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Antwaan Randle El Discusses His Ex-Teammate, Now Coach

Posted by Matt Terl on February 2, 2010 – 3:52 pm

It’s been noted that the Redskins have something of a history of hiring their coaches’ sons; apparently the current regime is instituting a new tradition: hiring the players’ ex-teammates to coach them. It seems a little unusual to me, but it works out well for blogging purposes.

I’ve already talked to Mike Williams about Kyle Shanahan, with whom he and Derrick Dockery were college teammates. Today’s announcement of Keenan McCardell as new wide receivers coach meant that I was able to ask Antwaan Randle El about the above picture of McCardell apparently doing the whole “coach on the field” thing during his 2007 final stint with the Redskins. Read more »

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Keenan McCardell Named Wide Receivers Coach

Posted by Matt Terl on February 2, 2010 – 3:17 pm

The Redskins today announced the hiring of Keenan McCardell as wide receivers coach. McCardell takes over for the departed Stan Hixon — a guy who happens to have been McCardell’s final position coach in the NFL.

McCardell, of course, was drafted by the Redskins in the twelfth round of the 1991 draft — the only Pro Bowl player from the final five rounds of that draft — and got his name onto the trophy for Super Bowl XXVI before going on to greater NFL success with Jacksonville, and another Super Bowl with Tampa Bay. He returned to the Redskins in 2007 for the final season of his NFL career, catching 22 passes for 256 yards and a touchdown, and often serving as a coach-on-the-field.

He’ll be starting his official coaching career in the same place he started his playing career; his previous coaching experience came coaching the receivers for the West team in this year’s East/West Shrine Game, and as part of a Bill Walsh Minority Fellowship program during the New York Giants training camp.

Even during the limited experience, though, McCardell was able to make a fairly significant impression working with one of the Giants’ young wide receivers. Read more »

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OCNN Continues To Show Promise

Posted by Matt Terl on February 2, 2010 – 1:57 pm

Yesterday I speculated that Chad Ochocinco’s new-media-venture-slash-Motorola-promotion “could actually be an entertaining little Super Bowl week stunt”. Super Bowl week still has a long way to go, and I haven’t actually seen a lot of the OCNN news team’s interviews from Media Day, but their initial promo video is flat out excellent.

Here’s what I like most about it: Read more »

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Tuesday, February 2: Ah, Media Day

Posted by Matt Terl on February 2, 2010 – 10:48 am

Well, it’s Super Bowl Media Day, when every reporter for every news outlet on Earth gets to ask really stupid questions of the players on the two Super Bowl squads. Should be even more scintillating now that it’s being broadcast live via TV, Twitter, NFL.com, and everything else.

But there are certain stories that need to be told at certain times every year, almost ritualistically. Like the Passover seder, or telling the story of Christmas, or watching Groundhog Day on Groundhog Day, only for football. If you’re a Redskins fan, that means that it’s time to go back to the Media Day before Super Bowl XXII, when Redskins quarterback Doug Williams wasn’t actually asked one of the stupidest questions of all time.

People came close, of course. Heck, it made up most of the opening four grafs of Paul Zimmerman’s game story in the post-game issue of Sports Illustrated:
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