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Gibbs II Greatest Hits

Gibbs II Greatest Hits

Gibbs II, we hardly knew ye. It seems like just yesterday that the limo pulled up to Redskins Park and, amid ecstatic fans and admiring media, Joe Gibbs got out and the Redskins have been saved. It seemed like it was just a matter of time—and not very much of it—before the collection of three Lombardi Trophies on display in front of the smiling coach and beaming owner would have at least one addition, if not more.

Today, of course, after his retirement, we know that those trophies are earned, not bestowed, not even on living legends. The Redskins didn't earn a chance even to play for the right to go to the game where they award the hardware. They won just one playoff game in two trips to the postseason. The one win was a quite forgettable affair in Tampa Bay, one with such a horrid offensive output on the part of the Redskins that it doesn't even make the "greatest hits" list below.

That doesn't mean that the return of Joe Gibbs didn't bring its share of high points along with considerable heartache. Here's my countdown of the best games of Gibbs II.

6. September 12, 2004—Redskins 16, Bucs 10: In Gibbs' first game back, Clinton Portis got things off to a great start with a 64-yard touchdown run on his first carry as a Redskin. Tampa Bay rallied to tie the game at 10 late in the third quarter and it took a pair of John Hall field goals for the Redskins to get Gibbs his first win in 12 years.

5. December 30, 2007—Redskins 27, Cowboys 6: The Redskins go from tragedy to triumph as they cap a four-game winning streak in the wake of the murder of Sean Taylor to claim a spot in the playoffs.

4. December 24, 2005—Redskins 35, Giants 20: The Giants had thumped the Redskins 36-0 in the Meadowlands earlier in the year and the Skins not only got revenge, they got to the doorstep of the playoffs. Santana Moss pulled in three touchdown passes, including a couple of the jaw-dropping variety, to pace the Washington attack.

3. November 5, 2006—Redskins 22, Cowboys 19: Yeah, this list is going to be Cowboy-heavy. The Redskins tied the game at 19 early in the fourth quarter on a touchdown pass from Mark Brunell to Chris Cooley and had a shot to win it late, but Nick Novak missed a 49-yard field goal late. After Troy Vincent blocked Mike Vanderjagt's 35-yard potential winner, Sean Taylor picked up the ball, scrambled around, drew a facemask penalty, and returned the ball into Dallas territory as time expired. The penalty created one untimed down and Novak nailed his second chance from 47 yards.

2. January 6, 2006—Redskins 31, Eagles 20: The Redskins recorded a scrappy win in Philly to claim their first playoff spot since 1999. The Redskins trailed in the fourth quarter until Lamar Marshall made an interception to set up a 22-yard Portis touchdown scamper. Taylor returned a fumble 39 yards and flipped into the end zone to seal it for the Redskins.

1. September 19, 2005—Redskins 14, Cowboys 13: Many Redskins fans turned off their TV's and went to bed on this Monday night well before a field goal put Dallas up 13-0 with less than six minutes left to play. Lighting struck twice for the Redskins, though, as Moss caught a pair of TD bombs from Brunell to put the Redskins ahead. Taylor separated Patrick Crayton from a pass on a key play on Dallas' next drive and the Skins held on for the improbable win.

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Redskins promote CB Phillips from practice squad, waive Bruton Jr. and Clausell

Redskins promote CB Phillips from practice squad, waive Bruton Jr. and Clausell

The Redskins made a couple of roster moves just before departing for Arizona to play the Cardinals.

They signed cornerback Dashaun Phillips from the practice squad and cut offensive tackle Blaine Clausell. The Redskins also waived safety David Bruton Jr. off of injured reserve.

Phillips was the Redskins’ nickel corner for the first three games of the season, and he made four tackles and recovered a fumble. But they moved rookie Kendall Fuller up into the slot corner role in Week 4 and Phillips spent several weeks on the inactive list before being waived on November 12 and added to the practice squad three days later.

The moves became known after Redskins coach Jay Gruden had spoken to the media for the day so we can only speculate as to the reasoning behind them. Actually, the release of Clausell isn’t hard to figure out. He was signed after Trent Williams started his four-game suspension and with Williams set to return on Monday and the other options at backup tackle healthy there was no point in keeping him around.

Phillips is likely going to Arizona as an insurance policy. The Cardinals like to spread the field with a lot of wide receivers. They will want to have five cornerbacks active. They do have Josh Norman, Bashaud Breeland, Fuller, Quinton Dunbar, and Greg Toler. But Breeland is listed as questionable with an ankle injury and they Redskins don’t want to take any chance of being caught short-handed at cornerback if he suffers a setback. That’s especially true when they don’t need to bring an extra tackle along.

Depending on how things shake out injury-wise against the Cardinals there is a good chance that we could see Phillips on the waiver wire once again as a roster spot will be needed for Williams.

Bruton started the first four games of the season at safety before going on injured reserve with a concussion. This past offseason he signed a three-year, $9 million free agent contract with $3.4 million full guaranteed. There will be a deal cap hit of approximately $1.7 million in 2017 to account for the prorated bonus. 

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Redskins-Cardinals injury report: Reed out, seven questionable

Redskins-Cardinals injury report: Reed out, seven questionable

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TE Jordan Reed (shoulder)—The word heroic is thrown around too often when talking about what athletes do, in light if what, say, first responders do every day. But Reed playing in the second half out of the Dallas game with a third-degree AC joint sprain certainly was remarkable. But Gruden said that Reed won’t have sufficient range of motion in the shoulder or range of motion to be able to go against the Cardinals.

DE Anthony Lanier (leg)—The reserve lineman missed the second half of the Dallas game with a leg contusion. Gruden said he was kicked in the lower leg against the Cowboys and the swelling is still an issue.

Questionable

LS Nick Sundberg (back)—He tweaked his back in the weight room before the Packers game and missed that game and the one against the Cowboys. He was a full go in practice all week and will return against the Cardinals.

G Brandon Scherff (ankle)—He has been limited in practice during the week but it seems certain that he will go against the Cardinals.

T Ty Nsekhe (ankle)—Ditto comment on Scherff above.

CB Bashaud Breeland (ankle)—He suffered the injury in practice this week and he was limited in practice on Thursday.

RB Chris Thompson (illness)—He was limited in practice during the week but he said in the locker room he will have his usual role on Sunday.

Also questionable for the Redskins: ILB Terence Garvin (shoulder) and DE Ricky Jean Francois (knee)

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Check back for the Cardinals injury update after they release their report later this afternoon.