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Wednesday, March 25: Two Interviews, Two More Endorsements Of Jason Campbell

Posted by Matt Terl on March 25, 2009 – 10:38 am

This was supposed to be a relatively simple offseason for Jason Campbell.

He’s going into his second year in this offensive system, which is a pleasant change of pace from the nearly constant change he’s had to deal with over the course of his career. He’s working under a head coach who has had success developing quarterbacks in the past. And — despite the struggles of the second half of the season — he’s coming off of a year where he showed flashes of truly impressive quarterbacking.

But “relatively simple” isn’t exactly how things have seemed.

Instead, there’s been a nearly constant negative undercurrent to Campbell’s offseason, from the team not extending his contract to the ongoing rumblings from the Colt Brennan crowd to the Jay Cutler trade gossip and now to the reports that the team is working out USC quarterback Mark Sanchez.

So it’s good to see Campbell getting legitimate support from his coach and teammate in a couple of recent interviews.

ESPN.com’s Matt Moseley — he of the NFC Beast blogtalked to Coach Jim Zorn at the NFL owners’ meetings, and covered all the topics you’d expect: signing Albert Haynesworth, offseason workouts … and Campbell’s development. Read more »

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Performance Based Pay Is Complicated; Chris Horton Pleased Anyhow

Posted by Matt Terl on March 24, 2009 – 2:27 pm

In my previous post on the Redskins’ compensatory pick, I mentioned Chris Horton‘s performance-based pay, which has prompted a few people to ask me for an explanation of how this money is awarded.

I’ll be honest with you: I barely understand it myself. I’ve read the league’s press release on the subject a few times now, and it never seems to fully clarify itself. Here are the “explanatory” paragraphs:

Performance-Based Pay was created as part of the NFL’s 2002 Collective Bargaining Agreement extension with the NFL Players Association. The system creates a fund used to supplement player compensation based on a comparison of playing time to salary. This program will stay in place through the remaining years of the CBA in which a Salary Cap exists. In 2009, the Performance-Based Pay fund will be approximately $3.5 million per club, which is a five percent increase over the 2008 fund.

Players become eligible to receive Performance-Based Pay in any regular season in which they play at least one official down.

Under the system, Performance-Based Pay is computed by using a “player index.” To produce the index, a player’s regular-season playtime (total plays on offense, defense and special teams) is divided by his adjusted regular-season compensation (full season salary, prorated portion of signing bonus, earned incentives). Each player’s index is then compared to those of the other players on his team to determine the amount of his pay.

Ooookay. To clarify this (at least in theory), the league has included this chart, which looks at a hypothetical four person team. (Click for a larger image.)

So essentially what happens, when you clear away all the jargon and the details, is that a player’s playing time is matched up against his compensation, and that ratio determines how much of his team’s allocated performance-based pay he receives. Fair enough.

All of which led me to an important question: did this unexpected check make up for the non-existent bonus Randy Thomas told Horton he would be getting? I’m not at Redskins Park at the moment, but Intern Matt was kind enough to ask Horton my question, along with some follow-ups of his own. Read more »

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Tuesday, March 24: Hey, An Extra Pick!

Posted by Matt Terl on March 24, 2009 – 10:27 am

Last night, the Redskins were awarded a compensatory pick in the seventh round of this year’s NFL draft, the 243rd overall. It’s easy to be sarcastic about this pick.

You could point out that it would technically be an early eighth round pick, not a late seventh, for example. Or you could say that it really is roughly accurate compensation for losing Mark Brunell’s 2007 performance — zero games started, zero games played — or for his similar performance in New Orleans this year (zero games started, two games played, no passes attempted).

But all of that misses the more optimistic point, which is this:
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Monday, March 23: Paintball With Rocky McIntosh

Posted by Matt Terl on March 23, 2009 – 1:40 pm

When Rocky McIntosh invited me to go paintballing with him and his friends on Saturday, a few thoughts went through my mind.

First, I wondered how good an idea this was. There’s a brief history of Redskins and paintball, and between Redskins players being badly outnumbered in a charity tournament and the team’s 2007 first round pick missing minicamp with a paintball injury to the groin, not much of it can be considered very good.

Second, I found myself wondering exactly why Rocky McIntosh — who has become a regular on this blog for his holiday antics, his office antics, and his refusal to give Intern Bridgette a straight answer to basic interview questions– was described to me as a non-talker. Really.

When I first started working here, different people would offer advice for what to expect from the various players and coaches. Not much of that advice was consistent from one person to the next, but the one thing everyone agreed on was that McIntosh was a quiet guy who really kept to himself. This opinion seemed to be borne out when McIntosh went so far as to disguise himself as Khary Campbell in an attempt to avoid the media, so this outgoing version of Rocky McIntosh is continually surprising.

And third, I wondered what I was supposed to do with the 25 pound weight vest he had handed me.

What I did NOT wonder, although as it turns out I maybe should have, were who his friends were. If you had asked me at the time, I’d have said that I assumed it was Rocky’s peers — presumably not other players, otherwise he would’ve mentioned it, but friends of about his age, background, and so on.

I can safely say that I wouldn’t have come up with the actual answer: Read more »

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Coach Zorn On The Draft Party, Bringing In New Fans, And Offseason Work

Posted by Matt Terl on March 20, 2009 – 1:42 pm

The part of Chris Cooley in the morning’s post about the team’s Draft Day Party was originally supposed to be played by Coach Jim Zorn. Since Zorn’s address to the crowd is one of the centerpieces of the event, and since last year was his first experience at something like this as head coach, I asked him for his impressions of the day.

But since he is Jim Zorn, the conversation took a somewhat more detailed, more thoughtful, and more lengthy turn than I was expecting. So rather than cutting some genuinely interesting insight down to fit into the framework of that post, I excised Zorn entirely from the piece.

Instead, here are his thoughts on the draft day party, ways to bring new fans into the NFL, and how offseason conditioning is going. I think it works much better this way.

What was your initial impression of the Draft Day Party?

Zorn: “It’s easy to think that certain parts of this event are just about novelty, or about appearing dramatic. You know, the coaches fly in a helicopter to get there. All that stuff is dramatic but it was actually necessary to be able to do all the things that need to be done that day.

“I think what was unique about it is how this organization took the time to meet the fans. For me I thought it was a little bit of a novelty because it was my first year and all that kind of stuff, yet this is something that goes on in a much more significant way than just being a novelty. It really is a way to meet with the fans. To have a more personal touch.

“The Redskins’ relationship with their fans is pretty intimate for an NFL organization. Not only with our players interacting with fans, but our coaches as well.

“I’ve thought that through: it’s even more important now than it was when I first did it, because when I first did it I thought it was just, ‘Okay, well, the organization is going to get Jim Zorn out there’ — or the new head coach out there, not just me personally — but the head coach out there meeting the fans. I think it does mean a bit more than that. It truly does give an opportunity for the fan to meet the organization a little more up close and personal.” Read more »

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Friday, March 20: Draft Party Details

Posted by Matt Terl on March 20, 2009 – 9:13 am

Well, for everyone who’s been sending questions to me and to Redskins Nation, here’s the details on the Draft Day Party:

On draft day, April 25, the stadium gates at FedExField will open at noon. There will be cheerleaders, players, and alumni present, and Coach Zorn will address the crowd at 2:30ish, before the start of the draft.

The fan activities — aside from just getting to be on the field and listening to our quotable head coach — include:

  • a free raffle for autographed Redskins memorabilia
  • passing and kicking skills tests on the playing field
  • tours of the team’s locker room
  • games in an arcade of some sort
  • the chance to dress like a Redskins player
  • an opportunity to see and photograph the team’s three Super Bowl trophies

Admission and parking are free.

I asked Chris Cooley if he had any specific memories of past Draft Day Parties. Read more »

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DeAngelo Hall And Fred Smoot Exercise, Talk, Talk About Exercise

Posted by Matt Terl on March 19, 2009 – 5:21 pm

If I were to tell you that a Redskins player had been chosen to speak at a press conference promoting a Congressional youth fitness initiative, you’d assume that it was a quick-witted, chatty, loquacious guy who could make a potentially dry subject at least mildly compelling.

In short, you’d probably assume that it was Fred Smoot, especially if I told you that the player in question was a cornerback.

And you’d be right, sort of.

Smoot was indeed on hand today at the west side of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., along with players from the Baltimore Ravens, cheerleaders from both teams, Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, and a whole host of governmental VIPs. And a Redskins cornerback did indeed step up to the podium … but it was the recently re-signed DeAngelo Hall who did the talking, not Smoot.

“Everybody always has to listen to me talk,” Smoot joked beforehand. “I thought it was time to let [Hall] have a chance.” Read more »

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Thursday, March 19: So, About This Jay Cutler Thing

Posted by Matt Terl on March 19, 2009 – 9:29 am

I got a lot of email yesterday about those rumors of the Redskins making a trade for disgruntled Broncos QB Jay Cutler, and I feel fairly confident that there’s absolutely no fire to the smoke. People can parse Vinny Cerrato’s denial in as much minute detail as they’d like, but everything I’m hearing here is that what he meant is pretty much what he said: Jason Campbell is the quarterback next year, and we’re not trading for Cutler.

It’s also useful to remember that the Redskins fans aren’t the only team in the league where such rumors get going when a big-ticket guy is available. Over at SI.com, Don Banks takes a look at the Cutler coverage around the league:

• The Dallas Morning News shooting down a notion that has taken on a life of its own on Cowboys blogs: Trading Tony Romo for Cutler straight up. No word on whether Jessica Simpson goes too.

• Various outlets pooh-poohing the idea that a Cutler for Donovan McNabb trade makes sense in Philadelphia. It has been correctly noted that the thin-skinned Cutler might just get his feelings roughed up a bit in a town of Philly’s ilk.

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Wednesday, March 18: Coach Zorn is Friendly, Brave

Posted by Matt Terl on March 18, 2009 – 1:05 pm

Blog reader Adam was out at the California Tortilla in Germantown this past weekend with the two high school basketball teams he coaches. Yep. Just thirty-odd kids on their way down to see the Wizards game. Picture the quiet, soothing atmosphere and gentle noise level that produced, just to begin with.

Then they spotted Coach Jim Zorn and his family at the next restaurant down in the shopping center, and, in Adam’s words, “All 30 or so guys wanted to run over and bombard the Zorns for autographs, pictures, etc.”

Adam, being a good coach, a responsible human being, and a Redskins fan, realized that a stampede of teenagers would likely not improve Zorn’s family dining experience and might result in actual bodily harm to the coach or innocent passers-by. So he went over himself to let Coach Zorn know what was going on next door. Read more »

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Matt Sinclair Waived

Posted by Matt Terl on March 17, 2009 – 5:27 pm

Linebacker Matt Sinclair spent the entire 2008 season on injured reserve after suffering a back injury during preseason. He was waived today, ending his tenure with the team.

I saw him as he was leaving the building, and he seemed in remarkably good spirits, and said that he was confident he’d catch on somewhere. Still, though, there’s something somewhat jarring about someone wearing a happy-looking St. Patrick’s Day shirt as he clears his stuff out of the workplace. All the best to Sinclair, who was a well-liked guy around these parts. Read more »

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