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Zac Boyer

Zac Boyer

Zac Boyer is a sports writer at The Washington Times. Before joining in October 2013, he covered the Washington Redskins for The Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va. for parts of three seasons and spent the previous five years at the Hartford Courant. A University of Connecticut graduate, he can be reached at zboyer@washingtontimes.com.

 

Articles by Zac Boyer

Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan, left, talks with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan during the teams NFL football training camp practice on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 in Ashburn, Va.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Kyle Shanahan, other Redskins assistants know uncertainty comes with the job

Between the team's dismal performance this season and a series of reports by national media outlets pointing to irreparable rifts throughout the front office, it's likely Mike Shanahan will not return as the Redskins' coach next season. That means Kyle Shanahan, the team's offensive coordinator, as well as defensive coordinator Jim Haslett and the Redskins' 14 other assistant coaches, also face uncertainty once the season ends. Published December 26, 2013

Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall (23) is congratulated by inside linebacker London Fletcher (59) after scoring a touchdown on his first quarter interception as the Washington Redskins play the Detroit Lions at FedExField, Landover, Md., September 22, 2013. (Preston Keres/Special for The Washington Times)

Redskins prepare for mass exodus from roster

Twenty-two players will be free agents following the season, including seven starters on defense. The Redskins should have approximately $25 million available under the salary cap when the new league year begins in March, and that amount should be enough to address many of their concerns. Published December 25, 2013

Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is stopped short of a first down during the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to the Cowboys. Washington has suffered one-point losses in each of Cousins' two starts. (andrew harnik/the washington times)

Redskins left star-struck again as Cowboys rally

Washington has found innovative and entertaining ways to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory all season, yet it may have outdone itself on Sunday. The loss to the Cowboys marked the fifth time this season the Redskins have squandered a lead of at least a touchdown in the second half. Published December 22, 2013

Washington Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo (98) returns an interception for a touchdown as the Washington Redskins play the Chicago Bears at FedExField, Landover, Md., October 20, 2013. (Dan DeCook/Special to The Washington Times)

Strong finish should help Brian Orakpo in contract talks

Orakpo signed a five-year, $15.4 million contract just before training camp opened in 2009, after he was the No. 13 pick in that year's draft. He has routinely maintained that he would like to stay in Washington, but with the season not yet over, he has downplayed all talk of what will happen when free agency opens in March. Published December 19, 2013

Washington Redskins inside linebacker London Fletcher (59) leads the defense in a pre game talk in the tunnel before the Washington Redskins play the Chicago Bears at FedExField, Landover, Md., Sunday, October 20, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

After 16 NFL seasons, London Fletcher's work is done

Undrafted out of John Carroll, a Division III college in suburban Cleveland, the 38-year-old will presumably end his career having played in 256 consecutive games — a streak that is already the longest all-time among defensive players. Published December 18, 2013

Washington Redskins inside linebacker London Fletcher (59) leads the defense in a pre game talk in the tunnel before the Washington Redskins play the Chicago Bears at FedExField, Landover, Md., Sunday, October 20, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

London Fletcher 'more than likely' retiring after season

Fletcher, 38, is in his seventh season with the Redskins and has led the team in tackles each year since his arrival in 2007. He has been selected to the Pro Bowl after each of the last four seasons, was named an All-Pro in 2011 and 2012 and led the NFL with 166 tackles in 2011. Published December 18, 2013

Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant (21) comes up with an interception as Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon (88) defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Turnover turnaround a prime reason for Redskins' fall

After turning the ball over seven times on Sunday in a 27-26 road loss to the Atlanta Falcons, they are the owners of a woeful minus-8 turnover margin, the sixth-worst mark in the league. Bad teams play sloppy football. But what makes the Redskins' deficiencies even more eye-opening is that they ranked No. 3 in the NFL last season in that very same category. Published December 16, 2013

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (12) sits with Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, right, during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Kirk Cousins, Redskins end up defeated as two-point gamble fails

What would have been a dramatic recovery under a backup quarterback instead became the latest in a long string of defeats for the Redskins on Sunday, with Kirk Cousins' conversion pass broken up and Washington falling to Atlanta, 27-26, for its sixth consecutive loss. Published December 15, 2013

Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles leaves Washington Redskins strong safety Reed Doughty (37) and inside linebacker Perry Riley on the ground as he carries the ball for long yardage during the second half of an NFL football game in Landover, Md., Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Redskins eager to turn focus back to field after week of controversy

Occasionally, Perry Riley will head home after a day at Redskins Park and turn on his television, looking to have something sports-related on in the background. Not Wednesday. "History Channel, Discovery Channel," Riley said. "I tried to stay away from SportsCenter or NFL Network. It's not looking too good for us on those channels." Published December 12, 2013

Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan pauses while speaking during a media availability at their NFL football training facility, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, in Ashburn, Va. Kirk Cousins will start for the Washington Redskins on Sunday, and Robert Griffin III will be the No. 3 quarterback behind Rex Grossman. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Mike Shanahan takes center stage as controversy swirls

For 28 minutes Wednesday, Shanahan stood behind a podium and in front of a dozen cameras at Redskins Park, passionately working through the circumstances that led to the decision to bench franchise quarterback Robert Griffin III in favor of Kirk Cousins. Published December 11, 2013

Injured Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, right, hugs Kirk Cousins (12) after a 38-21 win over the Cleveland Browns in an NFL football game in Cleveland, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. Cousins passed for 329 yards and two touchdowns filling in for Griffin. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

Mike Shanahan weighs whether to sit RG3 for rest of season

Griffin, who has completed 60.1 percent of his passes for 3,203 yards, 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions this season, said after Sunday's loss that he thought starting Sunday against the Falcons is "not an issue." Kirk Cousins, meanwhile, said he would prepare as though if it were an option, though he did not plan to dwell on it. Published December 9, 2013

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (12) passes in the fourth quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Kansas City Chiefs at FedExField, Landover, Md., Sunday, December 8, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Redskins notes: Kirk Cousins replaces RG3

Cousins completed 7 of 16 passes for 59 yards, with his longest pass a 15-yard completion to wide receiver Joshua Morgan on his second attempt. He fumbled two plays later when he was sacked by Chiefs outside linebacker Frank Zombo, losing 15 yards as the Redskins recovered. Published December 8, 2013

Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali (91) sacks Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) in the second quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Kansas City Chiefs at FedExField, Landover, Md., Sunday, December 8, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Redskins' season hits bottom with Chiefs blowout

The Chiefs improved to 10-3 by dominating an opponent that offered little resistance. They scored on their first four possessions, sacked Robert Griffin III five times and Kirk Cousins once, and returned a punt and a kickoff for touchdowns. Published December 8, 2013

Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris is stopped by San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks during the second half of an NFL football game in Landover, Md., Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)

Alfred Morris sees production decline as opponents key on Redskins back

Though the Redskins surpassed 100 rushing yards Sunday for the 11th consecutive game, 88 of those yards were gained by quarterback Robert Griffin III. Morris managed only 11 carries for 26 yards, and he gained 15 yards on two carries in the second half. Published December 5, 2013