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Talking to Bubba Tyer

Posted by Matt Terl on January 16, 2009 – 4:24 pm

With director of sports medicine Bubba Tyer announcing his retirement today, I took a few minutes to talk to him about a mind-boggling 37 years with the Redskins organization.

So, you’re retiring?

“I’ve had a fabulous career, starting in 1971 with George Allen as the assistant trainer, and it has been wonderful. It has been such a big part of my life for the last 38 years. My family has been very proud of the fact that I have been with the Redskins.”

Any parties planned or anything like that?

“You know, I retired about five years ago and I had a bunch of parties. My doctors threw parties, my friends threw parties, Dan Snyder put me in a suite and I had a grand day and had my name put in the Ring of Fame. So on this retirement, I would kind of like to go out a little quietly. My assistants said, ‘Oh, we’re going to throw a party.’

“I said, ‘Nope, the parties are over.’ I’m just gonna head out. They’ll say, ‘where’s Bubba?’ and you say he’s down the road somewhere. And that is what I am going to do. I’m going to go to Texas and help my sister take care of my mother.”

Do you have one sort of quote or thought to sum it all up?

“I don’t know about a quote or what I can say other than that. It was just fantastic. There’s a lot of things that I am proud of. The fact that I was here so long. The fact that the Cookes and the Snyders were so good to me. The fact that Joe Gibbs thought to bring me back. When I retired five years ago, I thought I had had enough. And then when Joe called to come back, I was anxious to get back and work.

“To stay through Coach Zorn’s first year, to be a part of that it has been special, but it is time for me to leave.

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Two Very Different Redskins Offseasons

Posted by Matt Terl on January 16, 2009 – 3:10 pm

Two of the Redskins beat writers muse on the Redskins offseason plans today, and they tell two very different stories.

Over in the Examiner, Rick Snider — who earlier suggested that the Redskins should pursue Michael Vick — goes with the old favorite of “look for some big-name free agents!!!!!” using the vague source of “reportedly” without actually giving any indications of where he’s hearing such things.

Carolina offensive tackle Jordan Gross and Tennessee defensive end Albert Haynesworth are reportedly on the Redskins wish list come free agency’s Feb. 27 start. They’re two high-priced linemen who fit Washington’s usual scenario of headline-grabbing, salary-cap busting offseason moves.

Snider’s headline, and the main conceit of his article, is that the team is “creating a shopping list,” a list that apparently consists solely of these two items. Based on that, I suspect that his grocery store trips are much briefer and more efficient than mine.

(There’s an interesting rhetorical twist in the sixth paragraph. Even though Snider is commenting on “reported” rumors, he says that “The Redskins’ pursuit of Gross also shows doubt over tackle Stephon Heyer as a starter.” Shouldn’t that more accurately be “The Redskins’ alleged pursuit of Gross would show doubt over tackle Stephon Heyer as a starter,” or am I just being needlessly particular?) Read more »

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Bubba Tyer to Retire

Posted by Matt Terl on January 16, 2009 – 1:39 pm

When Rennie Simmons retired a week or so ago, I described him as “another direct tie to the Super Bowl-winning Redskins teams of the late 1980s and early 1990s”.

Today, the team learned that they would be losing the very last tie to George Allen’s Redskins teams of the mid-1970s, as Director of Sports Medicine Bubba Tyer announced that he would be retiring. (It’s actually Tyer’s second retirement — he left in 2003, but came back at Joe Gibbs’s request when Gibbs returned to head coaching in 2004.)

Since I’ve been here, I’ve found Tyer to be a generous, welcoming guy, and a tremendous source of Redskins knowledge. He was terrific talking about Art Monk and Darrell Green before their Hall of Fame induction, and just as good wistfully discussing Sammy Baugh.

I asked Coach Zorn if it was helpful, as a first-year coach on a team like the Redskins, to have a guy like Tyer around to serve as a sort of institutional memory. “I think he’s just been through so much,” Zorn said, “and what was amazing to me is that when you have a guy that’s been around that long, there could be cynicism and doubt. There could be a certain apathy. And I think when I first came in and I first met Bubba, he had energy, he was positive, very much ‘let’s do this’. He understood what was at stake as far as winning, and I thought he was very progressive in his ability to get players fit, rehabbed, and back on the field.”
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Friday, January 16: Redskins in Pro Football Weekly

Posted by Matt Terl on January 16, 2009 – 9:10 am

I didn’t read a lot of ProFootballWeekly.com over the season, but maybe I should start. Just looking over the site briefly today turned up plenty of Redskins content.

They named Chris Horton to their All-Rookie team, which brings back happy memories of all those weekly awards from early this season.

Even though he was nearly Mr. Irrelevant last year, Redskins SS Chris Horton used his big-hitting ability to make an instant difference. Besides his 76 tackles, he also had three interceptions.

They’ve got Jon Jansen offering up his thoughts on this weekend’s Cardinals/Eagles game, which are about what you’d expect — can the Eagles stop the Cardinals passing game, and can the Cardinals stop McNabb and Westbrook — and on working in TV.

Former players, I think they just get a little more instant credibility because people say, ‘Ok, well, they lived it. They saw it. They must know what they are talking about.’ If they actually knew that none of us know what we are talking about, they’d be disappointed.

It’s a good, self-deprecating line, but Jansen is either being polite or disingenuous — he’s terrific on TV, and should have a comfortable job there whenever his playing days finish up.

But wait! There’s even more!
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