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  • THN Ranked Number Three

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    In the September 4, 2006 issue of Sports Illustrated, the editors of the illustrious magazine selected as the third best Washington Redskins news media outlet available on the web.

    The sports media giant ranked the outlets as part of their 2006 NFL Preview. The top four news providers were listed, in order of quality as decided by the editors, for each team, as well as a place for fans to vote for the best fan site. SI ranked THN third behind the Washington Post and the Washington Times. The team’s official site was ranked fourth.

    This accolade follows the trend of the growing popularity of THN as a source for Redskins news, rather than just a fan site. Most recently, our content has been featured in several Canadian news sources for our work with Jesse Lumsden, most specifically We also have several projects in the works that will continue to make this your “one-stop shop” for all of your Redskins needs.

    This just goes to show that with the support of the THN community and the hard work of the THN staff, there is no limit to what we can accomplish.

    -Scott Hurrey

    Sports Illustrated Sept 4th issueSports Illustrated’s NFL Scouting Report
    September 04 Issue

    Redskins Report – Page 155

    Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Scott Hurrey

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    Salary Cap Hell v2006

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    Every year the Washington Redskins head into the off-season with one mission, find a way to retain their top players. This is according to the national media and the talking heads at that four letter network. Right before Free Agency starts the Redskins are linked to every big name free agent expected to hit the market, by these same experts and analysts.

    2006 brought uncertainty to the NFL and how the cap would play out. One thing was for sure, the Washington Redskins had finally run out of time. Even a new CBA wouldn’t save “the Danny” from his past years of free spending, not even teaming with owner of that team in Texas would prevent him from calling the guy who doesn’t understand free agency anyway and telling him, “you’re going to have to field 20 rookies and let most of the starters go.”

    The Redskins were $20 million over the projected cap and with the new CBA the cap went up almost $10 million to $102 million.

    A week and a half into free agency and no starters have been released. The Redskins have cut a 3rd corner, a backup safety and a reserve offensive lineman, as well as two guys that were injured most – if not all – of last year. Lavar Arrington brought out the remainder of his contract and Ramsey was traded. The rest of the team is intact and the Cap Hell bound Washington Redskins are sitting $2.5 million under the Cap.


    Simple. It’s called Cap management. The easiest way to manage the cap is to include what is known as “Cash over Cap” in your projections, prior to going “shopping” for the player they feel will help the team. Cash over cap refers to the total amount a player is given in a year that exceeds the salary cap for that year. Through signing bonus pro-rations, roster bonuses and incentives, teams can pay players more actual dollars than the cap limit for that year, while at the same time staying under the cap. The Redskins are the masters of this.

    As I mentioned above, the Redskins are roughly $2.5 million under the cap. This number doesn’t include any saving the team would receive from restructuring the contracts of Brunell, Jansen, and Thomas (they could save millions if needed). What I failed to mention above, was that the Redskins did indeed go on that Shopping spree that the aforementioned talking heads said had been canceled.

    The Redskins signed a couple of smaller name free agents, in tight end Christian Fauria and backup quarterback Todd Collins. Both signed contracts reportedly worth $810,000 in base salary and signing bonuses less than a million dollars combined.

    More important to this discussion are the big name acquisitions. Redskin One came home with a big name D-lineman, a bigger named Safety and the biggest name coming out of Super Bowl weekend. After the plane landed, “the Danny” thumbed his nose at all his doomsayers and gave each guy a big payday to go with their big names.

    Adam Archuleta, Randle El and Andre Carter received deals worth roughly $30 million over six years, with a $5 million signing bonus; their deals are nearly identical. So lets look at what Randle El got

    The deal:

    $31M over 7 years including $11.5M in guaranteed money.

    So with about a third of the monies guaranteed, there is about $20M that needs to be accounted for, and that’s 7 years worth of salary. I’ll get back to the guaranteed money in a minute; there is more money in the salary so I’ll deal with that first.

    Rumor has it that A.R.E.’s yearly base will be:

    $585,000.00 in 2006
    $595,000.00 in 2007
    $820,000.00 in 2008
    $4,000,000.00 in 2009
    $4,250,000.00 in 2010
    $4,500,000.00 in 2011
    $5,000,000.00 in 2012

    The yearly base would count each year towards the cap, so we see here Randle El’s base is under a million dollars the first 3 years then skyrockets in year 4. Remember this number will only affect the cap if he is on the team.

    Now back to the Bonus money. He got $11.5M right?

    $5M signing bonus – $1.5M Roster bonus (to be paid in 2009) and $5M in a option bonus (to be paid in 2007 and this will allow 2012 to be voided)

    So the only guaranteed money being paid or counted against the cap this year appears to be $5M. With the New CBA that will be pro-rated over 5 years meaning $1M against the cap years.

    In other words Randle El’s cap hit looks to be about $1,585,000.00 in 2006 or should I say, “NOT MUCH.”

    In 2007 his salary jumps $10K but he’ll be due another $5M of that original $11.5M Bonus (there is still $6.5 unpaid). This money will be pro-rated over 6 years because the CBA allows it. That’s another $833,333.00 added to the 2007 cap. Once again, the words “NOT MUCH” come to mind, as Randle El’s cap number works out to be $2,428,333.00.

    In 2008 it’ll be $2,653,333.00, but then it will get crazy with a $4M base and the last of the guaranteed money ($1.5M Roster Bonus). I’m not going to get into what will happen here. I could see 2 years being added to his contract (2012 was voided, so I’m talking though 2013), most of the base and all of the roster bonus being converted to signing bonus (because of the 2 year extension) then prorated over the 5 years. To be honest, at this point my answer to the original question would be I have no clue what the cap impact will be in 2009.

    The contract is structured so the cap hit is minimum or “Cap friendly” but with the use of cash over the cap the contract is also player friendly.

    You can say that no NFL contract is what it appears to be. Players sit down with their agents and they talk about the real numbers. The numbers that make fans scream, “we paid too much for insert player’s name,” and the numbers reported on the network websites are not the numbers that they discuss. They discuss what do I get now, not what may I get (they cross those bridges if they get to them).

    If any of these players are let go before their respective Roster Bonuses are due in 2009, the cap hit would be about $5 million. If that player is on the roster, his cap hit would be $7 million.

    After three years, if “the Danny” isn’t getting his money’s worth, he has a contract structured in a way that he can cut his losses. As for the players, they get a lot up front but have the opportunity to make a whole lot more if they play as expected.

    Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Bernie Marshall

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    Press Release: THN Gives Back

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    THN traveled to the Rehoboth Beach Country Club in Delaware, where we teamed up with the Hogettes and former Redskins’ greats Reggie Branch, Brian Mitchell, Raleigh McKenzie, Ed Simmons, Clarence Vaughn, Ravin Caldwell and Dave Harbour. While many of the ex-Redskins looked like they could still tee it up on the football field, today they teed it up on the on the golf course to raise money for the Touchdown for Kids Foundation. The tournament was hosted by Reggie Branch, who owns The Starboard Restaurant and Bar in nearby Dewey Beach, Delaware. Branch also announced that he is starting his own football camp in Orlando were he lives part-time.

    The event featured a dinner and auction after the golf tournament. Among the items up for bid were signed helmets, footballs and pictures. Easily the most interesting item was a pair of Roy Williams (of the Lions) blue Nike cleats. THN got in on the bidding and even walked away with signed Raleigh McKenzie and Reggie Branch jerseys. More importantly, we helped raise money for a worthwhile cause. The evening also featured entertainment by the Hogettes who sung an “acapella” version of “Hail to the Redskins”, followed by Reggie Branch singing Garth Brooks’ classic “Friends in Low Places.” Reggie spared us by stopping before the chorus. The evening ended with Reggie telling the crowd that he wanted to do it bigger and better next year.

    Brian Mitchell offered the most inspiring words of the day when he reminded the crowd that while the mainstream media likes to focus on the mistakes that athletes make (like Sean Taylor), they fail to report all the good that the majority of athletes are doing.

    Who were the real winners on this day? The Touchdown for Kids Foundation.

    — DEHog

    Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Dan Hines

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    Irresponsible Journalism

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    What on earth is wrong with the world of sports journalism? Can we even call it journalism anymore? We live in the age of technology, which is an exciting thing, so why then is this potential for information being choked by irresponsibility?

    I understand the value of shock journalism and the idealism of negativity being a popular read, but when is enough finally enough? When do you pass the point of journalism and dip into the realm of sensationalism? How many ‘passes’ do you get on being ‘right’ in the world of sports writing?

    I look after what started as a fan website for the Washington Redskins. While by no means are we a huge news outlet, I DEMAND from our writers that they do not write for the sake of writing or for the sake of attracting attention. We do our best to follow the Redskins closely, and we do our best to put out content that is factually based and pertinent. If anyone could gain an advantage by writing a story that was extremely controversial, it would be a small news outlet like us.

    But we don’t, and we won’t. It’s just plain irresponsible. There have been times where we were given rumors that were hot and didn’t run with them. Many times, those rumors turned into truths. We didn’t run them because we could not confirm the reports from more than one person and felt that it was unfair to run with something that could not be verified.

    Now this is not in any way meant to be a slight on the freedom of the press or their right to report. Obviously the media outlets are going to be wrong from time to time when they run stories. That’s just a by-product of the freedom to express one’s self. But again, at what point in time did it become acceptable to throw as much crap against the wall as you can and see how much of it sticks. The media mongers tend to forget that real people’s lives are affected by the fiction that they produce.

    Some of the major media outlets not only fit the category of sensational journalism, they personify it. As a sports fan, I find myself reading fewer and fewer stories without the ‘grain of salt’ theory. For those of you who don’t know, that’s the theory that makes you take everything that you read with some modicum of disbelief. I don’t pick up a copy of the National Enquirer and take it for gospel, and I’m shocked that that type of sensationalism has spilled over in to the sports world. Sure these guys are celebrities, and as such, are rightfully subject to scrutiny, but I fail to see how that grants ‘carte blanche’ to everything that the media write.

    I could name specifics, and list names… but where would it get me? The sad thing is, I don’t need to. The general public is not as naive as the media would make us out to be. We know the culprits, we’ve read the continual hearsay, and yet, many of these men stand at the forefront of their industry. What a joke. Their employers view hate mail as being as important as fan mail. After all, it means people are tuning in to their product. Why don’t they realize that the ‘boy who cried wolf’ fable will soon rear it’s ugly head? Sure it’s great that people are checking your product out, but how is it positive if they are checking you out ONLY to see what level of drivel you have stooped to?

    As I stated, we are but a small sports news outlet trying to forge a path in a competitive world. We don’t profess to be the Pulitzer Prize winning journalists that we aspire to one day be, but we will make one promise. We will get where we get on the backs of hard-working writers that work at substantiative quality as opposed to quantity, and we will not jeopardize our belief system for the sake of the exposure. We apologize for not succumbing to the norm and bringing you mind-numbing, ignorant lies and rhetoric as opposed to what we feel is factual. We’re going to go against the grain and just try practicing some responsible journalism.

    Editor’s note: This article is an opinion piece and is expressed in the first person, as it is only an opinion.


    Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Mark Solway

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    As the country prepares to pay their respects to those who have fought to secure our freedoms I would also like to join them in thanking not only those whom have passed but also those who continue to protect our freedoms today. In addition to the brave men and women of the armed forces, I would also like to offer thanks to the men and women of the nation’s police and law enforcement agencies. At a time when our country is at war, the focus is easily drawn to the very deserving group of folks who serve in our country’s military and it seems easy to overlook the work done by those who put their life on the line everyday with little fanfare (which would be unwanted anyways).

    The men and women of the United States military are an invaluable asset and they deserve all the positive attention that they get. Too often they hear the negatives about their actions as directed by those charged with leading them. We are all aware of the ongoing war in Iraq and that our country has lost some fine men and women, who themselves were sons, daughters, fathers, mothers and even grandparents. There is no way that these individuals can be replaced in the arms of their loved ones. But you can honor their lives and the lives of those still fighting to protect this nation so that those of us who havent picked up a rifle and taken our post (without questioning why or for how long can sit in their homes on a quiet street) can write an article.

    You see, those of us who haven’t served a day in the most powerful military in the world or those who havent worked a shift not knowing where your next call will place you, have done so by choice. Those who wear the uniform of their respected branch or agency have as well. They chose to serve and protect the people of this country, whether that is on a global, national, state or local level. Those people also do so without the promise of financial retribution but rather with an issued bulletproof vest and the promise that your family will receive an honorary flag for your service and perhaps a mention on the local news should you be killed in the line of duty. All the while, the world as we know it moves on; overpaid professional athletes demand more money to play their sport, people cheat on their taxes and reality television finds more ways to exploit those people who want to be exploited.

    Instead of using the military as a political whipping boy and railing on the authority (on lack thereof) of law enforcement agencies, try placing yourself in their shoes. Think about those who don’t have the option of calling in “sick” just so they can play 18 holes before it gets too hot. Or better yet, think about those who allow you to sit in your home on that quiet street without the fear of having someone break into your home or boost your car.

    Pay your respects however you choose to, but don’t allow their hard work and that of those who came before them go unappreciated. The next time you see a veteran or someone still serving, thank them for all that they have given up to give us so much.

    To all those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the name of protecting what is important, and to those who are still on the front lines both here and abroad, thank you again from not only me but also from my family. Thank you for doing a job that many of us can’t or wouldn’t do. While the title has been given to many people, you are truly deserving of being called ‘heroes’.


    Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Les Barnhart

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    Pat Tillman: Good Player, Better Man

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    Some things in this world are bigger than football. Many of us, myself included, look at football as part of the fiber that makes up our being. Everyone loves a good hit or a spectacular play. Everyone loves to cheer for his or her favorite team on game day. Every once in awhile though, something happens to put these things into proper perspective.

    One such moment was in May of 2002 when Pat Tillman, then a safety for the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals, made the humbling gesture of turning down a three year contract worth a reported $3.6 million to join the Army with his brother Kevin Tillman. Kevin was a minor league baseball player in the Cleveland Indians’ organization at the time.

    The Tillman’s went through training during which time they turned away media coverage and special treatment. The brothers joined the elite group of Special Forces, the Rangers and almost immediately found themselves deployed to Afghanistan.

    On Thursday, April 15 2004 while in Afghanistan searching for Al Qaeda and Taliban forces, the Tillmans found themselves in an ambush. Pat ordered his men up an embankment and he was killed in action.

    The NFL chose to honor Tillman, a true hero who valued freedom and liberty over material possessions, by placing a number 40 decal on the helmet of every player in the NFL for a weekend. Former Arizona teammate Cory Chavous wears a towel emblazoned with the number 40 in Tillman’s honor and has stated he will do so for the rest of his career. Many other players have also made similar gestures to try and make sure that football fans everywhere remember what a great man Tillman was.

    He made the ultimate sacrifice while trying to make the world a safer place for the rest of us. No one can deny that if there were more men like him in the world, we would all be better for it. May he rest in peace.

    — JansenFan

    Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Scott Hurrey

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    ESPN 2K5 Simulation: Cowboys

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    The following is the third installment of’s 2004 NFL season simulation using the ESPN 2K5 football game on the Playstation 2 console:

    NFL WEEK 3
    Dallas Cowboys (0-2) at Washington Redskins (0-2)

    Note – This is a continuation of the simulated 2004 NFL season using the ESPN NFL 2K5 video game.

    Welcome to Monday Night Football’s marquee match-up with one of the league’s most storied rivalries. Oh, and Joe Gibbs gets to face off against “The Tuna” Bill Parcells.

    On a night better suited for ducks and spawning salmon, the Redskins play their second straight bad weather game as heavy rain fell throughout the game with kickoff temperature coming in at 59 degrees.

    The Redskins started the scoring off on their second drive of the game. After a punt, the Redskins started their drive at their own 11. After two rushes by RB Clinton Portis and Ladell Betts, QB Mark Brunell hooks up with WR Laveranues Coles for a 60 yard TD after Coles got past the secondary that had been playing the run. Redskins 7 – Cowboys 0.

    The Cowboys then evened the score after taking the kickoff; QB Vinny Testeverde hit WR Keyshawn Johnson down the middle of the defense on the first play for an 81 yard touchdown. Redskins 7 – Cowboys 7.

    Later in the 1st quarter, after forcing the Redskins to punt, the Cowboys took over on their own 38. The Cowboys would also push the Redskin defense around as they use a 9 play drive, capped off with a 1 yard touchdown plunge by RB Julius Jones, to go ahead of the hometown Redskins. The key play on the drive was on a 3rd and 11, the Redskins allowed RB Richie Anderson to get open for a 43 yard reception across the middle of the defense. Cowboys 14 – Redskins 7.

    The Redskins then took the kickoff back 48 yards (McCants) but penalties stalled the drive. K John Hall connected on a 37 yard field goal to cut into the lead. Cowboys 14 – Redskins 10.

    The second half opened with the Cowboys taking the ball but being forced to punt after a four and out stand by the Redskin defense. However on the second play of the ensuing drive, Brunell is intercepted by S Roy Williams. Williams returns the ball to the Redskin 36.

    The Cowboys took the ball and looked to be stalled at the 30 yard line with the rain coming down harder. But on an incomplete pass on 3rd and 4, Redskins rookie safety was flagged for a personal foul which gave the Pokes a 1st down at the 15 yard line. Julius Jones would score on the next play on a 15 yard touchdown run. Cowboys 21- Redskins 10.

    The Redskins would have 4 offensive possessions in the third quarter. Of those 4, 3 of them would result in four and out drives. The last drive of the third, ended in a punt which instead of pinning the Cowboys deep in their own territory, results in the Cowboys returning the ball to the Redskins 37. Seven plays later, after a nice mix of pass and run, Julius Jones scores his third touchdown of the game, this one coming from 1 yard out. Cowboys 28 – Redskins 10.

    The final quarter was an interesting one, to say the least. With the field conditions deteriorated to a point which FedEx Field has never seen before, the fun started when the Cowboys LB Dat Nguyen blocked a punt which was recovered at the Redskins 47 by Roy Williams. The Cowboys, however, were unable to drive the ball and were forced to punt. That punt was blocked by CB Walt Harris. Sean Taylor recovers the loose ball for the Redskins.

    The Redskins take over at the Cowboys 40 with plenty of time left in the game. On the first play of the drive, Brunell drops back and delivers the ball directly into the hands of Cowboy CB Terence Newman.

    The Cowboys would then fumble the ball back to the Redskins after Testeverde scrambles and is blindsided by LB Khalid Abdullah. LB Lavar Arrington recovers the ball and returns it to the Cowboy 33.

    Starting the drive at the Cowboy 33, the Redskins drive to the 1 yard line but Portis fumbles. Roy Williams recovers the loose ball and lugs it out to the Cowboy 27. The Cowboys then use up the remainder of the clock to secure the win over their long-time NFC East.

    Final score:

    Dallas Cowboys 28 (1-2)
    Washington Redskins 10 (0-3)

    Redskins game leaders:

    Passing: Mark Brunell 15-35 for 177 yards (44.6 QBR) 1 TD 2 INT 4 sacks
    Rushing: Clinton Portis 16 rushes for 66 yards and 1 fumble
    Ladell Betts 5 rushes for 47 yards
    Receiving: Laveranues Coles 5 receptions for 94 yards and 1 TD
    James Thrash 3 receptions for 37 yards

    Defense: Cornelius Griffin 8 tackles and 1 sack
    Lavar Arrington 5 tackles 1 sack and 1 fumble recovery
    Walt Harris 2 tackles and 1 blocked punt

    INJURIES: LB Marcus Washington remains sidelined with migraines.

    Power rankings: The Redskins have dropped to 29th in the league. The Vikings are number one, followed by the Broncos and Patriots. Next weeks opponent, Cleveland, sits in 6th.

    With the loss, the Redskins drop to 0-3 and into last place in the NFC East. The first place Giants lost to Cleveland 24-10 to drop to 2-1. The Cowboys and Eagles both improved to 1-2, the Eagles earned their first win by beating the Lions 21-14.

    The Redskins will look to pick up their first win of the season on the road against a tough Cleveland Brown team that remains undefeated at 3-0. They have only allowed 32 points this season and the weather could again be a factor as early weather forecasts have called for rain. That, in addition to playing in the hostile “Dawg Pound” should prove to be a huge challenge for the struggling Redskins.

    Tune in next week for the recap of the game.


    Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Les Barnhart

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    ESPN 2K5 Simulation: Giants

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    The following is the second week of’s 2004 NFL season simulation using the ESPN 2K5 football game on the Playstation 2 console:

    2004 NFL WEEK TWO

    Washington Redskins (0-1) at New York Giants (1-0)

    The weather in The Meadowlands seemed to also be affected by Hurricane Ivan as at times, the rain came down in sheets. Based on the inclement weather, one would think that both teams passing games would be neutralized. Not so, as the teams combined for 565 passing yards and a scoring barrage.

    The Giants started the action off with a 19 play drive that started on their own 21 and ended with a 24 yard Matt Bryant field goal. The Redskins responded by taking the ensuing kickoff and on their first play, QB Mark Brunell hooked up with WR Laveranues Coles for a 75 yard touchdown pass to put the Redskins up 7-3.

    The Giants, lead by QB Kurt Warner (26-41 for 274 yards, 2 TD’s and 1 INT) and aided by 4 Redskins penalties of 10 yards or better, slogged 76 yards for a touchdown (Tiki Barber, 1 yard) to go up 10-7. The Giants would add to that lead later in the second quarter as Brunell fumbles after being hammered by Osi Umenyiora. Shaun Williams (NY) recovers the loose ball at the Redskins 11 yard line and two plays later Tiki Barber scores his second touchdown of the day. Giants up 17-7. The Redskins took the kickoff and scored before the half on a 65 yard touchdown pass from Brunell to RB Ladell Betts. At the half, the Giants led the Redskins 17-14.

    The second half started off with Brunell’s ill advised pass being picked off by the Giants Terry Cousins. The G-Men waste no time in making the Redskins pay for the mistake as Warner finds Willie Ponder on the other end of a 40 yard touchdown pass to put them up 24-14. It would stay that score until the Redskins opened the fourth quarter with a 10 play, 80 yard drive ending with TE Walter Rasby’s 14 yard touchdown reception to cut the lead to 24-21.

    The teams then play the type of football that would have reminded Warner of his Arena ball days as the teams trade big plays. The Giants strike first on their first play after the kickoff as Warner finds Amani Toomer for 77 yards and a touchdown to put the Giants up 31-21 midway through the fourth quarter. The Redskins return the favor by taking the following kickoff and on the third play of the drive, Brunell finds WR Darnerian McCants down the right sideline for a 48 yard touchdown reception. That score cut the score to 31-28, Giants.

    With 3:02 left to play, Warner is intercepted by Shawn Springs at the Giants 23 yard line. Trailing 31-28, the Redskins drive to the Giants goal line where the unthinkable happens. Clinton Portis is hit by Carlos Emmons as he pushes toward the end line, the Giants recover and run out the clock to preserve the 31-28 win as they improve to 2-0 and the Redskins fall to 0-2.


    QB Mark Brunell: 16-27 for 291 yards, 4 TD’s, 1 INT, 1 fumble and was sacked 4 times.
    WR Laveranues Coles: 5 receptions for 115 yards and 1 TD
    LB Lavar Arrington: 9 tackles
    CB Shawn Springs: 3 tackles, 4 assists, 1 INT, I pass deflection and I blocked punt.


    OT Randy Thomas (migraines) out at least 2 weeks
    LB Marcus Washington (migraines) out at least 4 weeks
    WR Rod Gardner (shoulder) could return in week 3

    The Redskins (0-2) still sit tied for second behind the Giants (2-0) with the Cowboys and Eagles (both 0-2).

    The Redskins (0-2) will play host to the Dallas Cowboys in another NFC East match up. The Cowboys lost at home to Cleveland 21-15 in week 2.

    Be sure to come back and check out the results of this game next week.


    Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Les Barnhart

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    A Defensive Gem

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    In a game billed as the return of a coaching legend, it wasn’t surprising that Sunday’s 16-10 victory by the Redskins was largely due to coaching. What is surprising, is that it was defensive co-ordinator Gregg Williams that was the coach responsible.

    Going into 2004, critics everywhere pointed to the Redskins busy off-season and stated that they had not done enough to shore up the defensive line. On Sunday, there was no evidence of any shortcomings on the line. In fact, there were no signs of shortcomings anywhere on the defense. A workman-like effort by all, and some exceptional breakout performances as well.

    Safety Matt Bowen not only played his best game as a Redskin, he was the best Redskin on the field. Williams must have seen something in Bowo that he really liked in the pre-season, because he was moving him around and putting him in a position to make impact plays all day. And Bowen did just that. He registered 8 tackles and 2 huge sacks, including one that forced a fumble from Brad Johnson and resulted in a subsequent Redskin field goal. A few of those tackles were on special teams as Redskin fans watched #41 show up all over the field.

    Andre Lott also deserves mention. Rookie sensation Sean Taylor was scratched from the starting lineup due to a virus, and Lott was thrown into the fire. Seeing his first significant starting time, the third-year safety out of Tennessee tallied 4 sacks and one defended pass filling in for Taylor. Many critics scratched their heads when Washington released former starter Ifeanyi Ohalete, but Lott showed Sunday why Redskin officials felt that it was their best move.

    Despite some great individual performances by players, Gregg Williams undoubtedly owned the performance of the day award and is the recipient of this week’s game ball. Washington’s defense was both stifling and intense for four quarters. Right from the first whistle, players were hungry, and they were ready. Tampa Bay felt it was important to come out and establish their offense, but they would do no such thing. Williams and the Redskins defense stymied the Bucs to two immediate three and outs and set a tone that they would maintain for the entire game.

    The Buccaneers would manage less than 200 total yards of offense, and just 30 yards on the ground on 15 carries. Johnson went 24 of 37 on the day, but for only 169 yards. The Redskins defense did a great job of limiting the underneath options, and their aggressive approach allowed very little time to allow plays to develop. Lavar Arrington had a sack, and Ron Warner and Renaldo Wynn split another, to give the Redskins four on the day (with Bowen’s pair). Jermaine Haley didn’t get a sack, but he blew up Johnson on a hurry that caused the Bucs quarterback to throw the ball directly to Antonio Pierce and set up the Redskins’ 13-10 go-ahead field goal.

    The ‘other’ Redskins’ coach didn’t have a bad day either. While the Tampa Bay defense put up a strong opposition, a new generation of Redskin fans got a glimpse of what a Joe Gibbs offense looks like in the fourth quarter. Despite stepping up in the third quarter and stopping the Washington offense continually, the Bucs defense couldn’t match the effort in the fourth. As often is the case against a Gibbs’ offense, the defense just got worn out. When the Redskins got the ball back with 5:03 to go in the fourth quarter, new Redskin fans started nail biting… old Redskin fans started celebrating. The Dirtbags ate up the Bucs defensive line and not only moved the clock, they moved the chains. The Redskins couldn’t quite run out the clock entirely, but they did manage to drive the ball more than fifty yards and kick another field goal to go up 16-10.

    But the Redskins had left Tampa Bay sixteen seconds on the clock and enough time to run two plays. Brad Johnson ran back out on to the field and dropped back to try and complete an intermediate pass to set up a ‘hail mary’ attempt. Gregg Williams called a blitz and Johnson was sacked by Lavar Arrington to run out the clock.

    How else would you expect a defensive gem to end?

    — BossHog

    Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Mark Solway

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    Hopefully you have come to realize that staff can deliver daily articles, keen insight and unrivaled Redskins content. But do they know NFL football? We decided to test the staff’s prognosticating skills as some of them have offered up their predictions for the upcoming 2004 season.

    We will be checking in quarterly to see how their predictions are holding up. Be sure to check back to see which staff member knows their stuff when it comes to predicting the always unpredictable NFL.

    The records in bold print reflect the teams that each person feels will win that division. Records with an asterisk (*) are teams that they feel will earn a Wild Card birth. The conference and eventual Super Bowl winners are listed below as well.

    Wingman Dan Texas
    Rich Fran Scooter Jansen
    Dallas 8-8 8-8 9-7 8-8 8-8 8-8 8-8
    New York 6-10 6-10 5-11 5-11 6-10 4-12 6-10
    Philadelphia 10-6 12-4 10-6 10-6 10-6 10-6 12-4
    Washington 9-7 8-8 8-8 9-7 10-6* 8-8 10-6*
    Chicago 6-10 9-7* 8-8 4-12 7-9 4-12 6-10
    Detroit 8-8 7-9 6-10 9-7 9-7 8-8 7-9
    Green Bay 10-6* 8-8 10-6* 8-8 10-6* 10-6 11-5
    Minnesota 11-5 11-5 11-5 12-4 11-5 9-7* 11-5*
    Atlanta 8-8 8-8 8-8 6-10 7-9 9-7 8-8
    Carolina 11-5 10-6 10-6 10-6 11-5 13-3 10-6
    New Orleans 8-8 6-10 9-7 8-8 9-7 7-9 6-10
    Tampa Bay 9-7 8-8 9-7 8-8 7-9 8-8 9-7
    Arizona 5-11 4-12 5-11 9-7 6-10 6-10 6-10
    San Francisco 5-11 5-11 5-11 4-12 8-8 2-14 4-12
    Seattle 11-5 11-4 11-5* 10-6 11-5 9-7* 12-6
    St. Louis 9-7* 9-7* 11-5 9-7 9-7 9-7 8-8
    Wingman Dan Texas
    Rich Fran Scooter Jansen
    Buffalo 7-9 6-10 6-9 9-7 9-7 8-8 6-10
    Miami 8-8 6-10 3-13 5-11 6-10 3-13 5-11
    New England 11-5 12-4 12-4 13-3 12-4 12-4 14-2
    New York Jets 9-7 9-7* 12-4* 8-8 9-7 8-8 8-8
    Baltimore 11-5 11-5 10-6 11-5 10-6 9-7 11-5
    Cincinnati 9-7 9-7 8-8 9-7 8-8 6-10 8-8
    Cleveland 8-8 5-11 5-11 5-11 7-9 5-11 2-14
    Pittsburgh 9-7* 8-8 8-8 4-12 10-6* 7-9 10-6*
    Houston 6-10 6-10 8-8 6-10 8-8 9-7* 9-7*
    Indianapolis 12-4 11-5 11-5 11-5 12-4 8-8 11-5
    Jacksonville 8-8 8-8 8-8 5-11 9-7 4-12 8-8
    Tennessee 9-7 8-8 10-6* 10-6 8-8 10-6 7-9
    Denver 10-6* 10-6* 9-7 11-5 10-6 9-7* 12-4*
    Kansas City 10-6 13-3 10-6 11-5 11-5 11-5 13-3
    Oakland 7-9 8-8 6-10 8-8 10-6* 7-9 6-10
    San Diego 5-11 5-11 4-12 3-13 6-10 5-11 3-13
    AFC Champs IND K.C. IND N.E. IND N.E. N.E.
    SB Champs IND K.C. IND N.E. WAS N.E. N.E.

    Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Les Barnhart

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