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Concrete Removal Update: FedExField Looks Even More Different

Posted by Matt Terl on June 21, 2011 – 5:18 pm

Well, that opening looks much more symmetrical now, and I still really like it. As always: here’s the backstory for those who don’t know what’s going on; I’ll have more details as soon as I get them; and click the pictures to enlarge — they look much better at a bigger size.

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Anthony Armstrong Wants To Continue Coaching Soccer…For DC United

Posted by Ryan Gracia on June 21, 2011 – 3:03 pm

Intern Ryan Gracia knows him some soccer. If this actually happens, he can be the official soccer correspondent of the Redskins Blog.


After a full season coaching 7-and-8-year-old soccer players in the Loudon County recreation league, Anthony Armstrong thinks he’s ready to bypass that small step for man and immediately take one giant leap for mankind.

OK, so mankind me be a bit much, but in a brief interview with CSN Washington’s Russ Thaler at the DC United Celebrity Golf Tournament, Armstrong noted that he could be looking to seriously boost his coaching resume if the lockout continues — as long as DC United is looking to hire.

Armstrong joined Redskins legend and former linebacker Ken Harvey and many DC United players at the 1757 Golf Club in Ashburn to partake in the tournament. The U.S. Open this past weekend gave him high hopes that he could emulate the performances by professional golf’s best.
“I was inspired by Rory McIlroy and Bubba Watson and all their outfits,” Armstrong told Thaler, “so I figured this time I’m gonna make sure I play the part. The last tournament I was in was [the Leukemia Golf Classic hosted by teammate Brian Orakpo]. I didn’t play the part there.”

He claimed that looking the part and playing the part go hand-in-hand but by the looks of his swing on the driving range, my guess is he looked better than he played.

At the time of the interview, Armstrong said he hadn’t met any of United’s players yet. But rather than on the golf course, he may meet them on the soccer field if his wish comes to fruition.

“I’ll poke around and start asking questions and see if they need a coach,” Armstrong told Thaler. “I can at least be some sort of assistant or intern until this lockout’s over.”

His transition from the first-year “Ninjas” to a professional soccer team with a storied history as DC United’s — full of championships and world-class players — in a matter of months may be difficult and the idea farfetched, but with the success he had with the Ninjas, there’s no way DC United can turn away a man so skilled at his craft.


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Joe Gibbs Is A Really Good Guy

Posted by Brian Tinsman on June 21, 2011 – 2:43 pm

Intern Brian Tinsman finds a terrific depiction of Joe Gibbs by way of Reed Doughty.

There’s no question that former Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs was an all-time great. He coached the team to four Super Bowls, winning three, and was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame before his second stint with the team. One element to his success was his ability to impact the personal lives of his players.

Redskins safety Reed Doughty (@doughty37) joined former Redskin Brian Mitchell (@Bmitchlive) on his video program “BMitch Live” to discuss his journey so far in the NFL. Doughty attributed much of his opportunity rookie year to the compassion of his first NFL head coach.

Doughty sets up the story by talking about juggling a hectic schedule in his first training camp:

My rookie year, my son was born with kidney failure the day before the last preseason game. I actually had to miss that game. I had to call Coach Gibbs and say, “Y’know, I’m actually not gonna be able to come back.”

Clearly Doughty did not expect this to go over well with the organization, and understood if this resulted in him being cut:

He actually told me, “You’re doing the right thing for your family, but we can’t guarantee you a job here. That’s one less opportunity to see you play.”

So I just had to have faith that, y’know, this was the right decision to make, to miss that last preseason game to take care of my son.

Four years later, we know that Doughty’s faith–along with a lot of hard work on the field–paid off for him and he’s enjoyed a good start to his career. He’s driven by the fact that nothing has been given to him along the way, except the opportunity to prove himself:

I still remember [special teams coordinator] Danny Smith, the first day that I came back after my son was born–I came back four or five days later–and he said, “This is a day-to-day job interview for you. You made the team, but there’s no guarantee that you’ll be here tomorrow, so you have to get better.”

Doughty remembers how Gibbs bridged the gap between coaches and players to make sure that Doughty knew how much he understood and cared about Doughty’s struggles:

There’s certain people in your life that really mold you. But there’s certain people that you come in contact with, that have an authority over you, that you respect. But [Gibbs is] a guy that I not only respected, but he came down a level. Y’know, he’s not up there just coaching and then you never talk to him; he was very personable.

I’d see him after practice, and I’m a defensive guy, and he’s an offensive coach–you usually don’t have a lot of contact. “Hey, how’s Micah doing? What’s going on with him right now?” For him to take that time, it meant a lot.

I will never, ever forget the day my son had his transplant. I got home two days later, and on the voicemail at my house, was Coach Gibbs talking to me and saying a prayer for my son, for that kidney transplant. Y’know, he didn’t have to do that, and it just kind of showed you the type of man that he is. That, I appreciate, and will never forget.

Gibbs will always be remembered in Redskins Nation for the impressive feats that he orchestrated on the football field. But it shouldn’t be forgotten, that for a number of the players he coached, he was a real class act.

For the complete video of the interview, check it out below:


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Redskins Nesting Dolls

Posted by Matt Terl on June 21, 2011 – 12:40 pm

Now that I’ve broken the ice on terrible solstice puns, here’s something else completely random: Washington Redskins matryoshka, or Russian nesting dolls. The existence of the dolls themselves isn’t all that weird, but the selection of players here is kinda unusual.

Donovan McNabb, sure. Clinton Portis and Santana Moss, absolutely. But Fred Davis wearing number 6? That seems strange. And … Willie Parker? Larger than Moss? Not quite sure what they’re thinking there. (I’m believe you can customize the figures, so perhaps these were just selected by an enormous fan of the 2010 preseason. Still: odd.)

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Happy Redskins Solstice

Posted by Matt Terl on June 21, 2011 – 11:13 am

The summer solstice occurs today at 1:16 p.m. EDT. According to WaPo’s excellent Capital Weather Gang blog, that “marks the time at which the sun’s rays are at zenith (directly overhead) at 23.5 degrees north latitude, better known as the Tropic of Cancer.” Or, also according to CWG but much less technical-sounding, today “has the longest daylight period and shortest night of the year, and the noontime sun angle reaches its maximum height.”

You might not think there is any possible tie between the Redskins and the solstice, but you would be A) very wrong, and B) severely underestimating the things that wind up on the internet.

So here, in honor of the longest day of the year, are some pictures of a Pontiac Solstice with a Redskins WindRestrictor and third brake light decal. Sure, it’s a Solstice, not the solstice, but I’m not choosy. These pictures come from a 2007 post on TheWarpath.net by a gentleman named BillyHarless; hopefully the car has only gotten even more awesome in the intervening four years.

And here, just in case that wasn’t good and/or ridiculous enough, is a Washington Redskins horizontal pouch case for a Samsung Solstice.

Happy longest day of the year, everyone.

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Limited Number Of FedExField Seats To Be Sold For Charity

Posted by Matt Terl on June 21, 2011 – 11:00 am

Finally, a definitive answer to the question I’ve been asked most often since the cranes started lifting things out of the upper deck:

Yes, there will be an opportunity to acquire seats from FedExField. But supplies are limited: there’s just 400 350 of the seat pairs available at $250 per pair, so be sure to reserve your seats and a place in line by contacting the team at 301-276-6063.

The sale itself will take place at 9:00 a.m. on July 22, 2011 at FedExField, and ALL proceeds go to the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation. Seat pairs include a specially-designed metal mounting kit that will allow the seats to be set up in homes, patios, or gardens.

(Click photo to enlarge.)

UPDATE: I’m told it’s around 350 pairs of seats rather than 400.

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Donovan McNabb Promises A ‘Special’ 2011 Season To Someone

Posted by Matt Terl on June 21, 2011 – 9:27 am

While Redskins fans have found themselves debating Rex Grossman (who is not technically on the roster) vs. John Beck (who hasn’t taken a regular season snap in three years), Donovan McNabb has largely been the forgotten man, and he’s seemed content to remain that way.

I’m not sure why McNabb chose The Real Robinson Report — a YouTube project from Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson — as an outlet for these thoughts, and I’m not quite sure what to read into their content, either. So here it is without further comment from me. Transcript after the jump.

McNabb: “For my Facetime: 2011 is different than 2010. For those who wanna sit back and dwell on what happened last year, so be it. But 2011’s gonna be a special season. A season in which I feel that I’ve prepared myself well — not just conditioning and strengthwise, but most importantly getting back to the fundamentals. And I look to display that in the 2011 season. And for those who feel like it can’t be possible: I’ll prove you wrong.”

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