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Redskins Talk About Practicing Tackling

Posted by Matt Terl on November 6, 2009 – 4:39 pm

In yesterday’s links post, I wrote briefly about an Associated Press article that put forth the idea that not tackling in practice was leading to shoddy tackling in games. Here’s a quick excerpt to give you the flavor of the thing, but it’s really worth reading:

Sure, [not tackling in practice] keeps everybody healthy, but some Sundays can look pretty ragged. Many players get a chance to tackle at full speed only during exhibition games. It shows once the regular season begins.

“It shows a whole bunch,” Redskins safeties coach Steve Jackson said. “That’s one of the fundamental skills. A lot of people don’t tackle now because of the salary cap. You lose a guy because of a tackling drill, you’re the dumbest guy on the planet.”

But one thing I noticed as I read it through is that most of the quotes come from people who definitely aren’t missing tackles on Sundays: coaches. Since missed tackles have been a problem for the Redskins defense at points this year, I thought it would be worth asking some of those guys for their thoughts on this article’s premise. Read more »

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Phillip Daniels Has A High Pain Threshold

Posted by Matt Terl on October 12, 2009 – 5:06 pm

One thing head coach Jim Zorn really seems to enjoy in his weekly day-after-the-game press conferences is describing the injuries players have received. He’s rarely satisfied with your basic sprain/strain descriptors, and likes to go into loving, borderline-obsessive detail in his descriptions.

This can get pretty disgusting. Example A: today’s talk about Phillip Daniels.

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Two More Tendered

Posted by Matt Terl on February 26, 2009 – 12:35 pm

Like kicker Shaun Suisham last night, defensive tackles Kedric Golston and Anthony Montgomery received tender offers from the team, meaning that the Redskins can match any offers they receive. So if the non-stop barrage of Albert Haynesworth rumors prove false, the middle of last year’s line remains intact. And if the rumors are correct … well, that’s either some solid depth at tackle or another competitive position battle in training camp. Read more »

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Redskins Talk Pets

Posted by Matt Terl on January 14, 2009 – 1:04 pm

Over the course of the season, I found myself in more conversations with players about their pets than I could reasonably have expected, but somehow it never seemed to fully cohere into a complete post for the blog. There was always something more important going on.

Well, it’s the offseason now, and there’s not very much going on at all, so now it coheres just fine, thanks.

Most of the guys have dogs, which you’d probably expect. What you might not expect is that the dog owners break down into two general categories, neither of whom gets too excited about discussing their dogs: you’ve got the people with big dogs, who are afraid of being lumped in with Michael Vick, and you’ve got the people with little dogs, who blame the dogs largely on their wives or girlfriends.

Rock Cartwright falls pretty squarely into the second category, with a toy poodle named Tyke (“He’s actually a great dog,” Cartwright says, when I look surprised. “He’s not hyper at all, and he likes to cuddle all the time.”)

Khary Campbell
and his wife have a three pound Yorkie. Anthony Montgomery splits the difference — he has a pit bull and his girlfriend has a five pound Yorkie.

“The Yorkie is the aggressive one, believe it or not,” Montgomery says. “The Yorkie is jealous and possessive. If me and my girlfriend are rubbing the pit bull the Yorkie goes crazy. He attacks the pit bull, biting him.”

So they don’t get along? “Oh, no, they play all the time. And if we’re outside and they run up on some dogs, he tries protect the pit bull.” Read more »

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