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    Over the Hill Gang

    So far out, Fins have gotten rid of a league of promising if maybe underutilized players in Olivier Vernon, Lamar Miller, Rishard Matthews, and Derrick Shelby and replaced them with oldies like Mario Williams and Jermon Bushrod. Here's a full rundown,


    • March 1, 2016 Designated OV as its transition player.
    • March 5, 2016 Restructured the contracts of DT Ndamukong Suh and LB Koa Misi. Released WR Greg Jennings.
    • March 9, 2016 Signed DE Mario Williams to a two-year contract. Removed transition tag on DE O.V., making him a F.A. Released Grimes.
    • March 10, 2016 Signed S Isa Abdul-Quddus to 3-yr. contract; T Sam Young to a 1-yr. deal.
    • March 11, 2016 Signed OL Jermon Bushrod.
    • March 15, 2016 Agreed to terms with Matt Moore.
    • March 16, 2016 Re-signed QB Matt Moore. Signed DE Andre Branch.
    • March 18, 2016 Named Jim Washburn Senior Defensive Assistant-Pass Rush Specialist. Signed WR Griff Whalen.



    For the benefit of younger reads,


    The Over-the-Hill Gang was the George Allen-coached Skins team of the early 70s, so named due to the large number of veteran players on the team. Many of those players also played for Allen when he coached the L.A. Rams from 1966-70.

    The start of the Over-the-Hill Gang was the '71 draft. Of the Redskins first five picks that year, they only used one, deciding to trade the rest. Allen built his team with experienced players who didn't have to mold to the NFL game. One of these trades was for Billy Kilmer, a quarterback who had been playing for the Saints. As a starter for the Redskins, Kilmer threw for 3,869 yards and 32 touchdown passes. More importantly, he led the Redskins to back-to-back playoff appearances and became the first Redskins QB to start a Super Bowl.

    That however, wasn't the most important event in the '71 draft that led to the creation of the O.H.G. Allen later dealt seven draft choices including the 1st- & 3rd-round picks in '71 as well as LB Marlin McKeever to his former Rams. In exchange, Skins received LB Jack Pardee, Myron Pottios and Maxie Baughan, DT Diron Talbert, G John Wilbur and ST player Jeff Jordan. These players soon became in large part, the Over-the-Hill Gang D. They also picked up Boyd Dowler, an 11-year veteran with the Pack, who won five championships there. He'd later pick up SS Richie Petitbon (again Rams) and DT Ron McDole from Buffalo.

    The average age of starters was 31 years old. However, Allen's strategy turned the Redskins around as the team improved to a 9-4-1 record in 1971, and finished the 1972 season with an NFC-best 11-3 record. The retooled Redskins' 9 victories in 1971 was the most by a Washington team in 29 years. In his seven seasons with the club, Allen and his veterans produced seven winning records, five playoff appearances, and a trip to the Super Bowl.

    Sonny Jurgensen had already been in Washington for years, and had played under Lombardi.


    I really like the '72 team. Kilmer and Jurgensen alternated, most times the latter played the second half. It made things interesting for opposing coaches, a lot of whom took their team in to a halftime strategy session only to find out the Skins had a different game plan for the second half. Kilmer was more of a tactics expert while Sonny made for a thrilling come-from-behind pure passer. Surprisingly, both their QB's earned nearly identical passer ratings that season. Kilmer had a super quick release off play action, tossing wobbly floaters.



    Kilmer played the entire game, a Super Bowel Movement.

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    That is an absolute wonderful post. Everything you said is a fact. And you brought back memories from when I was a one nut boy and I thank you so much. When I saw the title of the post I recognized immediate.

    Interesting,...as they say, there's many paths to your destination.

    As I may recall,...the Dolphins 72 team wasn't stocked with many rookies. And we're talking a different era too but that Skins team was fun to watch! Changing QBs, changing offensive schemes during a game. That's what Bill Belichick does with his defense. He has no game plan, he does it all during the contest.

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