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Russ Grimm: Bonding with the Hogs

Part two of our video series on former Redskins guard Russ Grimm, who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday, explores the friendship among the linemen who comprised The Hogs.

By Washington Post  |  August 5, 2010; 10:47 AM ET
 
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I heart Russ Grimm.

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | August 5, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Grimm has a FIRST class 'stache. Very Ron Swanson...

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 5, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Grimm has a FIRST class 'stache. Very Ron Swanson...

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 5, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

I heart Russ Grimm.

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | August 5, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse
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Pause.

Posted by: AdamCr | August 5, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 5, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

I completely agree. Only problem is I doubt anyone would have said that a week into training camp S Heyer would be our backup LT and RT so I guess the coaches value him. me i dread him getting anymore playing time on this team, ive seen it he has just the worst technique, slow lumbering legs, awkward shuffles, just lunges out with his with his arms while his feet are firmly planted to close toegther to often. Typically poor footwork which is the opposite of what you want out of your zone scheme.

Im all for cutting him and taking lumps with the youngsters. Chalk Jeremy Bridges up to fing Cerrato. If we have him so much of my trepidation about this oline disappears.

Posted by: Stu27 | August 5, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Russ Grimm good guy, always nice every time I saw him.

Posted by: Stu27 | August 5, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Love hearing these old stories...just can't forge those same kinda relationships in pro sports these days...

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 5, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

For the AH apologists out there...looks like Belichick is "mishandling" his DTs too...from PFT:

The other Albert Haynesworths
Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on August 5, 2010 10:29 AM ET
Albert Haynesworth gets all the scorn and media bile, but his situation is hardly unique.

Every year, a few players show up to training camp out of shape and spend the beginning of training camp in purgatory.

Over in New England, disappointing second-year defensive tackle Ron Brace hasn't participated in 13 straight practices. Patriots personnel director Nick Caserio said that Brace didn't pass his physical to open camp, but Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald reports Brace did not pass his conditioning run to open camp.

When Brace passes, he'll get back on the field. (The 2009 second-round pick essentially had a lost rookie season.)

Over in Denver, a similar situation has emerged with veteran nose tackle Jamal Williams. The key free agent pickup has missed four days of practice for unknown reasons, although coach Josh McDaniels said his absence could end soon, perhaps Thursday.

The Broncos won't say why Williams is out, but the smart money is because of his conditioning. Williams' weight has fluctuated throughout his career.

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 5, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Getting rid of Bridges was pretty stupid.

But i have faith in the guys we have. TW and Jammal Brown will be very good.

Posted by: iH8dallas | August 5, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Wow...flashback to middle school!

Anyone else have that Hogs in Tuxedos poster? I rocked that thing on the bedroom wall from 7th grade to high school!!!

Also, while I'm at it....hearing big Joe talk reminds me of when they went to the first Gibb's superbowl....Joe was interviewed by a local tv station...He kept saying that he could not believe they were in the SB...he kept repeating to his wife:

"Irene, we goin' to the supa bow...Irene, we goin' to the supa bow...."

And of course the Big Screen TV commercial featuring Joe J.

Good times!

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | August 5, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Loved that commercial, WG!

Posted by: DikShuttle | August 5, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

And of course the Big Screen TV commercial featuring Joe J.

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | August 5, 2010 11:10 AM

Oh my...I really need to youtube that one when I get home! And the Noboddie Badas Me karate school commercial...classics.

Posted by: PlayAction | August 5, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Russ grimm is the man!! Should have been our O-Cord during "The Return" and then took over when gibbs reretired....oh well...

Joe Jacoby (also a HoFamer in my book...) has sure improved at talking to a camera since those old theatre vision commercials

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlvPBo_HalI

Posted by: chrislarry | August 5, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Russ grimm is the man!! Should have been our O-Cord during "The Return" and then took over when gibbs reretired....oh well...

Posted by: chrislarry | August 5, 2010 11:22 AM


CL, I seem to recall you and I agreeing that Grimm should have at least gotten a sit down for the HC job in the wake of Gibbs' retirement. Part of me would have LOVED to see that natural progression, but another part of me wouldn't want to subject one of our beloved Hogs to the sh*t show that was the Vinny/Danny "braintrust". But if we can't have Grimm leading a return to glory, let's hope that Shanahan can do it...

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 5, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

I suspect we are going to be watching the wire very closely between now and September to see if a decent back-up OT hits the streets or practice squads, 'cause right now, it looks like we don't HAVE a decent back up OT.

I'd keep an eye out for WR's, Safety's and long snappers as well, just to fill out the depth charts a little better if you know what I mean...

Posted by: edvar | August 5, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

CL, I seem to recall you and I agreeing that Grimm should have at least gotten a sit down for the HC job in the wake of Gibbs' retirement. Part of me would have LOVED to see that natural progression, but another part of me wouldn't want to subject one of our beloved Hogs to the sh*t show that was the Vinny/Danny "braintrust". But if we can't have Grimm leading a return to glory, let's hope that Shanahan can do it...

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 5, 2010 11:29 AM

Co-sign

Posted by: edvar | August 5, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Riggins rips Haynesworth: "Get him the hell out of camp"

Posted by Michael David Smith on August 5, 2010 11:20 AM ET

Former Redskins running back John Riggins has weighed in on the Albert Haynesworth saga, saying that it's been clear since the 2009 season Haynesworth doesn't hustle on the field, and that the Redskins would be wise to cut ties with their pricey defensive tackle.

"This guy plays when he wants to play, and he takes plays off when you need him out on the field," Riggins said on SIRIUS XM's Mad Dog Radio, via Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post. "I've never been around a coach that thinks for a second that that's the kind of player that's going to help you win a championship. So my advice, not that anybody's asking it, is to fire the guy. Get him the hell out of camp. The guy's an infection. Why do you want him down in the locker room?"

Haynesworth isn't the only one who was caught in Riggins' cross hairs. Riggins also took a shot at Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb, saying he talks like a politician and adding, "I think he'll come closer to winning the election then he will becoming a Super Bowl winning quarterback."

And like plenty of NFL fans, Riggins is tired of hearing about Brett Favre.

"If you see this man call the local authorities," Riggins said of Favre. "Do not try to apprehend him by yourself. He's nuts."

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 5, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Love Riggo as much as the next Skins fan, but I don't get where he's going with the McNabb thing...I mean, you can't be good with the media AND a successful QB? Tom Brady? Peyton Manning, anyone?

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 5, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Barno1

"Are people on this blog really this stupid these days?"


There are stupid people everywhere.

I meet one every morning in the mirror.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 5, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

"I suspect we are going to be watching the wire very closely."

Edvar- Great show, 5 seasons of the best entertainment HBO or any network had to offer.

As far as upgades @ OT. Levi and Flozell are still available, but I'm not sure they qualify as an upgrade. Hopefully depth comes from within and Jamal's knee/hip can make it thru the season.

Posted by: Diesel44 | August 5, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Hmmm, lots of rolling around in the pocket. What a novel idea, move the pocket in an attempt to protect your QB. This is a concept that Zorn must have never heard of.

Posted by: Devo2 | August 5, 2010 10:45 AM
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And this is something McNabb can do very well. It's probably good work for the offensive linemen: to have to block on the move, get those feet untangled and try to get in front of your man, hold your block a little while longer while the QB is scrambling...

Posted by: RedSkinHead | August 5, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Look like the diesel been hitting the bottle before noon again...

Posted by: Stu27 | August 5, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 5, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse


"Albert Haynesworth does not take test because of sore knee"

In journalism this is a classic example of a STANDING HEAD, a term for a headline that is kept handy because it is used repeatedly.

This is different from the football term 'STANDING ON HEAD"
which is what Russ Grimm in his prime would have done to Albert Haynesworth repeatedly.

Posted by: TheCork | August 5, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Flozell is now the starting RT for the Steelers.

Posted by: ToddStinkston | August 5, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

As far as upgades @ OT. Levi and Flozell are still available, but I'm not sure they qualify as an upgrade. Hopefully depth comes from within and Jamal's knee/hip can make it thru the season.

Posted by: Diesel44 | August 5, 2010 11:44 AM


Actually, Flozell has been a Steeler for close to two weeks now. So if Levi is out there, he's probably worth a call to come in and let us kick his tires, but I can't imagine Heyer doing anything but putting McNabb on IR...

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 5, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

"If you see this man call the local authorities," Riggins said of Favre. "Do not try to apprehend him by yourself. He's nuts."

Posted by: brownwood26

I believe the operative cliche here is "takes one to know one."

Nah, Riggo is just playing the Media Game. Outrageousness equals pub. Pub equals ratings. Ratings equals keep your job. Keep your job equals money in bank, fame and better booze.

Posted by: TheCork | August 5, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Good news from Matt Terl at Redskins.com:

-- 8:40 a.m. ET
Brown’s Status

Players are working through warm-ups and stretch, and right tackle Jammal Brown is out on the practice field with the team.

Brown is wearing full pads and it appears he is back at practice.

Brown sat out Wednesday’s practice due to hip soreness. With the New Orleans Saints last year, he had surgery on the hip, sidelining him for the entire season, so Redskins coaches want to be extra cautious.

Posted by: frediefritz | August 5, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

from redskins.com:

-- 9:10 a.m. ET
Speaking of 11-on-11

First series of 11-on-11 drills and the emphasis has been on running plays, with a couple of play-action passes sprinkled in.

Here are some of the notable plays:

•Phillip Daniels collapsed the front line from the left side and stops Ryan Torain on a run up the middle.
•Rookie Keiland Williams showed nice burst on run to right. He used impressive speed to race past tackles by Carlos Rogers and Rocky McIntosh.
•Donovan McNabb faked a handoff and rolled right and threw a nice pass to rookie Logan Paulsen for a 15-yard gain.
•Andre Carter blitzed past blockers to meet Larry Johnson in backfield to stop a run play.
•Clinton Portis ran straight up the middle and founds nowhere to run – he was engulfed by tacklers. Eventually he was let go, only to find Kareem Moore in his way past the line of scrimmage.
•Rex Grossman connects with Fred Davis on a quick pass downfield for a 20-yard gain.

Posted by: frediefritz | August 5, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

As far as the 11 on 11 updates from Redskins.com go, I've seen alot of good things.

Especially Fred Davis, D-Mac, LJ and Austin.

The one name I have not seen alot of is Santana Moss.

Does anyone know how he's doing?

Posted by: iH8dallas | August 5, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

more 11 on 11 news from redskins.com:

•Donovan McNabb fired a quick pass to Joey Galloway on the left sideline for a nice 10-yard pickup.
•Adam Carriker broke free of a block and would have a clear shot on McNabb. Sensing the pressure, McNabb tossed a short pass to Davis.
•Rex Grossman rolls left, but this time Chris Wilson – starting to get a read on the QB bootlegs, perhaps? – is there to put the pressure on him. Grossman gets rid of the ball. He bounces the throw in front of a receiver, incomplete pass.
•McNabb-to-Davis connection continues. On play action, McNabb rolled right. Kedric Golston had a chance to sack him, but McNabb threw to Davis downfield for a sizable gain.
•Brian Orakpo is on his game. He batted down consecutive passes by McNabb at the line of scrimmage, including one in which McNabb was rolling right and looking downfield for a receiver.
•Clinton Portis working with the second-team offense, took a handoff and ran to the right. He did not see much running room behind Clint Oldenburg and Chad Rinehart. Perry Riley and Kareem Moore combined for the stop.
•Richard Bartel fakes a handoff to Ryan Torain, then passes to Torain across the middle for a short gain.
•Larry Johnson slips past the line of scrimmage on a run up the middle, but Byron Westbrook is there to wrap him up.
•Rookie safety Anderson Russell pulled in an ill-advised deep throw by Bartel. It was an easy interception.

Posted by: frediefritz | August 5, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Players are working through warm-ups and stretch, and right tackle Jammal Brown is out on the practice field with the team.

Brown is wearing full pads and it appears he is back at practice.

--Matt Terl at Redskins.com:

I'm not worried about reports that Trent baby is getting beat in practice. Like the young Chris Samuels going against Bruce Smith in practice, he's profiting from learning to block guys like Orakpo, and maybe, eventually Haynesworth.

What is MOST comforting is Shanahan, rather than have the rookie learn at ORT, with a veteran OLT like Jammal Brown protecting the team's most valuable asset, trusts Trent to START a left tackle.

I'll be concerned Trent has problems if they flip flop positions now. But the kid sure has his work cut out for him this year.

Posted by: TheCork | August 5, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

I believe the operative cliche here is "takes one to know one."

Posted by: TheCork | August 5, 2010 11:55 AM


Cork, Riggo said as much right after that. He's always good for a little self-depricating humor, which helps make his schtick more endearing.

I 100% agree with his AH take, but I'm still scratching my head on McNabb...I mean, being good with the media has ZERO to do with whether or not you can win a big football game, so where is he even going with that?

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 5, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

"If you see this man call the local authorities," Riggins said of Favre. "Do not try to apprehend him by yourself. He's nuts."

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 5, 2010 11:38 AM

Riggo was talkin about himself in the 3rd person??

Posted by: 4thFloor | August 5, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Russ and those old Hogs was bad..You check the stats in those years and the Skins were at the top in pass protection and yards rushed-that spell championships. Congrats, but if you kill Chick on that motorcycle , you'll have to put his head in your place in the Hall..Or maybe we can use it for Afghan Polo...

Posted by: frak | August 5, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

I 100% agree with his AH take, but I'm still scratching my head on McNabb...I mean, being good with the media has ZERO to do with whether or not you can win a big football game, so where is he even going with that?

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 5, 2010 12:07 PM

I don't think Riggo is a fan of bringing in all the greybeards. These were some comments he made in May:

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Riggins also discussed the first off-season for Shanahan, who was hired to coach the team in January, and general manager Bruce Allen.

Specifically, Riggins pointed to the trade for quarterback Donovan McNabb, and the veteran running backs and wide receivers "they're recycling," including Larry Johnson, Willie Parker, Joey Galloway, and Bobby Wade.

"Boy, if this doesn't have the feel of George Allen," he said. "And at the same time, it feels a little bit like Joe Gibbs. Joe brought in Mark Brunell.

"Bruce Allen, probably not unlike his dad, believes in building his team with veterans," he added. "And they think they can have a competitive team this fall by doing so. I'm a little skeptical of that.

Posted by: Alan4 | August 5, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Elvis Dumervil has torn pectoral muscle
Posted by Michael David Smith on August 5, 2010 11:53 AM ET
The results are in on Elvis Dumervil's injury, and the news is bad.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Dumervil, the Broncos' top pass rusher, suffered a torn pectoral muscle during Wednesday's practice.

A torn pectoral muscle is usually a season-ending injury. Schefter reports that Dumervil is expected to miss about four months, which means he might be able to return for the final few weeks of the regular season.

Losing Dumervil, who's coming off a 17-sack season in 2009, is a huge blow to the Broncos. The injury comes just two weeks after Dumervil signed a six-year, $61.5 million contract that guarantees him $43 million.

Posted by: 4thFloor | August 5, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

"Irene, we goin' to the supa bow...Irene, we goin' to the supa bow...."

And of course the Big Screen TV commercial featuring Joe J.

Good times!

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | August 5, 2010 11:10 AM |

I loved that commercial for Theater Vision. "And yes, you can have this set here, for as little as nine nine-ta-five."

For the last 30 years, my family uses "And yes" interchangeably with "No sh*t".

As far as El Riggo, I can't believe anyone's surprised at his comments whether they are critical of a player, the coaching staff or even the dark-hearted owner.

NEWSFLASH: John Riggins is no longer employed by the Washington Redskins.

It's his JOB to be critical or do what ever it takes to garner enough listeners/viewers to justify their rates for advertising.

Tony Kornheiser actually works for ESPN but regularly KILLS people on his show(s) that work for ESPN. Where's the outrage there?

AND YES!

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | August 5, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm not worried about reports that Trent baby is getting beat in practice. Like the young Chris Samuels going against Bruce Smith in practice, he's profiting from learning to block guys like Orakpo, and maybe, eventually Haynesworth.

What is MOST comforting is Shanahan, rather than have the rookie learn at ORT, with a veteran OLT like Jammal Brown protecting the team's most valuable asset, trusts Trent to START a left tackle.

I'll be concerned Trent has problems if they flip flop positions now. But the kid sure has his work cut out for him this year.

Posted by: TheCork | August 5, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

I like this: Trent Williams and Jammal Brown will be A-OK.

Skins have the best O-Line in the NFC EAST

BOOK IT.

We made our weakness our strength.

Posted by: iH8dallas | August 5, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Wow. There was a new thread about AH getting an MRI, and at least 6 responses. Then all of a sudden it's no longer there!

Posted by: frediefritz | August 5, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

CBSSports is reporting that Mike Furry has a concussion. Malcolm Kelly just blew a slight sigh of relief.

Posted by: TWISI | August 5, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

IH8Dallas? So your old weakness was bowel control?

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | August 5, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Skins have the best O-Line in the NFC EAST

BOOK IT.

We made our weakness our strength.

Posted by: iH8dallas | August 5, 2010 12:46 PM

I'm tellin' ya man, lay off that crazy ish. It'll rot your brain!

On the serious, I love your optimism. Norv-to-Marty-to-Spurrier-to-Gibbs-to-Zorn-to-Shanahan has put a serious dent in mine.

Posted by: Alan4 | August 5, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Regarding the desappearing thread, I guess when it comes to Fat Albert Haynesworth, MRI stands for:

-Mega-Rich Individual

-Must Rest Indoors

-Mostly Retarded Idiot

-Make Redskins Irrelevant

.....and my favorite


Meager Return on Investment


Thank you.


Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | August 5, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

What happened to the other 3 threads that were after this one?


The hot tub is bubbly than a motherfucca. Joint is workin overtime.

Posted by: RedDMV | August 5, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Wow. There was a new thread about AH getting an MRI, and at least 6 responses. Then all of a sudden it's no longer there!

Posted by: frediefritz | August 5, 2010 12:50 PM

Wow...Haynesworth is really taking this fake knee injury thing to the next level.

Posted by: TWISI | August 5, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Hey Red, I liked that quote you posted the other day from Dan Snyder. Never saw that before, but it was kind of interesting how he called out Zorn for the fake field goal calls.

Posted by: Alan4 | August 5, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

First fake reasons to miss OTA's & mini's.

Then fake tests only really used as a shot across the bow to remind the team who is in charge.

Then fake injuries during said fake conditioning tests.

Now fake threads.

Classic.

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | August 5, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/13698597/redskins-camp-report-shanahan-mcnabb-creating-believers?tag=headlines;nfl

And yes our O-Line is going to be the best in the East.

Dallas- The age will catch up to them as it did us the last 2 years.

Philly- Just not that great

New York- Had a great O-line, but have done nothing to improve it.They draft 25 defensive linemen every year. AGE.

Washington- Future All-Pro Williams at LT, 2x Probowler at RT.Kick a$$ left guard, Hicks is very reliable as well as Rabach.

Yes, we have depth. If injuries occur we can plug in some guys and go very run-heavy.

Posted by: iH8dallas | August 5, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Funny, when I heard Danny say something about 'cruise into the playoffs', I thought he was referencing signing his butt-buddy, Tom "Shrimpy" Cruise.

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | August 5, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Ah yes. Here we have all the dumbasz deadskins fans lamenting the passing of the good ol' days. Keep lamenting. Things will never be that goo again, morons.

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | August 5, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Russ'll be smelling the roses now. Time for the next generation: Cody. Linebacker at Virginia Tech this last year he showed an uncanny knack for smelling out plays and getting there for stand-out stops. The NFL team that signs him and makes the best use of his talents should have a legend in the spirit of dad Russ Grimm.

Posted by: naahbob | August 5, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Hey Washington Post, how about correcting the mistake that you made in Russ Grimm's career timeline. In the 1990 playoffs, the skins lost to the 49ers, not the Steelers.

Posted by: whicks58 | August 5, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

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