Redskins screwed by referees on non first down call at end of game

Redskins first down

The Washington Redskins were screwed by the referees and chain gang on their final possession in a 24-17 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday night.

Washington had the ball at their 41 with two minutes left and were facing a 2nd-and-5 situation. Robert Griffin III completed a pass to Pierre Garcon, who came close to the first down marker. The ball was spotted just short of the yellow line running across the NBC screen. The confusion came when the chain gang acted like it was a first down after being instructed by a referee to move the sticks forward.

In the GIF below, you can see the official at the bottom of the screen instruct the chain gang to move up for a first down:

The chain gang moved the sticks up and changed their down box to signify first down. The problem was the referees then changed their mind and then signaled that it was third down.

Below you can see the same referee who initially waved the chain gang up for a first down changed and then signaled a three on his hand, all the while the down box said one:

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Philadelphia Eagles fans egged Washington Redskins’ bus


The Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins will play an extremely important divisional game at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday. Like all of the teams in the NFC East, the Eagles and ‘Skins are rivals. And what do rival fans do to opposing players? Egg their bus, I guess.

“Our bus got egged on the way to the game only in Philly lol #gameday,” Washington nose tackle Chris Baker wrote on Instagram along with the photo you see above.

That’s certainly not nice, but it’s not the first time Eagles fans have fired something at an NFC East rival’s bus. At this point it just comes with the territory.

H/T Ian Rapoport

Albert Haynesworth: Signing with Redskins was ‘worst mistake of my life’

albert-haynesworthChris Cooley made headlines earlier this week by blasting his former Washington Redskins teammate Albert Haynesworth and claiming Haynesworth only signed with the team to collect his guaranteed money and try to be released. As you might expect, Haynesworth remembers things much, much differently.

Haynesworth, who inked a $100 million contract with the Redskins in 2009, spent just two seasons with the team. After he was done responding to Cooley by saying he “sounds as stupid as he looks” and is nothing more than a self promoter, Haynesworth took aim at the Redskins organization and head coach Mike Shanahan during an interview with Tennessee Sports Radio.

“I don’t want the Redskins fans to be mad, but that organization is completely different than the Titans,” Haynesworth said, via DC Sports Bog. “Yeah, they have a long history of being in the NFL, supposedly being one of the top teams. I mean, they’ve got a lot of Hall of Famers from there that I’ve met and that I liked, and liked to learn from. But the current day, I’m not gonna say it’s Dan’s fault — Dan Snyder, I’m not gonna say it’s his fault — but it ain’t really about football, it’s about self-promotion.

“It was ridiculous. I’ve never seen that, and I wasn’t used to that. The whole recruiting thing from the beginning – when I signed that deal – which to me was the worst mistake in my life. You could say yeah I got paid a lot of money — I don’t really care about the money. If I knew it was gonna be like that, I never would have went. I never would have went. I guarantee.”

Haynesworth said he wanted to be a Hall of Famer and that it wasn’t about the money, contrary to what Cooley believes. He said he was told the Redskins would be running a similar defense to the one he dominated with the Titans, but they went back on their word and never did anything of the sort. He also said Shanahan has benefitted from John Elway’s success.

“He hasn’t won a playoff game since Elway retired,” Haynesworth said. “Great coach. Yeah. I mean, that’s what he came in, the very first meeting, he came in saying I’m a great coach, I know how to win, I’ve won 25 championships. I’m like, 25 championships? Then I go back and look, and I was like you haven’t won a freaking playoff game since Elway retired. How come Elway comes back after Shanahan gets fired? Kind of weird. I mean, the guy is all me me me. Sorry to say that.”

There was plenty more in the transcription provided by DC Sports Bog, and it’s all worth reading. It comes as no surprise that Cooley and Haynesworth remember the past differently. In some ways, I’m sure they’re both right about what happened during the Haynesworth era. Whatever the case, we can all agree it was a massive failure.

H/T Pro Football Zone

Speculation building that Washington Redskins could change name to Washington Bravehearts

Washington Redskins helmetBy now, I’m sure you are all at least somewhat familiar with the controversy surrounding the Washington Redskins and their team name. There has been increasing pressure on the team and owner Dan Snyder to change the name, with many people feeling strongly about the word “Redskins” being a racist term. Snyder recently insisted that the team will never change its name, but could his stance be softening?

On Friday morning, TMZ published an interesting report about a wealthy patent investor named Aris Mardirossian and his recent trademark application. Mardirossian registered the name “WASHINGTON BRAVEHEARTS” on Oct. 17. A copy of the application, which can be seen here, shows that Aris plans to use the name for “Entertainment in the nature of football games.”

Here’s where it really gets interesting. According to TMZ, Mardirossian is one of Snyder’s neighbors. The Redskins told TMZ there is no connection between Mardiossian’s patent application and the team, claiming Snyder doesn’t even know who he is. When informed that they two wealthy middle-aged men live just a few doors down from one another, the team representative had no response.

In addition to the trademark application, Eye on Football discovered that the domain name www.WashingtonBravehearts.com was registered to Mardirossian last week. Obviously if you’re going to start some sort of enterprise involving the name Washington Bravehearts you would purchase the corresponding domain name, but this is all very suspicious to say the least.

Snyder can probably only hold out so long. The name issue isn’t going to go away. My guess is he has already started planning for the future. If he’s trying to have his buddy help him to keep things on the hush-hush, mission failed.

Philadelphia Eagles accuse Washington Redskins of faking injuries (Video)

Redskins-injury-fakingAlas, it begins. The Philadelphia Eagles are going to run an incredibly fast-paced offense under Chip Kelly this season. If all goes to plan, they’ll be wearing out defenses the way they did against the Washington Redskins on Monday night. And if Kelly’s up-tempo attack finds success, be prepared to hear about how opponents are faking injuries all season long.

On Monday night with Philadelphia leading 12-7 and driving in the first quarter, Redskins offensive lineman Kedric Golston went down with what was later described as cramping. As Golston was on the turf holding his leg, you could hear several Eagles yelling, “He’s faking!”

Former Redskins running back Rock Cartwright agreed.

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Mike Shanahan: Super Bowl or bust for Washington Redskins

Elvis-Grbac-Threw-Ball-at-Al-Davis-Because-of-Mike-ShanahanWashington Redskins fans have high expectations for their team heading into the 2013 season. Robert Griffin III is coming back from the second major knee surgery of his career, but he claims he is healthy and ahead of schedule in his rehab. And Mike Shanahan shares the same opinion as the fans.

“(The players) have set the expectations,” Shanahan said earlier this week, via the team’s official Twitter account. “Coaches coach, players play and together all of us can win championships and that’s what we plan to do. We have a team that you’re going to be proud of.”

The Redskins reached that playoffs last year in RG3′s first season as the team’s quarterback, so there is plenty of reason for optimism. A healthy Griffin brings stability to the most important position on the field. Should he struggle to regain his 2012 form or go down with another injury, Washington could become just another mediocre team.

Some would argue that Griffin should take a more conservative approach this season and become more of a pocket passer, but that is not his game. He has the ability to make throws, but he recently made it clear that he still intends to take off if the defense is giving him space.

The Redskins should probably focus on winning the NFC East and getting back to the playoffs before thinking Super Bowl, but every team has the same goal — to win a championship. There’s nothing wrong with Shanahan preaching that given the improvements his team has made since last year’s 10-6 campaign.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Introducing the Robert Griffin/Native American combo shirt that should not exist

Washington Redskins helmetThe Washington Redskins have faced an increasing amount of scrutiny over the past few years over the name of their franchise. Several members of Congress recently wrote the team a letter asking that the name Redskins be dropped in favor of something less offensive. However, it doesn’t appear that the Snyder family and the NFL intend to change the name anytime soon.

Perhaps the members of Congress who wrote the letter should turn their attention to a T-shirt that was recently spotted in Ocean City, Maryland. If nothing else, the shirt is offensive because of how incredibly ridiculous it is.

No matter how hard you try, you can’t unsee that. Has anyone actually purchased this shirt? For the love of God, I hope not.