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Redskins Preparing for Free Agency


Entering free agency with an abundance of cap space gives the Redskins lots of options to fill plenty of needs, even after re-signing cornerback DeAngelo Hall, defensive tackle Chris Baker, safety Jose Gumbs and franchising linebacker Brian Orakpo.

The Redskins dropped off dramatically after a division title in 2012. Following a 10-6 season they returned back to the NFC East basement in 2013 with a 3-13 record and no first-round pick to show for it.

That, coupled with their $36 million cap penalty for 2012 and 2013, makes this free agency period more important than normal.

Washington was tied with the Chicago Bears in 2013 for allowing the second most points points per game (29.9), which means the defense, specifically the secondary, will be a high priority in this free agent class.

So who might the Redskins target to improve their roster? Let’s take a look at who the team reportedly has their sights set on based on reports from local Redskins beat writers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Observations from Redskins at Buccaneers


Keeping in mind that this blog is in the context of analyzing reserves in the fourth preseason game, there was plenty to take away from Washington’s 30-12 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Redskins 2013 Opponents


While the Redskins schedule won’t be officially released until probably April, the close of the 2012 season did allow for Washington’s 2013 opponents to be selected. The Redskins will be facing  the NFC North and the AFC West next year. Here is a breakdown of the home and away games: Read the rest of this entry »

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Recapping Day 3 of Redskins Free Agency


The Redskins made their biggest move of the day early Thursday morning by shipping disgruntled defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth to the New England Patriots in exchange for a 2013 5th round draft pick. This ends a dark chapter because Haynesworth is widely viewed as arguably the biggest free agent bust in franchise history, which should say something. Ironically, Haynesworth heads to another team with a 3-4 defense and a coach regarded as even stricter than Mike Shanahan in Bill Belichick.

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Recapping Days 1 and 2 of Free Agency


The Redskins took a little time to begin Tuesday’s opening of free agency but as the afternoon and evening went on, they stopped being shy and went right at it.

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Leftovers – Week 3


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In this week’s edition of Leftovers, Andre Carter talks about the running game, Albert Haynesworth’s deactivation against the Texans and about the passing of Denver Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley.

To read this weeks edition of THN Weekly, click here: THN Weekly with Andre Carter – Week 3

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Can Grossman be for Real?


Grossman’s recent performance in his pre-season debut with the Redskins got me to thinkin’; can this guy really be better than I thought? Yeah sure it’s a preseason game, but I expected to see fumbled handoffs, interceptions and stalled drives the moment McNabb took his pads off. I think we all felt the same thing; Buffalo must be really bad if they can make Rex Grossman look like our starter.

It’s easy to have doubts about the abilities of Rex Grossman even though he’s played in a Super Bowl. Everyone knows that Grossman made his way into that Super Bowl on the backs of his defense. When you think about Grossman you see a QB rating of 59.7 since he achieved that rating twice in his career with the Bears.

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It’s Okay to Be Skeptical


So, the Redskins have turned a few heads in these past two months. Cerrato and Zorn are out; Allen and Shanahan are in. Dan Snyder seems committed to showing the fans that he has done away with his meddlesome nature (which this blogger believes ended with the re-hiring of Joe Gibbs) and is going to leave the football decisions to his newly hired staff. Read the rest of this entry »

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Leftovers – Week 11


Here is this week’s fullfilling Leftover’s this THN Weekly with Andre Carter!

THN: How much did having Monday off help you and the team?

AC: To be honest with you, we still had to come in lift and watch film on our own. The Monday off is just an underline statement.

THN: The crowd noise during the end of the fourth quarter was undoubtedly the loudest it’s been all season. How much did the team feed off of that? How great did it feel to hear that as opposed to boos or a quiet stadium?

AC: It was a great feeling at FedEx. It’s the type of noise that you enjoy especially on defense. By hearing that noise we knew we had the momentum of the game. No one wants to hear boos or silence. You want to hear cheers and screams. I enjoyed every moment of the crowd.

THN: How would you assess Levi Jones’ performance and his impact on the offensive line? Do you think he would be a solid replacement at left tackle if Chris Samuels decides to retire after the season?

AC: Levi has always been a great player. We had a few battles in college. I hope he can remain with the team next year. I feel he can be great asset to the offensive linemen but that decision will be made upstairs.

THN: Along with the Redskins, Denver was the other team in contention to sign you as a free agent in 2006 and was the team your father played for. Is there any sense of vindication or different kind of excitement when you get the chance to play the Broncos?

AC: There was no hidden emotion for this past game. It was a team that I prepared for to win and that’s it.

THN: Do you think the new guys on the team understand the meaning of Dallas Week? What have they said about it so far?

AC: I don’t know yet. They have a little bit of an idea. When I first arrived in ‘06, I had no clue how much of rivalry [there was] between the Cowboys and Skins. I found out when I had first set foot in the stadium. In my mind I was like, ‘Oh, I get it.’

THN: Dallas has been up and down this year. This week they are coming off of a down point after losing to Green Bay. Dallas is still in the division lead but why are they so inconsistent?

AC: I really don’t know. Each team has there ups and downs. Regardless, the Cowboys have a lot of weapons and the matchups are going to be great.

THN: Does the fact that Dallas and Philadelphia lost after the victory over the Broncos give the team even more hope and a renewed energy heading into next week?

AC: We never thought about that. It’s a good analysis but what we did is just a start. How we utilize this momentum is up to us.

THN: Does it feel strange to you to face a division rival for the first time so late in the season?

AC: It’s not strange. In my career I have experienced playing division opponents later during the season. It’s life.

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Burgundy? On a Monday?


My day ended yesterday with my wife looking at me and saying “you get to wear a ‘victory jersey’ tomorrow!”

I’m still in disbelief. Read the rest of this entry »

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