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Rich Tandler

  1. Flash: Gibbs Will Coach at Least 4 More Years

    Jan 27, 2005, 12:10 AM EDT

    It is truly inspiring to know that there is a purpose, a greater good, in what I do here. I have a role, I have a place, I provide a needed service. I am here to calm the frayed nerves of Redskins fans around the world. Just recently, I assured worried readers that the Redskins…

  2. More on Moss to Skins Talk

    Jan 25, 2005, 2:14 AM EDT

    In the long history of this blog (OK, just five months), there has never been a reaction to an entry the likes of the one received to the Randy Moss trade speculation talk that appeared here last week. There have been so many comments, challenges and questions that a follow up is called for. First…

  3. Green vs. Vikes in '87–The Myth Persists

    Jan 21, 2005, 10:36 PM EDT

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    The myth endures. On their Website, the Redskins ran an article on the 1987 season NFC Title game against the Minnesota Vikings. The set the stage for the game-turning play: The Minnesota Vikings had the ball on the Redskins’ 6-yard line with 56 seconds left in regulation. The down and distance was fourth and four,…

  4. Green vs. Vikes in ’87–The Myth Persists

    Jan 21, 2005, 10:36 PM EDT

    The myth endures. On their Website, the Redskins ran an article on the 1987 season NFC Title game against the Minnesota Vikings. The set the stage for the game-turning play: The Minnesota Vikings had the ball on the Redskins’ 6-yard line with 56 seconds left in regulation. The down and distance was fourth and four,…

  5. Moss for Lavar?

    Jan 21, 2005, 6:53 PM EDT

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    I really thought that Dan Daly knew better than this. In a recent column he wrote: The word out of Minnesota is that the Vikings might be ready to part ways with Randy Moss, their never-a-dull-moment wide receiver. Some people in the organization, important people, are ‘exasperated with him,’ my friend Kevin Seifert wrote in…

  6. Moss for Lavar?

    Jan 21, 2005, 6:53 PM EDT

    I really thought that Dan Daly knew better than this. In a recent column he wrote: The word out of Minnesota is that the Vikings might be ready to part ways with Randy Moss, their never-a-dull-moment wide receiver. Some people in the organization, important people, are ‘exasperated with him,’ my friend Kevin Seifert wrote in…

  7. HOF: Another Year, Another Disappointment?

    Jan 14, 2005, 1:05 AM EDT

    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. Two star players from Joe Gibbs’ first stint as coach of the Redskins, Art Monk and Russ Grimm, made the list of 15 finalists that will be considered for induction…

  8. Is He Watching the Same Player I Am?

    Jan 8, 2005, 12:42 AM EDT

    I rarely rip players here and only occasionally do I take journalists to task. Here goes with both: In an article on ESPN.com, Len Pasquarelli presents the not-so-shocking news that Rod Gardner is on the trading block. He has been the subject of trade rumors for the past two seasons and it appears that, for…

  9. Fassel, Rhodes, or. . .

    Jan 7, 2005, 2:02 AM EDT

    Three hundred and sixty six days ago to this moment (about 7:30 EST), Jim Fassel was the upside, the best possible case, the cream of the crop. Ray Rhodes was an unattractive second choice as Dennis Green had taken himself out of the running. As I left the house to attend a work-related social function,…

  10. Stability, But With Change

    Jan 4, 2005, 11:07 PM EDT

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    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. In an extended session with the press on Monday, Joe Gibbs talked in broad terms about the team’s plans for the offseason. The following quotes are from articles by Nunyo…

  11. Stability, But With Change

    Jan 4, 2005, 11:07 PM EDT

    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. In an extended session with the press on Monday, Joe Gibbs talked in broad terms about the team’s plans for the offseason. The following quotes are from articles by Nunyo…

  12. Redskins vs. Vikings Bold Predictions

    Jan 2, 2005, 1:28 AM EDT

    This game is a classic gut check for the Washington Redskins. They have nothing tangible to gain from Sunday’s game against the Vikings. Minnesota, on the other hand, is trying to avoid a road loss that would knock the team out of the playoffs for the second consecutive season. Teams in the Redskins’ situation react…

  13. Cheapening the Language

    Jan 2, 2005, 1:23 AM EDT

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    In the title of a blog entry earlier this week, I referred to “devastation” over the result of the Redskins game. After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 I pledged to refrain from hyperbole when it comes to describing the events that happen on the football field. Among other things, doing that cheapens the…

  14. The Draft–A Different Angle on Tiebreakers

    Dec 31, 2004, 12:16 AM EDT

    Well, last week it was playoff scenarios. We now go quickly to looking at where the Redskins might draft. Unlike playoff tiebreakers, which tries to identify factors that indicate that one team with the same record as another was inferior, the draft tiebreakers try to identify the worse of the tied teams. The NFL does…

  15. Smoot a Goner?

    Dec 30, 2004, 11:48 PM EDT

    After months of happy talk about it being a virtual certainty that Fred Smoot would return to the Redskins next year, things suddenly turned gloomy today. From WarpathInsiders.com’s ace Redskins reporter John Keim: Fred Smoot isn’t optimistic about returning, even as the Redskins say he should be. ”Just say it’s a gut feeling,” Smoot said.…

  16. Nothing New

    Dec 27, 2004, 2:21 AM EDT

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    Dog bites man. The federal budget deficit soars. Dallas beats Washington. Midway thorough the fourth quarter, it seemed as though 72-point headline news was about to me made. The Redskins were on the verge of beating the Cowboys and a bunch of bad streaks and jinxes were on the verge of vanishing. The 1-13 against…

  17. Nothing New

    Dec 27, 2004, 2:21 AM EDT

    Dog bites man. The federal budget deficit soars. Dallas beats Washington. Midway thorough the fourth quarter, it seemed as though 72-point headline news was about to me made. The Redskins were on the verge of beating the Cowboys and a bunch of bad streaks and jinxes were on the verge of vanishing. The 1-13 against…

  18. Mitchell Rants

    Dec 27, 2004, 1:46 AM EDT

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    Brian Mitchell went off on Sean Taylor and Clinton Portis on Comcast Sports Net’s post game show. Here is his central rant transcribed: Players. . .we look and we see things. We’d try something and the coach would say ‘don’t do that’. And then the other guys do it and you let them go and…

  19. Reminder–Today's "Root For" List

    Dec 26, 2004, 6:17 PM EDT

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    As a reminder, here is what has to happen for the Redskins to be in a position to wrap up a playoff spot with a win next week against Minnesota. (Thanks again to Kevin Mac): Skins beat Dallas (4:15pm) + Tampa over Carolina (4:15pm) + Atlanta over New Orleans (1pm) + Cincy over G-men (1pm)…

  20. Reminder–Today’s "Root For" List

    Dec 26, 2004, 6:17 PM EDT

    As a reminder, here is what has to happen for the Redskins to be in a position to wrap up a playoff spot with a win next week against Minnesota. (Thanks again to Kevin Mac): Skins beat Dallas (4:15pm) + Tampa over Carolina (4:15pm) + Atlanta over New Orleans (1pm) + Cincy over G-men (1pm)…

  21. Redskins vs. Cowboys Bold Predictions

    Dec 26, 2004, 4:53 PM EDT

    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. This game is a pivotal moment for the Washington Redskins, for two reasons. First, the Redskins need to continue to win against the mass of mediocrity in the NFL and…

  22. Defense Could be #1

    Dec 26, 2004, 3:35 PM EDT

    The Redskins’ defense has virtually locked up the #1 ranking in the NFC and has a good shot at being first in the entire league.   Through 14 games, the Redskins have allowed 3,655 yards. In second in the conference is Tampa Bay, which has given up 3,981. That’s a difference of 326 yards. For…

  23. Blache On The Move?

    Dec 26, 2004, 2:33 PM EDT

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    There has been a lot of chatter about the possibility of Gregg Williams leaving for another head coaching job after guiding the Redskins to the #1 defensive ranking in the NFC. Williams has said that he’s going nowhere. Another valuable member of the defensive coaching staff, Greg Blache, might be a candidate to take a…

  24. Daly: Redskins one of Least Exciting Teams Ever

    Dec 26, 2004, 2:02 PM EDT

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    In his Sunday Column Dan Daly examines the premise that the Redskins might be one of the least exciting teams ever: Nothing much seems to happen in Redskins games. Ever notice that? Joe Gibbs’ offense doesn’t score a lot, and Gregg Williams’ defense doesn’t give up a lot. In fact, only 443 points have been…

  25. Inspiration

    Dec 24, 2004, 1:56 AM EDT

    OK, one last “you heard it here first”. Following the lead set here yesterday afternoon, the Redskins players were almost as annoyed about their Pro Bowl snubs as the blog was: Washington Named To Pro Bowl Team (washingtonpost.com): Most Redskins players couched their disappointment, but the team’s cornerback duo was blunt. ‘I was robbed by…

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