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Best of the Best: Rich Tandler, JP Finlay vote Green vs Riggo

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Best of the Best: Rich Tandler, JP Finlay vote Green vs Riggo

For the last month, the battle to be the Redskins Best of the Best has been fought through a fan vote on Twitter. What started with a list of 16 Redskins greats of the Super Bowl era is now down to two: Darrell Green vs John Riggins. With fan votes pouring in, and the voting set to end Tuesday, July 28, Redskins experts Rich Tandler and JP Finlay weigh in with their vote for the champion, the one to be called Best of the Best.

Rich Tandler:

I’m going to vote for John Riggins as the Best of the Best Redskins. I’d love to be able to tell you that it’s not close, that he is the clear choice over Darrell Green. But I can’t. Green’s 20 years of high-level play in Burgundy and Gold, two Super Bowl rings, and numerous unforgettable plays, including his leaping, twisting punt return in Chicago to help send the Redskins to their second Super Bowl title, make him very worthy of the title.

But the way I see it, none of that happens without Riggins. If he doesn’t go to Joe Gibbs at the start of the 1982 season playoffs and say, “Give me the ball” the Redskins probably don’t go on to win Super Bowl XVII. The Hogs aren’t household names over 30 years later. If that playoff run had not set the tone, what followed in the next 10 seasons probably doesn’t happen. That playoff roll, capped by his dramatic Super Bowl TD run, set up the glory days.

And, maybe if they don’t win the Super Bowl and are picking higher than last in the 1983 draft they bypass that small but speedy cornerback out of Texas A&I named Darrell Green and take someone else.

Again, this is not an easy choice by any means. It’s always hard to compare excellent play over a long period of time with historic, transcendent accomplishments over a relatively short period of time. But the choice here is Riggins, who got the whole thing going.

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JP Finlay:

If Riggo is the rock, Darrell Green is the hard place. This decision is very tough, and for many of the reasons Tandler pointed out. It can be argued, though not definitively, that Riggo's ceiling was better than Green's. But to determine the franchise's best player of the Super Bowl era, the whole era must be considered. And in that consideration, nobody did more than Green. 

For two decades Green produced at cornerback, a position not kind to aging veterans. Speed, speed and more speed for Green, and yet, even into his mid-30s that speed didn't wane. While Green was obviously blessed with natural athleticism and, well, speed, a 20-year career also shows commitment to his craft, his teammates and his franchise. Those same things are not the hallmarks of Riggins' career. 

This is also a personal choice. As a kid, Green was my favorite player. In 6th grade, I wrote so many "articles" about Darrell Green that Mrs. Girard demanded I no longer write about sports for our weekly essays (I ignored that advice). I will never forget the fall of 1992, a season where an aging Redskins team was defending their last Super Bowl against an upstart Cowboys squad. Green suffered a broken arm that fall, but played through it. Known for his bluster, Cowboys WR Michael Irvin said he intended to exploit Green and his broken arm in a late December matchup, a key game for the 'Skins to make the playoffs. And yet, in the end, Green did the exploiting, stripping a ball from Irvin and cementing the Washington win. I will never forget that game, and even more so, that play. 

Though their careers overlapped a bit, it seems the Green vs Riggo battle is a bit generational, and as a child of the 90s, I go with Green. 

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2018 Redskins Training Camp Schedule: Dates, times, location, how to attend

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2018 Redskins Training Camp Schedule: Dates, times, location, how to attend

Redskins training camp is almost here, which means preseason football is not far off, with the 2018 NFL regular season coming into view.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Washington Redskins released its 2018 training camp schedule, set to begin July 26. Once again the activities will take place at Bon Secours Training Center in Richmond, Va., the Redskins training camp venue since 2013.

The Redskins' 2018 training camp is sure to be an intriguing one. The Redskins have a new quarterback in Alex Smith, a new running back in Derrius Guice, and a litany of players returning from injury.

Here is everything you need to know about the 2018 Redskins training camp, from location to times, dates, ticket prices and more.

Who: The Washington Redskins

What: Redskins 2018 NFL Training Camp

Where: Bon Secours Training Center in Richmond, Va.

When: July 26 until Aug. 14

When is Redskins training camp?

The Redskins training camp begins on Thursday, July 26, 2018.

What time does Redskins training camp start?

The typical schedule opens with a morning practice from 9:45-11:45 a.m. and an evening walkthrough from 4:40-5:40 p.m. Exceptions are noted below.

Where is the Redskins training camp located?

At the Bon Secours Training Center at 2401 W. Leigh St., Richmond, Va. 23220.

How much does it cost to attend the Redskins training camp?

The Redskins training camp is free and open to the public. For more information on logistics, head to the Redskins’ official training camp page. (https://www.redskins.com/schedule/training-camp/)

Redskins training camp schedule

Date — Camp Opens — Practice — Walkthrough — Camp Closes

Thurs. 7/26 — 8:30 a.m. — 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. — 4:40 to 5:40 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.

Fri. 7/27 — 8:30 a.m. — 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. — 4:40 to 5:40 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.

Sat. 7/28 — 8:30 a.m. — 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. — 4:40 to 5:40 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.

Sun. 7/29 — 8:30 a.m. — 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. — 4:40 to 5:40 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.

Tues. 7/31 — 8:30 a.m. — 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. — 4:40 to 5:40 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.

Wed. 8/1 — 8:30 a.m. — 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. — 4:40 to 5:40 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.

Thurs. 8/2 — 8:30 a.m. — 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. — 4:40 to 5:40 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.

Sat. 8/4 — 11:30 a.m. — 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. — N/A — 3:30 p.m.

Sun. 8/5 — 8:30 a.m. — 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. — 4:40 to 5:40 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.

Mon. 8/6 — 8:30 a.m. — 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. — 4:40 to 5:40 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.

Tues. 8/7 — 12:30 p.m. — 1:35 to 3:35 p.m. — N/A — 3:35 p.m.

Thurs. 8/9 — PRESEASON WEEK 1 AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 7:30 P.M.

Sat. 8/11 — 12:30 p.m. — 1:35 to 3:35 p.m. — N/A — 3:35 p.m.

*Sun. 8/12 — 12:30 p.m. — 1:35 to 3:35 p.m. — N/A — 3:35 p.m.

*Mon. 8/13 — 8:30 a.m. — 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. — 10:35 to 11:35 a.m. — 3:35 p.m.

*Tues. 8/14 —  12:30 p.m. — 1:35 to 3:35 p.m. — N/A — 3:35 p.m.

*The last three training camp dates will be a joint practice with the New York Jets

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With Barry Trotz out, Jay Gruden is now your longest-tenured major head coach in D.C.

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With Barry Trotz out, Jay Gruden is now your longest-tenured major head coach in D.C.

Jay Gruden is many things, including honest, witty, one of the greatest Arena League quarterbacks in the history of the universe and, as of June 18, the longest-tenured head coach of a major D.C. sports team.

With the Capitals and Barry Trotz parting ways, Gruden is now officially the area's most experienced boss (while Gruden was actually hired a few months before Trotz back in 2014, they both have led their teams through four seasons up to this point, which is the number that matters here).

Scott Brooks, meanwhile, has overseen the Wizards for two campaigns, while Nats manager Dave Martinez is in the middle of his first year at the helm.

This designation will pair nicely with the fact that Gruden will also be the first 'Skins headman to hold his job into a fifth season in the Dan Snyder era. You don't need to make plans to visit his statue yet, of course, but this is some uncharted territory the 51-year-old is currently hanging out in.

Now, his overall record of 28-35-1 certainly needs work, or else he'll be in danger of handing the longest-tenured distinction over to Brooks. However, Gruden does deserve credit for bringing an amount of stability to the Burgundy and Gold, a franchise that is usually as stable as Metro's Wi-Fi connection.

So, with all due respect to DC United's Ben Olsen, the Kastles' Murphy Jensen and whatever legend is in charge of your kid's dynastic flag football team, when you think of the man who's been roaming the sidelines longer than anyone else in D.C., be sure to think of this man and only this man:

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