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Mike Shanahan Offers Some Answers In His Season Ending Presser

Posted by Matt Terl on January 3, 2011 – 5:08 pm


Mike Shanahan is not notoriously forthcoming with information. He reveals nothing that might yield a competitive advantage, and — based on this season — apparently believes that virtually anything about the team might yield a competitive advantage. But today, in his last press conference of the 2010 season, Shanahan was remarkably forthcoming about many of the topics of interest from the drama-filled season that just wrapped up.

So forthcoming, in fact, that he offered this list of upcoming surgeries without anyone having to ask a question (and, yes, I’ve decided that the coach is capable of speaking in bullet point):

  • Chris Cooley, left knee scope today.
  • Kedric Golston will have a hernia repair surgery on Tuesday the fourth.
  • LaRon Landry, right shoulder scope at the end of this week.
  • Kareem Moore, right knee scope on Tuesday the fourth.
  • “And Casey Rabach will have a right shoulder scope on Thursday the sixth.”

Volunteering this information unasked may not seem like a lot (especially since at least a couple of them were just confirming what the players themselves had already revealed), but … well, if you’ve been following the Shanahan press conferences all season, you have some clue what a big deal it is.

Here are a few more highlights from the presser: Read more »

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Redskins To Select Tenth In The 2011 Draft

Posted by Matt Terl on January 3, 2011 – 11:44 am

The funny thing about the argument over tanking for draft picks — last discussed here in the context of Rick Snider’s column following the Redskins’ win in Jacksoville — is that, in the end, it doesn’t really matter how hard you try to win or how much effort you put forth. The team’s effort last night was one of their best against the Giants in years, and in the end it was just another loss, the tenth on the season.

And, coincidentally enough, that tenth loss nets the Redskins the tenth pick in the 2011 draft.

Last time the Redskins selected tenth, World War 2 was still a going concern; the team chose former SEC Player Of The Year Jack Jenkins out of Vanderbilt. He played in 22 games over a span of five years from 1943-1947, carrying the ball 84 times for 274 yards. I’m not really sure how that was viewed in the NFL of 1947, but in 2011 I think you’re expecting a bit more production from that draft spot.

Looking at the tenth overall picks from the last decade or so, it’s an interesting spot to be choosing. Here, via mynfldraft.com, are the tenth overall picks since 2001:

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