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Redskins Coach Bill Walsh?

Posted by Matt Terl on June 3, 2011 – 7:05 pm

Remember when Bill Walsh coached Art Monk and the Redskins to a big win in Super Bowl XVII? No? Me neither. But someone at FiOS certainly does. Honestly, I have no idea what’s going on here, but it seems like a terrific way to start off the weekend.

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DC Sports Bog’s images of the week, via @mastro72
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What The NFL Combine Told Us About Ryan Kerrigan

Posted by Ross Leonhart on June 3, 2011 – 1:41 pm

Redskins.com intern Ross Leonhart takes a look at first-round draft choice Ryan Kerrigan‘s numbers from the NFL Combine in March to see how they stack up.

There is more to a football game than running around a couple of orange cones, jumping up and down on the field, and hitting the weight room in tight shirts and short shorts. If there weren’t, the NFL Draft would be no mystery each year. The NFL Combine would tell us everything we need to know about a player. In reality, that’s just out of pads. When the pads are on, it’s a different story.

But it does help to be able to produce those Combine numbers to play linebacker in the NFL. Here’s how Redskins first-round selection Ryan Kerrigan did, according to NFL.com:

  • 40-Yard Dash: 4.71
  • Bench Press: 31
  • Vertical Jump: 33.5′
  • Broad Jump: 10’2”
  • 3-Cone Drill: 7.18 seconds
  • 20-Yard Shuffle: 4.39 seconds

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Chris Cooley Tells the Story Behind the Wrestling

Posted by Brian Tinsman on June 3, 2011 – 1:22 pm

I mentioned the wrestling match between Chris Cooley and Fred Davis in a roundup of reports from the players-only practice last week. Specifically, I called it “frankly terrifying”. Well, Cooley discussed the match in his epic podcast with Rich Eisen, and intern Brian Tinsman has the details as the second post in his remarkable series, “Lots Of Things Chris Cooley Told Rich Eisen”. (Previously: Cooley and prank calls.) Here’s the video again to get you prepared, with Tinsman’s transcription of Cooley-to-Eisen afterward. I still find this terrifying.


Here’s Cooley’s explaination of that match to NFL Network host Rich Eisen on Eisen’s NFL.com podcast:

I had a wrestling match with Fred Davis, which I didn’t think was that out of the ordinary. I would wrestle any time. Guys are doing a lot of different workouts around the league, and working out with trainers. And I guess Fred had been wrestling on a Wednesday, and the group of guys he was working out with would wrestle. So he said ‘Oh, I think I can beat you.’ And I told him that he was absolutely out of his mind, which he was. And we wrestled.

Cooley was sure to emphasize that he was victorious in the match, but that shouldn’t be surprising since he was a high school wrestling state champion in Utah. Read more »

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Chris Cooley Loves Prank Calls

Posted by Brian Tinsman on June 3, 2011 – 12:02 pm

Redskins.com intern Brian Tinsman listened to and transcribed an incredibly long podcast interview between Chris Cooley and Rich Eisen. I suspect we’ll be able to get a few different posts out of it, but Cooley’s explanation of his elaborate prank calls has to be first. It is quite possibly the awesomest thing you will read and/or listen to today.

Chris Cooley is a hard-nosed football player on the field, and a free spirit off of it. He recently had a chance to sit down with NFL Network host Rich Eisen on his NFL.com podcast, to discuss, among other things, his love for prank calls.

The topic came up when Eisen referenced an off-air conversation where Cooley had promised to prank call him the night before the show. For clarity’s sake, Eisen used to be a host on ESPN, and this is what Cooley said:

I really wanted to prank call you and make it be something that you’d be mad about, and then just bring it up, mid-podcast. I can’t remember who I was going to be. I was going to be somebody from Sports Center, and I was going to say that you were the absolute worst host of a show, it was a joke…You’ll get your prank call. I would have done my research.

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Leonard Hankerson's New Shoes

Posted by Ryan Gracia on June 3, 2011 – 11:45 am

When Redskins.com intern Ryan Gracia isn’t being an intern, one of his other roles is “soccer player,” so he’s particularly attuned to things like new cleats and the difference they can make in performance. So the news of rookie WR Leonard Hankerson‘s new shoe deal was right up his alley. Also, “Things Leonard Hankerson Wears” is becoming a serious area of growth here at the Redskins Blog.

Typically, it takes rookies some time to get their feet underneath them as they adjust to life in the NFL.

That shouldn’t be a problem for Leonard Hankerson, though. His feet will have the constant comfort of the newest – and lightest – football cleats made from Adidas.

Although the only football field his feet have touched since being drafted by the Redskins was a high school field at an undisclosed location in Virginia, Hankerson’s stellar collegiate career, combined with his 4.40 NFL Combine 40-yard-dash time (ranking him fifth among receivers), have made him a hot topic leading up to his rookie season. Read more »

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Hail! Throwback And Art Monk's Facial Hair

Posted by Matt Terl on June 3, 2011 – 9:24 am

Yesterday, I posted a link to a picture of Art Monk in his Jets gear. This led directly to a threatening email from Brian Murphy of Homer McFanboy reading, and I quote, “you ever post another link to my favorite redskin of all time wearing a jets jersey again and you’re dead to me.” (Murphy didn’t give me permission to post his email — it was a private, personal threat — but I wanted it on the public record just in case I vanish this weekend.)

Anyhow, I like to think that Hail! writer/artist Ben Ceccarelli somehow sensed my peril and crafted today’s comic as a way of appeasing Murphy. Because he’s excellent like that. As always, click this first panel or the Read More link to see the rest of the strip.

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