Redskins quick takes: CB Griffin returns | WashingtonExaminer.com
Redskins corner Cedric Griffin will return to the roster this week, after missing the past four games while suspended for taking a performance enhancing drug (Adderall). However, coach Mike Shanahan said it depends on what sort of shape he’s in as to whether or not he’ll play vs. Seattle. The Redskins could not talk to Griffin while he was suspended, but Shanahan said he talked to him Monday. "He said he’s in good shape," Shanahan said. "Hopefully there’s no setback." If there isn’t, then Griffin would be activated to the 53-man roster.
Shanahan on RG3: Doctors say he’s 100 percent | WashingtonExaminer.com
"Doctors say he’s 100 percent and we don’t have to worry about him reinjuring that LCL," Shanahan said. "That brace helps him out mentally to know that he’s not putting too much pressure on it. Sometimes that’s why it does look different when he cuts. I think it bothers him a hair, but it’s something he has to wear. Hopefully it gets better and better."
Elfin: The Biggest Win was for Shanahan " CBS DC
No, the key to Washington’s seven straight victories, its first playoff berth in five years and its first division championship in 13 belonged to Mike Shanahan, the architect of a renaissance that no one outside of Redskins Park believed was possible less than two months ago.
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"Then, in the 256th and final game of the regular season, the Cowboys imploded (Tony Romo most notably, in a car crash of a game for him), and Washington won its first division title in 13 years. A year ago, no one inside the Beltway thought the Redskins would ever have a chance to draft Heisman winner Robert Griffin III, and no one there had heard of Alfred Morris, and no one there had seen anything like a Pistol formation morphing into an option offense. But that’s life in the NFL. Washington’s dangerous now because of one draft and one scheme, and will be for some time."
Redskins-Cowboys: Five observations from Washington’s NFC East clinching win
As the doors to the Redskins’ locker room opened to reporters shortly after the completion of the game, I expected to see and hear a celebration of possibly the franchise’s biggest win in 20 years. But there wasn’t. There were smiles. And most Redskins players – and owner Dan Snyder, who walked through the locker room, going up to many players individually and thanking them for their performances – all wore black NFC East champion ball caps. But otherwise, you wouldn’t have known this win was different than any of the other six during the streak.
Jerry Jones praises Redskins’ play, structure after season-ending loss
Speaking at his usual post-game press conference, Jones said he believes the Redskins could stand in his team’s way for years to come. "I would say that they were the better team. They played like it. They played well enough to win," Jones said. "They deserve what they’re getting. Hats off to the entire organization. They’ve done something pretty phenomenal to come back like they have with the season they started with. I give them all that they deserve."
Washington Redskins Postgame Review & Celebration | Fanspeak Washington Redskins Blog
Morris will end his rookie regular season only behind the great Adrian Peterson in rushing yards and as the Redskins single season record holder. And he saved his best performance for last night. Morris gashed the Cowboys defense for four quarters and three touchdowns. He probably stole some offensive rookie of the year votes from RG3 but who cares about that now. The offensive line took care of a depleted Dallas front seven. What was a concern back in August, the Skins o-line has been very productive all season and an obvious bright spot giving the Skins their best team rushing season in team history. Staying a mostly healthy intact unit cannot be overlooked.
Lunatic Redskins fan tackles Christmas tree | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
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Jim Haslett as Redskins' 'mad scientist' - NFC East Blog - ESPN
"A great defensive coordinator is kind of a mad scientist," Cofield said. "And I think guys are energized when they come to work every Wednesday thinking, 'What's he got for us this week?' I think you definitely see that."
"At least my opinion, at least this is my feeling when I was an assistant, it's not time to interview during the season," Mike Shanahan said, via The Washington Times. "It's time to concentrate on your job. After the season is over with, I think there's plenty of time for all those things. That's my gut feeling."
"I'll tell you what: Alfred Morris became a star tonight," Redskins tight end Chris Cooley told The Associated Press after the game. "He deserved it. He's a phenomenal football player." Morris refused to take credit: "I'm never a star. I'll never be a star. Other people might think I'm a star, but I'm just Alfred."
The additions of Griffin, Alfred Morris, and Pierre Garçon helped boost the Redskins from last to first in the NFC East in all but one of the key offense stat categories. The Redskins were first in yards gained, points scored, yards per play, yards per pass attempt, and rushing yards. They were still last in passing yards but that is because they attempted almost 100 fewer passes than the Giants, about 150 fewer than the Eagles and over 200 fewer than the Cowboys. As you’ve read here before, it’s an offensive league and if you can move the ball and score points, you can win games.
"I mean we’re good enough. We’re good enough to get to the playoffs. We’re good enough to win seven games in a row," nose tackle Barry Cofield said. "It’s all about being hot at the right time. I think we’re playing better defense than most at this time of year, and that’s what’s important.
A federal judge in Minnesota on Monday dismissed the NFL Players Association’s collusion complaint against the league that accused teams of operating with a secret salary cap in 2010. U.S. District Court Judge David S. Doty ruled that the players’ union had agreed in 2011 not to bring such a collusion complaint against the league. Doty wrote in his ruling that "the NFLPA released the claims it attempts to assert in the underlying action."
"Man, if you had told me I would play on a 1-11 college team a year ago and I’d be standing here in the middle of all this . . ." Morris gathers his belongings, scans a locker room of 300-pound smiling and laughing behemoths, some as big and strong as DeMarcus Ware and the Dallas Cowboys he had used as traffic cones an hour ago. Then he walks into a 30-degree night with no jacket, toward the players’ parking lot, where men and women pushing 50 behind barricades chant "Al-fred Mor-ris!"
One person with knowledge of the team’s deliberations on the matter said Monday that Redskins officials were trying to decide whether to work on a possible extension with Shanahan this offseason, with two seasons left on his existing contract, or wait to do it when he’s down to one season remaining on his contract.
"We’ll see how that is Wednesday," Shanahan said. "Hopefully he’ll be all right." Lichtensteiger was injured in the third quarter when Dallas tackle Marcus Spears rolled over on his ankle on a running play. Lichtensteiger, who returned for a series before leaving the game again, missed 21 of the team’s 62 snaps on offense.