Archive: Redskins

Will Redskins Face Favre?

CLEVELAND--Will Brett Favre's first preseason game for the Jets come against the Redskins a week from Saturday at Giants Stadium? Normally, you would say that a player wouldn't participate in a game a week and a half after being obtained in a trade--particularly if that player must learn a...

 

By Mark Maske | August 7, 2008; 10:33 PM ET | Comments (2)

Colts Minus Stars Against Redskins

A dozen Indianapolis Colts players are not expected to be in uniform for Sunday's Hall of Fame Game against the Washington Redskins in Canton, Ohio. Among them are quarterback Peyton Manning, who's recovering from knee surgery, and wide receiver Marvin Harrison, who's working his way back from last season's...

 

By Mark Maske | August 1, 2008; 05:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Brady Overjoyed By J. Taylor's Departure From Division

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--Tom Brady said he was ecstatic to see pass-rushing defensive end Jason Taylor traded out of the AFC East, from the Miami Dolphins to the Washington Redskins. "I think [Patriots left tackle Matt] Light and I popped a cold beer when we saw that transaction," the quarterback said...

 

By Mark Maske | July 24, 2008; 12:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Reassessing the NFC East

The NFC East underwent significant changes the previous two days because of trades, with the Redskins obtaining defensive end Jason Taylor and the Giants getting rid of tight end Jeremy Shockey. The moves might call into question the Giants' presumed status as the main challenger to the Cowboys in...

 

By Mark Maske | July 22, 2008; 10:07 AM ET | Comments (3)

J. Taylor Trade Works for Both Teams

We'll just take it as a given here that the Washington Redskins have made a good trade by obtaining defensive end Jason Taylor from the Miami Dolphins. The Redskins had a huge need at defensive end even before opening training camp, and it got even bigger with today's injuries....

 

By Mark Maske | July 20, 2008; 09:00 PM ET | Comments (4)

Redskins, Zorn Will Be Tested Early

The Washington Redskins had better be very good, very early under first-year coach Jim Zorn. Their schedule demands it. The Redskins will play three NFC East road games in their first five games of the season. After the NFL's season opener against the Giants, the defending Super Bowl champions,...

 

By Mark Maske | April 15, 2008; 02:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

P. Daniels on Upshaw

Jason Reid has gotten these comments from Washington Redskins defensive lineman Phillip Daniels on Matt Stover's effort to overthrow Gene Upshaw as executive director of the NFL Players Association: "You know, I really don't understand this. I really don't understand what Matt is doing. I saw the letter pop...

 

By Mark Maske | April 8, 2008; 08:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Zorn at the League Meeting

PALM BEACH, Fla.--Jim Zorn just finished speaking for more than an hour at the NFC coaches' media breakfast at the annual league meeting at a Palm Beach resort. Among the things that the Redskins coach said was that he and other team officials, including owner Daniel Snyder, toasted late...

 

By Mark Maske | April 2, 2008; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

Redskins Among No Votes on Coach-to-Defense Rule

PALM BEACH, Fla.--The Washington Redskins were one of the seven teams to vote against the coach-to-defense proposal that was ratified today. The other six no votes came from the Green Bay Packers, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. All seven teams have...

 

By Mark Maske | April 1, 2008; 02:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Redskins Awarded Third-Round Pick

PALM BEACH, Fla.--The Washington Redskins were awarded three additional picks in the NFL draft in April, including a third-rounder, today. The league announced the compensatory draft choices awarded based on a formula balancing players lost and added in free agency. The Redskins were awarded the highest of the compensatory...

 

By Mark Maske | March 31, 2008; 03:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Niners Release Former Redskin D. Smith

The San Francisco 49ers released veteran linebacker Derek Smith. Smith spent seven seasons with the team after being signed as a free agent from the Washington Redskins. "Decisions like this are a difficult part of a great business," 49ers Coach Mike Nolan said in a written statement released by...

 

By Mark Maske | February 19, 2008; 04:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

New Class of Head Coaches Lacks Star Power

The four head coaches hired by NFL teams this offseason were Tony Sparano, John Harbaugh, Mike Smith and Jim Zorn. That perhaps qualifies this year's class of new head coaches as the least celebrated in recent memory. When the just-completed season began, all were NFL assistant coaches but none...

 

By Mark Maske | February 11, 2008; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (1)

Giants' Performance Gives Spagnuolo Options

PHOENIX--So the next question about Steve Spagnuolo is: Will the New York Giants' defensive coordinator want the Washington Redskins' head coaching job now that he's the hottest thing going? Spagnuolo's stock is soaring after the Giants shut down the highest-scoring offense in NFL history to beat the New England...

 

By Mark Maske | February 4, 2008; 05:08 PM ET | Comments (3)

Hall of Fame Selection Meeting Under Way

PHOENIX--The Hall of Fame selection meeting began early this morning at the convention center in downtown Phoenix that's serving as the Super Bowl media center. As always, the voting will take place in several stages. In between votes, the debate among the selectors about various candidates sometimes can be...

 

By Mark Maske | February 2, 2008; 12:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Gibbs Defends Snyder, Redskins' Search Process

PHOENIX--Former Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said today he has no problem with the way that owner Daniel Snyder has conducted the search for Gibbs's successor. "Dan has worked really hard at this," Gibbs said by telephone. "It takes time. I know how much he's put into it. I...

 

By Mark Maske | January 31, 2008; 09:00 PM ET | Comments (7)

McDaniels Might Agree to Redskins' Interview If Asked

GLENDALE, Ariz.--New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels isn't ruling out the possibility of agreeing to interview for the Washington Redskins' head coaching job, if asked, after the Super Bowl. McDaniels, at the tender age of 31, oversaw a New England offense that set a single-season NFL scoring record...

 

By Mark Maske | January 29, 2008; 02:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Waiting for Super Bowl Assistants Could Be Risky Strategy

New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels are the latest targets of the Washington Redskins' coaching search. They are the new hot assistant coaches in the league and the Redskins apparently have decided to wait until after the Super Bowl to...

 

By Mark Maske | January 25, 2008; 09:52 AM ET | Comments (71)

Does Caldwell's Disappearance from Other Coaching Searches Signal Dungy's Intention?

As Indianapolis Colts Coach Tony Dungy prepares to announce a decision about whether he will retire, it is intriguing that Colts quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell has dropped off the radar for other head coaching vacancies around the league. Caldwell once was viewed as a top candidate in Atlanta and...

 

By Mark Maske | January 17, 2008; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

D. Green, Monk, Grimm Among Hall of Fame Finalists

Former Washington Redskins teammates Darrell Green, Art Monk and Russ Grimm were among the 15 modern era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced today. Green and Cris Carter made the list of finalists in their first year of Hall of Fame eligibility. Four to seven enshrinees...

 

By Mark Maske | January 15, 2008; 06:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Coaching Searches Can Accelerate Now That Sparano, Garrett and Caldwell Are Available

A few head coaching searches around the league should be able to move forward and perhaps be resolved now that the Dallas Cowboys and Indianapolis Colts have been eliminated from the playoffs, making three coveted assistants--offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and offensive line coach Tony Sparano of the Cowboys and...

 

By Mark Maske | January 14, 2008; 11:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cowher Associates Still Don't Expect Him to Coach Next Season

People close to Bill Cowher continue to say that the former Pittsburgh Steelers coach doesn't plan to coach in the NFL next season. The Washington Redskins undoubtedly will try to lure Cowher back to the sideline with a record-setting contract offer. But Cowher already has told the Atlanta Falcons...

 

By Mark Maske | January 9, 2008; 09:34 AM ET | Comments (5)

Why Not Schottenheimer?

One thought on the coaching search that the Washington Redskins are about to launch: Why not Marty Schottenheimer? Yes, Schottenheimer left the Redskins on less-than-wonderful terms after going 8-8 in his one season as their coach in 2001. Redskins owner Daniel Snyder was willing to keep Schottenheimer as his...

 

By Mark Maske | January 8, 2008; 12:50 PM ET | Comments (46)

Redskins Can't Just Give Coaching Job to G. Williams Even if They Want To

Even if the Redskins want to give their head coaching job to defensive boss Gregg Williams, they must conduct a search and interview at least one minority candidate to comply with the league policy widely known at the Rooney Rule. Before Redskins owner Daniel Snyder hired Joe Gibbs in...

 

By Mark Maske | January 8, 2008; 12:45 PM ET | Comments (7)

Redskins-Bears Game Not Expected to Be Rescheduled

Two NFL sources said today they don't expect the Washington Redskins' game next Thursday against the Chicago Bears to be rescheduled. The Chicago Sun Times reported today that the Bears would be willing to postpone the game until the following Saturday, Sunday or Monday and the Redskins have made...

 

By Mark Maske | November 29, 2007; 05:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

D. Green, Monk, Grimm, Jacoby Among Hall of Fame Semifinalists

Four former Washington Redskins standouts made the list of 26 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced today. Cornerback Darrell Green, wide receiver Art Monk and offensive linemen Russ Grimm and Joe Jacoby made the list, which was reduced from 124 preliminary nominees. Green was one of...

 

By Mark Maske | November 28, 2007; 07:30 PM ET | Comments (4)

Redskins-Bills Game to be Played Sunday as Scheduled

The Washington Redskins' game Sunday against the Buffalo Bills at FedEx Field will be played as scheduled, representatives of the team and league said. "I have not heard any discussion of changes to the schedule," Greg Aiello, the NFL's senior vice president of public relations, said by telephone from...

 

By Mark Maske | November 27, 2007; 02:46 PM ET | Comments (2)

Players' Union Issues Statement on Taylor's Death

The players' union has issued a written statement on Sean Taylor's death. "The NFL Players Association is in deep mourning after the loss of one of our own, Redskins safety Sean Taylor, who died early this morning," the statement says. "We were all shocked and saddened to hear of...

 

By Mark Maske | November 27, 2007; 02:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell Says Entire NFL "Deeply Saddened" By Taylor's Death

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has issued a written statement about the death of Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor. It reads: "The entire NFL is deeply saddened by the death of Sean Taylor. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Sean's family, friends, teammates, and the Redskins' organization. This is a...

 

By Mark Maske | November 27, 2007; 01:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

League Fines L. Landry, L. Ramsey One Game Check Each for Illegal Hits

The league handed out hefty fines today to Washington Redskins safety LaRon Landry and Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle LaJuan Ramsey for illegal hits with their helmets during Sunday's games. Each was fined one game check--$16,764 for Landry and $21,176 for Ramsey. Landry was fined for a helmet-to-helmet hit on...

 

By Mark Maske | November 5, 2007; 08:00 PM ET | Comments (3)

Redskins' Snyder Becomes Hall of Fame Trustee

Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder was among four people added to the board of trustees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Also added were Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, former NFL quarterback Todd Blackledge and Ohio businessman Dennis Nash. Snyder already served on the owners' Hall of Fame...

 

By Mark Maske | October 31, 2007; 04:12 PM ET | Comments (1)

D. Green Among Hall of Fame Nominees

Former Washington Redskins cornerback Darrell Green was among 124 modern era candidates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced today. Green is in his first year of Hall of Fame eligibility and is regarded by some voters as a likely first-ballot enshrinee. Wide receiver Cris Carter also was...

 

By Mark Maske | October 30, 2007; 07:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

R. Wynn Agrees to Deal With Saints

Defensive end Renaldo Wynn agreed to a contract with the New Orleans Saints, according to his agent, Peter Schaffer. Wynn was released by the Washington Redskins during the preseason. He provides some depth to a Saints defense that was exploited Thursday night in a 41-10 loss at Indianapolis in...

 

By Mark Maske | September 7, 2007; 06:53 PM ET | Comments (1)

Falcons Are in Quarterback Market

The Atlanta Falcons might be desperate at quarterback, but apparently not desperate enough to inquire about a possible trade for the Washington Redskins' Mark Brunell. An NFL source with knowledge of the Falcons' maneuverings said Monday evening that the team had made "no inquiries" about Brunell. Still, the Falcons...

 

By Mark Maske | August 21, 2007; 08:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

Redskins Wisely Tone It Down This Offseason

Team-By-Team Offseason Roundup Washington Redskins Players Released: Troy Vincent, S Christian Fauria, TE John Hall, K David Patten, WR Free Agents Lost: Derrick Dockery, G Kenny Wright, CB T.J. Duckett, RB Mike Rumph, CB Warrick Holdman, LB Traded: Adam Archuleta, S Free Agents Re-Signed: Vernon Fox, S Ade Jimoh,...

 

By Mark Maske | June 8, 2007; 10:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

Redskins' Schedule Released

The NFL has released next season's schedule and the Washington Redskins open at home against the Miami Dolphins on Sept. 9. They're scheduled to play a Monday night game, a Thursday night game and a Sunday night game. The Redskins' schedule looks like this: Sept. 9... Miami... 1 p.m....

 

By Mark Maske | April 11, 2007; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Campbell Not Miffed By Russell's Visit to Redskins

LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell is visiting the Washington Redskins today as part of the pre-draft evaluation process. Russell is a leading candidate to be taken by the Oakland Raiders with the top overall selection in the draft. The Redskins have the sixth choice and already have a young former...

 

By Mark Maske | April 11, 2007; 11:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Redskins Meeting With Top Draft Prospects

Washington Redskins officials are in the process of meeting with the top draft prospects, and LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell is scheduled to arrive in town Tuesday evening and be at Redskins Park on Wednesday. The Redskins have the sixth overall choice in the draft, and there's no indication that...

 

By Mark Maske | April 9, 2007; 03:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Gibbs Says Redskins Having Serious Trade Discussions About Moving Up In Draft

PHOENIX, Ariz.--Washington Redskins Coach Joe Gibbs said here today that nothing is "imminent" in a proposed trade with the Chicago Bears for linebacker Lance Briggs, and indicated that the Redskins also are giving serious consideration to trading up in the first-round order in next month's NFL draft. Gibbs, speaking...

 

By Mark Maske | March 28, 2007; 12:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Was Saban's NFL Tenure That Much Better Than Spurrier's?

Steve Spurrier won 12 games in two seasons as the head coach of the Washington Redskins, didn't reach the playoffs and then returned to college football, where he'd won a national championship. He was lampooned as a complete failure in the NFL. Nick Saban won 15 games in two...

 

By Mark Maske | January 3, 2007; 03:28 PM ET | Comments (24)

Local TV Ratings Soaring for Redskins, Ravens

The Washington Redskins' struggles this season aren't hurting the local television ratings for their games. Redskins games this season have an average rating of 26.5 in the Washington market, according to the NFL. That's up 14 percent from a similar point last season, tied for the sixth-largest increase league-wide....

 

By Mark Maske | October 26, 2006; 08:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Pierce Will Warn Arrington Not to Be Too Emotional Against Redskins

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.--Antonio Pierce knows LaVar Arrington well. The two linebackers once were teammates on the Washington Redskins, and now they're teammates on the New York Giants. Pierce knows that Arrington will be revved up this week as the Giants prepare to face the Redskins on Sunday. It will...

 

By Mark Maske | October 2, 2006; 09:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

League Regards Vikings' Communications-System Failure As "Non-Issue"

The NFL is not investigating a failure of the Minnesota Vikings' communications system during their triumph Monday night over the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field, a league spokesman said today. The league considers the episode a technical mishap and a closed matter, the spokesman said. "It's a non-issue," said...

 

By Mark Maske | September 14, 2006; 04:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Longwell Knew Hall's Kick Was Tough

When Minnesota Vikings kicker Ryan Longwell watched his Washington Redskins counterpart, John Hall, line up for a 48-yard field goal try to attempt to tie the game Monday night in the closing seconds, Longwell knew that Hall was facing no easy task. Longwell had drilled a 46-yard field goal...

 

By Mark Maske | September 12, 2006; 10:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

Big Spenders Might Have to Change Their Ways... At Least Slightly

The Washington Redskins and some of the NFL's other free-spending teams might have to change the way they operate now that the sport's new labor deal is in effect. One mostly overlooked aspect of the deal that was ratified in March by the league's franchise owners following negotiations with...

 

By Mark Maske | August 23, 2006; 11:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

To Play or Not To Play?

Tailback Clinton Portis's complaint about playing in the Washington Redskins' exhibition opener, in which he suffered a partially dislocated shoulder, renewed the debate about the value of the NFL's preseason. Portis thought that he, as an established player, shouldn't have been on the field, being exposed to the risk...

 

By Mark Maske | August 16, 2006; 01:10 PM ET | Comments (21)

 

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