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Chris Cooley Interviews AFC Pro Bowlers

Posted by Matt Terl on January 31, 2011 – 1:32 pm

Chris Cooley didn’t make good on his threat to kneecap Tony Gonzalez or Jason Witten, but he managed to find work at the Pro Bowl anyhow. Serving as a player correspondent for NFL Network, Cooley covered the AFC squad. He attended practice (which I’ll get to in a bit) and also interviewed a whole slew of AFC players before kickoff. So if you ever wanted to know if Wes Welker modeled his entire career on Tweeder from Varsity Blues, if Jamaal Charles was feeling overworked by Bill Belichick in Pro Bowl practices, or what strategy Terrell Suggs employed for the game itself … well, Chris Cooley will GET YOU THOSE ANSWERS.

The best part, I think, is at the end, when Cooley looks at Tennessee Titans rookie Pro Bowl returner Marc Mariani and asks, “Has it been tough all week with all the people asking you what it’s like to be Peyton Manning’s son?”

“You know, I get that a lot, Chris,” Mariani says, just as you realize that he does look like Peyton Manning. “I mean, it’s a tough thing, two good-lookin’ dudes …. It’s just one of those things — y’know, we have the same football skills as well.” Read more »


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Mixed Reviews On Jake Locker

Posted by Matt Terl on January 26, 2011 – 11:24 am

Everyone seems pretty convinced that the Redskins are paying close attention to Jake Locker at the Senior Bowl. There are reports that Redskins scouts “made a beeline” to talk to him on Monday, and even Gary Fitzgerald at the Redskins.com mothership has Locker listed as one to watch in Mobile.

So it seems worth noting that Locker’s performance is receiving pretty mixed reviews so far. And I don’t mean “mixed reviews” in the sense of “people are saying that he’s so-so”, I mean that — just like in my example of 2010 Selvish Capers — different reviewers are seeing wildly disparate things in Locker’s game.

Here are a few examples: Read more »


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On Watching Ex-Redskins In The Playoffs

Posted by Matt Terl on January 24, 2011 – 2:45 pm

The Redskins haven’t played a game of football in three weeks, but Conference Championship Sunday seemed like part of Bruce Allen’s mission to reconnect with the team’s alumni. If it wasn’t Shaun Suisham kicking the ball for the Steelers, it was Antwaan Randle El fielding punts for the same team. If it wasn’t Todd Collins coming off the bench in relief of Jay Cutler, it was Mark Brunell warming up to come off the bench in relief of Mark Sanchez.

Redskins fans have not exactly been enthused about seeing these familiar faces. A reader named Jacob Knicely, for example, tweeted this to my attention when Cutler headed to the bench: Read more »


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The Internet Responds To The Existence Of Cam Newton And The Redskins Tenth Overall Pick

Posted by Matt Terl on January 20, 2011 – 10:38 am

Two years ago, Mel Kiper was correct about the Redskins’ eventual first-round draft pick from the moment he released his first official mock draft. On January 22nd, 2009, Kiper predicted that Brian Orakpo of the Texas Longhorns would be Washington’s pick; just shy of two years later, Orakpo in unofficially slated to go to his second consecutive Pro Bowl wearing a burgundy and gold helmet. Nice work, Mel!

Last year didn’t go quite so well for Kiper’s Redskins projections. His first effort, almost exactly a year ago, had QB Sam Bradford going to Washington. And who knows, perhaps Kiper would’ve been correct on that as well — but Bradford’s stock rose and he wasn’t on the board for Washington to even consider.

On the other hand, that wouldn’t have mattered to Kiper’s projections, because a month later in his version 2.0 mock, he had switched the Redskins pick to QB Jimmy Clausen — with Bradford still on the board. “Clausen will gain momentum after the combine,” Kiper confidently wrote. “Once he’s fully recovered from his toe surgery, he’ll show teams he can make the throws, but there’s more to it. His intelligence, competitiveness and toughness will impress personnel people, and his stock will rise.”

This, of course, was spectacularly, catastrophically wrong in almost every way imaginable, but it’s worth bringing up now because it’s that time of the year again: Mel Kiper has emerged from his eight-month hibernation period blinking in the winter sun, and — as is the way of his people — immediately released a mock draft. And like last year, it features the Redskins taking a big-name quarterback with their first-round pick — specifically Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton, from the National Champion Auburn Tigers.

The actual mock draft is for ESPN Insiders only, but ESPN’s NFC East blogger Matt Mosley was kind enough to post Kiper’s commentary on Newton for us ESPN Outskirters: “A gifted athlete, Newton has good arm strength and size, has developing accuracy and continues to show that the more you ask him as a passer, the more he’ll develop. This spot might be a bit high based on his current grade in the eyes of scouts, but Newton’s skill-set is such that personnel people are going to become more enamored, if they already aren’t. Newton has character questions that need to be answered, but the Redskins have a long-term need at this position and the prospect of developing Newton is a tantalizing one.”

And, as is also traditional at this time of the year, the sportsy internet has very nearly trampled over itself in their rush to respond to Kiper’s vaguely-reasoned prediction. (I mean, really: “people are going to become more enamored”? Because it worked so well when he suggested that “Clausen will gain momentum after the combine”?)

Anyhow, here’s what people are saying about the Cam Newton possibility.

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Chad Ochocinco Throws His Hat Into The Armstrong/Banks Speed Thing

Posted by Matt Terl on January 18, 2011 – 3:43 pm

It’s hard to remember now, but there was a point during this season when it seemed like everyone in the media was trying to determine whether Brandon Banks was faster than Anthony Armstrong or not. The two gave a few interviews apiece on the subject before being goaded into a radio debate, while the head coach and other players on the team weighed in with their opinions.

It was a twenty-minute distraction between soap operas, and the closest it came to resolution was the promise of an offseason race between the two. Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco probably didn’t even know about that whole incident when he tweeted this at Armstrong:

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@MrArmstrong13 I want to race you just becauseless than a minute ago via Rock Software


That was from January 3rd, the day after the season finale against the Giants, and Armstrong says it came pretty much out of nowhere — Ochocinco likely saw a highlight of Armstrong’s 64-yard touchdown from the game and went into full Ochocinco mode.

Armstrong’s response looped back to his hypothetical offseason race with Banks and with that the whole thing seemed to disappear.

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@ochocinco Join in on me & @bbanks16 race. Gonna do it for charity and bragging rightsless than a minute ago via Plume


Today, it all resurfaced again. The folks at the DMV-based Tailgate podcast were hustling to get Ochocinco booked as a guest on their show and tried using Armstrong and the race challenge as their local hook.

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@MrArmstrong13 trying to get @ochocinco on the show tonight to talk about a potential race between you 2…who wins?less than a minute ago via TweetDeck


And that’s where things got kind of interesting. Read more »


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Watch Inside The Redskins Tomorrow, And Other Links

Posted by Matt Terl on January 14, 2011 – 4:27 pm

Tomorrow night, at 7 p.m. on NBC-4, watch Inside The Redskins, featuring the Top 10 Plays Of 2010 (as mentioned earlier this week) and Larry Michael’s exclusive interview with general manager Bruce Allen.

And some reading material of interest to tide you over until then…. Read more »


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Reviewing The Conventional Wisdom On Mike Shanahan's Drafts

Posted by Matt Terl on January 6, 2011 – 12:15 pm

As the Cowboys prepare for an afternoon press conference, presumably to announce Jason Garrett as their new head coach, one of the columnists at the Dallas Morning News has already started gloating about how pleased he is that the team won’t be able to hire Mike Shanahan.

“It was on this day one year ago that the Cowboys were saved from making a mistake that would have sent the franchise reeling into the dark ages,” Gerry Fraley writes. “They will get a second chance with Garrett. This day marks the first anniversary of the Washington Redskins hiring its latest celebrity coach: Mike Shanahan.”

Fraley is entitled to his opinion, of course; to no one’s surprise I disagree with his basic thesis. The whole basis of this column — Thank goodness our rivals saved us from ourselves! — is just a sports columnist being a sports columnist, and not something that I would usually bother to mention. But one of Fraley’s anti-Shanhan arguments really jumped out at me:

After the season-ending loss, Shanahan talked about “a good draft” helping the Redskins return to contention. Check Shanahan’s draft history with Denver. If the Redskins have a good draft, it will be Shanahan’s first in a while.

Fraley is far from the first person to make this assertion — and it drives me crazy every time — but the specific phrasing here, the “first in a while” bit … that makes this occurence particularly galling.

See, here’s the thing: Shanahan’s drafts aren’t nearly as bad as they’re made out to be, and, if anything, they seemed to get better as he accrued more experience. They say you can’t really judge a draft class until three seasons in, which (by coincidence) is how long it’s been since Shanahan’s 2008 draft in Denver. Fraley says Shanahan’s next good draft will be his “first in a while”; I say we don’t even have to look farther back than that draft, Shanahan’s last before coming to Washington. So instead of relying on the conventional wisdom that Shanhan’s drafts are terrible, let’s actually look at those picks: Read more »


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Clinton Portis Explains How He Sees The Media Coverage

Posted by Matt Terl on January 4, 2011 – 12:09 pm

Clinton Portis has talked a lot in recent years about “haters” and “doubters” and people in the media who are against him — here’s a perfectly sound example — but to the best of my recollection he’s never given a calm, reflective explanation of what he perceived as “hating” and what he didn’t.

But “reflective” would be a good word to describe Portis’ radio appearance today on the Mike Wise Show With Holden Kushner, as would “elegiac” and “nostalgic”. The hosts focused many of their questions on the possibility that Portis’ time in D.C. has come to an end — although that’s far from certain at this point — and that sentiment infused just about everything Portis said.

So when Wise challenged Portis’ claim that he had “never seen a feel-good story about anyone in this organization,” Portis explained what he meant. Read more »


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Tuesday Roundup Of Radiophonic Redskins

Posted by Matt Terl on December 28, 2010 – 3:06 pm

If it’s Tuesday — and it is! — then it must be time to see what the various Redskins with paid radio gigs have to say about the team and their situations. It’s rare that the main attraction on Tuesday is the appearance on ESPN 980 of Donovan McNabb, who is notoriously cagey and inclined to give the political answer whenever he can; usually Clinton Portis and Chris Cooley are more closely followed.

But today marked McNabb’s first comment since his agent, Fletcher Smith, sent out a statement criticizing head coach Mike Shanahan and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, and since each Shanahan responded to that statement. So today, for once, McNabb gets top billing (even though what he said really didn’t amount to much, and didn’t really change the narrative on that particular plotline of the ongoing 2010 Redskins soap opera).

McNabb took a somewhat peculiar position with regard to Smith’s statement. It would seem to be fairly clear-cut: either the agent speaks for McNabb, or the agent is out of line. McNabb says that things aren’t that simple. “Let’s put it this way,” McNabb said. “I support my agent. I support my agent in all calls…. I discuss with my agent if he asks a question about what’s going on, or things of that nature. That’s something that we talk about. And, I guess, as you read in the article, he put his thoughts into the whole deal. Not Donovan’s thoughts.”

In fact, McNabb said, what upset him most about the entire incident was “the reaction to the whole deal,” to which he later added, “when I read the whole thing, I didn’t see nothing wrong with it.”

McNabb said that he wasn’t aware that the statement was being released before it came out, but reiterated his support for his agent after the fact.

In the end, this whole line of questioning just continues the he-said-he-said thing that this situation is becoming, now with the addition of the agent as another, apparently autonomous, he-said.

But there were a few other tidbits of note in McNabb’s appearance.

  • McNabb confirmed Kyle Shanahan’s account of a meeting between the two following the release of Smith’s statement. “We sat down and we discussed a lot of different things,” McNabb said. “Those are ones I’ll keep between Kyle and I. And I thought we got things out there on the table and we were able to move on.”
  • McNabb denied an ESPN report that he would ask for his release at the end of the season — “No, that’s false,” he said. He also specified that he hadn’t discussed the situation with owner Daniel Snyder or general manager Bruce Allen.
  • And he reiterated that he didn’t regret the trade that brought him here, didn’t regret teh contract extension, and again said that he’d like to be the QB in D.C. in 2011 — but this time he made clearer some of the things that would need to happen to make that possible. “Things would obviously have to change,” McNabb said. “You know, relationships have to better, conversations have to be better. But that’s something that you do over time. And it progresses over time. When we first started the season, we talked about it. It’s a progression, you know, how you’re building a relationship with each other. You bring in new guys and you’re building a relationship with the guys, and good things happen out on the field.”

So … yeah. Make of that what you will, I suppose.

Meanwhile, the news was a little brighter over in Clinton Portis Land. Read more »


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Anthony Armstrong, Beat Reporter

Posted by Matt Terl on December 27, 2010 – 10:01 am

Now that every day’s press conferences and media availabilities are posted online, Guy Nodding In Background is such a familiar sight that you mostly don’t notice him. Oh, sure, every so often you get somebody with a particularly goofy expression, but for the most part they’re just mobile wallpaper for Guy In Front Talking.

But in the jovial postgame locker room after the Redskins beat the Jaguars, Guy Nodding In Background turned out to also be Guy Who Started At Wide Receiver — apparently Anthony Armstrong decided to get some reps in on his journalistic future as he joined Larry Michael at Vonnie Holliday‘s postgame interview.

Armstrong’s trademark since joining the team has been a willingness to do whatever was asked at him, and he didn’t change anything up in this new role. When Michael threw him the opportunity to ask a question — “Do you have a question for Vonnie?” — Armstrong didn’t blanch or even hesitate.

“How does it feel to get a victory Monday?” he asked.

“It’s been a long time since we got a victory,” Holliday said, “so Victory Monday is welcomed by the Holliday family. I’ll let you know that.”

Not exactly hard-hitting attack journalism, but it wasn’t exactly a hard-hitting kind of locker room. I’m sure Armstrong is just saving that for the offseason.

You can see the video below; Armstrong appears as Guy Nodding In Background starting at about 10:52, and gets his chance to ask a question at 11:25. Read more »


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