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For Redskins It’s Time to Show, Not Sell

By emeybee (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons

By emeybee (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons

It didn’t matter if the Washington Redskins hired Jay, Jon or Jim Gruden–the overwhelming sentiment from Burgundy and Gold faithful remains the same:

Show me, don’t sell me.

Jay Gruden was announced Thursday as the 29th head coach in Redskins history, the eighth under owner Dan Snyder. Noticeably missing from the press conference were the three glistening Vince Lombardi Trophies typically paraded out during times like this to promote the past and sell the future.

Instead, just one Redskins helmet, perhaps symbolizing the unity and togetherness that has long escaped this organization, sat directly in the middle of a burgundy-draped table between Gruden and general manager Bruce Allen.

Gruden’s arrival to D.C. should keep the expectation needle firmly in neutral. There’s no evidence to suggest that the fate of Jon’s younger brother will be any different than the seven men who came before him in Washington during the Snyder regime. But it’s not wrong to think that maybe, just maybe, this time it will work.

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Fiery James Franklin a Nice Fit for Redskins

As the search for the eighth head coach of the Dan Snyder Era commences, Redskins GM Bruce Allen indicated this week that ideal candidates must possess a “fire in their belly to coach the Washington Redskins.”

You want fire? Look no further than Vanderbilt’s James Franklin, who both the Redskins and Browns have requested to interview for their head coaching vacancies, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

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Cutler Playing for a Second Act in Chicago

Photo: Mike Morbeck

Photo: Mike Morbeck

If there was a job posting for quarterback of the Chicago Bears, one of the first bullet-pointed qualifications would read:

  • Strong desire and ability to beat the Green Bay Packers

Since his arrival in Chicago, current Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has been tasked with defeating the hated cheeseheads eight times. He’s won just once.

On Sunday, he will be facing his second “win-or-go-home” game against the Packers in four seasons. The first outcome ended badly. The second could determine his future in the Windy City.

Cutler is slated to be a free agent this offseason and 2013 has been filled with ups and downs. When Bears GM Phil Emery hired first-year head coach Marc Trestman, it was his expectation that Trestman would get Cutler to reach his full potential.

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Redskins Must Learn From Past Behavior When Selecting Next Head Coach

MIKE SHANAHANFire up Redskins 1 – it’s time to take a trip back to the burgundy and gold drawing board.

The featherweight Redskins play the Giants this Sunday in the last game at MetLife Stadium before NFC and AFC heavyweights come to town for Super Bowl XLVIII. Shortly after Week 17 closes, it’s widely expected that Redskins owner Dan Snyder will relieve Mike Shanahan of his head coaching duties in favor of the seventh head coach* in the Snyder Era.

Fasten your safety belts.

Redskins fans have seen it all the past 14 years: free agent busts, vanilla ice cream, bingo callers, swinging gates, Kneegate. And that’s just a small sample size.

Depressed yet? Don’t be.

Change can be good. We’ve seen it as recently as this season in Philadelphia, Kansas City and Arizona. Yes, there is much that ails these current Redskins but nothing a new voice and sound direction can’t fix.

Snyder and GM Bruce Allen have to get this right. If they follow these five guidelines, Redskins fans should have reason for optimism in 2014 and beyond:

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Week 16 Picks: Quick-Hit Podcast

Photo: Mark Runyon | Pro Football Schedules

Photo: Mark Runyon | Pro Football Schedules


5 STARS: SF over ATL | DEN over HOU  4 STARS: CIN over MIN | SEA over ARI

3 STARS: KC over IND | DET over NYG   2 STARS: SD over OAK | STL over TB

1 STAR: CAR over NO| MIA over BUF