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Redskins Hire Jay Gruden as New Head Coach

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Redskins Hire Jay Gruden as New Head Coach

The Washington Redskins have had their fair share of drama over the past 6 weeks or so. Between problems with RGIII’s performance and head coach Mike Shanahan’s deteriorating relationship with team owner Dan Snyder, as well as with his roster, it’s been an unspoken assumption that the Washington Redskins would make the move to replace Mike Shanahan as head coach, and move in a new direction. That day has finally come. The Redskins have confirmed this morning that they will be replacing Mike Shanahan with none other than Jay Gruden, former head offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals, and younger brother of Super Bowl winning coach John Gruden. Jay Gruden has agreed to a 5-year deal to replace Shanahan as head coach. Gruden, 46, has spent the last three season with the Cincinnati Bengals as their offensive coordinator, and won the AFC North division title this past 2013 season, due in major part to the offensive attack created by Gruden. This season the Bengals went undefeated at home, and finished ranked 10th in yards gained (368.2 per game) and tied for sixth in the league in points scored (26.9 per game) during the regular season. Washington, who ended in last place in the NFC East Division with a record of 3-13, ranked 9th in yards per game (369.7 per game) in 2013, but ranked only 23rd in scoring (20.9 per game). Mike Shanahan was fired on December 30th after his stormiest and most disappointing of his four seasons with the Redskins. Shanahan, who had one year remaining on his 5-year contract when he was terminated, was 24-41 with the team and only reached the playoffs once. Shanahan’s relationship with franchise quarterback RGIII began to incrementally disintegrate following RGIII’s knee injury (torn ACL) which occurred at the end of the 2012 season during the playoffs. The coach later expressed regret for not pulling RGIII prior to their first round playoff matchup against the Seattle Seahawks last January when RGIII had incurred his injury. The duo also publicly disagreed over several issues during the 2013 season, beginning with Griffin’s practice workload and ending with Shanahan’s decision to bench RGIII at the end of the unrecoverable 3-13 season when the team had three remaining games during the regular season. Gruden will be the sixth head coach that Washington has hired by owner Dan Snyder since he acquired the team in 1999. The Redskins have only reached the playoffs 4 times in that span, once under head coach Norv Turner, whom Dan Snyder had inherited in his acquisition of the team, but fired before the end of the 2000 season. The Redskins have endure double-digit losses and last-place finishes in the NFC East four of the past five seasons. The exception was 2012, when they won the division after being sparked by Griffin’s offensive rookie of the year effort. Gruden, who’s spent the past 17 years coaching in the NFL, UFL and Arena league, successfully developed quarterback Andy Dalton, who was drafted by Cincinnati in 2011. Dalton passed for 4,293 yards and 33 TDs in 2013, both Bengals records and numbers the Redskins would surely like to see Griffin reach. With Gruden leaving the Bengals, it is expected that running backs coach Hue Jackson will become the new offensive coordinator. Jackson has been the...

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Kan Jam: Taking Tailgating to the Next Level

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Kan Jam: Taking Tailgating to the Next Level

Like throwing a frisbee around with your pals, mates, friends, or acquaintances?  Sure you do.  Few people will say throwing around a frisbee with friends isn’t fun.  Of course it is.  But one could argue if you turned the act of throwing frisbee into a competitive game it would be even more fun.  No we’re not talking about Ultimate Frisbee here, which is fun in its own right but we are talking about a lawn game that involves a frisbee.  Behold the ultimate tailgating experience: Kan Jam. As previously mentioned Kan Jam does involve a frisbee but equally important to the flying disc are the kans.  We could call them cans but where is the fun in that?  There are two kans of equal size.  Each one is 20 inches tall and has a diameter of 16 inches.  Each kan also has a mailbox size hole directly in the front five inches from the top.  This is called “The Slot” and it measures 12 inches wide and 3 inches tall.  Each can also has a hole in the top. With this in mind let’s explain the rules.  Typically you can place the kans anywhere from 20 to 30 feet apart (or more to make it more challenging).  The game is similar to bags in that it is team vs team.  Each team has two players.  One stands at one kan while the other player stands at the opposite kan.  The object is to throw the frisbee towards your teammates kan and let them do the rest. So how are points scored?  When the frisbee is coming towards your teammate a variety of things can happen. You’ll receive… 1 point- Your teammate deflects the frisbee into the side of the kan 2 points- Your teammate lets the frisbee hit the kan without them deflecting it 3 points- Your teammate hits it into the top of the kan Games are played to 21 and there is a variety of ways to score points as highlighted above. There are multiple variations of the game but it is common that you cannot land on 13 (or you will go down to zero) and you must land on 21 (or you go back down to 13).  Each team gets two throws, one from each player, before handing it over to the other team who does the same.  The process is repeated until there is a winner. Fancy yourself a person who likes shortcuts?  If you are a skilled enough frisbee thrower you can attempt to throw it into the mailbox sized slot.  If you are successful and the frisbee stays in the kan after going through you have accomplished what is called “An Instant Win” and the game is over. Kan Jam is a relatively new game and has become an exciting alternative to similar games like bags, cornhole, and ladder golf. For more information on how to play or to order a Kan Jam set go to kanjam.com or if you wish to create your own here is a helpful website to get you...

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Redskins Pull Plug on RGIII, Start Kirk Cousins Instead

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Redskins Pull Plug on RGIII, Start Kirk Cousins Instead

RGIII, starting quarterback for the Washington Redskins, has been demoted to a backup as of Wednesday afternoon. After a season of underperformance, and the Redskins’ playoff appearance being mathematically impossible at this point, Kirk Cousins, who briefly took the field to replace Griffin in a game after he sustained a season-ending knee injury, will replace Griffin as the starter for this Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons this weekend. Though Griffin has claimed that this shutdown will not “break his spirit”, it’s hard to see Griffin not seeing this as failure on his part. However, it goes the same for his coach, Mike Shanahan, who many believe is at fault for Griffin’s underperformance. It’s not a stretch to say that had Griffin not been overplayed during last season, and not properly rested, that he wouldn’t have sustained his knee injury in his rookie year, a torn ACL that has completely changed his playing style and potential for greatness; many put that call in the hands of Shanahan. The 2012 offensive rookie of the year was demoted from starter to scout team because Shanahan felt it was too risky to continue exposing Griffin to the alarming amount of punishment he’s absorbed. Kirk Cousins becomes Washington’s starter, and veteran Rex Grossman will back him up. Griffin will be inactive for the final three games. Shanahan made the right call in thinking that the importance of RGIII going through the team’s offseason with a clean bill of health for the first time outweighed the risks of exposing him to injury risks when the team has no mathematical chance of making the playoffs this season. Shanahan consulted Redskins owner Daniel Snyder and general manager Bruce Allen before pulling the plug on Griffin and denied using the face of the franchise as a pawn in determining his own future with the club. Shanahan, 24-38 with Washington, has one season remaining on his five-year, $35 million contract, and his status for 2014 and relationship with Snyder have been the source of great speculation in recent days. It doesn’t seem that there’s much argument about RGIII being the franchise quarterback, however, it seems as if people are recognizing that we’re not going to see the same RGIII play again since his injury. He’s shell-shocked from his injury, and doesn’t thrive on being a pocket thrower, which is the way the game is going at this...

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San Francisco 49ers Release WR Kyle Williams

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San Francisco 49ers Release WR Kyle Williams

The San Fancisco 49ers released wide receiver Kyle Williams Tuesday after a 3+ season term with the team, The San Francisco Chronicle reports. Williams’ agent, Wynn Silberman, said he had been told of the move to release his client by the team, though the 49ers had yet to formally announce Williams’ departure. “He has been released,” Silberman said by phone. “We’re looking forward to the opportunity to compete within the league somewhere this year. We’re very appreciative of the San Francisco 49ers organization for the opportunity to contribute.” Williams missed last season’s run to the Super Bowl, and NFC dominance, ending in a 34-31 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, because of a serious knee injury but remained with the team throughout the season, even being honored with the team’s Ed Block Courage Award at the end of the season. San Francisco is looking for more production in the passing game, evidenced by their acquiring former Ravens receiver Anquan Boldin during the offseason. Mario Manningham’s recent return to the field during this weekend’s 10-9 loss to the Carolina Panthers evidenced that there is no room at wide-receiver for the player. In addition, 2012 leading wideout Michael Crabtree resumed practice this week for the first time since undergoing surgery in May to fix a torn Achilles’ tendon. Coach Harbaugh didn’t comment on whether or not Crabtree would be available to play in this weekend’s matchup against the New Orleans Saints. The 25-year-old Williams, a native of nearby San Jose, has 12 catches for 113 yards and no touchdowns this season after beginning the season as the No. 2 receiver opposite Anquan Boldin. On special teams, he had 12 punt returns for 61 yards and seven kickoff returns for 134 yards. A sixth-round pick by the 49ers in the 2010 NFL draft out of Arizona State, Williams returned this season from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee that required surgery and ended his 2012 season in late November. Just when Williams was on a nice roll last year, he got hurt in a Nov. 25 win at New Orleans. He had 13 catches for 212 yards and a touchdown in the first 11 games of...

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Cincinnati Bengals Confirm DT Geno Atkins to Miss Rest of Season

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Cincinnati Bengals Confirm DT Geno Atkins to Miss Rest of Season

This is terrible news for the Bengals. Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis confirmed that Pro Bowl Defensive Tackle Geno Atkins has a torn ACL in his right knee, and will be forced to miss the rest of the season. Atkins was injured in the second quarter of last night’s game in Miami. The game ended up going into overtime, where the Bengals ended up losing on an embarrassing safety, losing them the game. During the play, Atkins appeared to plant his right leg, and was twisted the other way. While on the ground, he quickly removed his helmet and was assisted off the field by teammates Alex Smith and Jermaine Gresham. With Leon Hall lost for the rest of the year with an Achilles injury, and Rey Maualuga for as many as four weeks with an MCL injury, the loss of Atkins is a nightmare come to life for the Bengals. Having originally one of the most stout defensive lines in the NFL, along with an intimidating secondary, it’s hard to see the Bengals defense as formidable as they were at the beginning of the season. They already came into the game light at defensive tackle with Devon Still missing his second straight game due to an elbow injury. Thompson took Atkins’ place the rest of the game and logged a career-high 36 snaps with two tackles. Atkins will become the eighth player that will go on injured reserve since the start of training camp. All of them have been on defense but the past three games have been crushing with Hall’s injury at Detroit, Taylor Mays’ shoulder injury against the Jets and now...

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