Monday, July 16, 2007

References: Redskins Greatest Games Volume One

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This post is a list of non-hyperlinked and extended references for Redskins Greatest Games Volume One: November 3 1991:

Part 1: Who is Jack Pardee?
Part 2: What Jack Did
Part 3: The Oilers
Part 4: Jack Returns to the NFL
Part 5: The Game
Part 6: The Moment
Part 7: The Aftermath
Bonus Material

References one through eight are from the Washington Post archives. I had to buy access to them, which kind of sucks. The New York Times grants subscribers access to 100 archive articles a month at no extra charge, and integrates Archive Search into basic search on the site. The Washington Post should dummy up and do the same thing because the archives are languishing and I don't think readers are getting the full WaPo experience.

References nine through 16 are extended references from the main bodies of this work.

1. Leonard Shapiro; Washington's Winning Weekend; November 4, 1991; located here.

2. John Yang; President Bush Vetoes Redskins; November 2, 1991; located here.

3. John Yang; President Offside Once Again With Football Remark About St. Louis; November 15, 1991; located here. Two games after the Oilers lost the game in question to the Redskins, President Bush flip-flopped, declaring the Redskins, "my team." That same week while speaking in Kansas City Missouri, President Bush made a reference to how competitive the St. Louis Cardinals were in the NFC East. Small problem though, the Cardinals had relocated to Phoenix three years earlier leaving St. Louis football fans embittered, as they remained until the Rams relocated from Los Angeles to St. Louis, whereupon they took a fews years off before being bitter again.

4. Joe Theismann; High-Powered Offenses Take Aim; November 3, 1991; located here.

5. Dave Sheinen; Green's Slanted Coverage Takes Prize; November 4, 1991; located here.

6. Richard Justice; Redskins Notebook; November 4, 1998; located here. Some interesting statistics from this article, aminly showing how dominant the Redskins were this season: nine games into the 1991 NFL season, the Redskins had 14 drives of 70 or more yards, and 10 of 80 or more; the defense had allowed one touchdown or less seven of nine games; opponents were sackless for the fourth straight game.

After game 15 that year, the Redskins were on track to set a record for fewest sacks allowed with six going into game 16 but with home field locked up and starters sitting, the Buddy Ryan Eagles got to Jeff Rutledge three times and the Redskins ended the season having given up nine sacks, tied for the third fewest ever. The 1988 Miami Dolphins are still first with seven, the 1970 San Francisco 49ers and 1976 St. Louis Rams are tied for second with eight and the 1966 New York Jets and 1991 Washington Redskins are tied for third with nine. It should be noted that only the 1988 Dolphins and 1991 Redskins tallied this number over 16 games. The others were in the era of the 14-game schedule. Note also that the NFL did not begin recording sacks until 1982, so beats me how the three teams before this date rated, maybe I should ask Steve Sabol. (additional sources for this entry: 1992 NFL Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing, New York, 1992; and 2006 NFL Record and Fact Book, Time Inc. Home Entertainment, New York, 2006; Wikipedia, NFL on Television here; Wikipedia, Quarterback Sack here; Pro Football Weekly, 1000-Yard Mark Is No Longer A Mark of Excellence here; NFL sack records page here.)

7. Richard Justice; Toe to Toe, 9-0 Redskins Outlast Oilers, 16-13; November 4, 1991; located here. Some more interesting Redskins statistics as of this game: Art Monk, who caught eight passes in this game, was second in all-time receptions with 767 behind Steve Largent who had 819 and had retired after the 1989 season; this game marked the 125th straight game in which Art Monk had caught a pass. The 'notes' section of this article lists the other players leading the receptions and consecutive-games lists and Jerry Rice is nowhere to be found.

8. Thomas Boswell' We're Talking About 'U'; November 4, 1991; located here.

9. Not a Washington Post reference, just my input. It is worth noting that Joe Gibbs and Jack Kent Cooke were consistent proponents of keeping instant replay in place and the Redskins voted annually to bring it back. Although football fans can generally agree that the original system was clunky with little structure to prevent reviews from dragging on for five or eight minutes, a thing the TV networks fucking hated. After the 1991 season, Joe Gibbs was asked why he supported instant replay when so many coaches and owners did not. He responded by saying (sorry, no link this is from my head) that if the NFL did not have instant replay, the TV networks did and fans would see the same play over and over at the game and at home, always knowing it was call that should not have happened and that above all what the fans wanted was a fairly officiated game and we have the technology so why not use it in a way that benefits the league. Think about this. Do you remember the two 1998 incidents? The Jerome Bettis coin toss and the Vinny Testaverde 4th down QB sneak that was clearly short by three yards that was ruled a touchdown? Bad calls that changed the outcomes of those games.

10. Houston Oilers defensive rankings 1986 | 1987 | 1988 | 1989.

11. Houston Oilers defensive rankings 1990 | 1991 | 1992 | 1993.

12. Chicago Bears defensive rankings 1975 | 1976 | 1977.

13. Ricky Sanders' only recorded fumble was on a kickoff return in Super Bowl 22 against the Broncos. Ricky was declared one of the 70 Greatest Redskins in 2002.

14. Refernces to Jack Pardee's time as VP of Marketing for the Runnels Mud Company in 1982 link 1 | link 2.

15. YouTube video of Jim Everett's infamous appearance on Jim Rome. Hilar.

16. Gregg Williams experience with Jack Pardee: assistant coach, University of Houston Cougars, 1988-1989; quality control coordinator Houston Oilers 1990-1992; special teams coach Houston Oilers 1993; linebackers coach Houston Oilers 1994. Gregg would remain linebackers coach of the Oilers until 1997 when head coach Jeff Fisher elevated him to defensive coordinator. 1997 was also the year the Oilers moved to Memphis and became the Tennessee Oilers, playing in the Liberty Bowl. Sources: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 & 1997 editions of the NFL Record & Fact Book, Workman Publishing, New York.

Reference tomes from here.