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Nats' Go for the Big-Game Closer

Zachary D. Rymer, Bleacher Report

Griffin, Gruden Must Get on Same Page

Liz Clarke, Washington Post

RG3 Holds Key to His Own Success

Ty Schalter, Bleacher Report

Redskins Holding Selves Hostage on RG3

Deron Snyder, Washington Times

The Washington Nationals have struck a deal that gives them the bullpen they need to track down the World Series title that eluded them in 2012 and 2014. Or so they hope, anyway. A...(full article)

Shortly after his hiring was announced, Washington Redskins Coach Jay Gruden explained that his job, as far as the quarterback position was concerned, was to make Robert Griffin II...(full article)

A Google search for "RGIII done" sure returns a lot of hits these days. This is partly thanks to a recent ESPN.com story by Mike Sando in which an offensive coach said Washington q...(full article)

He captivated D.C. upon arrival. Now the city is just held captive, incapable of escaping a hostage situation.Robert Griffin III has shackled Washington’s team and its fans. The...(full article)

As a sensational NFL rookie in 2012, Robert Griffin III so dazzled opponents that former Giants defensive end Justin Tuck cursed the football gods for delivering a fixture in his n...(full article)

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Young Generation Living a Capital Curse

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Hating Ovechkin Is Just So 2010

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Rotation Alone Won't Put Nats on Top

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Bryce Harper Has an Image Problem

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