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Charles Mann Discusses Finances, Mentoring, And Brian Orakpo

Posted by Matt Terl on November 18, 2010 – 4:31 pm

Charles Mann certainly taught some lessons during his NFL career, many of them to opposing quarterbacks — his 82 sacks still rank second in Redskins history. And Mann was also a gifted talker throughout his career, always a go-to quote for the media, and a popular pitchman for national ad campaigns.

He even got his name back in the sports pages recently, when it came out that he had offered some tips to current Redskins sack machine Brian Orakpo during one of the team’s road trips. “I was just giving him some practical stuff in the course of the game,” Mann explains. “I haven’t actually sat down with him-I’d love to sit down with him. And he had asked me to do that earlier, but I never got a chance to do that.”

Mann is sitting in a classroom as he tells me this, appropriately enough. Sacking the quarterback and talking were probably his most famous skills when he was a player; now that sacking the quarterback is no longer an option, Mann is making the most of his other gift. Read more »

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The Redskins Offensive Line Caused The Monday Night Blowout!

Posted by Matt Terl on November 18, 2010 – 2:35 pm

Despite my inflammatory headline up there, I’m not even remotely claiming that the offensive line caused Monday night’s devastating loss. Technically the offensive line only gave up one touchdown, and Trent Williams even did his level best to prevent that. (More on that later.) In fact, the offensive line had a pretty good game on Monday, springing Keiland Williams to 89 yards and two rushing touchdowns.

But it’s interesting to look at the little ways in which a game can change — and eventually get completely out of hand. That’s what this week’s Word Of Muth column at Football Outsiders does for the Monday night game. I’ve mentioned Word Of Muth before (in fact, I feel like I link to him every week), but for those of you who are unfamiliar, it’s written by a former left tackle who breaks the offensive line play down in detail.

The column starts off by dishing out some effusive praise to Casey Rabach (“best game of the season”) and Trent Williams (“continues to impress”); some lukewarm praise to Artis Hicks and Kory Lichtensteiger; and some criticism to Stephon Heyer. But where it really gets interesting is when Muth breaks down the first three plays the Redskins ran — three runs that ultimately netted just nine yards and led to a punt, which led to the second Eagles touchdown, which led ultimately to the game turning into a rout.
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Vonnie Holliday Has Both Friendly Fire And Friendy Words For Haynesworth

Posted by Matt Terl on November 18, 2010 – 10:02 am

In a night full of unpleasant visuals, one of the least pleasant was the sight of Albert Haynesworth lying prone on the field for five seconds while Michael Vick composed an entire villanelle before finding Jason Avant in the back of the end zone for yet another touchdown. Haynesworth offered an explanation for this during open locker room yesterday.

“Well, I got taken out by friendly fire,” Haynesworth said. “It was Vonnie Holliday — he, like, ran into my leg. Then I had, like, a horse, a charley horse in my thigh or whatever.”

Whether you believe Haynesworth’s explanation or not — and I’d say 97% of the people I’ve heard from in my email don’t — I can say this for sure: if it was Holliday who took Haynesworth out of the play, the fire was definitely friendly. Holliday is a thirteen year NFL veteran and generally classy guy, and he’s got nothing but good things to say about the controversial defensive tackle. Read more »

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