Posts Tagged ‘washington redskins’

DC Sports hit a crossroad.

January 8, 2010

2008 was the year of change on the Hill.

2010 is the year of change for DC sports.

DC sports have it a crossroad. In the past decade, teams in the District, Maryland and Virginia (DMV) have won only won title and that was Gary Williams and the Terrapins in 2002. Other than that, DC sports have been nothing short of futile.

Growing up in the DMV, I understand the frustration that arises from being a DC area sports fan. First there was optimism when Snyder bought the team and started trying to completely rebuild the franchise. Then Michael Jordan came and everyone was in awe of arguably the greatest player to ever grace Dr. Naismith’s court. Leonisis’ front office drafted what was supposed to be the greatest player since Gretsky. Oh, and DC United won a championship (which apparently no one cares about) and drafted the 16 year-old phenom named Freddy Adu.

Now, things are different. Mike Shanahan was introduced as head coach of the Redskins, weeks after salary cap genius Bruce Allen was brought in. Alex Ovechkin was granted the captains badge on his sweater for a team that has shown brilliance in the past few years. Abe Pollin is gone and while the Wizards looks promising, Gilbert Arenas has taken all the headlines with his upcoming gun possession charges. Oh, and if you care, Curt Onalfo was named head coach of DC United. But again, I’m guessing you don’t care.

So where do we go from here? No doubt Shanahan is expected to win a Super Bowl and bring back the glory to the Redskins. Will it happen? Possibly.

The Capitals are looking like a team that is poised to make a deep playoff run. Will it happen? Possibly.

Abe Pollin is gone, god bless his soul, and the Wizards are in more turmoil than ever. Flip Saunders was brought to town to stablize everything, yet things have fallen apart as they are near the cellar of the Eastern conference and Arenas has threatened the franchise with extreme possibilities of failure for the next decade.

Where do we go from here?

Up. Hopefully.

But will it happen?

Will Snyder be able to take a step back and understand he doe not have to be as hands on?

Will Bruce Boudreau finally have a team worthy of Lord Stanley’s cup?

Will Leonsis be able to reorganize the Wizards after a fiasco as enormous as the Arenas situation?

All of these are interesting story-lines for a city desperate for a championship?

Will they be asnwered? Who knows.

Will Washington fans be happy if they are?

Probably not, but it will be a huge turnaround i any of these franchises find their way out of the professional sports cellar.

Oh, did I not mention the Nationals. Yeah, probably for the best.

The Shanahan experiment: how will this one be different.

January 6, 2010
Shanahan will make Snyder give up the blanket. "No more GM for you"

I know you’ve heard about it. Yeah, Danny Snyder hired Mike Shanahan to restore the Redskins franchise to glory. As you may or may not know, I am a Skins fan that has suffered through the ineptitude that is Snyder’s ownership and pray for the day that maybe we can win nine games. Yes, as of right now, I feel that winning nine games could be seen as successful.

Shanahan has signed and will be announced as the head coach during a press conference in Ashburn at 2 pm today.

I’m exhausted. The only thing I can hear are the final murmurs of the short-lived Zorn era and the screams of other Redskins fans and the media about becoming the Super Bowl champs. The only champions Snyder has been able to produce are those of the offseason.

So where does the organization go from here? Shanahan has been known as a control freak, a personality that seems like it would clash with that of Snyder, but just as he did during Joe Gibbs second stint in DC, Snyder will most likely be taking a more hands-off approach. This is the first step in the supposed “return to glory” and it’s a big one. Shanahan also becomes executive vice president of football operations, the position formerly held by Vinny Cerrato.

In terms of personnel, Shanahan has a good opportunity to build the type of team he wants because of Snyder’s will to win games. Snyder should cede nearly all personnel decisions to Shanahan and new GM Bruce Allen is more of a salary cap guy so that should not be a problem.

Since the Redskins have often been known as the offseason champs by simply reloading every season, how will Shanahan reorganize the team? There are changes that need to be made and I do believe they will be swift. I expect the defense to stay largely intact (except for a change or two in the secondary), but in terms of the offense, nothing is a sure thing. Here are some of the major problems and the things I expect Shanahan to do:
1.Jason Campbell He has been on the hot seat since he was promoted to starter in 2006. Most people think he will be gone, I do not. Shanahan will recognize the major problems on the offensive line and at the wide receiver position and understand that Campbell really isn’t that bad of a quarterback. He’s not great, merely average statistically ranking between 13 and 16 in most major offensive categories. Drafting Sam Bradford or Jimmy Clausen would be far too risky.
2. Offensive Line This is what killed the team all year. Weak players protecting the quarterback was the major problem with the offense. There is NO WAY you can argue with me on that being the biggest problem in terms of personnel. Campbell was never given time and no running back could get through the gaps because the gaps didn’t even exist.

What I expect Shanahan to do: draft Russell Okung out of Oklahoma State. He was the best offensive lineman in the country this past season and I expect him to carry over his talent to the league. Why do you think Shanahan had so many running backs coming out of nowhere and rushing for well over 1,000 yards? He knew how to assemble a solid offensive line.

3. Chris Cooley or Fred Davis Chris Cooley is one of my favorite players in the league and it killed me to see him go down early in the season. He’s a pro-bowler that missed his first games of his career this season. But when he went down, we got a chance to see Fred Davis step up and he definitely impressed a lot of people. There’s no reason to keep two tight ends and switching them in and out would be too much of a hassle for the offense. Veteran Todd Yoder has also shown his worth at tight end and fullback in a backup role so honestly, I could see Cooley or Davis hitting the road this offseason. I’d say it’s more likely Davis draws the short straw and hopefully gets traded for a draft pick. That’s in an ideal world and considering Snyder’s history, I don’t know if it will happen.

4. Wide reciever I don’t know what it is with this franchise’s obsession with short receivers, but our number one and number two receivers can’t stand below six feet. I really don’t want to sound like an idiot, but Brandon Marshall (Shanny drafted) isn’t too happy out in Denver and maybe the team could push through another blockbuster with the Mile High franchise to nap him. Malcolm Kelly and Devin Thomas have shown flashes of brilliance but I don’t know how that holds up next season.

As for how the team will fare next year, I don’t know. I’m not going to go through the schedule and start marking off wins and losses because that would be ridiculous (although I’m sure many people have done it already). I want to see the changes to the organization and how Snyder will change. I’m excited to see the interaction between Shanahan and Allen because their job duties do not overlap. Shanahan is the control guy while Allen is the salary cap guy.

Yes, it’s Dallas Hate Week (Hitler is a Cowboys Fan).

November 20, 2009

First thing I do Saturday, November 21st: Go to Duffys Irish Pub

November 6, 2009
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via DC Sports Bog

When I go home for Thanksgiving break, I’ll be able to take my first legal drink in DC. My first stop: Duffy’s Irish Pub. So come on down and join me on Vermont Ave.

Oh yeah, I’m doing it because Duffy’s is taking a stand against Dan Snyder. Good for them and welcome to the Burgundy Revolution.

Rolling Stone should stick to music.

November 2, 2009

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Rolling Stone ran a piece about the Redskins this month, an article I refused to read because, well, I don’t care what a magazine about music thinks about a football team. Matt Taibbi penned the article, ripping the Redskins ownership and DC Sports altogether. The worst part is Taibbi fails to recognize the only successful franchise in the district. Yeah, he ripped the caps. Via DC Sports Bog:

You have a responsibility to deliver as a football owner when you live in a city whose only other diversions are a basketball team that used to be called the Bullets and a once-good baseball team that used to be called the Montreal Expos (before someone decided to douse its players in [stink] juice, dress them up in bright-red uniforms that appeared to have been stolen off the backs of two-and-a-half-star-hotel bell captains, and bus them to Washington). The Redskins are the only real pro-sports franchise in the nation’s capital….

The Capitals have been the biggest draw for DC sports fans with higher attendance in 2008 than the ‘Skins, Wizards and Nationals. Let’s be honest, the Capitals are one of the best teams in the NHL and have a great young team headed by one of the most recognizable hockey players in the world.

Maybe next time Taibbi should do some research or actually present himself as a rational sports fan that knows what he’s talking about. If he wanted to make a good point about how terrible the Redskins ownership and front office, he would have been better off comparing it to the Capitals ownership group. Ted Leonsis has done a phenomenal job since buying the team from Abe Pollin and deserves some respect. Good thing actual DC sports fans respect that and have bought season tickets at a record rate.

The Burgundy Revolution keeps on truckin’.

October 27, 2009

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It’s “umpossible” to guard DeSean Jackson.

October 27, 2009

DeSean Jackson had a monster game against the Redskins last night with two catches for 69 yards and a 67 yard reverse that he took all the way to the end zone.

After seeing this video, it’s obvious you don’t need to perfect your english skills to play in the NFL. A graduate of Cal-Berkeley, you would think he would know the difference between real words and fake ones, but umpossible? Wow. Just wow. I’m surprised WordPress would even let me post this without asking me if I’m serious.

‘Big Fan’ with Patton Oswalt looks prett-ay, prett-ay, prett-ay good.

July 13, 2009

I tried explaining this trailer and who was in it to my roommate but all that came out was “uh, yeah he’s the guy on King of Queens, no, no, maybe it’s still standing. Eh, fuck it, I won’t be able to figure this one out on the account of all that Meth I’ve been using lately.”

Then I came home and checked out withleather.com and what else do I see but Patton Oswalt’s fat mug in the middle of a embedded youtube video. Ah, technology.

From Withleather via the Sundance Film Festival website:

Paul Aufiero, a 35-year-old parking-garage attendant from working-class Staten Island, is the self-described “world’s biggest New York Giants fan.” One night Paul and his best friend, Sal, spot star Giants linebacker Quantrell Bishop at a gas station in Staten Island. They impulsively follow his SUV into Manhattan to a strip club, where they finally muster up the courage to talk to their hero.

What starts out as a dream come true turns into a nightmare as a misunderstanding ignites a violent confrontation, and Paul is sent down a path that will test his devotion to the extreme.

Sounds and looks pretty damn good, I just hope it comes to a wide release.

Also, I just love that the rest of the NFC East can come together with their hate of Dallas. You can find a lot of these keeping the fat red backs on fans of the Giants, Iggles and Redskins (and self-loathing Cowboys fans) nice and cool.

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Kobe ain’t got nothin on Eloi.

June 11, 2009

I’ll let the video speak for itself simply because it’s downright ridiculous. This is Keith Eloi, the Redskins tryout receiver from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Prepare yourself.

Uh, that’s a little odd. NFL allows teams to pair up with state lotteries.

May 26, 2009

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In another story of free money, the Redskins are teaming up with the Virginia Lottery with ‘Skins themed tickets. That’s odd, I thought the league was against gambling. It’s not the same as the gambling done in Vegas, but the league should at least pretend to actually oppose it. Instead, you can find your favorite NFL team down at your local convenient store. Have fun throwing your money away!