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A Limited Edition Chris Cooley Shirt

Posted by Matt Terl on September 3, 2010 – 3:39 pm

I’ll be honest: there are a lot of Chris Cooley T-shirts out there. Official Redskins shirts, shirts from Cooley’s website, knockoffs of shirts from Cooley’s website, our own Ben Ceccarelli’s Captain Chaos shirts, knockoffs of Ben’s shirt … the list really goes on and on.

So I was little hesitant to spotlight this one, a limited edition from Orisue that’s described as: “a jersey styled shirt with graphics inspired from a classic playbook sketch with offense vs. defense and one of Chris’ many nicknames Cooooley.” But I went ahead with it for a couple of reasons.

1) It’s a limited edition, and limited edition things are always neat. This one is available as part of an in-store appearance Cooley’s doing at Major in D.C. on September 10 from 6:00 to 8:00. It’s apparently gonna be a pretty big deal — there’s a bar for people over 21, energy drinks for people under 21, and a meet & greet with Cooley. This is clearly a much more stylish clothing store than the kind I usually go to. (There’s also another limited edition shirt for the event, but this was the one that caught my eye.)

2) I just kinda think it’s a cool shirt and didn’t mind calling some attention to it..

Full flyer for the event is after the jump. Read more »

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Speculating On The Numbers From Last Night's Game

Posted by Matt Terl on September 3, 2010 – 2:30 pm

The pregame list of Redskins not expected to participate in last night’s game at Arizona ran to 29 guys (pictured in AP photos throughout this post), and the general assumption was that those 29 guys had secured their roster spots and would be on the opening day roster. After the game, though, head coach Mike Shanahan shot that assumption down pretty directly.

“I didn’t want them to play today because they’ve had enough reps and [I] wanted to get a chance to look at some of those other players,” he said, according to the Washington Post. “But no, just because somebody didn’t dress, it’s not because they’re necessarily on the football team.”

Fair enough. Maybe the 29-man did-not-play list won’t precisely reflect the opening day roster, but I’m still willing to assume that it’s pretty darned close. And that 29-man list is actually a 31-man list, because Trent Williams and Jammal Brown weren’t listed on it but seem like absolute locks to make the opening day roster.

In fact, that 31-man list is actually a 34-man list, because the three specialists — kicker, punter, long snapper — will definitely be on the roster opening day. (Even if there’s a sudden and totally unexpected change in who one of those specialists is, it won’t change those numbers.)

That opening day roster will be 53 guys long, but only 45 of them will be active on any given Sunday. Which means that of the players you saw on the field last night, only eleven (aside from the specialists) are likely to in any way influence an actual regular season game.

This is significant in a couple of ways: Read more »

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A Few Good Post-Cardinals Game Reads

Posted by Matt Terl on September 3, 2010 – 12:18 pm

I’ve made an interesting discovery today: apparently if you spend all of a largely meaningless fourth preseason game tweeting and writing up blog posts, and you depart the game and immediately board an airplane for a four-plus hour overnight flight, and during that flight you lose three hours of your life to time changes, your memories of the game itself quickly become surprisingly vague. So I was pleased, today, to find a few good reads that offered some illumination of events that are already getting a bit hazy for me.

The folks over at Hogs Haven have had a good relationship with Robert Henson for some time now, so last night was both fortunate for them — when Henson was looking like the Redskins’ defensive star of the game — and grim for them, when Henson went down with a knee injury. Despite that nasty turn of events, he did check in over there to review his performance, which is worth a read. An excerpt:

I have to switch subjects for a second and speak my mind about being injured in the 3rd quarter. I do not really know what happened…I just felt a sharp pain, and the training staff decided to pull me just to be safe. I honestly felt like I let my teammates down by not being out there, and I broke down emotionally. This is my job and I want to be the best at it, and I cannot do that from the sidelines. I played beside so many great players tonight and no matter what happens we will be brothers for life!! HTTR!!

Plenty more at the link.

Also: Read more »

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Hail! Offers Some Medical Advice

Posted by Matt Terl on September 3, 2010 – 11:23 am

Ben Ceccarelli, the writer and artist of Hail!, is not a medical doctor. The opinions and medical advice expressed in this week’s comic strip should not be treated as official. If you or someone near you is suffering a medical emergency, please dial 911 instead of consulting a comic strip on a football team’s blog.

I can’t imagine that anyone reading this needs a link to provide context or background, but — in case I’m wrong — pretty much everything you need to know can be summed up here.

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

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Redskins @ Cardinals – Fourth Quarter Reactions (And Checklist)

Posted by Matt Terl on September 3, 2010 – 12:52 am

Let’s start with a happy — albeit non-football — note from the game. The couple pictured above was sitting in Section 129. At the start of the fourth quarter, the gentleman asked the lady if she’d like to spend the rest of her life with him in wedded bliss. She, as the scoreboards like to say, said yes. And the very next play, Terrence Austin took a pass from Richard Bartel 21 yards for a touchdown. Hopefully that’s an auspicious beginning to their relationship.

It was certainly auspicious for Austin, who finished the game as the Redskins’ leading receiver, with 5 catches for 94 yards and that touchdown. He made as strong a case for a roster spot as he could’ve, and — I think — outperformed Brandon Banks. The questions with Banks are going to be simple to ask and tough to answer: are the moments of blinding speed and electricity worth the risks? And can a player his size survive in the NFL? If you made me guess at this moment, I’d say that Austin, Banks, AND Devin Thomas make the team, but it wouldn’t take much to convince me otherwise on any of the three of them.

Just one reason that cut-down Saturday will be interesting. Onward to discuss your checklist for the rest of the guys: Read more »

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Redskins @ Cardinals – Third Quarter Reactions (And Checklist)

Posted by Matt Terl on September 3, 2010 – 12:12 am

Sad turn for Robert Henson, who was having an impressive final preseason game but left the field with a knee injury.

There’s not much else to introduce here, as almost everything of note that happened can be viewed as a response to one or another of your checklist items. So let’s get right to that.

  • @victorstileplus: would like to see Brandon Banks play well. Beck to would be good.
  • @DrFridie: Brandon Banks!
  • @SkinnyLiLFoster: BANKS Baby!! 🙂
  • @EViL2uCe: Brandon “Money In The” Banks.
  • @AndrewLiv: Banks and Austin

The ongoing Brandon Banks saga continued its wild fluctuation. He had opportunity to make a tough catch early — although, as Rich Campbell of the Free Lance-Star tweeted, it was only a tough catch because of Banks’ diminutive size — but had it bounce off of his hands. Then he had four catches for 48 yards on the drive to end the quarter, but nearly fumbled one of them. I’m suspecting that he makes the team, but ball security on returns definitely remains a concern.

  • @BBallWiz330: Devin Thomas. Hope he plays well, so he’ll lock his spot up on the roster
  • @phildreis: Devin Thomas & Brandon Banks. Hoping DT can make some big plays, and interested to see if BB can avoid the killer turnover.

We’ve covered Banks — no, he did not prove that he can avoid the killer turnover — but I think Devin Thomas did a lot to cement his roster spot. He looked solid on his kick returns — although he lost a 43 yarder to a penalty — and has caught two passes for just 20 yards, but both for first downs. His run blocking has been pretty good, and in general he looks like he’s responding to the challenge to his status in exactly the way the coach had to be hoping.
The remaining portion of the checklist, after the jump. Read more »

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