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Today the Redskins released veteran defensive lineman Phillip Daniels.

That sucks.

I don’t want to have an intellectual conversation about how the team is doing this, or the team is doing that – I will say only that I am very happy with the moves that the organization has made in the last few days.

Most of them.

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Hog Blog with Adam Carriker – Week 17

The Final Chapter

This will be my last blog of the year. Last week was obviously a very good game for us and a very big win. We were able to beat a playoff/playoff contending team without a lot of our starters and main guys in the lineup. I will say this. I never thought I would play a game in Florida and it would be that cold. Graham Gano earned NFC Special Teams Player of the Week and kicked the game winning field goal in overtime. I had told him about 5 minutes before then that we would need him and we believed in him. As it turned out, I was right, and he proved me right. I was honored by the team and received Defensive Player of the Game for my performance in the game.

This year has been a bunch of ups and downs and highs and lows. Like I said a long time ago, the NFL season is a marathon and not a sprint. We have now entered the home stretch of the race and/or the final week of the season. I think we have a lot to look forward to next year. The second year under a new coach and in a new scheme both offensively and defensively is always night and day a lot easier than the first year. Everyone is familiar with everybody, everyone knows what is expected of them and what the expectations for and by everyone are, and most importantly, everyone is much more familiar with the schemes and there is almost always a vast improvement because things are a lot easier than the first time you try to learn them. I think there will be a vast improvement in year two. I still believe in this team.

There are a few things that I personally want to talk about.

First off, I think the fines this year are ridiculous. I’m beginning to wonder if we’re playing flag football out there. Player safety is one thing (which I find hard to believe since it looks like we’re going to an 18 game season, which definitely is not for our safety), but I think guys are almost afraid to touch a quarterback or hit anybody hard at all. I hear from people, “Well it’s for your safety. Why would you be against these fines?” Because it affects how we play. We know the risks when we lace up our cleats but making it so we can barely touch anybody isn’t good for anybody, the fans or the players. As a player, I have to be careful while I’m going 100 mph and I’m about to sack the quarterback that I don’t him too high or low or too hard or with a banned part of my own body. How am I supposed to take on two 300-pound linemen, beat them, and not hit the ball carrier too hard (not just quarterbacks) or with the wrong part of my body, or on the wrong part of his body? Players don’t like it because we are playing too hard, going too fast and then we are supposed to be careful. It affects how we play. Somebody could let up too much and miss a key sack or tackle. That affects the outcome of a game. What if this game affects the playoffs or is even in the playoffs or even the Super Bowl? This is football. Let us play. We know the risks. There should be certain rules for protection but I’ve heard people refer to the NFL as the No (Full) Contact League. The rules and fines are just getting too excessive.

Another thing I’d like to talk about is the BCS. I think it is great and terrible at the same time. I think it’s great in the fact that college football has the most exciting regular season by far of any other sport. I think it’s terrible in the fact that I think it very rarely actually finds the true national champion. The first big mistake is that it only gives the #1 and #2 team in the nation a shot at the title at the end of the season. I find it hard to believe that every year there are only two teams that are good enough to play for the national title at the end of the season.

The obvious thing to say is what if there is more than one undefeated team at the end of the year? What if every team has a loss and there are more than two teams with one loss? What if every team has two losses like what happened a few years ago and there is more than two teams with two losses? What if there are two undefeated teams and the #3 team has one loss, but they played a much tougher schedule? Should they really be punished for playing a tougher schedule? Don’t we complain enough already that teams play too easy of schedules? I don’t know that I have the solution but something definitely needs to be done.

Here is my opinion, for what it’s worth. I actually like the idea of four major conferences with 16 teams in each conference. I propose the Pac-10 has 16 teams, the Big 10 has 16 teams, the SEC has 16 teams and the ACC has 16 teams. Then the four smaller conferences has 16 teams in their respective conferences as well (As of right now one of the smaller conferences would not have 16 teams, just because there aren’t enough teams in Division I, but every time a new team joins Division I, they can join that conference until there are 16 teams in that conference as well). Each conference has two divisions of eight teams each and the two divisions play at the end of the year for the conference title. The winner of the Pac-10 goes to the Rose Bowl, the winner of the Big 10 goes to the Fiesta Bowl (not the Rose bowl), the winner of the SEC goes to the Sugar Bowl and the winner of the ACC goes to the Orange Bowl. That leaves four at large spots. I think one of those spots should automatically go to the highest rated non-BCS team. This year, that would be TCU. Then that leaves three at large spots for the next three highest rated teams to automatically receive. Then at the end of the bowl games the two highest rated teams play for the National Championship.

Now, the one thing I would add to this is that I think there should be a committee of college football experts who will look at the top four teams in the nation (nobody rated below number four would be eligible), and they decide if the #3 or #4 teams at the end of the bowl season have earned the right to play for the national title. It not, then we have our national title game between #1 and #2. If they decide that just the #3 team is worthy, then we have a #3 team playoff. #2 and #3 play each other, while #1 gets a bye. Then the winner of #2 vs. #3 play the #1 team for the national title. If they decide all four teams are worthy of a national title shot, then the four teams play it out.

The only negative I can see with this is that people might say it extends the college football season too much. I do not agree. If all four major bowl games are played on New Years Day like they used to be years ago, then the national title game would be played on January 8th. If more than two teams have to play it off after the bowl games, then that would only extend the season by one week, ending the season on January 15th. That is only 5 days past when the national title is being played this year, which is on January 10th. Most years I believe it would only be two teams playing after the bowl games so most years the season would end on the 8th. This also would cut down on the long layover from the end of the regular season to the bowl games. For example, Oregon and Auburn would be playing on January 1st, instead of January 10th, nine days earlier, which I think is best for everyone involved. Fans don’t have to wait as long to watch great games and the players don’t have as long of a layover, which trust me, affects the teams and I believe changes teams and can alter the outcome of bowl games.

To me, there are a few guidelines that should be expected, (not rules but guidelines), in order for a team to be eligible to play for the national title. First of all, you have to win your own conference championship. If you can’t win your own conference title, then how can you be the best team in the nation? The other is that you should have to win your bowl game. Since there are only four major conferences and only four major bowl games, then there is no way a team below ranked below number four should even be eligible to play for the national title. Now, if a team from an undefeated non-BCS conference wins a BCS bowl game, then they would essentially take the place of the BCS conference champion they just beat in the run for the national title, so once again there is no way more than four teams should be considered for the national title at the end of the year. This also keeps any extra playoff games that could be played to a minimum and would only add one extra week to the season at most.

Now every year is different. That is why you need a committee to look at that particular year and decide who deserves a shot at the national title. This preserves the regular season and allows us to find a true national champion. Like I said, this may not be the best way, but something needs to be done. I am a huge football fan. I have been my whole life. I think it’s the most exciting sport to watch from start to finish of the season, but I would like it a lot more if things weren’t decided by which way makes us the most money but instead which is the best way for college football.

Now if you’ve actually taken the time to read this whole blog, then I want to thank all of our Redskin fans, all of my fans, and all the people who have read my blog and supported us throughout this entire season. Thank you!

Jesus said… “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in…” Revelations 3:20

Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Adam Carriker

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Hog Blog with Adam Carriker – Week 16

Merry Christmas

I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

“I am the way, the truth, and the life, nobody comes to the father except through me.” John 14:6

Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Adam Carriker

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Redskins make Minor Roster Moves

If Washington Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb doesn’t play in the final two games and coach Mike Shanahan has said he won’t, he’ll finish his 12th season in the league with 3,377 passing yards, 14 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. It marks the first season of his career that McNabb has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns and his 77.1 passer rating is his worst since his rookie season. While McNabb served as the backup to Grossman last week, this week he’ll be relegated to the Redskins’ No. 3 quarterback spot. John Beck will be the team’s first option if Grossman goes down. McNabb said the timing of the benching on Thursday night, less than 72 hours before kickoff, felt “somewhat disrespectful,” he said his relationship with Shanahan has not suffered permanent damage. When asked if he wants to be traded or released, McNabb says, “No, I want to be here. I really do. …I don’t believe in starting something and not finishing.”

Roster Moves:

— Defensive end Phillip Daniels got his first start of the season on Sunday, before he aggravated an abdomen injury he suffered a week earlier against Tampa Bay. The Redskins did not know whether Daniels would require surgery or not but he will be placed on the season-ending injured reserve and will miss the final two games.

— Nose tackle Maake Kemoateu was placed on season-ending injured reserve Wednesday with a shoulder injury. Kemoeatu said he’ll meet with a doctor next Monday to determine whether he has a muscle tear and to decide whether he needs surgery. Coming off an Achilles injury that kept him out all of 2009, Kemoeatu started the Redskins first 13 games at NT and says he “definitely” plans to play football next season.

— The Redskins activated LB Rob Jackson from the practice squad to take the open roster space created by the Phillip Daniels injury. Jackson is a former defensive end who was selected in the 7th round of the 2008 NFL Draft is too small to play DE in a 3-4 so he, has been moved to outside linebacker. Jackson wears number 50 and turned 25 last month. The Redskins also released offensive lineman Jacob Bender from the practice squad and replaced him with tackle Xavier Fulton, who was a fifth-round draft pick by Tampa Bay in 2009. Defensive lineman Rashaad Duncan, who has spent time on the rosters of the Buccaneers and the Buffalo Bills over the last two seasons, he will take Rob Jackson’s spot on the practice squad.

— The Redskins have brought back defensive lineman Darrion Scott to take Kemoeatu’s place on the 53-man roster. Scott, who is listed at 6-foot-3 and 310 pounds, was with the Redskins in training camp. He was with the Vikings from 2004-07 and spent last season playing for Jim Haslett with the UFL’s Florida Tuskers.
Quotes and Notes:

— Linebacker Brian Orakpo who leads the Redskins’ defense with 8.5 sacks suffered hamstring and groin injuries in Sunday’s game. Coaches won’t know his status until Wednesday when the team returns to practice.

— Washington Redskins quarterback John Beck will be the primary backup for starter Rex Grossman during the Redskins’ final two games, and Donovan McNabb will be the third-string quarterback or inactive the against the Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants.

— Head coach Mike Shanahan said he was pleased with how quarterback Rex Grossman managed the pace of the game and the rhythm he established on offense. His knowledge of the offense was evident in the passing game. “Rex is very familiar with the terminology of the offense which gives him the ability to throw things out there a little bit quicker than other quarterbacks would,” Shanahan said.

— Quarterback Rex Grossman threw only three passes that traveled more than 21 yards on Sunday, he completed a 47-yarder to wide receiver Anthony Armstrong, he was 3-of-4 for 32 yards on passes that went 6-10 yards, he was 5-of-6 for 110 yards on passes in the 16-20 yard range, Seven completions came at or behind the line of scrimmage and another nine catches came in the 1-5-yard range of the line. The Redskins had 148 post-catch yards. “He got it to us and it was our job to do the rest,” WR Santana Moss said, whose first three receptions were caught behind the line.

— Cornerback Kevin Barnes was forced into action when safety Reed Doughty departed in the first half with a head injiury. Kareem Moore was the only remaining healthy safety on the roster, forcing Barnes’ move from cornerback. “They told me to be ready to play at safety,” he said. “I didn’t know what happened to Reed but I made sure I made all my tackles and did all I could. … In the off-season, I took a lot of pride in learning the defense so I felt comfortable out there.”

— Safety LaRon Landry may not be headed to his first Pro Bowl in 2010. Becauce he was placed on season-ending injured reserve last week, his name won’t appear on the ballots circulated this week to coaches and players. According to the most recent numbers Landry had 174,625 votes well ahead of Arizona’s Adrian Wilson, with 91,192 votes, but without any support from coaches or his fellow players, Landry will more than likely be left off the NFC squad.

— Washington’s defense allowed over 400 yards for the fifth time this year during Sunday’s 33-30 loss, raising its average to 397.6 yards. Only two NFL teams since 1983 have surrendered more yards per game during the course of a full season. While switching to a 3-4 defensive front to increase team turnovers the unit recorded 19 takeaways during the first eight games, winning four of them, but it has recorded only five during the last six games, five of which were losses.

— Safety Macho Harris, who hasn’t played since being signed last month, or cornerback Kevin Barnes might have to start Sunday at strong safety if, Reed Doughty, can’t return in time from the concussion he suffered in Sunday’s game. 

— The Redskins’ newly acquired punter Sam Paulescu struggled in Sunday’s 33-30 loss, he punted four times and posted a overall average of 39.5 and a net average of 26.0, he had a poorly kicked 30-yard punt in the second quarter.

— Last week the Redskins couldn’t practice on their natural grass fields because, the fields were frozen on Wednesday, and they were covered with snow on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. They practiced on it’s old Astroturf field on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, but on Thursday, with it snowing, the Redskins had to practice on the basketball court of a nearby gym. Inclement weather has forced the Redskins to practice off-site and or miss full-contact reps four times this season. During the offseason the Redskins will have heat coils installed beneath the turf of one of the practice fields, and also will have a practice bubble built. Washington is one of ten NFL teams without an indoor practice facility.   Shanahan didn’t give a timetable on Monday for new digs. He says the heated field is the first priority. 

— Safety Reed Doughty said he may have suffered the concussion on the first play of the game. He continued to play but he “didn’t feel right” as the game progressed. “It just got worse, so I came out, I wasn’t knocked out or anything like that, but at the same time we want to be cautious, I have a chance to come back this week, but we’ll just take it day by day.” Doughty said.

Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Bernie Marshall

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Hog Blog with Adam Carriker – Week 15

Any Given Sunday

I’m not gonna lie. Each week this blog gets tougher and tougher to write. It’s hard to write when the team isn’t getting a lot of W’s. But I’m not gonna change my tune. I still believe in our team, our coach and our defense. This year obviously hasn’t gone the way we would like it to go for the most part. We’ve had some wins over some very good teams and I think we can continue to build on that. As bad as some people want to make this season sound, there is still a lot of football left to be played. In fact we can still end up with a .500 record. If we win out we can end up with an 8-8 record, a possible season sweep of the Dallas Cowboys, a winning record within our division and a win over every team in our division. While that may not get us into the playoffs, if we win the remainder of our games then that wouldn’t be a half bad resume.

Last week’s game was a game we could have and should have won. We dominated the first half and played well in the second half. On any given Sunday anybody can beat anybody. It was a very tough loss because I believe we outplayed them, but on this particular Sunday, it just wasn’t meant to be.

This week we play the Cowboys again. We already own one victory over them this year. I learned very quickly when I first got here how big of a rivalry this is. As if the “We Want Dallas” chants weren’t enough of an indication during the preseason games. The Cowboys are a much different team today than the one we played the first game of the year. Their new coach has them playing hard, inspired, physical football. I can’t wait! I’m also excited to play in their stadium. It will be my first time in it. I can’t wait to check out “Jerry World” and then go play a great football game.

This past Monday I made an appearance on The Phillip Daniels Radio Show and put to bed the debate of who the strongest guy on the team is. It’s clearly me and I had a great time doing it and doing the show with those guys. I hope everyone who watched online and listened in enjoyed the show. I enjoy doing things like that. I particularly enjoyed the drunk guy who was talking trash to all of us and got thrown out of the place. Those are priceless moments.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

– John 3:16

Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Adam Carriker

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Hog Blog with Adam Carriker – Week 14


Last week’s game was not very good. That was obvious. The one positive thing we can take away from it is that on defense we came out in the second half and played much better. I still believe and have confidence that we have a good team. The Buccaneers are also a good team. They are very young but have had good success this season. I hope the temperature is freezing cold at game time. I believe that will give us an advantage. The colder the better. We love to play in “Redskin Weather.”

As I’m sure everyone knows. Albert has been suspended. He did not want to play in the 3-4 defense. I believe when he first got here in training camp, he wanted to learn it and gave good effort. After about a week or so he decided again that he didn’t want to play the 3-4. We are a 3-4 team and we are committed to that defense because it is the best thing for us. After a while it became obvious it was not a good situation where nobody was going to win. Right now we are focused on moving forward with the rest of our season. We are focused on the guys who are committed to our team and doing what’s best for the Washington Redskins. We need guys who are willing to put the team first, guys who will do what the team asks of them and do what’s best for the team so we can win some games.

Winning championships is a team effort. No one person is going to single handedly win the Super Bowl. Football isn’t like wrestling, swimming or track. You don’t just rely on yourself. You have to rely on yourself and your teammates. A great example of this is the Miami Heat, who I have written about a couple of times. There is no doubt they have some great individual talent on that team, but until recently there was nothing special about them because they hadn’t been able to work very much as a team together and it showed in their early losses. Now they are doing much better and winning games because they are working much better together as a team now. The way I look at it is, individuals don’t win championships. Individuals make up the teams that win championships.

On a side note, I think Cam Newton should win the Heisman. He has been by far the most outstanding, best and most dominant player in college football this year. Yes, his dad did some shady things but as far as we know right now, Cam knew nothing about it, and until we find out otherwise, I don’t think its right to punish somebody in advance for what might happen in the future. I find it hard to believe he had no knowledge of what his dad was doing and maybe he will have to give back the Heisman in a few years if it’s discovered he did know. But what if he didn’t know and he doesn’t win the Heisman because people think he did, even though he didn’t? To me, you can’t punish somebody for what might happen until there is proof. I think you have to vote for him because there is no question he is the most deserving candidate.

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Adam Carriker

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Redskins (5-7) vs. Buccaneers (7-5) Preview

The Washington Redskins (5-7) will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-5) on Sunday at FedEx Field, kickoff is at 1 PM. And starts the final quarter of General Manager Bruce Allen and Head Coach Mike Shanahan’s first season at the helm of the Washington Redskins football operations. At 5-7, the Redskins are not going to the playoffs unless they run the table and a whole bunch of other things happen. The Redskins are coming off a 31-7  mistake filled lost to the division rivals New York Giants, running the table isn’t likely to happen and all those other things won’t really matter. The Buccaneers are still in the playoff hunt but have only beat teams with losing records, while losing to winning teams like the Atlanta Falcons whom they lost to 28-24 in a divisional battle at Raymond James Stadium. The Redskins and Buccaneers have played 16 times in regular season since Tampa Bay joined the league in 1976. The series is tied at 8-8. The teams also have an even record of 1-1 in the postseason.

The Week in Review:

– On Tuesday the Redskins suspended defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth without pay for the final four games of the season, citing conduct detrimental to the team, Haynesworth was notified of the decision Tuesday morning at Redskins Park by General Manager Bruce Allen because Haynesworth refuses to speak with Coach Mike Shanahan. “Despite the club’s numerous attempts to persuade Albert Haynesworth to abide by the terms of his contract, he has repeatedly refused to cooperate with our coaching staff in a variety of ways over an extended period of time,” Shanahan said in a written statement.

– Timmy Brown, Jason Mitchell, Eric Rivera and Charles Wardlow trial was postponed again on Tuesday, this time until March 14. the four face first-degree murder and armed burglary charges in the fatal shooting of former Redskins safety Sean Taylor back in November 2007. The fifth member of the group, Venjah Hunte has pleaded guilty and is expected to testify against the others

– The Redskins placed Albert Haynesworth on the suspended list on Tuesday, but did not fill the open spot on the 53-man roster. Asked Friday what he intends to do, Shanahan said he’ll “probably” add someone before Sunday’s game. Shanahan has made several Saturday call-ups this season and likes to wait until the last minute.

– Macho Harris took most of the practice reps at free safety on Wednesday and Thursday but Shanahan said he also expects safety Kareem Moore to be ready Sunday.

Quotes and Notes:

– “Everything else is status quo, We’re going to use a number of different combinations on third down. That’s really all he played.” —- Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett on playing the final for games without suspended defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth 

— Quarterback Donovan McNabb is on pace for 4,199 passing yards this season, which would be the first 4,000-yard passing season of his career and set a new Redskins’ single-season record, currently at 4,109 passing yards set by Jay Schroeder in 1986. McNabb is sixth in the NFL with 3,149 passing yards with four games to play, he has an NFL-best eight pass completions of 50 yards or longer and the second-highest total in the league for completions of 40 yards or longer with eleven.

— The Washington Redskins owner said he fully supported Coach Mike Shanahan’s decision to suspend the two-time all-pro player for the final four games for conduct detrimental to the club, actually the owner repeatedly said Shanahan “speaks for all of us.”

– Wide receiver Santana Moss has a team high 64 receptions this year and 413 career catches with the Redskins, to move past Ricky Sanders for fifth place in franchise history he needs two receptions. Jerry Smith finished his career with 421 receptions and leads Sanders by six catches for fourth place. Moss only needs 26 receiving yards to move past Sanders for fifth place in franchise history. Sanders finished with 5,854 career receiving yards.

– “It’s one thing to be ignorant, but to be two-faced, too, that’s kind of bad, I don’t deserve that. … I work hard. I do all the things I need to do. You don’t stay around this league 15 years and you suck. It’s sad that he would target me like that. I never said anything about anybody’s play on the field. All I said was, ‘Play for your teammates.’ “I guess he’s trying to get his ratings up. .. I’ll meet with him in person. I don’t shy away from anybody, and we’ll go from there. He knows where I’m at. Let’s talk. It’s funny how guys get behind microphones and they get real powerful. I respect the guys that paved the way for me, but don’t go out there and bash me because I’m trying to help this team be better.” —- Defensive end Phillip Daniels response to former Redskins KR and current radio host Brian Mitchell’s comments on 106.7 the fan.

— “After this week, we won’t have to answer questions about Albert, whether he’s here or whether he’s not, You get tired of answering questions about it. I’ve been talking about it since March and now it’s Week 14 and we’re still talking about it. Having to answer questions about it that takes away from preparation.” —- Outside linebacker Lorenzo Alexander discussing the Albert Haynesworth suspension

Comparing Team Leaders:

The Buccaneers are lead by QB Josh Freeman with 2,442 passing yards and a QB rating of 86.4, he has 16 touchdowns and 6 interceptions compared to Redskins’ QB Donovan McNabb who has 3,149
yards passing and a QB rating of 75.2, he has 12 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

The Buccaneers leading rusher is RB LeGarrette Blount averaging 4.5 yards per carry with 599 yards on 134 carries and 5 touchdown compared to Redskins RB Keiland Williams who is averaging 4.0 yards per carry with 299 yards on 57 carries and 3 touchdowns.

WR Mike Williams is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers top pass catcher averaging 15.2 yards per catch with 50 receptions and 7690yards, he has 7 touchdowns. WR Santana Moss is the leading receiver for the Redskins averaging 12.5 yards per catch with 64 receptions for 802 yards, he has 3 touchdowns.

The Buccaneers defensive leader in tackles is Barrett Ruud with 87 combined tackles. Stylez White is the team leader in sacks with 4.5 and Aqib Talib has a team high 6 interceptions.

The Redskins defensive leaders are London Fletcher with 102 combined tackles. Brian Orakpo
is the team leader in sacks with 8.5 and Deangelo Hall has 6 interceptions to lead the Redskins.

Complete Tale of the Tapes:

Total Offense: Washington is ranked 20th with 333.2 yards per game and Tampa Bay ranks 23rd with 319.8 ypg.

Rushing Offense: Washington is ranked 28th with 89.3 yards per game and Tampa Bay ranks 11th with 119.2 ypg.

Passing Offense: Washington is ranked 9th with 243.8 yards per game and Tampa Bay ranks 24th with 200.7 ypg.

Total Defense: Washington is ranked 31st giving up 397.3 yards per game and Tampa Bay ranks 15th with 334.3 ypg.

Rushing Defense: Washington is ranked 28th giving up 137.0 yards per game and Tampa Bay ranks 26th with 128.5 ypg.

Passing Defense: Washington is ranked 29th giving up 260.3 yards per game and Tampa Bay ranks 7th with 205.8 ypg.

Injury Report:

DL Kedric Golston (Elbow/Groin) is Questionable
Golston had limited participation in practice this week, although he participated fully on Friday he is still listed as questionable.

C Casey Rabach (Knee) is Questionable
Rabach had limited participation in practice this week, although he participated fully on Friday he is still listed as questionable.

S LaRon Landry (Achilles) is Questionable
Landry has missed the past three weeks  and has had limited participation in practice this week, and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.

T Trent Williams (Shoulder) is Questionable
Williams had limited participation in practice this week, although he participated fully on Friday he is still listed as questionable.

CB Carlos Rogers  (Hamstrings) is Questionable
Rogers has missed the past two weeks with hamstring injuries and has had limited participation in practice this week, he is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.

LB Lorenzo Alexander (Hamstring) is Questionable
Alexander had limited participation in practice this week, although he participated fully on Friday he is still listed as questionable.

WR Brandon Banks (Knee) is Questionable
Banks had limited participation in practice this week, and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.

OL Derrick Dockery (Knee) is Questionable
Dockery is dealing with a knee injury that has sidelined him for the last two weeks.  He fully participated in practice this week but is listed as questionable

QB Donovan McNabb (Hamstring) is Probable
McNabb had limited participation in practice on Wednesday but fully participated in practice on Thursday and Friday he is listed as probable for Sunday’s game. McNabb has appeared on the injury report with since October, but has played in every game

LB Brian Orakpo (Ankle) is Probable
Orakpo had limited participation in practice on Wednesday and Thursday but fully participated in practice on Friday

RB Ryan Torain (Hamstring) is Probable
Torain has missed the past two weeks with a hamstring injury but is expected to play in Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers, after returning to practice this week

Injured Reserves:

The following players are out for the remainder of the 2010 season:

WR Malcolm Kelly (Hamstring) 
Kelly was placed on the injured reserve list on August 31st after pulling his left hamstring. He did not take part in the 2010 preseason activities. 

WR Mike Furrey (Concussion) 
Furrey was placed on the injured reserve list August 21st because of a concussion. Furrey has a history of concussion problems and that could force the veteran to consider retirement. 

OL Mike Williams (Non-Football Injury) 
Williams was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list August 10th after doctors found blood clots near his heart. 

LB Robert Henson (Knee) 
Henson was placed on the injured reserve list September 8th after he was released and the went unclaimed off waivers. 

OL Clint Oldenburg (Ankle) 
Oldenburg was placed on the injured reserve list September 8th after he was released and the went unclaimed off waivers. 

P Josh Bidwell (Hip) 
Bidwell was placed on the injured reserve list October 7th after he re-injured the same hip that kept him out of  the NFL in 2009 

S Chris Horton (Ankle) 
Horton was placed on the injured reserve list for the second year in a row on November 8th after re-injuring his ankle 

S Anderson Russell (Knee) 
Russell will miss the remainder of the season after being placed on the injured reserve November 23rd because of a knee injury suffered in his first game as a member of the Washington Redskins. 

RB Chad Simpson (Foot) 
Simpson will miss the remainder of the season after being placed on injured reserve on November 23rd with a broken metacarpal in his foot suffered during pre-game warmups in week 11. 

RB Clinton Portis (Abdominal) 
Portis tore an abdominal muscle against Tennessee in his first game back after missing five with a torn groin, and he’ll be placed on injured reserve for the second time in as many seasons. 

Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Bernie Marshall

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Hog Blog with Adam Carriker – Week 13

Against the Grain

Last week was a tough loss. The team fought and played hard. Obviously it wasn’t enough to get the job done. We knew the Vikings were going to come out motivated after the firing of their coach and having a new interim head coach. Often when that happens a team gets rejuvenated and starts playing inspired just look at what has happened with the Cowboys. Obviously the Vikings did as well. We thought this would happen. They are a very talented team and are very dangerous when they are motivated. We had chances to win the game but came up short.

Our next opponent is a very good New York Giants football team. They run the ball very well, have a very good defense, especially on the defensive line and have a very good quarterback. I think it is going to be a great challenge for us on both offense and defense. I am excited and can’t wait to go out and play on Sunday. Also, don’t write us off just yet. We are not out of the playoff race just yet and I believe we have a team that can still get in.

As I am writing this blog, I’m watching the return of LeBron James to Cleveland. The guy gave Cleveland seven great years. I don’t think it’s the fact that he left that turned the city against him, I think it was the way he did it with “The Decision” and all of that. It turned a lot of people off. But the reason I wanted to mention it is that there is a video of Jordan responding to the LeBron James commercial online and I thought it had quite the “wow” factor. You should check it out if you get a chance. I am still rooting for the Heat this year, not because they are the favorite or the new popular choice, but actually quite the opposite. Most people don’t like them and that’s why they appeal to me, especially LeBron. He had the courage to do what he wanted and what was best for him, even though he knew it would be widely unpopular and against the grain. I respect that. I like it when people have the courage to go out on a limb, overcome adversity and prove people wrong.

A lot of you know that I am big wrestling fan. I thought I would offer an opinion about a couple things. First of all, I miss WCW. The WWE needs some competition. I miss flipping back and forth between the end of Raw and Nitro trying to catch the end of both of them at the same time; and this was before TiVo, so if you missed the end, you missed it. TNA is trying to come up in the wrestling world but they just aren’t to that level where they can push the WWE and make them better. One last thing… I really wish Goldberg, The Rock or Stone Cold would come back. Wrestling really lacks a major star right now, unless you count John Cena, who I like, but find rather cheesy. By the way, Goldberg is my favorite wrestler of all time. Who knows, maybe that will be what I do when I’m finished with football. I could definitely body slam a few people. Watch out, the Dark Horse is coming!

One last football note; don’t give up on the old Redskins just yet. There is a lot of football left to be played this year. We appreciate all of our loyal and supportive fans out there. Remember what I said about overcoming adversity and proving people wrong? I still believe we as a team can go against the grain do something this year.

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23

Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Adam Carriker

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Hog Blog with Adam Carriker – Week 12

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! We have so much to be thankful for. Just to be born in the greatest country on Earth is a huge blessing. I am thankful for my great family, a great job and a very blessed life.

Because of this being Thanksgiving week and we have people visiting, this blog will be shorter. As I promised last week, we came out last Sunday, played hard and played much better and came out with a hard fought victory against a very good Tennessee Titans football team. I have never been apart of a game like that before in my life. It seemed like guys were getting injured right and left. I think that pulling out a victory despite all the injuries just shows our team resilience and determination to come out and show what kind of team we really are.

This week we take on the Minnesota Vikings. I know they have been struggling this year, but they are still a very talented team, and I personally look forward to playing against Brett Favre. With a new coach this week I’m sure they will be rejuvenated and fired up to play this week, much like the Cowboys have been since they got their new coach. I can’t wait to play.

Once again Happy Thanksgiving and I look forward to seeing everyone this Sunday at the game.

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy

Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Adam Carriker

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Leftovers – Week 11


This week, Andre Carter talks about Albert Haynesworth’s “lay-down” play, McNabb’s new contract and leadership skills, plus much more!

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