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

    Apr 16, 2014, 4:48 AM EDT


    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…

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

    Apr 1, 2014, 9:41 AM EDT


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

  3. Can the Redskins afford to sign DeSean Jackson?

    Mar 30, 2014, 8:57 AM EDT


    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…

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

    Mar 22, 2014, 10:55 AM EDT


    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…

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

    Mar 19, 2014, 11:25 AM EDT


    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…

  6. Redskins, Orakpo negotiations quiet as deadlines approach

    Feb 26, 2014, 9:32 AM EDT


    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…

  7. Allen wants to find ‘mentally tough players’

    Feb 22, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT


    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…

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

    Feb 11, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT


    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…

  9. 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…

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

    Jan 31, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT


    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…

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

    Jan 24, 2014, 11:54 AM EDT


    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…

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

    Jan 7, 2014, 3:55 PM EDT


    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…

  13. Redskins are trying to catch a rising star

    Jan 6, 2014, 10:55 AM EDT


    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…

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

    Jan 6, 2014, 5:37 AM EDT


    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…

  15. Need to Know: The Redskins’ third option

    Jan 4, 2014, 6:10 AM EDT


    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…

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

    Jan 1, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT


    “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…

  17. A Gruden-Allen reunion is unlikely

    Dec 31, 2013, 8:55 AM EDT


    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…

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

    Dec 30, 2013, 4:58 AM EDT


    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…

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

    Aug 18, 2013, 7:26 AM EDT


    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,…

  20. Allen: Cap crunch won’t force cuts

    Aug 16, 2013, 3:22 PM EDT


    RICHMOND—The Redskins are in the second and final year of the $36 million salary cap penalty the NFL imposed in 2012. They had their available cap money reduced by $18 million both last year and this season. As a result, they are very tight against the cap. According to the NFL Players Association website, the…

  21. No firm plans for practice bubble for Redskins in RVA

    Aug 12, 2013, 2:55 PM EDT


    RICHMOND—The rainstorms that led to the cancellation of two practices last week have brought up the subject of when there might be an indoor practice facility for the Bon Secours training center. The answer is that while one may be constructed one day, the Redskins may just have to get used to the idea of… Archives

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