While trying to distract myself from the fact that a Gus Frerotte vs. Norv Turner Super Bowl is still a possibility, I took a look at Sammy Baugh’s statistics. I was surprised to see his rookie season quarterback rating: 50.5, an incredibly low number by today’s standards. Even Heath Shuler (sorry, Congressman Heath Shuler) never posted a mark that low when he wore the burgundy and gold. Yet Baugh’s 1937 campaign was not only good enough to guide the Redskins to their first NFL Championship, but it was also good enough to lead the league in quarterback rating. 71 years ago, the league average quarterback rating was just 34.4.
New to THN this year, we will be periodically releasing “retro” wallpapers of some of the Greatest Redskins. This week, we are proud to introduce the Ken Houston Wallpaper. It is also available in a widescreen version.
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Writes THN member welch, our local history buff:
“Just have to come back to the only online Redskins home to smile some more.
One game is not a season, as we all said last week, but it sure helps when that game is a win!.
Hail to the Redskins. Remember Gene Brito every time a DE makes a play. I wish Sammy Baugh was in good health, but at least Sonny saw the pass to Moss.
Slingin Sammy, The Little General, Sonny, Billy, Joe T, Doug, the Rypper: I hope we’ve seen the torch picked up.
Flaherty, Lombardi, Old George, Jack, Joe: one game, yes, but maybe, just maybe we’ve seen another torch picked up.
Trying to tone down my enthusiasm, but this is way different than a win by Spurrier. That offense was not fit for the NFL. Richie Petibon, our great defensive coordinator, stopped every Spurrier-like offense in 1991: call it Red Gun, Silver Streak, Run & Shot, Floopdie Whoop or Mouse Davis’s Genius plan, but Petibon and the Redskins proved that it wouldn’t work.
Before the NFC championship game, reporters asked Petibon, “Coach, the Lions scored 45 points on the Cowboys last week. How can you possibly stop them?”
Petibon just said, “Oh, I don’t know, but we probably won’t try what the Cowboys did”. Just for the pleasure of remembering, and explaining to those too young to remember the Gibbs teams, Sir Charles Mann sprinted through the Lion’s right tackle, waved at Barry Sanders, and knocked QB Erik Kramer a few feet in the air…and knocked the ball about five yards away. Redskins recovered, scored on the next play, and the game was over.
Fun to remember.
That’s why we knew that Spurrier’s coaching in the NFL would be no more effective than Spurrier’s quarterbacking. (As Casey Stengel said, you can look it up.)
At the very least, thngs look better with a win than with two losses.
What happened to that “NFL executive” who told the Post that Campbell could only play QB for a Coryell/Gibbs/Saunders offense?”
From: Washington Times Redskins Fan Forum, by Robert Janis
If you read my first blog last week, then you know that I don’t want the travesty Art Monk had to tolerate before he was finally named into the Pro Football Hall of Fame fall on any other Redskins player we feel is worthy of the honor. So I am hoping to get you guys off your behinds to work on a campaign to get those worthy Redskins the recognition they deserve. Many of you thought that Jerry Smith, Larry Brown, Chris Hanburger and Pat Fischer among others deserved to be in the Hall. I suggested that we first start out with Smith and Brown.
The only criteria for a player to be considered for induction into the Hall is that he must be retired for at least five seasons and he had to have been named to at least one Pro Bowl team. Anyone, including a plain ordinary fan of the sport, can nominate a player for enshrinement. Players who have been retired for 25 years or more are considered by a senior committee, which includes seven veteran members of the overall Selection Committee.
Members of the Selection Committee receive a list of 100 or so names. This list consists of players who have been previously considered as well as new names that had not been considered before. The members of the Committee vote to reduce the list first down to 25 and then down to 15.
The Saturday before the Super Bowl in the city that is hosting the game, the members of the Selection Committee meet to consider the 15 as well as two players categorized as seniors and vote for the player they believe should be in the Hall. A class of no more than six and no less than three is selected.
Since Larry Brown and Jerry Smith left the NFL more than 25 years ago, the members of the Senior Committee would be involved with their nomination. Here are the members of that committee:
Rick Gosselin, Dallas Morning News*
John McClain, Houston Chronicle*
Edwin Pope, Miami Herald*
Jerry Magee, San Diego Union Tribune*
Ira Miller, San Francisco Chronicle*
Len Shapiro, Miami Herald*
Dave Goldberg, Associated Press*
So let’s start off by sending e-mails to these people to get them thinking about Larry Brown and Jerry Smith. I think it would be a good idea for the e-mail to include their stats, any testimonials by people who knew or know them, and personal experiences you may have had with them. Any information on their community service should also be included.
Next we can’t take anything fore granted. We have to assume that many of the members of the committee have not seen Brown and Smith play or have simply forgotten. I know that NFL Films probably have films of both playing. We can try to get parts of these films online in a YouTube or some other venue and then later we can encourage the members of the committee to go to the site to see Brown and Smith perform.
Later we can try and get former Redskins who had played with them to comment to the members of the committee concerning their leadership and involvement with the team.
More ideas can be employed here. If you have any ideas please describe them in your comments.
So let’s go to work.
Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Robert Janis
This is the first installment of a weekly contribution from Rob Janis. Rob is the lead blogger at the Redskins Fan Forum community on WashingtonTimes.com. – eds.
My name is Rob Janis. This is my first column for thehogs.net. I should introduce myself but that was already done in < a href="http://www.washingtontimes.com/weblogs/redskins-fan-forum/2008/May/16/hello6651a/" target="_blank">my first blog at the Redskins fan forum at the Washington Times.
Recently, I posted a blog calling for the induction of Larry Brown and Jerry Smith into the Hall of Fame. Many of you made some sharp comments about this and pointed out that I had forgotten a few more Redskins who should also be in the Hall. As you say, those deserving are: Chris Hanburger, Pat Fischer, Gary Clark, Len Hauss, Russ Grimm and Joe Jacoby.
Now I know that every team has fans that believe that the Hall had slighted their former players. And that may be true. But no one, and I mean no one received the treatment that Art Monk got. He’s finally made it and will be inducted in August.
But because of what happened to Monk and because there are so many past Redskins who are deserving and whom the Hall could slight as well, I think it is necessary to campaign to the members of the Hall’s selection committees to make certain that what is right is not delayed.
We all say these guys deserve to be in the Hall and then we hoist another glass of Bud and forget about it. This time, let’s not forget about it.
I propose that we start off with Brown and Smith. That we all contact the members of the senior select committee, the group who is responsible for nominating players who played in the 1970s and we bury them with e-mails and snail mail explaining why Brown and Smith deserve to be in the Hall. I think we should set up threads at thehogs.net and at the Redskins Forum at the Times that have links to sites that show films of Brown and Smith playing and alert the members of the selection committee to visit those sites. If there are no sites, then we develop our own.
Then we enlist the help of players who had played with and against Smith and Brown to submit their feelings on this issue. If Smith and Brown’s peers think they deserve to be in the Hall, shouldn’t that have an influence on the selectors?
Finally, we should link up our efforts with other Redskins fan forums. There is strength in numbers.
Let’s see what things we do work and then do it again for Hanburger, Grimm and Clark, then for Jacoby and Hauss, etc.
In my next column I will provide a list of the members of the senior select committee of the Hall of Fame and include their e-mail addresses so that we can get started.
In the meantime, you can read an article I wrote advocating a change in the way the Hall of Fame selects its members. You can find the article at: capitalnewsservice.net. Click on the “Redskins Archives.”
Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Rob Janis