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Brothers Of The Legacy, Part 2

Posted by Matt Terl on January 25, 2011 – 4:00 pm

Here’s the second segment of Brothers Of The Legacy, a documentary about the friendship between Sonny Jurgensen and Sam Huff. In this installment, Jurgensen and Huff establish themselves in the NFL, then suddenly find themselves traded. Should you ever have the occasion to talk to Huff for a bit, you’re all but guaranteed to hear about him doing one or both of the following things:

1) Hitting Jim Brown
2) Abjectly loathing Allie Sherman

In case you don’t ever get that opportunity, this portion of the documentary offers an excellent sampler.

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Senior Bowl Flashback: Selvish Capers

Posted by Matt Terl on January 25, 2011 – 2:46 pm

Many of the “SLIDESHOW: 10 Guys The Redskins Are Watch At The Senior Bowl” articles that I’ve come across focus on the big tickets — the Jake Lockers, the Phil Taylors, the guys like that — but the time in Mobile can also be useful for checking out later-round projects.

Like, for example, 2010 seventh-rounder Selvish Capers. Capers spent the 2010 season on the practice squad before signing a reserve/futures contract after the season ended. No one thing ever gets a player selected, but Capers was at last year’s Senior Bowl, and you have to figure that what the scouts saw there contributed directly to his eventual draft position — and to his sticking around all season and into next year.

When I went back to see what that might have been, if there was anything specific that Capers showed in Mobile, I also got a quick lesson into why WHOSE reports you read are almost as important as WHAT they’re reporting. Check this out:

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How To Follow The Senior Bowl, And Other Links

Posted by Matt Terl on January 25, 2011 – 11:16 am

This week, the big event in the NFL offseason sweepstakes is the Senior Bowl, a collegiate all-star game held annually in Mobile, Alabama. Or, to be more correct, the big events are the practices leading up to the Senior Bowl; the game itself is almost secondary. But NFL scouts are diligently watching the practices, including a Redskins contingent led by director of player personnel Scott Campbell.

Campbell talked to Redskins.com’s Larry Weisman, and one of the things he explained was why the Senior Bowl is such a valuable scouting tool. “The Senior Bowl tends to tell a little more because it’s coached by NFL coaching staffs and is run in a way we’re familiar with, with the one-on-one type drills with an NFL staff coaching it,” Campbell said. “It’s catered to our needs and the best players come to that game. It’s going to be the best product from a college standpoint.”

(He said plenty of other things, too, and you should totally click through to Weisman’s article to read them.)

Once upon a time, Senior Bowl practices were largely out of sight of the average fan. You might read some coverage in the newspaper (which was this gray thing that showed up at the bottom of your driveway everyday), but — like the rest of the NFL offseason in the bad old days — it wasn’t exactly a spectacle or an event.

Things are kinda different now, to say the least, and you can follow Senior Bowl coverage in a bunch of different ways.


My favorite way to follow reporters at the Senior Bowl, and the most up-to-the-minute. This year, I’m finding the best (and most) coverage is coming from Michael Schottey (@Schottey), Wes Bunting (@WesBunting), and former Redskins safety Matt Bowen (@MattBowen41). These guys provide minute-by-minute updates of what’s going on down on the practice field, even occasionally tweeting pictures.

If you want to spend your day reading stuff like this:
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Boise St WR Austin Pettis. Big body, not real smooth out of his breaks–but has the size (6-2). Can give DBs issues on inside routes.less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

… well, Twitter’s probably the way to go for you.


If you’re more old-school and prefer to watch moving pictures on a larger screen, the NFL Network has plenty of Senior Bowl coverage for you. Check their schedule to get the specifics every day, but there seems to be a televised practice at 11:00 a.m., another at 5:00 p.m., and a recap at 8:30 p.m. And they’ll have the Senior Bowl itself at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.


Maybe all that Twitter and TV stuff is too immediate for you and you’d like a nice asynchronous means of communication — more like the newspaper, but without the whole driveway thing — here are a few links for that:

And, of course, we’ll have a bit of coverage here at Redskins.com as well.


Beats me. I assume they still do something also.

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