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Shanahan has his guy

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Shanahan has his guy

"We tried to keep it a secret as long as we could."As predicted, Washington drafted Robert Griffin III with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft. A sly grin crept over the stoic Mike Shanahan's face as he stepped to the podium at Redskins Park to address the media."We had a great feeling that Robert was the guy we we're going to get," the Redskins head coach said. "Just to be around the guy, how he handles himself, how he works you know, you see what a class act he is, the type of charisma he has. "I just think he's going to bring a whole lot, you know, to this organization. You're always looking for that franchise guy. ... He's got everything you look for in a quarterback."Not just any quarterback. Burgundy and gold faithful would argue they haven't seen the mystical creature known as the franchise QB since the days of Joe Theismann.
While Shanahan discussed Griffin's character in depth, he stressed his due diligence studying tape in order to know the "player before he met the person." Once he met both sides of RG3, he was convinced the Redskins had "their guy."Shanahan, however, said he must groom the rookie. "It's up to me to give him the right supporting cast, the right system, so he feels comfortable."

As for the Heisman winner, he appears to be already be comfortable in Washington. In a phone interview, Griffin sang the first few verses of "Hail to the Redskins" to describe how he felt about his new team.

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Pierre Garcon named Redskins' Walter Payton Man of the Year for 2016

Pierre Garcon named Redskins' Walter Payton Man of the Year for 2016

Redskins receiver Pierre Garçon has a reputation as one of the most passionate competitors on the field. As remarkable as his play, Garçon brings equal energy to serving the community, specifically children and the needy in Haiti, his ancestral home. 

Such work on behalf of others has earned Garçon the Redskins' 2016 Walter Payton Man of the Year award. The distinction makes him eligible for the league wide award at the end of the season. 

He gives back to the Washington community through the Pierre Garçon Helping Hands Foundation, hosting the annual Pierre Garçon All-White Party, which has raised more than $400,00 for the Boys & Girls Clubs, according to Redskins.com

He also devotes his free time to helping out with Redskins Charitable Foundation events. 

Fans will also remember Garçon's efforts to support Haiti and provide disaster relief after the 2010 earthquake that rocked the island nation. He makes annual aid trips to Haiti as well.

When Hurricane Matthew stuck this year, Garçon helped lead the Redskins' humanitarian efforts, personally accompanying a delivery of bottled water and medical supplies to Hospital Bernard Mevs in the capital of Port-au-Prince. 

He richly deserves the recognition for his good works. 

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Eagles coach's comments on effort create a stir in the locker room

Eagles coach's comments on effort create a stir in the locker room

The day after the Eagles 32-14 loss to the Bengals on Sunday, Philadelphia coach Doug Peterson said that he didn’t think that all his players played hard.

Not everybody, and that’s the accountability that I talk about,” Pederson said, via the Birds 24/7 blog. “I hold coaches accountable for that; I hold myself accountable for that because it all starts with me. I pride myself each week to make sure the guys are ready to go, but at the same time, it comes down to a mentality by each individual player. This is a business where we have to be ready to go every single weekend because every team in the league — there are some teams that are better than others, but for the most part anything can happen any weekend.”

This sort of vague shot fired at the team did not sit well with the players. Safety Malcolm Jenkins, one of the most respected voices on the team, said that the comments put players in a bad spot.

“I know the intent of the guys that I practice with and play with every day, and I didn’t see effort being an issue,” Jenkins said. “It puts us in a little bit of a tough position as players because now everybody wants to know, ‘Well, who were you talking about?’”

Some in the media in Philadelphia surmised that two of the players Pederson was talking about were tight end Zach Ertz and safety Rodney McLeod. One on play it looked like Ertz failed to block Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict on a Carson Wentz scramble.

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“I’m not going to get into the details of every thought I had on that play,” said Ertz. “I’m focused on giving this city everything I have on each and every play. I promise going forward, I will do that. I think I have done that in the past.”

It didn’t look like McLeod did everything he could to keep Bengals running back Jeremy Hill from scoring a touchdown on a two-yard run in the first quarter.

“I thought the ball was going to hit somewhere else, and then obviously it came through. By the time I could react, Hill already crossed the plane,” said McLeod. “Just got caught flat-footed, tried to react and by the time I did, I feel like if I were to hit him it could possibly be late. Just a tough situation.”

You can see both of the plays in question here.

We don’t know if Ertz and McLeod are among the players that Pederson was talking about when he spoke of issues with effort. Leaving things vague like that doesn’t do much for the coach’s credibility in the locker room. And when that starts to be in doubt the coach gets asked about his job security. Pederson said that owner Jeffrey Lurie and GM Howie Roseman have been supportive.

“From both of them, it’s been 100 percent support on everything. I meet with Jeffrey and Howie every week and we discuss a lot of things and go over a lot of things. Every week, it’s very positive,” Pederson said. “I just don’t think you can base a guy’s career on one season. I think you got to give it time to develop.

But the fact that these questions are being asked after he has been in his job for a dozen games is an indication that he is facing at least a minor crisis as his team prepares for four games that are likely to be meaningless in terms of the playoff picture. We will see if he can get the train back on the tracks by Sunday.