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Redskins offseason never started

NEWS. (By John McDonnell - TWP)

They say the NFL has no offseason anymore. I don't know who they are, but they're bloody right.

On Jan. 3, the Redskins lost to the Chargers to finish 4-12. On Jan. 4, they fired Jim Zorn. And since then, the news has gushed out from Ashburn, a veritable geyser of headlines and breaking alerts and page views. Sometimes, the news has been refreshing and cleansing. Sometimes, it's been muddy and defiling. Sometimes, it's been about Albert Haynesworth. But either way, the Redskins have dominated the news.

I went back to see just how many days the team made actual news. Saying provocative things doesn't count. Saying the words "Albert Haynesworth" might or might not count. Saying you'd like to bring a Super Bowl to D.C. does. Words can be news, and yes, this is subjective.

There have been 143 days in this offseason, including Wednesday. According to my review, there have been legitimate Redskins news stories on 83 of those days. There have been arrests and signings, firings and hirings, Hall of Fame elections and retirements, and 1,700 hundred Haynesworth updates. The team has yet to make it seven straight days without producing news. If you're incredibly bored, check this out.


Jan. 4: Zorn gets fired.

Jan. 5: Mike Shanahan gets hired.

Jan. 6: Shanahan is introduced to the D.C. media.

Jan. 7: Shanahan meets with assistants at Redskins Park.

Jan. 8: Russ Grimm announced as Hall of Fame finalist.

Jan. 11: Running backs coach Stump Mitchell says he'll leave the Redskins and accept the head coaching position at Southern University.

Jan. 12: Jim Haslett hired as defensive coordinator.

Jan. 13: Legendary offensive line coach Joe Bugel announces his retirement; Greg Blache says he'll also retire; Sherman Smith is told he's being let go.

Jan. 14: Bobby Turner is announced as the team's new assistant head coach-running backs.

Jan. 16: Lou Spanos is announced as the team's new linebackers coach.

Jan. 18: Jerry Gray accepts a job as the Seattle Seahawks' secondary coach.

Jan. 19: Safeties coach Steve Jackson is informed he'll be kept on by the new regime; offensive assistant Chris Meidt is told he will not. Also, offensive lineman Chad Rinehart is arrested in Iowa for public intoxication. Also, news breaks that the Redskins will be installing two new HD video screens at FedEx Field.

Jan. 20: The Redskins announce three hirings: Kyle Shanahan as offensive coordinator, Matt LaFleur as quarterbacks coach and Jon Embree as tight ends coach.

Jan. 21: Two more coaches are added: Jacob Burney as the defensive line coach and Bob Slowik as the defensive backs coach. Former offensive coordinator Sherman Smith, meantime, accepts a job in Seattle as the running backs coach.

Jan. 22: And another coach: Sean McVay is announced as an offensive assistant.

Jan. 24: London Fletcher makes his first Pro Bowl after the Saints' NFC championship win sends Jonathan Vilma to the Super Bowl.

Jan. 27: The Post reports that the Redskins' entire strength and conditioning staff has been let go.

Jan. 30: Former coach Jim Zorn is hired to be the Baltimore Ravens' quarterback coach.

Jan. 31: Both Brian Orakpo and London Fletcher make their Pro Bowl debuts.


Feb. 2: The Skins announce that Keenan McCardell will be the new wide receivers coach.

Feb. 6: Russ Grimm is elected to the Hall of Fame.

Feb. 8: Richard Hightower is announced as the team's new assistant special teams coach. How many coaches do these guys need?

Feb. 12: Ray Wright is hired as the top strength and conditioning coach. Also, kicker Justin Medlock is signed to compete with Graham Gano.

Feb. 16: The Redskins confirm that Larry Hess, the team's director of rehabilitation, was promoted to head trainer, and announced the hiring of Paul Kelly in football administration.

Feb. 17: Richmond Flowers is added to the coaching staff. Never heard of that person until just right now.

Feb. 19: Cornerback Byron Westbrook is arrested on a drunk driving charge in Charles County.

Feb. 26: Mike Shanahan says the Redskins will tender Jason Campbell, and that he expects the quarterback to remain with the team. Also, the team announces the retention of Malcolm Blacken and the addition of Chad Englehart as assistant strength and conditioning coaches.

Feb. 28: Two sources tell The Post that the team has made a contract offer to Phillip Daniels.


March 3: The Redskins make tenders to Rocky McIntosh, Reed Doughty, Kedric Golston, Stephon Heyer, Carlos Rogers, Jason Campbell and Chris Wilson.

March 4: Carlos Rogers says he wants a new start with a different team. Will Montgomery is tendered. Chris Samuels retires. Rock Cartwright, Antwaan Randle El, Randy Thomas, Fred Smoot, Ladell Betts and Cornelius Griffin are released. Casey Rabach signs a three-year deal.

March 5: Lorenzo Alexander signs a three-year deal to stay with the team. Phillip Daniels and Mike Williams also sign deals to remain in D.C.

March 6: The Redskins sign Artis Hicks. Reports surface of a host of other free agent visits, including one from Willie Parker and another from Maake Kemoeatu.

March 8: Parker arrives for his visit. Antwaan Randle El signs with the Steelers, and Marcus Mason with the Chargers.

March 9: Kemoeatu and Larry Foote visit Redskins Park.

March 10: Kemoeatu signs with the Redskins.

March 11: The team announces it has signed tight end Sean Ryan. Larry Johnson arrives for a visit.

March 12: And Larry Johnson is signed.

March 13: Will Montgomery is re-signed. Incidentally, if you're still reading this, you're either deranged, stuck in a hospital bed, or working for the government.

March 15: The team's offseason conditioning program begins. Albert Haynesworth shows up.

March 17: The Redskins sign Rex Grossman to a one-year deal.

March 20: The first reports surface that Albert Haynesworth did not participate in conditioning and film work but merely reported for orientation. Drama!

March 22: Haynesworth publicly expresses misgivings about playing in a 3-4 defensive scheme.

March 23: The Redskins sign Josh Bidwell. He's a punter.

March 24: Mike Shanahan responds for the first time to Haynesworth, saying he "totally" disagrees with Haynesworth's decision to stay away. Also, the team announces it will hold training camp in Ashburn, despite rumors to the contrary.

March 25: Chris Wilson re-signs with the Redskins.

March 29: Phillip Buchanon visits Redskins Park, and signs the same day.

March 31: The Redskins release their preseason opponents, with no dates. Also, safety Eric Berry arrives at Redskins Park for a visit.


April 1: Albert Haynesworth receives his $21 million option bonus.

April 2: Jimmy Clausen arrives at Redskins Park for a visit of his own. And Willie Parker winds up signing with the team after all.

April 4: Donovan McNabb gets traded to the Redskins. Man, I didn't see that one coming.

April 5: Well, a lot of stuff happened on this day. I guess the highlights were Russell Okung visiting Redskins Park, Mike Shanahan meeting with Jason Campbell about the future, and word emerging that Haynesworth was offered to Philly as part of the McNabb dealings.

April 6: Donovan McNabb works out with his new teammates, and is then introduced to the media. Jason Campbell is given permission to seek a trade. Sources tell Jason Reid the Redskins are continuing to seek to trade Haynesworth. Colt McCoy visits Redskins Park. The Internet almost breaks.

April 7: Sam Bradford visits Redskins Park.

April 8: Tim Tebow visits Redskins Park.

April 12: Jason Campbell signs his tender. Tenderly. Also, the Redskins signed someone named Anthony Bryant, a defensive lineman.

April 15: Redskins brass show up in Norman, Okla. for a private workout with Bradford. Then they go to South Bend for a similar workout with Clausen. Also, the Redskins signed someone named Greg Peterson, a defensive lineman.

April 16: Kedric Golston signs a new deal. Also, the team begins a voluntary minicamp.

April 17: Minicamp continues. No Haynesworth.

April 18: Minicamp ends. No Haynesworth.

April 19: The Redskins sign someone named Howard Green, a defensive lineman. They also sign Marques Hagans, Roydell Williams and running back Ryan Torain, all of whom I've heard of.

April 20: The Redskins trade for defensive tackle Adam Carriker. Also, their schedule is released. Also, the media reports that Donovan McNabb is lobbying the team to add T.O., and also that Donovan McNabb is not lobbying the team to add T.O.

April 22: The Redskins draft Trent Williams.

April 23: Trent Williams is introduced to the D.C. media. Mike Shanahan says the Redskins will not trade Albert Haynesworth.

April 24: The Redskins draft Perry Riley, trade Jason Campbell, draft Dennis Morris and Terrence Austin and Erik Cook and Selvish Capers. Bruce Allen says they didn't discuss trading Haynesworth.

April 26: Former special teams captain Rock Cartwright signs with the Raiders.

April 27: The Redskins sign someone named Darrion Scott, a defensive lineman.

April 28: The Redskins sign Joey Galloway.

April 29: The Redskins sign Bobby Wade. Also, undrafted free agents Logan Paulsen and Keiland Williams.

April 30: The team announces that Maingate, Inc., will manage all of the team's retail stores and online sales.


May 3: The Redskins release Marko Mitchell, Anthony Alridge, P.J. Hill, James Robinson and Anthony Montgomery. Also, news emerges that Karl Swanson is leaving the organization.

May 4: Replacing Swanson as senior vice president will be Tony Wyllie, formerly of the Texans. Wyllie avoids the Brian Cushing PED scandal, instead receiving the Santana Moss one.

May 5: The Redskins part ways with scouts Don Warren and Russ Bolinger, and add Richard Mann II to the scouting department.

May 7: Rookies begin their first minicamp. Also, the team signs someone named Chris Draft, a linebacker. Oh, and Albert Haynesworth didn't show.

May 8: Santana Moss tells reporters he had offseason knee surgery.

May 10: The NFL announces exact dates and times for the preseason.

May 12: Brian Westbrook visits Redskins Park.

May 15: Daniel Snyder meets with reporters and tells them he's "disappointed" Albert Haynesworth is not working out with the team.

May 17: The Redskins sign Vonnie Holliday, plus a trio of undrafted free agents named Brandon Banks, Shay Hodge and Melvin Stephenson. Also, OTAs begin. Albert Haynesworth is not there.

May 18: U.S. authorities filed charges against a Canadian doctor who is accused of supplying illegal drugs to professional football players, and who was allegedly on his way to Washington when he was apprehended. An as-yet unnamed Redskins player is singled out in the criminal complaint.

May 19: Mike Shanahan says the team has not been contacted by authorities regarding this case.

May 20: Turns out the player was top wideout Santana Moss. If you hadn't heard.

May 25: Daniel Snyder says he would like to bring a Super Bowl to D.C.

May 26: The New York Post reports that Albert Haynesworth is the target of a $10 million paternity suit in New York.

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 26, 2010; 5:01 PM ET
Categories:  Media , Redskins  
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Offseason champs... 2010...

Posted by: Scoonie97 | May 26, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

I was going to say the offseason is certainly more eventful for the Redskins than the playoffs. And then I realized they were one in the same thing.

Posted by: StuScott_Booyahs | May 26, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

"I want to have Fatsworth's baby."

"Stand in the back of the line, skeezer."

Lawd, what's happened to us? I have given myself three HGH injections just while writing this post.

Posted by: Corvis777 | May 26, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

as long as we keep danny smith. he is LEGEND

Posted by: wd324 | May 26, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

as long as we keep danny smith. he is LEGEND

Posted by: wd324 | May 26, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

as long as we keep danny smith. he is LEGEND

Posted by: wd324 | May 26, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Very good comment on the Nationals message board...

Sputnik wrote:
The Strasburg debut has nothing to do about an individual sport. This has everything to do about seeing his first start. I live 2 hours away from DC and have been watching when the first start would come. I want to take my 5 year old to the game, so somewhere down the line, if Strasburg is as good as advertised, he can say he was at his first game. I waited patiently on all rumors. I'm not upset that I got tickets for the 4th and he doesn't pitch. That will happen. I'm upset that the Nationals knew the rumors were out there for weeks and never once said that it would be highly unlikely that this would be his start. Today's article said that they would announce it 5 or 6 days ahead of time. Well, why wasn't that said when all the speculation was out there? I agree that the 4th didn't come from the Nationals, but it is there job to be squelch any rumors that may cause unrest by the fans. Being quiet until you sell out a game is very irresponsible.

Posted by: Barno1 | May 26, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

I imagine this post could be done for any team, espicially the ones that are rebuilding.

Posted by: Dlewis10 | May 26, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

All those news-worthy stories. Hmmm, this isn't one of them.

Posted by: JHG_sec405 | May 27, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

You missed the JC trade on your timeline!!

Posted by: chicoexcell | May 27, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

You missed the JC trade on your timeline!!

Posted by: chicoexcell | May 27, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Hello fickle facker fans!

You missed cooley's hair loss. He be going bald by the minute bro!

Posted by: Incognito00 | May 27, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Hello fickle facker skin fans!

You missed cooley's hair loss. He be going bald by the minute bro!

Posted by: Incognito00 | May 27, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

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