With the announcement earlier this week that Doug Williams was being inducted into the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ring of Honor, he is the subject of this week’s Flashback Friday. The man who spearheaded the greatest quarter in Redskins history. The man who spearheaded the greatest quarter in Super Bowl history.
From Redskins.com’s 80 Greatest Redskins.
Most valuable player of Super Bowl XXII… Posted a 94.0 quarterback rating in 1987… First African-American quarterback to lead a team to a Super Bowl championship… Proudest accomplishments are winning Super Bowl and becoming a high school and college coach back home in Louisiana… Lists older brother Robert Williams as his greatest inspiration. The Redskins “gave me an opportunity to see what a franchise is all about and allowed me to start and play at the highest level”… Most admired teammate was Jeff Bostic, “I remember how he fought through adversity.”
Full bio here.
You know you’re career was exceptional, when you make two Ring of Honors. Congratulations Doug.
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And then there were ten. As in all ten of the Redskins 2015 NFL Draft picks have now signed their rookie contracts and will be available for immediate action.
While terms of the deal are not yet known, Brandon Scherff is believed to have signed a deal worth a guaranteed $22.6 million, with a reported $13.7 million in signing bonus. It is a four year deal with a team option for the fifth year – as stipulated by the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Scherff is just the third offensive lineman selected by Washington in the first round of the draft, in the last 15 years (Chris Samuels , Trent Williams). Read the rest of this entry »
It seems only fitting that the day after the Redskins signed 11 undrafted free agents, that we flashback to a never forgotten legend of the burgundy and gold… Joe Jacoby.
After all, not only was Jacoby never drafted, and not only is he the greatest Redskin player to never be drafted – he is one of the greatest players in NFL history to never be drafted.
Happy Flashback Friday.
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Hail to the Redskins, hail to one of the greatest Redskins and undrafted NFL players ever – and my personal fave of all time. Big Jake.
The Redskins announced the signing of eleven undrafted free agents yesterday, and are expected to announce a couple more in the next few days. Washington’s rookie camp starts next week (May 15).
Here is a list of the players that were signed: Read the rest of this entry »
Many people, especially the pundits, seem reluctant to consider the notion that Scot Mccloughan thought each guy he drafted was the best football player available, regardless of position, at the time he was selected.
I think that’s exactly what he thought and here’s why.
First of all, his track record says so. Scot has consistently picked guys that did not fill an immediate need. For example, he inherited a solid TE in San Francisco, picked two more in his first draft there, then used the 6th overall pick the following year on a 6’ 3” 250 pound TE named Vernon Davis. I’m not sure how may TEs have been picked so early in the history of the draft but I am sure the number is small and may even be one. I also have a hunch that 49er fans were not thrilled with their GM going TE at #6 – at the time that is.
It is interesting to note how athletic Vernon Davis is. He ran a 10.7 100 meter dash in high school and high jumped 6’ 6” making him DC champ in that event. He also lettered in basketball. He was likely the best athlete and football player available when he was chosen at #6. I’m sure Scot thought so.
Secondly, Scot says this is what he does. In his last presser before the draft he said these very words: “We take the best football player available.” When pressed right after that statement concerning how need might enter the picture he said: “It does not affect our draft process whatsoever.”
Thirdly, look at his first pick this year – Brandon Scherff. It’s so easy to say “See, he picked for need. How could this guy be a better football player than Leonard Williams?” Here’ how.
Leonard Williams is a beast. He was dominant in college. He’s a little tall for the inside though and can struggle with leverage. He’s likely to be a very good pro but might find he’s a bit more blockable when he plays other all-Americans every week. He runs a 4.97 40 and passed on the 225 pound bench press. He participated in track and field in high school but I could find no details.
Brandon Scherff is also a beast. He too dominated in college. He is the same height as Williams and outweighs him by 30 pounds. He too is likely to be a good pro. It’s possible he’s more of a sure thing than Williams. Scot seems to think so. He runs a 5.05 40 (loses to Williams by a step) and bench pressed 225 pounds 23 times. His vertical jump beats Williams by 3 inches. His broad jump beats Williams by 1 inch. He beats Williams in the 3-cone by 4 tenths and is loses in the shuttle by 4 hundredths – all with 30 extra pounds of muscle. Scherff not only lettered in several high school sports – he was awesome. He played at quarterback as a sophomore. He was all state as a senior offensive lineman. He had 200 yards receiving with 5 TDs as a junior. He lettered in baseball for 4 years. He was 2nd team all-conference in basketball. He lettered in tennis as a freshman. He was all state in track and holds the state record in the shot put.
HE IS A FREAKING ANIMAL!!
I am convinced Scot thinks Brandon Scherff is a better athlete and football player than Leonard Williams. He went BPA – plain and simple.
BTW – Our new DE/OLB named Preston Smith actually significantly outperformed Leonard Williams in ALL combine measureables (out benched Scherff) and shows a better anchor against the run than Williams on film. He was usually asked to play run first in college but shows great explosion and ability to turn the corner when let loose. He was all-SEC at his position. Our new RB named Matt Jones was most certainly not picked to fill a need. He is simply a monster. Can you say Beast Mode?
As the white hot hype of the 2015 NFL Draft melts away into the soft doldrums of the offseason, I thought I’d put together a wallpaper to commemorate the Redskins selections. It was hard to get all ten draft picks on to a wallpaper!
Just click on the image to get the full 1440×900 wallpaper size. Enjoy.
Hail to the Redskins.