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Redskins Sign An Offensive Lineman

Posted by Matt Terl on January 14, 2010 – 1:34 pm

The Redskins announced today that they’ve signed Kory Lichtensteiger, a free agent center/guard. It’s not the kind of signing that’s going to receive national headlines, I suspect, but it seems significant to me for two reasons.

First, it seems like the first player signing made with Mike Shanahan’s offensive lines in mind. Here’s what I wrote earlier this week at the end of a piece about Shanahan’s legendary zone blocking schemes:

But other than that, this scheme transition casts a lot of doubt on the futures of the big guys along the O-line, and if you’re into projecting free agent signings, it’s probably worth looking around for available former Shanahan scheme guys.

Lichtensteiger is a relatively light offensive lineman, coming in at 6-3 and 295 pounds. (By comparison, only two offensive lineman from last year’s roster are listed at under 300 pounds: Casey Rabach, at 6-4, 295; and William Robinson, at 6-5, 297.)

And he’s not just a “Shanahan scheme guy,” he’s a former Shanahan fourth-round draft pick who was waived at the start of last season seemingly for not being suited for new coach Josh McDaniels’ system.

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The Broncos Chain Of Playcalling And A Bizarre Coincidence

Posted by Matt Terl on January 14, 2010 – 12:49 pm

Hey, do you guys remember when the Redskins gave playcalling duties to Sherman Lewis this season? You don’t? But there was all this hoopla about it…. Here, maybe this will jog your memory:

Yeah, that.

Well, as I was rummaging through the internet to find information about new running backs genius Bobby Turner, I came across a 2008 article from the Rocky Mountain News that broke down what went on in the Broncos huddle as the play clock was ticking down.

And — and brace yourself for some SERIOUSLY SHOCKING NEWS — it turns out that it involved multiple people who were not the head coach. Read more »

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Thursday, January 14: Bobby Turner Joins The Coaching Staff

Posted by Matt Terl on January 14, 2010 – 11:21 am

Former Denver Broncos running backs coach Bobby Turner is joining Mike Shanahan’s coaching staff as Assistant Head Coach/Running Backs. Over Turner’s fifteen years with the Broncos, the Denver generated the most rushing yards (32,829) in the NFL.

Turner also tormented countless fantasy football owners by turning legendary names like Olandis Gary, Reuben Droughns, and Tatum Bell into 1,000 yard rushers while also coaxing 100-yard games (and, occasionally, entire productive seasons) from people like Selvin Young, Quentin Griffin, and Aaron Craver.

He also saw good results from a guy by the name of Clinton Portis, with whom he — by all accounts — had a terrific relationship. In his two years under Turner, Portis rushed for 3,099 yards and 29 touchdowns, averaging a solid 5.5 yards per carry.

But those are just numbers. Possibly even more telling, here are some of the reactions from Denver fans to news of Turner’s departure.

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