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Something To Watch Tonight If You Get The NFL Network And Can Stomach Deion Sanders

Posted by Matt Terl on April 29, 2009 – 4:40 pm

This is Lendy Holmes. He’s a rookie out of Oklahoma, where he converted from wide receiver to cornerback and then to safety, and he’s one of the Redskins’ undrafted free agent signees.

And — if you can tolerate an hour of Deion Sanders saying things like “You gotta believe. You don’t believe in yourself, ain’t nobody else will. Believe that,” and “We gonna make you feel it today, baby,” — you can learn a little bit about what Holmes went through to prepare himself for the possibility of life in the NFL on Prime U, tonight at 8:00 Eastern time on the NFL Network.

According to NFL.com, Prime U “goes inside Sanders’ training camp in Irving, TX for a look at how the legendary cornerback imparts his knowledge of the game and life as a professional football player to the next generation.”

I don’t know much about Holmes — he played a bunch of different positions, had a decent but unspectacular workout at the NFL Combine, and was once leveled by a block from that kid who spent the draft hanging out with Bill Cosby — but, based solely on the enthusiasm on display in the picture above, I am completely unsurprised that he decided that learning how to prepare for the NFL Draft from Deion Sanders would be a good idea.

I missed the show when it initially aired back in February — tonight’s re-air is updated with material from the NFL Draft — but based on the clip below, it actually looks pretty good. (Note also an appearance by Redskins’ sixth-round draft choice Robert Henson out of TCU.) Read more »

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Perhaps I'm Confused By What "Best Case" Means

Posted by Matt Terl on April 29, 2009 – 2:40 pm

So ESPN’s SportsNation has these “What Now?” polls up for each team in the NFL. The polls are meant to reflect where the teams stand after free agency and the draft as they head into minicamps and OTAs. And I’m not going to lie: the headline question on each poll is not making a whole lot of sense to me: “What’s the best case scenario for Team X?”

Here, for example, is the one for the Redskins as of Wednesday afternoon:

Let’s detour for a moment and review the Arizona Cardinals’ 2008 NFL season, shall we? Coming off an 8-8 year, the Cardinals finished only 9-7 while playing in a weak division. Their recent first-round quarterback was benched in preseason in favor of an aging also-ran whose best years were thought to be behind him. Their defense finished the regular season ranked 28th in the league in points allowed. They’re a historically lousy franchise with criminally low expectations almost every year. And yet they were just a few breaks away from winning the Super Bowl.

I’m not going to rehash every surprise team story from the last decade (1999 Rams! 2000 Ravens! 2001Patriots!) or even every surprise from last season (Tyler Thigpen! Matt Cassel! Kerry Collins!), but really. At this point in the season, how is “Win Super Bowl” not the best-case scenario for every single franchise in the NFL? And, for that matter, when is “Miss playoffs” EVER the best a team can hope for.

And yet, despite this being a ridiculously dumb question, 39% of respondents don’t even aspire to more than a “Deep playoff run” for the Skins. Bizarre.

There is some good news in these polls, though. Read more »

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Wednesday, April 29: Getting A Jump On Next Year's Rumors

Posted by Matt Terl on April 29, 2009 – 10:20 am

Andrew Perloff at SI.com posted his first 2010 mock draft yesterday. To his credit, even he admits that it’s ridiculously early for such an endeavor, but still, let’s see what’s he’s got the Redskins doing.

13. Washington Redskins
Tim Tebow, QB, Florida

All it takes is for one team to fall in love with the chosen one. No owner develops crushes like Daniel Snyder, who will take Tebow 10 picks too early. Tebow doesn’t necessarily fit the mold of a Jim Zorn quarterback, but there could be a new coach in Washington by draft day if the Redskins end up slotted at No. 13.

Oooookay. Read more »

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