August 30, 2013
So much for perfect harmony. Even on a night when the news is good, Robert Griffin III and Mike Shanahan can't sing the same song. Minutes after the Washington Redskins quarterback tweeted to the world that he was “Cleared for Takeoff” in his return from major knee surgery, the coach kept him sitting on the runway for a least a few more days, declining to name Griffin as the Week 1 starter. There is agreement on one very important matter. On Thursday night, when the Redskins were in Florida to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Griffin was cleared to play after being examined yet again by Dr. James Andrews, a remarkable development that comes less than eight months after he repaired Griffin's right knee in January.
August 9, 2013
That's some backup plan the Washington Redskins have at quarterback and running back. Now it's a matter of getting those rookies in the secondary up to scratch. The Redskins' first preseason game reinforced what was evident late last year and throughout the first couple of weeks of this year's training camp: Kirk Cousins is a confident, able No. 2 behind Robert Griffin III. “He's been impressive from the time he got here,” coach Mike Shanahan said. Granted, Cousins is no Griffin.
August 2, 2013
Robert Griffin III and Mike Shanahan peppered the men in stripes with questions when NFL officials made their annual presentation at Washington Redskins training camp, the quarterback and coach trying to get clarity on how the franchise player can protect himself. “Mike asked a question, Robert asked a question - they should have had their own private little meeting,” backup quarterback Rex Grossman said. The emergence of mobile quarterbacks like Griffin has presented a challenge not only for NFL defenses, but also for the refs, who have to discern what's legal and what's not when it comes to hits delivered to QBs. The zone-read, in which Griffin has the option of keeping the ball or handing it off based on how the defense reacts, is a specific new wrinkle that required some adjustment from all parties.
July 24, 2013
Robert Griffin III put on his knee brace and passed the perfunctory Washington Redskins conditioning test on the eve of training camp, then declared he has “nothing left to prove” - at least physically - in his return from major knee surgery. That's doesn't mean he's all the way back. Griffin said Wednesday he won't participate in 11-on-11 drills in the early days of camp and likely won't play in any preseason games. The quarterback who likes to keep the throttle wide open is going to have to exercise a bit more patience as he and coach Mike Shanahan - who have shared blame for how Griffin got hurt - try to work together to get him on the field for the regular season opener Sept.
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.