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  1. Samuels Deal Done, Coles Deal Dead

    Mar 1, 2005, 11:13 PM EDT

    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…

  2. Deadlines Looming–Today's the Day

    Mar 1, 2005, 11:15 AM EDT

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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…

  3. Deadlines Looming–Today’s the Day

    Mar 1, 2005, 11:15 AM EDT

    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…

  4. Did Coles intentionally spike the trade?

    Feb 27, 2005, 4:53 AM EDT

    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…

  5. Sorting out the Coles situation

    Feb 24, 2005, 12:28 AM EDT

    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…

  6. Demasio–Some Clarifications

    Feb 23, 2005, 4:47 AM EDT

    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.…

  7. Exclusive: Demasio Talks

    Feb 22, 2005, 5:24 AM EDT

    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.…

  8. Coles Update II: Gibbs Denies WP Story

    Feb 21, 2005, 10:10 PM EDT

    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…

  9. Coles Update: Team Trying to Deal Him

    Feb 21, 2005, 6:09 PM EDT

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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…

  10. Coles Update: Team Trying to Deal Him

    Feb 21, 2005, 6:09 PM EDT

    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…

  11. Stunner: Skins Likely to Release Coles

    Feb 21, 2005, 12:50 PM EDT

    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…

  12. Redskins Ponder WR Options

    Feb 19, 2005, 9:59 PM EDT

    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…

  13. Gibbs Fires WTEM

    Feb 12, 2005, 2:46 AM EDT

    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…

  14. Mitchell Retires

    Feb 12, 2005, 1:40 AM EDT

    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…

  15. Smoot and Arrington

    Feb 10, 2005, 2:46 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. 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…

  16. Monk Snubbed Again

    Feb 6, 2005, 2:01 PM EDT

    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…

  17. Gibbs Presser

    Feb 1, 2005, 12:32 AM EDT

    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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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,…

  21. 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,…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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