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Sonny Jurgensen Believes In Execution

Posted by Matt Terl on June 24, 2010 – 4:23 pm

During the bad days last season, back when one of the major Redskins topics who was doing the playcalling, the players had a tendency to drop into a simple refrain: the playcalling is fine, they would say, we just need to execute.

And it wasn’t just current players who said that. Ex-players joined in as well, including an ex-Eagles quarterback turned commentator: Ron Jaworski, who went on ESPN980 and said, “It’s not about the playcalling. It just seems to me it’s some sort of crutch right now that somebody wants to hang their hat on. It’s about the execution of plays that are called. It’s that simple.”

Well, that’s no longer the hot topic around the Redskins, but it’s apparently something that’s of great concern to ex-Eagles quarterbacks turned commentators. The Sporting News posted an interview with Redskins (and ex-Eagles) Hall of Fame QB Sonny Jurgensen today, and can you guess what Jurgensen said when asked how the game has changed since his day? Read more »

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SI.com Launches Haynesworthpalooza

Posted by Matt Terl on June 24, 2010 – 3:32 pm

Commenter joewtimmons was a bit upset yesterday that I didn’t write anything about Albert Haynesworth‘s statement that he intends to show up at training camp. I defended the decision by pointing out that Larry Weisman had it covered over on the Redskins.com mothership — and by saying (basically) that I was sick of the non-stop Haynesworth coverage.

You know who DOESN’T feel that way, though? SI.com. As I write this, their NFL frontpage features FOUR separate pieces that address the ongoing Haynesworth issue — I’ve helpfully circled them in the screenshot above. And one of them features no fewer than EIGHT separate current and retired NFL players weighing in on the subject. No one on the planet needs to read (or watch, as one of them is a video) that much about any one subject, especially when NOTHING OF NOTE has actually happened, so I’m helpfully providing excerpts here. Read more »

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Terrence Austin Finally Gets To Work

Posted by Matt Terl on June 24, 2010 – 12:39 pm

The mini-camp schedule really didn’t work out so great for Redskins rookie wide receiver Terrence Austin. NFL rules prohibit rookies from showing up before the end of final exams; because Austin went to UCLA, this meant that he was relatively late in arriving at camp. And once he finally showed up, the first day of mini-camp was cut short by the weather, the third day was canceled, and the second day featured the Alumni barbecue.

So there wasn’t really the occasion for a Terrence Austin Is Here moment. And the young receiver was just fine with that.

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Early Madden 11 Rankings Not High On Individual Redskins [UPDATED]

Posted by Matt Terl on June 23, 2010 – 10:11 am

It’s the time of the year for the ratings to trickle out from the latest edition of EA Sports’ Madden football, and the time in the football calendar where so little else is happening that those ratings seem important.

With a playable version of Madden 11on the floor at this year’s E3 convention, someone from Operation Sports was able to get video of the player ranking screens. Which means, because of the specific screen layout, that ratings for the top eight players at each position are known.

And even though the Redskins are the most improved team in overall team rankings, this doesn’t exactly mean that they’ve got a whole bunch of guys ranked in the top quarter of the league at their positions. There are just four five of them, in fact, and three of them are completely unsurprising. Read more »

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Doc Walker Has An Ingenious Idea For A Redskins Golf Tournament

Posted by Matt Terl on June 22, 2010 – 3:46 pm

The reason Mark Rypien is pictured atop his second post of the day has nothing to do with his football acumen, nor does it have to do with anything he’s done in the last month.

See, one of the recurring topics at the Redskins Alumni Charity Golf Classic yesterday was who of the alumni was the best actual golfer. Rypien wasn’t there, but his name came up time and again.

Here’s Mark Moseley: “Our best golfers are [Joe] Theismann and Rypien, and neither one of them are here today. But I think we’ve got some pretty good golfers here. Donny Warren’s good. Russ Grimm and Jeff Bostic are good, but neither of them are here either. I guess it’s kind of a throw-up as to who’s gonna be the best one here today.”

Here’s Charley Taylor: “I’m great, man. I’m waiting on Tiger to straighten out so I can whoop his butt.” (Okay, that had nothing to do with Rypien.

And here’s ESPN980’s Rick “Doc” Walker, who was late for his introduction because he had been out hitting a bucket or two of balls. “I’d say Rypien, Brian Mitchell, Joe T.” But, Walker was quick to add, “I’m not in that category. That’s why I’m out there working. The three guys I just mentioned are, y’know, celebrities. I’m a talk show host.”

And in the end, he had no trouble narrowing it from three to one. “The only guy I know that’s done it publicly, under pressure, is Rypien,” he said. “I don’t know if Joe’s done it to that level. For me, that’s the whole thing. If you do it publicly, that makes you as close to a semi-pro as anything I can think of. Everybody else, we don’t know if they’re picking up the ball [or something], but when Ryp did it, it was in competition.”

As Walker talked through this topic, a more interesting idea started to germinate. Read more »

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Yep, That's The Greatest Redskins Team Of All Time

Posted by Matt Terl on June 22, 2010 – 12:25 pm

The ESPN NFL Blog Network is apparently doing a thing where each division’s blogger selects the greatest squad of all time for each team on his beat. The NFC East’s bill came due today, and NFC Beast blogger Matt Mosley — after a bit of dithering (“Maybe I should’ve leaned toward the Riggo-Theismann teams…”) — gets it absolutely right by choosing the 1991 crew, calling them “too stacked to ignore”.

Some of his choice moments:

Most impressive win: The Redskins breezed through the regular season with a 14-2 record and then pounded the Lions and Falcons in playoff games. But the 37-24 Super Bowl win over the Bills stands out to me. The Bills were in the middle of a remarkable run and they had an immensely talented offense. The Redskins didn’t care about any of that. We remember the Cowboys being the dominant team of the ’90s, but the Redskins set the table in ’91 with a memorable season.

Best player: [Darrell] Green was brilliant at cornerback, but [Mark] Rypien was the MVP of the league. For that one season, he put up numbers (3,564 yards passing, 28 TDs) that would make any quarterback envious. And the man threw an excellent deep ball.

But in the course of all this, Mosley manages to bring up something that frustrated Redskins fans at the time (and, in fact, STILL nags at my father to this day).
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'Redskin Nation Can Rest Easy' And Other Links

Posted by Matt Terl on June 22, 2010 – 10:17 am

Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com was at Redskins Park for last week’s mini-camp — which actually turned out to be a rain-shortened practice followed by the pleasant chaos of Alumni Day — and he talked, it seemed like, to everyone. He spoke to the owner, the general manager, the head coach, and a bunch of the players … and he came away full of sunshine and joy and optimism for nearly everyone.

“I can’t even imagine what it has been like for Mr. Snyder,” said [Chris] Cooley, a Redskins player since 2004. “He’s scrutinized so closely by the media, the fans and even people on the team. He’s a guy that loves football. He loves the Redskins. He would give anything to win a Super Bowl. It’s hard to fault that. But I think he’s made good choices this season. I’m really looking forward to moving forward. I know he is, too.”

Even if that means moving away from the spotlight and meddling with football operations.

“This is now going again in the right direction,” Snyder said. “I enjoyed myself with Joe Gibbs. I think the fans enjoyed his past three years. Now, we’re really able to pick it up with Mike and Bruce. It’s exciting again, but it’s going to take some time. We’re going to be patient and build something special here.

“I’m just enjoying the ride.”

And for that, Redskin Nation can rest easy.

As always with these sorts of things, it’s one person’s opinion. It might mean nothing. It might be an article we look back on in nine months and think, Man, that wasn’t even CLOSE. But right now, it feels like yet another smooth stretch of the never-ending highway that is the 2010 Redskins offseason.

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Redskins Continue To Reconnect With Alumni, This Time Through Golf

Posted by Matt Terl on June 21, 2010 – 4:12 pm

Less than a week after Redskins practice was nearly overrun by Redskins Alumni, Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen served as Honorary Chairman for the 31st Annual Redskins Alumni Charity Golf Classic. And, while I used this event in my last post as a way of getting to former kicker Mark Moseley’s comments on Albert Haynesworth, it actually is an excellent event in a couple of ways.

First, and most important, it genuinely helps kids. Specifically, the kids in the care of Hearts & Homes for Youth. PNC Bank was a presenting sponsor of the event, and Steve Thormahlen, their Senior VP and managing director, was enthused about this side of things. “We support all kinds of programs that help children with education, with shelter, with homes, and really getting the right lifestyle,” he said.

But Thormahlen was also pretty excited about the second excellent part of this event. “The community really comes out for these kinds of these things,” he said. “It’s important for us, as we’re a big part of the community, but to see the alumni out here, the support of the fans, the support of all the people out here, it’s really heartwarming.”

Yes, this event represented yet another step in what appears to be an ongoing process of the Redskins reconnecting with their proud tradition, and — yet again — it was General Manager Bruce Allen who received the bulk of the credit for that, even when the people giving credit couldn’t quite adjust to his new title.

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Mark Moseley Weighs In On Albert Haynesworth

Posted by Matt Terl on June 21, 2010 – 3:09 pm

The Redskins Alumni gathered again today, for the 31st Annual Redskins Alumni Charity Golf Classic. The event was a benefit the young people under the care of Hearts And Homes For Youth. It was a chance for some of the great names from the history of this proud franchise to gather together, the second such chance in a week. It was another occasion for general manager Bruce Allen to continue bringing the Alumni into the fold of the current Redskins.

So, perhaps inevitably, the media was asking questions about absent defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth.

Most of the answers were what you’d expect — variations on “He should be there!”, basically — but 1982 NFL MVP and Redskins Alumni president Mark Moseley really impressed me with one simple thing: he found a positive in the Haynesworth situation. Read more »

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A Father's Day Move

Posted by Matt Terl on June 21, 2010 – 9:22 am

For one of the first times in forever, I was nowhere near a computer yesterday. But I didn’t want to let the second Redskins transaction of a surprisingly busy Father’s Day weekend go completely unmentioned here, so here it is:

Yesterday, the Redskins were awarded cornerback Ramzee Robinson off waivers from the Cleveland Browns, and the team also waived defensive lineman Greg Peterson and cornerback Melvin Stephenson. Robinson has bounced around the league a bit since being drafted in 2007 — two years with the Lions, a few games with the Eagles, a few with the Browns — and hasn’t made an enormous impact yet.

But he did have a game-clinching interception in the Hula Bowl!

And another in a preseason game with the Lions — off of former Redskins quarterback Gibran Hamdan, no less!

But maybe the most interesting thing about Robinson is that he was, in fact, Mr. Irrelevant of the 2007 draft. And, even more to the point, he appears to have fully appreciated the tongue-in-cheek nature of the Mr. Irrelevant honor, at least based on this interview he gave during his Irrelevant Week. Some highlights: Read more »

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