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Redskins Hire Sherman Lewis As Offensive Consultant

Posted by Matt Terl on October 6, 2009 – 5:29 pm

I’m covering an event in DC at the moment, but wanted to at least have this posted here: the team has brought in a “fresh set of eyes” to work with the offense. From the press release:

The Washington Redskins announced today that they have hired longtime NFL assistant coach Sherman Lewis as an offensive consultant. Lewis, a 22-year NFL coaching veteran, brings a history of success and a vast knowledge of the West Coast Offense, in addition to four Super Bowl rings.

“Sherm Lewis is an outstanding coach who has been an instrumental member of four Super Bowl championship teams,” Redskins Executive Vice President of Football Operations Vinny Cerrato said. “Sherm’s history started with the innovator of the West Coast Offense, Bill Walsh, and over the past two decades he has directed some of the best offenses, and coached and developed some of the league’s premier players. He has a diverse NFL background, having coached running backs, wide receivers, and serving as a coordinator. Jim and Sherman share a common bond in that they both worked for Mike Holmgren at different times in their careers. Sherman’s overall experience and expertise will be a tremendous addition to our coaching staff. His track record humbles us all.”

“We’re happy to have Sherm’s set of eyes and voice to help us as we continue to find ways to create success on offense,” Head Coach Jim Zorn said. “I am excited to have him on the staff and welcome his input.”

Check in at Redskins.com for further updates — here’s Larry Weisman’s interview with Vinny Cerrato about the hire.

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It's Pakulak The Punter

Posted by Matt Terl on October 6, 2009 – 4:24 pm

Of the four punters who tried out at Redskins Park today, Glenn Pakulak is the choice. He’s been signed to the practice squad, and blog favorite WR Trent Shelton has been released to make room.

For Pakulak, this continues a well-traveled NFL career that’s included stops in Seattle, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Oakland, Tennessee, Chicago, New Orleans, New York, and Amsterdam. Once Hunter Smith‘s situation clarifies, the team will have to consider next moves. For the moment, Pakulak’s practice squad status allows him to practice with the team — and conversely allows the team to see how he works out during the week of practice.

At least it’s not a total comedown from a go-to nickname standpoint: Glenn may not rhyme with punter the way Hunter does, but at least there’s the potential for some alliteration with Pakulak the Punter.
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Rock Cartwright Reads, Does Not Have a Jet Plane

Posted by Matt Terl on October 6, 2009 – 11:41 am


The video above should teach several very useful lessons.

  • Rock Cartwright read to kids yesterday at Redskins Park, as part of the Redskins Read campaign.
  • The microphone on my camera is not excellent.
  • Cartwright’s real name is Roderick, his favorite number is (unsurprisingly) 31, and his favorite ice cream is cookies and cream.
  • When given the chance to ask NFL players questions, kids will inevitably ask about private jets, cars, and autographs.
  • If you put a large enough number of kids on a large, empty field, it doesn’t matter what’s in front of them; at least one kid will start rolling around aimlessly.
  • Cartwright does not have a private jet.

Cartwright is the kind of guy who honestly enjoys the charitable events. “Bein’ able to come out, put a smile on kids’ faces, and being able to help out,” he said, “any time I can do that, I do. I have two kids of my own, so I try to get used to what’s goin’ on and what they’re doin’ at school, and I used to read the older one Dr. Seuss, The Cat In The Hat, stuff like that.” Read more »

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Tuesday, October 6: DeAngelo Hall On Ignoring The Outside Influences

Posted by Matt Terl on October 6, 2009 – 9:54 am

After Sunday’s win, the players generally sounded one consistent message: there was no panic in the locker room, not beforehand and not at halftime. The team was confident that they would win, and the coaches spent halftime making the necessary tweaks to the gameplan.

DeAngelo Hall, always entertaining to listen to, was no exception.

“Weren’t any rah-rah speeches going on,” at halftime, he said, “wasn’t any silence. They were just making adjustments, every coach around their guys, trying to figure out what we need to do to get better. Trying to figure out what mistakes we made, what we had to correct … you know, it was just normal halftime adjustments.” Read more »

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