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David Elfin

David Elfin

David Elfin has been following Washington-area sports teams since the late 1960s. David began his journalism career at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., history) and Syracuse University (M.S., telecommunications). He wrote for the Bulletin (Philadelphia), the Post-Standard (Syracuse) and The Washington Post before coming to The Washington Times in 1986. He has covered colleges, the Orioles and the Capitals but has mostly covered the Redskins and the NFL since 1993. David has been recognized for his journalistic excellence by the New York State Press Association, the Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. David completed 12 years on the board of the Pro Football Writers of America with a two-year term as president (2005-07) and currently serves as the Washington representative on the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee. David has two daughters, Julie and Amy.

Articles by David Elfin

Fletcher relies on divine power after father's death

The Monday conversation between London Fletcher and his father, London Baker, started like most of their chats over the phone. They talked about their lives and discussed the Redskins' 29-24 victory over the New Orleans Saints the day before. Published September 22, 2008

Clipping Cardinals' wings a must

With all due respect to Arizona running back Edgerrin James, the Redskins' defense is focused on trying to ground the Cardinals' high-flying passing attack this week. Published September 20, 2008

Redskins' defense gets its second wind

While most of the focus has been on the lows (Week 1) and the highs (Week 2) of Washington's offense this season, the Redskins' defense has been more consistent. Make that consistently better in the second half. Published September 19, 2008

Cooley letting it all hang out on blog

At 6-foot-3 and 249 pounds, Chris Cooley has enough size and speed to work his way free of defenders. But the fifth-year veteran, a free spirit off the field, was more than a little too free on his blog last weekend. Published September 18, 2008

Moss could handle punt return duties

Antwaan Randle El's huge day as a punt returner for Pittsburgh against Washington in November 2004 was a big factor in the Redskins signing him to a six-year, $30 million contract 16 months later. Published September 16, 2008

Redskins Insider: Moss back in stride

The Washington Redskins were mounting a comeback after driving for a touchdown and forcing a three-and-out, But time was getting precious, and they were 67 yards from the end zone. The play was supposed to go to Antwaan Randle El. But when the safety jumped his crossing route, fellow receiver Santana Moss was one-on-one with New Orleans rookie cornerback Tracy Porter, and that meant trouble for the Saints and victory for the Redskins. Published September 15, 2008

Second-half adjustment pays for Portis

Clinton Portis wasn't happy with how he got started Sunday at steamy FedEx Field. The Washington Redskins running back picked up just 5 yards on his four carries on the first series. Published September 15, 2008

Hamstring injury limits Washington

Marcus Washington started his first 48 games after signing with the Washington Redskins in 2004. But there's a decent chance that the strongside linebacker will miss Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints. Published September 13, 2008

For the love of the game

Time seemed to have passed Mark Brunell by last season. Washington's starting quarterback as recently as November 2006, Brunell was demoted to third string by coach Joe Gibbs after that season and never played a down in 2007. He voided his contract with the Redskins in March, not knowing whether his career was over. Published September 13, 2008

Springs will not stop doing it his own way

He ticked off longtime teammate Phillip Daniels by skipping all of the "voluntary" offseason work at Redskin Park. He caused whispers in the locker room when he was scratched from last week's season opener with a strained calf. But none of that negativity affects Shawn Springs nor his status as the Washington Redskins' No. 1 cornerback. Published September 11, 2008

Zorn pleads for patience

Jim Zorn is smart, candid and upbeat, but he wouldn't be the rookie coach of the Washington Redskins if not for his offensive expertise. Published September 6, 2008

Not ready for football

It was a perfect night to kick off the Jim Zorn era: a matchup against an NFC East rival, albeit the defending Super Bowl champion in its own digs. The New York Giants would be so caught up in celebrating their title in front of their fans - fans who didn't get to see any of the road warriors' four playoff victories - that they would forget there was a game to play. Published September 5, 2008

Giants get a little bit of swagger

The New York Giants finally have some confidence. Running through the NFC playoffs as a wild card and stunning the New England Patriots to win Super Bowl XLII will do that. Published September 2, 2008

Hang time lands Brooks job

The punting battle between rookie Durant Brooks and Derrick Frost came down to hang time and consistency. Frost never proved he could deliver either to the satisfaction of the Washington Redskins, and the three-year incumbent lost his job to Brooks as a result. Published September 1, 2008

REDSKINS INSIDER: Ten-man draft class survives final cuts

The Washington Redskins drafted 10 players in April, nearly twice their average of the previous five years, and all survived Saturday's final cut of 22 players in preparation for Thursday's season opener at the Super Bowl defending champion New York Giants. Published August 31, 2008

Jansen, Heyer still competing for job

Jon Jansen has been the Washington Redskins' starting right tackle, when healthy, since the team drafted him in the second round in 1999. But new coach Jim Zorn put that nine-year reign in jeopardy on Friday by declaring Jansen and second-year man Stephon Heyer are battling for the job. Published August 30, 2008