler, Redskins discovered there are no guarantees late in the first round.
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 […]
Former Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said nice things about Robert Griffin III to Rams head coach Jeff Fisher who passed it along to RGIII who then called Shanahan to thank him for saying nice things about him. This blows me away! Coach Shanahan told this story to ESPN 980 “Redskins Radio” earlier today. No […]
“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.
“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.”
NFL.com’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 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 […]
“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.”
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 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, csnwashington.com, With more high-priced players, draft is key for cap management.
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 […]
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.” ~ […]
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 […]
“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 Washington.cbslocal.com, Santana Moss on Snyder expressing doubt about RGIII.
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 […]
“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.