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Rich Tandler

  1. Coles is developing a pattern

    Mar 8, 2005, 6:46 PM EST

    A Sports Illustrated article by Jeffri Chadiha dealing with the Coles issue warrants some scrutiny here: It all will be over soon for Laveranues Coles. Once he passes a routine physical Wednesday, his trade from the Washington Redskins will be consummated and he’ll officially be a New York Jets wide receiver again. Given how much…

  2. Smoot Still Shopping

    Mar 6, 2005, 1:44 AM EST

    Fred Smoot was suppoed to be one of the hot commidities when the NFL free agent market opened up last Wednesday. The Redskins have had a contract offer that includes a $10 million singing bonus on the table since last year. Smoot, and others, thought that he’s be able to get considerably more up front…

  3. Coles Traded: It must be the toe

    Mar 5, 2005, 11:35 PM EST

    The on again, off again Laveranues Coles for Santana Moss trade finally happened on Saturday as the Jets ceded to Coles demand for a contract extension. From the Washington Post: The intermittently on-and-off trade between the New York Jets and Washington Redskins has been finally completed, shipping unhappy wide receiver Laveranues Coles to his old…

  4. Marshall to replace Pierce

    Mar 4, 2005, 4:32 PM EST

    I negleted to mention that in Elfin’s times artile he says that Lemar Marshall is penciled in as the replacement for Pierce at MLB. Michael Barrow’s status remains in limbo. Marshall played well in place of Lavar Arrington at weak-side LB last year after Arrington went down with an injury. He is some 15 lbs.…

  5. Beware of Redskins for Life

    Mar 4, 2005, 1:38 PM EST

    It used to be that the franchise tag was the kiss of death for the future of a player for the Redskins. The first Redskin so designated was linebacker Wilbur Marshall, who was traded to Houston for a third-round draft pick. Then there was defensive tackle Sean Gilbert, who sat out a year with the…

  6. Coles Trade Revived?

    Mar 4, 2005, 12:49 PM EST

    It appears that the Coles for Moss swap is still alive, if only slightly. It began to show a weak pulse yesterday, according to several new sources inclucing Newsday.com : But talks aimed at swapping fourth-year receiver Santana Moss for Coles remained alive yesterday, and there is a decent chance the teams will be able…

  7. David Patten to Redskins–Again, Not News Here

    Mar 3, 2005, 11:56 PM EST

    This isn’t just yesterday’s news, it’s news from a week and a half ago. From the Washington Post: Wide receiver David Patten, a free agent from the New England Patriots, agreed to terms with the Washington Redskins this afternoon at Redskins Park, a club source said, and a press conference has been scheduled for tomorrow.…

  8. Redskins Buy Now, Pay Now?

    Mar 3, 2005, 12:14 AM EST

    The Redskins made their first signing of the free agent period when they inked Baltimore Ravens’ center Casey Rabach to a five-year contract. The signing continued a couple of trends for the Redskins in free agency. First of all, they struck quickly, agreeing to terms with Rabach about two and a half hours in to…

  9. Samuels Deal Done, Coles Deal Dead

    Mar 1, 2005, 11:13 PM EST

    Chris Samuels has signed a contract extension with the Redskins. From the Washington Post The Washington Redskins reached agreement today with left tackle Chris Samuels on a contract extension, sources said, providing the team with more flexibility under the salary cap to pursue free agents. There is no word yet as to the details of…

  10. Deadlines Looming–Today's the Day

    Mar 1, 2005, 11:15 AM EST

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    The clock is ticking on two critical deadlines, one of them hard, one of them self-imposed, that will shape the face of the Washington Redskins for 2006 and for years to come. The one hard deadline comes at midnight tonight. If that hour passes and Laveranues Coles is still a Redskin, any cap relief the…

  11. Deadlines Looming–Today’s the Day

    Mar 1, 2005, 11:15 AM EST

    The clock is ticking on two critical deadlines, one of them hard, one of them self-imposed, that will shape the face of the Washington Redskins for 2006 and for years to come. The one hard deadline comes at midnight tonight. If that hour passes and Laveranues Coles is still a Redskin, any cap relief the…

  12. Did Coles intentionally spike the trade?

    Feb 27, 2005, 4:53 AM EST

    Ho hum. Yet another story that loyal readers of this blog had a heads up about was reported breathlessly in the mainstream sports media on Saturday. From this blog’s post last Wednesday: For the past 48 hours or so the thinking here is that Coles is a goner, a dead Skin walking. That view is…

  13. Sorting out the Coles situation

    Feb 24, 2005, 12:28 AM EST

    Instead of getting clearer, the situation involving the Redskins and receiver Laveranues Coles continues to grow more confusing. Even an NFL suit couldn’t provide any clarity to the murky situation. From a Washington Times article by Jody Foldesy: NFL vice president of public relations Greg Aiello couldn’t say whether Coles would be permitted to waive…

  14. Demasio–Some Clarifications

    Feb 23, 2005, 4:47 AM EST

    After yesterday’s firestorm, there were a few loose ends hanging from the story about the Coles story that Nunyo Demasio related to the blog. I got some follow up comments from him to clarify them. He did make multiple efforts to get the principles in the story to react to it before it hit thepresses.…

  15. Exclusive: Demasio Talks

    Feb 22, 2005, 5:24 AM EST

    Washington Post Redskins beat reporter Nunyo Demasio found himself in the center of a storm today after his story that the Redskins were on the verge of releasing receiver Laveranues Coles was published in the paper and widely reported around the nation. Joe Gibbs issued a flat denial of the story later in the day.…

  16. Coles Update II: Gibbs Denies WP Story

    Feb 21, 2005, 10:10 PM EST

    In remarks broadcast on SportsTalk 980, Joe Gibbs denied a Washington Post report that the release of receiver Laveranues Coles was imminent. According to Gibbs, the story by Nunyo Demasio was not true: The story referring to LC is inaccurate and not true. . .Yeah, it says we’re going to release him; that’s in accurate…

  17. Coles Update: Team Trying to Deal Him

    Feb 21, 2005, 6:09 PM EST

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    The Redskins may be backing off of their deal to release Laveranues Coles in exchange for his returning part of his signing bonus, according to a wire service story that appeared on ESPN.com. The Redskins, however, will have to pick their poison. They will either recoup some bonus and some salary cap space or they…

  18. Coles Update: Team Trying to Deal Him

    Feb 21, 2005, 6:09 PM EST

    The Redskins may be backing off of their deal to release Laveranues Coles in exchange for his returning part of his signing bonus, according to a wire service story that appeared on ESPN.com. The Redskins, however, will have to pick their poison. They will either recoup some bonus and some salary cap space or they…

  19. Stunner: Skins Likely to Release Coles

    Feb 21, 2005, 12:50 PM EST

    There’s nothing like having to have a perfectly good blog entry rendered null and void in less than 24 hours. Yet that’s the case as Saturday night’s piece on the Redskins wide receiver situation was shot to hell by this article in the Washington Post: Washington Redskins wide receiver Laveranues Coles has had at least…

  20. Redskins Ponder WR Options

    Feb 19, 2005, 9:59 PM EST

    During his one-hour appearance on WJFK radio on Wednesday, Joe Gibbs gave a few hints as to what the team’s strategy will be for the free agent signing period that starts next month and for the April College draft. The clearest statement he made was: We would like to solve everything that we could on…

  21. Gibbs Fires WTEM

    Feb 12, 2005, 2:46 AM EST

    From the same Post article quoted above: The team also announced that Gibbs will answer questions from fans Tuesday from 6 to 7 p.m. on WJFK-FM. Gibbs conducted a weekly show on WTEM-AM during the 2004 season, but was unhappy with recent comments made about him by its hosts and is not expected to continue…

  22. Mitchell Retires

    Feb 12, 2005, 1:40 AM EST

    Despite an acrimonious departure from the team in 1999, Brian Mitchell will retire as a Washington Redskin. From the DC Post: The Washington Redskins announced yesterday that former running back Brian Mitchell will officially retire as a member of the team on Wednesday, bringing closure to what was a damaged relationship between the popular player…

  23. Smoot and Arrington

    Feb 10, 2005, 2:46 AM EST

    You can reach me by email at rtandler@comcast.net Rich Tandler is the author of Gut Check, The Complete History of Coach Joe Gibbs’ Washington Redskins. Gibbs: Franchise Tag “Up in the Air” At the beginning of a two-week window for teams to designate any of their free agents as franchise players, Joe Gibbs said that…

  24. Monk Snubbed Again

    Feb 6, 2005, 2:01 PM EST

    Contrary to what Yogi Berra once said, sometimes it is over before it’s over. When John Mulbach, Jr., introduced as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, announced that Art Monk and Russ Grimm had made it through the first cut of nominees from 15 to 10, there…

  25. Gibbs Presser

    Feb 1, 2005, 12:32 AM EST

    First of all, let me say that’s it’s always great to hear what Joe Gibbs is thinking straight from his mouth. If he were to hold a press conference every single day, I would be a captive audience. Still, his press conference on Monday was unnecessary for readers of this blog, at least when it…

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