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Redskins Insider: January 2, 2011 - January 8, 2011

Mike Shanahan, Donovan McNabb's agent hope to meet soon

Agent Fletcher N. Smith III and Coach Mike Shanahan hope to meet soon to discuss the future of quarterback Donovan McNabb, a person familiar with the situation said Friday. Smith has been dealing with many other issues since recently returning to the country, and Shanahan is focused on completing his...

By Jason Reid  | January 7, 2011; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (781)
Categories:  Donovan McNabb  
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Redskins off-season: defensive needs

Our three-part series on the Redskins off-season concluded today, with Part 3 on the coaching staff and team culture. You can also read about the offense and defense heading into 2011. Here's a look at who started for the Redskins defense (and special teams) in Week 1 of this past...

By Jason Reid  | January 7, 2011; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
 
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Redskins off-season: offensive needs

In case you haven't caught up with our three-part series on the Redskins off-season -- what the team achieved in 2010 and what it needs in 2011, check it out. Part 1: offense Part 2: defense Part 3: coaching staff and team culture In Part 1, we dissected the offense....

By Rick Maese  | January 7, 2011; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
 
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Police investigating night club incident involving Fred Davis

Police are investigating an altercation in a D.C. nightclub early Thursday in which Redskins tight end Fred Davis and a Baltimore woman allegedly threw drinks in each other's faces. The incident occurred about 1 a.m. in Josephine, a dance club at Vermont and L streets NW, and the woman, who...

By Paul Duggan  | January 6, 2011; 6:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (186)
Categories:  Fred Davis  
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Roster analysis: The cornerback market

With only two cornerbacks -- DeAngelo Hall and Kevin Barnes -- under contract for 2011, look for the Redskins to address the position either in the draft or via free agency. Below are some notable veteran cornerbacks who could or will be on the market this offseason: Eric Wright,...

By J.I. Halsell  | January 6, 2011; 1:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (166)
Categories:  Carlos Rogers, Roster analysis  
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Getting defensive

The Washington Post's Jonathan Forsythe, LaVar Arrington, Rick Maese and Dan Steinberg discuss offseason priorities for the Redskins' 31st ranked defense....

By Washington Post editors  | January 6, 2011; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
Categories:  3-4 defense  
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Justin Tryon says playing for Colts is 'night and day' difference from Redskins

The Redskins aren't in the playoffs, but several former Washington players and coaches still have football games to worry about. Jim Zorn in Baltimore, Sherman Smith and Jerry Gray in Seattle, Shaun Suisham in Pittsburgh. And perhaps one of the most surprising: the Indianapolis Colts starting cornerback Justin Tryon. Speaking...

By Rick Maese  | January 6, 2011; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (144)
 
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Should the Redskins rely on Luck?

How much should the team be willing to trade away to move up in the draft and select Stanford's Andrew Luck? Give us your answer in the Redskins Tailgate Zone:...

By Matt McFarland  | January 5, 2011; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (298)
 
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Statistical analysis: Wrapping up the 2010-11 season

Analyzing the Redskins each week was more difficult than I imagined. On the field, they were uninteresting in almost every way. All the drama was off the field, with the coach, the quarterback, and a certain defensive lineman taking turns playing lead in the soap opera that was the 2010-11...

By Brian Burke  | January 5, 2011; 10:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
Categories:  Statistical analysis  
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Redskins off-season: looking at the offense

[Video] Redskins beat writer Rick Maese and former GM Charley Casserly talked about the team's biggest off-season needs on "Washington Post Live." If you haven't read it yet, check out Rick's story on the state of the offense heading into 2011. Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames. For more video talk...

By Washington Post Sports  | January 5, 2011; 9:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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Redskins sign six to reserve contracts

The Redskins signed six players to reserve/futures contracts to retain their rights for the offseason, including 2009 draft pick Selvish Capers, the team announced Tuesday. Washington selected Capers, who is 6 foot 5 and 315 pounds, in the seventh round (231st overall) of the 2010 draft. He did not make...

By Jason Reid  | January 4, 2011; 6:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (158)
 
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Malcolm Kelly hopes 2011 is his year

After another wasted season, third-year wide receiver Malcolm Kelly hopes to finally become a major contributor in 2011. Kelly sat out the entire 2010 season after suffering a severe hamstring injury in late July, and he's likely facing his last chance to impress the Redskins. Although this season has just...

By Jason Reid  | January 4, 2011; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
Categories:  Malcolm Kelly  
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Football Insider Live: What will the Redskins look like in 2011?

Rick Maese joined LaVar Arrington, Dan Steinberg and host Jonathan Forsythe on this week's webcast to discuss what 2010 players will likely be on the 2011 roster and how the Redskins could be remade in the offseason. You can also download the podcast of this show or subscribe to the...

By Washington Post editors  | January 4, 2011; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
 
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London Fletcher: still tackling after all these years

Despite a scheme change and struggles on defense, insider linebacker London Fletcher continued to impress in his 13th NFL season. Coach Mike Shanahan and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett raved about the performance and leadership of Washington's defensive co-captain, who again was among the league leaders in tackles. Tackles are not...

By Jason Reid  | January 4, 2011; 1:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  London Fletcher  
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John Elway: Mike Shanahan will turn it around in DC

Perhaps no NFL player is as familiar with Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan as John Elway The ups and downs of their relationship spanned more than a decade and included two Super Bowl wins. Elway has had little to say publicly about his former coach since Shanahan was hired as the...

By Rick Maese and Mark Giannotto  | January 4, 2011; 10:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (109)
Categories:  Donovan McNabb, Mike Shanahan  
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Five Redskins need surgery

Redskins tight end Chris Cooley (left knee) underwent arthroscopic surgery Monday and several other players are scheduled to have arthroscopic procedures this week, Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday. Strong safety LaRon Landry (right shoulder), free safety Kareem Moore (right knee) and center Casey Rabach (right shoulder) are up next. In...

By Jason Reid  | January 3, 2011; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (178)
Categories:  Casey Rabach, Chris Cooley, Kareem Moore, Kedric Golston, LaRon Landry, Mike Shanahan  
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Mike Shanahan is bringing back his staff

Barring the departure of assistants for positions elsewhere, Washington's coaching staff will return intact next season, Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday at Redskins Park. "I'm gonna keep everybody," he said during his final scheduled media availability of the 2010 season. "You never know if some coaches, or assistant coaches, will...

By Jason Reid  | January 3, 2011; 5:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
Categories:  Mike Shanahan  
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McNabb, Haynesworth dominate end-of-season news

Two issues dominated Mike Shanahan's first season as coach of the Washington Redskins:the discontent and eventual suspension of defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth, and the acquisition and eventual benching of quarterback Donovan McNabb. So it was appropriate that Shanahan's season-ending news conference Monday was dominated by those two story lines. The...

By Barry Svrluga  | January 3, 2011; 5:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth, Donovan McNabb, Mike Shanahan  
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Mike Shanahan says John Elway will aid Broncos

Mike Shanahan is more than a little familiar with the newest member of the Denver Broncos' front office. Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway is expected to be introduced this week as the Broncos' vice president of football operations. When Elway was quarterbacking the Broncos, Shanahan was his offensive coordinator...

By Rick Maese  | January 3, 2011; 4:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Mike Shanahan  
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Redskins trying to learn how to win close games

When Mike Shanahan addressed the media after Sunday's season-ending loss to the New York Giants, he tried to assess a 6-10 season - and put something of a positive spin on the results. "Obviously, when you finish the way we did, with six wins, you've got some areas to work...

By Barry Svrluga  | January 3, 2011; 3:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
Categories:  Mike Shanahan, Trent Williams  
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Vonnie Holliday will remain part of labor talks

Vonnie Holliday completed his 13th NFL season - and first with the Redskins - on Sunday. Now, even though he signed a two-year contract with Washington prior to 2010, the veteran defensive lineman must decide if he wants to return for a 14th year. "You always consider retirement, every year,"...

By Barry Svrluga  | January 3, 2011; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  collective bargaining negotiations  
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Andre Carter does not believe he'll be back

It was clear before the season that Andre Carter was not a good fit for the Redskins' new 3-4 defense. Carter struggled as a stand-up outside linebacker in his only season in the role with the San Francisco 49ers, and he was coming off arguably the best year of his...

By Jason Reid  | January 3, 2011; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Andre Carter  
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Casey Rabach to have surgery on right shoulder

Redskins center Casey Rabach said he will have surgery on his right shoulder Thursday, a procedure that was scheduled prior to Sunday's season finale against the New York Giants. Rabach, 33, is under contract for next season. He started all 16 games for the fifth time in six seasons with...

By Barry Svrluga  | January 3, 2011; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Casey Rabach  
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Is Rex Grossman still the Redskins' starting QB?

Quarterback Rex Grossman committed eight turnovers (four interceptions and four lost fumbles) during his three-week audition as a starter. He also had seven touchdown passes and twice passed for at least 320 yards. The Redskins went 1-2 with Grossman leading the offense. Has the eight-year veteran done enough to solidify...

By Jason Reid  | January 3, 2011; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
Categories:  Rex Grossman  
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Redskins hold No. 10 pick in April draft

So how big was that Redskins win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Dec. 26? It apparently cost the Redskins a few spots in the draft order. Had Washington lost that game, it would have held the No. 6 pick in the draft with a 5-11 record. Instead, the Redskins are...

By Rick Maese  | January 3, 2011; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
 
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Graham Gano says misses are a matter of technique

Place kicker Graham Gano faced another wave of reporters' questions Monday about his missed 30-yard field goal in the season-ending loss to the New York Giants. Coach Mike Shanahan and special teams coordinator Danny Smith supported the young kicker through growing pains in his first full NFL season. After Gano's...

By Jason Reid  | January 3, 2011; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Graham Gano  
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Hey, who's the big guy at Albert Haynesworth's locker?

Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth showed up at Redskins Park for the first time in a month Monday, cleaning out his locker and apparently meeting with coaches before entering an offseason in which his future with the team is extremely shaky. "I've got nothing to say," was the only comment...

By Barry Svrluga  | January 3, 2011; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth, Mike Shanahan  
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Graham Gano's future is cloudy after Sunday's game

The Redskins were expected to sign place kickers in the offseason to challenge Graham Gano before he missed his 11th field-goal attempt in Sunday's season-ending 17-14 loss to the New York Giants. But after Gano's 30-yard attempt sailed wide left, his standing on the team seems shaky heading into the...

By Jason Reid  | January 3, 2011; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (134)
Categories:  Graham Gano  
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Redskins set to pick 10th in 2011 NFL draft

With the regular season finished, the top portion of the NFL draft has come into focus and the Redskins will likely hold the No. 10 overall pick. Washington was one of seven teams to finish the regular season with a 6-10 record. The NFL uses strength of schedule to break...

By Rick Maese  | January 3, 2011; 12:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  NFL Draft  
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Rex Grossman's audition: Did he do enough?

Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman's three-game audition ended unspectacularly Sunday afternoon in a 17-14 loss to the New York Giants. Grossman completed 26 of 44 passes for 336 yards and two touchdowns but also threw an interception and lost two fumbles. Whether he impressed enough in his three starts will remain...

By Paul Tenorio  | January 2, 2011; 10:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
Categories:  Rex Grossman  
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DeAngelo Hall: "I still got a long way to go"

Cornerback DeAngelo Hall is the Redskins' lone representative in the Pro Bowl. But after another performance in which he gave up a key play - the 92-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning to Mario Manningham that essentially decided Sunday's 17-14 loss to the New York Giants - Hall was taking...

By Barry Svrluga  | January 2, 2011; 9:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  DeAngelo Hall  
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Redskins in '11: Only three playoff opponents

With the NFL's regular season coming to a conclusion with Sunday night's St. Louis-Seattle game, the Redskins' schedule of opponents is finalized. It includes only four games against three teams going to the playoffs - two against Philadelphia and home games against New England and the New York Jets. Dates...

By Barry Svrluga  | January 2, 2011; 9:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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Chris Cooley to have knee scoped Monday

Tight end Chris Cooley is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery Monday, he said after Sunday's game. Cooley had five receptions 53 yards in Washington's 17-14 loss to the New York Giants at FedEx Field. He finished the season with 77 catches for 849 yards (a 11.0-yard average) and three...

By Jason Reid  | January 2, 2011; 9:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Chris Cooley  
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Shanahan on McNabb: "Nothing is out of the realm of possibility"

Quarterback Donovan McNabb entered the 2010 season as the Redskins' splashiest offseason addition, a six-time Pro Bowler who was to offer Washington stability at what had, for years, been a tenuous spot. But McNabb ended the year in Sunday's 17-14 loss to the New York Giants as an afterthought, the...

By Barry Svrluga  | January 2, 2011; 9:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Donovan McNabb, Mike Shanahan  
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Giants defeat Redskins 17-14 in hard-fought finale

Updated: 7:22 p.m. Fourth Quarter The Washington Redskins first season under Coach Mike Shanahan came to an end on Sunday afternoon with a 17-14 loss to the New York Giants at home, completing a 6-10 season. It was Washington's sixth loss at home in 2010. Despite the win, the Giants...

By Paul Tenorio  | January 2, 2011; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (357)
 
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Carlos Rogers out for Redskins' finale vs. Giants

The Redskins will be without starting cornerback Carlos Rogers for Sunday's season finale against the New York Giants. Rogers suffered a calf injury in last week's win at Jacksonville and was included on the Redskins' inactive list against the Giants. The news means that Rogers, a first-round pick in 2005...

By Rick Maese  | January 2, 2011; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (114)
Categories:  Carlos Rogers  
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Mark Schlereth on Mike Shanahan

ESPN's Mark Schlereth, who played for Mike Shanahan in Denver, reviews Shanahan's first year as head coach of the Washington Redskins, via Hogs Haven...

By Washington Post editors  | January 2, 2011; 2:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  Donovan McNabb  
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Rate the Redskins' season finale against the Giants

washingtonpost.com users rate the Redskins' performance against the New York Giants on Jan. 2, 2010.

By Washington Post Sports  | January 2, 2011; 11:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
Categories:  NFC East, Polls  | Tags:  Giants, Rate the Redskins, Redskins  
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