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Here Is Your 2010 Redskins Schedule

Posted by Matt Terl on April 20, 2010 – 7:02 pm

Here is the official, non-Dan-Hellie-driven release of the Redskins schedule. Since we’ve known all the opponents for months now, the only things that’s interesting here are

  • the number of primetime games (three! woo!)
  • the date of the bye (November 7, roughly the same as the last two years)
  • the distribution of divisional games (fairly even)
  • the chance to complain about how the schedule-makers TOTALLY are unfair and biased against the Redskins and waaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh

And, actually, that last one’s not really relevant here. Although the opponents are tough, this is pretty reasonable from scheduling standpoint. The full schedule, along with some thoughts on it, after the jump. Read more »

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Redskins Acquire Adam Carriker In Trade With Rams

Posted by Matt Terl on April 20, 2010 – 4:25 pm

The Redskins added to their suddenly burgeoning defensive line corps today, acquiring Adam Carriker from the St. Louis Rams. Carriker missed the last season with the Rams because of a shoulder injury, and likely projects as a defensive end in a three-man front (although he played primarily at tackle in St. Louis).

Reading this excerpt of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch article from when Carriker was drafted with the 13th overall pick in 2007, it’s easy to think that the current Redskins scheme suits Carriker better than the situation he was drafted into. Check it out:

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Your 2010 Official Redskins Draft Hat

Posted by Matt Terl on April 20, 2010 – 2:51 pm

When the official Redskins hat for last year’s draft showed up, I noted that it was “lightweight, stylish, and very, very yellow.” As the year wore on, the hat began to seem less and less stylish and more and more yellow. Almost aggressively yellow. (It remained lightweight, though, which was nice.) When I see these pictures of Brian Orakpo from draft day, all I find myself thinking is, Wow, that is one YELLOW hat.

Well, the 2010 hat has arrived, again courtesy of the nice folks at Reebok, and it’s much more understated (where understated means “not yellow”).

I’m actually pretty fond of this one. I don’t have the sports fashion expertise of a UniWatch or a First Cuts, but I like the baseball-style burgundy threading and the general lack of big, swooping curves. This is a hat that’s not going out of its way to call attention to itself in draft photos, and I respect it for that. Read more »

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T.O. To Redskins Rumors Recur, Fans Seem Marginally Less Explodey (Updated)

Posted by Matt Terl on April 20, 2010 – 10:53 am

Well, the LAST time rumors surfaced linking Terrell Owens with the Redskins, fans were largely opposed. And by “largely opposed,” I mean “the title of my post about the rumor was ‘Terrell Owens On The Market, Redskins Fans About To Explode'”.

The rumor has come around again, this time via an ESPN report that new Redskins QB Donovan McNabb is “open to T.O. reunion.”

Leaving aside the actual likelihood of such a report for the moment, I’m intrigued to see that the fans … well, they don’t seem quite as opposed to the idea as they did last March. There’s still a strong negative sentiment, of course, but sprinkled throughout is something that seems a little more … open to the idea.
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Keenan McCardell Is Transitioning Nicely To Coaching

Posted by Matt Terl on April 20, 2010 – 10:18 am

Before this past weekend’s minicamp had even kicked off, I had already heard a lot about how impressive new wide receivers coach Keenan McCardell had been.

Malcolm Kelly, for example, told me that “He showed me stuff, man, the first day I talked to him. Just stuff where I was messing up during the season and if I would’ve just tweaked it just a little bit, it would’ve made it that much easier on me. “

And Santana Moss was similarly enthused. “He’s already drilling us now telling us what we need to do better,” Moss said, “what he wants to see from us, and that’s great. I like when a coach can tell me to put everything to the side, who you are, what you do, how you’ve done in this league, and say, ‘I’m your coach, I’m going to tell you when you’re right, I’m going to tell you when you’re wrong, and that’s how it is.’ I respect people like that.”

This weekend, though, was my first chance to see McCardell actually on the field working, and I came away impressed. He’s more fiery and demonstrative than his predecessor, Stan Hixon, and he used that fire to his advantage.

“I’m gonna give you some love when you need it,” McCardell said as minicamp wrapped up, before quickly adding, “I’m gonna give you some hard love when you need it, too. I mean, I think those guys are adjusting to the way I am; they understand that I’m a competitor, and I want them to have that competitive drive like I have.”

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