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Video From Cooley's High School Tour

Posted by Matt Terl on February 20, 2009 – 3:40 pm

I caught up with the Chris Cooley High School Tour 2009 at Clarke County High School in Berryville, Virginia, today. The crowd was thrilled to see Cooley — with the possible exception of one guy wearing a DeMarcus Ware jersey — and they all clapped and laughed in all the right places during his talk.

On the whole, it was possibly more exciting for everyone than the first of these events on Wednesday. “We don’t get a whole lot of excitement here in Clarke County,” a woman told Cooley as he signed autographs on his way out the door.

I was able to get a couple of short videos from the event. Here is Cooley explaining his typical work day to the students during his PowerPoint presentation; a selection from his post-presentation Q&A is after the jump.

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Marcus Washington Released

Posted by Matt Terl on February 20, 2009 – 2:32 pm

Marcus Washington was released today.

On the plus side, this apparently saves the team something in the neighborhood of four million dollars against the cap.

On the minus side, he was a great energy guy, a great locker room guy, and — when healthy — a very good linebacker. From what I can gather talking to people around the facility today, letting Washington go wasn’t an easy decision to make, and everyone seems genuinely sad to see him leave.

His departure not only means that the team needs to fill his spot at linebacker, but also find someone else to compile the in-stadium playlist. At least the people working the P.A. can now play Five Stone’s Make Noise without fear of retribution from an enraged Marcus Washington.

Coach Zorn’s comment from the team’s press release sums it all up pretty well: “I really enjoyed having the opportunity to coach and be around Marcus during my first season as a head coach in the NFL. We wish him the very best.”

The move also leaves Jason Campbell and Carlos Rogers as the two remaining Auburn University guys on the roster. Read more »

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Friday, February 20: Start With Some Links

Posted by Matt Terl on February 20, 2009 – 9:04 am

  • Well, the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine is underway, so the building here is even emptier than it’s been for most of the offseason. NFL.com has a Combine blog to keep you updated on what’s going on there, in case you’re concerned that you missed something drastic during offensive linemen measurements and Wonderlic tests, or quarterback pre-physical exams. (The Sporting News has the weekend’s schedule in an easy-to-read format.) Speaking of the Wonderlic, you can take a shortened timed version online here, but I imagine it’s much tougher when you have the weight of your entire future resting on your performance.

    I’m not sold on the combine, myself. From a personnel evaluation standpoint, it’s just a piece of the puzzle — and a small one, at that — and as far as TV programming, watching a bunch of guys do the shuttle drill just doesn’t thrill me. Rich Tandler sums up my feelings pretty well in his piece Combore 2009. That said, I’m sure I’ll put in at least a couple of hours with NFL Network this weekend.

    (Hat tip to Hogs Haven for the Wonderlic link.)

  • Fatpickled has a very good interview with former Redskin (and former Terrapin) linebacker Neil Olkiewicz that’s well worth a read — funny and informative in equal parts.
  • Jordan Gross is no longer on the market in free agency, but the National Football Post has a good rundown of the offensive tackles who are still available.
  • And Homer McFanboy continues to be embedded with the Washington Capitals, which provides me a perfect excuse to link to his coverage of Alex Ovechkin’s amazing goal from a couple nights ago, as well as the frame-by-frame breakdown on Japers’ Rink. The self-pass off the boards that starts his run might be the single niftiest move I can remember seeing in a hockey game.

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