NFL: History of the Washington Redskins
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The first part of each documentary deals with regular season play, and features all 28 teams (pre-expansion), with no particular focus on the Redskins until the playoffs. There is particularly good coverage of the '86 Saints, '91 Falcons and the '82 and '91 Cowboys. The best and slickest presentation is reserved for the '91 season.
- Tremendous Cowboy sack on Joe Theismann from the '82 season.
- Darrell Green returning a punt for a touchdown in an NFC playoff against Chicago in a freezing Soldier Field. Walter Payton's last game.
- Second Quarter of Superbowl XXII, of course, when the Redskins score 35 unanswered points.
- The Lions' Barry Sanders scoring a classic TD against the Cowboys in an NFC playoff game.
- Great blocking and tackling throughout from the Redskins. See (and hear) the great Jim Kelly get manhandled and mauled in Super Bowl XXVII.
- Short ten-minute film about NFL legend Coach Joe Gibbs, the man who changed the NFC East. According to the late Will McDonough, when Bill Parcels became head coach for the New York Giants he decided to increase the size of his linemen in direct response to what Gibbs was doing in Washington. Later Dallas did the same thing, as they also had to face Washington at least twice a year. These 300 plus pound linemen helped the NFC East win eight (and counting) Super Bowls since 1983.
Lowlights (minor quibbles):
- Warning to New York fans: the Giants are probably the least visible team in this DVD set. This is strange considering they were defending Super Bowl champions in the '87 and '91 seasons.Read more ›
All three documentaries have the same structure. Each runs an hour. The first half details the entire season as a whole. Most of the notable teams of that year are given at least a mention and the compelling story-lines are given plenty of discussion. As the season and playoffs progress, teams fall by the wayside, leaving us with only two.
The second half of each documentary is focused solely on that season's Super Bowl with most important plays and stories described in typical NFL Films style. If you've ever watched ESPN at an odd time of day, you'll almost sure to have seen an NFL Films production of this kind. You know the sort of thing: grainy film of a pig-skin flying through the air in a perfect spiral; slow motion, low angle footage of players taking the field; John Facenda speaking in reverential tones of the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field.
In addition to the Super Bowl seasons, there are four mini-documentaries ranging in length from four and a half to nine minutes each. "The Fun Bunch" looks at the style of touchdown celebration used by Redskin players in the days before the No Fun League really began to crack down on the display of any human emotion. "John Riggins" and "Doug Williams" document the careers of those two star athletes with the latter focusing on the history of Williams being the first black quarterback to start in a Super Bowl.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very condensed review of the history of the Washington Redskins a good watch for die hard Redskins fansPublished 14 days ago by Jenelle A. Brennan
This was a gift for my brother. He loves it, but hasn't had a chance to watch the videos so I am unable to provide feedback on the overall Historical content related to the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I learned a great deal about the Redskins. The championship teams not only used three different quarterbacks with different skills, but the most of the skill positions were... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rocket77