Washington Redskins

NFC East

2014 Schedule

  • Week 1

    WAS @ HOU

    09/07/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 2

    JAC @ WAS

    09/14/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 3

    WAS @ PHI

    09/21/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 4

    NYG @ WAS

    09/25/14

    8:30 pm

  • Week 5

    WAS @ SEA

    10/06/14

    8:30 pm

  • Week 6

    PHI @ WAS

    10/12/14

    4:30 pm

  • Week 7

    TEN @ WAS

    10/19/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 8

    WAS @ DAL

    10/27/14

    8:30 pm

  • Week 9

    WAS @ MIN

    11/02/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 10

    bye

  • Week 11

    TB @ WAS

    11/16/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 12

    WAS @ SF

    11/23/14

    4:30 pm

  • Week 13

    WAS @ IND

    11/30/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 14

    STL @ WAS

    12/07/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 15

    WAS @ NYG

    12/14/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 16

    PHI @ WAS

    12/20/14

    4:30 pm

  • Week 17

    DAL @ WAS

    12/28/14

    1:00 pm

PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart

The PYRO Fantasy Football Depth Chart is a rundown of where Team PYRO projects the fantasy production for each team at each position. It is NOT an attempt to inform you of the current starters for each team. For example, we are well aware that Brandon Manumaleuna is currently the starting TE for the Chicago Bears, but if you look at the Bears Team Page, we have Greg Olsen listed at TE. Why? We’re projecting that Greg Olsen will be the most Fantasy Football relevant TE for the Bears this season. Since Olsen will be the Bears leading FF point scorer at TE, it’s his name at the top of the TE column on our PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart.

The Hogs & The Hoggettes

Joe Jacoby, George Starke, Russ Grimm, Mark May,and  Jeff Bostic  are not the most recognizable names in football history, that is unless you are a fan of the Washington Redskins because that group made up the “The Hogs” which dominated defenses in the 1980’s.  


The man who was responsible for naming the group the “Hogs” was offensive line coach Joe Bugel.  This nickname started with the fact that Joe Bugel had a bunch of guys that looked like they never missed a meal, and as the story goes, during a practice where he wanted them to switch to the blocking sleds he said “Okay, you Hogs, let’s get running down there.”  An innocent statement was all it was, but those guys totally embraced the nickname and wore it as a badge of honor. 


In their first two seasons together, 1982 and 1983, they missed a combined total of 1 game.  From their beginning in 1982 through 1991 the Hogs dominated with the Redskins going 107-45 during that span and helped take the Redskins to the Super Bowl 4 times (XVII, XVIII, XXII, XVI) winning 3 of them (all but XVIII) .  They opened huge holes for John Riggens (The Diesel), as well as giving Joe Theisman a most comfortable pocket to throw from in the early days, and helped make a one hit wonder out of Timmy Smith with 204 yards in Super Bowl XXII and Mark Rypien and the Posse possible.  It is not surprising that with winning teams there is a closeness with groups that must work as a cohesive unit, and the Hogs always ate together and went out together and most importantly had each other’s backs.  Joe Theisman had asked the group if he could become a member, and the large mass of Hogs said “No Quarterbacks”.  John Riggens also wanted to be a Hog and they did give him the title of “Honorary Hog”.  These Hogs also had their fans, none more faithful than the “Hoggettes”. 


On Halloween of 1983 Michael Torbert borrowed his grandmother’s polka dot dress to surprise her at her retirement homes “Tacky Tea Party”.  Before going to the party he dressed up at work and was an enormous hit at his office.  He showed up at the party using the name “Mikey T.” as his alter ego.  He was the party and made Granda MaMarge’s day.  Mikey T. then set out and recruited 12 big crazy family guys like him to wear drag to cheer up sick kids at Children’s hospitals as well as go out in public to encourage people to donate to help care for sick children.      


The group attended their first Redskins game on Novemeber 27th 1983.  During this game the Team put on dresses, wigs, white hats and, of course, their pig snouts and sat in an area that would be known as the Pig Pen.  They chose the name of the Hoggettes which was a combination of the Hogs and the Redskins cheerleaders the Redskinettes.  The Hoggettes were and have been a fixture at Redskins games.  The Hoggettes are always lending their help to support groups that help sick children.  To be a member of the Hoggettes you have to be committed to the whole program and volunteer a lot of their time.  The Hoggettes are not the prettiest cheerleaders in the world, but they have made a mark in Redskins history.  


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George Allen - Coach

George Allen was a winner.  When you think you of the Mount Rushmore of Coaches you will never hear the name George Allen, but maybe you should.  Allen was the guy you brought in when you program was in hell and you needed someone who could change a culture upon his arrival. 


The first chance at being a head coach for Allen was when he took the helm of the Los Angeles Rams he inherited a team that had 7 straight losing seasons and was 4-10 the year before.  He took a team with mostly the same talent he had the year before and turned that team into a winning team finishing 8-6.  The following year Allen led the Rams to an 11-1-2 record, won the NFL Coastal Division and was named the NFL Coach of the Year by a near unanimous vote.  Over the next three years with the Rams he totaled a record of 30-10-2 and lost to the Vikings in the Conference Championship game in 1969.  Allen was a hot commodity and the Redskins were in need of help after Vince Lombardi passed in 1970 after one season with the Redskins. 


The Redskins were a competitive team from the inception until 1945, when they fell on hard times and only had 4 winning seasons from 1946-1970 (including Lombardi’s 7-5 69’ team).  When Allen agreed to come to the Redskins it was clear he was in control.  Allen had full authority over all player personnel decisions.  With this control Allen reshaped the Redskins to look like winners.  Allen made several trades with the Rams, his former team, and brought 7 Rams players to Washington including their 3 starting linebackers (Maxie Baughan, Myron Pottios and Jack Pardee).  This caused the local media to give his team the nickname of the Redrams or the Ramskins, depending on who you asked.   


Allen was all about changing the culture and that was clear with all the trades he made.  He took the phrase “Future Is Now” and you needed to be ready to play for George Allen or he might just trade you, which is evidenced by the 131 total trades he made in 12 years, with 81 of those trades coming in his tenure in Washington.  One of the main reasons Allen made so many trades is that Allen wanted veteran players at all positions if possible.  Which is why it should be no surprise that Allen’s teams in Washingotn were also known as “The Over the Hill Gang”?  Allen quickly restored the Redskins to winning after 25 years of woe and in his first year posted a 9-4-1 record and the Redskins made the playoffs for the first time since 1945.  The highlight of Allen’s first season with the Redskins was a Monday Night victory in December against the Rams 38-24, which ended the playoff hopes of his former team. 


The following year Allen and the Redskins had an 11-3 record, then took out the Packers 16-3 in the Divisional round and then they won the NFC Championship over the Dallas Cowboys 26-3, only to lose Super Bowl VII to the unbeaten Miami Dolphins.  That would be the closest Allen would come as he never made it back to the Super Bowl.  In his tenure with the Redskins Allen made 5 playoff appearances, including 4 in a row from 1971-1974.  Allen was also known as a very enthusiastic coach.  His teams matched his enthusiasm and were known for their camaraderie and spirited play.  Allen was always leading the way with bringing the team together and was known to lead the chant after victories of “Three Cheers for the Redskins!!!  Hip Hip Hooray!!! Hip Hip Hooray!!! Hip Hip Hooray!!!”  The Redskins were known as a team that earned their success from hard work team play that would not always show in individual stats.  Allen also never had a losing season while in Washington and when he retired was 67-30-1 as the Redskins coach.    Allen was let go after not making the playoffs 2 of his last 3 years and did not coach again in the NFL.  He finished his NFL coaching career with a record of 116-47-5 (not one losing season), which was (.712) winning percentage and was only exceeded by John Madden (.731) and Vince Lombardi (.736) in NFL history. 


Allen is also rekindled the rivalry with the Dallas Cowboys.  Allen would taunt Cowboys players while wearing an Indian headdress.  Being in the same division and after the Cowboys had been having success Allen beat the Cowboys twice in 1972 including the NFC Championship game and were the first team other than the Cowboys to win the division since 1967.  The rivalry, as all rivalries, got a lot better and more interesting once Allen came to the Redskins and both teams were powerhouses. 


Allen was a winner above all else.  He was the coach who loved the game, loved to compete and loved being the leader of a group of men all striving to be champions.  Though he never won a championship, he did win the hearts of his players and will always have a place not only in Redskins history, but in the history of the NFL as well.  Allen was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002.  


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Art Monk

Art Monk was one of the greatest wide receivers in the NFL during his 15 year career from 1980-1995.  Monk was one of the most consistent receivers of his era.  It becomes harder and harder to see the greatness when you look at the numbers that wide receivers are putting up in the league now, but this was an era where there was not the wide open passing game of today, and Monk was one of the best. 


In his rookie season Monk caught 58 passes (which was a rookie record for the Redskins) for 797 yards, which would be a good rookie season now, but back then this was quite the accomplishment and he was a unanimous selection for the All-Rookie team.    In his next three years he dealt with some injuries and was not able to take the next step until the 1984 season. 


Monk caught an NFL record 106 balls for his career best 1372 yards and added 7 TD’s.  During that season Monk had 8 or more receptions 6 times and had five 100 yard games, including a 10 catch 200 yard game against the 49ers.  Again, I need to point out that while compared against the numbers in today’s pass happy offenses these numbers don’t look special, but he was the first to do these things.  Monk was the first player to ever have 100 receptions in a season and he became the first player to ever have 900 receptions in his career and ended his career as the all-time receptions leader with 940, until Jerry Rice broke the record.


Monk was also a member of Washington’s famous Fun Bunch, not to mention part of one of the greatest wide receiver corps of all time as a member of the Posse with Gary Clark and Ricky Sanders.  Monk was finally elected to the Pro-Football Hall of fame in 2008. 


Monk was a model of consistency and remains the only player in NFL history to have at least 35 receptions in 15 straight years.  Monk also set a record for at least one TD reception in 15 straight seasons.  Monk also at one time held the record for most consecutive games with a reception at 183.  Monk had 888 receptions for the Redskins and the impressive point here is that about 2/3 of his receptions went for first downs.  Monk was simply one of the best and at the time of his retirement in 1995 he held the following records.


-First player to record a touchdown reception in 15 consecutive seasons.
-Consecutive seasons with at least 35 receptions (15)
-Consecutive seasons with at least 398 yards receiving (15)
-First player to record over 100+ receptions in the Super Bowl era
-First player to record back to back seasons with 1,200 yards and 90 receptions. 1984, 1985
-First NFL player to reach 820 receptions in a career.
-First NFL player to surpass 900 career receptions, finishing career with 940 (all-time record at the time).
-First player to record at least one reception in 180 consecutive games


Art Monk career stats


 


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The Posse (Monk, Sanders, Clark)

The “Posse” was the name given to the wide receiving corps of the Washington Redskins in the 1989 consisting of Art Monk, Gary Clark and Ricky Sanders.  Some claim that the Posse was inspired after the 1988 movie Young Guns, where their posse was led by Billy the Kid. 


In 1989 the Posse became the first trio of wide receivers in NFL history to post 1000 plus yards in the same season.  Gary Clark was the biggest play receiver that year with 79 receptions for 1229 yards with 15.6 yards per catch average.  Ricky Sanders had 80 receptions for 1138 yards good for 14.2 yards per catch.  It was also Sanders second straight 1000 plus yard season, but also his last.  Art Monk who was a mainstay with the Redskins for 14 years had a resurgent year in his career, after two seasons where he failed to reach 1000 yards, with 86 receptions for 1186 yards with 13.8 yards per catch. 


I just remember watching them play on Monday Night Football and watching them just torch defenses for huge plays.  Mark Rypien was the beneficiary of these wide receivers and they eventually won Super Bowl XXVI over the Buffalo Bills.  At their post championship visit to the White House Ricky Sanders caught another TD pass, this time from President Ronald Reagan.  The Posse will go down as one of the greatest receiving corps of all time and rightly so.  


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The Fun Bunch

Do you remember the Fun Bunch?  In 1982 the Fun Bunch was the group of wide receivers and tight ends from the Redskins that would get together and do a choreographed endzone routine.  The group consisted of wide receivers Art Monk, Virgil Seay (Papa Smurf), Charlie Brown and Alvin Garrett (Grandmaster Smurf), along with tight ends Rick Walker and Don Warren.  Garret and Seay were known as the Smurfs due to the fact neither was over 5’8” tall. 


It started after Art Monk was hurt in the last regular season game, and Monk was a huge part of their passing offense.  The other members of the Fun Bunch decided they would do this dance in the endzone after any of them caught a TD in their home playoff game against the Lions the next week.  Alvin Garrett caught the first TD, but he forgot to wait for the rest of the bunch.  The members told him to remember if he caught another, which he did, but he forgot again.  After another reminding the stars aligned as Garrett caught his 3rd TD of the game and then waited for the bunch that gathered in a circle and swung their arms back in forth in unison before all leaping into a high-five with the ball raised up.  After that it became an institution for the Skins when they scored a TD.


That lasted for a year until the NFL introduced a ban on “excessive celebration” in 1984.  The Fun Bunch was no more and the NFL became known as the No Fun League.  







 


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Charles Mann was a beast of all beasts

Charles Mann was a dominate defensive end for the Washington Redskins for 10 years after being drafted in the third round of the 1983 NFL Draft.  He became the starting defensive end opposite of Dexter Manley by his second year in the league.  Mann was part of a dominating defense that had talent at all levels.  Mann went to a Super Bowl in his rookie year (XVIII) which the Redskins lost to the Raiders.  This was just a start of a run of Super Bowl’s for Mann.


Mann, in just his third year had his career best sack total of 14.5 sacks.  Mann had double digit sacks 4 times in his career.  When he left the Redskins he had 82 sacks which was second most in franchise history.  Mann was a player that offenses had to game plan against.  He could turn the tide of a game all by himself.


Mann may best be remembered as a player that went to 4 Super Bowls in his career (XVII, XXII, XXVI and XXIX) winning all but the first one, in his rookie year.  The final year of Mann’s career he moved on to the San Francisco 49ers where he went to the Super Bowl and won it.  You have to think about the entirety of a career and to be in the Super Bowl as a rookie and lose and the finish your career with another Super Bowl and this time end your career with a win in the biggest game on the biggest stage.  Mann will always be remembered by the Redskins faithful.  


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Mark Moseley wins the MVP as a kicker in the strike shortened season

The Washington Redskins Mark Moseley, a kicker, won the NFL League MVP in 1982.  First of all yes, for those of you who are not as familiar with league history, beyond all reason Mark Moseley was the MVP in the strike shortened year of 1982.  This is the equivalent to a middle reliever winning the Cy Young.  Most football players don’t even consider kickers to be real football players, let alone League MVP’s.  Moseley remains the only kicker to win the award and that will be a record that will stand for the rest of the existence of the NFL.


Let’s start to explain this phenomenon by understanding that 1982 was not a normal football season.   There was labor unrest before the start of the season, but the season started none the less and lasted 2 weeks before the players went on strike.  The strike lasted for 8 weeks and then the season resumed playing a 9 game schedule. 


The best part about this story is that Moseley was not even supposed to be the kicker for the Redskins in 1982.  Coach Joe Gibbs was set on starting Dan Miller, a rookie the team drafted that year, until he imploded in the preseason and Moseley, who stuck around, ended up winning the job. 


During the nine game season the Redskins could not put the ball in the endzone, even with all likes of Joe Theisman, John Riggens and Art Monk.  They would drive and get close and end up having to settle for a field goal.  The place where Moseley may have made his best case for the MVP was in a game against the NY Giants on Dec 19th, 1982, when Moseley kicked his 21st consecutive field goal (a record at the time) and that kick gave the Redskins the win and clinched the team’s first playoff berth since 1976.  The Washington Post said it was “one of the most dramatic moments in Redskins history”, which really did not say a lot about the history of the Redskins, but that changed starting the next season when the Redskins became a Super Bowl force for a decade.   


Moseley had many games in which he was needed to bail out the team and give them a victory, which was more important in a season with only 9 games.  In the season opener he kicked  a 48 yard field goal to tie the game in the fourth quarter and a 26 yarder to win the game in overtime.  In a 12-7 victory over St. Louis Moseley scored all the points for the Redskins.  Then there was the playoff clinching kick against the Giants.  The Redskins finished 8-1 and Moseley played a huge part in most of their wins. 


The question still remains as to how he was voted the MVP over other position players, most notably Marcus Allen who was a rookie and led the league in rushing TD’s and yards from scrimmage on a team that also finished the season 8-1.  Then there was Chargers wide receiver Wes Chandler who had 1032 receiving yards and 9 TD’s in only 8 games.  How about Chargers quarterback Dan Fouts?  All Fouts did was average 320 yards passing per game.  All of these seem like more logical picks for the award but Moseley got it and here is how. 


Moseley was named MVP after a selection process which consisted of a national panel of 84 journalists picked him.  This is now a point we can make to rationalize this pick.  Moseley was not awarded MVP by players in the league it was by sportswriters.  In this crazy strike shortened year the fact that Moseley, an underdog at an unappreciated position, became a great story to write about.  He was winning games, broke the record for consecutive field goals made and was on a winning team.  Once he was nominated it was something of a whirlwind and the writers gave on to the red headed step child on the football team, the kicker. 


Moseley had said about it, “I think once I got nominated it was such an unusual thing that everybody voted for me. When they called me to tell me I had won it, I was shocked beyond words,” Moseley said.  You would think that he would have his MVP award proudly displayed at home, but as Moseley said, “I never got a trophy!  I never got anything for being MVP. I got a phone call. The only thing I have to show my kids and grandkids are the articles.”  


So Moseley does not have anything but a great story to tell, and it is a great story and a one of a kind in the NFL.  There have been kickers picked in the first round of the draft, like Sebastian Janikowski, but there will never be another kicker to win the NFL MVP award.  


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Hail the Redskins fight song

The story of the Washington Redskins fight song, Hail to the Redskins, is the most interesting fight song story in the NFL. 


It was 1937 when team owner George Preston Marshall moved the team to Washington DC from Boston.  Since the team was moving to the nation’s capital, Marshall commissioned a 110 piece band to give his new fans the pomp and circumstance and pageantry of a public victory parade upon their arrival.  Marshall was so into this, in fact, that he wanted his team to be seen in the vision of the Roman Gladiators at the Coliseum.  He spent $25,000 on uniforms and instruments for the band and asked Barnee Breeskin, the band leader, to “compose a fight song worthy of such a team of gladiators and warriors” Breeskin composed the music and Marshall’s wife, Connie, was the one who wrote the original lyrics.  Thus, as the team moved to city that Hailed to the Chief, the new song would be called “Hail to the Redskins” This fight song would be the second fight song in existence in the NFL after the Packers “Go!  You Packers! Go!”, written in 1931.


The original lyrics played up the Indian Warrior image of the team.  The original lyrics were never intended (hard to tell looking back now) to offend Native Americans, but they did.  The original lyrics were


Hail to the Redskins!


Hail Victory!


Braves on the Warpath!


Fight for old Dixie!


Run or pass and score -- we want a lot more!


Scalp 'em, swamp 'em -- We will take 'em big score


Read 'em, weep 'em, touchdown - we want heap more


Fight on, Fight on -- 'Till you have won


Sons of Wash-ing-ton. Rah!, Rah!, Rah!


The lyrics were eventually changed to the ones we know today.


Hail to the Redskins!
Hail Victory!
Braves on the Warpath!
Fight for old D.C.!
Run or pass and score -- we want a lot more!
Beat 'em, Swamp 'em,
Touchdown! -- Let the points soar!
Fight on, fight on 'Til you have won
Sons of Wash-ing-ton. Rah!, Rah!, Rah!


Hail to the Redskins!
Hail Victory!
Braves on the Warpath!
Fight for old D.C.!


Now here is the part about the song that is really interesting.  You may notice in the original lyrics they said “fight for old Dixie!” and this was because the Redskins were the team in the NFL closest to the Mason Dixon line and though they were not really part of the South, Marshall’s team was the team of the South and he played that up as well.  This really came to a head when the league was discussing expanding into Texas (Dallas), and Marshall felt threatened that he would lose his southern fan base, so when it came to a vote for Marshall was going to vote against the franchise in Dallas.  Dallas’ potential owner, Clint Murchison, then made a bold move and bought the rights to the song “Hail to the Redskins” from Breeskin, the composer who was disgruntled with Marshall over who owned the rights to the song, which Breeskin did.  Breeskin had told Murchison that he would give him the rights to the song to use as leverage against Marshall. 


Murchison now had the rights to the song as the vote on his expansion was at hand.  Murchison approached Marshall and told him that he would not allow Marshall to play the song at his games.  Marshall then reconsidered his stance on the new franchise being awarded to Murchison in Dallas.  This was the very beginning of the Dallas and Washington rivalry.  


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RFK Stadium

RFK Stadium (Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium) was built in 1960 and originally known as D.C. Stadium.  The stadium was renamed in 1969 to honor Robert F. Kennedy after his assassination on June 6th 1968.  When it was built it was a modern innovation of a stadium that would be able to host the Washington Redskins and the Washington Senators.   It was the home to the Senators until 1969, and was the home of the Redskins for 36 years.  While that is great, RFK Stadium holds the honor of leading us into one of the worst periods in stadiums and the fans experience. 


RFK Stadium was the very first “cookie cutter” or multi-purpose stadium ever built.  The reason was simple; they wanted to house both football and baseball and thus created these big donut shaped stadiums.  At this point I am using RFK to rant about these stadiums, the Redskins flourished while playing there but there was nothing else truly remarkable about this stadium except its legacy that killed many cites dreams. 


After RFK was built there began a trend to add these stadiums around the country, and they did.  Shea Stadium (1964) was the next followed by Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium (1965), Busch Stadium (1966), Riverfront Stadium (1970), Three Rivers Stadium (1970) and Veterans Stadium (1971).  The redeeming quality for RFK was that they kept natural grass.  Veterans Stadium on the other hand had Astroturf, which was basically placed over concrete and ended many players career way too early.  This was a sad period after all the great baseball parks like Ebbets Field and the Polo Grounds were leveled and we were left with giant concrete donuts. 


The good news is that with the St. Louis Cardinals moving into the new Busch Stadium, the last of the cookie cutters has left the NFL and MLB.  RFK stadium still is the home of the DC United but Fed Ex Field (until the next name change) is the current home of the Washington Redskins.  Thank you RFK for teaching us all a valuable lesson.     


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The other Clinton in D.C.

Certainly two-time Pro Bowler Clinton Portis has made jaws drop around the globe with his finesse as a running-back throughout his career. Yet, there was absolutely no 'CLLLLAAAAAAANNNNNK' from jaws dropping when Clinton Portis was released by the Washington Redskins. What was surprising, however, was the fact that after the 6-year separation that Coach Mike Shanahan had with Portis he bid him farewell again, and probably for the last time.


In Clinton Portis' seven seasons with the Redskins from 2004 to 2010 he started 83 games out of the 84 he played. Moreover, for the Washington Redskins' franchise history he earns the silver medal for career rushing yards with 6,824 standing just a bit lower on the podium than Redskins' career rush leader John Riggins (7,462 yards). Portis expressed gratitude for all Washington has done for him but he does have some reservations. He wishes he'd been able to pass Riggins, but due to injuries and circumstantial issues, he fell just 648 yards short - reminiscent of that shite baseball movie starring Bernie Mac (rest his soul, but never his soul power) Mr. 3000. The only difference here is that Portis may have to wish upon shooting star after shooting star for the chance to play for the Redskins again to go for the gold. Silver must be Clinton's color because he ranks second in franchise history for rushing attempts (with 1,667) and rushing touchdowns (with 46).


So where, oh where has Clinton Portis gone? And why, oh why is he gone? Well let's try to track his fame. From 2004 to 2008 Portis was the fountainhead of the Washington Redskins. Despite a partially dislocated shoulder from a week one, quarter one pre-season game on August 13, 2006 where he attempted to tackle Bengals cornerback Keiwan Ratliff after he picked off a ball, Portis was on top of the world. His brute force matched by his gracefulness to break tackles say all that needs to be said, but Clinton Portis is a man that needs to be heard and he created alter-egos in a pseudo-dissociative identity disorder way to do it. Clinton Portis: the man who brought us The Mad Scientist, Southeast Jerome, Dr. I Don't Know, Sheriff Gonna Getcha, Dolla Bill, also brings us Reverend Gonna Change, Kid Bro Sweets, Inspector 22, Angel of Southeast Jerome, and last but not least, Coach Janky Spanky. 2008, The Year of the Rat according to the Chinese Zodiac, was certainly not The Year of the Portis. Recurring injuries and taking his vocality a bit too far - he did not have such nice things to say about former coach Jim Zorn and former Redskins linebacker, LaVar Arrington - urged a number of fans to plead to force Portis to the nearest port and sail him out of town.


Sadly, after the 2008 season, Portis was not playing his A-game. While some believe it was his boisterous attitude that was interfering with his performance, it was really that he was a punching bag due to the fault of his offensive line's blocking. Portis was injured because of his will to play. A head-on collision in a game against the Atlanta Falcons on November 8, 2009 resulted in a concussion for the man. Though he said "I don't think for one second this could be career-ending," Portis struggled with vision problems and dizzy spells after the big bang. That hit was the turning point for Portis.


In a press release issued by the team upon his release after the 2010 season, Portis revealed his gratitude - "I would like to thank the organization," Portis said. "Dan [Snyder] and Mike [Shanahan] were honest, straight-up people with me. I always appreciated the opportunity from Dan to play here. Being a Redskin was a special part of my life. Coming and being in that organization, I turned from a kid having fun to a man carrying responsibilities. I tried to put the world on my shoulders for Coach Gibbs and the Redskins fans." Furthermore, a statement by team owner Daniel Snyder shows his appreciation for Portis - "Clinton provided excitement from the very first time he touched the ball as a Redskin and we were lucky to witness every ounce of energy, effort and passion he has given ever since," Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder said. "We have been through a lot both on and off of the field and we would like to wish him and his family the very best. He will always be a Redskin and go down as one of the franchise's all-time greats." Obviously the player and the organization do not harbor any ill will against each other. Portis understands the game of football and the "Moneyball" behind it.


Portis should feel lucky that he is in as good of shape as he is now after being battered incessantly on the front lines. According to the NFL Players Association, the average career for an NFL player is 3.3 years. Note: that's the average player. The shortest careers are typically the NFL players that tend to hit and get hit the most - we're talking running backs here. Running backs have the shortest careers on average at 2.57 years. Though most running backs are out of the game just a little after their first two seasons, Portis finished two seasons with Denver and then went on to play seven with Washington. If that's not resilience than I don't know what is.


Though he may be off any roster for now, Portis is an optimistic free agent. In 2011 he did an interview on Sirius XM Radio and told hosts Brian McGovern and Maurice Jones-Drew sarcastically "To go to the Giants and get to play the Redskins twice a year after them feeling I wasn't capable anymore, I think that would be outstanding." Always the class clown, Portis is now in that boat where he may be a gamble to pick up, but if he stays healthy he has the capability to raise the threat levels of opposing teams.


 

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RG III alienating teammates

Bleacher Report NFL analyst Matt Miller said Monday in a video on the Bleacher Report website that a disconnect is starting to grow between RG3 and his teammates. According to Miller, much of the issue stems from Griffin’s inability to learn the new offensive system installed by new head coach Jay Gruden.

“(The feeling) is that RG3 is not very well-liked in that locker room. We’ve heard things like this before. … The feeling is he started to alienate some of his teammates on the offensive side of the ball. I think a lot of that stems from his struggle to learn this new playbook, the new Jay Gruden system.

“I don’t think this is breaking news. We’ve seen RG3 struggle before, especially in Year 2 under Mike Shanahan. We’ve heard reports out of Washington this year that he’s struggling to adapt to this new system but I think it’s all coming to a head and a boiling point. His frustrations are spilling over to the locker room and happy feelings are kind of dying in Washington right now.”

Pyro's take: It is never good news when things like this come out in the media. There was also a mention that there seems to be "growing support" for Kirk Cousins. RG III is not in danger of losing his job, as long as Daniel Snyder owns the team.

The problem is where there is smoke there is fire. Jay Gruden is a first time coach, and he seems to have the beginnings of a fractured locker room. If Gruden does not get this under control things could unravel if the team gets off to a slow start. It will be interesting to hear Griffin's response.

08/18/14, 10:07 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: nesn.com

Morris still working on becoming a receiver

During his two years in the NFL, Morris has rushed for more yards than anyone except Adrian Peterson. He was one of three Redskins to reach the Pro Bowl in 2013. He might prove to be the most important cog in new coach Jay Gruden’s offense.

While Griffin and star offseason acquisition DeSean Jackson have received the majority of the attention so far, Morris has quietly improved his route-running skills out of the backfield. He is expected to be a more integral part of the passing game this year.

“It’s not really that big of a deal,” Morris said of his role as a receiver. “I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time so I’m just thankful that they are allowing me to do that and giving me chances, and just building that trust and confidence in me.”

To improve in these departments, Morris occasionally leaves his positional drills to catch passes from Griffin at the beginning of practice. The extra work has shown in 7-on-7 drills when he is lined up across from a linebacker.

“He’s been snagging balls,” Young said. “Catching everything.”

Gruden referred to Morris as “steady Eddie” and said he has taken the new pass-heavy offensive philosophy in stride.

“You never hear a peep from him,” Gruden said. “If I throw the ball 10 times in a row in practice and he’s in there, he doesn’t say a word. A lot of guys would be ripping their chinstrap off, ‘Give me the ball!’ But Alfred is a total team player and a total class act. And he’ll get his touches, no worries about that.”

Pyro's take: There was talk last season that Morris was going be used more out of the backfield as a pass catcher, but that did not materialize. Now with Jay Gruden as the coach he may have a better opportunity to make this a reality in 2014. No matter what, Morris is a beast as a running back, and his numbers through his first two seasons prove that. Jay Gruden may lean more to a passing offense, but he knows that there must be a balance to the offense. Morris is by no means going to turn into Matt Forte overnight, but he should be able to grab 30 receptions this season, which will make him more appealing in PPR leagues.

08/17/14, 03:07 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.washingtontimes.com

Moss fighting for a roster spot

Santana Moss turned 35 this month and has played 13 NFL seasons. The Washington Redskins made upgrades at his position this offseason by signing wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts as free agents.

But when it was suggested to Moss last week that he faces more competition than usual to secure a spot on the Redskins’ season-opening roster, he said the situation is nothing new from his perspective.

“I’ve never not had to go work for my job,” Moss said following an offseason practice at Redskins Park. “So at the end of the day, there’s always competition. Like you say, you all will rate where somebody’s at. I never did that. I went out here and worked. That’s why I’m able to be here today is because I’ve always showed instead of talked about it. So I’m gonna continue to do that. I’m gonna go out here and practice hard and put everything on tape and at the end of the day, you can judge on the tape.”

Pyro's take: Moss saw his fantasy value disappear with the signing of DeSean Jackson who will take over his main duties. Santana will be relegated to a reserve role, and is not worthy of a fantasy roster spot at this time.

06/12/14, 08:20 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.washingtonpost.com

DeSean's deal is 3 years 24 million

Last night DeSean Jackson agreed to join the Washington Redskins to the joy of his new teammates DeAngelo Hall, and more importantly RG3.

$16 million of the deal is reported to be guaranteed, a large sum for a player with some new found character issues.

Pyro's take: This deal seems like a fair price from someone of DeSean's ilk. He shouldn't be paid like a top ten wide receiver, but top 20 one should not argue that too much for a player with his skill set. DeSean will now join what looks to be a formidable Redskins offense, as long as RG3 can return to form under Jay Gruden.

For Jackson's personal fantasy perspective however, this deal definitely doesn't increase his value, it is hard to see him signing anywhere that could have. DeSean will now look like more of a wide receiver 2 next season then being on the cusp of WR1 where he finished last season as the tenth receiver in fantasy.

04/02/14, 10:48 AM CDT by Stagg Party
Source: www.espn.com

DeSean Jackson officially a Washington Football Team member

ITS GOIN DOWN !! BURGUNDY & GOLD

Pyro's take: This wouldn’t be an ordinary offseason if Dan Snyder didn’t spend money on a big signing. Adding DeSean is going to be huge for all the players on Washington now that there’s a WR that can take the top off of defenses. The talent on this team now has to make Jay Gruden blush with RG3, Pierre Garcon, Alfred Morris, and Jordan Reed.

Fantasy owners and fans of gratuitous taunting should be excited too, unless you really wanted to draft Aldrick Robinson. Dalton last year, under Gruden’s offense, threw the ball 586 times, good for 8th highest in the league. There’s every reason to hope for the best with the starters on this new offense.

The only words of caution for fantasy owners are to keep tabs on these alleged off-field activities that got him cut in the first place.


04/02/14, 12:25 AM CDT by SUITS
Source: instagram.com

DeSean is Gone

The Philadelphia Eagles on Friday released wide receiver DeSean Jackson, a move that comes just two years after the playmaker signed a five-year contract extension.

The Eagles' decision to cut ties with one of the most electrifying players in club history comes after the team uncovered information on Jackson's off-field connections and activities, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. In addition, they decided to release Jackson rather than trade him to another team that might be unaware.

Pyro's take: DeSean must have really been doing some bad stuff under the radar last season because he was a huge contributor to an electric Eagles offense. DeSean will now be searching around the league for a new team but his fantasy value took a huge hit today. DeSean was coming off career highs in receptions (82) and receiving yards (1,332) and scored nine touchdowns last season but those numbers will be hard to duplicate in a new uniform.

DeSean will have a number of suitors but will be without a number of others due to their already spent cap space and his newly uncovered gang connections. While DeSean finished last season in the top 10 for Wide Receivers it is tough to find a match in which he can put up similar numbers next season unless he is willing to take a small, 1 season show me contract.

DeSean is just 27 years old and coming off a career year so he will still have fantasy value no matter the team he signs with, just how much depends on where this former Eagle lands.

03/28/14, 01:19 PM CDT by Stagg Party
Source: espn.go.com

Redskins ink Roberts to four-year deal

The Washington Redskins have agreed to a four-year, $16 million deal with former Arizona Cardinals wide receiver, Andre Roberts.

Pyro's take: Ehhh, plop.

Not really the type of receiver I expected the Redskins to go out and grab to pair with Pierre Garcon, especially since they already had a similarly undersized receiver on their roster in Aldrick Robinson.

That being said, Roberts has an interesting array of talents for the coaching staff to play around with, as he is more than capable of handling both the outside and slot receiver positions.

From a fantasy perspective, the signing doesn't do much of anything for anyone... except Garcon, who will evidently be given the chance to repeat as the NFL's most targeted WR next season.

03/11/14, 02:55 PM CDT by Dawgmaticå
Source: washington.cbslocal.com

Deep sleeper Aldrick Robinson signs on for another year

Wide receiver Aldrick Robinson [last month] signed a one-year extension to remain with the Washington Redskins, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed.
Robinson was an exclusive rights free agent. A sixth-round pick out of Southern Methodist University in 2011, he spent the bulk of that season on the practice squad. He was a member of the 53-man roster in each of the past two seasons. As an exclusive rights free agent, Robinson wasn’t free to negotiate with any other team, and the Redskins needed only extend him an offer for the three-year veteran minimum salary to retain his rights. Robinson’s deal is worth $570,000.
Pierre Garcon returns as Washington’s leading receiver. But the wide receiver position behind him is uncertain. Robinson is now back in the fold, but Leonard Hankerson is coming off of a torn anterior cruciate ligament, Josh Morgan is an impending free agent, and Nick Williams is unproven after spending most of the year on the practice squad.


Pyro's take: Aldrick had a few flashes of catching the deep ball last season, averaging 20.3 yards per catch on 18 catches. That’s tied for first amongst wr’s who caught at least ten catches, better than last season's sensation Kenny Stills. The lack of overall production could be attributed to the lackluster season the Redskins had last year.
Robinson’s contract extension might not mean much right now, but here’s a few things to consider. He’s going to get his chance with new OC Jay Gruden, who took a spread the ball approach while in Cincinnati; he’s in a contract year so he has that extra reason to play; the Redskins again don’t have a first round pick, with only have six picks for the whole draft and those picks most likely will be going to shore up their defense; and the strength of schedule is fairly down the middle, with the NFC East, North and AFC South, - it’s too bad he also draws the NFC West and had issues catching the ball at times.


03/02/14, 12:50 AM CST by SUITS
Source: www.washingtonpost.com

RG3 excited for anyone not Mike Shanahan

“We’re all excited. everybody in the [Redskins] organization,” Griffin told Ron Thulin and Brenda VanLengen. “Talking to my teammates, it’s not that we’re starting over; we’re just getting a fresh start. So we’ve got a new leader at the helm and we’re going to be a united front. And I think all those guys are really excited about what’s coming.”
That was the extent of the Redskins talk, although Thulin also asked about the various obstacles Griffin has already faced during his brief professional career.
“Whether it’s injuries, certain things in different organizations, I’ve had to overcome a lot,” the quarterback said.


Pyro's take: Living in DC, everyone’s heard the hoopla that Shanahan was playing the House of Cards, Washington Redskins edition and pretty much threw away the season in order to show Dan Snyder whose boss. Regardless of whether that was true, RG3 now has a new head coach in Jay Gruden and there can only be hope that RG3 will benefit from the new leader.

Anyone listening to the recent Pyro podcasts will know that the NFC East suffers from having to play the NFC West, so it may be hard to trust RG3 as your starting QB for next season. His value will depend on the development of skill players around him, i.e. Jordan Reed and if Alfred Morris will really add pass catching to his repertoire. Surely, his ADP is going to be lower than where his value could be since most people in your league may forget that he had to recover from knee surgery, had to deal with Shanahan, and got pulled for his last three games this past season. He could be a great backup QB that you wouldn't mind starting when he plays NFC East or AFC South teams.


02/26/14, 12:26 AM CST by SUITS
Source: www.washingtonpost.com

Jordan Reed recovered from concussion

Reed has recovered from the concussion symptoms that ended his rookie season prematurely, and he is back to training in preparation for his second NFL season. He very well could take over as the starting tight end, although Logan Paulsen also is no slouch. While Reed is a versatile pass catcher, Paulsen is more complete as a blocker, and also has the ability to line up at fullback. We can probably expect to see a number of formations that feature both of them on the field at the same time, just as we did last season. Remember, former tight ends coach Sean McVay is now the offensive coordinator, so if anyone knows how to maximize Reed and Paulsen’s talents, it’s him. Jay Gruden obviously will be heavily involved in the running of the offense, but his schemes in the passing game had a lot of similarities to Washington’s under Kyle Shanahan. Gruden’s playbook did play well to the strengths of tight end Jermaine Gresham, who last season recorded 46 catches for 461 yards (fourth on the Bengals’ roster) and four touchdowns. Could the Redskins add another tight end? Hard to say. They already have three on the roster, counting Niles Paul. If they continue to go with only one fullback, you could possibly add another tight end. But it’s rare that they would dress four, as we saw last season.

Pyro's take: It’s great to know that Jordan Reed is back and healthy. He showed a lot of promise last year, coming in as the 21st best TE, while playing just 9 games. He had an impressive average of five catches per game, with a few monster games. He has the potential to blow up in his second year, with a favorable schedule, even if it includes the NFC West because Arizona was terrible at the defending the TE. He’s certainly a favorite at Pyro and considering the abundance of TEs, can be a talent you pick up in the mid to late rounds that you’ll start any week while everyone else drafts the more veteran talent. Now add in that Fred Davis is gone, the doors are wide open.

02/24/14, 06:30 PM CST by SUITS
Source: www.washingtonpost.com

RGIII's backup sort of asks to be traded

“I’ve shown what I’m capable of, I think there’s more there. It obviously would help if I was with a team for a long time and have a chance to really build up a team as their leader, as their quarterback. But we’ll see. Other teams can look at the film and evaluate it how they want.” -Kirk Cousins

Pyro's take: Now that new head coach has announced Griffin III as his week 1 starting QB, this is a smart move by Kirk. If the 3rd year player from Michigan State believes he has what it takes to be a starter in the league, and thinks he can be a team leader - then the time to find out is now!

Many players would love to be in a situation where they are a backup making NFL money to sit on the sideline holding a clipboard, but Kirk wants to be Captain Kirk, not Kirk Cameron. He wants to be the face of an NFL franchise, so kudos to him.

For the Redskins, it boils down to what they can get for Kirk if they decide to trade him away. If it's less than a second round pick, or multiple middle round picks then I feel like they would prefer to keep him on their roster just in case RGIII goes 3-3 and gets injured again in his 3rd season. If that happens, then the trend is there, and the Skins would have to think about moving the Heisman Trophy winner and moving on with Kirk.

02/03/14, 02:59 PM CST by d-Rx
Source: www.washingtonpost.com

Morris on Hall-Of-Fame track after two seasons

Last season, Alfred Morris became just the eighth running back in NFL history to rush for 2,800 yards and 20 or more touchdowns during his first two years in the league.

Below is a list of the seven other players Morris joined with his accomplishment (* - Hall of Famer):

* Earl Campbell (1978-79) - 3,147 yards, 32 TDs
* Eric Dickerson (1983-84) - 3,913 yards, 32 TDs
Edgerrin James (1999-00) - 3,262 yards, 26 TDs
LaDainian Tomlinson (2001-02) - 2,919 yards, 24 TDs
Clinton Portis (2002-03) - 3,099 yards, 29 TDs
Adrian Peterson (2007-08) - 3,101 yards, 22 TDs
Chris Johnson (2008-09) - 3,234 yards, 23 TDs

Pyro's take: The question now is whether or not Alfred can keep up his torrid pace under new Head Coach and Jon Gruden's younger brother, Jay Gruden.

At this point, it doesn't look likely.

Gruden found tons of success in deploying a pass-heavy scheme during his three years as the Bengals offensive coordinator, so it would stand to reason his offensive system would follow him to Washington. If so, Morris might be looking at a bit of a slide down the fantasy totem pole in 2014.

Gruden's penchant for the RBBC certainly won't help matters, either.

01/29/14, 12:57 AM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

D-Jax better on the road in 2013... as usual

DeSean Jackson had a career year for the Eagles this past season, as the 27-year-old speedster put up career highs in both receptions (82) and receiving yards (1,332) while also tying his sophomore-year mark of nine receiving touchdowns. Another positive is that he tied his career-low in fumbles with just one.

Though the difference wasn't overwhelming, during his first five years in the league, Jackson had a tendency to put up better numbers on the road than at home. However, in 2013, the contrast was decidedly clear and something fantasy owners should pay attention to in 2014:


Home stats:
38 receptions, 545 yards, 2 TDs for an average of 4.8 recs, 68.1 yards, .25 TDs per game and 14.34 yards-per-catch


Away stats:
44 receptions, 787 yards, 7 TDs for an average of 5.5 recs, 98.4 yards, .88 TDs per game and 17.89 yards-per-catch

Pyro's take: There are plenty of reasons a player might have stronger stats either on the road or at home, including the quality of opponent, weather conditions or just plain dumb luck.

However, when the trend becomes a definable characteristic for a specific player, it should be taken into consideration on a weekly basis and adjusted to accordingly by fantasy owners.

D-Jax may or may not be able to repeat his Top-10 fantasy numbers in 2014, but either way, considering six of his seven best 2013 fantasy performances were on the road, I'd say he's a Must-Start whenever the Eagles play away from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

01/28/14, 11:36 AM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.pro-football-reference.com

This broken record needs to be muted

DeSean Jackson wants a raise. He's already talking about it, just 2 days after his team lost to the Saints - a game #10 had just 3 catches for 53 yards while getting shut down thru essentially the first 3 quarters by Saints DB Keenan Lewis. DJax was outplayed at the receiver position by Riley Cooper and Zach Ertz on his own team.

Pyro's take: DJackass, shut it!

"Hopefully, we can work things out smoothly and not have to worry about anything out of the ordinary." -DJ10

Every other year its the same thing with this self-centered prick. If I were Jeffrey Lurie, I'd be seeking a trade for him and get picks, fuck that guy.

01/06/14, 03:02 PM CST by d-Rx
Source: espn.go.com

Cosuins will start for Washington

On Wednesday morning, ESPN’s John Keim confirmed an NFL Network report indicating that the Washington Redskins will start quarterback Kirk Cousins over Robert Griffin III against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.It’s an interesting move because Griffin has no specific injury — at least no specific injury that has been noted — and while he’s underperformed at times this season, the switch appears to be more about keeping Griffin healthy for the 2014 season. Later in the day, Griffin confirmed that not only will he be the team’s third quarterback behind Cousins and Rex Grossman on Sunday, but also that the team has deactivated him for the rest of 2013.

“I’m sure everybody knows by now that coach decided to shut me down for the rest of the season,” Griffin said. “I expressed my desire to play. At the end of the day, coach’s decision is what we go with. That’s the way it’s always been. It’s my job to help Kirk win.”

When asked if he was being benched for health reasons, Griffin said that “I can’t bother myself thinking about those things.”

As to the spirit of the team?

“We’ll rise out of this. I believe that, and I hope everybody else does, too. You have to keep it rolling. I’ll make sure I’m there for Kirk, that I’m there for this team in any way I can.”

Pyro's take: RGIII has been shut down for the remainder of the season, and now it will be Kirk Cosuins who will take the reins for the final three weeks of the season.

Cousins filled in last season when Griffin got hurt and against Cleveland threw for 329 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Kirk is going to have a bit more trouble this season.

The team has to be going through some internal issues with the benching of Griffin, and that will take its toll on the rest of the team. I am not in favor of starting Cousins in this game. If you have Morris he should see a hefty workload, and you can expect Garcon to see a bunch of targets as well.

12/11/13, 05:09 PM CST by Houdini
Source: nfl.si.com

RG III ready to start running

Minnesota Vikings Coach Leslie Frazier says he’s beginning to see Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III resemble the player that he was last season as a rookie, much like he saw Vikings running back Adrian Peterson get back into the groove in November last year in his return from a major knee injury.

“You can see he’s really looking more and more like the Robert from a season ago,” Frazier said in a conference call with Washington-area reporters Tuesday, with the Vikings set to host the Redskins on Thursday night in Minneapolis. “So he’s coming into his own. You can definitely see the difference.”

Griffin's breakout performance running the read-option came against the Vikings last October, when he ripped off a game-sealing 76-yard touchdown run, his second score on the ground that day. Griffin finished with 20 touchdowns passing and seven rushing last year, with only seven turnovers. Recovering from knee surgery has proved challenging, though. Griffin has nine touchdowns in eight games, none on the ground, and 12 turnovers already.

"That's something we stress all the time, so hopefully we can get better in the second half of the season," Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said.

Pyro's take: The history is there for RG III, and his recovery from the ACL injury, and he will have to look no further than across the field this Thursday to see the poster child for recovery, Adrian Peterson. Peterson blew up in the second half of the season last year, and this could be the start of the same for RG III.

I have been mentioning that he is just not the same quarterback when he is not able to run, but this week against the Vikings should give him a great chance to feel comfortable running again. The Vikings have struggled on defense all season, and Griffin should be able to score his first rushing touchdown of the season on Thurday Night.

11/06/13, 07:07 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.washingtonpost.com

Garcon has career day

A week after voicing frustrations over a sputtering passing attack, wide receiver Pierre Garcon had a career day by recording seven catches for 172 yards to help spur the Washington Redskins onto a 30-24 overtime defeat of the San Diego Chargers.

The 172-yard performance marked the most by a Redskins receiver since Santana Moss tallied 178 receiving yards at Detroit in 2009.

It marked the 10th 100-yard game of Garcon’s career and his fourth as a Redskin.

“It feels good to be targeted — feels good to have a chance. They always target me, we just converted on them today and made things happen,” Garcon said.

Pyro's take: This was a huge game for fantasy owners of Garcon. In his previous 7 games, Pierre had only 1 game in which he had better than 11.6 yards per catch. In fact, he also had 4 games with less than 10 yards per catch. So while he was being targeted, they were all short passes. Not this week.

Garcon averaged 24.6 yards per catch on Sunday, and hopefully this is a sign of things to come. The Waiter has a chance to put up monster numbers, getting an average of 11 targets per game. Garcon will have a chance to double down with a nice match-up against the Vikings next week.

11/04/13, 04:45 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.washingtonpost.com

RG III says his knee is fine

Robert Griffin III, the Washington Redskins’ franchise player who damaged two ligaments in his right knee this past January, fell to the ground again in the fourth quarter Sunday. He grabbed at his left knee after Denver Broncos lineman Terrance Knighton drove him into the turf — and Washington’s fan base held its breath.

“I think it really just scared me,” Griffin said.

He said the team’s medical staff cleared him to return to Sunday’s game, a 45-21 Washington loss, but Coach Mike Shanahan opted to end Griffin’s afternoon with a little more than four minutes to play.

“There was no point in risking anything at that point,” said Griffin, who even before the injury had perhaps his worst passing day as a pro. He completed half of his 30 passes, was responsible for three turnovers, and finished with a career-low 45.4 passer rating. He now has eight interceptions in seven starts, three more picks than he threw in 15 games in 2012.

Pyro's take: It was a scary moment for owners of RG III when he went down yesterday, after apparently injuring his healthy knee. The good news is that he was cleared to come back into the game.

The issue for Griffen is the fact that this injury did not happen on a running play, it happened because of a lack of protection. He has been battered around by defenses this season, and if his offensive line does not shore up their problems, he will remain an injury risk.

10/28/13, 05:10 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.washingtonpost.com

RG III running again

Griffin – who had opened the season saying he wanted to develop into the kind of quarterback who used his legs primarily to extend pass plays rather than routinely take off running – decided that things had to change.

The Redskins’ offensive line wasn’t suited for a drop-back passing attack, and defenses took advantage by coming after Griffin because of the lack of the threat of his legs. The lack of Griffin’s contributions also diminished the impact of Washington’s rushing attack.

And so, against the Cowboys, Griffin took on a more aggressive approach, not only running with less hesitation, but also looking to pick up additional yardage rather than skipping out of bounds at the first threat.

“I felt that’s what I have to do,” Griffin said. “That’s what I’ve always had to do. You’ve got to use every ability that you have. Broke the pocket a couple of times, broke the pocket and hit some guys downfield as the defense was closing in on me, and then there were times when you just take off and go, and a healthy mix of that and a healthy mix of just executing the plays that are called.”


Pyro's take: RGIII had no preseason to get ready for the real thing this season, and now he is finally getting back to his rookie form. Part of that form is Griffin running with the football. The reason that running quarterbacks are successful, pay attention Kaepernick, is because they have the threat to run which gives defenses headaches.

Yes there will always be the risk of injury, but there is the same risk for a quarterback who is constantly in a collapsing pocket, especially one that is used to running.

Look for RG III to go back to the bread and butter that makes him dynamic, with the only change being that he slides or gets out of bounds before taking a big hit. Griffin should be able to find some running lanes against a Bears defense with a rookie middle linebacker and a defensive line that has failed to put much pressure on quarterbacks lately.

10/17/13, 07:05 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.washingtonpost.com

Alfred Morris ready for the Cowboys

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said that running back Alfred Morris, place kicker Kai Forbath and tight end Jordan Reed all practiced fully after nursing various injuries.

Morris suffered bruised ribs on his left side during Washington’s game at Oakland and didn’t finish the game.

Morris said that he was “fine” and also didn’t see any reason why he wouldn’t play against the Cowboys.

Pyro's take: This was a very fortunate bye week for Morris as he was able to heal up his ribs and should not miss this week 6 match-up. The Cat is a good candidate to score a touchdown in this heated game against the hated Cowboys on Sunday Night. Morris should be in your lineup this weekend.

10/09/13, 06:15 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.washingtonpost.com

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