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Redskins would have rocked 'Hard Knocks'

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Redskins would have rocked 'Hard Knocks'

It's official. The Miami Dolphins, will star in the next installment of HBO's 'Hard Knocks,' a behind the scenes look at NFL training camps. The immensely popular series had taken a hiatus as a result of the NFL lockout and is now back with a splash, right?Wellwhile it will be hard to replicate Rex Ryan's infamous (and don't forget, inspirational) snack quote, it's safe to say HBO show producers know what they are doing. Couple that with the gravitational pull of the NFL? Chances are, fans will at least check out the first episode.There are teams, however, that would have made this season 'must-see TV.' Teams such as the Washington Redskins, a franchise shrouded with secrecy, who naturally, declined HBO's offer.People love lists, so without further adieu, here are 5 reasons why the Redskins, headlining 'Hard Knocks,' would have captivated audiences:
1) RGIIIThe future of the Redskins franchise has been placed on the shoulders of a rookie quarterback, Robert Griffin III. Not just any QB, but a Heismann winner who brought Baylor University's program out of obscurity and into the national spotlight.In Mike Shanahan's own words, he is a 'natural' leader, just one of the reasons why the head coach is straying from his M.O. and building the offense around his coveted new signal caller. Heralded as the total package, Griffin is equally as dynamic off the field as he is on the grid iron. Griffin has some huge socks to fill, not only must he live up to the hype--he must surpass it.
2) Coach Mike Shanahan's new found 'swag'Coach Mike Shanahan has said he is 'excited' about the future of the Redskins and it shows. A smile across Shanny's face used to be something of a mythical occurrence, say a Bigfoot sighting or Albert Haynesworth dropping a few lbs, but Mike has something to smile about and he does so quite often. Why is the usually stoic coach all of a sudden so jovial? Just reference the first entry on this list.The stakes are high for Shanny. With two super bowl rings under his belt, he's going for a third and trying to solidify a spot in the Hall of Fame. The head coach is not only responsible for grooming a young man to be an elite QB, but his son, offensive coordinator, Kyle Shanahan is also under his tutelage. Young Shanahan is poised to be a head coach one day. Imagine cameras honed in on THAT dynamic under the pro-football pressure...Shanahan probably has some better soundbites than, 'Let's go eat a goddamn snack,' in his artillery, but we'll never know.
3) The validation of London FletcherLinebacker, London Fletcher is entering the fifteenth season of his NFL career.Marinate on that for a secondin fact, take a whole minute.In 2011, Fletcher started all 16 games for the Redskins. Fletcher recorded 1.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, and led the league in tackles with 166 (NFL GSIS). And yet, Fletcher didn't make the initial 2012 Pro Bowl roster, he was an alternate.While RGIII will be the face of Washington's franchise, in terms of leading the team, the QB will be taking his queues from Fletcher. 'Hard Knocks' would have given 59 national exposure to all football fans, not just the burgundy and gold faithful.
4) The redemption of Fred Davis and Trent WilliamsBoth Davis and Williams appear to have learned a lesson after their off-field 'indiscretions' led to a four-game suspension at the end of last season.In the off-season Davis was still anointed with the franchise tag after a career year with 59 catches for 796 yards and three touchdowns prior to the penalty. Offensive co-captain, Williams as the Skins' left tackle, is bestowed with duty of protecting RGIII's blindside.As Mike Shanahan looks to rid his roster of problem players, Davis and Williams will be under a fine microscope. Ultimately, the two were judged harshly not by what was seen as a malicious decision, but rather an idiotic one. Actions speak louder than words, so Davis and Williams now have to walk the walk and it would be interesting to have a camera present for whether they prevail or fail.
5) The spectacle that is 'RGIII Mania'Had to sneak in Griffin on this list one more time, right? Imagine front row seats to the circus, led by the charismatic ringmaster, Robert Griffin III. For those not in the greater Washington area, it is hard to convey the magnitude of Griffin hysteria. That's where the 'Hard Knocks' cameras come in.Forget about what Griffin can do on the field, RGIII is a media savvy, beat boxing, mega-star that sponsors only dream about. He has his own line of socks, seriously who does that?And the fans love their burgundy and gold savior. Robert Griffin III currently has the NFLs top-selling jersey. He hasn't played a snap in the NFL, apologies on the repetitiveness, but seriously who does that?One of CSNWashington.com's most viewed videos in the past few weeks is of RGIII simply pumping a lil iron and to clarify little--there's only 8 secs of footage.Fans simply cannot get enough of RGIII. Imagine a film crew with RGIII as settles in to his first place out of college and gets to know the DMV, along with his finance. Or actual footage of RGIII sharing a burrito with Kirk Cousins?Or better yet, a moment when Griffin isn't so TV polishedwould fans get a different glimpse of Robert?
Disagree with any of these? Did I miss something? Let us know in the comments below!Better yet, the Redskins choose to pass on the show for a reason, what do you think is the number 1 reason why it's a good thing Washington opted out of 'Hard Knocks'?

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Redskins 2017 OTAs to-do list: It's time to find a nose tackle

Redskins 2017 OTAs to-do list: It's time to find a nose tackle

Free agency is done. The draft is history. Rookie minicamp is in the rearview and the 90-man offseason roster has been filled out. Now comes the difficult part for Jay Gruden and his staff: putting it all together. With OTAs set to begin on Tuesday, Redskins Insiders JP Finlay and Rich Tandler will examine top priorities on Gruden’s to-do list as he prepares the team for training camp in Richmond later this summer.

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Nose tackle

Finlay: There's a lot to do on the Redskins defensive line, and it starts in the middle. Expect free agent addition Stacy McGee to have a big opportunity to take over the nose tackle job. McGee ranked as a +5.5 run defender last season as rated by Pro Football Focus, and at 6-foot-3 and 308 lbs., he has the size to man the middle. McGee has plenty of talent, health has been his hiccup. He has only played all 16 games in one of his four seasons, and in 2016, he played only nine games.

Beyond McGee, the Redskins have some lottery tickets. Practice squad players A.J. Francis and Joey Mbu both have the size to play nose, but neither have the experience. Could Francis or Mbu emerge for significant snaps with the Washington defense? Sure, but it would be unexpected. 

A bigger lottery ticket remains. Phil Taylor, a former first-round pick in 2012, has shown serious talent at the nose tackle position. At 6-foot-3 and 337 lbs., Taylor certainly has the size for the spot. At the same time, Taylor hasn't played an NFL game since 2014, losing both 2015 and 2016 to injury. Counting on Taylor would be short-sighted, but if he can remain healthy, there could be big value.

According to Jay Gruden, the most important piece of the nose tackle puzzle will come from new defensive line coach Jim Tomsula. Gruden said he expects Tomsula to "make" a nose tackle and improve the Redskins D-line. It's a tall order, but Tomsula has an impressive track record working in the trenches. 

Tandler: The organization’s refusal to get a legitimate nose tackle either in free agency or in the draft will lead to them again spend the spring and summer trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.

That’s what they did last year with Ziggy Hood. He took a lot of snaps at nose tackle and he simply wasn’t a fit for the job. It wasn’t his fault that the Redskins allowed a league-worst 5.0 yards per rushing attempt on first down; he’s an end and he was much more effective there.

Matt Ioannidis, a 2016 fifth-round pick, also took some snaps at nose, with similar results. At 6-3, 308, he just doesn’t have the size to be effective.

The worst part of it here is that they really can’t get too far in identifying the 2017 nose tackle. In the spring with no pads and no contact allowed they really can’t do much besides work on technique and learn assignments. Tomsula’s effort to “make” a nose tackle won’t really get going until they get to Richmond in late August.

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Planning for a new Redskins stadium, Bruce Allen says the team is ahead of schedule

Planning for a new Redskins stadium, Bruce Allen says the team is ahead of schedule

The Redskins are going to build a new stadium. That is certain.

Where that stadium will be remains unclear.

Washington team president Bruce Allen spoke on Monday and explained that the team is ahead of schedule in terms of a new stadium.

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The team's lease expires at FedEx Field in 2027, and Allen expects the team to move into a new "jewel" of a stadium.

Maryland, Virginia and D.C. are all in play for the new facility. Currently, the team plays in Maryland but practices in Virginia.

The Redskins greatest success came when the team played in Washington at famed RFK Stadium.

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