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More People Predict Jimmy Clausen To The Redskins

Posted by Matt Terl on March 15, 2010 – 5:08 pm

Well, the NFL draft rumor mill continues to churn, and the latest churning has once again churned Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen to the Redskins’ pick at number 4. Last week, Mel Kiper was reporting this, and people were not pleased. Now, National Football Post’s Michael Lombardi has weighed in on NFL Network with the same conclusion.

Here is what Lombardi had to say (as transcribed by Dan Steinberg of the DC Sports Bog):

“Shock pick here. My man Mike Shanahan, he sat there in Dove Valley all those years with quarterbacks, he moved over to the Tech Center [neighborhood] where he had an office. Jimmy Clausen, scouted him a lot, went through all the quarterbacks. He knows he needs a quarterback. He is the pro style. Fits him perfectly.”

Well, if two guys are saying it, it’s a done deal, right? And one of them is Michael Lombardi, who — according to ESPN NFC East blogger Matt Mosley in his post entitled ‘Clausen to Skins Gaining Steam’ — “tends to have a good feel for these things”. Might as well get your Clausen jersey printed up now, I guess.

Except … well, Lombardi’s a smart guy. He’s been nice enough to chat with me in the past, so he’s got that going for him. But just how good a feel does he really have for these things? I decided to dig up his 2009 mock draft to see. Read more »

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Phillip Daniels Sees "A New Era"

Posted by Matt Terl on March 15, 2010 – 2:20 pm

It’s a sudden shift, the jump from mostly-empty hallways to what looked like near-100%-participation in offseason workouts. And this season, that shift was even more noticeable.

“New faces,” Brian Orakpo observed. “The weight room’s different. Lot of changes like that, but it’s good for the long run. Obviously 4-12 wasn’t good, so they had to make a lot of changes, and that goes for personnel, coaching staff, and everything like that.”

Phillip Daniels was even more blunt. “Everything pretty much changed,” he said. “It’s a different look. A new era.” Read more »

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Links To Start The Conditioning Program

Posted by Matt Terl on March 15, 2010 – 10:45 am

Offseason conditioning starts today, something that always sounds more exciting than it actually is. (Unless you’re exceedingly fond of watching people work out, in which case I guess the start of offseason conditioning would be a really big deal.)

So far, attendance seems strong. It’s tough to get an accurate roll call because of the way guys come through in shifts, but a lot of the speculative concern over who was going to show up seems to have been unfounded. I’ve already seen Clinton Portis, Albert Haynesworth, LaRon Landry, and Carlos Rogers for myself. Jason Campbell is here as well, and — despite the recurring jokes about oversleeping — so is Fred Davis.

I don’t know if new head coach Mike Shanahan will achieve his goal of 100% attendance, but he’s off to a pretty good start as far as I can tell.

Some links and assorted news: Read more »

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