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Redskins Sign A Kicker As Well

Posted by Matt Terl on February 12, 2010 – 3:31 pm

In addition to a head strength and conditioning coach, the Redskins announced today that they had signed kicker Justin Medlock. This likely sets up a training camp kicker battle between Medlock and late-season addition Graham Gano.

Medlock’s claim to fame at this point has to be his 7/7 performance in one game for the Toronto Argonauts last August. He was successful from 15, 46, 51, 51, 32, 52 and 17 yards, plus one extra point. Medlock also punted seven times in that game, for a 38.6 yard average. This performance was so notable that it has actually earned its own two-and-a-half minute highlight reel on the Argonauts’s website — even thought they went on to lose the game.

Medlock finished the CFL season 40-of-46 on field goals and 22-of-22 on extra points. I think it’s nice that the Redskins are celebrating the start of the Winter Games in Canada by signing a guy who saw some success in the CFL.

His NFL career to date, however, has been a little less remarkable.
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Redskins Hire A Strength And Conditioning Coach

Posted by Matt Terl on February 12, 2010 – 2:52 pm

So the team has hired a new strength and conditioning coach. Not Bill Romanowski, as was widely rumored, but Ray Wright, who held the same position last year with the Houston Texans.

Wright’s ascension to the head strength and conditioning position in Houston was something of a big deal, as he replaced the justifiably-legendary Dan Riley in the position.

Riley is best known in these parts for establishing the weight-training program for Joe Gibbs, in Gibbs’ first go-round. He helped strengthen John Riggins, the Hogs, all those Redskins legends, before following Charley Casserly to Houston. And Wright learned under him for seven years as an assistant.

And Wright tried to make the most of those seven years. In an interview with Texans TV last March, Wright said, “I was fortunate to have worked under Dan for seven to eight years. I looked at it as a graduate opportunity, almost a like a graduate school opportunity for me. I would say the most important thing I learned from Dan was how to treat people and how to work with our players. I think that would be the lesson that sticks with me the longest.”

In the same interview, Wright also explained what the differences would be between his methods and his predecessors’. “There will be some differences in some of the movements,” he said. “But for the most part, we are going to focus on how we do things and not necessarily how much weight or how many reps we can get. We want to focus on being very specific on what we want from them in their movement patterns.”

As the offseason progressed, the players seemed to respond well to Wright; in April, Houston Texans Examiner writer Alan Burge this summary of the changes that Wright made in the Texans’ workouts after taking over: Read more »

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Friday, February 12: Some More Reader Uniforms

Posted by Matt Terl on February 12, 2010 – 12:50 pm

Now that Redskins Executive Vice President/General Manager Bruce Allen has pretty firmly shot down the idea of drastic uniform changes, here are a few more suggestions from readers of this here blog, and two that’ve caught the eye of the folks at ExtremeSkins.

Again: none of these are actually happening.

From Matthew Mondonedo:

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