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A Robot Engages Chris Cooley In A Rap Battle

Posted by Matt Terl on August 11, 2009 – 6:49 pm

So last Thursday, Clicky The Internet Safety Robot was at training camp. Chris Cooley mistook him for Gumby, although in Cooley’s defense he was a little busy practicing football. Anyhow, I thought it was an interesting side-note at that day’s practice and mentioned it on the blog. I really didn’t think there would be much more to the story.

Well, Clicky apparently didn’t like being mistaken for Gumby, and has elected to respond to Cooley. In rap format. On YouTube. In what might be the politest rap battle ever. He even calls him Mister Cooley and offers valuable lessons in internet safety.

I’ve got nothing to add to that, although I can’t think of much that would be much better than a Cooley rap response. Read more »

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Redskins Maryland License Plate Event On Wednesday

Posted by Matt Terl on August 11, 2009 – 6:13 pm

Just a quick note, in case this is of interest to any of you. From Redskins.com, this event is tomorrow (UPDATE: today, Wednesday):

Redskins Maryland License Plate Distribution Event!
Washington Redskins will host a MD License Plate Distribution Event on Wednesday, August 12th from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the MVA headquarters in Glen Burnie, Md. Fans will be able to skip the normal 8-12 week application process and receive license plates on the spot. Fans must submit two fees in separate payments at this event: $25 MVA fee and a $30 tax deductible gift to the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation. Click here for more details.

So go to Glen Burnie tomorrow today, maybe get a room in the area, and you’re ready to go for Thursday night’s game in Baltimore, complete with your Redskins Mayland plates. Everyone wins. Read more »

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Afternoon Practice – Getting Ready For The Ravens

Posted by Matt Terl on August 11, 2009 – 5:27 pm

Despite the heat — clear skies and bright sun, no rain after all — this was one of the most uptempo practices we’ve seen in awhile, lively enough to send even the notoriously ice-phobic Fred Smoot to the ice bath afterward.

With Santana Moss and Anthony Alridge again the only two sidelined, this shorts-and-shells practice was the first I’ve noticed covering such specific plays as the Hail Mary (one of which was caught by Malcolm Kelly, just like we all dreamed about when he was drafted), the kneel-down, and the QB scrambling and heaving the ball to run out the clock.

Jason Campbell had a good practice (although I think tired legs tend to favor the offense in practices like this), and — with this as the last full practice before Thursday’s game — everybody seems pretty enthused about facing the Ravens. Read more »

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Bugel Talks Violence, Enthusiastically

Posted by Matt Terl on August 11, 2009 – 5:16 pm

Offensive line coach Joe Bugel mentioned earlier in the week that he has a fondness for violence, for the hitting that goes on when guys put on the pads and actually get going in practice.,

Dan Steinberg at the DC Sports Bog took that quote and ran with it, and in the process seems to have written a terrific profile of the Redskins coaching legend.

An excerpt:

“That first hit, I feel great,” he said, after full-contact tackling had finally returned. “That’s the big explosion right there, you know what I mean? That puts you on a high. Pro football’s always been the sport for me. After 32 years, I love to watch the competitiveness, the explosion, the blocking, the tackles. That’s my turn on, that’s my entertainment: violence.”

It’s a good read; check it out. Read more »

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Who NOT To Expect To See Thursday Night, Per Coach Zorn's Post-Practice Talk Today

Posted by Matt Terl on August 11, 2009 – 2:40 pm

OMG, you guys, we’re only two nights away from the first Redskins football game in something like 228 nights! The depth chart has been released over at Redskins.com so you can tell who you’re going to see once kickoff rolls around! EXCEPT … there are a few guys who aren’t going to be playing.

Coach Jim Zorn talked after practice today about the people who won’t be participating. Here’s my interpretation of that very preliminary injury report.

  • Pretty much ruled out: Anthony Alridge. As I mentioned earlier today, I saw Alridge walking around in a boot today, and he did not look at all happy. I think it would take a medical miracle for him to play.
  • Likely out: Rueben Riley, Jeremy Bridges. Here’s what Zorn had to say about these two: “Reuben Riley probably won’t play because of his ankle, Jeremy Bridges is trying to make it back but he’s got to get some reps if he’s going to play.” As there’s only a practice and a mock game between now and then, I’m guessing neither of these guys plays.
  • Maybe out: Randy Thomas. Zorn says that he’d like to rest Thomas’s knee, “but it’s hard to keep that guy out. We talked to each other and he just wants to go, but I may keep him out.” Seems more important to me that Thomas rest at this point, but it’s up in the air. I’m guessing he doesn’t play.
  • Out this time, just kinda because: Clinton Portis, Albert Haynesworth. I’m fine with both of these. The risk of injuring either guy just isn’t worth putting them into the first preseason game.
  • Not playing the full game: Mike Williams. I don’t really think anyone is going to play the entire game, but here’s what Zorn had to say about how much Williams was going to play. “As much as we can get him out there. He won’t play the whole game, I just want to get him in the game and let him get a sense of full speed play, and a sense of how drives take on their own little life. I’m hoping for long developing drives, and we may have a few of them. I hope he’s in there for one so he can see what he’s going to have to do to maintain that consistency.” So that’s as much as we can get him out there, but not the whole game, but at least one sustained drive.
  • Not out: Everyone else, knock on wood.

A few other Zorn observations — including one where he disgarees with my assessment of Colt Brennan as “tentative” — after the jump. Read more »

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Morning Practice – Chris Horton, Bounty Hunter

Posted by Matt Terl on August 11, 2009 – 12:56 pm

As long as you stuck to the shade, the weather stayed gorgeous for morning practice. Didn’t help the players much, but the media seemed to enjoy it.

Good news on the injury front, in that a whole lot of people were back participating today. Out were Santana Moss — who looked remarkably spry running on the sidelines, and who I suspect could play if it were the regular season — and Anthony Alridge — who did not look spry walking around in a boot, and who grimly admitted to me that he wasn’t going to be able to live up to yesterday’s bravado about being able to play Thursday.

So aside from the Michael Vick news, the big development at morning practice was that Chris Horton picked off Colt Brennan during drills, earning the bounty that Brennan mentioned the other day.

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Vick's Agent: "No Chance" On Vick To The Skins

Posted by Matt Terl on August 11, 2009 – 11:25 am

The big story at practice today had nothing to do with onfield stuff, nothing to do with punters’ shoes, nothing to do with goofy haircuts. In fact, as it turned out, it had literally nothing to do with the Redskins at all.

Agent Joel Segal was a guest at practice, which is not completely unusual. Segal represents four guys on the team — Jason Campbell, LaRon Landry, DeAngelo Hall, and linebacker Robert Thomas. (No, not the Matchbox 20 guy, although you wouldn’t be the first — or twelfth — person to make that joke.) Agents show up at the facility or at games every so often; it’s not an every day occurrence, but also not something that would be worthy of any note.

Except… Segal also represents ANOTHER high-profile quarterback client, one who is currently looking for a team. So as soon as he showed his face, you could almost hear the rumor mill start to turn: Segal is Michael Vick’s agent … Segal is at Redskins practice … not a lot of dots to connect.

But first in a conversation with Larries Michael and Weisman on ESPN980, and a bit later talking to reporters after practice, Segal said — although he’d heard from “a host” of teams about Vick, the Redskins weren’t among them.

And he didn’t say this in some mealy-mouthed wishy-washy way, either. Here’s the quote on Vick to the Redskins: “No. No chance.”

So any Redskins fans who were readying another round of faxed pictures of injured dogs, another batch of pro- and anti-Vick signs, or another set of impassioned emails on either side of the issue … looks like you can really, honestly relax.

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Tuesday, August 11: Lendy Holmes Sports A Dallas Haircut

Posted by Matt Terl on August 11, 2009 – 8:25 am

Here’s what safeties coach Steve Jackson had to say about undrafted rookie safety Lendy Holmes when I talked to him back in May:

“He’s very promising. Athletic guy. You wanna talk about ball skills, he’s got excellent ball skills, and he’s smart. It’s gonna be good to see what he can do once we get the pads on, because everybody looks good in shorts. It’s a talent show.

“But you wanna see the toughness and how a guy’s gonna react when it’s a hundred degrees outside and you’ve got guys who are bigger than you and faster than you that wanna knock you down, AND you’ve gotta remember your plays, AND you’ve gotta get out of there in one piece”

And here’s what a bunch of other people around Redskins Park had to say about undrafted rookie safety Lendy Holmes over the last month or so: “What’s up with his hair?”

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