Before you get overly concerned here, lets make it clear that we are not going to discuss every power ranking that comes out and how fair and reasonable (or unfair and unreasonable) the ranking might be. We could hire someone to do that fulltime from now through the end of the season and even then it would be hard to keep up.But we are going to talk about Pro Football Talk ranking the Redskins 24th in their power poll in part because they are our corporate cousins but also because their reasoning is pretty, well, reasonable.They talk about the strength at linebacker and at tight end and their challenges with the offensive line and at safety. I have to question the designation of the defensive line as an area of weakness, although they do note that Jarvis Jenkins could help considerably and that Barry Cofield might improve after learning nose tackle on the fly in 2011.On the bottom line, they say this:Defining success for the Redskins this season isnt easy. They could be better across the board this season and still wind up with a similar record than they had last year because they play in a deep NFC East.Ive been thinking that 8-8 will be a good record for them and PFT agrees. Obviously that would put them closer to the middle of the pack than to 24th but its hard to argue that the team that owned a 5-11 mark last year and has a rookie quarterback and some other question marks should be ranked much higher at the start of the season.What are your thoughts? Based on what we know right now, should the Redskins be ranked higher? Lower? About right?
Josh Norman caused quite a stir with his comments Sunday about the atmosphere at FedEx Field, and the Redskins cornerback made it clear he plans to do his part in making sure the stadium is packed for Sunday's game against the Texans.
Norman told reporters Thursday he's going to be giving away "40 or 50" free tickets for the Houston game, online and perhaps even in person.
"Yes, I will be giving out free tickets," he said. "I'll be doing it on my socials as well, I think I'll probably post tonight or something about it."
"Who knows, you may see me coming out and being an early Santa somewhere in the mall or something, just handing out tickets."
And if you are one of the lucky fans who gets a ticket from "Santa Norman," he has specific instructions on how you should behave at Sunday's game:
"Whoever get(s) them, we want them loud and just obnoxious. Just really obnoxious."
Norman joins several Redskins players who have promised to give away tickets to the Texans game.
If y’all really need tickets.....I bet me and the homies could get somethin goin...Tap In— Mason_Foster (@Mason_Foster) November 13, 2018
4 more tickets left to the Texans game. Who want them ???— Shaun Dion Hamilton (@iam_sdh20) November 14, 2018
2 tickets for this home game #giveaway— Zach Brown (@ZachBrown_55) November 13, 2018
Next 100 Responders purchase a ticket it’s covered. Thank you for putting ya life on the line and serving the community under His eyes. ❤️ https://t.co/dpe5RIYDAz— Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (@haha_cd6) November 16, 2018
It may be November, but the Christmas spirit is alive and well at Redskins Park.
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Even on a field filled with NFL players, experienced coaches and a few celebrities, Clint Oldenburg stood out.
It wasn’t because of his stature or that he used to play pro football, either.
It was due to his jacket.
A jacket, which led to a photo, which led to a tweet, which led to unexpected Internet fame, all thanks to the four words written on Oldenburg’s back: “Madden Ratings Performance Adjustor.”
What a country pic.twitter.com/Nm31BxVbm5— Peter Hailey (@PeterHaileyNBCS) November 4, 2018
Oldenburg was spending Week 9 at FedEx Field, sent by EA Sports to get more information on Adrian Peterson at that afternoon’s Redskins-Falcons game. The future Hall of Famer is in the middle of a comeback season, so Oldenburg was charged with checking in on him.
4.5 million Twitter impressions later, Oldenburg now knows that countless people are supremely jealous of his weekend vocation.
I need this job— Joshua Cordova (@jcordova12) November 4, 2018
Typing up a resume now— Storm Steinkopf (@steinkopf_storm) November 5, 2018
How come my guidance counselor didn’t tell em this was a option— fredo boomin (@fredoblikewhoa) November 5, 2018
"I wasn’t really engaging on my cell phone during the game, and then when I was catching my cab to the airport after the game I looked at it and said, ‘Holy crap,’” he said in a recent phone interview.
"I was in shock as to what was happening.”
A fifth-round pick of the Patriots in 2007, Oldenburg also had brief stints with the Jets and a few others, including the Redskins. These days, he spends Monday-Friday working to make Madden’s gameplay better.
But he’s also a part of the Ratings Adjustor team, a small group of evaluators who travel to stadiums, observe players and submit their notes to a fellow employee. That primary analyst takes their notes into account and then has the final say on every player’s precious overall rating, which can fluctuate with each Madden update.
Now, you may find the idea of sending someone to the site of a matchup to do this gig a bit preposterous. But according to Oldenburg, being there in-person does make a major difference.
"The benefits of the sideline really are for pregame,” he explained. “Just seeing how guys are working in pregame, getting a close-up view of their actual athletic skills, their footwork.”
Oldenburg also likes the “better perspective” he gets once the action kicks off. For example, while focusing on Peterson during the Burgundy and Gold’s loss to Atlanta, he felt like No. 26 missed some cutback lanes, something Oldenburg always finds himself paying attention to thanks to his days battling along the line.
Much like the thousands of social media users who shared various reactions about his job, players take an interest in him as well.
While in Landover, kicker Dustin Hopkins found Oldenburg on the sideline and passed along a request: That day, the team was planning on kicking off short as opposed to through the end zone, so Hopkins wanted to make sure his kick power wouldn't be decreased.
"They wanna come talk about what we’re doing,” Oldenburg said about the athletes he’s tasked with grading. "Information like that is always valuable."
After his playing career wrapped up, Oldenburg jumped into an internship working on the video game that he loved growing up. “Everything took off” after that 10-week program, and he’s been enjoying it ever since.
"I always had to scratch and claw for everything I got,” he said near the end of the call. "I wanted to find a career that I knew I’d be happy doing.”
In the end, he landed in a career that makes him happy. And as one viral tweet showed, plenty of others would be happy in his role too.
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