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Redskins Insider: January 31, 2010 - February 6, 2010

Redskins react to Grimm's election to the Hall of Fame

Dan Steinberg recounts Russ Grimm's antics while Redskins' extended family, via a team release, reacts to Grimm's election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Daniel M. Snyder: "Our Redskins fans have always appreciated the Hogs. This is a long deserved honor and we are proud to have Russ as...

By Cindy Boren  |  February 6, 2010; 6:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
 
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Grimm of the Redskins' Hogs is elected to Hall of Fame

Finally, there's room for a Hog in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Russ Grimm, a guard on the famed offensive line from the Redskins' teams that went to four Super Bowls and won three in the 1980s and early '90s, was elected to the Hall of Fame this afternoon...

By Cindy Boren  |  February 6, 2010; 5:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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Portis confirms that he asked for Sellers to be benched

Clinton Portis appeared on the NFL Network and admitted that, during a game last fall, he asked for Mike Sellers to be benched. Dan Steinberg has the full transcript at the D.C. Sports Bog....

By Cindy Boren  |  February 6, 2010; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Hall voting and a Zone topic

Members of the Pro Football Writers Association voted for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's class of 2010 this morning -- will it include Russ Grimm?.The group will be announced shortly after 5:30 p.m. on the NFL Network. In the Zone ... Today, in the snowy Redskins Tailgate Zone, moderator...

By Cindy Boren  |  February 6, 2010; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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Grimm must clear Hall of Fame hurdles

A selection committee of 44 media members will decide Saturday whether one of the Hogs will finally get his Pro Football Hall of Fame ticket punched. But it's just one man who has to stand before the group and present Russ Grimm's case for enshrinement. David Elfin is the long-time...

By Rick Maese  |  February 5, 2010; 12:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (140)
 
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Fletcher finds positives in his upbringing

We spend so much time debating and discussing the unsavory side of sports that it's worth a moment to pause and reflect a bit more on London Fletcher, one of three finalists for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. It's an award that honors one NFL player each...

By Rick Maese  |  February 5, 2010; 11:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Fletcher 'honored' to be a Walter Payton award finalist

Redskins linebacker London Fletcher was introduced at a new conference this morning in Fort Lauderdale as one of three finalists for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. Fletcher was initially one of 32 nominees -- one from each team -- and was chosen as a finalist by a...

By Rick Maese  |  February 5, 2010; 9:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Redskins prepare for season with and without a salary cap

The annual Super Bowl week owner-union grandstanding dance got off to a good start Thursday, when the NFL Players Association warned that a 2011 lockout seems increasingly likely. Commissioner Roger Goodell will get a chance to respond at his own news conference today. Whether the two sides iron out their...

By Rick Maese  |  February 5, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
Categories:  Bruce Allen  
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Allen: 'We're going 100 mph getting ready for free agency'

In case there was any doubt, Redskins fans can expect to see a very different product on the field next season. "We are going to have a new style of defense, we are going to have a new style of offense," general manager Bruce Allen said today on ESPN 980....

By Rick Maese  |  February 4, 2010; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (222)
Categories:  Bruce Allen , Mike Shanahan  
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Bill Dudley, ex-UVa. star, former Redskin, dies at 88

Bill Dudley, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame who played for the Redskins in 1950, 1951 and 1953, has died at the age of 88 in Lynchburg, Va., according to the Associated Press. A halfback out of the University of Virginia, Dudley was the Pittsburgh Steelers' top...

By Cindy Boren  |  February 4, 2010; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
 
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George Allen, Shula used gamesmanship off the field, too

We mentioned earlier that Washington general manager Bruce Allen was in attendance Wednesday night for a fund-raiser that honored Don Shula for his philanthropy. Shula didn't expect Allen to be in the audience but was happy to see him. "Bruce is a good football guy," said Shula. "Coming up with...

By Rick Maese  |  February 4, 2010; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
Categories:  Bruce Allen  
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Redskins honor Shula in benefit for cancer center

Members of the Redskins' brass were out in force in Miami Wednesday night, doing their part in a battle that's far more important than any football game. Former Dolphins coach Don Shula was honored for leadership and philanthropy by the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa,...

By Rick Maese  |  February 4, 2010; 9:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
 
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Cooley has high hopes for TEs in Shanahan's system

Redskins tight end Chris Cooley was doing a radio interview when his phone started buzzing Wednesday afternoon at the Super Bowl media center in south Florida. It was the Redskins' main number, but because he was on the air, he couldn't take the call. Turns out it was Jon Embree,...

By Rick Maese  |  February 3, 2010; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (276)
Categories:  Mike Shanahan  
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Cooley plays reporting game at the Super Bowl

Finally, the difficult life of the sports reporter is receiving a little appreciation. Well, not from everyone, but at least from Chris Cooley (who truth be told, has always appreciated the media.) Cooley has been a correspondent this week for the Ochocinco News Network and has been covering the Super...

By Rick Maese  |  February 3, 2010; 3:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Deacon Jones recalls a young Bruce Allen

One of the odd things about the media center at the Super Bowl is that you can turn your head in any direction, and you might catch a glimpse of a Hall of Famer. They go from table to table, radio station to radio station to hawk some product or...

By Rick Maese  |  February 3, 2010; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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Portis praises running backs coach Bobby Turner

(Updated at 10:29 a.m.) Let's hear from Clinton Portis one more time before moving on - and this entry isn't as much about Portis as it is one of the Redskins' new coaches. Because the Redskins didn't hold any press conferences to introduce their new staff and because they haven't...

By Rick Maese  |  February 3, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (167)
 
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Portis says he's a better fit for Shanahan's system

In today's story on Clinton Portis, you'll note that he was trying to be careful not to disparage the Redskins' previous coaching staff, but he's clearly thrilled by the opportunity to again play for Mike Shanahan and Bobby Turner. While he's fully expecting to look like the running back who,...

By Rick Maese  |  February 3, 2010; 6:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (98)
Categories:  Clinton Portis , Mike Shanahan  
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Redskins' hiring of McCardell is official

The Redskins this afternoon made another coaching hire official: former NFL wide receiver Keenan McCardell will begin his coaching career in Washington, coaching the Redskins' receivers. The Redskins interviewed McCardell, 40, last week at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., and after ironing out the final details, they announced his...

By Rick Maese  |  February 2, 2010; 3:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (95)
Categories:  Mike Shanahan  
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For Redskins' ex-coach, the third 'G' stands for 'gag order'

New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton had a plan to shut up Gregg Williams, the outspoken defensive coordinator who once served as the Redskins' assistant head coach-defense. Before the team left the hotel Tuesday morning for Sun Life Stadium and the media press conferences, Payton had a special meal sent...

By Rick Maese  |  February 2, 2010; 2:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Daniel M. Snyder  
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Portis says he expects to return to Redskins and to be healthy

(Updated at 2:15 p.m.) Clinton Portis spoke to Rick Maese after finishing an ESPN2 interview today in South Florida. Dan Steinberg has the details of the ESPN2 comments now that he's finished chatting. Rick will have a post for you on his interview later. Quickly, here are Maese's Twitter headlines...

By Cindy Boren  |  February 2, 2010; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (109)
Categories:  Clinton Portis , Mike Shanahan  
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In former Redskins QBs, Saints find backups to Brees

The sidelines of Sunday's Super Bowl will feature two quarterbacks with Redskins ties and, obviously, we're not talking about Peyton Manning and Drew Brees. Mark Brunell, the Redskins' last starter before Jason Campbell took over, signed with the Saints shortly after leaving Washington in 2008, and though he doesn't play...

By Rick Maese  |  February 2, 2010; 6:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
 
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Cooley joins Ochocinco's OCNN news team at Super Bowl

When we last caught up with Chris Cooley, he was enjoying some temp work at a D.C. FedEx store. With the season over and his injury healed, he's still enjoying some non-football sidework. Cooley is in South Florida this week, working as a special news correspondent for the Ochocinco News...

By Rick Maese  |  February 1, 2010; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
 
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Orakpo's first Pro Bowl is a quiet one

It was a quiet Pro Bowl debut for Redskins rookie Brian Orakpo. His final stats: zeros across the board. Fifteen NFC defensive players registered at least one tackle Sunday. Orakpo wasn't among them. But there's some explanation in order. The Pro Bowl isn't designed to showcase defenses, as illustrated by...

By Rick Maese  |  February 1, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (169)
 
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Fletcher's first Pro Bowl is a hit

For the Redskins, the final image of the season - at least the final image with a football field as the backdrop - was a pretty nice one: London Fletcher, only 5-foot-10, sporting a smile big enough to swallow an O-lineman. A lot of players opted out of the Pro...

By Rick Maese  |  February 1, 2010; 6:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
 
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Redskins and the all-Decade team

The NFL announced its all-Decade team prior to tonight's Pro Bowl and three former Redskins made the list: Champ Bailey, Shaun Alexander and Jason Taylor. Okay, so that's probably not a whole lot of consolation for Redskins fans still reeling from a tough season. You could argue that a couple...

By Rick Maese  |  January 31, 2010; 9:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
Tags: Champ Bailey, Clinton Portis  
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Zorn excited about opportunity

From Jason Reid: Apparently, Jim Zorn's brief, tumultuous relationship with the Redskins did not ruin his professional reputation. Zorn went 12-20 in two seasons as Washington's head coach and was fired Jan. 4. The Redskins twice finished last in the NFC East under Zorn, who was stripped of play-calling duties...

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  January 31, 2010; 5:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
 
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