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Danny Smith Talks After Practice

Posted by Matt Terl on August 19, 2009 – 6:17 pm

The most interesting information from Coach Danny Smith’s post-special-teams-practice talk this afternoon was probably that the two kickers are going to be splitting time again during Saturday’s game, but listening to Smith talk isn’t always about specific bits of information. He’s one of the most entertaining speakers on the team, and you can get at least a little bit of the flavor of that from this video of today’s talk, courtesy of Redskins.com TV.


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Afternoon Practice – Marques Hagans Trying To Impress Again

Posted by Matt Terl on August 19, 2009 – 4:06 pm

After special teams this afternoon, Marques Hagans was putting on a show. TV cameras swung his way and the print reporters stood around watching, impressed. That’s the good news for Hagans. The bad news is, he was impressing by throwing the ball through the uprights from 65 yards away as part of some post-practice hijinks with Keith Eloi and Trent Shelton. It was an impressive stunt, but not exactly what the team is hoping to see from the college-QB-turned-NFL-wide-receiver-hopeful.

It’s been a rough turn for Hagans, who started camp turning heads and who seemed to be the frontrunner for the fifth wide receiver spot heading into the game against Baltimore. That game did not go as he’d planned.
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Redskins Rides Is This Sunday

Posted by Matt Terl on August 19, 2009 – 1:47 pm

This weekend marks the second annual Redskins Rides car show, presented by Easterns Automotive. The event takes place in the parking lot of Redskins Park and runs from noon until 7:00 on Sunday, with admission costing $15 for adults, $10 for kids over 3. It’s a chance to see the players’ cars, fan-submitted cars, some live music, and more. Last year’s event was a pretty good time, and — with the preseason game on Saturday — it’s a chance to make it a real Redskins-y weekend.

Tanner Cooley asked a bunch of players who drives the best car; this is the result. If you finish this not wanting to see Fred Smoot‘s vehicle in person, I’ll be shocked.

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Morning Practice – Mutual Admiration Society

Posted by Matt Terl on August 19, 2009 – 12:14 pm

Usually I open these things with my general impressions of the morning’s practice, but today I think I’ll let London Fletcher do the heavy lifting: “It was … It felt like Ali and Frazier, their third fight, when they just beat on each other. Each one of them couldn’t get off the mat. It was one of those practices where we just went at each other. “

Yeah, that’s about what it seemed like: full pads, grueling heat, and an offense that’s beginning to come together.
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Wednesday, August 19: Redskins Mania Is Run By A Cowboys Fan

Posted by Matt Terl on August 19, 2009 – 8:54 am

Yesterday, Executive Vice President of Football Operations Vinny Cerrato and voice of the Redskins Larry Michael flew down to Norfolk, Va., to address the assembled employees of the Virginia Lottery at their annual meeting. Michael and Cerrato spoke to the employees to get them fired up for the upcoming year, and draw some analogies between what the Redskins do and what the lottery employees do; it all made some kind of sense in the context of the Redskins Mania lottery scratcher.

I’ll get to some of what they said later in the day, but — during their introduction — Virginia Lottery executive director Paula Otto presented a Redskins T-shirt to Rob Wesley, one of the lottery guys. This was a gift, it quickly became clear, that was not entirely welcome. But he put the shirt on, took some ribbing from Otto and later from Michael and Cerrato, and handled it all with self-deprecating grace.

It was only when I started talking to Wesley after the speech concluded that I found out that he wasn’t just “one of the lottery guys,” he was the Lottery’s director of sales, and one of the people largely in charge of the Redskins Mania ticket. He is also, as I gathered from his reaction to the Redskins shirt and the subsequent banter, a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan.

Which seemed to me like a bit of an awkward position to be in, and I wondered how a Cowboy fan winds up with such a crucial role in a Redskins-themed promotion. Read more »

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