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Redskins Name Sean McVay Tight Ends Coach

Posted by Matt Terl on February 16, 2011 – 4:59 pm

The Redskins have named Sean McVay as their tight ends coach. McVay stepped into that role for the final four games of the 2010 season following the departure of Jon Embree to become the head coach at the University of Colorado. And head coach Mike Shanahan believed that McVay performed well enough that he might be in demand around the NFL.

“Sean impressed me tremendously during his four games as our tight ends coach at the end of this past season,” Redskins Executive Vice President/Head Coach Mike Shanahan said in a statement. “He has an excellent rapport with the players and is a promising coach in the NFL. It quickly became clear after the season that he was going to be a full-time position coach in this league soon, and we wanted to make sure that it was with the Redskins.”

And tight end Chris Cooley, for one, couldn’t be happier. “I’m excited about Sean being the tight ends coach,” Cooley said. “We worked really well together. I feel like he can definitely help me improve my route running, things like that. He’s probably the smartest guy in terms of football knowledge that I’ve been around. He just knows everything. He knows everything about the offense, can break down defenses like crazy. I don’t know that there’s anything better I can say about him. He’s just really smart.”

The full press release after the jump.

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An Update On Brandon Banks

Posted by Matt Terl on February 16, 2011 – 4:55 pm

James Gould, the agent for Redskins wide receiver/kick returner Brandon Banks, has released another statement on Banks’ condition following the stabbing incident of this past weekend:

“Brandon is doing fine; he has been moved to Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, under the care of Redskins team physician, Dr. Anthony Casolaro. The knife nicked his lung creating a pneunomothorax condition. He still has a chest tube inserted and it will remain until the wound heals and the lung remains inflated.

“We are hopeful that the tube will be removed by Friday, and if the lung does not respond then a commonly performed procedure using a scope will be performed to repair the lung. Brandon should be released within 48 hours afterward. We expect 100 percent recovery where he can resume his offseason training in two to four weeks.

“We were hopeful that the tube would have been removed this past Monday, but the lung would not remain inflated. Brandon is in good spirits, especially after speaking with his friend, Christopher Nixon. Brandon would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Howard University Hospital for their care and appreciates the outpouring of love and support from his fans, teammates and the Redskins family.”

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The 1991 Redskins Doing '2 Legit 2 Quit'

Posted by Matt Terl on February 16, 2011 – 1:20 pm

An unexpected bonus of writing my earlier post about the fans with the FedExField sign was coming across video of the end of the January 1992 playoff game between the Redskins and the Falcons. The Falcons had come into town as a celebrity-filled circus; coach Jerry Glanville was notorious for leaving tickets for the late Elvis Presley at Will Call, and heavyweight champ Evander Holyfield and rapper Hammer (nee “MC Hammer”) were regulars on the sidelines.

The Falcons had, in fact, adopted Hammer’s then-new single “2 Legit 2 Quit” as their unofficial anthem after the artist invited Glanville, Deion Sanders, and wide receiver Andre Rison to appear in the single’s video. Mary McArdle wrote a piece explaining the phenomenon in the December 31, 1991 edition of USA Today, which contained the following:

Said Falcons spokesman Frank Kleha: ”The song epitomizes our season and all of our comeback victories and is symbolic of our ‘never say die’ attitude. We actually play (the song) in our locker room before our games as an inspiration. We have adopted it as our unofficial team song.”

Hammer has become good luck charm for the Falcons.

”We’re 4-1 when Hammer has been there,” said Kleha. ”He’s become a big part of our team. Coach Glanville has even asked him to deliver pregame and postgame prayers on occasion.”

(Watching the full ELEVEN MINUTE epic video with the benefit of twenty years hindsight, you wonder how anyone was flattered to appear in it at all, as it is unspeakably bad. I’m sure that today’s novelty singles will look just as stupid in 2031 and we’ll all be horrified that anyone actually DID the Dougie, let alone was asked for a director’s commentary on it.)

Anyhow, the Redskins beat up on the Falcons in the divisional round of the playoffs, the fans threw the seat cushions, and then — with the Redskins offense kneeling in the victory formation and the clock under 2:00 minutes, this happened on the sidelines:

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A Great Story About FedExField

Posted by Matt Terl on February 16, 2011 – 10:03 am

There’s a lot of nostalgia for RFK Stadium. For those of us who were lucky enough to be at the stadium during one of the Super Bowl years, it’s easy to understand why — I was at the legendary “flying seat cushions” game against the Falcons (at 6:08 here), and it was an amazing, never-to-be-replicated experience. But that nostalgia often curdles into bitterness when it’s contrasted with FedExField.

“FedExField is a charmless box of concrete,” the refrain goes, pretty much ignoring the fact that RFK was a largely charmless box of concrete as well. The charm at RFK comes from the memories — from that seat cushion game, from the stands bouncing up and down, from the WE WANT DALLAS cheers, and from the wins — that happened there.

And it takes time to imprint those kinds of memories on a stadium. Not just in the figurative sense of “imprint,” either: over at the DC Sports Bog, Dan Steinberg has the story of two fans who have literally made an impression on the stadium.

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