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Players Allowed To Tweet From Pro Bowl

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 27, 2012 – 4:45 pm

via. nflrush.com

Tired of watching a three-hour football exhibition without knowing exactly what the participating NFL players were thinking?  Upset that the NFL banned players from tweeting, starting 90 minutes before kickoff and ending 45 minutes after the final whistle?

Well, this tweet is for you, sports fans.

The NFL’s public relations staff confirmed a story originally broken by CNBC’s sports marketing guru, Darren Rovel (@darrenrovel), via Twitter of all things.  Here’s the scoop: Read more »

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Shanahan Articulates His Scout Strategy

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 27, 2012 – 2:46 pm

via NFL Network

Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan sat down with the NFL Network crew at the Senior Bowl earlier this week and discussed the assessment process that takes place between now and the end of April.

Investing a draft pick, player salary, coaching time and organizational resources into a player is no small commitment, and Shanahan’s staff is meticulously collecting as much information as possible.  After a week-long look at the best draft-eligible seniors, these are the criteria behind Shanahan’s drafting decisions:

1. Coach the players–how do they play?
2. See their work ethic and preparation–can they adjust?
3. Hour-long meetings everyday–how do they learn?
4. Interview coaches, watch film, watch workouts–what kind of a person are they?
5. Take your best-educated pick.

At the end of the day, hopefully it will work out (like Ryan Kerrigan)–but it might not: Read more »

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Fletcher’s Pro Bowl Gloves, Ninja Assassin

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 27, 2012 – 11:34 am

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In the grand spectrum of football games, the annual NFL Pro Bowl is little more than an exhibition for bragging rights.  But that doesn’t mean it isn’t a thoroughly entertaining exhibition.

Before yesterday’s televised NFC squad practice, Redskins linebacker London Fletcher tweeted out his Burgundy and Gold-themed practice gloves, asking Twitter users: “Like or dislike?”

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But the fun was just beginning for the Redskins Iron Man, as he was the first player interviewed on the NFL Network’s coverage of the practice.  His player interviewer?  Houston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith, disguised as a ninja assassin.

Hilarity ensued (via NFL Network): Read more »

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Alexander Named To NFL’s ‘All-Joe Team’

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 27, 2012 – 10:36 am

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In the 4C section of today’s USA TODAY, Redskins linebacker Lorenzo Alexander was named to the “20th Annual All-Joe Team.”

This caps off a big year for the One Man Gang, in which he:

But this latest honor may be the most fitting of all.  USA TODAY has honored the unsung Joes of the NFL since 1992. Only players who have never been named to the Pro Bowl during their careers are eligible.

Now he can add an award that highlights the hard-working gridiron grunts that don’t get nearly the accolades that they so richly deserve.  While it may sound like a consolation prize, in the realm of blue-collar workers, it’s a badge of honor.

This was his succinct, but accurate bio in the article: Read more »

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