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Getting Ready To Depart For New Jersey

Posted by Matt Terl on August 26, 2010 – 2:24 pm

Well, it’s finally time to head out on the first road trip of the Mike Shanahan era — an event that I thought was significant enough to warrant at least a few pictures of guys getting onto buses. (To stave off the inevitable question: the buses are just going to the airport; they are not being bused all the way to New Jersey.)

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Rocky McIntosh Takes His Opinion To South Beach

Posted by Matt Terl on August 26, 2010 – 1:34 pm

Redskins linebacker Rocky McIntosh is one of the many NFL players who played college ball at Miami, and — like most of those guys — he still maintains proud ties to The U and the city of Miami itself. So when Capitol File magazine was looking for someone to compare DC and Miami in their latest issue (it’s the one with Christina Hendricks on the cover), McIntosh was a logical choice.

Unfortunately for DC, McIntosh gives the edge to Miami for just about everything: food, fashion, and scene. Here’s the rundown as it appears in the magazine:

I caught up with McIntosh as he was preparing to board the bus to the airport for this weekend’s game to see if his opinion had changed in the time since he’d been interviewed.

No such luck. “DC is cool, but Miami kinda tips the scale,” McIntosh said. But there was one thing he was willing to score in DC’s favor. Read more »

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LaRon Landry Will Be Talking More On The Field, And That's A Good Thing

Posted by Matt Terl on August 26, 2010 – 11:25 am

When newly-signed safety Tyrone Carter held forth at length the other day about the importance of communication to the defensive backs in a 3-4 defense, I used it largely as an excuse to make an outdated Fred Smoot joke. But as I’ve talked to a few of the cornerbacks and safeties about Carter’s comments, I feel like I may have rushed to glibness on that one.

“Your communication,” Carlos Rogers says, “the back end with the linebackers, linebackers talking to the line, it’s all about communication, ’cause if you don’t, the total defense could mess up.”

Reed Doughty agrees. “Any team that blitzes a lot has to communicate really well.”

And LaRon Landry is even franker: “It’s definitely all about communication,” Landry says, “most definitely.”

It’s a good thing he feels that way, because, Rogers says, much of the discussion around communication has revolved around Landry himself. Read more »

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Anthony Armstrong's Really Good Story Done Really Well

Posted by Matt Terl on August 26, 2010 – 9:39 am

This is the obvious next step in my ongoing over-coverage of Anthony Armstrong, the breakout star of training camp and preseason at wide receiver. I started by covering Armstrong myself, as you’d expect. By last Saturday’s game, we had moved on to the point where I didn’t even have to ask any questions and he was able to conduct the entire interview himself. For this latest phase, I don’t even talk to the guy at all, just point you in the direction of Rich Campbell’s excellent recounting of Armstrong’s longshot-to-the-bigs story.

A quick excerpt, although you really should go read the whole thing:

Like most players’ paths to the NFL, Anthony Armstrong’s began in the parking lot of The Jack Shack.

Wait, that’s not right. Guys who play on second-tier minor league teams that practice outside a minor league hockey arena don’t make it this far.

So how the heck was it that Armstrong walked off the Redskins Park practice field yesterday afternoon with a spot on the Washington Redskins’ final roster almost in his grasp?

“That Robert Frost quote about the road less traveled? My road was off on the side that you can’t even see,” he said. “I literally was cutting through these woods and hacking down trees trying to get to this spot here.”

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