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Angela Rypien Discusses Her Dad And Getting Ready For The LFL Season

Posted by Matt Terl on May 16, 2011 – 3:30 pm

When news first broke about Angela Rypien working out at quarterback for the Lingerie Football League‘s Seattle Mist, I wrote that I’d do my best to keep up with the story as it developed. I was half-joking about it; the Redskins hook is that Angela Rypien is the daughter of Mark Rypien, MVP of Super Bowl XXVI and quarterback of one of the best offenses in Redskins history, but that barely seemed enough to warrant coverage here. It felt like an interesting aside in a historically slow offseason, but maybe not much more.

And then I spoke to the younger Rypien about her new gig, and — just like when I spoke to former Redskins linebacker Matt Sinclair about his stint coaching in the LFL — was struck by how seriously she takes the game.

“I think when people hear the name, they don’t exactly understand, or they kind of just turn their nose up,” Rypien says. “Just hearing about ‘Oh, lingerie,’ they don’t expect us to be playing real football and know that it’s full contact. It’s something that all of us are in just for the love of it, so I think it’s important for people not to judge until they really know about it.” Read more »

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Dexter Manley Offers His Take On Fixing The Defense

Posted by Brian Tinsman on May 16, 2011 – 11:33 am

Dexter Manley was at Redskins Park on Friday to dispense some advice to kids as part of the 4th & Life campaign. He also had some suggestions for Albert Haynesworth, but Manley didn’t stop there. Here, via intrepid intern Brian Tinsman, are his thoughts on the team’s 3-4 defense, the brand new pass-rushing tandem of Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan … and what needs to improve.

by Brian Tinsman

Dexter Manley was one of the most fearsome pass rushers of his generation, striking fear — and 253 pounds of burgundy and gold — into opposing quarterbacks. At Friday’s 4th & Life event at Redskins Park, he packed only a ferocious handshake as he shared with me a few thoughts on the team.

Manley was a stellar 4-3 defensive end for the Redskins from 1981-1989. In his time on the team he collected 91 sacks with his hand in the dirt. To see the team switch to the 3-4 last year, he says, was a mistake, especially with the older players.

“See, that’s a tough one,” he said. “You’ve been putting your hand in the dirt for a lot of years, and all of the explosiveness, it comes from where? You explosiveness comes from down here, in your glutes and in your thighs. You can pop off the ball, POW!” Read more »

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Chris Neild's Draft Day

Posted by Matt Terl on May 16, 2011 – 7:50 am

One of the main reasons my wife enjoys watching pro sports drafts is because she likes seeing all the happy families. It sounds basic, but over the years I’ve come to see her point: every draft pick, every crying mom, every giddy agent, every overwhelmed little brother — for every set of those people, this moment is basically the freeze-frame at the end of the Karate Kid. It’s rare that we get to see folks being that unguardedly happy.

But most of the time, we’re seeing the early picks, the folks who knew — and whose families knew — that they were going to be celebrating. The only questions for those folks are how early in the day the party can start in earnest, and what team they’re going to be rooting for.

The later round guys … they’re usually drafted off-camera, away from the public view, and it’s easy to assume that they don’t celebrate with quite the same enthusiasm as the higher selections. Well, here’s Redskins draft choice Chris Neild, a nose tackle out of West Virginia, to disprove that theory. Neild was selected with the second to last pick of the draft, but this YouTube retrospective on his draft party shows a household celebrating just as enthusiastically as anyplace that ESPN has ever sent an embedded reporter to.

A few quick notes: Read more »

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