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Mike Shanahan Returns To His Hometown, Plus Some Links

Posted by Matt Terl on October 20, 2010 – 6:06 pm

There was some good injury news out of head coach Mike Shanahan’s press briefing this afternoon: Rocky McIntosh was back at practice, as was Albert Haynesworth. And Chris Cooley was able to do some drills; if he has no adverse concussion-related symptoms by tomorrow, he’ll be cleared to practice fully. Which is kind of a big deal.

But the thing I found most interesting in Shanahan’s talk — and certainly the most humanizing element — were his few references to returning to the South Side of Chicago where he grew up. (It’s at about 8:55 in the video above if you’d like to watch.)

“I was there for the first time a few years back, I think 2007,” Shanahan said, “and the South Side was totally different. You know, when I was in the South Side where the stadium was, it was a lot rougher neighborhood than it is right now. But, yeah, it was a pleasant surprise and always nice to go back where you’ve got family and friends.”

He continued, “Being raised in that area you go back and … it’s [just like] being raised here going back to every Redskins game; when I was a kid I was right there in the Chicagoland area, so I followed [Dick] Butkus and [Gale] Sayers and obviously the [local] teams.”

Asked which player had been his favorite, Shanahan went with Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus, although he noted that Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers “wasn’t bad either.”

Shanahan was also asked what the notoriously tough Butkus would’ve said about the league’s increased attention to hits on defenseless receivers. “He wouldn’t pay any attention,” he said. “He’d pay the fine.”

Some other links from today…..
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DeAngelo Hall Lunches With Richmond High Schoolers

Posted by Matt Terl on October 20, 2010 – 5:18 pm

This past Saturday, ten high school students from Richmond, Virginia, came to the D.C. area on a trip organized by Athletes In The Community. The focus of the program was an informational session at George Mason University; the outing included a campus tour, a chance to see the sights at the National Harbor, and — oh by the way — a two-hour lunch and Q&A with Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall.

“It was real cool, man!” Hall told me yesterday. “It was real cool. At first, I was kinda like, ‘Man, I don’t what I’m going to talk to these kids about, you know. But then I got down there and, man, we got to talking and everybody got to vibing and it was more like a back-and-forth with all those guys, and just trying to see what their goals is, what problems they have.”
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Carlos Rogers Discusses His Hands. Again.

Posted by Matt Terl on October 20, 2010 – 4:24 pm

It’s been just over two weeks since the last time I talked to Redskins cornerback Carlos Rogers about his frustrating penchant for having potential interceptions bounce off, go through, or otherwise avoid sticking to his hands. But where that last one was a quick one-on-one conversation in a victorious postgame locker room, today’s came during media’s access to open locker room at Redskins Park on the Wednesday after either of two dropped Rogers INTs might’ve made the difference in a close loss.

So before I get to the quotes — and there are a lot of them — let’s conduct a quick thought experiment. Think about your job. Whatever it is, think of all the ways you’re good at it. Then think about your most glaring flaw at work. Really ruminate on it. Focus for a minute and consider just how frustratingly not-good at that thing you are, and how you might even have received a raise or a promotion if you could just do this one thing at a higher level. Consider this until you’re furious with yourself. That’s step one.

Here’s step two: get, say, twenty people. Make sure at least three of them have video cameras, and the rest have audio recorders. Have them surround you while you’re at your desk on a relatively light workday, and then let them ask you repeatedly about this one thing you’re not good at. Over and over again. From different angles. Ideally, have one of them miss the start of the interview, come in late, and re-ask several of the questions that you’ve already answered.

Step three is tricky, but if you have the means, have all of those twenty people publish articles (or air videos on local network affiliates) analyzing your struggles with this one task.

Step four is the toughest of all, though: conduct steps one through three with dignity, courtesy, and professionalism, and — if possible — a smile on your face.

Then you’ll be in the right mindset to read these quotes from Rogers today. It’s rare that I walk away from a media session thinking, ‘Man, I’m really impressed with how that guy handled all that,’ but it was my reaction to Rogers today.

And, with all of that said, here’s what Carlos Rogers says goes through his head after a dropped interception: Read more »

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LaRon Landry Knows About Helmet-to-Helmet Hits

Posted by Matt Terl on October 20, 2010 – 1:23 pm

Back in November of 2007, two NFL players — in two separate games — were fined for helmet-to-helmet hits; the week prior, a young quarterback named Matt Schaub was concussed by a similar hit. The NFL reacted with shock and horror, the director of football operations said that the league would be paying special attention to shots against defenseless receivers, and officiating crews were told to eject players from the game for helmet-to-helmet hits.

Feel free to stop me when this sounds familiar.

What makes this story particularly relevant to the Redskins is that then-rookie safety LaRon Landry was one of the two players fined the week that prompted the restrictions. He was a much younger, rawer player then, but his reaction to the fine was measured and mature. Here’s beat writer Paul Woody’s description, from the November 8, 2007, Richmond Times-Dispatch:

Sunday against the New York Jets, Landry blitzed from his strong safety spot. A split second after Jets quarterback Kellen Clemens released the ball, Landry delivered a helmet-to-helmet blow. A flag was thrown, a personal foul was called and instead of punting, the Jets gained 15 yards and a first down.

“I’m going to appeal it,” Landry said in a matter-of-fact voice as he stood near his locker at Redskin Park yesterday. “I was just trying to make a play. I didn’t do it intentionally.

“I was aiming for his chest, and as he released the ball, he kind of ducked. I wasn’t aiming for his head at all.”

Part of the reason for that matter-of-fact reaction, though, was the fine, a reported $16,764 (or one game check). Landry’s comments, as reported by the Washington Post’s Jason Reid on November 7, 2007, make fairly clear what effect a fine can have.

“I’m not going to stop playing the way I do,” Landry said. “I’m not going to stop my intensity, I’m not going to stop being aggressive out there. That’s just the way I’ve always played. I don’t know any other way to play.

“I love to go on blitzes and I love getting free and getting hits on the quarterback, but it’s kind of hard to let up. I could have had him [Clemens] like two more times, but I let up. I didn’t want to get that penalty again. Coach Williams gets hot.”

But Landry is his own toughest critic, and the fine was another negative mark on a performance he graded as a “C-minus, even a D,” Landry said. “There were some plays I could have made and I didn’t play the proper technique. I missed three, four tackles. I feel it’s never good enough for me.”

So today, with helmet-to-helmet hits and possible player ejections firmly back in the news cycle, Landry seemed like an obvious guy to go to for a quote. And he remains as measured as he was three years ago, and just as convinced (if not moreso) of the persuasive power of fines. Read more »

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Doug Williams, Ricky Sanders, and Gary Clark Discuss 'The Quarter' At Homecoming

Posted by Matt Terl on October 20, 2010 – 10:00 am

Of all the Redskins who attended the Homecoming festivities at Sunday night’s game, I think I was probably the most excited to see Doug Williams. The reason for this was simple: I had never met him before, and — as an eleven-year-old kid watching Super Bowl XXII — I thought he was probably the greatest football player who had played.

He wasn’t, of course. But when you’re eleven years old and you see a quarterback complete 9-of-11 passes for 228 yards and 4 touchdowns IN ONE QUARTER OF FOOTBALL, it’s an easy mistake to make.

Wide receivers Ricky Sanders and Gary Clark were both also instrumental in that quarter of football — Sanders’ second quarter stats: 4 catches for 168 yards and 2 touchdowns — and that Super Bowl in general, but they’ve been to more alumni events and occasionally show up at Redskins Park. It was Williams’ presence that made this seem (to me, at least) like a really monumental event.

“I came back for the 70 Greatest Redskins team,” Williams told me, “But this is the first time back from a homecoming standpoint and I’ve got to take my hat off to Bruce Allen and the owner and the Redskins for doing this. I think it’s big and I think it’s something that the fans and all the players enjoy, coming back.”

Williams had been marching with Clark and Sanders in the Homecoming Parade that circled the stadium, and the trio seemed to be laughing and having a generally festive time. Read more »

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