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OPEN THREAD: Rodney Harrison - Redskins hater or Redskins critic?


OPEN THREAD: Rodney Harrison - Redskins hater or Redskins critic?

For the second time this season, former Patriots safety turned NBC NFL analyst Rodney Harrison blasted the Redskins on national TV, seemingly out of nowhere.

Last month, Harrison launched an attack on Robert Griffin III, calling the former star quarterback a "flat-out jerk." These comments came one month into a season where RG3 had been largely invisible, relegated to third-string QB and widely quiet to the media and on social media. To many, the comments seemed a personal attack without much provocation. 

Then on Sunday night, while the NBC Football Night in America program showed highlights of the Redskins loss to the Patriots, the cameras quickly showed Washington players smiling and laughing on the sideline. Harrison jumped in and said, "They're laughing and joking, this is the reason why they're 3-5, right there."

Not finished, Harrison added, "That's embarrassing."


The clip of Redskins players laughing on the sideline came in the waning minutes of a 4th quarter blowout. Should players laugh on the sideline while getting soundly beaten? Probably not. Then again, is that the reason the Redskins are 3-5? Probably not. 

ESPN 980 radio program The Drive played Harrison's comments Monday night, and its hosts discussed the situation at length. (Full audio here) Former Redskins players Clinton Portis and Chris Cooley weighed in on the issue, and both had interesting perspectives.

"What would you prefer to see, a guy sitting on the sideline crying? Showing weakness?" Portis asked. "Would you rather see me in the Greg Hardy position arguing with my teammates?"

Cooley said that he could understand some of Harrison's perspective since the former New England safety played under Bill Belichick. The Patriots, Cooley opined, would never tolerate players laughing on the sideline during a blowout loss. Considering the level of success seen in New England over the last 15 years, perhaps Harrison has a point. But Cooley then added, "the laughing does not have anything to do with" the Redskins 3-5 record.

It's entirely possible that Harrison's two recent Redskins related comments are coincidental. Yet, it's also possible that Harrison has seen the comedy of errors produced by the Redskins since his playing days and beyond, and perhaps enjoys taking the organization to task. 

Whatever the case may be, here's another example of Harrison laying out the Redskins. Not too dissimilar from his playing days.

Disagree? Is Harrison a Redskins hater? Let us know in the comments. 

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Terrelle Pryor reportedly closing in on deal with new team

Terrelle Pryor reportedly closing in on deal with new team

Former Washington Redskin Terrelle Pryor may have found a new home after a tumultuous season in Washington.

The 28-year-old wide receiver appears to be on the way to the New York Jets for the 2018 season according to Ian Rappaport.

Last season, Pryor only played in nine games for Washington and was sent to injured reserve after Week 11. His season ended with ankle surgery and it closed the book on a short stint in the nation’s capital.

In his nine games, he never got on the same page with former Redskins’ quarterback Kirk Cousins. Targeted only 37 times, the six-year veteran only had 20 receptions for 240 yards and a single touchdown.

This is coming after a 1,000-yard season on the dismal Cleveland Browns team that went 1-15 in 2016. As a free-agent, he signed with Washington on a ‘prove-it’ deal for one-year, eight million last off-season. He was expected to a significant amount of touches alongside Josh Doctson.


With so much anticipation it was easy to say that Pryor’s lone season in Washington was a disappointment.

If he does sign with the Jets, Pryor joins a New York franchise that is still continuing to rebuild. They currently own the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and are in search of a quarterback.  A year ago they finished 5-11 under third-year head coach Todd Bowles.

Transitioned to wide receiver in Cleveland, Pryor was drafted into the league as a quarterback.  He spent three seasons in Oakland (2011-13) all as a quarterback making 10 starts. In Cleveland (2015-16) he made the transition to wide receiver before going to Washington in 2017.


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Good news Redskins fans: Jason Pierre-Paul shipped out of NFC East


Good news Redskins fans: Jason Pierre-Paul shipped out of NFC East

The Giants shipped out Jason Pierre-Paul for life as a Buccaneer, and in turn, Tampa will send a third and fourth round draft pick to New York.

Moving Pierre-Paul comes at a curious time for the Giants. The team will eat $15 million of dead money in the move, and New York also sent a fourth-round pick to Tampa as part of the transaction. 

What it definitely signals is that Big Blue looks to be moving from a 4-3 base defense to a 3-4 look. Additionally, with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft in April, maybe the Giants will seriously look at NC State defensive lineman Bradley Chubb. 


For the Redskins, seeing Pierre-Paul leave the NFC East is welcome news. He has 12.5 career sacks against Washington QBs, the same amount he has against the Eagles and Cowboys combined. 

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