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Sonny Jurgensen Returns To The Coach's Show

Posted by Matt Terl on December 24, 2010 – 3:01 pm

As I mentioned briefly yesterday, Sonny Jurgensen will be joining Larry Michael on The Mike Shanahan Coach’s Show this Saturday and next, filling in for Lindsay Czarniak who is on vacation followed by assignment. It’s not exactly a new challenge for Jurgensen.

“I did Coach’s Shows with Richie Petitbon, Joe Gibbs, George Allen, Jack Pardee, Norv Turner,” Jurgensen says. “I’ve done Coach’s Shows for a long, long time.”

But that’s not to say that there’s not a challenge to doing ANY coach’s show. “Coaches don’t tell you anything,” Jurgensen says, laughing. “I mean, they can’t afford to.”

Which puts someone co-hosting a coach’s show in a slightly awkward position.
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Kyle Shanahan Responds To Fletcher Smith's Statement

Posted by Matt Terl on December 24, 2010 – 1:53 pm

Yesterday afternoon, head coach Mike Shanahan issued a statement responding to an earlier statement from Donovan McNabb‘s agent Fletcher Smith. Despite the fact that Smith’s statement was lengthy and highly critical, Mike Shanahan’s response was terse and fairly general.

Speaking to Comcast SportsNet’s Kelli Johnson after practice today, though, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan rebutted a good deal of the Smith statement very specifically, and in no uncertain terms.

“When I heard that last night, it definitely was a little disturbing,” Kyle Shanahan said. “Anytime you work with someone every day like I do with Donovan — we’ve been together for about seven months at least, we’re around each other all the time — and never once have a confrontation; you eat together every day, nothing ever’s been bad … to hear stuff like I heard, that was a little surprising. So of course it bothered me.”

Upon hearing about the statement, Kyle Shanahan called McNabb to ensure that the two could sit down and discuss things in person. And what the player told his coordinator was just a little bit different from what the player’s agent said publicly.

“When I talked to Donovan,” Shanahan said, “and he says that he didn’t say any of that, I’m like, ‘Well, yeah, your agent did, which to me is you.’ And he said he didn’t agree with any of that; those words didn’t come out of his mouth; he didn’t tell his agent that stuff. So … all I can go off is what Donovan tells me. We’ve never had a confrontation all year. Never had an argument. Everything’s been good. So it is kinda … really a different situation to hear that stuff, but when I clear it up with him, I’ve gotta go with the reality of what the two guys it’s between talk about.”

Just for fun, here are a few excerpts from Smith’s statement, contrasted with Kyle Shanahan’s comments to CSN:


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Four Redskins And Their Favorite Christmas Gifts

Posted by Matt Terl on December 24, 2010 – 10:30 am

The Toys For Tots/Redskins Santa Shoppe at FedExField on Tuesday was mainly about the, you know, IMPORTANT parts of the holiday season. It was about giving back, about charity, about a little girl who wanted to help people. But, as that girl’s mom noted, “it’s very humbling to realize that your child — your 8-year-old child — wants to put other kids before herself on Christmas. Normally, Christmas is all about me-me-me-me.”

I wrote about the humbling charitable parts the other day, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t ask a few of the players there about the me-me-me-me part as well. Here, then, are four Redskins players talking about their favorite childhood Christmas gifts.

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A Very Merry Christmas From Hail!

Posted by Matt Terl on December 24, 2010 – 8:39 am

Here, then, are some holiday greetings from Ben Ceccarelli, the writer and artist behind the Hail! comic strip — plus the debut of Cartoon Brandon Banks as something more than just a blur, and a genuinely surreal final panel. As always, click the first panel or the Read More link to see the rest.
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