All things big four D.C. sports (Redskins, Nationals, Wizards, Capitals)
Author: Robby Fletcher
I'm a Multimedia Journalism major at Virginia Tech where I'll be graduating in the Spring of 2020. I'm the head sports editor at The Collegiate Times, Tech's school newspaper, where I cover football, basketball and soccer predominantly. I hope to make a career out of my writing, and one day cover a beat in the D.C. area.
With Washington sitting at 1–8 heading into its Week 10 bye week, head coach Bill Callahan gave rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins a shot under center for his first career start in Week 9 after Case Keenum went down with a concussion against the Vikings.
In a season most would agree to be almost completely miserable, it was a rare occurrence for there to be any semblance of excitement heading into a game this late in the season. Haskins has that effect on the fanbase. The Ohio State-product hasn’t exactly had the most exciting rookie campaign, but who would when you’ve thrown four interceptions in just 22 career passing attempts before your first NFL start.
With the Redskins traveling to Minnesota for a primetime matchup on Thursday night with the Vikings, it feels only right to look back at the bizarre roller coaster ride that was the Kirk Cousins-era in Washington.
There weren’t many expectations for Michal Kempny’s first game back to Washington’s lineup for its game against the Rangers on Friday night. After six months of rehabbing, it was assumed he’d be eased back into play and placed with Radko Gudas on the third-pairing for the defense. After spending the summer rehabbing and the last few weeks getting back into shape, it would have been understandable for him to show a little rust in his first game back. Continue reading “Kempny’s return from injury gives Capitals defense a much-needed boost”→
The Capitals may be five games into the 2019-20 season, but the expiring contracts of goaltender Braden Holtby and center Nicklas Backstrom have loomed large over the team since the offseason, and for good reason. The two have been part of the Capitals’ core that includes John Carlson and Alex Ovechkin since the Caps drafted Holtby and Carlson in the 2008 NHL Draft. Continue reading “Backstrom and Holtby’s contract situation hangs over Capitals’ season”→
In what ended up being just the latest chapter in the time that is Dan Snyder’s disastrous tenure as owner, head coach Jay Gruden was relieved of his duties last Monday after five-plus seasons with the team.
Gruden’s dismissal was expected and for the most part necessary, but the move won’t simply fix the myriad of problems this team has faced this season. With Bill Callahan now taking over as head coach for the remainder of the season, we can expect a more disciplined team, but whether that results in better results on the field is up for debate. Continue reading “Potential coaching candidates to replace Jay Gruden”→
There’s really no way to sugarcoat just how disastrous the start of this season has been for the Redskins. An 0–4 start in which three of those loses were against a division rival is just about as lowly as it gets for a franchise that has specialized in reaching new lows since the 2000s. With this in mind, it’s time to adjust any expectations you may have had going into the year.
The Redskins have another tough divisional foe in the Dallas Cowboys this week after last week’s 32–27 loss to the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. This week’s matchup will be at home for the Redskins, who are looking to avoid an 0–2 hole to start the season. Here are the team’s biggest questions going into their matchup with the Cowboys. Continue reading “Key questions going into Washington’s Week 2 matchup with Dallas”→