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Redskins Must Wait To Unveil New Secondary

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 10, 2011 – 7:03 pm

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In addition to the Cooley being ruled out for Friday, we learned  from head coach Mike Shanahan that there is no timetable for LaRon Landry’s return.

The offseason addition of Oshiomogho Atogwe was supposed to solidify a somewhat porous secondary.  Atogwe has sat out of practice the last couple days and Landry has yet to see the field.

“You keep on hoping that with the rehab and the way they’re out there working on the field, that it won’t take long,” he said in his post-practice press conference.  “When [he] feels like [he’s] able to play, we’ll take him off P.U.P. and have them compete and get some playing time.”

This development makes the Reed Doughty signing even more valuable and logical.

Check out the last press conference before the game, below: Read more »

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The House That Jess Built

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 10, 2011 – 5:00 pm

During yesterday’s practice, I was approached on the sidelines by a gentleman seeking a roster.  I was standing with a member of the public relations staff, who handed him the paper, and he studied it intently for a few minutes.

When he was done, he looked up and said, “Y’know, I helped build this place.”

I beg your pardon?

“It was a team, and we were an electric contract,” he went on.  “B&H Electric Company, and the best of my recollection it was in the early ’80’s when we finished the project.”

As it turned out, R.B. “Jess” Hendrix is not only one of the people that helped build Redskins Park, but he’s also a fixture of Redskins lore.  By his own admission, he’s good friends with practically every meaningful Redskin in the last few decades.

But let’s start at the beginning of his Redskins tale.  How did he win the bid? Read more »

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Barry Cofield Has An Electric Pass Rush

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 10, 2011 – 2:51 pm

In his first five seasons in the league, Barry Cofield has had at least one sack, and 10.5 and in his career.  In 2010 he had a career high four sacks, which gave him for opportunities to pop up and deliver his patented “Taser Sack Dance.”

This was him last year against the Bears:

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Defense Remains Focused On Turnovers

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 10, 2011 – 1:09 pm

The role of any defensive coordinator is to outfox the opposing offense and stop the team from scoring.  Jim Haslett takes it one step further and tries to create turnovers and score on defense.

Today, the defense focused on drills that generate turnovers from the line and linebacker positions.

Check out the line drills below:

As you can hear, rookie defensive end Jarvis Jenkins (No. 99) drew the most praise from defensive line coach Jacob Burney.  Jenkins is right in the thick of things for playing time on the line, and could be a contributor right away.

At the same time, the linebackers were practicing interceptions in coverage.  Linebackers coach Lou Spanos would lob a ball and call out “Ball!” when it reached it’s peak.  The linebackers had to turn and identify the ball and try to make a play on it.

Many of the players who are comfortable in coverage looked good in this drill.  Converted defensive ends Ryan Kerrigan, Brian Orakpo, and Markus White struggled a little bit in this drill.

Linebackers Rocky McIntosh and Rob Jackson did pretty well.

Check out the video below:

I did appreciate that Spanos missed the pass back from Fletcher when the drill ended.

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Run Home Evan, Run Home

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 10, 2011 – 8:52 am

At this time in 2005, Evan Royster was in training camp in northern Virginia.  He was working on his burst through the line, his speed around the end, and picking up the blitz in the backfield.

And thinking about who to take to his senior homecoming.

At that point, Royster hadn’t rushed for 2,200 yards and 30 touchdowns in his senior season at Westfield High School.  At that point, he wasn’t yet the leading rusher in the history of Penn State football.

At that point, he couldn’t have predicted that he’d be back six short years later as a member of his hometown Washington Redskins. Read more »

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A Fan’s Guide To The Pittsburgh Steelers

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 10, 2011 – 7:56 am

Pittsburgh Steelers fans travel notoriously well and don’t always make the best house-guests.  While they will probably be easy to spot, here are a few ways to protect yourself, should you find yourself surrounded at FedExField.

1. Keep the Steel City out.

The only reason why Steelers fans travel so well is because home fans sell them their tickets.

My solution: Don’t sell them your ticket!  If you can’t go, find a Redskins fan who can. If you don’t know any, run a background check before you sell it.  Find character witnesses for any prospective buyers–anything, but don’t sell your homefield advantage.

2. They will be carrying yellow Terrible Towels. Read more »

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