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The Redskins Chronicle

The Redskins Chronicle

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Did you know that George Preston Marshall once challenged President Kennedy to a debate? Or that the Redskins nearly traded Darrell Green to the Broncos in 1989? Or that George Allen was such a wheeler-dealer that he once was fined for trading away the same draft pick multiple times?

Rich Tandler wanted to come up with the best way to tell stories like these and other interesting events that happened along the way in the history of the Washington Redskins. After a dozen years of work, he has done it.

The result of Tandler's efforts was The Redskins Chronicle, A Journey Through the History of the Washington Redskins 1937-2008. The book has an original account of every game during that time period (a total of 1,040 games). But, as they say in the infomercials, wait, there's more.

Woven among the game accounts is the story of what went on between the games. The hirings and firings, the fruitful drafts and the blockbuster trades, the big events and the shakeups at the top of the organization all are written about in the pages of the book. Those elements are important in relating rich history of the franchise but the little things that happened along the way also help to paint the picture.

"In The Redskins Chronicle I included a lot of anecdotes, things that happened that give us insights into personalities and about the organization," said Tandler. "For example, there's a story in there about Joe Gibbs during his first stint with the team fretting about a building that's about to be constructed next to Redskins Park. He worries that the opposition would have a spying perch thanks to the new neighbor. Then he admits that he can't tell how many stories the building will be from the blueprints. It's vintage Joe Gibbs."

Ray Flaherty is another Hall of Fame Redskins coach and you can see why if you read The Redskins Chronicle. As recounted in the book, he liked to put his players through tough Monday practices--the day after a win!

Tandler's first book, The Redskins From A to Z, was published in 2002 and it was composed of original accounts of every game the team played from when it came to Washington in 1937 through the 2001 season.

That book, the first of its kind, was wildly popular among hard-core Redskins fans and members of the media found it to be a valuable resource. But Tandler took a good look at it and, while justifiably proud of having crafted a collection of over 900 game accounts, he knew it needed more.

"It was like I'd built a great, big house but it wasn't furnished. There was nothing on the walls, no carpets," Tandler said. "A to Z was a good book, it was functional, but it wasn't a finished product."

The Redskins Chronicle is that finished product.

The book's mix of game accounts and anecdotes is difficult to envision. That's why there is a good selection of excerpts available at the book's website,

"This is a unique book and I know that fans will want to try before they buy," said Tandler. "I have several seasons worth of excerpts posted on the site so that folks can see what the book is all about."

The Redskins Chronicle is published by Tandler's company, Game by Game Sports Media. Fans who want to be among the very first to get their hands on The Redskins Chronicle and take advantage of these pre-publication specials can go to

Tandler has been an avid follower of the Redskins since 1966. The Redskins Chronicle is his fourth book following The Redskins from A to Z, Gut Check: The Complete History of Coach Joe Gibbs' Washington Redskins, and Hokie Games: Virginia Tech Football Game by Game 1945-2006. He is available for interviews, Q&A's, and online chats about the book and about any and all topics concerning the Washington Redskins, past and present. You can contact him at or at 804-647-6527.

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Late push for McGlinchey, Landry and Davenport would help Redskins at 13

Late push for McGlinchey, Landry and Davenport would help Redskins at 13

For months, draft conversation suggested that there wasn't an offensive tackle to pick in the Top 10. And after Bradley Chubb, there wasn't an edge defender worth a Top 10 pick either. 

All of a sudden, that conversation is changing. 

Late charges from Notre Dame tackle Mike McGlinchey, Boston College defensive end Harold Landry and University of Texas San Antonio pass rusher Marcus Davenport are starting to influence mock drafts.

On Wednesday, NFL Network's Peter Schrager predicted the 49ers to take McGlinchey with the ninth overall pick. Charley Casserly, in a mock draft with NBC Sports Washington on Monday, predicted the Chicago Bears take Davenport with the eighth overall pick. Reports on Landry are all over the place, but some guess he could break the Top 10 as well.

The thing to remember about the NFL: It's a passing league. Positions tied to the quarterback are the most important, and that means protecting the QB and getting after the QB is in high demand. No position will ever get over-drafted like quarterback, but it's not a surprise that teams might reach for players at tackle or edge rusher.

What does this mean for the Redskins holding the No. 13 pick?

It means great news. 

Washington will already benefit from four QBs going in the Top 10. That will likely push down an elite talent to their draft spot.

If McGlinchey, Davenport or Landry also crack the Top 10? Even better.

The Redskins need help at just about every position group on the defensive side of the ball. It's well documented how the team struggled against the run in 2017, but the defense also lost Bashaud Breeland and Kendall Fuller this offseason. 

There will be a number of weapons available for Washington at 13, and that could include players like Minkah Fitzpatrick or Derwin James in addition to Vita Vea or Da'Ron Payne. It might mean Tremaine Edmunds or Roquan Smith lasts to 13 too. 

For the Redskins, Fitzpatrick or James at 13 seems like a steal. Both players present elite potential at the evolving position of nickel cornerback. They can play some corner, some safety, and James might even be able to play some linebacker. 

Regardless of the eventual destination for James or Fitzpatrick, if more surprise players sneak into the Top 10 on Thursday night, the better Washington's options become. And that includes the possibility of trading down, Vea or Payne, Smith or Edmunds.

More elite options at 13 only helps the Redskins. 

Redskins fans should be rooting for Mike McGlinchey, Harold Landry or Marcus Davenport early Thursday night. The folks in Ashburn will be. 

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Once undrafted, how Trey Edmunds found his way as a rookie in a crowded backfield

Once undrafted, how Trey Edmunds found his way as a rookie in a crowded backfield

NBC Sports Washington’s four-part digital series ‘E-Boyz’ -- chronicling the illustrious past, decorated present and bright future of the Edmunds family -- is NOW LIVE. Check out a new episode daily, leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft. Watch the third episode above and more here.

A position change. A school change. A season-ending injury. 

Those are the kinds of things that prevent an NFL career from ever starting. But none of those things stopped Trey Edmunds from reaching the league and contributing for the Saints as a rookie in 2017.

Trey, the oldest brother in a family that features 2018 prospects Tremaine and Terrell, came out of high school as a linebacker, but became a running back after enrolling at Virginia Tech. After three productive seasons with the Hokies, he transferred to finish up his career with Maryland, yet his senior season was cut short after fracturing his foot five games in to the schedule.

That injury was a big reason why the 2017 NFL Draft came and went without a phone call for Edmunds, so he signed with the Saints as an undrafted free agent in May. There, he played spot duty on special teams for much of his rookie campaign before his breakout moment in November:

Now, heading into his second pro year, Edmunds will reportedly have to fight for a roster spot in New Orleans again. But hey, adversity is something the 23-year-old is very familiar with, so don't bet against him.