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See The Redskins Cheerleaders’ Final Auditions On Sunday

Posted by Matt Terl on March 31, 2011 – 5:15 pm

Final audtions for the Redskins Cheerleaders will be held this Sunday, April 3, at The State Theater in Falls Church, Virginia, and they’re open to the public. Doors open at 1:00, the event starts at 2:00, general admission tickets cost $15 — you can see all the details here.

It’s actually a pretty exciting event, somewhere between a beauty pageant and the final episode of a reality TV show (a comparison I made at length last year). If you’re in the area, it’s definitely worth checking out.

(Speaking of last year’s finals, the promo video above marks a nice coda to that story. Marisa, posing next to the text in the stop-screen thumbnail on the video, was the candidate I profiled last year. She’s gone from a not-quite-there-yet in 2009 to a rookie last year to, now, an established face of the squad inviting you to attend this year’s finals. It’s like the circle of cheerleading life, or something.) Read more »

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Reed Doughty Discusses Kidneys And The 3-4 With ESPN980

Posted by Matt Terl on March 31, 2011 – 3:29 pm

Redskins safety Reed Doughty spent some time the other night talking to Redskins beat reporter Chris Russell on ESPN980. The conversation covered the spectrum, from Doughty’s characteristic charity work to how the defense can improve their ranking. You can listen to it in the 980 Audio Vault (in the miscellaneous tab), but Redskins.com intern Brian Tinsman has the highlights below.

by Brian Tinsman

During a recent interview with Chris Russell on ESPN 980, Reed Doughty detailed his busy offseason. In addition to staying in shape for football, Doughty will be Honorary Walk Chair for this Sunday’s Northern Virginia Kidney Walk at the Reston Town Center.

“The reason why I’m doing it is because my son was born with kidney disease,” Doughty told Russell. “For my son, his disease was not preventable, but for so many people in the Washington DC area-which [has] the highest prevalence of kidney disease in the nation-it is preventable.”

The walk will be held on April 3rd at 3 p.m. and features both one mile and 5k options. Registration is free, but participants are encouraged to raise at least $200. All benefits will go to the National Kidney Foundation.

“There’s 26 million Americans affected by kidney disease and over 700,000 in the Washington DC area,” Doughty explained. “We’re just trying to create, obviously some donations and funds, but I’m also out there just trying to create some awareness for what causes kidney disease and how we can prevent it.”

As for Doughty’s son, he’s enjoying a regular life after wife, Katie, was able to donate her kidney to save his life. “He’s three years post-transplant and he’s doing great, but he was on dialysis,” Doughty said. “Obviously in regards to him having only one kidney, he’s not going to be playing a whole lot of contact sports and things of that nature. But no, he’s been doing great, he’s been going to preschool and he’s doing all of the things that kids get to do.”

Doughty also took the time to talk to Russell about some football.

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Keenan McCardell Does Some Self-Scouting

Posted by Matt Terl on March 31, 2011 – 12:50 pm

Keenan McCardell is hip-deep in his second offseason as an NFL coach, the first where he’s had a full season to observe and evaluate the guys in his wide receiver group. So when he sat down with Larry Michael for an exclusive interview on Redskins Nation, it was natural that the topic of self-scouting would come up. McCardell broke down not only his own performance as a rookie coach, but also reviewed where his inexperienced wide receiver corps stands after one year.

The interview is airing in two parts on Redskins Nation; you’ve already seen (or missed) Part 1, and Part 2 airs on tonight’s show. Or you can watch the entire thing above — and even if you read all the quotes here, there’s plenty of stuff that I haven’t transcribed — but for the printcentric among you, here are a few excerpts of those self-scouting sessions:

McCardell On Keenan McCardell:
“It was a great experience for me, to get a chance to learn from Kyle, Coach Shanahan, from all the coaches on our coaching staff how to b ea professional coach. I’ve been a professional football player, but how to be a professional coach, how to do the tasks that you need to make your guys better. You need to show guys a lot of film; you being a player, you kinda forget about how much film your coach used to bring to you to watch, to make you better. And as a player that’s formerly played, you kinda think those guys should already know this, but you need to show ’em and continue to show them — the biggest thing is to show them themselves. You know, ‘This is why you’re making this mistake.’ It was a great experience for me.”

McCardell On Anthony Armstrong:
“He’s a great person to coach. He’s a great person, period…. I’m looking for him to make another step. People’ve gotta realize that this was his first year ever playing at this level. For him to make the next step, he has the want-to. I know he has the want-to in him, and it’s my job to help him make the next step to get even better than what he was this year.”

McCardell On Malcolm Kelly: Read more »

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Draft Day Party Flashback: Trent Williams Meets The Fans

Posted by Matt Terl on March 31, 2011 – 9:42 am

The 2011 Draft Day Party is on April 30, less than a month away, and it’s a good time every year. As this year’s event approaches, I’ll be looking back at Draft Day Parties past; meanwhile, you should go print your party pass and start making plans to hit this year’s event.

First up, a scene from last year’s event as newly-drated offensive lineman Trent Williams gets his first look at Redskins fans.

When new offensive tackle Trent Williams took the stage at today’s Draft Day Party at FedExField, it was the first time he had seen a large gathering of Redskins fans, but not the first time he’d heard about them. His good friend (and fellow Redskin) Malcolm Kelly saw to that. “You know, Malcolm told me a lot about the fans,” Williams told me. “He told me they was crazy about their football, and that — coming from Oklahoma — it was the same type of treatment. That was really important to me, comin’ to an NFL team.”And Redskins fans lived up the advance billing:

“I knew college fans were really die-hard, but I didn’t really expect that from NFL fans. I really expect we’ve got the best fans in the nation.”

Later, Williams was asked what the fans can expect from his tenure with the Redskins, and he answered with absolute conviction:

“Super Bowl appearances”It was, he told me after his appearance, something that he extrapolated from what Orakpo had told him before they took the stage. “He just told me that they got a great culture here, made some great offseason moves, and that we’re in the position we wanna be in. He said that if I come in with that chip on my shoulder ready to play, the sky’s the limit.”

At that point, though, Williams hadn’t so much as put on a Redskins jersey. So for a brief while, his best moment as part of the Redskins was meeting the fans at the Draft Day Party. “The ovation I got when I walked onstage,” he told me at the time. “Everyone was already standing, but the ovation was amazing.”

Click here for more details on this year’s festivities and to print out your party pass. Read more »

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