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DC mayor wants Redskins name change discussed

washington redskins logoThe Washington Redskins are the home team for the nation’s political center, yet they still have one of the most politically incorrect nicknames in professional sports.

Currently, the team plays its home games in Landover, Md., and its headquarters are in Ashburn, Va. If the team is to consider a move back into DC’s city limits, the mayor of DC, Vincent C. Gray, wants a nickname change to be discussed.

“I think that if they get serious with the team coming back to Washington, there’s no doubt there’s going to have to be a discussion about that,” Mayor Gray said after a news conference, “and of course the team is going to have to work with us around that issue.”

According to the Washington Post, Gray noted that the Washington Bullets (now the Wizards) and many other teams changed their insensitive or politically incorrect names.

“I think it has become a lightning rod, and I would be love to be able to sit down with the team … and see if a change should be made,” he said. “There’s a precedent for this, and I think there needs to be a dispassionate discussion about this, and do the right thing.”

Many fans and political figures in DC are passionate about the Redskins, and we know from past discussions that there would be plenty of resistance to a name change. We know that the current owner, Dan Snyder, has opposed a name change, so such a process would not be easy.

Helmet smack to Pro Football Talk

Kyle Shanahan emphatically predicted a Redskins’ NFC East title a year ago

Kyle-Shanahan-RedskinsThe Washington Redskins finished in last place in the NFC East last season. While the addition of Robert Griffin III brought plenty of excitement to the nation’s capital, few experts believed the Redskins would win the NFC East crown in the rookie’s first year as the team’s starting quarterback. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan never cared what the so-called experts thought.

As D.C. Sports Bog reminded us on Wednesday, Shanahan gave an emotional speech to the team before its loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the final game of the season last year. His message was simple — next year is our year.

“Hey, about an hour ago, their D coordinator told us, told [offensive line coach Chris] Foerster, that if the Giants would have lost last week, they were in the playoffs,” young Shanahan said. “He didn’t mention that they still had to beat us today. [Bleep] him, [bleep] these guys, In 2012 the Redskins are gonna be the NFC East champions, and that starts right [bleeping] today.”

Did he actually believe it? We’ll never know for sure, but Shanahan certainly looks pretty good right about now. Rex Grossman predicted the same would happen last season, but he ended up being very, very wrong. Of course, that was before RG3.

Griffin is obviously the big difference-maker, but perhaps there was some truth to what Grossman said about the Redskins at the conclusion of the 2011 season. Shanahan had no way of knowing for sure if Washington would be able to draft Griffin, but he saw the same potential Grossman saw. We love bashing people who make ridiculous predictions that never come true, so it’s only fair to give credit where credit is due. Shanahan was right, and as a result the Redskins are contending for a Super Bowl.

Redskins cheerleader gets engaged before kickoff against Cowboys (Picture)

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Sunday night ended up being a tremendous night for Washington Redskins fans, as their team defeated the division rival Dallas Cowboys to clinch the NFC East title and a playoff berth. For one Redskins cheerleader, the victory may not have been the highlight of the evening.

As you can see from the photo above that ABC 2 in Annapolis’ Don Harrison passed along, a Washington cheerleader’s boyfriend proposed to her on the sidelines before kickoff. She said yes. It was obviously a bold move from her boyfriend. Depending on her viewpoint, he either gave her a welcome distraction from the ongoing buzz at FedEx Field or one more thing to think about before the most important home game of the season.

In any event, we’ll give the gentleman somewhere between a B+ and an A- for the effort. It may not beat a proposal on a medal stand, but it certainly tops being rejected in from of an arena full of people.

H/T D.C. Sports Bog

Kirk Cousins will start for Redskins, not Robert Griffin III

It turns out that Robert Griffin III may be human after all.

The Washington Redskins announced late Saturday evening that backup Kirk Cousins will start at quarterback on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns in place of Griffin.

According to The Washington Times’ Rich Campbell, the team said their priorities were to see Griffin’s joint stabilize and not to risk further injury. Griffin was diagnosed with a mild LCL sprain in his right knee after being crushed by Haloti Ngata during last weekend’s win over the Baltimore Ravens.

Griffin indicated on Twitter that he was not happy with the decision.

“The decision was not my own… But I will be there for my team!!! In every way I possibly can,” Griffin wrote.

There is no word if Griffin will be active for the game and able to serve as the backup.

FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer reported Friday that Cousins had taken all the snaps with the first-team offense during the week, so it’s no surprise to hear that the team is going with him as the starter.

Cousins completed both passes he attempted last weekend in relief of Griffin late in the game. He threw for a touchdown and ran for a two-point conversion to help send the game to overtime. Cousins is also a rookie. He was drafted in the fourth round out of Michigan State.

Chevy dealership giving away free cars if the Redskins shut the Giants out

The New York Giants have one of the better offenses in the NFL. They score more than 27 points per game, which is the fifth-highest total in the league. On Monday night, the Washington Redskins will have their hands full trying to stop Eli Manning, Victor Cruz, Ahmad Bradshaw and the rest of New York’s offensive weapons. If by some miracle the Redskins can keep them off the board completely, some lucky fans will win free cars.

Lindsay Chevrolet of Woodbridge, Va., is running a promotion through Monday that would result in eight free cars being given away if the Redskins shut out the Giants.

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Mike Shanahan giving up on the season?

You can call him a realist or you can call him a pessimist, but no matter how you look at Mike Shanahan’s comments, Redskins fans have to be left disappointed.

The Redskins lost at home to the Panthers on Sunday 21-13 to drop to 3-6 on the season. Leading up to the game, coach Mike Shanahan labeled the contest as a “must-win” game. He all but threw in the towel on the 2012 NFL season with his postgame comments.

“Now you’re playing to see who obviously is going to be on your football team for years to come. Now we get a chance to evaluate players and see where we’re at. Obviously, we’re not out of it statistically, but now we find out what type of character we’ve got and how guys keep on fighting through the rest of the season,” Shanahan said after the game, via The Washington Post.

Now you’re playing to see who will be on team in years to come? Jeeze Mike. I’m not an expert, but aren’t you guys just 3-6 and not 0-9? Is a 6-1 finish that far out of the question? And even if you think it is, is that something you should be saying publicly?

If the coach is saying they’re just going to be evaluating the rest of the season, you know, like the way they evaluate players during the preseason, then why should fans show up to the games?

Maybe Shanny is admitting the truth about his team this year — and with Robert Griffin III at quarterback, the team’s future seems bright — but why say that to the fans and media? What good does that serve?

Santana Moss thinks Bucs sabotaged Redskins’ headset on final drive

Robert Griffin III led the Redskins to a 24-22 victory at Tampa Bay on Sunday and, making matters more impressive, he did it all despite not having proper communication with his coaches because of a headset malfunction on the final drive.

Griffin could be seen pointing to his helmet with both index fingers during the final drive as it to say, “I can’t hear anything.” He confirmed after the game that his radio had gone out.

“The whole drive was a little complicated,” Griffin said, according to the Washington Times. “In practice, every week we always practice me calling the plays in 2-minute acting as if the headset goes out. And the funny this was the headset did go out on that drive.”

Redskins receiver Santana Moss, who had three catches for 33 yards, suspected the Bucs sabotaged them.

“Happens every time,” Moss said after the game, per Yahoo! Sports’ Eric Adelson. “No lie. I’ve been in the league 12 years, I’ve been in plenty of games, and the home team goes, ‘Oh well.'”

According to Adelson, Moss mimicked yanking an imaginary plug out of a wall.

The act of a home team sabotaging a visiting team’s headset communication on a last drive is hardly unusual; we’ve posted several examples of teams saying their headsets went out on the final drive. We don’t doubt that it happened, and that the Bucs did it on purpose.

Giffin still had no trouble leading Washington to victory. He went 26/35 for 323 yards, and ran for 43 yards and a score. The Skins went 56 yards in 1:39 to set up Billy Cundiff’s winning field goal. And for Cundiff’s sake, thank goodness that he made it after missing his first three attempts.

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