Found July 23, 2012 on
With the 2012 season fast-approaching, I figured it was LONG overdue (sorry about that) for a “State of the Redskins” article of sorts. As it stands at the moment, the Washington Redskins roster reflects a team that is both looking towards the future and remembering what has and has not worked in the past.  It elicits a feeling of tremendous confidence and optimism to know that promising and talented youth have been brought in while also having the opportunity to benefit from the maturity, wisdom, and experience many of the older players will bring to the table this season. Let’s simply look at the Quarterback position for now. Robert Griffin III was officially named the starter after only 5 practices. He stands as potentially the Redskins first franchise Quarterback in decades. To many he represents the future; a reason why one shouldn’t relinquish their alliance to the team just yet. Sure some people seem to be getting ahead of themselves, but in an organization that has had a long-standing reputation for shoving “washed-up” talent and empty promises down fans throats, one must cling to the present and promising facts. RGIII wasn’t hyped up by Shanahan, as was the case with Beck, his numbers speak for themselves. His Heisman speaks for itself. And thus, when news broke that the ‘Skins would keep Rex Grossman on for another season to act as a mentor of sorts for the rookie QB, many fans reacted in disbelief, frustration and outrage. “Grossman has no place on this team.” “He’s just going to pollute RGIII’s talent.” Raise your hand if you’ve heard (or said) things along this line. We’re all guilty. However, I’ve warmed up to the idea. Sure Grossman doesn’t stand as the most talented QB in the NFL, but his experience is unquestionable. He has played with multiple teams, in multiple situations and with a large variety of talent around him. The man even played in a Super Bowl. And while he may not always be able to deliver the ball from Point A to Point B without it making a pit stop at Point O-Damn, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a conceptual understanding of what he needs to do. The delivery might be off, but the intentions remain. RGIII will likely benefit from veteran Grossman’s experience And let’s not forget about Kirk Cousins. Like many people, I honestly expected him to go in the first few rounds of the draft. But the Skins’ seem to have lucked out in acquiring him  in the fourth round. In college, Cousins showed significant improvement, graduating as the record-holder for Michigan State in passing touchdowns, passing yards, completions, passing efficiency, total offense, and 200-yard passing games. He not only competed in a series of Bowl games, he set records in many of them.  In 2010 his team won the Big Ten, and in 2011 Cousins led the Spartans to the first ever Big Ten Championship game. Even though they lost, his leadership and athleticism was impressive enough to earn him many awards. He is consistent, a good leader, and most importantly, able to win big when it matters most. Washington hasn’t seen a Quarterback with those qualities in many, many years. And now we have two, as well as an experienced Quarterback to mentor them. Cousins will be a backup, but will remain a source of talent on the team. You might think that any name is irrelevant besides RGIII’s, but as history has shown, having depth is always important. I know none of us want to even consider the possibility that RGIII could be injured, but realistically, it is a possibility. It’s better to be safe than sorry, especially when the Redskins offensive line is still questionable. Assuming  RGIII is able to make the transition from college to Pro (which he seems to be handling with his usual quiet confidence and poise), I’d say the Redskins are doing remarkably well in a department that has plagued the team for years.

'Skins OT's silverback gorilla back tattoo

I’m not keen on the lettering, but the gorilla portion of the tattoo is fantastic. Redskins OT Trent Williams is a big, big man, and whether you know it or not, he’s been given the nickname”Silverback” (by himself actually) in deference to his size. He so thoroughly enjoys his animalistic moniker that he went and had this tattoo of a Silverback gorilla inked on his back...

The Washington Redskins' surprise player of 2012: Aldrick Robinson

Sparked by a question asked on Twitter, @LL_HTTR has convinced me that Aldrick Robinson will be the surprise of the season. Robinson was called up from the practice squad by the Washington Redskins in the latter part of the 2011 season, after another team offered him a roster spot. Even though didn't get a chance to see the field last year, he does have the benefit of being indoctrinated...

Shanahan looking to turn Redskins around in 2012

The dawn of a new NFL season is upon us and there is no coach who is looking more to get the season started than the Washington Redskins head coach, Mike Shanahan. Shanahan is entering his third season as the head man in the nation’s capital and it will no doubt be a very important one [...]

2012 Fantasy Football Preview: Washington Redskins

QUARTERBACK All eyes are on Robert Griffin III this upcoming season. With high expectations coming off a breakout season at Baylor and earning college football's top honor by winning the Heisman Trophy, RG3 has his work cut out for him. Expect Griffin to get the nod as the starting quarterback entering the 2012 season. Rex Grossman will most likely take the role as the backup...

Redskins Tackle Has Massive Silverback Gorilla Tattoo on Back

I have never understood tattoos, and sometimes I am glad for  that.  Case in point, take Washington Redskins’ tackle Trent Williams’ latest ink job. According to TMZ: Washington Redskins offensive lineman Trent Williams is 6’5″ and weighs 318 pounds, so just imagine how much ink was used to slap a gigantic tattoo on his back. WIlliams — whose self-annointed nickname...

Redskins OT Trent Williams gets giant gorilla tattoo on his back

Tattoos and athletes go hand in hand. Multiple tatts are like an unofficial part of jocks uniforms – unless you’re Cam Newton playing for the Panthers but I digress. Redskins OT Trent Williams nicknamed himself “Silverback”  yeah, as in the gorilla and to solidify it, Williams went out a had $3,000 worth of ink added [...]

The 1991 Redskins Were Basically The Best Team Ever, Says Math

I’m a longtime fan of the Football Outsiders gang and am just ripping through their 2012 Almanac, so it’s with great joy that I present to you their latest finding: With the official unveiling of the 1991 DVOA [Defense-adjusted Value Over Average] ratings, the Redskins pass the 2007 Patriots as the highest-rated team in DVOA history. Washington may have been the most well-rounded...

Albert Haynesworth’s back could be forcing him into retirement.

Eagles defensive line coach Jim Washburn recently commented on his personal knowledge of his former pupil Albert Haynesworth’s current situation. To read this story please click the link below.

Redskins QB Robert Griffin the 3rd stars in Adidas commercial (Video)

If we learned anything from this Adidas commercial starring Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin the 3rd, it's this singular fact. Once RG3 gets into your head, he will never leave and might cause you to believe that he is everywhere:

Notebook: Holding firm on offset language?

While Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck got their way with their contracts, there is a sentiment among other NFL teams to stand strong on having “offset language” in the contracts of their first-rounders. Plus, Brett Favre talked about his frosty relationship with the Packers and NFL referees warned of the dangers of replacement refs.

Should the Patriots bring back Andre Carter?

When the Patriots brought in veteran defensive end Andre Carter last August, they didn’t know what to expect from a guy who was cut by the Washington Redskins and had recorded three seasons with at least 10 or more. All he did in 2011 was become a force for the 31st ranked defense recording 52 [...]

Redskins News Digest, July 21 Edition: The Robert Griffin III era begins

The Washington Redskins signed Robert Griffin III to a four-year rookie contract with a fifth-year option last Wednesday. For a legion of fans, that is the beginning and end of all Redskins news. Griffin 3rd was the second overall Draft pick, but the media treats him in all respects like the No. 1 pick. Griffin signed a day before Andrew Luck inked his deal with the Colts. Pundits...
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