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Tuesday Senior Bowl Notes: The Coaches

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 24, 2012 – 8:30 pm

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There were many reasons to be excited about watching today’s NFL Network coverage of the Shanahan-led Senior Bowl South Team’s practice.

For media, this was the first time since training camp that they’ve been privy to a practice in its entirety.  For most fans, this was the first opportunity to see how Redskins coaches interact with their respective group of position players.

I just thought it was pleasant to watch a “Redskins” practice from my living room.  I’m all about the simple things in life.

Here are some screen shots taken from today’s television coverage, with a focus on the Redskins coaching staff: Read more »

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Doc’s Orders: Scouting The Senior Bowl

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 24, 2012 – 7:26 pm

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In 2011, the Redskins joined most coaching staffs in Mobile, Ala. to scout the nation’s best four-year collegiate stars.  From there, they used six-of-12 draft picks on Senior Bowl participants, including the first three in a row.  This was more than any other team in the NFL.

Here’s the graphic on the six, as seen this afternoon on the NFL Network’s coverage of the Senior Bowl:

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Here are some additional facts about this dirty half-dozen: Read more »

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Kicker Loving The New Practice Bubble

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 24, 2012 – 6:34 pm

The ending of last weekend’s AFC Championship game reminded everyone in the NFL that there is no such thing as an automatic kick, and that things can go awry from the moment coaches call for a field goal, until the ball hits the back net.

Plain and simple, kicking is a lot harder than it looks.

Part of preparing for tough kicking conditions is practicing repetitions in lousy weather conditions.  But another part of preparing to do a precision task is to prepare in perfect conditions–the type made possible with a practice bubble.

Count Redskins kicker Graham Gano as a big fan of the new indoor practice bubble at Redskins Park.  He tweeted his appreciation for the all-weather bubble a short time ago: Read more »

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Chatting With Bruce, First View Of Raheem

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 24, 2012 – 4:59 pm

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Even though news continues to pour in from the Senior Bowl, video travels back a little bit slower.  Yesterday was the first public opportunity for Raheem Morris to strap on the Burgundy and Gold whistle, after being officially announced as the new defensive backs coach.

Here is footage from that practice, as Redskins Nation’s Larry Michael chats one-on-one with Redskins general manager Bruce Allen: Read more »

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Senior Bowl: Redskins Back To Work

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 24, 2012 – 2:06 pm

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For most coaching staffs, this time of year is reserved for film study, staff assessments and looking forward to next year.  Some coaches go on vacation and get away from the tribulations of the season, while others obsess over what could have been.

The Redskins coaching staff is taking ‘Option C’ down in Mobile, Ala. this week, working with the country’s top draft-eligible seniors in the annual Senior Bowl.  Here’s the first look at practice, via Redskins Nation’s Larry Michael: Read more »

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Hilliard Brings ‘Selfless’ Label To Coaching

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 24, 2012 – 11:14 am

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Yesterday evening, the Redskins announced that long-time Giants and Buccaneers receiver Isaac “Ike” Hilliard would be taking over the reins at wide receivers coach on the staff.

Now, we can finally ‘Like Ike.’

Hilliard was a first round (7th overall) pick by the Giants in 1997.  Over the course of his career, he had 546 receptions for 6,397 yards and 35 touchdowns.  As a division rival, he played the Redskins 14 times, tied for the most against any one team.  He also registered career-bests against the Burgundy and Gold in receptions (52), yards (690), touchdowns (7).

And now he’ll be looking to make more happy memories in Washington–ones that Redskins fans can really appreciate.

Despite the superstar pizzazz that seems to come standard with the receiver position, Hilliard has always had a professional, understated approach, which he can impart on the young receivers in Washington.

And even though most players struggle to make the transition to the sidelines, coaching is a passion for Hilliard.

After retiring in 2008, Hilliard wanted to try his hand at coaching the next season, but no paid positions were available.  So Hilliard joined the staff of UFL Florida Tusker’s head coach Jim Haslett as a volunteer with the wide receivers.

The Tuskers had a perfect regular season in 2009, leading the league in passing and scoring, winning by an average of 15 points.  With the success of the offense, Hilliard earned a promotion to the receivers coach position in 2010, as head coach Haslett departed for the Redskins.

Courtesy of Outside the Huddle with the Florida Tuskers, here’s a look at Ike the Coach, circa 2010: Read more »

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