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By Donald Lambro
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Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Chris Wilson
The Washington Redskins' locker room was almost empty by the time Robert Griffin III finally got to his stall Wednesday afternoon. He and the other two quarterbacks stayed after practice to throw to receivers. Then Griffin hosted a 12-minute news conference that ESPN televised.
Big plays, long drives, demoralizing results: The passing yards allowed have added up for the Washington Redskins. Dead last in the league at 314.2 a game, they're on pace to have the worst pass defense in the history of the NFL.
Ben Roethlisberger wouldn't even entertain the possibility of a Washington Redskins defense without London Fletcher, who has played 231 straight games.
Many around the NFL have criticized Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano for breaking commonly accepted football etiquette and having his team crash the opposition's victory formation. That includes several Washington Redskins players, who more than anything else said they don't get why Schiano and the Bucs would endanger opponents in such a way.
Coach Mike Shanahan likes to preach to his players that injuries shouldn't carry with them any drop-off to the next guy in line. As Chris Wilson and Rob Jackson battled this week for Brian Orakpo's starting spot, both assured there would be no noticeable decline.
Lorenzo Alexander has heard fan criticism directed toward special teams coordinator Danny Smith this week after the Washington Redskins had punts blocked in each of their first two games.
Five questions to keep in mind when Washington hosts Cincinnati in the home opener.
It wasn't bad enough that the Washington Redskins gave up 810 yards over their first two games. It wasn't bad enough that they surrendered more than 30 points for the sixth time in their past seven games dating to last season.
Pierre Garcon was pretty confident Sunday afternoon in New Orleans, even after missing three quarters of the Washington Redskins' victory, that he'd play Week 2 at the St. Louis Rams.
In any scandal, it's about following the money. The New Orleans Saints learned that hard lesson when the NFL found they had orchestrated a bounty system that paid players for injuring opponents and knocking them out of games. Suspensions and fines followed.
The trust stops here for Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan.
Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace was suspended seven games by the NBA on Tuesday for elbowing Oklahoma City's James Harden on Sunday, meaning he could miss at least six playoff games.
After a two-day blitz of awkward interviews, partial explanations and sometimes contradictory answers, the Herman Cain campaign employed new strategies Wednesday to deal with accusations of sexual harassment from two employees while he was head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s.
As this week's Melwood Prince George's County Open draws near, several Nationwide Tour golfers have only one thing on their minds: football.
Mississippi State has promoted Chris Wilson to defensive coordinator, one day after Manny Diaz left the position to take the same job at Texas.
"One of the things he's done is poured himself out into everybody: Perry Riley, Lorenzo Alexander, myself, Rob Jackson, Brian Orakpo, [Ryan] Kerrigan," linebacker Chris Wilson said.
Robinson and Riley can adapt quicker to increased roles because of Fletcher, who in 15 years has played what is essentially "three lifetimes" in the NFL, Wilson said.