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The Redskins Cheerleaders On Metromix (And A Few Other Links)

Posted by Matt Terl on October 15, 2009 – 5:30 pm

Metromix Washington D.C. got a chance to talk to the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders about their rigorous practice regimen. There’s also a photo gallery, if you prefer that sort of thing.

Clinton Portis is launching the Clinton Portis Foundation. Read more »

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Your Very Brief Thursday Practice Update

Posted by Matt Terl on October 15, 2009 – 4:49 pm

See, here’s the thing about practice today: it was cold, and rainy, and not much of interest happened. Phillip Daniels didn’t practice, but is expected to go tomorrow and still plans to play Sunday. Cornelius Griffin and Albert Haynesworth were limited. Clinton Portis participated, at least a bit. Read more »

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Joe Bugel Is Not Concerned

Posted by Matt Terl on October 15, 2009 – 11:11 am


Offensive line coach Joe Bugel didn’t speak until fairly late yesterday, but his take was generally positive, as it usually is. (Bugel is a naturally positive guy, and hugely supportive of his players.)

For example, even though he acknowledged that starting four right guards in four weeks has “been kinda odd,” he professes complete and utter confidence in Sunday’s makeshift offensive line. “I don’t worry about this group,” he said, “I really don’t.”

Bugel also addressed Clinton Portis‘s comments from yesterday that the Chiefs would attack the injury-depleted offensive line on Sunday. “I know Clinton’s a great orator and that he has all the answers,” he said, “but we face that every week.” Read more »

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Thursday, October 15: Coaching Uncertainty From A Player's POV

Posted by Matt Terl on October 15, 2009 – 9:54 am

For those of you wondering what it’s like in the facility during these rough stretches — when the team can’t seem to find a groove and all the media wants to ask the players about is a coaching change — there are a couple of excellent pieces out there on the internets today.

Former Redskins Ross Tucker, now writing for SI.com (that’s his 2002 Redskins headshot over to the right), has the more detailed look at how coaching uncertainty adversely affects players.

One would think that there would be a palpable buzz in an NFL locker room before a prime time game on national TV. A heightened sense of anticipation, at the very least. Instead, our locker room was the flattest I had ever encountered in all my years of football, and everyone in there, from coaches to players to the equipment and training staffs, looked as if they had seen a ghost.

They hadn’t, of course. All they had seen was the report several hours earlier that our owner, Jerry Jones, had discreetly met with Bill Parcells at an airport the week before. Everyone on that 2002 Dallas Cowboy team already knew head coach Dave Campo was on the hot seat that year. But the news of the secret rendezvous between Jones and Parcells essentially meant Campo’s seat was no longer hot. It was burning.

It’s a terrific inside look, but it can be summarized in a pretty short sentence: eventually, a coach on the hot seat loses the locker room.
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