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Cheerleader Finals: The Boyfriend's Point Of View

Posted by Matt Terl on April 5, 2011 – 2:23 pm

That picture is what happened at the Cheerleader Finals on Sunday when they announced “Number 3, Sydney” as one of the last rookies to make the 2011 Redskins Cheerleader squad: Sydney went airborne on her way to her spot on the stage. You would be very safe assuming that Sydney was pretty happy about the announcement, and I’m sure that her boyfriend Nate was happy as well.

But I didn’t get to talk to Nate when he was happy. I spoke to Nate when he was a nervous wreck during the judges’ deliberations, and he gave me the boyfriend’s perspective on dating someone who is about to either become a Redskins cheerleader — or just narrowly miss, for the second straight year. Read more »

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Danny Smith On The New Kickoff Rules

Posted by Matt Terl on April 5, 2011 – 10:47 am

It’s understandable that special teams coach Danny Smith would have some strong feelings on the new kickoff rules. On the one hand, his teams have always excelled at kickoff coverage — something that’s going to change dramatically when the spot of the kick moves to the 35 yard line. The other side of the equation is no good for Smith either: he’s finally got a potentially gamebreaking return man in Brandon Banks, and suddenly the league has moved to reduce the chances of a gamebreaking return.

Smith recently sat down with Larry Michael on Redskins Nation, and took the opportunity to explain exactly how the changes would affect the Redskins special teams units — and if you’ve ever heard Danny Smith talk, you know it wasn’t boring. (If you’re in the DMV, you can catch a second part of the interview on today’s show at 5:30 and 11:30.)

“It’s gonna have quite an impact, I think,” Smith tells Michael. “Just to give you-without boring you with a lot of facts and figures-17 percent of kickoffs were touchbacks last year. 39 percent of kickoffs touched the endzone last year, so they’re decision-making ones – do I bring ’em out, do I not bring ’em out.

“Now if you move it up five [yards], those numbers are obviously gonna increase. So there’s gonna be some kickers that just kick it out of the endzone and you’re not going to get an opportunity to return. And there’s others that you don’t mind kicking to. Everybody in this league is a quality returner, obviously, or they don’t make it to this level. But some are better than others. So there’s some strategy involved in this decision, as well, for special teams coaches, in my mind, of who you wanna kick to and who you don’t. Or do you have a guy that can knock it out of the endzone, or knock it 7, 8, 10 yards deep?”

Which all makes a lot of sense, but is also pretty general. So how will it affect it the Redskins in particular? Read more »

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