Tag:Washington Redskins
Posted on: May 19, 2011 4:38 pm
Edited on: May 19, 2011 5:00 pm

Hot Routes 5.19.11: Beck's mullet retrospective

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • I don't know why, but I just can't quit John Beck. Whatever the Redskins would-be starter is doing is just making me wish more and more that he DOES end up starting. Of course, Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post isn't exactly doing much to kill my mancrush by posting a retrospective look at Beck's mullet. Which probably tells you worse things about me than it does Beck, but whatever.
Posted on: May 19, 2011 10:14 am
Edited on: May 19, 2011 10:20 am

Rex Grossman: No, 'I'm the starter'

Posted by Will Brinson

Just how awesome are the Washington Redskins? Well, we're in the middle of a lockout that's preventing any football from taking place, they only have three quarterbacks on their roster, only one of whom -- Donovan McNabb -- has any success as a starter, and there's still a war about whether or not John Beck or Rex Grossman is going to start.

Alright, "a war" is a bit of a stretch. But after Beck declared himself the starter amid a motivational speech on Sirius XM the other day and, Grossman also weighed in.

"If you’re asking me, I definitely feel like I’m the starter, but I’m not even signed yet so I’m assuming a lot of things here," Grossman said on the radio, via Cindy Boren's "Early Lead" at the Washington Post. "I feel like I’m coming into the prime of my experience and I know exactly what I can do well, what my weaknesses are and what my strengths are and how it relates to this offense. I’ve been in a lot of situations, crucial games. I’ve played in a Super Bowl. I feel like I’m so much better than I was then that I’d love the opportunity to have a full season with this offense and have a whole season to really feel like this is my team.

"That’s my goal and that’s what I want to happen. I’m assuming a lot of things here, that I’m signed and they’re going to do all those things. At the same time, I don’t see why it doesn’t make great sense."

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Andy and I talked about this on our most recent podcast, but it warrants repeating here: an NFL team going into the season with just Beck and Grossman as starting quarterback options is not only the most insane thing ever, it's also the most Shanahan thing of all-time.

Had Washington not already given Donovan McNabb the kind of extension that makes keeping him in 2011 unbearable, at least the 'Skins could come back with a gimpy, three-headed monster of sorts to compete for the quarterback spot. At this point, though, it seems pretty obvious he's gone, even without having to read between the lines.

It's still possible that the 'Skins could trade for a quarterback and/or pick up someone off of the veteran free agent pile once (when?) the offseason starts.

But whoever that person is, they better understand they're waltzing into a hornet's nest of public controversy that's already buzzing. So, yeah, nothing's really changed in Washington.

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Posted on: May 18, 2011 5:52 pm
Edited on: May 19, 2011 10:13 am

McNabb speaks about wristband, Beck, future

D. McNabb (US Presswire)Posted by Andy Benoit

Last week, reports surfaced that Donovan McNabb refused to wear a wristband in his first season as a Redskin. According to the story, McNabb’s pride carried the day on that decision.

McNabb did not respond to the reports…until now. In an interview with Mike Jones of the Washington Post, McNabb declined to say whether he did indeed decline a wristband or not. But he did characterize the anonymous reports as “amazing”.

“For someone who’s so quiet and really just tries to be the best at what I do, and to be a part of the firestorm every offseason, it’s amazing,” McNabb said. “But I never let that affect what I’m doing. I write goals for myself every season and offseason, and I look to achieve those goals, and they really make you stronger mentally and physically. Things are going to be out there negative, out there about you. Everyone’s going to play the hoopla and what-if. But I can only control what I can control. All I can do is make sure I’m ready when the time comes.”

McNabb was also asked about John Beck boldly saying he plans to be the starter in Washington.
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“John is a great guy. He does a great job preparing himself,” he said. “I’ve known him since he was about 16 years old. I’ve trained with him in Arizona, he went to BYU. He’s done a great job, and I’m sure he’s taking on that role because he’s kind of been given the position, so to speak. He’ll do a good job if that was to happen. But whatever the situation is – if I’m here, if I’m elsewhere -- I’m gonna be ready to go.”

McNabb is not sure where he’ll play in 2011. He intimated that he likes the city of D.C. but, reading between the lines, it’s apparent that McNabb himself is, well, also capable of reading between the lines.

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Posted on: May 17, 2011 1:10 pm
Edited on: May 17, 2011 5:01 pm

John Beck: 'I think I'm the starter'

Posted by Will Brinson

As someone who's written WAY too many posts about Donovan McNabb, I can tell you that Redskins quarterback news just isn't that fun anymore. Until John Beck decided to show up anyway.

The potentially best quarterback on the 'Skins roster come the start of the season had an interview with Adam Schein and Rich Gannon of Sirius XM Radio on Monday and man-oh-man! I mean, it's awesome.

"I've been through crappy situations, and I've always just tried to maintain through this whole thing [that] I believe I'm a starter in the NFL and I'm not gonna let anybody tell me no," Beck said. "And if they try to tell me no, I'm not going to listen to them."

As Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post said, everything about Beck is just "spewing testosterone."

Listen to how he started the interview off when he was asked by Gannon and Schein whether or not he could be 'Skins starter come 2011.

“This is XM Radio, right?” Beck asked [Ed. Note: It was, obvs.] "I basically say, 'Screw the awkwardness.' I'm trying to be the starting quarterback. I'll call whoever, try to set whatever up. If you don't think like a starter and act like a starter, your teammates probably aren’t gonna believe you’re the starter. So I'm thinking I'm the starter."

I mean, he's like the total opposite of Donovan McNabb. And I don't mean that in any sort of ridiculous Bernard Hopkins way, of course -- it's just that McNabb always says the right thing and the smart thing and now Beck's just lobbing his chestnuts up on the table and basically daring Shanahan to roll with him to start the regular season.

I'm still not buying that the Redskins won't acquire some veteran if there's an offseason, simply because they need some stability at the quarterback position, but if Shanahan's adrenaline functions anything like mine, he's getting pretty excited to kick off the John Beck era in Washington.

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Posted on: May 16, 2011 2:49 pm
Edited on: May 16, 2011 2:54 pm

Limbaugh weighs in on McNabb-Hopkins issue

Posted by Andy Benoit

Last week, boxer Bernard Hopkins criticized Donovan McNabb for the quarterback’s level of blackness. It was a befuddling rant that prompted a firm response from McNabb’s agent and drew heavy bR. Limbaugh (US Presswire)acklash from others outside the discussion.

Contributing to that backlash is someone who knows all about drawing heat for bringing the topic of race into a criticism of McNabb: Rush Limbaugh.

The talk radio host and short-lived ESPN personality recently discussed the issue on air and explained how the comments he made back in 2003 (“The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well. There is a little hope invested in McNabb, and he got a lot of credit for the performance of this team that he didn't deserve.”) were different from what Hopkins said.

Limbaugh said (via the Washington Post):

“I said nothing close to what Bernard Hopkins was saying. I never said a word about McNabb and blackness. I was talking about the media from start to finish....This poor guy cannot, he cannot catch a break. And it’s disgruntled African Americans that are jumping down his case, about the way he was raised? It is horrible, it is distasteful. His parents are out there having to defend the way they raised him, and all they tried to do was give him opportunity after opportunity, expose he and his brother to various things. It’s just amazing to watch this.”

Meanwhile, McNabb must be thrilled to find the topic of his race inexplicably back in the news.

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Posted on: May 16, 2011 2:19 pm

Skins, Sirius say Snyder never did interview

Posted by Will Brinson

Over the weekend, Jim Wexell of Steel City Insider dropped an interesting little nugget on Twitter about a hypothetical draft-day deal between the Redskins and Steelers that would have had Pittsburgh hopping up to the No. 16 overall spot, presumably to grab Mike Pouncey out of Florida. Turns out, not only was the deal entirely misconstrued, so was the Snyder radio interview.

I spent about 300 (too many) words breaking down why I believed it was Pouncey the Steelers were chasing. On Monday, Peter King did something similar, although in the first published edition of "Monday Morning Quarterback," King didn't have a link to Wexell.

In an updated version, King's blurb ("Brother and Child Reunion?") contains the phrase "Dan Snyder reportedly said on Sirius Radio" and then mentions that "Redskins spokesman Tony Wyllie denies Snyder says this."

Wyllie did exactly that, as did a spokesman for Sirius, per Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post, who also notes that Chris Mortensen tweeted a report of the possible trade, also sans a citation to Wexell's original note.

Since then, Wexell has apologized in tweet form and also deleted the original tweet.

So, what's the real story here? Well, it doesn't seem like Wexell was playing a Mike Wise-style "social experiment" via Twitter. At any rate, affable prankster isn't really his style. And if this were any team other than the Redskins, it might make more sense. (Or less? I'm not sure which way that goes, honestly.)

But the scrambling from various members of the media to attribute the story to Wexell (now that it's fake) is odd, especially given that in several different instances, an apparently fabricated radio interview was sourced, separately, by multiple outlets.

Whatever, at some point Wexell will probably get asked how it came about and there's probably some sort of rationalization as to why this all happened.

In the meantime, can you tell there's a lockout going on in the NFL?

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Posted on: May 14, 2011 6:24 pm
Edited on: May 16, 2011 2:21 pm

Skins, Steelers had draft deal, but guy was gone

Posted by Will Brinson

UPDATE (Monday, 11:00 AM): So, this is weird: the Redskins are saying now that Dan Snyder never appeared on Sirius. Which makes Wexell's tweet really odd. Read the anatomy of a rumor post right here.

The 2011 NFL Draft has come and gone, but here's an interesting little nugget about something that could have happened, involving a Redskins-Steelers trade for the No. 16 overall pick.

Per Jim Wexell of Steel City Insider, Dan Snyder, appearing on Sirius Radio this past week, said that Washington and Pittsburgh had a deal in place for the No. 16 overall pick, but "the player was gone."

As you probably recall, the Redskins traded down from 10th to 16th via a deal with Jacksonville where the Jaguars picked up Blaine Gabbert.

The logical guess is that the Steelers wanted Mike Pouncey, brother of their center, Maurkice Pouncey. Can we be sure though?

Well, not positive, but pretty close. Hopping in the not-so-way-back machine and taking a look at our Draft Tracker, we can pretty much reach that conclusion.

We have to make the assumption that the player in question was taken in between the 11th and 15th picks, as Washington had access to both the 10th and 16th picks and Pittsburgh didn't make a move.

Scratching the one quarterback taken in that range, Gabbert and Christian Ponder, off the list isn't a reach, considering that the Steelers still have Ben Roethlisberger.

J.J. Watt and Robert Quinn were both strong picks, but it seems unlikely that Pittsburgh would trade valuable assets for a defensive end in a year when there was depth at the position. Additionally, Cameron Heyward -- the guy they got -- fits their scheme nicely.

Nick Fairley could have been under consideration, as he would have represented outstanding value, but, I'm not so sure that what he does best would necessarily equate to making him the long-term answer at DT for Pittsburgh, assuming they don't make a scheme shift once (if??) Dick LeBeau retires.

And then there's this: many people thought the Dolphins would take Alabama running back Mark Ingram, but went with Pouncey right before the 'Skins 16th pick instead. So it seemed like Pouncey might be there at 16; clearly the Steelers are fans of that family, and wouldn't need to play him at center, as many teams felt they might.

And with their second-round pick, the Steelers nabbed Pouncey's linemate at Florida, Marcus Gilbert. That's not to say they loved the other Pouncey just because he's related to one of their players, or because he's from the same school.

And it's tough to guarantee that's what they were hoping for, but it sure does seem like a strong possibility.

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Posted on: May 12, 2011 8:55 pm

McNabb's agent responds to Bernard Hopkins

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

You remember how legendary boxer Bernard Hopkins got nasty with Donovan McNabb the other day, basically calling him an Uncle Tom and saying that he was only a guy with a suntan?

McNabbIt was disgusting and ruthless and, oh yeah, Hopkins has a fight coming up later this month that he wants you to watch. Even so, the comments were unfair toward McNabb.

"Why do you think McNabb felt he was betrayed?” Hopkins asked, referring to the Eagles trade of McNabb to the Redskins. “Because McNabb is the guy in the house, while everybody else is on the field. He's the one who got the extra coat. The extra servings. 'You're our boy.’ He thought he was one of them."

All of which compelled McNabb’s agent, Fletcher Smith, to make a retorting comment (because it’s hard to imagine “the rarely say anything controversial” McNabb standing up for himself in a situation like this).

Said Smith, via the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Ill-informed statements such as the perplexing one Mr. Hopkins muttered recently are dangerous and irresponsible. It perpetuates a maliciously inaccurate stereotype that insinuates those African-Americans who have access to a wider variety of resources are somehow culturally different than their brethren.

Donovan successfully lead the Philadelphia Eagles franchise for a decade. He is the ultimate professional. On the field, he embodied confidence, hard work, assertiveness and a mutual respect for his teammates and the organization. Off the field, Donovan has been an outspoken advocate in the fight against diabetes, which has disproportionally affected the black community. He has given his time to bring awareness to this disease, which unfortunately affects 4.9 million African-Americans. Additionally, he is also involved in many other social initiatives. Donovan has always prided himself on being a leader who possesses impenetrable integrity. He will continue to exemplify the same characteristics in his future endeavors and will remain committed to serving all communities.

Donovan’s parents are proud Americans who worked hard to give their sons the best childhood they could provide. He is unapologetically proud of sacrifices they made for him. Donovan and his brother were raised to be hard-working African-American men who were taught to believe in themselves.

It is vital that we extinguish this brand of willful ignorance and instill in the minds of African-American youth regardless of the parental makeup of your household they can become anything they wish if they work hard and make the right decisions in life.

I wish Mr. Hopkins luck in his upcoming fight.

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