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Mike Shanahan made his name on the ground. During his 14 years coaching in Denver, the Broncos led the NFL in rushing while featuring six backs who gained at least 1,000 yards in a season.
Not coincidentally, Denver won two Super Bowls, made the playoffs six times and enjoyed nine winning seasons.
That kind of success has been much more elusive for Shanahan in Washington. The Redskins were 30th in rushing in 2010 and 25th in 2011. Their top two backs didn't total 1,000 yards in either season, with the team finishing 11-21.
So for all the hype about rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, the Redskins aren't likely to make a quantum leap in 2012 unless they get their running game going.
Veteran Tim Hightower was the starter when he tore his left ACL in Week 7 last year. Roy Helu took over and ran for 100 yards in three straight games before getting banged up. Fellow rookie Evan Royster stepped in and gained 100 yards in each of the final two contests.
So who's going t...
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Open mouth, insert foot. That's what someone should be telling Redskins kicker Neil Rackers after he simultaneously insulted 28 NFL teams.
In talking with CSNWashington.com, Rackers said, "I like the idea of NFC East football. It’s real football. I think it’s a team that’s got an opportunity to do some special things."
Wait -- what?
The NFC East, in my view...
Redskins’ tight end Fred Davis might want to think about explaining himself, it just makes people laugh. In an interview with 106.7, The Fan in Washington D.C., Davis explained his continual failed drug tests that cost him four games in 2011 according to Profootballtalk.com. Davis stated:
“So, it’s one of those situations where you guys are all like, ‘Oh, you failed it...
On an improved defense last season, the Washington Redskins' safety play was still a weak link.
Strong side starter LaRon Landry never truly recovered from the Achilles injury that ended his 2010 season prematurely, and newcomer Oshiomogho Atogwe was often ailing and wasn't the playmaker he had been during his best years with the St. Louis Rams.
Exit Landry and Atgowe....
Has there been anyone as polarizing as Robert Griffin III this offseason? The man won the Heisman Trophy. He’s been on every endorsement commercial offered to players who can play the game at a high level. The man was even spotted at the Women’s Final Four this year rooting for his alma mater. A lot [...]The post Robert Griffin III, The Athletic Quarterback, And The Future Of...
Washington rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III has garnered rave reviews for his performance on the gridiron since training camp commenced July 26 at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Virginia. Griffin, 22, who the Skins nabbed out of Baylor University with the … Continue reading →
Mike Shanahan has yet to decide on who the Washington Redskins’ starting running back will be heading into the 2012 season, but that is not a bad problem to have.
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Tim Hightower, Roy Helu Jr. and Evan Royster are three outstanding, young backs each with their own talent to boast.
Hightower is clearly the most experienced back at the Redskins’ disposal...
According to Vic Tafur of SFGate.com, during an interview on ESPN 980 in Washington D.C., Redskins general manager Bruce Allen slipped up and mentioned that he was on the phone with the Oakland Raiders discussing a trade.
Tafur mentioned Redskins tight end Chris Cooley as someone who could be on the move.
It would make sense for the Skins to deal Cooley after the knee...