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Gibbs, The Hogs and a snorting Casserly: A classic Super Bowl story

Gibbs, The Hogs and a snorting Casserly: A classic Super Bowl story

Any story dealing with one of the Redskins' three Super Bowl victories is a good story, but Charley Casserly told one to CSN on Thursday that qualifies as an exceptional one. 

While speaking to J.P. Finlay on the 25th anniversary of Washington's 37-24 win over the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVI, Casserly recalled Joe G.O.A.T.'s — sorry, Joe Gibbs' — speech to the team that was delivered Saturday evening. After hearing the tale, it's easy to see why the Redskins handled the Bills throughout all four quarters.

"The night before the game, Joe Gibbs is going to give his talk to the team, and he starts off the talk — it’s kind of interesting, now — he says, ‘You know, I wish I could be in your position. I wish I could go play in the game.’" Casserly said. "And I’m sitting there thinking, ‘You’ve got two Super Bowl rings. Some of these guys don’t have any.’ But what he’s trying to get, the point he’s trying to make is this is a special moment. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and you better cherish what’s happening here. And that was the message he was giving the players."

Good stuff there, sure, but up to this point, fairly standard coachspeak. Fortunately, after that introduction, Gibbs turned the motivation meter up to 11.


"But then he says, ‘I want to show you a video tape.’ And [what was] in that videotape is this: The Buffalo defensive line coach had done an interview, and he kind of mocked The Hogs...‘You know what hogs are? Hogs are smelly, they’re dirty, they’re ugly and then he starts snorting.'"

(An aside: Casserly does a snort of his own right here, and the snort makes watching the video in the player above worth your while all by itself.)

"Well this is the videotape that Joe Gibbs shows the players the night before the game," the former general manager said. "And he shuts it off, doesn’t say a word, [then tells the team], ‘Go to your meetings.’ Now, you look around the room, the eyes were this big, the jaw was set. You gotta remember, these guys had won a couple of Super Bowls, and The Hogs were a legitimate, terrific offensive line."

Disrepecting the Hogs? Well, according to Casserly, the outcome had already been decided.

"That game was over right there," he said. "That was the pregame speech. ‘I wish I could be you,’ turn the video on, and walked away. It's a magical moment, it was a magical team." 

Joe Gibbs is a hero, and we are not worthy.


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The Redskins' free agency strategy nets more 2019 compensatory picks than expected


The Redskins' free agency strategy nets more 2019 compensatory picks than expected

It's a very small consolation, but on Friday, the Redskins finally picked up their compensatory third-round pick for losing Kirk Cousins in free agency last year.

That's not the only new selection they now have in their arsenal for the 2019 NFL Draft, though.

In addition to that third-rounder, Washington also netted a fifth-rounder, a sixth-rounder and a seventh-rounder, too. The four picks is a bit of a surprise, as most expected the Burgundy and Gold would be awarded with only three.

Bruce Allen has explained in the past how the 'Skins value compensatory picks, which teams receive based on the contracts their own free agents sign with new franchises. Last offseason, the Redskins saw Cousins, Ryan Grant, Spencer Long and Trent Murphy all cash in on the open market.

In total, Washington now has nine picks in the upcoming draft, with two each in the third, fifth and seventh rounds. They traded away their fourth-round spot for Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

Losing homegrown players like Cousins and Co. is certainly not ideal, but by letting those types of guys depart, the Redskins do set themselves up for more swings in April. 

That part of the strategy has paid off. The next step? Making those picks count. 


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Intense doesn't even begin to describe this video of Derrius Guice on the treadmill


Intense doesn't even begin to describe this video of Derrius Guice on the treadmill

For most humans, a workout on the treadmill consists of the following steps:

1) Get on with plans of running at a high speed for a long time. 

2) Realize three minutes in that you have no interest in running either at a high speed or for a long time because running on a treadmill is really one of the more awful things you can subject yourself to on this planet.

3) Get off.

On Friday, though, Derrius Guice shared something on Twitter that shows his attitude toward the treadmill is very different from most humans.


Judging by the speed and tilt of the machine, the Redskins' second-year RB turned every setting on that thing to its maximum number. Even the obnoxious overachievers at your gym don't have the courage to go above level 8.

Honestly, he's going so hard that you almost feel bad for the treadmill. Someone get that treadmill into an ice bath ASAP. 

Earlier this week, Guice provided an update on his comeback from a torn ACL, saying he's still "strong as an ox" and "getting it back." If this is what it looks like when he's "getting it back," what's it going to be like when he's fully gotten it back?