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Redskins Insider: December 12, 2010 - December 18, 2010

Jason Garrett reveling in his new job as Cowboys coach

On Nov. 9, Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones fired Coach Wade Phillips and promoted offensive coordinator Jason Garrett to the interim role. Before the season, the Cowboys were considered among the leading contenders to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl, but they began the season 1-7....

By Jason Reid  | December 18, 2010; 8:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
 
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Redskins' 3-4 defense will be "good challenge" for Cowboys

Although the Redskins are last in the NFL in total defense, their 3-4 scheme has presented challenges to opposing offenses this season. The Dallas Cowboys play host to the Redskins on Sunday at Cowboys Stadium, and Dallas interim coach Jason Garrett has observed many impressive things on film while reviewing...

By Jason Reid  | December 18, 2010; 7:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  3-4 defense  
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Looking at Donovan McNabb's contract status

So what's the deal with Donovan McNabb's contract status? On Nov. 15, quarterback Donovan McNabb signed a contract extension that contains a $3.5 million signing bonus, but nothing is guaranteed beyond the 2010 season. In salary and bonuses this season, McNabb will be paid $14.7 million. The Redskins hold a...

By Jason Reid  | December 18, 2010; 12:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
Categories:  Donovan McNabb  
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Redskins-Cowboys injury report: Kedric Golston out

The Redskins have ruled out defensive end Kedric Golston (groin/elbow) for Sunday's game at the Dallas Cowboys, according to the final injury report of the week. In addition, the Redskins have listed the following seven players as questionable: linebacker Lorenzo Alexander (hamstring), receiver Brandon Banks, defensive end Phillip Daniels (abdomen),...

By Rick Maese  | December 17, 2010; 4:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (214)
 
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Rex Grossman hopes to make most of unexpected opportunity

Interrupted during his regular post-practice weight-lifting session Thursday night at Redskins Park, backup quarterback Rex Grossman was summoned to Coach Mike Shanahan's office at the complex. And after leaving the brief meeting, Grossman was an NFL starter again. Shanahan informed the eight-year veteran he planned to bench six-time Pro Bowler...

By Jason Reid  | December 17, 2010; 4:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Rex Grossman  
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Donovan McNabb: 'I respect Mike's decision as a head coach, but I strongly disagree with it.'

Quarterback Donovan McNabb has a regularly-scheduled session with reporters Wednesday each week, so it's not necessarily a surprise that he didn't field questions Friday after news of his demotion came down. He did, however, issue a brief statement on Friday afternoon through his spokesman: "I respect Mike's decision as a...

By Rick Maese  | December 17, 2010; 4:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Tom Boswell: this was a dumb move

Tom Boswell writes that the real problem is the person who traded for Donovan McNabb back in April, then decided to bench him in December. That would be Mike Shanahan. To read his column, click here....

By Washington Post Sports  | December 17, 2010; 4:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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DeAngelo Hall: 'I don't think none of us saw it coming'

Players walked a tightrope after practice Friday while responding to reporters' questions about Coach Mike Shanahan's decision to bench Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb for the remainder of the season. McNabb will serve as Rex Grossman's backup Sunday against the Dallas at Cowboys Stadium. For the final two games against...

By Jason Reid  | December 17, 2010; 3:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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Cowboys defensive end: 'We were pretty happy about the news'

Word spread quickly today across the Cowboys' practice facility in Irving, Texas that the quarterback they'd been preparing to face all week would instead be holding a clipboard on the sidelines. So what was the reaction when they learned Rex Grossman would be the starting quarterback for the Redskins on...

By Rick Maese  | December 17, 2010; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  Donovan McNabb  
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Sally Jenkins: Shanahan needed to take this step

Sally Jenkins writes that Mike Shanahan needed to bench Donovan McNabb to determine whether McNabb was the problem -- and what he needed to do for next season. You can read her column by clicking here....

By Washington Post Sports  | December 17, 2010; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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Shanahan: McNabb benched for remainder of season, may not be back with Redskins next year

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said Friday he plans to bench six-time Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb for the remainder of the season in an effort to evaluate backup Rex Grossman and third-stringer John Beck. He said he has informed McNabb he may not return next season despite recently signing a...

By Jason Reid  | December 17, 2010; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (262)
 
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McNabb's agent on benching: 'It's beyond disrespectful'

Describing the Redskins' treatment of quarterback Donovan McNabb as "disrespectful," the perennial Pro Bowler's agent criticized the organization and Coach Mike Shanahan specifically Friday for his plan to bench McNabb in favor of backup Rex Grossman against the Dallas Cowboys. "Disrespectful is probably not strong enough of a word," Fletcher...

By Jason Reid  | December 17, 2010; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (397)
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Rex Grossman to start over Donovan McNabb

The Redskins are preparing to start Rex Grossman over Donovan McNabb at quarterback Sunday in Dallas, according to two people close to the situation. The news was first reported by Kelli Johnson of CSN Washington. Grossman has played in only one game this season - the Oct. 31 loss at...

By Barry Svrluga  | December 17, 2010; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (433)
 
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Union files grievance on behalf of Haynesworth (updated)

Updated 12:45 p.m. The NFL Players Association has filed a grievance on behalf of suspended Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth, an attempt not to return Haynesworth to the field but to recoup some of his lost salary, according to his agent. "I can confirm that the NFLPA has filed the...

By Barry Svrluga  | December 17, 2010; 10:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth  
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Roster analysis: Building depth through the practice squad

Week 15 represents the final week NFL general managers can use a minimum salary credit to lure other clubs' practice squad players to sign to their team's active rosters. As players earn minimum salary credits over the course of their career, the minimum base salary they can earn in...

By J.I. Halsell  | December 17, 2010; 6:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (101)
Categories:  Roster analysis  
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Carlos Rogers ready to return against Cowboys

His hamstrings no longer sore, cornerback Carlos Rogers plans to return to the lineup Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium. "I'll be ready to go," Rogers said Thursday. "They're [his hamstrings] a hundred percent. If they was anything less than that, I wouldn't go out there. "You still...

By Jason Reid  | December 16, 2010; 5:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (104)
Categories:  Carlos Rogers  
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Thursday's injury report

Slowed by injuries, defensive lineman Kedric Golston (groin and elbow) and Phillip Daniels (abdomen) could be listed as game-time decisions for Sunday's matchup against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium. On Thursday's injury report, Daniels was limited in practice and Golston did not participate. Outside linebacker Lorenzo Alexander (hamstring), return...

By Jason Reid  | December 16, 2010; 4:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Bobby Mitchell's home damaged by fire

An accidential fire Wednesday morning heavily damaged the D.C. home of former Washington Redskins great Bobby Mitchell, authorities said today. Mitchell was not at home at the time. Read more about what happened over on The Crime Scene blog. Just click here....

By Washington Post Sports  | December 16, 2010; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Indoor facility is a priority for Redskins

After poor weather Thursday prompted the Redskins to practice away from Redskins Park for the fourth time this season, Coach Mike Shanahan said the construction of an on-site indoor facility is "a priority" for the franchise. "For sure," Shanahan said. "It's a priority." Because of the snow, Washington, the only...

By Jason Reid  | December 16, 2010; 4:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Daniel M. Snyder, Mike Shanahan  
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Graham Gano promises to rebound against Dallas

When place kicker Graham Gano reported to work Wednesday at Redskins Park, the dressing stall to his right no longer was assigned to punter Hunter Smith, who was released Tuesday after he mishandled the snap on a costly botched point-after attempt against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Gano and Smith had...

By Jason Reid  | December 16, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
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Redskins practice at off-site facility because of snow

It appears Redskins coaches and players drove themselves to an off-site facility Thursday to practice because of the snow. Apparently, the team did not have enough time to schedule a bus. Coaches and players piled into cars as they hurriedly left Redskins Park for the hastily arranged practice at...

By Jason Reid  | December 16, 2010; 11:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
 
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Snow forces Redskins to revise practice schedule

Because of the snow, the Redskins are in the process of revising their practice schedule for the second time today. The poor weather Thursday initially prompted the team to move up its practice time from 12:40 p.m. to 11:45 a.m. Media availability in the locker room, usually scheduled before practice...

By Jason Reid  | December 16, 2010; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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Football Insider: Trying to stay out of the basement

The Washington Post's roundtable of football insiders previews the Redskins' trip to Dallas Sunday, a game that will likely determine which team finishes last in the NFC East....

By Washington Post editors  | December 16, 2010; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Redskins add linemen to roster and practice squad

The Redskins have signed defensive lineman Jeremy Clark to their active roster and added rookie defensive lineman Joe Joseph to the practice squad, the team announced Thursday. Clark, listed at 6 foot 3, 295 pounds, began his NFL career with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2007 as an undrafted rookie free...

By Jason Reid  | December 16, 2010; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth  
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Redskins getting ready for Cowboys, regardless of teams' records

With all the talk about botched point-after attempts and punters coming and going, one could almost forget it's Dallas Week. The Cowboys play host to the Redskins on Sunday at Cowboys Stadium, and there's usually a buzz in the air at Redskins Park when the rivals prepare to face each...

By Jason Reid  | December 16, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  Brian Orakpo, Dallas Cowboys, DeAngelo Hall  
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Statistical analysis: Hunter Smith's production

Hunter Smith was purportedly released by the Redskins for his punting and not for his flubbed hold on the failed extra point that would have sent Sunday's game into overtime. It's true that Smith's gross distances were below his career average and near the bottom of the league this season,...

By Brian Burke  | December 16, 2010; 6:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
Categories:  Hunter Smith, Statistical analysis  
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Redskins hold rare practice on artificial turf

With the three grass practice fields at Redskins Park frozen on Wednesday, Coach Mike Shanahan moved practice to the rarely used artificial turf field. "You can't get any traction," Shanahan said. "You go down every play. So the choices were limited." Shanahan said the use of the turf, though, can...

By Barry Svrluga  | December 15, 2010; 5:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  Mike Shanahan  
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Chris Cooley wants the ball, but knows how to ask

In Sunday's loss to Tampa Bay, Redskins tight end Chris Cooley didn't have a catch until the fourth quarter and was targeted by quarterback Donovan McNabb a season-low four times - half his average of 8.1 targets entering the game. So Cooley is spending this week walking a bit of...

By Barry Svrluga  | December 15, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Mike Shanahan admires Hunter Smith's honesty

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said he admired veteran punter Hunter Smith for accepting responsibility after the team's costly botched point-after attempt against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "I told Hunter, I said, 'Hey, I admired the way he stepped it up and blamed it on himself,' " Shanahan said after practice...

By Jason Reid  | December 15, 2010; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Hunter Smith  
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McNabb? Grossman? Mike Shanahan isn't telling

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan was playfully evasive Wednesday afternoon in responding to reporters' questions about the status of quarterback Donovan McNabb, who, according to some reports, could be in danger of being supplanted by backup Rex Grossman sometime during the final three games. Shanahan declined repeated opportunities to squash the...

By Jason Reid  | December 15, 2010; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Donovan McNabb  
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Long snapper Nick Sundberg ready to 'just move on' from botched PAT

In the Redskins' first 13 games, long snapper Nick Sundberg worked with punters Josh Bidwell and Hunter Smith. On Sunday, he'll be reunited with punter Sam Paulescu, who was signed Tuesday after Smith was released. Smith failed to catch Sundberg's high snap on a botched point-after attempt in the closing...

By Jason Reid  | December 15, 2010; 1:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
 
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Punter Sam Paulescu ready to get to work for Redskins

Punter Sam Paulescu returned to the Redskins on Wednesday well rested and ready to work. Signed Tuesday to replace punter and holder Hunter Smith, released after his key role in Sunday's costly botched point-after attempt against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Paulescu said he would be prepared to handle both punting...

By Jason Reid  | December 15, 2010; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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Donovan McNabb not worried about rumors that Rex Grossman might replace him

Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb said Wednesday he can't and won't think about reports, rumors and innuendo that Coach Mike Shanahan and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan have been preparing backup Rex Grossman to replace him, and that he considers the final three games of the season - with the playoffs out...

By Barry Svrluga  | December 15, 2010; 12:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
Categories:  Donovan McNabb, Rex Grossman  
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Opponents are limiting Brandon Banks's chances

Brandon Banks has played in only 10 NFL games, but he has quickly gained a reputation as a kick and punt returner dangerous enough that teams purposely kick away from him. That happened Sunday against Tampa Bay, when the Buccaneers had five kickoffs - but kicked to Banks only twice....

By Barry Svrluga  | December 15, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Graham Gano still kickin' -- at least for now

Place kicker Graham Gano has retained his job despite struggling throughout the season on field-goal attempts and missing two short ones in Sunday's 17-16 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Washington released veteran punter and holder Hunter Smith after his role in the costly botched extra-point attempt in the final...

By Jason Reid  | December 15, 2010; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
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Hunter Smith: 'Shanahan wants to ... reshape and rebuild the culture'

Veteran punter Hunter Smith was released Tuesday after his role in the botched extra-point attempt in the final nine seconds of Sunday's 17-16 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Someone had to lose his job after what occurred, Smith said, and long snapper Nick Sundberg's high snap sailed through Smith's...

By Jason Reid  | December 15, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Albert Haynesworth suspension: Union taking deliberate approach to appeal

It appears that Albert Haynesworth vs. the Washington Redskins will not be on a fast track toward resolution. The NFL Players Association is handling the appeal on behalf of the two-time all-pro defensive lineman, whom the Redskins last week suspended without pay for the remainder of the regular season because...

By Jason Reid  | December 15, 2010; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth  
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This is how it works, and Hunter Smith understands

A 12-year veteran, punter Hunter Smith understands how things work in the NFL. So Smith figured someone would lose his job for the botched extra-point attempt that cost the Redskins a shot at overtime against Tampa Bay. And not surprisingly, Smith, who failed to catch the snap while holding on...

By Jason Reid  | December 14, 2010; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (158)
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Hunter Smith released after botched extra point

Punter Hunter Smith said that if anyone should lose his job for the botched extra-point attempt that cost the Redskins a shot at overtime against Tampa Bay, it should be him. Apparently, Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan agreed with him. The Redskins tried out punters and kickers Tuesday at Redskins Park...

By Rick Maese  | December 14, 2010; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (117)
 
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Football Insider Live: Bucs recap, Cowboys preview and autograph etiquette

Rick Maese joined Dan Steinberg, LaVar Arrington and host Jonathan Forsythe on this week's webcast to talk about Sunday's painful loss, the importance of avoiding last place, and how common it is for players to ask other players for autographs. You can also download the podcast of this show or...

By Washington Post editors  | December 14, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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The long road to a successful 3-4 defense

Some have criticized Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan for changing the team's defensive scheme from a 4-3 base front to a 3-4 alignment despite it being clear that the current roster was not ideally constituted to support his plan. The Redskins are last in the NFL in defense, giving up an...

By Jason Reid  | December 14, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
Categories:  3-4 defense, Brian Orakpo, DeAngelo Hall, Jim Haslett, Mike Shanahan  
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New way to measure effectiveness of offensive lines

Measuring the effectiveness of an offensive line can be a tricky thing. Sack totals don't tell the entire story. Rushing numbers offer a slight hint, as do passing figures. But to get a good feel for line play, you really need to consider all those factors. The smart people at...

By Rick Maese  | December 14, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
Categories:  Offensive line  
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Donovan McNabb: No plan to replace me with Rex Grossman last week

Drama is never more than a few feet away from Redskins' quarterback Donovan McNabb, and to ensure that Sunday's game had an added layer of intrigue, Fox's Jay Glazer issued a pregame report that Rex Grossman would replace McNabb against Tampa Bay if coaches didn't like the way McNabb played....

By Rick Maese  | December 14, 2010; 12:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
 
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With Favre streak over, London Fletcher tied for most consecutive games played

Informed by a reporter in the locker room earlier this season that Minnesota Vikings Brett Favre could miss a game because of an injury, Redskins inside linebacker London Fletcher chuckled and then said, "I'll believe it when I see it." Well, weeks later, Favre did sit out a game, missing...

By Jason Reid  | December 14, 2010; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (97)
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Redskins are mathematically eliminated from playoff contention

With the Redskins mathematically eliminated from postseason contention, their final three games will serve as an audition process for the 2011 season. "And that's not just for the young guys, for the rookies, it's for everyone," cornerback and defensive co-captain DeAngelo Hall said. "Everybody has to go out there and...

By Jason Reid  | December 14, 2010; 6:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (93)
 
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LaRon Landry's stellar season ended early by injury

Strong safety LaRon Landry's best season officially ended Monday when coach Mike Shanahan announced that the Redskins plan to put him on the season-ending injured reserve list because of an Achilles' tendon injury. It had been clear for weeks that Landry's stellar season would be cut short by the injury,...

By Jason Reid  | December 13, 2010; 6:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
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Mike Shanahan: No thought of going for two Sunday

Though the Redskins experienced problems in the kicking game throughout Sunday's 17-16 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Coach Mike Shanahan never considered trying a two-point conversion after pulling to within a point in the game's final nine seconds. The Redskins botched the point-after attempt when holder Hunter Smith failed...

By Jason Reid  | December 13, 2010; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Graham Gano  
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LaRon Landry to IR; Redskins will look at new kickers

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said strong safety LaRon Landry will be placed on season-ending injured reserve this week, another starter gone in a lost season, and the club will bring in candidates Tuesday who might replace kicker Graham Gano. The kicking tryout will be held because Gano has sore ribs,...

By Barry Svrluga  | December 13, 2010; 3:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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Redskins fade in season's second half--again

The Redskins have experienced second-half flops the last three seasons. The team went 2-6 in its final eight games in the 2008 and 2009 seasons under former coach Jim Zorn. Things were supposed to change this season under Coach Mike Shanahan, who won a Super Bowl when he was the...

By Jason Reid  | December 13, 2010; 1:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
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Graham Gano film study aims to correct flaws

Long after most Redskins coaches and players had left their workday behind, place kicker Graham Gano reviewed his disappointing performance in Sunday's 17-16 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at FedEx Field. Shortly after returning home with his wife, Gano went to Redskins Park to watch film, hoping to determine...

By Jason Reid  | December 13, 2010; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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Team still has confidence in Shanahan's plan

Though the Redskins losses continue to mount this season, the team has confidence in the coaching and schemes of the Mike Shanahan regime. It's the players who are not making "routine plays" in crucial situations, cornerback DeAngelo Hall said after Sunday's game. The veteran pointed to two of his own...

By Paul Tenorio  | December 13, 2010; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
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Trent Williams wants more W's

Nearing the end of his rookie season, Redskins left tackle Trent Williams has an appreciation for what really matters in the NFL. So while he was pleased for running back Ryan Torain, who rushed for a career-high 172 yards in Sunday's 17-16 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and proud...

By Jason Reid  | December 13, 2010; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
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Anthony Bryant, Chris Wilson audition for next year

With the Washington Redskins likely out of playoff contention entering Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth suspended for the remainder of the season, some younger players were the beneficiaries of more playing time in the 17-16 loss. Nose tackle Anthony Bryant was active for...

By Paul Tenorio  | December 12, 2010; 9:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (153)
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District native Benn hurts Redskins

Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie wide receiver Arrelious Benn had a big day on his return to the D.C. area. A two-time All-Met wide receiver at Dunbar, Bennn caught 56 passes for 1,039 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior and was the top wide receiver recruit in the country. In...

By Paul Tenorio  | December 12, 2010; 7:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
 
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Gano on missed FGs: "They felt good off my foot"

During warm-ups before Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins kicker Graham Gano said he felt as good as he had all season long. Despite the rain and cold weather at FedEx Field, Gano said he was nailing his practice attempts. That pre-game success failed to translate onto...

By Paul Tenorio  | December 12, 2010; 7:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Santana Moss: "I'm just getting tired of it"

With nine seconds remaining Sunday, veteran receiver Santana Moss had every right to believe he had scored the game-tying touchdown against Tampa Bay. The Redskins had pulled within a point, and all that remained was the extra point to tie. What happened next has already been well-documented - long-snapper Nick...

By Barry Svrluga  | December 12, 2010; 6:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Did the Redskins get a fifth down?

On the Redskins' final drive of Sunday's 17-16 loss to Tampa Bay, there was considerable confusion with the crew in charge of stats about the down and distance as the Redskins approached the goal line. On first-and-10 from the 12, did Anthony Armstrong gain nine yards - leaving second and...

By Barry Svrluga  | December 12, 2010; 5:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
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The botched extra point: What went wrong?

By Rick Maese All the Redskins needed to send Sunday's game into overtime was a simple extra point. There was no shortage of players accepting blame for the botched play that sealed Washington's eighth loss of the season. "What happened tonight is my fault," said punter Hunter Smith, who's charged...

By Barry Svrluga  | December 12, 2010; 5:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Mike Shanahan: Orakpo "was mugged" on winning TD

By Rick Maese Was Brian Orakpo held on Tampa Bay's game-winning touchdowns? No, according to Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan, "he was not held." "He was mugged," the coach quickly added. Similarly, Orakpo had no doubts. "It's clear as day," he said in the locker room after the Redskins' 17-16 loss...

By Barry Svrluga  | December 12, 2010; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
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Redskins lose 17-16 to Bucs on botched extra point snap

Updated: 4:06 p.m. Fourth Quarter After driving 75 yards to set up a tying extra point on a six-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss with just seconds left in the game, the Redskins botched the snap on the point after kick and found a new way to lose, falling to...

By Paul Tenorio  | December 12, 2010; 4:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (314)
 
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LaRon Landry, Carlos Rogers inactive again

Listed as inactive again Sunday, strong safety LaRon Landry and cornerback Carlos Rogers could be headed to the season-ending injured reserve list soon. Landry, sidelined by an Achilles' tendon injury, has not played since the Week 10 blowout loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. The fourth-year player sat out practice during...

By Jason Reid  | December 12, 2010; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
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Rate the Redskins against the Buccaneers

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By Washingtonpost.com sports editors  | December 12, 2010; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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