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Terrence Austin Will Not Be Completely Baffled

Posted by Matt Terl on June 11, 2010 – 2:56 pm

Since the Redskins drafted Terrence Austin in the seventh round, this YouTube reel is almost all we’ve seen of the return specialist from UCLA. His school finishes classes late, and NFL rules prohibit Austin from any workouts besides a single mini-camp until after final exams are complete

“We are trying to avoid interfering with a player completing his final semester at his school,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told writer Paul Domowitch in a Philadelphi Daily News Piece. “The players who want an education should not feel that they are at a disadvantage in competing for an NFL roster spot.”
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Rex Grossman Is New Here, But Not New To This System

Posted by Matt Terl on June 11, 2010 – 10:32 am

I asked on Twitter the other day what people were most concerned about at practice, and the vast majority of responses focused on the installation of the offense. The offense is new to almost everyone here, so I thought it might be informative to talk to the one quarterback who has experience in the system. Rex Grossman spent last year working with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur in Houston. So while he may not know more about their system than any man alive, he certainly knows more about it than any man in the building.

“The transition’s been easy for me,” Grossman said, but acknowledged that it was a system that could take some time to learn. “I can’t really speak about any other quarterbacks,” he said, “but last year was my first year in the system and everything is just a lot easier for me now. Going through my reads and progressions and all, I just feel more comfortable with what I’m doing.” Read more »

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Hail! Goes Topical

Posted by Matt Terl on June 11, 2010 – 9:08 am

Comic strips have a long history of facing off with the weighty issues of the day. Since the days when The Yellow Kid provided a satirical look at life on the streets of New York, through Calvin & Hobbes wrestling with weighty philosophical issues of reality and truth, The Boondocks skewering racial politics, and Cathy offering up a meaningful critique of weight loss and relationship issues, the comic pages have been the place where the issues of the day were made accessible to the masses.

Well, things are no different with Hail! here at the Redskins Blog. Ben Ceccarelli, the lunatic genius who writes and draws this weekly strip, isn’t afraid of facing down the biggest issues of the day with only his pen and his wits. And sometimes, like with today’s strip, he’ll combine MULTIPLE issues into one, to take ’em down even more effectively. But I don’t think he’s ever taken on bigger topics than he does today. (Yes, even bigger than the gold pants controversy.)

Nice work, Ben. You’re a braver man than I.

As ever, click on this first panel or the Read More link to see the rest of the strip.

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