Posts Tagged ‘Super Bowls’

Former Redskins guard Russ Grimm first of “Hogs” inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame

August 8, 2010

Former Redskins Hog Russ Grimm becomes the first Hog to make it to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Former Washington Redskins guard Russ Grimm is in Hog Heaven.

Grimm became the 18th member of the Redskins, and the fifth during the Joe Gibbs era, to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio Saturday.

Grimm played 11 seasons for the Redskins, winning three Super Bowls and appearing in four. He made four consecutive Pro Bowls, was named a three-time All-Pro, and was selected to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1980s.

During his speech, Grimm thanked his fellow offensive linemen, the “Hogs.” He said, “I want to mention a few guys that made it possible for me to be here today. A group of guys that grew together, worked together, played together, raised families together, celebrated together, guys that I consider family, a group known as the Hogs.”

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Russ Grimm should be the new Redskins Coach

October 29, 2009

Future Hall of Famer Russ Grimm should be the new coach of the Redskins. Bring back the glory days.  The Arizona Cardinals Offensive Line Coach played in four Super Bowls for the Skins, winning three, and coached in two, winning with Pittsburgh in ‘05 and losing with Arizona in ‘08. The Skins’ biggest deficiency is the offensive line.

Bring back former Skins Assistant Dan Henning of Miami to be Offensive Coordinator.  Keep Greg Blache as Defensive Coordinator or bring in former Skin Greg Manusky, the Defensive Coordinator of the 49ers, who played linebacker (mostly special teams) for the Skins from ’88-’91 and won a Super Bowl with the Skins in ’91.  Most head coaches nowadays just oversee everything.

Former Guard Grimm has been an assistant coach for 18 years, ever since 1992, believe it or not.  See his Wikipedia entry to see that he almost got the Bears job in ’04 and the Steelers job in ’05.  In fact, there was a report, believed to be accurate at the time, that Grimm was named the Steelers coach just before Mike Tomlin actually got the job.

Unfortunately, it’ll never happen, though.  It’ll be Mike Shanahan, Mike Holmgren, or Jon Gruden.  Most likely Gruden.  Jeff Fisher of Tennessee would be a good choice if he’s available after the season, but he’s not a big enough of a name for Snyder.  Any of them would be solid but I still think they should hire Grimm.  What an insult it was to hire Jim Zorn over Grimm two years ago. Snyder considers himself a true Skins fan, so I think he should go back to the Skins’ roots.

They could also hire Gary Clark to work with the receivers, Earnest Byner to work with the running backs, Joe Theismann to work with the QBs, and Don Warren to work with the tight ends.  Jeff Bostic could work with the offensive line, Neal Olkewicz could work with the linebackers, Darrell Green could coach the secondary, and Charles Mann could coach the defensive line.  Ok, maybe I’m getting a little carried away about the others but Grimm has 18 years of experience as an assistant coach, he’s well-respected, and should be the Redskins new head coach.

It’s sad that the media in this town is no different than the media anywhere in the country.  They don’t investigate and don’t find any news — all they do is repeat the same names over and over instead of finding things out for themselves.  Of course, Mike Wise and Tracee Hamilton weren’t here during the Redskins’ glory days, and Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon don’t really report on the news anymore, they just comment on it.  Somebody like Tom Boswell or one of the writers for the Washington Times needs to bring this up.

Dan Snyder’s Redskins: better than they were in the mid-90s

October 5, 2009

It’s fashionable to bash Daniel Snyder and say that the Redskins have been a bad team since he became owner in 1999, but the team has most often been mediocre rather than bad.  The Skins’ record under Snyder is 78-86, with a winning percentage of .476.  During the six seasons before Snyder arrived, the Skins were 36-59, with a winning percentage of .379.

So while I think Snyder and his personnel man Vinny Cerrato have done a below average job, the Redskins have improved a lot under Snyder from what they were from 1993 to 1998 when they never made the playoffs.  At least the Skins have made the playoffs three times in 10 years under Snyder – not great but better than 0 for 6.

Obviously in the early to mid 70s, and again from the early 80s to the early 90s the Skins were great, going to five Super Bowls and winning three.

But the Redskins are considerably better under Snyder than they were during the previous six seasons.