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Joe Barry New Defensive Coordinator

The Redskins ended their search for a defensive coordinator Tuesday, and hired Joe Barry.

Barry was the linebackers coach for the San Diego Chargers, and was considered an early favorite for the job, until a flirtation with Vic Fangio this past weekend. Fangio signed with the Bears this morning.

Barry inherits a defense that was just 29th in the league in points allowed. It has holes. Its secondary, is tertiary at best. He has a heck of a job in front of him. The chargers employed a 3-4, so it looks like the Redskins might continue to be stuck with it too.

He has the unfortunate distinction of having been the defensive coordinator for the only 0-16 defense in history – the 2008 Detroit Lions. They allowed 517 points.

Gulp.

Hail.

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Fangio To Bears

Vic Fangio is taking the job with the Bears, and not the Redskins.

Ironically, Jason LaCanfora tweeted the news:

I say ironic, because JLC was also the one who tweeted that Fangio would be taking the Skins job last night (as I blogged this morning).

For what it’s worth, the source being JLC was the impetus behind me making my blog title this morning a question, and behind citing Chris Russell’s differing opinion (tweet).

JLC was clueless when he was in D.C. – a change of employers hasn’t improved his ability to “report” much. Rumors and innuendo are quite typically the extent of the “fact finding skills” of Mr. LaCanfora. #devoidOfTalent

Make sure you put him in your timeline and guess along with all of the NFL’s daily transactions!!

 

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Fangio And Donatell?

According to a tweet from Jason LaCanfora yesterday, the Redskins are close to adding Vic Fangio and Ed Donatell to their 2015 coaching staff.

According to JLC, a known harbinger of Redskins truth and justice, the move is expected to happen some time this morning.

However, according to the Redskins’ Chris Russell:

So you’re officially up-to-date on what might happen this morning.

Fangio met with the Redskins owner Dan Snyder and coach Jay Gruden on the weekend, but reportedly left without receiving a contract offer. He also met with the Chicago Bears.

Hail!

 

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Deflate-Gate?

By now I am sure you have heard about the “deflate-gate” scandal that is buzzing through the news wires this morning. The New England Patriots are being investigated for using deflated footballs in the rain, in their dismantling of the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

The only balls that got deflated were Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts’.

It was FORTY-FIVE-TO-SEVEN. Hello?

But surely enough, out come the Monday Morning soapbox stances from anyone with an opinion.

Ahem… here’s mine. ;-) Read the rest of this entry »

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Redskins Logo Re-Design A La Disney

Being an NFL fan, a Redskins fan, AND a proud daddy, I couldn’t help but take interest this week in a blog about someone who had re-designed the entire battery of NFL team logos in a Disney theme – especially given the constant news vitriol, and the controversy surrounding the Redskins, the use of their name, and of course of their logo.

The blog highlights a guy by the name of Mark Avery Kenny, who quite creatively just posted an entire series of NFL logos on his Instagram account. Read the rest of this entry »

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Losers?

Some losses hurt more than others. There isn’t really a formula for what makes these games different than the rest, just an even more empty feeling when they do happen. Such was the case for the Redskins 27-7 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday. It hurt. A lot.

Was it because the loss was at home, and our home fan base had to endure that debacle?

Maybe partly, but Redskins fans have grown accustomed to Fed Ex Field not seeing a lot of victories. I always find it tough to watch my peers boo the product on the field though, but I understand their chagrin. Read the rest of this entry »

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Game Day Notes: Redskins vs Vikings

Here are some game day notes for today’s game between Washington and Minnesota:

RGIII returns.

John Keim and Britt McHenry break down what it means to the Redskins. Incidentally, this is the third time that Griffin is returning from an injury layoff, and he is 0-2 in the other two returns. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hate Them Cowboys

I can say with certainty that in the twelve years I have been running this site, the question I have been asked the most is, “how did you become a Redskin fan, living up in Canada?” I always answer unequivocally and without hesitation, “Well I hated the Cowboys. Then I loved the Redskins.”

That’s the absolute truth.

Things were MUCH different for young sports fans in the early 80’s when I was cutting my football teeth. Television coverage was sporadic compared to the broad array of options available to Joe Q. Public now. In a climate where there were only one or two football games a week available to watch, it seemed that the Cowboys were always on. I liked football, so I watched. The Dallas Cowboys were known as “America’s Team,” and even at 10 years old, I didn’t like them. At all.

They had a bunch of poopy heads on their team.

I came to like whatever team was playing Dallas. That’s an adage I still follow today. If someone happens to ask me what football team I like, I tell them that I like the Redskins, and whoever is playing the Cowboys. I don’t know how many times I have said it in my life. It isn’t to be cutesy, it’s just how my football brain evolved.

Ultimately as I learned about the game in that first year, I learned about divisions and what the NFC East was and that THESE teams played the Cowboys TWICE a year. I knew that there was a good chance my football allegiance lay somewhere in the NFC East by virtue of that fact alone. All of my other sports allegiances I was born into, or are to local clubs, but with no local option in the NFL for me here in Canada, I was a free agent.

So in 1981, I started watching football with more of an eye for individual teams as opposed to just watching. Late in November I believe it was, I caught the Cowboys vs Redskins game at a friend’s house who had a giant satellite dish. The satellite was a new experience, so watching a non-network broadcast football game was exciting territory for an 11-year old. That friend of mine was a “Cowboys fan”.

Dick.

Or Richard I guess he prefers to be called.

It was on. Him versus me. Mano e mano. Okay, we were 11 – it was more like a little bit of mouthy jarring. We may even have snuck in some profanity in momentary absences of parental observation.

I took my first Redskins beat down that game. They hammered us to the tune of 24 or 25 to 10 or something. He kept saying, “The Redskins suck.” I kept saying, “Nuh-uh, the Cowballs do. Dick!!”

Some 30 years later, I have come to realize that all fans donning that stupid star are “Dick”s.

My Redskins fandom was born on that day. Oh sure, the draft that year, and the imminent rise of The Hogs was what rooted them in my soul; but it was that faithful day in late Novenber of 1981 when I first felt the coarsing rage of my burgundy and gold blood.

And of course I still hate them Cowboys today; probably even moreso, as my vitriol has gained focus.

Sure, I have friends that are Cowboy fans; but I consider it a tragic flaw in them, that I am willing to overlook. But not easily. Well actually, I can’t overlook it at all, so I guess that I “tolerate” or “put up with” it, is better phraseology.

Because even the ones that are my friends, are “Dick”s. Especially on Game Day.

I have a house rule that nobody EVER wears Cowboys garb in my house. Of any type. This has been exercised on several occasions… usually if a friend brings another new friend along to watch the game. It isn’t pretty, and usually goes something like this…

Me: “You can’t wear that in my house.”

Them: “HaHa. You hate them Cowboys huh?”

Me: “This isn’t a joke. Did I stutter? Take that crap off.”

Them: (to friend who brought them) “Ha. He’s kidding right?”

Me: “If you don’t have a shirt to change into, then you can sit here shirtless, go get another shirt, or I will see if my girlfriend has a smock for you, but you can’t wear that crap in my house.”

At this point, they either leave, or change. Nobody has ever opted for the smock. Which is good because I wouldn’t know a smock from a sock, but what I do know, is that you can’t ever come into my house wearing a star.

For some reason, no one that has ever actually stayed after removing said Cowboys gear, has ever been very boisterous or annoying during the game. Regardless of result.

Tossers. Every one of them. Even my friends.

On Game Day anyway.

Because at the end of the day…

I just hate them Cowboys.

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Sweet Moment of the Match: Redskins v Titans

THN and Confections Cupcakery have teamed up to bring you a delicious new blog, where we pick the sweetest play of the game by a Redskins player and award them the THN / Confections “Sweet Moment of the Match” award. That player can walk into Confections any time that week and pick up ALL THREE of that week’s flavors of the week. Pretty sweet all around! We will tweet the player who wins to make sure they know that they’re the winner! This week’s recipient – and winner of the Sweet Moment of the Match award – is Colt McCoy. Read the rest of this entry »

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By The Numbers: Redskins vs Titans

Here are the important statistics and numbers for Washington’s narrow 19-17 victory over Tennessee on Sunday. It may not have been the prettiest of wins, but it ended the losing streak regardless, and hopefully put the now 2-5 Redskins back on the winning path. The Titans fell to the same mark of 2-5.

351 – Total net yards for the Redskins, to just 236 for the Titans.

160 – Yards passing for Titans quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, on 17 receptions (26 attempts, 91.8 rating).

139 – Yards passing for Kirk Cousins, on 10 completions (16 attempts).

138.9 – QB rating for Colt McCoy. Contrast that with the 64.3 that Cousins put up on basically the same number of yards. Read the rest of this entry »

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