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Need to Know: The five best performances by a Redskin in the Super Bowl

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Need to Know: The five best performances by a Redskin in the Super Bowl

Here is what you need to know on this Super Bowl Sunday, February 2, 95 days before the NFL Draft.

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Yes, there were days when the Redskins played in Super Bowls. Here are the team’s five best individual performances in the big game.

1. John Riggins XVII—He just pounded the Dolphins into submission with 38 carries for 166 yards. The yardage record has been broken but no running back has dominated a Super Bowl like Riggins. His 43-yard touchdown run on fourth down in the fourth quarter is one of the most underrated big plays in Super Bowl history.

2. Doug Williams XXII—Going into the second quarter Williams was four for 10 for 78 yards. It wasn’t even certain that he would come out for the first snap of the second quarter after he with following a knee injury. But he came in, launched an 80-yard TD bomb to Ricky Sanders on his first snap of the second quarter and the rest is NFL history. He was 9 of 11 for 228 yards and four touchdowns.

3. Ricky Sanders XXII—Art Monk played but his game was seriously hampered by a knee injury. That left The Posse down to two members and it was Sanders who stepped up. As noted above, he and Williams opened the floodgates with their 80-yard TD connection on the Redskins’ first snap of the second quarter. The play was supposed to be a seven-yard hitch but Sanders recognized press coverage from cornerback Mark Haynes and just blew by him. He also hauled in a 50-yard TD from Williams later in The Quarter. On the day, seven receptions for 166 yards for Sanders.

4. Joe Jacoby XVII—I pitched his Hall of Fame worthiness yesterday and this game is one of the big reasons why. The left tackle slammed into defensive end Kim Bokamper time after time as the Redskins literally ground the Dolphins into submission. The other Hogs who started that day—LG Russ Grimm, C Jeff Bostic, RG Fred Dean, and RT George Starke—get strong honorable mentions here.

5. Brad Edwards XXVI—The defense needs to be represented here somewhere and Edwards’ performance against the Bills. He picked off Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly twice and knocked down five passes. Andre Reed, named to the Hall of Fame yesterday, caught just five passes for 34 yards. That wasn’t all Edwards but he was a big part of it as his big hits gave Bills receivers a severe case of alligator arms.

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Timeline

—Born on this day: Redskins OL Josh LeRibeus (1989) and former Redskins DE Dexter Manley (1958).

—It’s been 35 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be about 217 days until they play another one.

—Days until: NFL Combine 17; NFL Free agency starts 37; Offseason workouts start 64; NFL Draft 95

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Redskins Draft Room Revealed: Who works the phones, and who makes the call

Redskins Draft Room Revealed: Who works the phones, and who makes the call

Since the dismissal of former general manager Scot McCloughan, there's been little question who was in charge at Redskins Park. Unofficially anyway. 

Bruce Allen is back running the show, if he ever stopped, and will be at the center of the Redskins draft room and decision making process.

For weeks, Allen and Jay Gruden made clear that the entire Redskins front office - from scouts to the top brass - have input on draft grades. Those grades will determine what players the 'Skins take, and the team is unlikely to deviate from their draft board. 

On Monday, however, Washington director of college scouting Scott Campbell addressed the media and explained that when a decision needs to be made, it will be Allen's call. 

From Campbell:

The way we have the room when the draft is ongoing is we have Eric Schaffer and Alex Santos are constantly calling teams above us. They’re taking the phone calls from the other teams – also behind [us]. A lot of times per Bruce’s instructions, he’ll say, ‘Hey, you take these five teams. You take the next five teams. Start making calls.’ And then we’re receiving calls too at the same time. Once they get that information, they’ll tell the table in the front and say, ‘Hey, we can trade back for this, we can trade up for that.’ It would be me and Bruce and Jay saying ‘No, no, we’ve got enough guys there’ or say ‘I like these guys,’ or like, “Hey, there’s guys there.’ So it’s kind of a discussion amongst the people, and most times it’s Bruce saying, ‘Just tell them we’re not interested,’ or he says, ‘Get the league on the phone. We’re going to make that trade.’”

Campbell's comments reveal quite a lot. To start, it's interesting to know the roles of Schaffer and Santos during the draft. Both men carry a lot of impact in the team's personnel selection. Also, and it was fairly obvious since McCloughan's firing, but Jay Gruden's role continues to increase.

The biggest tell, however, is that ultimately Bruce Allen makes the decisions. It's not a surprise, but it is important to know. Officially.

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Redskins won't say if Joe Mixon is on their board but say character does count

Redskins won't say if Joe Mixon is on their board but say character does count

The Redskins may or may not have one of the most polarizing members of the 2017 draft class on their draft board. But they do believe that character counts.

Scott Campbell, the Redskins’ director of college scouting, would not say if  Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon, who is seen on video striking a woman and knocking her to the floor in an incident that occurred in July of 2014, is on the team’s board.

“We don't announce who's on and off the board for strategic reasons,” said Campbell on Monday at the team’s pre-draft news conference, saying that it’s the team’s policy.

He added that incidents like the one that Mixon was a part of do come into consideration.

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“Character is very important to me, it's very important to the Redskins,” said Campbell.

He explained that early in the scouting process, character issues are not taken into account.

“What I always told the scouts and how I was trained 30 years ago when I started is when you start to evaluate guys in the beginning, you don't factor in the character, you don't grade character, you grade talent,” said Campbell, who has been with the Redskins organization for 16 years. “You don't throw away somebody early who may have some redeeming quality or a part of the story you didn't know about.”

It’s later on that the scouts gather information on such incidents as problems with the law, failed drug tests, and other quarters of character.

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“Our scouts do a great job getting a lot of information,” said Campbell. “Some of the incidents you brought up happened after the season, at the combine, and just a few days ago. All those things are factored into an evaluation as they are gathered.”

With that information at hand, they start the process of elimination, deciding who fits and who doesn’t.

“When it comes close to the draft, you start weeding out all that, getting more information, deciding, OK, that guy's not our kind of guy, that guy's not a Redskin, this guy could be drafted but good luck to them,” said Campbell.

It seems like much more of a gut feel type of process than anything rigid. There is not much of a clue there as to whether or not the team will consider bringing Mixon aboard, who is inarguably one of the most talented running backs in the draft. The upside is that Mixon could provide a jolt to the team’s offense. The downside would be an immediate public relations hit. The team also must consider what will happen if Mixon were to run afoul of the NFL’s domestic abuse policy in the future, which calls for a six-game suspension for a first offense with penalties getting progressively worse if problems persist.

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