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Redskins film review: Blitz beats Dallas | WashingtonExaminer.com
Third and 8 from the Redskins’ 25-yard line, first quarter. An excellent example of fooling an offense, then overwhelming them. Lorenzo Alexander aligned on the right drew the attention of tackle Tyron Smith. But Alexander dropped into coverage, leaving Smith and left guard Nate Livings doubled on end Stephen Bowen. Running back DeMarco Murray picked up London Fletcher while Perry Riley came free to Livings’ left. All totaled, six Redskins rushed.

Elfin: Rising Above The Fray " CBS DC
"Coming out of high school, I was very realistic," Doughty said then. "I love football and I just wanted to play it as long as I could. I thought I might make it on special teams as a freshman and just go from there. A lot of people dream about playing in the NFL, but you have to put in the work that realizing that dream entails. I don’t run 4.2, but I’m going to run 4.5 every time. I’m going to try to win every sprint we run. I’m going to put everything I have into special teams and keep working on my man-to-man [coverage]."

how the redskins defense saved the season | Damn it feels good to be a homer.
During their 3-6 start, the Washington offense averaged 25.1 points per game, a figure that improved to an even 30 during the 7-0 finish. That’s a 4.9-point difference. Meanwhile, the Washington defense went from allowing 27.6 points per game during the rough seas of September and October to an even 20.0 points per game after Election Day, a difference of 7.6 points. Plenty of those points came in garbage time against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day, too, so that figure even understates the genuine improvement this unit has made over the final seven weeks of the year.

redskins 2012 most valuable player: nick sundberg | Damn it feels good to be a homer.
With the football gods planted firmly in his corner, Sundberg led the Redskins to a perfect 8-0 record this year when he was in the lineup. Without him, Washington went just 2-6. So with apologies to guys like Griffin and Morris, my vote for the team’s most valuable player goes to Sundberg. "I can’t really explain it," Sundberg said. "I think the bye week was just really, really good for us. It was a time when we were all able to step away from football all together and kind of regroup individually and as a team. I think everybody came back focused and it’s been a real team effort all the way through."

Jim Haslett could draw interest for NFL head coach opening
According to a person with knowledge of the league’s coaching market, at least two teams with coaching vacancies have preliminary interest in Haslett. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, and did not identify the teams. It is not clear if the interest will lead to Haslett being interviewed for any head coaching jobs or if he will end up being a serious contender such an opening this offseason. Some people within the league seem convinced that both Haslett and Shanahan, the Redskins’ offensive coordinator and the son of Coach Mike Shanahan, will draw some interest but are long shots to be offered any head coaching jobs this offseason.

Josh Wilson offers opponent’s perspective from Washington’s last postseason game
Asked about his memories of the game, Wilson’s initial recollection was one of embarrassment. "I just remember a kickoff landing in the middle of me and Nick Burleson and you guys recovering it," Wilson said with a chuckle. He referred to a fourth-quarter play in which the Redskins kicked off after taking a 14-13 lead with 12:44 left in the game. Shaun Suisham’s kick traveled 54 yards and squirted between Wilson and Burleson, but neither were able to secure the ball. Redskins receiver Anthony Mix recovered the ball at the Seattle 14-yard line, but Washington couldn’t capitalize as Suisham eventually missed a 30-yard field goal.

Josh LeRibeus draws praise for strong relief effort for Redskins
"It just shows the depth we have across the offensive line for someone to come in the heat of the game, when we need a few crucial drives, to come in and execute like he did," left tackle Trent Williams said of LeRibeus. Said Shanahan: "I think Josh has done a very good job. He’s been practicing extremely well. He’s a guy who I had no reservations putting in. Once Kory looked a little hobbled and was trying to play with that sprained ankle, you could see that he could not get it done, we did put him in. I had no reservations and rightfully so. He played well."

Shortcomings in Denver made NFC East title special for Mike Shanahan
"I think any time you go back as a coach, you go back through your experiences. Like when I was in Denver in 2006, 2007 and 2008 people would always say, ‘Your last win as a coach was in 2005.’ We lost to Pittsburgh at home for the AFC championship, a chance to go to the Super Bowl," Shanahan recalled. "Then 2006, we lost our last game that would have put us in the playoffs at 10-6. In 2008, it was our last game, which if we beat San Diego we would have been division champs of the AFC West. So, you understand as a coach, unless you get it done, people forget very quickly what you’ve done. That’s why I think winning the NFC East and you get a game like that, you want to find a way to win it because once you do that momentum starts again. There are a lot of games that you play, and unless you take advantage of the opportunity people forget very quickly."

Need to Know: Business as usual for the Redskins - Rich Tandler's Real Redskins
"Nothing really changes. You’re getting ready like you do every week. I think everybody on your football team understands at the beginning of the season what your first goal is and that’s to have a home field game. That’s what you’re shooting for. Winning the NFC East, we’ve been able to accomplish that. Everything now comes down to a four week season or five weeks depending if it’s one or two weeks with the Super Bowl. That’s the mindset from the beginning. You talk about it. You talk about the ability to get where we are right now. Now you take it one at a time."

Shanahan's fingerprints on Black Monday firings - Rich Tandler's Real Redskins
During the 2011 draft Gene Smith of the Jaguars wanted to trade up in the first round to take quarterback Blaine Gabbert. Shanahan was happy to accommodate and the Redskins first-round pick, the 10th overall, went to Jacksonville in exchange for the Jags’ first rounder, the 16th overall, and their second-round pick. Shanahan took Ryan Kerrigan with the first pick and dealt the second-rounder for picks that included wide receiver Leonard Hankerson. The Gabbert pick turned out to be a disaster, and one that proved to be fatal for Smith. The Missouri product has had much more than the usual young quarterback growing pains and in his second year he was benched with a 1-9 record after 10 games. The Jaguars fired head coach Jack Del Rio halfway through the 2011 season and yesterday Gabbert officially became both a coach and a GM killer as Smith was told to clear out his office.

Redskins rookie Alfred Morris on a roll - Washington Times
Anyone who has watched the Redskins this year knows that Morris is far from a one-night wonder. The sixth-round pick out of Florida Atlantic ran for a single-season franchise record 1,613 yards and a Redskins rookie record 13 touchdowns. With 10 games of 20-plus carries and seven of 100-plus yards, Morris has been the model of consistency, putting together a Pro Bowl-caliber campaign despite being snubbed for the NFL’s all-star event. When Morris was asked recently what going to the Pro Bowl would mean, Griffin overheard the question and responded: "It means he’s a beast."

Redskins hope to follow Giants’, Packers’ paths to the Super Bowl - The Washington Post
"We have a chance to be that team," Redskins tight end Chris Cooley said. "But everyone’s hot. Seattle is hot right now. There are a lot of good teams in the NFC. The thing that I think is that we’ve had to win every single game since 3-6. That’s the way it’s played out. It bodes well for us. We’ve embraced that. We’ve looked at it like everything’s an elimination game. And it’s elevated our level of play."

Redskins-Seahawks: Rookie kicker Kai Forbath helped power Redskins’ run to the playoffs - The Washington Post
"I just kind of kept telling myself the opportunity would come," Forbath said. "I’m pretty good at staying positive when tough things happen. When I miss a kick, I’ve always been good at coming back and making the next one. I’ve always stayed with that mentality in my career."

5 things to look for this week around Redskins Park | CSN Washington
Does Cedric Griffin get activated? The Redskins’ nickel corner has been away from the facility since Week 14 after his suspension for violation of the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing drugs. Mike Shanahan said that he needed to make sure that Griffin is in football shape before activating him. The team gets a roster exemption for him until the end of the week. If he’s good to go, look for either D. J. Johnson or Jerome Murphy to get released.

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