Quick Links

Santana Moss is back in school, along with 39 other NFL players


Santana Moss is back in school, along with 39 other NFL players


After a standout 14 year NFL career that included a decade of tremendous production in the Burgundy and Gold, Santana Moss is going back to school.

Moss said he still thinks he can play in the league back in May, but as of now, he remains a free agent. So instead of spending June and July studying playbooks like he has every summer since he was drafted out of the University of Miami in 2001, the 36-year-old is back at his alma mater studying business.

Moss is not the only Sunday star taking part in Miami's new specialized business program for athletes and artists, however; according to an article about the class, 40 of the 43 people participating in it are current or former NFL players -- almost enough to fill out an entire roster.

Former Raven and new 49er Torrey Smith and longtime linebacker Takeo Spikes are also in the school's new program, which "teaches accomplished individuals with strong personal brands how to leverage their current career achievements into business success," its website says. 

The third leading pass catcher in Redskins history is using the class to build on his understanding of the business world, which will help him better run his security system, called Do Not Enter. 

“If you’re not business-savvy, you can find yourself in a lot of ditches, not knowing what you’re doing," he said to It appears that he's already picked up some valuable information, too, judging by this photo from his Instagram, which Moss said was the closing of a major contract with security company ADT:

Wanna thank Eric and Greg for welcoming #DoNotEnterSercurity into there #ADT offices in West Palm ... Preciate the love and the business as always...!!!

A photo posted by Santana Moss (@eighttodanine) on Apr 8, 2015 at 4:28pm PDT

It's probably difficult for a guy who has played in 197 NFL games to all of the sudden be told his services are no longer needed, but it's a part of every player's career, and Moss is no exception. The troubles of post-NFL life are well documented, and he gets that preparing for the rest of his future is crucial.

“Right now I am a free agent; I want to get one more year in. If not, I’ll move on, but one day there is going to be a time when you are done with the NFL, and it’s like, 'What else?'” he said.

In taking the class, Moss is already showing he's dedicated to being successful down the road. And if he can produce at the same rate he did while with the Redskins, he'll be in good shape.

For the companies that interact with #89 in the future, though, we have one warning: If a great deal gets closed, watch out for chest pounds, finger points, and ball spins; that's how Moss celebrated on the gridiron, and it'll probably take a while for him to get used to more conventional workplace celebrations like handshakes and thank you's.

Feature photo courtesy of Chip Litherland/Bloomberg Business

MORE REDSKINS: A Redskins safety played softball with Kevin Durant

Quick Links

Redskins' schedule "rest disparity" is very fair in 2018

Redskins' schedule "rest disparity" is very fair in 2018

The NFL started taking into account a new factor when putting together its schedule this year. The concept is called rest disparity. It stems from a complaint made by the Giants last year. And, of course, when the Giants have a cold, the NFL sneezes and immediately does whatever it takes to cure the cold. 

Here is how Peter King laid it out this morning on the MMQB:

Last year, I heard the Giants were not pleased with their schedule because they felt they were too often playing teams more rested than they were. In consecutive October weeks, they played teams coming off byes, for instance. The NFL calculated a figure for every team based on the number of combined days of rest for their foes or for the team, calculating, for instance, in those two weeks, the Giants were a minus-14 (minus-seven for each of the foes, Seattle and Denver, coming off byes). In all, by my math, the Giants were a league-worst minus-22 in “rest disparity.”

So the schedule makers worked to minimize the rest disparity this year. According to King, the worst rest disparity in the league this year is minus-11. The Giants are minus-eight. 

The question that Redskins fans will have immediately here is if the Giants’ rest disparity was reduced at the expense of the team in burgundy and gold. The answer that will surprise many is no. 

The Redskins rest disparity in 2018 will be either minus-one or zero. The variance is due to the possibility that their Week 16 game in Tennessee will be flexed to a Saturday game (see details here). If the game stays on Sunday, they will be at minus-one in rest disparity. If it gets moved, they will have had exactly as much rest over the course of the season as did their opponents, in aggregate. 

If you're interested in the nitty-gritty, here is how it breaks down. In eight or nine of their games, they will have had the same amount of rest as their opponents. They play one game coming off of their bye, a Monday night game in New Orleans. The Saints play the previous Sunday, giving Washington a plus-seven in days of rest. That is canceled out when they play the Falcons in Week 9 after Atlanta’s bye. 

Due to their Thanksgiving game, they get three extra days off going into their Week 13 Monday night game in Philadelphia. Two weeks later the Jaguars will have those three extra days of rest when they host the Redskins, having played on Thursday in Week 14.

They lose a day relative to their opponents coming off of those Monday night games against the Saints and Eagles. The Redskins get an extra day prior to visiting the Giants in Week 8 as New York has a Monday night game in Week 7. 

So far, that comes to minus-one in rest disparity. That will remain in place if they play the Titans on Sunday, December 23. If the game is flexed to Saturday, they will gain a day of rest on the Eagles in Week 17, zeroing out the rest disparity for the season. 

More Redskins

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.

Quick Links

Clarifying the confusion about the Redskins' Week 16 game at the Titans

Clarifying the confusion about the Redskins' Week 16 game at the Titans

There was some confusion about the Redskins’ Week 16 game in Tennessee when the NFL schedule dropped. The schedule pushed out by the Redskins said that the game date and time are to be determined. Other versions that went out, including the one on, says the game will be on Sunday, December 23 at 1 p.m.

So what’s the story? Well, if you’re thinking of making reservations to go to Nashville to watch the game you just might want to hold off for a while. Like, until early November. 

In an under the radar move, the NFL has established flex scheduling for its late-season Saturday games. Here are the details from the schedule press release from Redskins PR:

“Flexibility for Saturday games in Weeks 15 and 16 is also part of the 2018 schedule. In Week 15, there will be two games played on Saturday on NFL Network, with the game times of 4:30 p.m. and 8:20 p.m. to be determined. In Week 16, two of four possible matchups will be scheduled for Saturday. Start times and Saturday games for Week 15 and 16 will be announced no later than following Week 8, with the non-Saturday games to be played on Sunday.”

The way it sets up, if the Redskins and Titans are playing well in midseason there is a good chance the game will be played on Saturday, December 22 at either 4:30 or 8:20. If one or both teams are struggling, the league and networks could choose to flex two of the other four matchups to Saturday. 

This is taking flex scheduling to a different level. It’s one thing shifting a Sunday kickoff seven and a half hours from 1 p.m. to 8:30. It’s another to shift a whole day. The visiting teams can’t make travel arrangements, not knowing if they need to come into town on Friday for a Saturday game or on Saturday for Sunday. Fans who want to travel to the game are in the same boat. 

Of course, if you can afford it, you can just add a day to your Nashville excursion. There are worse things in the world than spending an extra day or two in Music City. 

If you have to wait to make your plans, as the Redskins do, you will find out no later than October 29, which is when Week 8 ends. 

Do you believe in trends? Then you should hope that the game does get flexed to Saturday. The Redskins have won three straight Saturday games, beating the Eagles in both 2014 and 2015 (the latter game clinching the division title for Washington) and the Bears in 2016. 

More Redskins

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