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  1. 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…

  2. 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.…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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)…

  7. 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)…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. Pro Bowl Travesty

    Dec 22, 2004, 9:00 PM EDT

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    December 22, 2004 It’s a travesty. It’s a sham. It’s a mockery. It’s (all together now) a traveshamockery! The Washington Redskins have statistically the best defense in the NFC. Are you ready for the list of players off of that defense who have been selected to play in the Pro Bowl? Marcus Washington That’s it.…

  14. Ramsey to Remain Starter in '05

    Dec 21, 2004, 6:18 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. Please allow one more “you heard it here first” boast. On November 18, I made the following statement in this blog: You had better get used to the sight of…

  15. Ramsey to Remain Starter in ’05

    Dec 21, 2004, 6:18 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. Please allow one more “you heard it here first” boast. On November 18, I made the following statement in this blog: You had better get used to the sight of…

  16. You heard it here first

    Dec 21, 2004, 6:45 AM EDT

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    If you read Tuesday’s papers, you will be told something that you already know. In the Post you’ll “discover” that In Weak NFC, 5-9 Redskins Still Have Shot at Playoffs Despite their 5-9 record the Washington Redskins remain alive for a playoff berth, although they will need help from the rest of the NFC to…

  17. You heard it here first

    Dec 21, 2004, 6:45 AM EDT

    If you read Tuesday’s papers, you will be told something that you already know. In the Post you’ll “discover” that In Weak NFC, 5-9 Redskins Still Have Shot at Playoffs Despite their 5-9 record the Washington Redskins remain alive for a playoff berth, although they will need help from the rest of the NFC to…

  18. Pierce will be a hot commodity

    Dec 20, 2004, 6:33 PM EDT

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    In his Morning After Week 15 piece on ESPN.com, Len Pasquarelli quotes an NFL scout as saying: ‘There are a lot of mid-level players who have helped themselves in the free agent market for next spring and one of them is (Washington) linebacker Antonio Pierce. Yeah, I know, teams aren’t going to pay big money…

  19. Division Tiebreaker

    Dec 20, 2004, 2:30 PM EDT

    I got the following comment from a reader and I thought it warranted some clarification: I dont think division tie breaker matters for the Wild Card, it’s just for who wins the division. see ESPN’s Conference StandingsTherefore there are 3 tiebreakers, and Redskins would beat the Giants on conference record. The Giants do matter in…

  20. Playoffs: It's Alive!

    Dec 20, 2004, 6:40 AM EDT

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    It’s down to two games left to play and, like the madman in Poe’s “Tell-Tale Heart”, some of us can still hear a sound of a heart beating that sounds very, very real. Even with the Lions, Bucs, Rams and Bears losing, the playoffs are still a longshot. But maybe you don’t have to believe…

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