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Robert Griffin has lots of reasons to be happy heading into the 2014 season. Hes free from his at best prickly relationship with Mike Shanahan and his offensive coordinator son, his new coach is both quarterback friendly and player friendly, and hes now two years removed from his major knee injury - generally when most players recovering from that type of injury start to fully look themselves again. Lets start with the coaching change. Despite what player and (former) coach said on record, its clear the two werent made for each other and both suffered – along with the rest of the team – because of it last year. While Griffin actually threw for more yards last year than his impressive rookie campaign despite playing two less games, his rushing and scoring totals were both down. Some of that was because the former second overall still wasnt fully recovered from his brutal knee injury a year ago, but that doesnt fully account for the team dropping seven games in the win department and four spots in total offence. Taking over for Shanahan is Jay Gruden, who put up similar offensive numbers with a less-talented quarterback as offensive coordinator in Cincinnati last season. If nothing else, the switch to Gruden will lead to a less contentious workplace in Washington. “Weve had a lot of time to work together and get to know each other, Gruden told the Sporting News of Griffin at training camp. “I think were both happy with how were communicating, and what were implementing is not something hes totally unfamiliar with — the things were doing are things hes comfortable with and complement his strengths. Gruden has also been quick to dismiss Griffin of any wrongdoing in the new-school quarterbacks perceived feud with the old-school Shanahan. “A guy with as much success as hes had, as early as he is in this young stage of his life, some guys are like, Eh, I dont need your coaching, I dont need this, I wanna do it my way. Hes not that way at all. He wants to be coached, he wants to learn the game, he wants to study,” Gruden told NFL.com Still, a little flattery for new-school guys never hurts either. "I think the total package you look for in a quarterback, if youre going to create a player on Xbox, a quarterback, I think itd look like (Griffin)," Gruden continued to NFL.com. With the favourable coach taken care of, Griffins left only to worry about his health. And theres reason to believe that shouldnt be much of a concern this season. “Its unbelievable,” former teammate and now analyst Chris Cooley said of Griffins health on ESPN Radio during OTAs this spring. “Hes another person right now. I was like, ‘youre running unbelievably well. It was silly to watch.” “He looks more comfortable, because he doesnt have to worry about that brace,” teammate and second favourite target Santana Moss echoed to the Washington Post. “I think the brace was the big discomfort last year. All of that combined with a winnable division leads to a good share of optimism in Washington. A happy Robert Griffin should equal a happy Redskins fan base. Notes Another fallout from Shanahans dismissal came in the front office. President and GM Bruce Allen goes from being a cap specialist to making personnel decisions. This is the first time in his career Allen will have final say on the roster and football operations, but with an owner like Dan Snyder, theres sure to be some meddling and “coming over the top.” The Redskins said goodbye to longtime linebacker London Fletcher after the 16-year veteran, who spent the last seven years of his career in Washington, decided to retire. The 39-year-old was the heart and soul of Washingtons defence, and leaves a hole in the teams strong linebacking corps. Hes not the next Rob Gronkowski or Jimmy Graham, but hes in the group up for discussion. The third-round pick only played nine games last year after a concussion prematurely ended his season, but showed a lot of promise. Reed will look to build off his 45 catches and 499 receiving yards from last year. Already with one of the leagues top possession receivers in Pierre Garcon, the Redskins added a burner to use alongside him – and also replace the aging Santana Moss – in Philadelphia Eagles castoff DeSean Jackson. If Jacksons head is in the game, he can help the Redskins receiving corps become one of the best in the league. Griffin smiles again. Jackson was far from the only free agent brought in to Washington this off-season. The Redskins had one of the biggest hauls in the league highlighted by defensive tackle Jason Hatcher, who should be a big upgrade along Washingtons defensive line, and defensive backs Tracy Porter and Ryan Clark, who will look to help the teams struggling secondary. Still without a first round pick after the Griffin trade, the Redskins nevertheless pulled off a decent draft. Their first pick was linebacker Trent Murphy in the second round, who will help the somewhat depleted linebacking corps. 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It could have been worse. “Its going to take maybe two weeks,” said Encarnacion. “It depends how Im going to be and how Im going to be day after day, feeling better or not. Reggie Miller Jersey .com) - The Dallas Mavericks had a five-game winning streak snapped last time out, but theyll try to get back into the winners circle Sunday evening when the Milwaukee Bucks pay a visit to American Airlines Center.LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Shortly after the Los Angeles Kings gave up their eighth consecutive goal to St. Louis over the last two games, the defending Stanley Cup champions finally gathered themselves and answered back.Martin Brodeur and the Blues were overwhelmed by the response.Anze Kopitar had a career-high five points, Jake Muzzin scored the tiebreaking power-play goal with 11:02 to play, and the Kings rallied from an early three-goal deficit for a 6-4 victory Thursday night.Some teams would probably pack it in after the 3-0 (deficit), but not this team, said Kopitar, who had a goal and four assists. We have a lot of character. We have a lot of guys that care about each other and like playing for each other.Marian Gaborik had two goals and an assist, while Jeff Carter had a goal and three assists as the champs avenged a 5-2 loss in St. Louis on Tuesday with just their second win in seven games.The Kings limped home from a 1-3-1 road trip and played an ugly first period — but just as theyve done in the last three postseasons, they remained masters of raising their game when absolutely necessary.There was no question we thought we could come back, Gaborik said. We thought we had a chance always. It feels like the playoffs — two big, heavy-duty teams playing each other like that.Dwight King also scored from mid-ice with 7:54 left on a bizarre bounce over Brodeur, capping a rough third start for St. Louis by the NHLs career victories leader.David Backes, Dmitrij Jaskin and Kevin Shattenkirk scored in a 2:48 span of the first period for the Blues, whose five-game winning streak ended. Jori Lehtera also scored for St. Louis, which hadnt allowed more than four goals in a game this season.We were careless at times, and thats a big part of it, Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. We did a really poor job of managing the puck as the game went on, so we turned it into a track meet.After Carter tied it with his first goal in 14 games, Muzzin put the Kings ahead with a wickeed wrist shot just underneath Brodeurs crossbar.dddddddddddd King then padded the lead with a dump-in shot that inexplicably leaped over Brodeurs shoulder.I knew it was going to be a bad bounce, so I wanted to cover the low part of the net, Brodeur said. But I didnt expect that thing to go right over my head. It was almost like a lacrosse ball. It kind of gained speed on the second bounce. It never happened to me before.Brodeur returned to St. Louis net for the first time since Dec. 8, facing Jonathan Quick in a matchup of two goalies with a combined five Stanley Cup championships, six Jennings Trophies, four Vezina Trophies, three Olympic medals, a Conn Smythe Trophy and 158 NHL playoff victories.Brodeur and Quick both were shredded, yet each also made a handful of highlight-reel saves in the third period of a wide-open game.Quick made 24 saves, and Brodeur stopped 31 shots.St. Louis swiftly seized a 3-0 lead starting with Backes adroit deflection on a power play for his eighth goal.It was good and bad to get that lead, Brodeur said. I think when you come in from a long road trip like the Kings did, they took their medicine. But then they really picked up their game, played physical and created a lot of offence.Kopitar scored just his second goal in 15 games on a setup from Gaborik, who tied it later in the second period with his second power-play rebound goal — his fifth goal in three games.St. Louis went back ahead just 36 seconds later when Lehtera flipped a soft backhand past Quick for just his first goal in 15 games since Nov. 15.NOTES: Kopitars five points exceeded his total from the previous 13 games combined. ... Blues F Jaden Schwartz missed his first game of the season. He apparently injured his right foot Tuesday. ... Kings D Robyn Regehr left in the second period with an upper-body injury and didnt return. ... Jaskins goal was his second of the season in the Russians first game since returning from a 16-game stint in the minors. ' ' '
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