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Winning has a way of proliferating good vibes. The Redskins finally are realizing that. This is what owner Daniel Snyder had in mind when he hired general manager Bruce Allen and coach Mike Shanahan little more than three years ago.
The Redskins' guiding philosophy during this salary cap crisis is clear little more than a month after free agency began. They believe continuity and familiarity can help offset whatever gains in talent the club could not achieve because it lacked necessary cap space.
Kyle joined Kubiak's staff in Houston as a wide receivers coach in 2006 and rose to offensive coordinator before leaving to join the Redskins in January 2010. Kubiak has enjoyed watching Kyle's evolution from afar the last three seasons.
Continuity and building through the draft continue to be guiding principles. They have shaped their vision from the day Allen took over in Dec. 2009 and coach Mike Shanahan joined him weeks later.
Redskins general manager Bruce Allen last week defiantly called the $36 million penalty a "travesty of fairness." Goodell on Monday said he had no reaction to Allen's characterization of the penalty.
Now that the sanction has handcuffed the Redskins through the first week of free agency this year, there figure to be some cold stares, awkward exchanges and general tension this week at the NFL annual meetings here at the posh Arizona Biltmore resort.
This used to be the time of year when Dan Snyder's Bombardier BD-700 jet with the Redskins helmet on the tail zipped across the country and scooped up big-name free agents. For better, but usually worse, the Redskins owned free agency.
Allen said the team is still hoping to recover some portion of the $18 million docked by the league for the upcoming season. He didn't specify how that might occur but ruled out a lawsuit against the NFL.
General manager Bruce Allen, in his first detailed comments about the penalty, called it a "travesty of fairness." Coach Mike Shanahan, meanwhile, expressed frustration but vowed to make the best of the team's financial limitations.
Washington's aggressive trade last winter to move up in the draft to select Robert Griffin III continues to pay off, and this is the latest reward. With that critical puzzle piece in place, the Redskins can spend this week addressing other needs.
Washington Redskins general manager Bruce Allen said Thursday the team isn't considering a new nickname, adding that it's "ludicrous" to suggest that the franchise is trying to upset Native Americans.
"I'm proud to be the general manager of the Washington Redskins," the general manager said. "We represent an iconic sports franchise that's 81 years old, that involves millions of fans worldwide, that has thousands of alumni. It's ludicrous to think in any way that we're trying to upset anybody."
Since Mike Shanahan rolled into town in his chariot in 2010, he's been trying to turn the Washington Redskins into the best team in the NFC East, if not the best in the whole NFL. But the Redskins reminded us Sunday that they're a lot closer to being No. 32 than they are to being No. 1.
The Washington Redskins plan to meet with Chris Cooley sometime next week about the possibility of him returning to the team.
The best pass-catching tight end in Washington Redskins history shuffled down the steps and out the backdoor of Redskins Park on Tuesday afternoon. Instead of heading to the right and on down to the practice fields, as he did so many times over eight memorable seasons, he made a left.
"It's such a great cause," Allen said, laughing at the thought of what his late father George, the architect of the Redskins-Cowboys rivalry, might say about the event. "The Bowens are special people. Both organizations know it, as well as the rest of the league."