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Guess Who Got This Week's Special Teams Hit Stick

Posted by Matt Terl on November 19, 2009 – 4:44 pm

Every game the Redskins win, special teams coach Danny Smith awards a “Hit Stick” to the player who delivered the most crushing shot on special teams coverage. The stick — which is an actual carved piece of wood that Smith acquired in Jamaica — then lives with that player until the next time it’s given out, sort of like a smaller-scale, woodier Stanley Cup.

Can you guess who got the Hit Stick this week? Hint — it’s the person who said the following: “We have a Hit Stick every week that everyone’s trying to get. So guys like H.B. [Blades], me, Mike [Sellers], Chris Wilson, are always trying to make that hit. And this week happened to be my number.”

So obviously it’s not Blades, Sellers, or Wilson (although you can read an entertaining account of Wilson’s time last year with the Hit Stick over at the DC Sports Bog). Here’s another hint:


Okay, that was less a “hint” than a “video of the Hit Stick-winning play,” but whatever. Lorenzo Alexander is your Hit Stick winner this week for the hit that nearly sparked a riot at Tuesday’s charity event.

“Danny’s always preaching ‘Same foot, same shoulder, more power,'” Sellers said about the play. “Well, in Lamont Jordan’s case, that didn’t work out too well.” (Sellers claims that he “got tired of” winning the Hit Stick and leaves that stuff to guys like Alexander now.)

Rock Cartwright was also a fan of Alexander’s hit. “I watched it on film here AND I watched at home,” Cartwright said. “That was a MAMMOTH of a hit. It was crazy, because all I heard was a ‘BOOM,’ like somebody shot a gun or something. Next thing you know I see Devin [Thomas] jumping around, and I see Lamont Jordan on the ground. That was a big time hit.”
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Shaun Suisham Was Happy For Mike Sellers (And Hunter Smith Too)

Posted by Matt Terl on November 18, 2009 – 4:30 pm

We’ll get to the part where kicker Shaun Suisham WAS happy in a bit, but this story starts elsewhere: Suisham had read on some obscure blog somewhere that Hunter Smith had no intention of throwing him the ball on the touchdown play that ultimately went to Mike Sellers, and he was not pleased.

“I talked to Hunter about that, because I wasn’t happy,” Suisham told me today, trying very hard to look stern and serious. “I left him a voicemail. My wife told me it was on the website. After further discussion, he says he was joking, and he was hoping the tone came through in the article. So we settled that, and I’m okay with it now.”
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Tuesday, November 17: A Much Better 'Mike Sellers And The American Flag' Story

Posted by Matt Terl on November 17, 2009 – 9:05 am

Even before the team won on Sunday, it felt to me like there was a sense in the air of setting things right and balancing accounts, like a much-less-violent version of the end of the Godfather. The changing of the sign policy, for example, putting an end to that long-simmering frustration.

But a less-remembered bit of 2009 Redskins awkwardness was revisited on the pregame sidelines, and set just as solidly to rest. Before the Redskins/Patriots preseason contest this year, Mike Sellers carried the American flag during player introductions and unthinkingly threw it aside. This caused a bit of a stir, Sellers apologized, and that seemed to be that.

Sunday, lifelong Redskins fan U.S. Army Staff Sargeant Brian Havens presented the Redskins organization with a flag that his unit flew during their deployment in Afghanistan, and it was Sellers that accepted. Somewhere in my head, that drew the final line under any negative associations between the words “Sellers” and “pregame” and “American flag.”

And for Sgt. Havens, it was just a complete thrill.

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Players Generally Pleased By Zorn News

Posted by Matt Terl on October 23, 2009 – 9:24 am

With Vinny Cerrato confirming that Jim Zorn will remain as head coach for the rest of the year and “hopefully into the future” (which conjures up images of Zorn standing on the sidelines in a jetpack and a shiny silver jumpsuit coaching the robots from the old Cyberball arcade game), I was interested to hear what the players had to say.

As a rule, players aren’t used to being asked for comment on things at 9:00 in the morning as they wait to go to meetings, but the general sense of the guys I talked to was relief, and hope that maybe this would drastically reduce the soap opera quotient of the workweek.

“It’s good news, and it’s comforting,” Antwaan Randle El said. “I mean, that’s one thing you always look at in terms of a team: you want to BUILD a team, and it’s hard to do it in a year and a half span. If he was to be let go now or in the next couple of games or something, it would just be almost all for nothing. So it’s just good to hear that he’s here and we can kinda rest our hat on that a little bit.” Read more »

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As Of Tuesday, Clinton Portis Was In Favor Of Sellers, Communication

Posted by Matt Terl on October 9, 2009 – 5:04 pm

During Clinton Portis‘s regular Tuesday appearances on The John Thompson Show on ESPN980, you never know what you’re going to get. Last year, it seemed like Portis was using Tuesdays mainly to work out his aggressions — on the team, the coach, the radio hosts, whoever. This year, it’s mostly been the Clinton Portis Super Happy Positivity Funtime Hour.

And this week — it turns out, based on after-the-fact reports — we have Portis’s comments the day after his reported “heated exchange” with his fullback, Mike Sellers. I remembered hearing Portis’s segment on my way to Santana Moss‘s charity event Tuesday and was sure I had heard Sellers’s name mentioned, but I couldn’t recall the context.

Thank goodness for the ESPN980 Audio Vault. (Although it didn’t work for me in Firefox; I recommend using Internet Explorer for best results, and be prepared to have host Kevin Sheehan loudly try to sell you a Mercedes as soon as you get to the site.)

I re-listened to Portis’s appearance, and here’s what he had to say about the guy that he had apparently been criticizing and arguing with the day before. Read more »

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Coach Zorn Discusses The Portis/Sellers Incident

Posted by Matt Terl on October 9, 2009 – 4:25 pm

It seems that there was some sort of incident — a “heated argument,” per the Washington Times — between the Redskins Pro Bowl running backs Monday night. Rumors have Clinton Portis questioning Mike Sellers‘s abilities as a blocker, but no details have been confirmed. Neither Portis nor Sellers spoke after practice, but Head Coach Jim Zorn addressed the situation.

I had considered a few different approaches Zorn might take to this kind of thing, but he went with one that I hadn’t thought of at all: an upbeat Zorn — as cheerful as he’s seemed for weeks — was actively supportive and enthusiastic about the incident.

Here’s my transcription of Zorn’s answers, for the inevitable group of people who are unable or unwilling to watch internet video.
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Redskins v. Buccaneers – Mike Sellers Is Wearing Coach Zorn's Pads

Posted by Matt Terl on October 4, 2009 – 12:01 pm

Mike Sellers came out of the Lions game with a painful bruised thigh, but he’ll be playing today thanks to a combination of very new pads and very old pads. Read more »

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Mike Sellers Contemplates Blocking For A Chipmunk

Posted by Matt Terl on October 2, 2009 – 4:34 pm

When head coach Jim Zorn today announced that Clinton Portis was going to be a gametime decision this week, he mentioned that Ladell Betts and Marcus Mason had largely been splitting work with the first team in practice.

Given that Mike Sellers is currently expected to play despite a thigh contusion, I figured I’d ask the 2009 Pro Bowler to see how his blocking style would change if Portis didn’t play.

His initial reply was not particularly promising. “It doesn’t,” he said. “Clinton and Ladell are two different backs. Ladell’s more of a power back; Clinton’s more elusive, more of a scatback.”

I pointed out that Clinton was frankly enormous to be considered a scatback, and Sellers agreed. “He is one, though, to be honest with you,” he said. “It’s just two different running styles. I’ve played with those two guys for a number of years, so to me it doesn’t really matter.”

But, I said, what if Mason got into the game? Sellers apparently hadn’t given that too much thought, and he paused for a second to consider. Read more »

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2009 Captain's Photo, Take 2

Posted by Matt Terl on September 23, 2009 – 2:37 pm

When last we visited our intrepid team captains, they had assembled for their group photo only to find that Jason Campbell was wearing a suit that was several shades too light. Today, they tried again.

Much better. Success! And no one even had anything sarcastic to say afterward, even when I asked.

“Jason got enough of it last time,” Mike Sellers said.

Then he stopped to think for a minute and corrected himself:

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Redskins vs. Rams – Second Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on September 20, 2009 – 2:38 pm

Here’s the best thing that I’ve seen from the Redskins today: Mike Sellers invited twenty Wounded Warriors and their families to the game and took a few minutes to talk with them during pregame warmups.

Since then, it’s been a series of disappointments. Not that everyone’s playing completely horribly — Jason Campbell hasn’t thrown an interception and has made a few decent plays; Clinton Portis has looked much more explosive than last week in fewer carries — but it’s mostly been the same concerns we’ve seen again and again recently: costly penalties, an inability for the defense to get off the field on third down, and the offense stalling out close to the goal line. It’s just that this time, those things are happening against the Rams, not a team like the Giants. Read more »

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