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  1. For Immediate Release June 13, 2018 REDSKINS ANNOUNCE NEW FAN-FOCUSED SEASON TICKET ENHANCEMENTS LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that Season Ticket Members will now receive preferred concession pricing, have access to new entertainment areas at FedExField and enjoy significant digital upgrades designed to enhance their experience. Additionally, fans will no longer be required to join the Redskins Wait List before purchasing a Season Ticket. Season Ticket Memberships will be immediately available to all Redskins fans starting Wednesday, June 13 at 11 a.m. “Our goal is to serve our fans in a first-class manner each and every day by putting them at the center of every decision we make. It begins with listening to them and continually cultivating and improving their experiences throughout the year,” said Brian Lafemina, President of Business Operations and Chief Operating Officer. “We’re excited to provide all Redskins fans with immediate access to Season Tickets, which will help us create the best home field advantage in the NFL.” Among the new enhancements for Season Ticket Members in 2018 is preferred concession pricing for all food items throughout the stadium on gameday, allowing Members to pay up to 50 percent less for certain items than non-Members. Other benefits include interest-free payment plans, complimentary NFL RedZone and Game Pass, and exclusive access to offseason events such as Member Happy Hours and the annual Fan Forum. Members can also receive free membership in the Redskins Rewards program by downloading the Redskins app or by visiting www.RedskinsRewards.com. The Rewards program provides access to unforgettable gameday experiences, autographed merchandise and more. “We’re taking a fresh look at every area of the business, starting with the experience we provide for our fans and Season Ticket Members,” Lafemina said. “Our most loyal fans have told us that they value affordability, entertainment and recognition. Our focus moving forward is on creating incredible and unprecedented value for our Season Ticket Members on gameday and all year long.” This season, available to all fans at FedExField will be the new Fan Pavilion in the West End Zone featuring a renovated bar area, prime sightlines to the field and multiple HD screens showing games from around the NFL on gameday. Digital ticketing and mobile pay will also be a significant upgrade to the gameday experience from previous years in an effort to make entry to FedExField and payments around the stadium more seamless. Fans will only need their mobile device in order to enter the stadium, transfer or sell their tickets and to activate the Member preferred pricing at all concession stands. Season Ticket Memberships can be secured at www.Redskins.com/tickets or by calling a representative at 301-276-6800. Memberships start at $759 including tax and offer fans the best available seat locations at the lowest available price, directly from the Redskins. -REDSKINS-
  2. Season 5 of The Ranch dropped today on Netflix.
  3. For Immediate Release June 12, 2018 REDSKINS HONOR 1987 REPLACEMENT PLAYERS WITH SUPER BOWL RINGS MEDIA NOTICE: More than 10 minutes of B-Roll footage of the Super Bowl rings being produced is available for download at the following link, courtesy of Baron Rings: https://goo.gl/yNNwQ3. LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins honored replacement players from the team’s 1987 squad with Super Bowl rings in a ceremony at Inova Sports Performance Center at Redskins Park on Tuesday. Charley Casserly, who served as the Redskins’ Assistant General Manager in 1987 and helped build the replacement squad, hosted the event and welcomed more than 25 players in attendance. The event culminated with the surprise appearance of 1987 Super Bowl champions Doug Williams, Gary Clark and Dexter Manley, who joined the replacement players for a group photo. The contributions of the replacement players were previously highlighted in the documentary Year of the Scab, produced by Ten100 in association with Leftfield Pictures (an ITV America company). The film, directed by John Dorsey, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in the spring of 2017 and aired as part of ESPN’s “30 for 30” series in September. To properly honor the players for their role in the team’s 1987 championship season, the Redskins worked closely with the documentary’s director, Dorsey, and a number of key partners. Baron Rings, represented by President Peter Kanis, furnished the rings, while diamonds were provided by Uptown Diamond, represented by Principal Rick Antona. “The 3-0 record of the Redskins replacement players was part of the remarkable success of the 1987 Washington Redskins,” Owner Dan Snyder said in a statement in March announcing the ceremony. “Their contributions are part of Redskins history and represent an integral reason why a Lombardi Trophy from the 1987 campaign resides in our facility today. Thanks in part to the generosity of our partners on this project, we are happy to honor these players for their role in that World Championship.” The Virginia General Assembly also officially commended the replacement members of the 1987 team in March with House Joint Resolution No. 151, expressing “the General Assembly’s admiration for their determination, hard work, and incredible achievements.” Quarterback Tony Robinson and defensive lineman Anthony Sagnella represented the replacement players during the passing of the resolution in Richmond. In Washington’s first game with replacement players, the Redskins defeated the St. Louis Cardinals, 28-21, as wide receiver Anthony Allen finished the day with seven catches and a single-game franchise record 225 yards. The next week, the Redskins defeated the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants, 38-12. Despite the strike ending four days later on Oct. 15, 1987, the Redskins’ replacement players played and defeated the Dallas Cowboys, 13-7, in a Monday Night Football matchup despite the return of multiple starters for Dallas. The three victories earned by the replacement players helped propel the Redskins to an 11-4 regular season record and an NFC East title. The Redskins would go on to defeat the Denver Broncos, 42-10, in Super Bowl XXII to earn the team’s second Super Bowl title and fourth World Championship. CEREMONY ATTENDEES (in order of ring presentation) NAME POSITION COLLEGE Obed Ariri K Clemson Keiron Bigby WR Brown Derek Bunch LB Michigan State Mark Carlson T Southern Connecticut Joe Cofer DB Tennessee John Cowne C Virginia Tech Eric Coyle C Colorado Alec Gibson DE Illinois Allen Harvin RB Cincinnati Charles Jackson DB Texas Tech Ted Karras DT Northwestern Jon Kimmel LB Colgate Skip Lane DB Mississippi Phil Pettey G Missouri Tony Robinson QB Tennessee Anthony Sagnella DT Rutgers Tony Settles LB Elon Willard Scissum T/G Alabama Jack Stanley QB Nevada Henry Waechter DE/DT Nebraska Eric Wilson LB Maryland Wayne Wilson RB Shepherd David Windham LB Jackson State Mike Wooten C Virginia Military Jack Weil P Wyoming Craig McEwen* TE Utah *Honored in attendance after receiving Super Bowl ring in 1987 -REDSKINS- ABOUT THE REDSKINS: Headquartered at Inova Sports Performance Center at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Virginia, and owned by Daniel Snyder, the historic Washington Redskins Football Club has won five World Championship titles including the 1937 and 1942 National Football League Championship games, as well as Super Bowls XVII, XXII and XXVI. Founded in 1932 as the Boston Braves in Massachusetts, the team changed its name to the Redskins in 1933 and relocated to Washington, D.C., in 1937. Since then, the team has become one of the most recognizable professional sports franchises in history, featuring multiple Hall of Fame coaches, 19 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (with 11 others who also were Redskins) and becoming the first team in the NFL with an official marching band and fight song, "Hail to the Redskins." The Redskins have been owned by Dan Snyder since 1999, and beginning in 1997, began playing their home games at FedExField in Landover, Md.
  4. First of all, it’s Moderator. A monitor is most likely what you’re reading this on. And secondly, I’m pretty sure I’ve told you before that Tailgate probably wasn’t for you.
  5. June 13, 2018 Head Coach Jay Gruden On the skirmish between two players: “I did not see it. I don’t think until I see it on video, which I don’t think anybody got it on video, I don’t know what happened... He [Defensive Line Coach Jim Tomsula] just said they were messing around a little bit.” On how he feels about the team’s progression during the last four weeks: “I think it went great. Like I said the other day, the most important thing in my mind was to get these guys in great physical shape and I think Chad Englehart and his staff did a great job. And then Larry Hess and the trainers did a good job getting the guys back, trying to get them back to full health, the guys that were injured. And then I wanted them to learn the system, try to get as much as we could installed. We did a great job of that I think so that when they come to training camp they are ready to roll. And then of course just getting to know each other so they can learn to play together and work together as a team. I think we accomplished what I set out to accomplish.” On if the competitive nature of practices is a testament to the team’s depth: “I think so. I think you’re talking about reps and reps are very, very important, and when people are trying to steal reps from one another, people take it personally and some things happen from time to time. But that’s the way it is from competitive-type guys.” On if he purposefully involved the third-string more today: “Yeah, we were back inside on the turf and I kind of haven’t given the threes a lot of reps, especially with Kevin Hogan. I wanted to give him a big lion’s share of the reps today and see what those guys can do so they felt confident coming into training camp with the knowledge that they have and be ready to perform.” On QB Kevin Hogan: “He’s done good. I like Kevin. He’s a smart kid and he’s got some deceiving escape ability to him. He can run a little bit. We saw one today, he popped out of there for about a 20-yard gain. I like where he’s at. It’s hard for those No. 3 guys to get the reps and for them to show what they really can do on a limited basis, but as far as being attentive and being a good quarterback in the meetings rooms and all that stuff, he’s been very, very good.” On the progression of the undrafted rookies: “Cam [Sims] has stood out at wide receiver. I think [Danny] Johnson stood out at corner. They have done some really good things. We have got a number of other guys that are trying to take advantage of a little bit of the reps the way they have. I think this progression for these guys, they came in a little bit late, obviously we had to wait for them after the draft, and then the limited amount of reps that they did have, some took more advantage than others but we’re not discounting anybody. Once training camp starts, they’re going to get more and more, especially when the Jets come. We’ll have more and more opportunities for them to succeed. Preseason game one, two and three, they are going to get more and more reps to shine when the lights are on and it’s live, but I have been impressed with a lot of the guys, mentally and physically.” On Passing Game Coordinator Kevin O’Connell working with such an experienced group of quarterbacks: “Kevin’s been great. I wanted a guy that would help coach quarterbacks that had a little bit of a different background. He was with New England as a player a little bit, he was with Chip Kelly, and now he’s brought some of that knowledge here. So it’s good to have a different set of ideas. He’s done a good job of embracing ours but also adding some new concepts to our system that we already have, and quarterbacks all look up to him despite his age. Very smart, articulate, obviously. All his points are well-thought-out and make sense, which is important, and he does a good job in that room.” On his message to the team prior to training camp: “Progress. Progress, progress, progress. We can’t ‘de-gress.’ I think they’ve put themselves in a great situation to hit training camp in great shape. What we don’t want to have happen is these guys to go to the beach and drink a bunch of iced teas, whatever they do, and Cokes, and eat popcorn, and doughnuts and gain 20 pounds. Then we have to start all over, strip them back down and start all over. I don’t think that’ll happen. Everybody understands. I think the beauty of this is everybody understands we have more depth here. We’re not going to really have time for you to get in shape. You better come in shape and compete for your job and compete to make this roster. Otherwise, we have a lot of guys here that can play, and I think they see that.” On training camp practice times: “10:00 in the morning, I wanted a consistent time in the morning, number one. Number two, after practice, I want to have time to really get the nutrients back in their body, get the water, drink plenty of water and hydrate, really, is the big thing. And if we can avoid a little bit of the heat, maybe, is good. But mainly, it’s about hydration [and] getting off their feet for more time.” On when DL Stacy McGee sustained his groin injury: “He had it a couple weeks ago. I don’t know what happened. He just did something, so he had a procedure done and hopefully he will be ready for training camp. We’ll see. I don’t have the exact timetable on him, yet. He’s in there now.” On hosting joint practices with New York Jets: “It’ll be good. It’ll be good to evaluate the young kids, especially, and also get our veteran guys, see how we handle a different scheme, so to speak, different bodies. A lot of times, you’re going against one another, sometimes when it gets that late in training camp, you start to see the buddy system going a little bit. ‘I won’t hurt you, you don’t hurt me,’ but now you’re going against another group of guys trying to make their roster. I think the competitive nature will make practice a little bit better and challenge them a little bit more, so it’ll be good. We’ve just got to tone it down, so nothing happens like it happened against Houston a couple years ago, but I think Coach [Todd] Bowles, myself, we have a good understanding of what we’re looking for and how to deal with it.”
  6. For Immediate Release June 14, 2018 REDSKINS SIGN T GERON CHRISTIAN SR. LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have made the following roster move: The Redskins signed the following draft pick: ROUND (PICK) PLAYER SCHOOL 3 (74) T Geron Christian Sr. Louisville With Christian’s signing, the Redskins now have all eight members of their 2018 draft class under contract.
  7. June 12, 2018 Head Coach Jay Gruden On today’s practice: “It went good. You know, we’re coming to the end of the offseason program here, and this is just the extension of it, and I think we’re in a good place mentally and physically for the most part. Guys are working hard, have a couple more days left and hopefully we end on a high note.” On Defensive Backs Coach Torrian Gray: “He’s done great, he really has. I think he’s got the system down. I think it’s important to keep the staff around here because I think the more comfortable he is, the better he is. That’s the case for everybody, quite frankly. He’s a good communicator, does a great job with the safeties and corners – [Assistant Defensive Backs Coach] James Rowe with him. They are a good partnership over there and handle the room extremely well.” On QB Alex Smith’s growth this offseason: “I think we are all just trying to get him as comfortable as we can and it’s just a matter of him getting used to the terminology, getting used to the players around him, how we call plays, all that stuff. He’s a veteran guy. He’s been there, done that. About every kind of passing scheme concept he’s seen or done, run concept he’s seen or done in his career with both Coach [Jim] Harbaugh and obviously with Coach [Andy] Reid, so not a lot I can throw at him that he hasn’t done or tried. It’s just a matter of getting on the same page – what we call things, how we like to tag certain coverages, progressions, all that good stuff – so, I’ve been very impressed with him as player and obviously as a person.” On if he anticipates any issues with injured players being available for training camp: “We’re very positive in their recovery right now. They’ve all worked extremely hard. Trent [Williams] came in here and has shown great progress, great strength. So I don’t see any reason why these guys won’t be ready for training camp. It’s a matter of how much we throw at them early in training camp. We might hold them back early in training camp, but for the most part, I think Ty [Nsekhe], T.J. [Clemmings], Jordan [Reed], Chris [Thompson], Trent, those guys are showing great progress and we have full anticipation they’ll be ready for Week 1.” On DL Stacy McGee and WR Brian Quick: “Stacy McGee has had an issue, so he was getting checked out and had a little surgery on his groin. Quick missed for personal reasons.” On how long it takes a veteran quarterback like Alex Smith to get comfortable with a new system and if he just needs to “get it down by midseason”: “He has got to get it down by the first game. So, I think he is already close to having it down for the most part. Each game plan is going to change with different concepts depending on who we play from time to time. But he needs to get it down and he will get it down. That’s why we got him here. That’s why we wanted to get a veteran quarterback here that can adjust to different schemes and alert on the fly. One thing about Alex, he is the smartest guy I have ever been around, without a doubt, and he is in great shape. He can move around and he can handle a lot of different things. We are not in here to build the team around him, the team is built and he has to lead it like right now. This isn’t a two- or three-year process. This is a one-year process and we have got to win right away.” On details that will make the run defense successful: “Stopping the run, it’s a team thing. It’s an 11-man deal. You have got to be in your right gap. You can’t abort your gap and leave somebody on an island or what have you. So, it’s up to the defensive line to stay in their gap, the linebackers will play off of them and obviously the safeties have to be a part of it and sometimes when the safeties get blocked by the receivers, then the corners have got to come and crack-replace. So, it’s a total team thing on defense. Everybody has got to run to the ball and every once in a while, somebody’s going to get a hit, but we have to limit the damage and the guys have got to wrap tackle and make good, sound tackles and limit the damage and live to fight another day. I think getting the guys healthy, getting Zach Brown back out here and Mason Foster with him, [Martrell] Spaight is a veteran guy, [Zach] Vigil is a veteran guy, Josh Harvey-Clemons playing the same defense. Adding Shaun Dion [Hamilton], I think we have got a great chance for that front seven to be very, very good. Secondary-wise, getting Montae [Nicholson] back 100 percent, he’s a great tackler. Obviously D.J. [Swearinger] can play multiple spots. Josh Norman is one of the better corners that can tackle. So we feel good about where we are and now it’s a matter of them playing together with [Daron] Payne now in there, and obviously the other young fellows, [Quinton] Dunbar, maybe Fabian [Moreau] at the other corner.” On how the team will approach the new kickoff and lowering-the-helmet rules: “I haven’t seen anything written on paper yet [about the lowering-the-helmet rule]. We obviously understand we want to take the head out of the game as best we can. We don’t want to use it as a weapon either offensively or defensively, so that’s something we are going to continue to try to teach. We don’t do a lot of live sessions in practice anyway, so a lot of that will come throughout training camp and hopefully we will have videos to show the players on what not to do, I guess. As far as the kickoff rule is concerned, we are just going to try different things, get it on tape and look at it and try to make certain adjustments. It’s new to everybody around the league and I don’t know what to expect. I don’t know if teams are going to try to get more touchbacks kicking off or try to let the guys return it, so it will be interesting to see and it will play out. I’m sure by Week 1 or Week 2, coaches will have a better understanding of it.” On if he feels further ahead at this point in the year because of Smith’s intelligence: “I have got to be careful too. I sometimes get the script of plays for practice and I kind of go crazy with different formations and stuff like that. I just have got to make sure I don’t get ahead of myself, but it’s never an issue. I spit out the plays and he does a great job repeating them and executing them so he’s somebody that can handle a lot of things, like I said. So, we will just have to wait and see. I think getting to know his players is probably more important. He’s going to handle the offense fine. The terminology and all that stuff is fine. I think just getting to know the players and what they can do and adjusting to those guys -- especially Jordan [Reed] who hasn’t practiced yet and Chris Thompson hadn’t practiced yet – but getting to know Paul Richardson for the first time, Josh Doctson, Jamison Crowder, the rest of them, Brian Quick wasn’t here today, but that’s the big thing. [Also] Mo Harris.” On the difficulty of practicing two-minute and third down situations while learning a new system: “It’s just going faster. Two minutes? Easy. We have a set of core plays for two-minute and they can change week-to-week depending on who we are playing, but it’s just a matter of getting the people up to the line, making sure everybody is set before he snaps it, but he handles that great. He knows situations as good as anybody. He knows when he can’t take a sack and get out of bounds when he has to, hurry up to the line, spike it, whatever he needs to do. He’s been in all of those situations so that’s no issue. Third down is just a matter of whether we are going to huddle or not and getting the team ready to roll or get a protection set for the back or the line, trumping everything and making the right call. He can handle all of that. I’m not worried about that.” On time changes for training camp: “Morning, I want to give them a full day to recover. I kind of have been doing a little research here and I think we practice in the morning, we are off the field around noon and they get a nice lunch. We will meet and do some install and come back and have our walkthrough, then go back and meet and watch practice and the walkthrough. So, I think to give that full time for recovery, so they can drink a lot of fluids and take care of their bodies is important. When the Jets come, we are going to practice same time – 1:30 every day. But let these guys know, ‘Hey, we are going to get up, get yourself a cup of coffee and get ready to roll for practice,’ I think is important. Get them on a set schedule, give them a chance to recover each and every day.” On what the team has accomplished this offseason: “I think, one, that’s the most important thing to me for OTAs is getting them in shape in the weight room, obviously out there on the field running. And then, two, we have to get them mentally sharp and teach them our system. And then at the end once we were able to practice, players get to know one another. I think, like we mentioned, Alex Smith getting to know Paul Richardson and our receivers, and our new offensive linemen trying to work different spots, our new defensive linemen, the rookies – [Daron] Payne, obviously Shaun Dion [Hamilton] – getting those guys up to speed, getting our left tackle, right tackle – [Geron] Christian – up to speed. So I think it’s just a matter of A) you want to get them in shape, you want them to get to know each other, and then obviously C) you’ve got to have them learn as much as you can in these few days so when they come back to training camp, we don’t have to start from, ‘OK, this is double right.’ We can jump into our system and install fast and play fast.” On if he feels this is the best spot he’s been in at this time of the year during his tenure in Washington: “I’m always confident, really, but I feel really good. I think from a draft perspective, Payne is everything that I thought he was. Derrius Guice is everything I thought he was and more. He’s a lot faster than I thought. He plays faster – explosive. Christian adds great depth to the offensive line. Shaun Dion, like I mentioned, great depth at the linebacker position, could eventually be a starter, who knows? The rest of the guys are excellent. And then our free agent acquisitions, Paul Richardson is faster than I even thought on tape. Excellent free agent signing. So I feel great about where we are to add those new guys in with the veteran pieces that we already have. Very, very confident, very happy with what we have here.” On how much Smith’s “presence” as a quarterback matters: “It matters. Confidence is very, very important and presence, like you say, is important. It gives other players confidence, and the whole job a quarterback has is obviously getting the most out of the people around you. That’s what I think he does as good as anybody. He’ll get the most out of the tight ends. He’ll get the most out of the backs. He’ll get the most out of the receivers and offensive line because they’re going to want to play for him and they’re going to feel confident that he’s going to make something happen in a positive way or at least give it everything he’s got and take responsibility if something doesn’t work out. Just a great leader-type guy and a good person, good player, that players all seem to react well to and play well with. Obviously we haven’t played a game yet, so we still have a lot of work to do before then, but just from a mental makeup, the physical makeup of the person, obviously top-notch.” On the growth he expects in LB Zach Brown’s second season in Washington: “I think Zach Brown physically, when you look at him, he’s as gifted a linebacker as there is, really. He can run, he can hit, and all that stuff. I think learning a new defense, there were some times where we were out of place – and not just him, but whoever – the defense wasn’t quite in sync. I think him being in his second year with his athletic ability, adding Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen in the middle in front of him with Matt Ioannidis and Ziggy [Hood], whoever else is in there with [Ryan] Kerrigan and Preston [Smith], I think it’s going to make him all the more freer to roam and play fast. So, first year, you know, like I said, last year we went 7-9, I can’t really say, ‘Hey, anybody played all-star-type level.’ But I think he was leading the league in tackles there for a little while because of his speed and I think he can play a lot better.”
  8. June 6, 2018 Head Coach Jay Gruden On RB Chris Thompson: “He will be available eventually. That’s the plan. We are just going to play it by ear, but he’s made unbelievable progress. He’s a lot further along than anybody anticipated except me because I knew he would rehab quicker than anybody. He’s in great shape. We’re not too concerned.” On if it is easier to throw new schemes and plays at a veteran quarterback like Alex Smith: “Oh, for sure. He still has got to learn the terminology so you have got to be careful. Sometimes you assume you’ve been in the league a long time and he went to Utah – he’s very, very smart – you throw too much at him. We still want to control our pace but there’s really not a lot we can throw at him that he has not seen. It’s just a matter of him verbally communicating himself and getting used to the verbiage, that’s all. But he’s in good shape.” On how WRs Josh Doctson and Paul Richardson Jr. can help clear space for Jamison Crowder: “It will help out. It helps out the entire offense quite frankly. So it will help out Jamison, it will help out obviously Jordan [Reed] when he gets back and Vernon [Davis] and the rest of the guys in there, and then those guys will help out – quite frankly – Paul, so they all work hand-in-hand.” On how Crowder looks this offseason and if his hamstring issues from 2017 have lingered: “He looks great. No issues whatsoever. Very precise in what he is doing. Strong hands as usual, plays a lot bigger than his size. No issues as far as health is concerned.” On if he would consider carrying a fullback on the roster this season: “Could be, yeah. We’ll continue to look at Elijah [Wellman] and see how he does. It’s good for our defense also to see some reps with teams with a fullback, so we are giving them a good look at lead plays and power plays and all that stuff so they can prepare for it. It was also a chance for Elijah to make the team whether we need a fullback or not.” On LB Preston Smith building consistency: “I don’t know if he has had any bad games so to speak, maybe statistically they weren’t the greatest, but for the most part, I think Preston has been pretty productive and he’s still a young football player. But we expect big things from him going into year four now. That’s a big year for him obviously, so I think from a progression standpoint, from his weight and his body and his muscle mass, his instincts as far as on the field, I think he’s just getting better and better. I really think he has got a chance of being a dynamic outside linebacker in the National Football League for years to come. He’s on the right path and I think he can get better and better.” On LB Josh Harvey-Clemons’ increase in reps and development as a player: “That’s what we are doing, we are developing him. He got some quality reps last year in some critical situations in games which is good, mainly in dime situations and now he’s getting more in base, first and second down, so it’s good to see him in that role. He came in, he was a tall, gangly linebacker worried about some of the inside run stuff, some of the lead plays with the fullback and all that stuff, but he has handled it quite well. He is a guy that can really run and having Jonathan [Allen], and obviously Daron [Payne], Ziggy [Hood] and Matt Ioannidis in the middle to take the lineman off of the linebackers, I think you can then have a lighter linebacker. He can be free to roam sideline-to-sideline. Josh is taking advantage of his reps and will have to continue to do so come training camp.” On RB Samaje Perine’s next steps: “In the second year, we expect major strides for all first-year guys. I’ve said it before. So just understanding pro football, what it’s all about in your first year, you have the four preseason games and 16 regular season games. It’s a grind, mentally. It’s all-day football, not like college where you only get 20 hours a week, so I think he understands the grind and our system a lot better. He’s more comfortable, and we’ll see how much he progresses. Very critical year for a young football player.” On if the running backs are collectively elevating the offense: “Yes, very much so, and Chris [Thompson] hasn’t been a part of any of that, but I watched Byron Marshall catch the ball and even Derrius [Guice] catch the ball. [It’s] been very exciting. Watching Rob Kelley, Samaje [Perine] run it, Derrius run it. They’ve all done an excellent job. Kapri came off a little bit of an injury. He’s done a good job. We’ve got a good group of backs, and they all bring something different to the table, but they are very good players, so we’ve just got to let it play out and let them continue to compete, try to give them as many opportunities as possible and let it play out, like I said. I’ve been very, very impressed with the entire group.” On what CB Orlando Scandrick brings to the table: “Experience. I think D.J. [Swearinger] with a little bit of experience now, he’s still a young player. Josh [Norman], he seems like a veteran, but he’s still not exactly an old guy. Just having an experienced guy who’s been through a lot, he’s played corner and nickel. He communicates the defense very well and is a calming factor for those guys. When formations change and coverages might change, all that good stuff, it’s good to have a guy like Orlando who’s been there, done that and can communicate with the young guys. So he’s done very well, and I’ve been impressed with the way he’s stood out in practice.” On if WR Robert Davis is another candidate to make a big jump in his second season: “Yeah, big time. We kept him mainly on the practice squad and activated him late last year, and [he] made great strides throughout the year – his size, speed, his ability to block, run. He’s got all the things you want as a receiver in the West Coast-type offense… run after the catch. Now it’s just about him lining up and being comfortable in the route tree and who he’s supposed to block, when he’s supposed to block them and also help us out on special teams, so he’s done excellent, man. He had a little bit of a toe [injury] there for a little bit, but I think he’s healthy now, and you see him run, and he’s got a chance to really explode on the scene.” On if he has been impressed by veteran players mentoring younger players and if he has a specific anecdote on the topic: “The good thing is I don’t have to put my finger on everything that’s going on around here. I have great trust in the players that are down here, led by the veteran guys like [Ryan] Kerrigan and Ziggy Hood and the rest of the older-type guys. They do an excellent job down here, and [when] they’re out at practice, they’re in meetings. [Orlando] Scandrick coming in, obviously Alex Smith, Colt McCoy… Quarterbacks do a great job. Offensive linemen, [Brandon] Scherff is now considered a veteran. He just works his butt off. We’ve got a good group of guys. Mason Foster, [D.J.] Swearinger, obviously. It’s one thing as a coach you don’t want to have to worry about is just always micromanaging every detail about meetings and what’s going on in the locker room. We have a great group of guys that are tight-knit, and they work extremely hard. As far as anecdotes, I don’t really have anything for you there.” On if that culture has evolved during his tenure here: “Yeah, it’s evolved, and it goes into your draft and who you’re getting as free agents and all that stuff. Sometimes you have to deal with some issues from time to time, but it’s important for the veteran leaders to take them under their wing and try to bring them along the right path. And I feel like we have a good majority-rules-type thing that are all hard workers and good guys and good football players.” On early impressions of T Geron Christian getting reps with first team: “It’s not easy for a young guy like that to come in here and play tackle for us with the ones from the get-go. Coach [Greg] Manusky does a good job of throwing a lot of different fronts and looks at them. He’s learning on the fly. Coach [Bill] Callahan has taken him under his wing and really worked with him and this experience has been invaluable for him. To me, it’s so much better to get an opportunity and go out on the field and actually practice than stand there with a helmet in your hand and watch, so you can make the mistakes, you can correct yourself. It might be your set, it might be too vertical, whatever it might be, so everything has been a teaching point for him. Every play is something to learn from – running play, pass play, pass protection – and I think he’s going to become better faster because of that because of these opportunities.” On initial impressions of WR Trey Quinn: “Trey [Quinn] has come in here, and I haven’t heard him talk a whole lot. He’s very quiet. He’s a quiet assassin and he just goes out there and is very detailed in his routes. Ike [Hilliard] has done a great job with him, and Trey, when the ball’s in the area, he’s got strong hands. Very quarterback-friendly target. He can run the option routes. He’s learning from Jamison [Crowder], which is good, but he can also line up in different spots, so Trey is a guy that we’re going to rely on to be able to play multiple spots, be tough enough in the running game to block safeties from time to time. He’ll do whatever is asked of him, I know that, and maybe even return some punts. We’ll see, but I’ve been very impressed with Trey.”
  9. For Immediate Release June 7, 2018 REDSKINS NAME STEVE ZIFF AS CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have named Steve Ziff as the team’s Chief Marketing Officer. “I'm excited to welcome Steve to the Washington Redskins,” said Brian Lafemina, President of Business Operations and Chief Operating Officer. “Adding someone to our team with Steve’s proven track record of success is a tremendous opportunity for the Washington Redskins. His vast experience with digital and in-venue innovation and content marketing will ensure the needs of our fans are front and center in-season and all year long.” Ziff joins the Redskins after having previously served as Vice President of Marketing and Digital Media for the Jacksonville Jaguars. From 2014-18, he was responsible for all areas of branding, content marketing, creative, and digital media for the Jaguars, including game day presentation, in-stadium production, and branded entertainment and events. His team also assisted in the selling and marketing of concerts and events at Daily’s Place and TIAA Bank Field through Bold Events. Ziff’s recent accomplishments include his selection to Jacksonville Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” list while also serving as a founding member of the NFL’s Marketing Steering Committee. He has also been honored for his philanthropic efforts, earning Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man of the Year honors in South Florida in 2013 after generating in excess of $100,000 for the organization. Prior to his tenure with the Jaguars, Ziff worked for the San Diego Padres as Senior Vice President of Sales and Service, overseeing the sales and development of ticketing, premium seating and suites, and all non-ballpark events and concerts. Ziff served as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Brand Strategy for the Florida Panthers and the BB&T Center before joining the Padres. There he oversaw all areas of marketing, creative, partner brand activation, game presentation, grassroots and fan development, and community development for the club and the facility, as well as the Florida Panthers Foundation. His responsibilities also included generating new revenue streams and leveraging partnerships for the Panthers and Sunrise Sports & Entertainment. Before joining Sunrise Sports & Entertainment in April of 2007, Ziff spent two years at Office Depot leading the company’s retail, local, and college marketing for North American stores. Ziff also served with Alloy Marketing + Media and AMP Agency, based in Boston, Mass., leading strategic development and execution of national marketing promotions for some of the largest Fortune 500 brands including Reebok, Verizon Wireless, Volkswagen, Heineken, Dunkin Donuts and New Balance. A native of South Florida, Ziff earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Central Florida.
  10. Kenny Omega just defeated Okada in a 2 out 3 falls no time limit match to become the new IWGP WORLD CHAMP. The match before saw Jericho defeat Naito for the IWGP IC Ttitle And the other night the CAPS won the Stanley Cup. What a ****in week.
  11. http://www.wwe.com/shows/ecw/ecwlaunch WWE® Launches ECW® As Third Brand STAMFORD, Conn., May 25, 2006 - World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., today announced the official launch of ECW (Extreme Championship Wrestling®) as a brand extension to its RAW® and SmackDown® franchises. After acquiring the ECW assets in 2003, WWE spent the past few years re-introducing ECW to the global WWE audience and increasing the interest in its unique brand of sports entertainment. To date, WWE has successfully released three ECW DVD’s, all of which have become best sellers, and produced a very profitable ECW pay-per-view event in June 2005, with another ECW pay-per-view scheduled for this June 11, 2006. With consumer interest at an all-time high, WWE is introducing ECW as a complementary brand to RAW and SmackDown. “After keeping the ECW concept alive and creating an enormous cult-like following for all things ECW from DVD’s to PPV’s to books, we feel that now the time is right to officially launch ECW as its own stand-alone franchise,” said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman. “RAW, SmackDown and ECW now represent a portfolio of WWE brands for fans of all ages and interests to enjoy.” Similar to WWE’s RAW and SmackDown brands, WWE will produce, market and promote a full line of ECW products from television programs to pay-per-views to live events to licensed consumer goods. In a related announcement, The SCI FI Channel today announced it would start airing one-hour episodes of a new ECW live television program, debuting June 13 at 10 p.m. ET. (more on this announcement) World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) is an integrated media and entertainment company headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto and London. Additional information on the company can be found at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com. http://www.wwe.com/shows/ecw/scifi WWE® BRINGS ECW® TO SCI FI CHANNEL New York, N.Y., May 25, 2006 - SCI FI Channel today announced that World Wrestling Entertainment®, the producer of the No. 1 weekly basic cable TV series, “Monday Night RAW “on USA Network, will debut a summer series on Tuesday, June 13, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. ECW (Extreme Championship Wrestling®) will be an alternative brand of wrestling suited to fit the SCI FI Channel’s commitment to fuel the imagination. "Research tells us that there's a healthy appetite for wrestling among SCI FI viewers," said Bonnie Hammer, President, USA and SCI FI Channel. "With ECW, we're able to deliver to those fans unique action with a twist that's perfect for SCI FI." “ECW on SCI FI will push the boundaries of sports entertainment in new and unexpected ways,” said Vince McMahon, Chairman of World Wrestling Entertainment. SCI FI Channel is a television network where "what if" is what's on. SCI FI fuels the imagination of viewers with original series and events, blockbuster movies and classic science fiction and fantasy programming, as well as a dynamic Web site (www.scifi.com) and magazine. Launched in 1992, and currently in 85 million homes, SCI FI Channel is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) is an integrated media and entertainment company headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto and London. Additional information on the company can be found at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com. http://www.wwe.com/shows/ecw/news/ecwglobal ECW Going Global May 26, 2006 WWE Chairman Vince McMahon has big plans for ECW. In fact, in a Friday afternoon interview with WWE.com, McMahon revealed, “We are taking the ECW brand global.” Going worldwide with the likes of Paul Heyman, Tommy Dreamer and Sabu, however, is miles away from where ECW was prior to its closing in 2001. In fact, stationed out of Philadelphia, many looked at ECW as just a northeastern wrestling promotion. But the recently re-launched ECW will not have much of a struggle making an impact both here in the United States and overseas. In fact, according to Mr. McMahon, ECW already has plans for its own Merchandising and Licensing, International Sales, consistent Live Event schedule, as well as its own set of pay-per-views. But with so much of WWE’s global enterprise behind it, can ECW be expected to be the same ECW it was when it developed its cult-like following in the late 1990s and early 2000s? “We will bring forward many of the more legendary characters of ECW’s past,” said McMahon regarding today’s ECW. “But it can’t be the same. That’s pretty much impossible. It’s now five years later. A lot of the performers now have five more years under their belt, and the ECW style has taken a great deal out of them. This is something that the ECW audience already realizes. They know that if ECW was still in business today, they would be very different from what they were five years ago.” While the re-launched ECW will undoubtedly be different from the original ECW, McMahon is adamant that the brand will not stop pushing the envelope, nor will it be like the already successful WWE brands SmackDown and RAW. “It will be an alternative, there’s no doubt about that,” claimed the WWE Chairman. “It won’t be shot the same way we shoot SmackDown or RAW. It’ll have a different feel. It will be more gritty. There will also be more imagination put into concepts and characters. But at the same time, there will need to be a delicate balance because there are three masters to serve. There’s the small, vocal ECW audience. Then there’s the SCI FI audience that is accustomed to things more SCI FI. And obviously, you have to also be true to our broader audience in terms of what sports-entertainment is today.” With so much of the vision of the new ECW brand already mapped out, many wonder what took WWE so long to re-launch the brand. According to McMahon, it was all about timing. “Over the last several years, we have been busy re-establishing the concept of ECW without it having to be its own brand,” said McMahon. “Now, with the success of The Rise and Fall of ECW DVD and the success of last year’s One Night Stand pay-per-view, it just seemed right. And it feels like this year’s One Night Stand pay-per-view will be a launch to re-establish the brand.” So with the launch of the re-established brand right around the corner, will former ECW head Paul Heyman have a role? “Absolutely,” exclaimed McMahon. “But at the end of the day, Mr. McMahon is in charge.”
  12. The DC Sports Curse Thread.

    I texted someone that earlier
  13. Replace dude with Hotlby, replace guitar with a hockey stick - so now they kinda look like a cross. Holtby Saves banner
  14. ****! Can't find the right pic of him to mock it up....
  15. Ohhhhh I've got a tshirt idea for that.....
  16. https://youtu.be/04854XqcfCY
  17. For Immediate Release March 7, 2018 REDSKINS TO HONOR 1987 REPLACEMENT PLAYERS WITH SUPER BOWL RINGS LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that the organization will honor replacement players from the team’s 1987 squad with Super Bowl rings. An exact date for the celebration of their contributions will be announced at a later time. The contributions of the replacement players were recently highlighted in the documentary Year of the Scab, produced by TEN100 in association with Leftfield Pictures (an ITV America company). The film, directed by John Dorsey, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in the spring of 2017 and aired as part of ESPN’s “30 for 30” series in September. To properly honor the players for their role in the team’s 1987 championship season, the Redskins have worked closely with the documentary’s director, Dorsey, and a number of key partners throughout the last several months to make the rings a reality. Baron Rings will furnish each of the players’ rings, while diamonds will be provided by Uptown Diamond. “The 3-0 record of the Redskins replacement players was part of the remarkable success of the 1987 Washington Redskins,” Owner Dan Snyder said. “Their contributions are part of Redskins history and represent an integral reason why a Lombardi Trophy from the 1987 campaign resides in our facility today. Thanks in part to the generosity of our partners on this project, we are happy to honor these players for their role in that World Championship.” On Tuesday, the Virginia General Assembly officially commended the replacement members of the 1987 team with House Joint Resolution No. 151, expressing “the General Assembly’s admiration for their determination, hard work, and incredible achievements.” Quarterback Tony Robinson and defensive lineman Anthony Sagnella represented the replacement players during the passing of the resolution in Richmond on Tuesday. In Washington’s first game with replacement players, the Redskins defeated the St. Louis Cardinals, 28-21, as wide receiver Anthony Allen finished the day with seven catches and a single-game franchise record 225 yards. The next week, the Redskins defeated the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants, 38-12. Despite the strike ending four days later on Oct. 15, 1987, the Redskins’ replacement players played and defeated the Dallas Cowboys, 13-7, in a Monday Night Football matchup despite the return of multiple starters for Dallas. The three victories earned by the replacement players helped propel the Redskins to an 11-4 regular season record and an NFC East title. The Redskins would go on to defeat the Denver Broncos, 42-10, in Super Bowl XXII to earn the team’s second Super Bowl title and fourth World Championship. -REDSKINS-
  18. All Things Star Wars Thread

    I had an idea that JJ should start 9 off like this. Finn awakens from a bacta induced dream where the fleet was being tracked through hyperspace & running out of gas, Leia flew through the cold of space, he ended up in a scifi version of Casino Royal that no one cared about with a not that hot Asian chick, & Poe let him keep his jacket. JJ can hit the rest button by playing the Who Shot JR card & get back to telling his story.