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IE fixed, Twitter tweaked

IE fixed, Twitter tweaked

A few housekeeping notes:

IE fixed, comments nuked

The problem with users being able to access the site with Internet Explorer has been fixed. The problem, however, revolved around the new comments widget I had installed a few weeks ago. In deleting the widget, the comments are gone as well. My apologies for this, but there were comments on just a couple of posts so the loss of community conversation is minimal.


I've been having a Twitter identity crisis. I have two passions that I discuss on the Internet—the Redskins and politics. I have been "tweeting" about both on my RTandler account. As I have commented more and more about political matters, it has occurred to me that many of you out there aren't in the least bit interested in the politics comments or, worse, are turned off because of disagreement with my point of view. So, I've created a second, football only Twitter identity, RealRedskins.

If you're interested only in getting updates, links, 140-character thoughts, etc. about the Redskins (and occasional thoughts about the NFL in general), follow RealRedskins. That account will be only posts on that subject. If you want the whole enchilada, both of Washington's passions, Redskins and politics, along with perhaps an occasional tweet when I walk my dog or something else exciting, you can follow the RTandler account. I will post all updates on that account.


I always like to have new friends on Facebook. I used to think that it was for whackos and kids but I was wrong (My Space, now, is another story). If you're on Facebook, drop by my profile and add me as a friend. If not, check it out, it's fun.

Social Network

If you're not ready to jump into the whole Facebook thing yet, check out the Real Redskins Social Network. It's a small group at this point, and it could use some livening up. There's a forum to post your thoughts in short form and a blog to do so in long form. More coming, too, as more of you get involved. Drop by and join.

The Redskins Chronicle

I'm plugging away at my book, The Redskins Chronicle so I thought I'd give it another plug here. It'll be the most thorough history of the Redskins ever written, but it will be in a fun, easy-to-read format. In other words, it won't read like an encyclopedia (not to take a shot at the excellent work by my friend Michael Richman; his is a fine book, mine is just different). Take a look at and sign up to get notified when the book comes out and to be able to get all sorts of cool pre-publication specials.

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Growing rumors that Redskins will land Pernell McPhee

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Growing rumors that Redskins will land Pernell McPhee

Every team in the NFL would love to add to their pass rush, and the Redskins are no exception. The team withdrew its contract offer to Junior Galette, spurring rumors that they were looking elsewhere.

The Redskins recently had linebacker Pernell McPhee in for a visit, and rumors are swirling that the former Bear is close to joining the Burgundy and Gold.

Nothing has been confirmed, but if McPhee does come to Washington, it would be in the hopes that he can provide a boost to the team's pass rush. The linebacker has proven himself capable of getting to the quarterback in his seven seasons in the NFL, recording 31.0 sacks in his career, with 21.5 of those coming in the last four years. He's also forced at least one fumble in each of the past five seasons.

Playing in the DMV again would mark a homecoming of sorts for McPhee, who played in Baltimore for 4 seasons after being drafted by the Ravens in the 5th round of the 2011 draft before signing in Chicago as a free agent.

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—D-line scoop, Alex Smith's big deal

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—D-line scoop, Alex Smith's big deal

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 24, 33 days before the NFL draft.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington.

Free agency update: What's next for the Redskins on the D-line? The Redskins have been casting out lines for defensive linemen since before free agency officially started but they haven’t been able to reel one in. Part of the issue might be that they know that Vita Vea and Da’Ron Payne are likely to be available in the draft. They have to balance spending big on a lineman vs. being able to get one pretty cheap for the next five years.

Redskins make a D-line contract change, gain roster flexibility—Speaking of the D-line, the team negotiated the removal of a salary guarantee for one player to give themselves more flexibility when it comes time to cut the roster down to 53 in September. See the post for details.

Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract—In the words of Joe Biden, this is a big f-----g deal. It showed that the Redskins aren’t afraid to pay a quarterback big money if they think it’s the right guy. It should be noted that whether or not they chose the right guy is something that remains to be seen. Although the post shows that it’s plausible for the Redskins to terminate the deal after three years, I anticipate Smith playing out at least four if not all five years of the contract.

Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign Scandrick—Orlando Scandrick has struggled with injuries the past few years and Redskins fans did not greet the news of his signing with great enthusiasm, to say the least. To point out the bright side, his contract is not pricey by NFL terms ($2.6 million cap hit this year, no guaranteed money beyond a $1 million signing bonus) and from what I have been able to gather it’s possible that change of scenery might give him a boost for a year or two.

Tweet of the week

Well before free agency started, I wrote that the Redskins’ top priorities in free agency should be to get extensions done for Smith, Brandon Scherff, and Jamison Crowder. They should have about $15 million to work with after a few more free agent signings and that would be plenty to get all of those extensions done. And if they do score a big free agent signing, it would be worth it to restructure the contract of someone like Ryan Kerrigan to get them done.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.


Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 23
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 124
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 169

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