May 6, 2012
No sense fooling around with a talent like Robert Griffin III. Barely a week after the draft, the Washington Redskins are already proclaiming the Heisman Trophy winner their No. 1 quarterback. Saying that Griffin has the ability to do things no one else has done in the NFL, coach Mike Shanahan wrapped up a rookie minicamp Sunday by putting RGIII squarely atop the depth chart. "He's the starter. Period," Shanahan said. Shanahan said Griffin will begin working with the first-teamers when the veterans reconvene for offseason workouts later this month.
May 6, 2012
Kelsey Chaney, a Hedgesville (W.Va.) High School sophomore, is about to follow her grandfather and father into the FBI Academy, but she doubts that her ultimate goal will be a career in law enforcement. Kelsey, 15, is leaning toward the fields of public relations or communications with an eye on attending Georgetown University. She said her father, Mark Chaney, a Secret Service agent, encouraged her to apply for the eight-day leadership training camp for 14- to-16-year olds at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. The camp, part of the FBI National Academy Associates 2012 Youth Leadership Program, takes place June 20 to 28. She more than meets the camp entrance qualifications - above-average academic standards and good citizenship.
August 29, 2011
John Beck was ready to speak to a group of reporters Monday when he noticed a TV cameraman having trouble with some equipment. “We're one camera short,” Beck said. “You all right?” He then calmly waited a full 40 seconds for the cameraman to get everything fixed. No need to hurry. No sign of anxiety or impatience. Just wait it out. As quarterback competitions go, the Washington Redskins have one that's been about as polite and composed as it can be. Beck and Rex Grossman are more friends than foes and are keeping whatever jitters they have to themselves, even in the final days before coach Mike Shanahan makes the call.
August 27, 2011
While the Washington Redskins quarterback derby has kept everyone on tenterhooks, the running back competition has become a one-man show. Tim Hightower, acquired in a trade with Arizona after the NFL lockout, has separated himself from the pack and is all but certain to be the starter for the regular season opener against the New York Giants on Sept. 11. “He's done a good job,” coach Mike Shanahan said Saturday. “I'm not going to say he's our starter, but if you were betting in Vegas you'd probably bet in that direction.” Hightower has turned apprehension into accomplishment in the month since his unexpected change of scenery.
August 16, 2011
It's well known by now that Mike Shanahan typically doesn't reveal his preseason game plans ahead of time, so the answer was predictable Tuesday when the coach was asked who will start at quarterback in the Washington Redskins' second preseason game. “You know me better than that,” he said. Nevertheless, Shanahan kept on going. “Just so you know,” he added, smiling, “John Beck will start.” The choice is not a surprise - which is probably why Shanahan was willing to say it - but it does reaffirm that Beck and Rex Grossman remain on equal footing in the battle for the starting job, despite the groin injury that kept Beck out of the first game.
August 4, 2011
Newly acquired Washington Redskins running back Tim Hightower can't find the way to the locker room, training room or cafeteria. But to the Redskins, it's more important that he find his way through holes in the line - especially with a recent injury to Ryan Torain, last year's leading rusher. Torain will miss 7-10 days after fracturing his left hand while being tackled Wednesday. He needed four screws in his third metacarpal, and although Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Torain came to his office earlier in the day, Torain wasn't on the field for either of the team's practices Thursday.
August 3, 2011
For the first five practice days of training camp, John Beck has enjoying having the Washington Redskins starting quarterback job all to himself, getting the first-team work while the team waited for Rex Grossman to re-sign and become eligible to take part. On Wednesday, the fifth day of the solo run, Beck sported a new look, switching jerseys from No. 3 to No. 12. A number change during camp usually isn't a big deal, especially for a player who hasn't been in a regular season game since 2007, but Beck is the type who doesn't mind telling a story from start to finish.
August 25, 2010
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- A sprained ankle will keep Donovan McNabb on the sideline Friday night when the Washington Redskins play the New York Jets. McNabb has been unable to practice since getting hurt in Saturday night's preseason loss to the Baltimore Ravens. "It's quite sore," coach Mike Shanahan said, "and I don't think he could go if it was a regular season game. He's got to rehab it. " McNabb was limping badly in the locker room after the game was wearing a walking boot Monday.
August 22, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Albert Haynesworth vs. Mike Shanahan. This one's going into overtime. The conflict between two strong wills -- the unyielding coach and the player with the $100 million contract -- escalated this weekend when Haynesworth expressed defiant frustration at being repeatedly singled out by the coach. Shanahan responded by saying things aren't going to change. Haynesworth fired first, breaking a week of silence after Saturday night's 23-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
August 12, 2010
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- Donovan McNabb must have wondered if he was back in Philadelphia. On the first day of Washington Redskins training camp, a heckler stood near the front of the crowd and criticized every bad pass, every bobbled ball and pined out loud for the return of departed quarterback Jason Campbell. "Must have been a great catch," the fan yelled after McNabb completed one pass, "because it couldn't have been a good throw. " As the days went by, other fans might have felt that the heckler was on to something.