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Donovan McNabb Explains What He Can Improve This Offseason

Posted by Matt Terl on February 1, 2011 – 4:07 pm

Donovan McNabb is serving as part of ESPN’s Super Bowl coverage in Dallas this week, so it’s safe to assume that he’ll be talking a lot. (He’d be a pretty lousy TV personality if he didn’t.) And if Donovan McNabb is talking, there’s a decent chance that it’ll be something of interest to Redskins fans. Frankly, I expect to be transcribing a fair bit of Donovan McNabb for the next few days, especially if the alternative is hearing EVEN MORE about Maurkice Pouncey’s ankle.

But today was especially notable, as McNabb sat down with Mike Tirico to get the slightly awkward prelimnaries out of the way. Read more »

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The Media Day Ritual: Doug Williams At Super Bowl XXII

Posted by Matt Terl on February 1, 2011 – 2:18 pm

It’s Super Bowl Media Day, and around these parts that means one thing: the annual retelling of the story of the stupidest question Doug Williams was never asked — or, rather, wasn’t asked in the way that people currently believe. Here’s the efficient retelling, from Jeff Merron of

The dumbest question in Media Day history came prior to Super Bowl XXII. You’ve probably heard the story. A mediot actually asked Redskins quarterback Doug Williams the following: “How long have you been a black quarterback?”

Can it get any worse than that? Probably not. Here’s the thing, though — the question was never asked. After Williams suffered through countless queries about being the first black QB to start a Super Bowl, Butch John, a reporter for the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger, seemed to have had enough. So he said, “Doug, it’s obvious you’ve always been a black quarterback all your life. When did it start to matter?”

John’s statement and question were jokes. Most reporters there got it, and they laughed. And then it was printed. But it has been twisted around and repeated, in the form it takes in this story’s first paragraph, ever since.

But that’s not to say that there weren’t any dumb questions asked at that particular Media Day. Norman Chad was writing WaPo’s Sports Waves media coverage column back then, and his piece on the Super Bowl coverage is pretty terrific. He breaks down what was done station by station — and (as an aside) there were two features I would honestly pay cash money to be able to watch today:

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Post-Senior Bowl Thoughts, And Other Links

Posted by Matt Terl on February 1, 2011 – 11:40 am

Last week I wrote about the 26-27-60 test for prospective NFL QB’s, which was brought to my attention by SBNation’s Redskins blog, Hogs Haven. Basically the test is an informal checklist of accomplishments that — when taken together — offers a reasonably decent prediction of a quarterback’s potential to succeed at the NFL level. The two names that shook out best at that point were TCU’s Andy Dalton and Alabama’s Greg McElroy.

Now Christopher Gates of SBNation’s Vikings blog, the Daily Norseman, brings another informal test into play. Gates refers to this one as the Parcells Principle, because it is, essentially, the four rules that Bill Parcells used to apply to drafting a quarterback. Here they are, per Gates:

  • The quarterback must be a senior. . .because you need time and maturity to develop into a good professional quarterback
  • He must be a graduate. . .because you want somebody that takes their responsibilities seriously.
  • He must be a three-year starter. . .because you want to make sure his success wasn’t a fluke and to know that he has been “the guy” for a significant period of time.
  • He must have 23 wins. . .because big numbers don’t mean a whole lot if you don’t win.

Gates does the computational legwork (and it’s worth reading), but the short version is that Dalton is the only guy to pass both of these informal tests. So if you’re looking for a quarterback that might still be on the board when the Redskins pick in the second round, here’s an argument for considering Dalton.

Chris Russell, ESPN980’s Redskins beat reporter, was less impressed with Dalton, but was VERY impressed with Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick. Here’s Russell, gushing enthusiastically:

Two plays that illustrate his talent a little better without the video, occured early in the 3rd Quarter, with the Nevada QB facing major heat from LB Colin McCarthy to his right. Kaepernick didn’t budge, and fired a heater with perfect timing and accuracy for a nice gain. Later in that same drive, Kaepernick was under heavy pressure and rolled to his right. While running towards the sideline, with eyes downfield, Kaepernick broke a tackle and gained a few yards on a completely broken play. He did it almost effortlessly. The series led to a field goal.

And in other quarterback news, CSNWashington’s Rich Tandler is now confident that the Redskins won’t pick Jake Locker at tenth overall. Which I’m totally fine with, for whatever that’s worth. Meanwhile, over on Bleacher Report, KC Clyburn offers ten reasons why Rex Grossman should be the Redskins starter next year. So it’s safe to say that at this point in the offseason, opinions are diverging wildly.

Some other links worth reading…. Read more »

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Mike Sellers And Chris Cooley With Snooki At The Auto Show

Posted by Matt Terl on February 1, 2011 – 9:19 am

The Washington Auto Show is running from January 28 to February 6 — you may have seen the ubiquitous commercials with the fake doctor guy on local TV — and features not just autos (as the name would lead you to believe) but different celebrity appearances every day of the show.

If you are my daughter, the biggest day was probably Saturday — Dora the explorer AND Captain Planet AND Wizards mascot G-Wiz AND Clifford the big red dog, all on the same day! — but if (as seems likely) you are a Redskins fan who is more than two years old, yesterday was probably the big one: current Redskins Chris Cooley and Mike Sellers, former Redskins great Brian Mitchell, and Snooki from MTV’s mega-hit reality show Jersey Shore.

I’m actually pretty much Jersey Shore illiterate, but even I know that Snooki’s presence is a pretty big deal — and if I had any doubt, this gallery from the always-excellent Jay Westcott at TBD would make it abundantly clear. But there’s one thing you won’t see in Westcott’s gallery: the Redskins meeting Snooki. Thank goodness for Twitter — and, more specifically, thank goodness for Susie Huitz (@barbque711). Huitz is (based on her tweets) an enormous fan of Snooki AND of DC sports, and she captured this image for posterity:

That’s Sellers in the green, Cooley next to him, and Snooki seated. I don’t think Huitz is going to replace Westcott at TBD anytime soon, but it’s solid work for now. Also worthy noting as far as this goes is The Examiner’s “Yeas & Nays” column, specifically this snippet from the January 3 edition entitled “Redskins pumped to meet Snooki”:

The pint-sized star plans to sign autographs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Washington Auto Show alongside the Washington Redskins’ Chris Cooley and Mike Sellers. We hear Cooley and Sellers are pumped.

“They are, like, so charged about meeting Snooki,” a source close to the event told Yeas & Nays.

I guess I’m the only one who’s not a Snooki fan.

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