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And the winner is -- The most engaging Redskins stories of 2016

And the winner is -- The most engaging Redskins stories of 2016

2016 was a strong year for the Redskins, an NFC East title in January and the team playing for a Wild Card spot in December. What 'Skins stories stood out most? 

Before any readers get mad about the frequency of Robert Griffin III appearances, remember, these are the stories you clicked on, commented on, and shared via social media. Point that finger at yourself, or at least your buddy who always clicks on dumb stuff. 

Lastly, since just presenting a list of old stories is kinda tired, the top posts of 2016 will be presented like an award's show. Drumroll please....

  • Hottest take by former Cowboy about Redskins player Award- "Michael Irvin has harsh words for Dez Bryant, Josh Norman" - What a flaming amount of nothing this story proved to be. Bryant and Norman got into a bit of a brouhaha leaving the field after the Redskins loss to the Cowboys on Thanksgiving, and things escalated from there. Reports initially showed Norman claimed Byrant made a violent comment, but the Redskins star corner later walked that back. Some of these things can be fun or funny upon reflection; this wasn't one of them. 
  • Fans prove they care about the games Award - "Every scenario in which the Redskins can make the playoffs" - Since the Redskins playoff future began to swing up and down the second half of the season, the CSN desk and NFL tiebreaker expert Joe Ferreira started to provide weekly updates based on the ever-evolving playoff scenario. With only the Giants left on the schedule, the 'Skins playoff scenario is almost clear: Win and in (except for a tie in Green Bay/Detroit).
  • 'Oh no, he didn't actually do that' Award - "RG3 fires back at Redskins legend Darrell Green" - Here comes the run on RG3 stories. This one lit up the internet as it showed Griffin throwing verbal jabs at arguably the greatest 'Skins player of all time and fan favorite Green. This episode came after Griffin's divorce, which brings us to...
  • This is just sad Award - "RG3 files for divorce three years after Redskins fans bought him wedding gifts" - Griffin got divorced. This is just sad. 
  • Finally, something very funny Award - "Odell Beckham fights kicking net, loses" - This was hysterical. As the Redskins and Giants battled on the field in Week 3, a game Washington would go on to win and launch a four-game win streak, Beckham battled a kicking net off the field. 
  • The Aaron Rodgers is kinda right, but also kinda mean Award - "Aaron Rodgers unimpressed by Redskins interview room" - This came moments after the Redskins home loss to the Packers in the Wild Card round of the 2016 playoffs, when Rodgers addressed the media gathered in the visiting team media room. For the record, the visiting media room at FedEx Field is not much to look at, a cement block square room with no windows, a short platform and a microphone. Rodgers joked upon entering, "Man, this is classy here." On a funny scale of 1 to Dumb & Dumber, the QB did pretty good, but it wasn't really a needed shot at the facility. 
  • The NFL schedule makers really did the Redskins wrong Award - "Richard Sherman is right and the Redskins are a prime example" - Sherman went on a tirade against Thursday Night Football and the NFL schedule makers, and he was right, but few teams have ever been dealt as tough of a schedule as the 2016 Redskins. Two short weeks in the second half of the schedule came after a trip to London. The Sunday night Packer game into Thanksgiving afternoon game against Dallas will likely never be repeated.
  • Uh-oh this same thing might happen again Award  - "Former agent says issue with Redskins and Kirk Cousins isn't money" - Much of 2016 was spent trying to figure out if the Skins could get a long-term contract worked out with their quarterback. They couldn't. Surprise! The same conversations will be going on this year, and while the issue is always money, with this situation, guaranteed cash and opt-outs will be dominating negotiations.
  • The Brick Tamland Memorial 'Loud Noises' Award - "Redskins players, coaches react to 'disrespectful' Stephen A. Smith" - Smith is paid to yell about petty things, and he sure did his job well when some Redskins players celebrated a Week 6 win over the Eagles. Smith called the 'Skins out as losers, despite a four-game win streak, and generally torched the franchise. Jay Gruden and some players eventually responded to the outlandish comments. The best part of this, Washington is in line for a second-straight winning season, and possibly a second-straight playoff spot, proving Smith's premise quite wrong.
  •  The Brick Tamland Memorial 'Loud Noises' Award Vol. 2 - "Pierre Garçon shuts down Skip Bayless during Packers-Cardinals" - If Stephen A. is paid to yell about petty things, Skip is paid to scream about petty things. Both are good at their job, and both can be quite grating to others. Including Pierre Garçon. While the world watched a riveting Packers-Cardinals playoff game last January, Bayless tweeted out some coaching advice. Garçon disagreed.

There we go - 10 awards for 10 top engaging stories. These are not neccesarily the top grossing traffic stories of the year, but they all ranked very high in the CSN Redskins zeitgeist for 2016. There was no independent accounting service involved, I just picked stuff I found interesting. Hope you enjoyed it. Happy New Year.  

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2019 Redskins Draft Bracket: DK Metcalf and TJ Hockenson would inject the offense with needed talent


2019 Redskins Draft Bracket: DK Metcalf and TJ Hockenson would inject the offense with needed talent

NBC Sports Washington wants Redskins fans to help decide the team's ideal 2019 first-round pick by voting in the Redskins Draft Bracket on Twitter. Before you vote, though, take in this breakdown of the next matchup.

Looking for a stat to describe the rough season the Redskins receivers had in 2018? Well, there's tons to choose from.

The team's wideouts had the second-fewest catches of 20-plus yards in the league. Antonio Brown had more grabs, yards and touchdowns than Washington's top three targets combined. Josh Doctson led the squad in receiving yards — with a measly 532.

You could easily find plenty more, but those three are all you need to realize that DK Metcalf should absolutely be on the franchise's mind when it comes to their first-round pick this April.

While Metcalf's numbers at Ole Miss won't overly impress you, his athleticism and potential explosiveness as a pro absolutely does. That's why it's no surprise the WR met with the Redskins while at the Combine, as Jay Gruden and Co. are well aware that they must become more dangerous on the outside.

As with any prospect, there are questions with Metcalf. He only had 67 catches in 21 games in school, and while he shredded most of the drills in Indianapolis, his short area agility numbers were worse than Tom Brady. That's not great.

Regardless, he'd instantly become the offense's scariest athlete, and you have to like his chances of at least contributing splash plays early while he learns the nuances of the NFL.

The 'Skins don't just need improvement out wide, however. Jordan Reed was largely ineffective despite playing for much of 2018, Vernon Davis is 35 years old and Jeremy Sprinkle isn't much of a threat in the air at tight end.

Perhaps TJ Hockenson could be their answer. says the Iowa product "is an ascending talent with a chance to become one of the best all-around tight ends in the game." 

One problem the Burgundy and Gold have encountered in recent years is Reed and Davis don't help much as blockers, while Sprinkle won't worry a defense with his hands. Taking Hockenson at pick No. 15 would mean Gruden could finally have a guy who excels in both areas.

It remains to be seen whether Metcalf or Hockenson will last until the Redskins' choice, as they could continue to rise up boards as the draft draws closer. If both or either is there, however, they need to be heavily considered. 

While the offense may have to be run-oriented again in 2019, it still needs more weapons for whoever is under center. They won't be able to grind out 13-play scoring drives every time they need a TD, and grabbing Metcalf or Hockenson would go a long way in introducing a new element to the group.

You've heard the case for both players. Now, retweet or like depending on whom you'd prefer to see move on in the bracket.


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Five of the most memorable and wild Redskins upsets from the past 10 years

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Five of the most memorable and wild Redskins upsets from the past 10 years

Upsets get a lot of attention in March, due to the allure of the NCAA Tournament and the non-allure of everyone who loves to talk about how THEY CALLED that upset that YOU DIDN'T.

With that being said, upsets happen every month of the year, and they go down weekly in the NFL. So, how about we look back at some of the Redskins' particularly surprising wins from the past decade?

Here are five of the most memorable. 

5) 2014 - Redskins 27, Eagles 24

The Eagles came into FedEx Field late in 2014 with a 9-5 record needing a win to remain squarely in the playoff hunt. The Redskins, meanwhile, were just 3-11 and had changed quarterbacks a depressing five times.

Yet in this matchup, Robert Griffin III managed the offense well and DeSean Jackson had more than 120 receiving yards against his former team because DeSean Jackson is awesome.

Yes, the 'Skins were outproduced in nearly every major stat category. But Mark Sanchez — sorry, future Redskin great Mark Sanchez — had two costly turnovers and Cody Parkey missed two field goals (Philly fans have probably forgiven him by now), allowing the home team to squeak out a W.

4) 2009 - Redskins 27, Broncos 17

This is one of those random Redskins games you've probably forgotten about because it came in a lost season, but it was still a miraculous victory.

The most iconic play from this one was a Hunter Smith to Mike Sellers TD on a fake field goal — a fake, mind you, that came after a timeout by Jim Zorn because the unit's first fake punt attempt included only 10 players on the field.

Denver was 6-2 but lost Kyle Orton to injury at halftime. Jason Campbell, on the other hand, helped the Burgundy and Gold score more than 17 points for the first time all year.

"We've had a desert experience -- very arid, if you will -- for the last few weeks," Zorn said postgame. "So to be able to come out with a win, you almost don't know how to feel."

The Zorn Era was terrible, but you have to give the dude credit for working "very arid" into an NFL press conference.

3) 2012 - Redskins 40, Saints 32

There was plenty of hype surrounding RG3's debut, but there was no way he was going to lead the Redskins to a win over the Saints... in his debut... in the Superdome... right?

Wrong. Incorrect. Not right.

Griffin found Pierre Garcon early for an 88-yard score and the offense stayed hot all afternoon, outpacing a New Orleans squad that was favored by more than a touchdown. If you want a further reminder of how impressive this effort was, look back at what happened to this franchise in the Superdome this past season. 

2) 2014 - Redskins 20, Cowboys 17

Dallas' six-game winning streak stood no chance against Colt McCoy, as the Texas legend went into the Cowboys' house for a wild Monday Night triumph.

Kai Forbath's field goal sealed it in overtime and Bashaud Breeland dominated Dez Bryant, but McCoy was the star. On the way to his first successful start in close to three seasons, the signal caller went 25 for 30 in the air and found the end zone on the ground, too.

1) 2017 - Redskins 17, Seahawks 14

If someone in your life thinks they can't do something, just pull up the box score or highlights from this contest. They will then realize that nothing is impossible, because the Redskins beating the Seahawks on this Sunday should've been impossible, yet it somehow happened anyway.

Washington went into Seattle's harsh environment down six starters, including three on the O-line, but Kirk Cousins kept things together and found Brian Quick and Josh Doctson for long completions on a harrowing last drive to steal this result. It wasn't quite UMBC over Virginia, but it was absolutely a stunning final nonetheless.