March 25, 2014 |
So Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins professional football team, visited 26 Native American reservations over four months and discovered a reality that just about everyone else in the country already knew . Native Americans on reservations are disproportionately mired in poverty; affected by alcoholism, diabetes and elevated suicide rates, among other health issues; and lack many of the basic necessities of modern life, including...
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March 1, 2014 |
The ability to disguise is valued in football, as it is essential to fooling an opponent. In a sense, offensive lineman Roy Simmons was better at concealing than most. Simmons hid his homosexuality from his New York Giants and Washington Redskins teammates throughout his career, and in retirement became the second NFL player to announce that he was gay. "If Roy had come out when he was a player, he would have been accepted," former Giants teammate Harry Carson said last week.
January 9, 2014 |
The Washington Redskins have their new coach. According to multiple reports, the Redskins will announce Thursday that they have hired Jay Gruden, offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals, to replace the fired Mike Shanahan as head coach. Gruden is the younger brother of former Super Bowl-winning coach Jon Gruden, now a “Monday Night Football” commentator. Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen worked with Jon Gruden in Oakland and Tampa Bay, and was with the Buccaneers when Jay was a defensive consultant there.
December 30, 2013 |
NFL teams turn to the familiar at this time of year. Green Bay, New England, Indianapolis, Philadelphia and others prepare for the playoffs. Teams such as Detroit, Washington and Tampa Bay fire their coaches. Cleveland cycles through coaches with such gusto, in fact, that "Black Monday" should really be called "Browns Monday. " By way of comparison, the Pittsburgh Steelers have had three coaches since 1969. The Browns will have had three coaches since 2012. So it wasn't surprising that the Browns were the first to dump their coach, Rob Chudzinski, after the regular season ended, even though he had been in the job for less than a year.
December 30, 2013 |
Jim Schwartz is out in Detroit. The Lions fired their coach Monday, according to multiple reports, after the team finished 7-9 and failed to make the playoffs. Schwartz, who took over a team that was coming off a winless season in 2008, was 29-51 in five seasons with one playoff appearance, a loss. At one point this season, the Lions were 6-3 with a two-game lead in the NFC North. They were the only team in the division to have one quarterback start all 16 games. The Lions went 1-6 down the stretch, however, blowing fourth-quarter leads in all six of those defeats.
December 28, 2013 |
At 2-13, the Houston Texans have the inside track on the No. 1 overall pick in May's NFL draft. But if the Texans were to win at Tennessee on Sunday, and Washington were to lose at the New York Giants, the Redskins, who had a weaker schedule, would get that prime pick … … and the honor of turning it over to St. Louis as part of the Robert Griffin III deal. :: For the 11th year in a row, the league will have at least one team go from worst to first in consecutive seasons.