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  1. Need to Know: Redskins camp news and notes, Day 5–Last live drills of the year?

    Jul 29, 2014, 5:14 AM EDT

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    RICHMOND—Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, July 29, nine days before the Redskins open the preseason against the Patriots. Nickel coverage News, notes, and quotes from Day 5 of Redskins training camp. —I get asked on a regular basis how Morgan Moses is doing and if they intend to keep him…

  2. Need to Know: The 5 biggest events of the Redskins’ offseason

    Jun 20, 2014, 4:52 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Friday, June 20, 34 days before the Redskins start training camp. Nickel coverage The Redskins offseason program ended yesterday with their final minicamp practice. Here are the five most important events that have happened during the offseason. —Mike Shanahan fired—Shanahan’s team pulled out a playoff spot…

  3. Will an emphasis on work ethic take some players off the Redskins’ draft board?

    May 7, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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    It appears that the Redskins are putting a greater emphasis on intangibles when they are putting together their draft board and that might remove some prospects from consideration. “What we’re looking for is people who love football and want to play football and want to win with the Washington Redskins,” said Bruce Allen during the…

  4. Need to Know: Five notes and quotes from the Redskins’ pre-draft presser

    May 7, 2014, 5:04 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, May 7, one day before the NFL draft. Nickel coverage Here are five notes and quotes from the Redskins’ pre-draft press conference with Bruce Allen and Scott Campbell on Tuesday: Allen on having a minicamp prior to the draft: From the personnel standpoint, it was…

  5. Draft chatter: For many teams, the NFL Draft revolves around the QB position

    May 5, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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    The draft starts on Thursday and while the don’t know how things will unfold, we do know one thing—that for most teams that don’t have a quarterback the draft will revolve around getting that quarterback. The chances seem high that the Browns, Titans, Jaguars, Texans, Raiders, Vikings, Bucs and Cardinals will take quarterbacks at some point…

  6. Has Brian Orakpo proven himself?

    Apr 30, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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    Has Brian Orakpo proven himself? “I have to prove myself again, huh?” Orakpo said on Monday on the subject of the possibility of signing a long-term contract extension. “I don’t have to prove myself to anybody. I’m already proven in this league. I don’t have to prove anything to anybody. That goes for fans, that…

  7. Need to Know: 5 NFL draft notes including the Redskins’ pick at 34

    Apr 16, 2014, 4:48 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, April 16, 22 days before the NFL draft. Nickel coverage Here are five thoughts on the Redskins and the NFL draft, which eventually will get here, I’m told. —It’s not a grocery list, people. You don’t grab your cart and head to aisle five to…

  8. Need to Know: Five angles on Jackson and the Redskins

    Apr 1, 2014, 9:41 AM EDT

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    With the DeSean Jackson visit to Redskins Park ongoing today, here are five angles on about the situation.

  9. Can the Redskins afford to sign DeSean Jackson?

    Mar 30, 2014, 8:57 AM EDT

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    Can the Redskins afford to sign DeSean Jackson? It’s a simple question with a complex answer. The short answer is yes. Despite the fact that they have about $7 million in cap room left for the 2014 season, they could construct a contract that would meet Jackson’s contract demands, which likely would be something in…

  10. Allen: Thomas was going to start at safety last year

    Mar 22, 2014, 10:55 AM EDT

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    In an interview with the Washington Post, Bruce Allen revealed a nugget of information that could have major implications for the Redskins’ 2014 defensive secondary. Allen talked about the safety position and the team’s 2013 fourth-round pick. “Phillip Thomas, we had high hopes for him last year,” said Allen. “He was going to start for…

  11. Fan questions: In addition to RG3, what needs to improve?

    Mar 19, 2014, 11:25 AM EDT

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    It’s been a while since we’ve done fan questions and you submitted some good ones to me on Twitter at @Rich_TandlerCSN and on the Real Redskins Facebook page. Let’s jump right in. What do u think is the biggest need atm and what’ll be the draftapproach? Best available or need? #RedskinsTalk @Rich_TandlerCSN — Ralf Peeters…

  12. Redskins, Orakpo negotiations quiet as deadlines approach

    Feb 26, 2014, 9:32 AM EDT

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    With the clock ticking towards two deadlines, things remain very quiet in contract negotiations between the Redskins and linebacker Brian Orakpo. The closer of the two deadlines is next Monday at 4 p.m. That’s how long the Redskins have to put the franchise player tag on Orakpo. The tag would cost the Redskins a one-year…

  13. Allen wants to find ‘mentally tough players’

    Feb 22, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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    On the day that the Redskins announced that Mike Shanahan would be fired as the team’s head coach, Bruce Allen also announced that he would take over control in the personnel department. “We are going to redefine some of the characteristics that we’re looking for in players,” Allen said at the time. This week at…

  14. Like all NFL teams, Redskins play a zero-sum game in free agency

    Feb 11, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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    Saints coach Sean Payton recently talked about the challenges the team faces in trying to keep pending free agent tight end Jimmy Graham on their team. “The first thing that comes to my mind with free agency is your own roster,” Payton told Fox Sports 1 (via the Times-Picayune). “I think often times that gets…

  15. Need to Know: The five most important off season dates for the Redskins

    Feb 5, 2014, 4:50 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, February 5, 14 days before the NFL Combine. Nickel coverage Tarik posted the full NFL calendar on the site the other day. Let’s go through it and pull out the five dates that are most important to the Redskins. *Feb 17 Teams can apply franchise…

  16. Don’t be afraid to say it–the Redskins are rebuilding

    Jan 31, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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    A reader left a comment on yesterday’s post about the Redskins not having any NFL starter caliber players under contract in the middle of their defense: Is it time to consider using the “R” word? (rebuild!) That is a term that hasn’t been used much in reference to the Redskins. If you asked Bruce Allen…

  17. Redskins’ roster situation requires an active free agency period

    Jan 24, 2014, 11:54 AM EDT

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    Bruce Allen did not talk to the members of the local media who made the trek to Mobile for the Senior Bowl. But he did talk to SiriusXM NFL Radio while he was there and among the topics discussed was free agency. For the first time since 2011 the Redskins will have the same salary…

  18. Could another stunning hire be on tap for the Redskins?

    Jan 7, 2014, 3:55 PM EDT

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    Ten years ago today, the Redskins’ search for a new head coach revolved around guys like Ray Rhodes and some other retreads who had been fired as head coaches at least once. At least that was what we knew during the search for Steve Spurrier’s replacement. But on the evening of January 7, 2004 word…

  19. Redskins are trying to catch a rising star

    Jan 6, 2014, 10:55 AM EDT

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    Bruce Allen and the Redskins are trying to accomplish one of the most difficult feats in all of sports. They are trying to catch a rising star. From looking at the head coaching candidates that we know about the most notable thing is a lack of notable NFL accomplishments. Jim Caldwell was the head coach…

  20. Need to Know: Jay Gruden’s epic Hard Knocks rant

    Jan 6, 2014, 5:37 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Monday, January 6, 122 days before the NFL draft. Offense or defense? How about neither? Jay Gruden appears to be a strong candidate for the Redskins’ head coaching job, perhaps the favorite to land the position. When Bruce Allen talked about his ideal candidate for the…

  21. Need to Know: The Redskins’ third option

    Jan 4, 2014, 6:10 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, January 4, 66 days before the start of NFL free agency. Nickel package “We’re going to look for someone who is a leader first and it could be on the offensive side of the ball, defense or special team,” Bruce Allen said after Mike Shanahan…

  22. Will Bruce Allen being in charge of personnel work for the Redskins?

    Jan 1, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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    “The control will be mine.” With those five words, Bruce Allen notified us of a seismic shift in the power structure of the Washington Redskins. Mike Shanahan’s departure left a power vacuum in the personnel decisions department and Allen stepped right into it. Was it a good idea for Daniel Snyder to give this power…

  23. A Gruden-Allen reunion is unlikely

    Dec 31, 2013, 8:55 AM EDT

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    We now know that the decision on who the Redskins next coach will be is largely in the hands of Bruce Allen. It just so happens that there is a coach who has enjoyed some success who is not currently working on the sidelines and who used to work very close with Allen. Many are…

  24. Need to Know: Five questions–What’s next for the Redskins?

    Dec 30, 2013, 4:58 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Monday, December 29, 251 days before the opening Sunday of the 2014 NFL season. Nickel coverage According to multiple reports, Mike Shanahan will be fired this morning when he meets with Redskins owner Daniel Snyder. Although that will be the end for Shanahan, it will be…

  25. The Week That Was: Redskins’ OL continuity rare in today’s NFL

    Aug 18, 2013, 7:26 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Sunday August 17, one day before the Redskins take on the Steelers at FedEx Field in preseason game No. 2. That Was the Week That Was —Going into this round of preseason games, 55 NFL players had suffered season ending injuries. That means that the Redskins,…

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