Tag:Washington Redskins
Posted on: August 9, 2011 10:48 pm

Rex Grossman predicts Redskins will win NFC East

Posted by Will Brinson

If there's one thing we know about Rex Grossman, it's that he doesn't lack confidence. (John Beck, by the way, isn't short on competitive enthusiasm either.) But the prediction he dropped in a recent interview, following his ascension to the unofficial No. 1 quarterback in Washington, well, it's just delusional.

Grossman, in speaking with Kelli Johnson of CSN Washington, predicted that the Redskins would win the NFC East.

"We're fine being the sleepers right now," Grossman said. "We're just waiting in the wings waiting to take over the NFC East. No one's talking about us. IT's right where we want to be. You look at us from top-to-bottom out here, there's a bunch of great players.

"We don't need people saying we're the best right now. When it's all said and done I really feel like we're going to win the NFC East."

Um, yeah. Look, you gotta admire Grossman's confidence, however misplaced it seems.

But the odds of the Redskins winning the NFC East? Well, they're not good. And actually, if you want to put a number on them, they're 25/1, according to Sportsbook.com.

That wouldn't be bad if it were their Super Bowl odds, but when Vegas drops a double-digit number on a team to win its division, it's a pretty clear-cut indicator that they won't be doing that. (The 2-14 Panthers, in fact, are only 20/1 to win the NFC South.)

Anyway, back to the Redskins. They are simply not going to win the division, regardless of the fact that Grossman's done it before.

"This offense, from top to bottom, is better than that offense I had in Chicago," Grossman said. "And the defense is going to make a ton of strides this year. I know they are. I know we're going to be a good team."

Maybe so. (Not likely, but maybe.) Predicting that the Redskins defense could suddenly turn into 2006 Bears and help a quarterback who completed 54 percent of his passes, threw 20 interceptions -- against just 23 touchdowns -- and averaged under 200 passing yards is probably closer to "foolish" than it is "bold."

But, hey, if Grossman wants to get 20/1 on any sort of bet, I'm more than happy to oblige.

HT: DC Sports Bog

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Posted on: August 9, 2011 3:24 pm
Edited on: August 9, 2011 5:00 pm

Stephen Bowen draws inspiration from death of son

S. Bowen is working through the death of his infant son (AP).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

For anybody who has children -- especially those who have children who were born prematurely and had to spend significant time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit -- this Associated Press story about Redskins DE Stephen Bowen is heartbreaking and tragic and, at the same time, inspiring.

Bowen, who signed a five-year, $27.5 million free agent contract with Washington this offseason after spending the past five seasons with the Cowboys, is still dealing with the feelings and heartbreak caused by the death of his infant son, Skyler. Now as Bowen attempts to regenerate his football career in a completely new city, he's far away from the rest of his family.

Bowen’s wife, Tiffany, gave birth to twins -- Skyler and Stephen III -- in June, but they arrived about four months early at the 24-week mark of their gestation (this is basically the border of whether a newborn has the chance to be viable). While Stephen III still makes progress in the hospital, Skyler died 10 days after he was born.

Bowen is still trying to come to grips with his son’s death.

“Things are a lot better," Bowen told the AP. "It's still hard. I still think about the son we lost every day. He was just an inspiration for us. While he was here, he was fighting every day to try to be here for us. So the least I can do is just work my butt off and try to be the best football player I can be."

For now, Bowen must wait while Stephen III is released from the hospital -- the family is hoping for next month -- and then, his wife, 21-month-old daughter Trinity and Stephen III will travel to Washington to join Bowen.

Until then, Bowen will continue to wade through training camp, spending his days and nights consumed by football so he doesn’t have to be tortured by the thoughts of what he’s lost.

"I don't think you can know how he feels unless you've been in his shoes," coach Mike Shanahan said. "Words can't express what he and his family are feeling."

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Posted on: August 8, 2011 5:31 pm

John Beck is not yet Redskins starter

J. Beck is not yet officially Washington's starter (AP).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

With Donovan McNabb off the Redskins radar screen and with Rex Grossman a free agent, it was assumed by just about everybody -- especially by the man himself -- that John Beck was in the position to take over Washington’s starting QB spot.

And by just about everybody, I’m not including Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, who told reporters, via the DC Sports Bog, that Beck actually ISN’T the starter right now.

As Dan Steinberg points out, many national reporters have assumed that because Beck said he thought of himself as the starter that he actually was. But until NFL.com asked Shanahan, he hadn’t made a comment on the scenario.

“First of all, I’ve never mentioned a starter,” Shanahan said. “I’ve never even insinuated a starter. I said I had a lot of belief in John Beck, I had a lot of belief in Rex Grossman. We’re going to play the best player at the end of camp, but I do believe in both those guys. I’ve watched them practice. You make decisions based on practice. I’ve watched both these guys for a year, I like what they bring to the table. Now I get a chance to watch them compete on a day-to-day basis.”

Grossman, for the record, has 31 career starts (including three last year) against Beck’s four -- which is less than half as many as the one guy who’s getting no love in this case. That would be nine starts for Kellen Clemens.

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Posted on: August 6, 2011 5:13 pm

McNabb's Vikings contract: 1 year, $5.05 million

Posted by Ryan Wilson

It's been a precipitous fall for Donovan McNabb, the one-time franchise quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles who was traded to the Redskins after the 2009 season. Washington gave him a five-year, $70 million extension early in the 2010 campaign only to later bench him for Rex Grossman.

It gets worse: McNabb was eventually demoted to third-string behind Grossman and John Beck, who had played in all of four NFL games (all losses, by the way) since coming into the league in 2007.

No one was shocked when McNabb and the Skins parted ways in July; Washington shipped him to the Vikings, where he's the latest grizzled veteran quarterback to assume the starting duties. This time, though, Minnesota didn't lavish their old-timer under center with a huge contract. Just the opposite, in fact.

An NFL source tells the StarTribune.com's Judd Zulgad that McNabb received a one-year deal worth $5.05 million.

Or as PFT's Mike Florio put is Saturday: "That’s only $1 million more than the $4 million average of the two-year deal that former Vikings starter Tarvaris Jackson signed in Seattle, and it’s $11 million less than what the guy who ultimately replaced McNabb will earn in Philly this year."

According to Tom Pelissero of ESPN Radio the team included incentives that push the maximum value of the contract to $7.25 million.

Zulgad calls the deal a "win-win" for the Vikings because it means that if McNabb plays in 2011 like he did in 2010 Minnesota can let him walk. It also gives us some indication of what the Vikings' plans are for rookie quarterback Christian Ponder: he'll likely sit for this season and it will be his job to lose heading into 2012. And who knows -- depending on how things go, perhaps sooner.

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Posted on: August 5, 2011 2:58 pm
Edited on: August 5, 2011 3:18 pm

McNabb says 'you become robotic' for some coaches

Posted by Ryan Wilson

It took nearly a week and the ratification of the new collective bargaining agreement, but Minnesota quarterback Donovan McNabb finally got on the field with his new teammates.

And not unlike his 2010 season in Washington, McNabb's first official day on the job was a mixed bag. The St. Paul Pioneer Press's Jeremy Fowler writes that "From 50-yard completions to ducks crashing into the grass, Donovan McNabb made just about every throw in his first full practice with the Vikings."

To be fair -- and McNabb pointed this out after the fact -- it was his first workout with a new team, with new faces, in a new system.

"We made a lot of big plays today, but some plays we want back," McNabb said, according to the Pioneer Press. "Everything was moving a mile a minute (early on); your legs feel so fresh that your drops are extremely fast. You just have to calm down."

One difference between Minnesota and previous teams -- at least to hear McNabb tell it -- is that Vikings offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave is more amenable to input from the quarterback than former coaches (we won't name names but we'll venture a guess…).

"Some coaches say 'Hey, it's my way or no way,' " McNabb said. "You become robotic. That's when you pull away from your style of play and the way of things that got you successful. If things don't go as well as you'd like them to, you find out what the mistake was, you correct it and you go right back and get it done."

McNabb probably deserved to be benched at some point last season, but that's not the issue. Why did Mike Shanahan give up a second-round pick to division rival Philadelphia for a guy who didn't fit his system?

(And if the argument is, "Well, he thought McNabb was a good fit and that's why he traded for him," that makes Shanahan seem out of touch and a horrible judge of talent. Which is fine for your fantasty football team, less so when you're coaching an actual NFL franchise.)

Worse still: once it was determined that McNabb wasn't working, the backup plan was … Rex Grossman.  (If nothing else, the Redksins' chronic ineptitude over the years has provided some much need comedy relief. So there's that. )

Now McNabb gets a fresh start in Minnesota. And maybe he will find some of the magic that helped propel the Eagles to annual playoff appearances in the mid-2000s. But it's just as likely (and maybe more so) that 2011 will not only signal the end of McNabb's run as an NFL starter, but usher in the Christian Ponder era. The only question is when.

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Posted on: August 3, 2011 9:11 am

49ers sign Carlos Rogers to 1-year deal

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Cornerback Carlos Rogers entered free agency as a second-tier option behind Nnamdi Asomugha, Johnathan Joseph, Antonio Cromartie and Ike Taylor, and Tuesday, after those players had signed new lucrative long-term deals, Rogers inked a one-year contract with the 49ers.

The former Auburn standout was a first-round pick of the Redskins in 2005 and he never lived up to expectations in Washington. Playing opposite Shawn Springs and DeAngelo Hall for most of his career, Rogers was often targeted by opposing offenses and struggled with dropped interceptions (he has just eight picks in his six-year career; by comparison, Jay Cutler threw four to Hall in one game last season).

Still, at 30 he's relatively young, plenty athletic and has started 68 NFL games. The 49ers will likely insert Rogers into the starting lineup opposite Shawntae Spencer, where he will take over for recently released Nate Clements.

Rogers' one-year contract indicates that San Francisco wasn't interested in investing much money or time into him, but if he plays well in 2011 that could mean one more handsome payday in his future. If he struggles, then he'll probably be looking for another one-year deal next offseason. For now, though, he appears to be an NFL starting cornerback.

CSNBayArea.com's Matt Maiocco notes that third-round pick Chris Culliver will join Tarell Brown, Phillip Adams and Tramaine Brock for playing time in the secondary.

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Posted on: August 1, 2011 2:11 pm

Taylor announces return to Dolphins on Facebook

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Thirty-four-year-old Randy Moss may have retired Monday (for the time being, anyway), but another grizzled veteran is coming back for at least one more season. Jason Taylor, 36, announced on Facebook, that he has re-signed with the team that originally drafted him in 1997: the Miami Dolphins.

Taylor spent the first 11 years of his career with the Dolphins where he became one of the best pass-rushing defensive ends in the game. He racked up 117 sacks and seven interceptions (three returned for touchdowns), and was a six-time Pro Bowler before the Dolphins traded him prior to the 2008 season to the Redskins for a second- and sixth-round pick.

Eight months later, Washington released Taylor and he signed a one-year deal with the Dolphins for the 2009 season, before signing with the Jets for 2010. New York released Taylor in February 2011.

As for what Taylor has left in the tank at this stage of his career remains to be seen, but the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero writes that "The Dolphins have been searching for depth pass-rush help since the middle of last season. While Koa Misi remains the team's starting strongside linebacker and Cameron Wake is the team's weakside linebacker on early downs, the Dolphins are looking for help in obvious passing downs."

Even at 36, Taylor can still get to the passer, just not as consistently as he once did. For the right price, and given that he's a solid locker room guy, there's a lot to like about the move.

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Posted on: July 28, 2011 7:09 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2011 7:31 pm

Redskins sign DE Stephen Bowen

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

After trading Albert Haynesworth to the Patriots, the Redskins had to wonder just how they were going to replace alllllll of that rock-solid Haynesworth production.

Well, as Rapid Reporter John Keim points out, Washington has signed former Cowboys DE Stephen Bowen to a five-year, $27.5 million deal with $12.5 million guaranteed.

BowenOriginally, Washington set its sights on DE Cullen Jenkins, but that deal fell through, allowing the Redskins to bring in Bowen, who Dallas apparently really wanted to keep.

Instead, he goes to Washington where he should have more of an impact (in his first five seasons in the league -- all with Dallas -- and he’s combined for 5.5 sacks 72 total tackles). Bowen initially had said he wanted to remain in Dallas, but the Redskins were so aggressive financially with Bowen that he couldn’t turn down their offer.

"They separated themselves with salary," Bowen said, via the Washington Post. "It was very hard to say no.

"When free agency hit at 10 am, (the Redskins) called at 10:01."

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