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Monday With Cooley

Posted by Matt Terl on May 3, 2010 – 2:18 pm

I was sitting at my desk Monday morning, trying to figure out if the Jason Campbell Leukemia Golf Classic would be taking place without Jason Campbell, when Chris Cooley walked up. He explained the he was on the way to the Campbell event, that he was then heading to another, different golf event in Northeast D.C., then back to the Campbell event.

“If you’re gonna cover them,” he said, “just ride with me.”

This seemed like the sort of follow story that could only lead to an easy, slam-dunk blog post, so I said why not and followed him out to his car. A week later, the easy, slam-dunk blog post remains unwritten. All I’ve got are a string of vignettes that don’t seem to naturally cohere into anything. But, when in doubt, post the vignettes and trust that they’ll come together. Somehow.

The Day, Part 1: Off To The Campbell Event

The People Magazine profile details out of the way first: Cooley was driving the Porsche pictured above, courtesy of Eastern Motors, and the CD that was in when he started the car was Yellowcard’s major label debut, Ocean Avenue.

Most of the conversation on the way to the Jason Campbell Leukemia Golf Classic was about the awkwardness of taking over a teammate’s event after said teammate has been traded. This conversation would largely inform my blog post that was — not coincidentally — entitled “How To Handle A Charity Event With Someone Else’s Name On It.” Read that to get a sense of things.

Other than that, it was all about Leesburg traffic (not so bad), Donovan McNabb‘s first minicamp with the team (impressive), and coffee (necessary).

The Day, Part 2: Media Circuit At The Campbell Event

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Kyle Shanahan Inspires Red Sox Player To Root For The Redskins

Posted by Matt Terl on May 3, 2010 – 1:52 pm

A nice story in Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback today about a newly-created Redskins fan. In his official “non-football items” (as opposed to the items that are incidentally not about football, he tells the story of Boston Red Sox call-up Darnell McDonald, an outfielder that King refers to as “a 31-year-old minor-league lifer” (and, incidentally, a first-round draft pick of the Baltimore Orioles).

Well, McDonald was also, it turns out, new Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s high school football teammate, and King asked McDonald about Shanahan’s rapid ascension through the coaching rank

He and Kyle Shanahan and other teammates used to go to the Broncos practice facility back in the John Elway days, and he saw how dedicated Kyle was to his dad’s team, and to the sport. He’s sure that hasn’t changed much, with Shanahan now the offensive coordinator under his dad with Washington. “What Kyle’s done isn’t a surprise to me,” he said. “He grew up around football, and he loved it so much. I saw what a great job he did in Houston [as offensive coordinator]. Now I’m going to switch teams. I’ve always loved the Broncos, but now I’m going to have to root for the Redskins.”

So if the Redskins offense starts the season on fire like we all hope and there’s a national bandwagon behind them, I think you’ll be able to safely say that Darnell McDonald was one of the first guys onboard. Read more »

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Redskins Release Five, Including A Fan Favorite

Posted by Matt Terl on May 3, 2010 – 11:33 am

The Redskins today announced the release of five guys: running backs Anthony Alridge and P.J. Hill, wide receivers Marko Mitchell and James Robinson, and defensive lineman Anthony Montgomery.

Mitchell has to be the biggest surprise on the list. He was a seventh-round draft choice last year who became a fan favorite during training camp and preseason, and seemed like a promising weapon for the offense of new coordinator Kyle Shanahan and head coach Mike Shanahan. Not to be, apparently.

Alridge is in a similar position: a guy whose main attribute was his blazing speed, he first broke into the league with Shanahan’s Broncos and seemed to be a prime beneficiary of the coach’s arrival in D.C. Again, not to be.

Montgomery joined the team as a fifth-round draft choice in 2006. In four seasons with the Redskins, he played in 42 games, with 22 starts. Montgomery saw action in seven contests last season, but seems to have not impressed the new coaching staff; his release goes a long way toward explaining the multiple acquisitions across the defensive line in recent weeks.

Hill was signed Dec. 30, 2009, and was inactive for the season finale. Robinson was signed to the Redskins’ practice squad on Dec. 8, 2009, and stayed there for the season’s final four weeks.

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