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Dallas Mavericks Assistant Coach Is A Very Optimistic Redskins Fan, And Other Links

Posted by Matt Terl on January 27, 2011 – 11:19 am

Darrell Armstrong is a former journeyman NBA player, currently serving as the player development coach for the Dallas Mavericks. He was a player on the Mavericks when he first came to the attention of Redskins fans. In 2005, after the Redskins beat the Cowboys 35-7 behind three touchdowns from Mark Brunell to Chris Cooley, Armstrong grabbed the microphone during a pregame ceremony and yelled “How bout those Redskins!”

The taunting earned Armstrong a $1,000 fine, which merited an AP story, which in turn explained:

As part of the pregame ceremonies, guard Devin Harris wished the crowd a happy holiday. Then Armstrong, who wasn’t scheduled to speak, asked for the microphone. He added his holiday wishes, then made his fine-inducing proclamation, a twist on a famous line by former Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson.A mixture of laughter and boos followed, even from German import Dirk Nowitzki. [Owner Mark] Cuban laughed, too, and joked with Armstrong about it when he returned to the bench.

Five years hasn’t dulled Armstrong’s fandom any. According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Full-Court Press blog, Armstrong — raised a Redskins fan in North Carolina — is picking the Redskins to win the Super Bowl a week from Sunday, despite the fact that they haven’t actually played a football game for weeks.

The Star-Telegram’s Dwain Price explains:

[W]hen Armstrong was asked Wednesday who will win next week’s Super Bowl between Pittsburgh and Green Bay, he didn’t hesitate to say: “The Redskins.”The Redskins will be playing the intrasquad Super Bowl team in a scrimmage. And the Redskins are going to win, 24-21.”

So I think we can make it official: the most optimistic Redskins fan in the world works for a pro sports team in Dallas — and more power to him.

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DeAngelo Hall In Hawaii

Posted by Matt Terl on January 26, 2011 – 3:19 pm

DeAngelo Hall is doing a video diary of his trip to the Pro Bowl for Comcast SportsNet. To be honest, this first episode isn’t the most dramatic internet video in history, but if you want to see a Redskins player arriving in Hawaii with his family while thanking the fans for the honor … well, here you go.


I’m sure it’ll pick up as the week goes on. I hope. Read more »

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The Equipment Logistics Of The Pro Bowl

Posted by Matt Terl on January 26, 2011 – 1:50 pm

This photo was taken last week; as you can tell by the big red number 98, those are Brian Orakpo‘s pads, and they’re sitting on those shipping boxes waiting for official word that Orakpo would be playing in Sunday’s Pro Bowl. The Pro Bowl coaching staffs include the equipment crews, and there are Hawaii-based equipment guys, but the players do wear a lot of their regular gear under those gaudy Pro Bowl jerseys.

I asked Redskins assistant equipment manager Anders Beutel to explain what, exactly, a guy going to the Pro Bowl means to them. Read more »

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Brothers Of The Legacy, Part 3

Posted by Matt Terl on January 26, 2011 – 12:25 pm

In today’s installment of the Brothers Of The Legacy documentary, Sonny Jurgensen and Sam Huff continue to play at a Hall of Fame level, and their peers offer up testimonials to their awesomeness. Plus, an entertaining retelling of Huff (and the Redskins) humiliating the Giants for trading him; Huff’s visible glee — even all these years later — at the firing of Giants coach Allie Sherman cracks me up every time. “He talks about it every day,” Jurgensen says, and he’s not lying.

I think the high point for me, though, is the play-by-play guy calling Jurgensen’s first game against the Eagles. Not only does he repeatedly refer to the quarterback as “Jurgy,” but he unleashes this SportsCenter-esque description of a pass: “Sonny hurls a honey to Bobby Mitchell, and it’s touchdown, Washington!”

Previous episodes: 12 Read more »

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Mixed Reviews On Jake Locker

Posted by Matt Terl on January 26, 2011 – 11:24 am

Everyone seems pretty convinced that the Redskins are paying close attention to Jake Locker at the Senior Bowl. There are reports that Redskins scouts “made a beeline” to talk to him on Monday, and even Gary Fitzgerald at the Redskins.com mothership has Locker listed as one to watch in Mobile.

So it seems worth noting that Locker’s performance is receiving pretty mixed reviews so far. And I don’t mean “mixed reviews” in the sense of “people are saying that he’s so-so”, I mean that — just like in my example of 2010 Selvish Capers — different reviewers are seeing wildly disparate things in Locker’s game.

Here are a few examples: Read more »

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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.

Previous episode: 1 Read more »

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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.

A few other links from today…. Read more »

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On Watching Ex-Redskins In The Playoffs

Posted by Matt Terl on January 24, 2011 – 2:45 pm

The Redskins haven’t played a game of football in three weeks, but Conference Championship Sunday seemed like part of Bruce Allen’s mission to reconnect with the team’s alumni. If it wasn’t Shaun Suisham kicking the ball for the Steelers, it was Antwaan Randle El fielding punts for the same team. If it wasn’t Todd Collins coming off the bench in relief of Jay Cutler, it was Mark Brunell warming up to come off the bench in relief of Mark Sanchez.

Redskins fans have not exactly been enthused about seeing these familiar faces. A reader named Jacob Knicely, for example, tweeted this to my attention when Cutler headed to the bench: Read more »

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Watch Brothers Of The Legacy Here, All Week

Posted by Matt Terl on January 24, 2011 – 11:24 am

If you couldn’t watch Brothers Of Legacy – the Redskins Broadcast Network documentary about the decade-spanning friendship between Sonny Jurgensen and Sam Huff — this past weekend, or if you did watch it but want to see it again, here’s some good news: we’ll be posting the entire piece this week, one segment a day. Like I said on Friday, this is a good story well told, and worth watching whether you remember Sonny and Sam for their play on the field or just know them from the radio broadcasts of Redskins games.

Here’s part one, featuring an introduction, a look back at Sam Huff’s early days in West Virginia, and Sonny Jurgensen’s youth in North Carolina through his days with Philadelphia.

Part two will be up tomorrow. Read more »

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