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Monday, February 22: Meet The Coaches – Jon Embree, Tight Ends

Posted by Matt Terl on February 22, 2010 – 9:20 am

Over his coaching career, new Redskins tight ends coach Jon Embree has worked with some of the best the game has had to offer: he coached Marcedes Lewis to his best college season, worked with Daniel Graham when he excelled at Colorado, and — most notably — worked with Tony Gonzales for three productive years in Kansas City. Now he gets a chance to add not one but two more talented tight ends to his resume, and he’s understandably enthused.

“I think what you try to do as a player, or as a coach, you gotta get your best players on the field,” he told Larry Michael of Redskins Broadcast Network on Inside The Redskins. “And if there’s two of them at the tight end position you find a way to do it. Chris Cooley gives you, I think, a lot of advantages and mismatches against defenses as far as how they cover him. He’s good in the run game, so he can do some things to help you in the run game. You can line him up in different places and move him around to help create mismatches for other people. And then Fred [Davis], Fred’s a guy that got to play a lot last year because of injuries to Chris and I think Fred’s a guy that’s just kinda scratching the surface of what he could be. So I think you’ve gotta find a way to get both of them on the field at the same time and help your offense.”

That’s a pretty good challenge for a coach to face, I’d think.


Full transcript after the jump. Read more »

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Meet The Coaches – Jim Haslett, Defensive Coordinator

Posted by Matt Terl on February 19, 2010 – 10:36 am

The Redskins defense for the last couple years has been — to overgeneralize wildly — technically sound, highly-ranked, and prone to giving up (or not making) the big play. New defensive coordinator Jim Haslett doesn’t fully confirm that the team is switching to a 3-4 alignment, but he does allude to switching some of those trends in this interview with Larry Michael for Inside The Redskins.

“We’re aggressive,” Haslett says, when asked to characterize his defensive scheme. “We’re gonna try to have fun. I think guys are gonna enjoy what they do; we’re gonna do a lot, a lot more than what they’ve done in the past. I think we’re gonna be sound in what we’re doing, but more than anything I think we’re gonna try to be a defense that gets some turnovers. We just haven’t had a lot of turnovers here the last two years, and I think that’s what wins games. You get the ball back to the offense, and the more turnovers the better. We just haven’t done a lot of it these last two years on this team.”

Sounds good to me. Here’s the full interview:

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Friday, February 19: Jason Campbell Discusses His Future

Posted by Matt Terl on February 19, 2010 – 9:15 am

If you look at the NFL’s 2010 league calendar, there is no entry prior to the February 24 kickoff of the NFL Scouting Combine. So clearly the league does not recognize “Jason Campbell Debate Month” as an official part of its offseason schedule. But, as we enter into yet another year of this back-and-forth — at least the third such season, by any count — the NFL really might want to reconsider that decision.

You can see the debate in the comments sections of this blog, on the official team message boards, and on nearly every football-related site. Already this year we’ve had draft experts predicting the Redskins would select either of two different quarterbacks, ex-Redskins offering their opinions, and the now-traditional longer-form articles and blog posts.

Yesterday, Matt Mosley of ESPN.com tried a slightly different tactic: he said to heck with it and went straight to the QB himself. And Campbell’s expectations for next season may come as a surprise to some, especially to some of the more insistent commenters on this very blog. Read more »

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DeAngelo Hall On His New Position Coach

Posted by Matt Terl on February 18, 2010 – 3:15 pm

When new defensive backs coach Bob Slowik talked to Larry Michael the other day, one of the players that he singled out for praise was DeAngelo Hall.

“DHall’s got tremendous talent,” Slowik said. “You just watch him on tape and you can be nothing but impressed, and I’m excited to have the opportunity to work with him. The one thing that we’re gonna really emphasize this year and try to do a great job of in the secondary is getting turnovers — interceptions, fumbles, etc. And he’s one of those guys that is kinda a natural at doing that. So we’re gonna try to get him up there where he can get in the double-digit range [in terms of interceptions].”

I figured that was the sort of thing that would make Hall very happy, so when I was talking to him about Darrell Green earlier, I took the opportunity to ask. And, yep, he was pretty pleased. Read more »

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DeAngelo Hall Discusses Darrell Green

Posted by Matt Terl on February 18, 2010 – 11:40 am

When I heard that Redskins Hall of Fame cornerback Darrell Green had celebrated his fiftieth birthday by running a 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds, I was actually skeptical. I mean, yes, Green has always been fast. And, yes, Green has kept himself in excellent shape. But … I don’t know, for some reason I found this a bit difficult to believe.

One person who wasn’t skeptical, though? Current Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall. Impressed, but not skeptical. “It’s definitely special, man, to get out there at fifty years old and run that fast,” Hall told me. Read more »

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Thursday, February 18: Meet The Coaches – Jacob Burney, Defensive Line

Posted by Matt Terl on February 18, 2010 – 10:15 am

You’ll notice a lot of things about new defensive line coach Jacob Burney from this interview. He seems legitimately enthused to be in Washington, for example. And proud of his son, a defensive back at the University of Colorado. But the main thing that caught my attention was his voice, which is very, very deep. If he winds up in conversation with Brian Orakpo and Chris Samuels, the whole thing will be borderline subsonic.


UPDATE: Courtesy of Intern Bryce, here’s the transcript for those of you who don’t watch videos. Read more »

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Meet The Coaches – Chris Foerster, Offensive Line

Posted by Matt Terl on February 17, 2010 – 4:50 pm

Chris Foerster has possibly the toughest job in the building, for two reasons.

First, because he’s the new coach of the much-maligned offensive line, a unit that might well bear no resemblance to what we saw on opening day of last season. And second because he’s working on that while filling the shoes of the much-beloved, hugely-respected Joe Bugel. And Larry Michael asked Foerster about both of those things, repeatedly, during this segment of Inside The Redskins.

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Mel Kiper Changes His Tune: Jimmy Clausen

Posted by Matt Terl on February 17, 2010 – 3:12 pm

When last we checked in with ESPN’s Mel Kiper, the well-coiffed draft guru was predicting that the Redskins would select Sam Bradford, quarterback out of Oklahoma, with the fourth overall pick in the upcoming draft. With version 2.0 of his draft now on the record, Kiper’s in the same QB-tastic church, just at a slightly different pew:

Kiper now predicts the Redskins will select Jimmy Clausen, QB out of Notre Dame.

John Keim of the Washington Examiner has Kiper’s reasoning FOR Clausen:
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Find Redskins Fans With The ExtremeSkins Fan Map

Posted by Matt Terl on February 17, 2010 – 2:26 pm

If you should ever find yourself in the middle of Kentucky, wondering if there’s a Redskins fan nearby to help you (for example) remember which games the team wore their alternate uniforms for during the 2002 season, the ExtremeSkins Fan Map is the resource for you.

As people add their locations (or reasonable approximations thereof) to the map, it will help Redskins fans find each other no matter what state they’re in. Or you could add Redskins bars like the the Sly Fox in Baltimore or Maeve, home of the Chicago Redskins Fan Club.

I have no particular connection to this map or its creation (although I’m happy to add out-of-state Redskins bars if people send them to me); I just thought it was an idea with a lot of potential, and thus worth mentioning. Read more »

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Wednesday, February 17: Another New Addition To The Coaching Staff

Posted by Matt Terl on February 17, 2010 – 10:25 am

The Redskins new coaching staff — already notably larger than last year’s — grew by another member today, as the team added Richmond Flowers as a coaching assistant. Flowers was a wide receiver at Duke, with the Barcelona Dragons, and on the fringes of the NFL.

He was drafted in the seventh round by Jacksonville (joining Bruce Allen and Keenan McCardell as last-round draft choices now affiliated with the team), spent most of that year on Dallas’ practice squad, the following year on the Redskins’ practice squad, and the 2003 preseason with the Redskins as well.

Flowers’ father was an NFL player as well, but what the younger Flowers is probably best known for is his 2002 stint a training camp with the Dallas Cowboys, which was captured for that year’s season of HBO’s Hard Knocks.

But there was more, as well. Read more »

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