Redskins Pros and Cons: Week 12

By Jake Russell

The more things change for the Washington Redskins, the more they stay the same.

After the Redskins’ opening offensive resulted in a three-and-out, their defense immediately allowed a quick five-play, 59-yard drive by the San Francisco 49ers. In the first four minutes of the game, a blowout appeared imminent.

However, the offense tied the game at seven in the second quarter and the defense only allowed 10 points the rest of the game. The problem was offense, which could only generate two field goals after Alfred Morris’ one-yard touchdown run.

After a stellar defensive performance, the Redskins had two opportunities to win in the final minutes of the game but couldn’t come through. The end result? A 17-13 loss and their second 3-8 record in as many seasons.

The storyline this week will continue to be Robert Griffin III and his inability to come through in the clutch like he did in his rookie season.

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Joe Jacoby Among 26 Semifinalists For Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015

Former Washington Redskins offensive tackle Joe Jacoby, who spent 13 seasons in the burgundy and gold, is among 26 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015.

This is the third straight year Jacoby has been named a semifinalist and fifth overall. He has yet to be named a finalist since his eligibility began in 1999.

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Redskins Pros and Cons: Week 11

By Jake Russell

Embarrassing. Disheartening. Lifeless. Sad.

Those are just a few of many words that can be used to describe what an announced crowd of 77,442 witnessed at FedExField on a gray Sunday as the Redskins lost to the 1-8 Buccaneers 27-7.

As someone who has attended about 150 Redskins games in my lifetime, a 20-point loss to a one-win Buccaneers team rivals a 27-0 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on a rainy Sunday night in December at FedExField in 2003. Yes, the same game in which Redskins quarterback Tim Hasselbeck put up four interceptions and a 0.0 passer rating.

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Redskins Pros and Cons: Week 8

They weren’t supposed to win. No chance. No way. Not on primetime.

The Dallas Cowboys were fresh off their sixth straight win and two weeks removed from upsetting the reigning Super Bowl Champions on the road.

Meanwhile the Redskins barely slid by the hapless Tennessee Titans after turning to third string quarterback Colt McCoy.

Oh yeah, and the Redskins are bad during primetime games. Like coming into the game 3-17 in primetime games since 2008 bad.

But as the saying goes, that’s why you play the game. Turns out the Redskins had some fight left in them and managed to pull within three games of the NFC East lead, a feat that didn’t seem likely not too long ago.

Under the direction of McCoy, a 20-17 overtime victory was in order.


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How does the Redskins run defense stack up against DeMarco Murray?

Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray has been far and away the best running back in the NFL this season.

He has sped past not only his first seven opponents but also the NFL record book, becoming the first NFL player to begin a season with seven straight 100-yard rushing games, eclipsing Jim Brown’s previous record of six straight.

Through seven games Murray has rushed for 913 yards, seven touchdowns and is averaging 4.9 yards per carry. Heading into Monday night’s showdown versus the Washington Redskins he leads the Arian Foster, the NFL’s next best rusher, by 147 yards. That gap will surely widen after Monday night, but by how much is the question.

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Redskins Pros and Cons: Week 7

By Jake Russell

A changing of the guard occurred during the Washington Redskins’ 19-17 win over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday when third string quarterback Colt McCoy took over for Kirk Cousins after halftime.

Cousins isn’t progressing the way the team would like and head coach Jay Gruden announced on Monday that McCoy will be the team’s starter heading into next Monday night’s showdown against the 6-1 Dallas Cowboys unless Robert Griffin III is 100 percent healthy and ready to go.

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Sean Taylor inducted into University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2015

The late Sean Taylor will be inducted into his alma mater's hall of fame in 2015. Image via hurricanesports.com.

The late Sean Taylor will be inducted into his alma mater’s sports hall of fame in 2015. Image via hurricanesports.com.

Former Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor will be one of 10 former Hurricanes inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame in 2015, the university announced Monday. (more…)

Living up to a name: the Wave Ryder story

Former Navy safety Wave Ryder waits for the Midshipmen to be introduced before their game against South Alabama.

Former Navy safety Wave Ryder waits for the Midshipmen to be introduced before their game against South Alabama on November 16, 2013. Photo by Jake Russell.

On Wednesday, November 7, 2012, the Jeopardy clue read “Perhaps the most appropriate name ever: Wave Ryder, of this service academy.”

“I got a text message that said I was on Jeopardy,” Ryder said. “I was like ‘No. I’m at practice right now. I’m not on the show.’ And they were like ‘No. You were a clue on Jeopardy.’ I was like ‘No way!’”

It’s not often someone gets to literally and figuratively live out his name. But that’s exactly what former Navy football player Wave Ryder has done since childhood.

What Ryder and those who know him will say is that he’s more than a Jeopardy clue. (more…)

Redskins Pros and Cons: Week 2

The Washington Redskins experienced the ultimate highs and lows Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

From injuries to quarterback Robert Griffin III and wide receiver DeSean Jackson to displaying total domination on offense, defense and special teams for the first time in recent memory, Sunday had it all.

Washington racked up 449 yards on offense and the defense held the Jaguars to just 148 yards in a 41-10 victory, evening their record to 1-1 on the season and snapping their streak of nine straight losses dating back to 2013.

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Redskins Pros and Cons: Week 1

The Washington Redskins opened up the 2014 season with a new head coach and a new outlook on offense, defense and special teams. That said, it was uncertain what to expect heading into their first game of the year.

Fresh off a new six-year, $100 million contract all eyes were on Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, and for good reason. The fourth-year, two-time Pro Bowler played a big role in Houston’s 17-6 victory. His strong defensive effort included three tackles, five quarterback hits, one pass defended, a blocked extra point and fumble recovery.

Here are some of the positives and negatives the Redskins can take away from today’s game:

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