2008 Training Camp Breakdown: Defensive Line

After losing starting left defensive ends Phillip Daniels and reserve end Alex Buzbee to season ending injuries on the first day of training camp, the Redskins were hurrying to find a suitable replacement. They accomplished that and then some with the acquisition of one of the game’s best in defensive end Jason Taylor. The potential future Hall-of-Famer, who spent the last 11 seasons with the Miami Dolphins, will shift to left defensive end and the prospects of forming a powerful duo with right defensive end Andre Carter are very promising. The Redskins, for the first time in several years, have a proven, formidable pass rusher who can take the pressure off of the linebackers and the secondary.

Read More

Topsy, Turvy Start to Camp

Jason Taylor Officially a Redskin; Daniels, Buzbee on I.R.

The first day of the Redskins 2008 Training Camp began and ended notoriously for different reasons. On the first play of 7-on-7 practice drills, Phillip Daniels was tangled in a pile-up and tore his anterior cruciate ligament. The injury forced Daniels to be carted off the field and ended his season, a season for which he trained very hard this spring.

Read More

2008 Training Camp Breakdown: Special Teams

Here is a look at some of the special teams battles going on at camp:


Shaun Suisham is coming off of the second best statistical season ever for a Redskins kicker, making 29 of 35 field goals (82.9%). The percentage is only behind Mark Moseley’s 95% in his 1982 MVP season. Suisham also kicked two game-winning overtime field goals against the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets. His efforts against the Jets didn’t go unnoticed. His five field goals that game tied a team record and earned him NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors.

Read More

2008 Training Camp Breakdown: Linebackers

After a dismal season in 2006, the Redskins defense needed on-field leadership and direction. That is exactly what they received when they signed middle linebacker London Fletcher last spring. Under former assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, the Redskins defense ranked third and ninth in 2004 and 2005 respectively. An unexpected drop to 31st overall in the league forced the Redskins to seek change on the defensive side of the ball.

Read More

2008 Training Camp Breakdown: Quarterbacks

One of the most frequent questions asked by the media and Redskins fans following Jim Zorn’s promotion from offensive coordinator to head coach was: “How will Jason Campbell adjust to Zorn’s version of the West Coast offense?”

Campbell has been hearing questions like that his whole career. Now entering his fourth season as a pro, he is going to learn his seventh new offense in eight years, including his four seasons at Auburn. This time, Campbell and the rest of the quarterbacks will be receiving special attention from Coach Zorn, a former Seattle Seahawks quarterback and quarterback’s coach.

Read More

THN Hogcasts Offer the Voice of the Fans

We here at theHogs.net (THN) pride ourselves in our content. As a result, we strive to bring you news on your favorite team in any way possible. The latest of these endeavors is the THN Hogcasts.

We deliver our Hogcasts in mp3 format, and you can play them on any mp3 player, as well as uploading them to any portable mp3 player. This allows Redskin fans the opportunity to listen to the voice of fellow fans that are at camp or at the games to pass on observations, not from the local beat reporter or television anchor, but people that bleed burgundy and gold, just like you.

Read More

2006 Training Camp: Cornerbacks

It is said that no man is an island but the cornerbacks in Gregg Williams’ defense must often feel as though they are on one.

Williams relies on a variety of well-disguised blitzes to pound the opposing team into submission and he relies on his corners to handle man-on-man coverage to allow for those blitzes. In fact, he occasionally uses those corners to rush the quarterback.

Read More

Oh Canada!

What’s it all ‘aboot’ then, eh?

A weird phenomenon is shaping up at the 2006 Washington Redskins training camp – Canadians. Yes you read correctly, that was plural, Canadians. Like beavers to a dam, there is a Canadian invasion sweeping the NFL as two players travel from the Great White North to vie to make the 2006 Washington Redskin roster.

Take off hoser, no way.

Read More

2006 Training Camp: Quarterbacks

They are the ‘however’, the ‘but’ and the reason for caution in most Redskins previews. Their names have been accompanied by warnings often enough that we could call them the Caveat Crew.

They are the Redskins quarterbacks.

Their names and the accompanying warnings are familiar to most Redskins fans:

Mark “He’s Old/Injured” Brunell, Todd “Journeyman/Who?” Collins and Jason “Untested” Campbell.

Those criticisms are not entirely unfounded either.

Read More

Q and A with Cory Raymer

While at Redskins Training Camp, THN caught up with one of it’s favorite players and one of the funniest Washington Redskins to interview — Cory Raymer. Always engaging and entertaining, we were happy to talk with him again. It was just a couple of days after the Baltimore scrimmage where he appeared to have been injured:

THN: Cory, you looked hurt on Saturday and yet you’re already back out here, was it serious or are you just toughing it out?

Read More