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Redskins Audible, Take QB Kirk Cousins

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 28, 2012 – 12:40 pm

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Show me the NFL “expert” that predicted this draft class for the Redskins.

Going into the weekend, most NFL minds predicted that the Redskins would upgrade the quarterback position with Robert Griffin III.  No one could have estimated that the Redskins would totally remodel their quarterback position, by adding Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Cousin’s intrigue with the Redskins coaching staff was surely solidified with an outstanding performance against Shanahan’s South Team at the 2012 Senior Bowl.  Cousin’s appeared polished, and made all the throws necessary to move up the draft board.

It will be interesting to see what head coach Mike Shanahan has to say about taking a second quarterback in lieu of addressing other obvious needs.  It will also be interesting to see how recently selected quarterback RG3 responds to the addition of KC1.

Here’s a snippet from Pro Football Weekly’s interview of Cousins at the Senior Bowl: Read more »

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Shanahan Articulates His Scout Strategy

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

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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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Kerrigan Talks Senior Bowl, Off The Field

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 26, 2012 – 3:02 pm

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Earlier this week, I caught up with linebacker Ryan Kerrigan in-between classes, and he shared a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on off the field at the Senior Bowl.

After a superb senior campaign at Purdue, Ryan Kerrigan punched his ticket to the first postseason action he’d had in years.

“I just remember that it was kind of an eye-opener because you saw all of how the NFL Draft process works,” he recalled.  “You’ll be walking through the hotel lobby and coaches will just grab you at any time and ask you questions for a little while, and try to get to know you.

After his Boilermakers failed to finish with a winning season in each of his final three years, Kerrigan was a bit of an unknown to the national audience.  He had put up big numbers in college, but had rarely played on a big stage, which left coaching staffs curious.

“You really saw how every team is really just digging for information and really trying to find things out about you, and they’ll go to any lengths to find it.  It’s really just interesting from that regard, but it really gives you some perspective.”

This game and week of practice was a big stage for a player like Kerrigan, who had risen near the top of many draft boards.  Playing against elite peer competition, Kerriganse seized his opportunity with a strong performance throughout the week.

In addition to meeting with Redskins coaching staff while he was down there, Kerrigan also developed a bond with the Cincinnati Bengals’ coaching staff, which guided his North Team. Read more »

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Shanahan’s Mark Rypien Senior Bowl Story

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 26, 2012 – 12:28 pm

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After yesterday’s South Team practice at the Senior Bowl, Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan sat down with Redskins Nation’s Larry Michael to discuss, among other things, a distant memory with Redskins great Mark Rypien.

It all began with a reminiscing of the last time Shanahan served on a Senior Bowl coaching staff in 1986, as an offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos.  In that year’s draft class, there was a senior quarterback out of Washington State University by the name of Mark Rypien.

Rypien was a mid-level prospect with a strong arm and one solid senior season under his belt, but lacked the résumé for an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

That is, until the three quarterbacks in front of him on the North Team went down with injury, including Ken Norseth who came out of the bowl game needing 40 stitches for his mouth.

Good grief, that’s major surgery.

The Redskins-related point here, is that Rypien went from a non-invite to the star of the show.  According to an AP story that ran in LA Times, Rypien went 13-for-17 for 168 yards and a touchdown, en route to a North Team victory.   Read more »

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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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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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Senior Bowl Hall Of Fame Full Of Redskins

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 23, 2012 – 4:17 pm

As the Redskins coaching staff prepares to take the field with the South Team for the first Senior Bowl practices of the year, it inspired me to peruse the the Senior Bowl website for more interesting angles.


It turns out that 11-of-95 listed Senior Bowl Hall Of Fame members have at least moderate Redskins ties, with six of those being well-known legends in the Nation’s Capital.  Here’s the complete list, starting with the star power:

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Post-Senior Bowl Thoughts, And Other Links

Posted by Matt Terl on February 1, 2011 – 11:40 am

Last week I wrote about the 26-27-60 test for prospective NFL QB’s, which was brought to my attention by SBNation’s Redskins blog, Hogs Haven. Basically the test is an informal checklist of accomplishments that — when taken together — offers a reasonably decent prediction of a quarterback’s potential to succeed at the NFL level. The two names that shook out best at that point were TCU’s Andy Dalton and Alabama’s Greg McElroy.

Now Christopher Gates of SBNation’s Vikings blog, the Daily Norseman, brings another informal test into play. Gates refers to this one as the Parcells Principle, because it is, essentially, the four rules that Bill Parcells used to apply to drafting a quarterback. Here they are, per Gates:

  • The quarterback must be a senior. . .because you need time and maturity to develop into a good professional quarterback
  • He must be a graduate. . .because you want somebody that takes their responsibilities seriously.
  • He must be a three-year starter. . .because you want to make sure his success wasn’t a fluke and to know that he has been “the guy” for a significant period of time.
  • He must have 23 wins. . .because big numbers don’t mean a whole lot if you don’t win.

Gates does the computational legwork (and it’s worth reading), but the short version is that Dalton is the only guy to pass both of these informal tests. So if you’re looking for a quarterback that might still be on the board when the Redskins pick in the second round, here’s an argument for considering Dalton.

Chris Russell, ESPN980’s Redskins beat reporter, was less impressed with Dalton, but was VERY impressed with Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick. Here’s Russell, gushing enthusiastically:

Two plays that illustrate his talent a little better without the video, occured early in the 3rd Quarter, with the Nevada QB facing major heat from LB Colin McCarthy to his right. Kaepernick didn’t budge, and fired a heater with perfect timing and accuracy for a nice gain. Later in that same drive, Kaepernick was under heavy pressure and rolled to his right. While running towards the sideline, with eyes downfield, Kaepernick broke a tackle and gained a few yards on a completely broken play. He did it almost effortlessly. The series led to a field goal.

And in other quarterback news, CSNWashington’s Rich Tandler is now confident that the Redskins won’t pick Jake Locker at tenth overall. Which I’m totally fine with, for whatever that’s worth. Meanwhile, over on Bleacher Report, KC Clyburn offers ten reasons why Rex Grossman should be the Redskins starter next year. So it’s safe to say that at this point in the offseason, opinions are diverging wildly.

Some other links worth reading…. Read more »

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The Other Senior Bowl Quarterbacks

Posted by Matt Terl on January 27, 2011 – 2:30 pm

I compiled some of the views of quarterback prospect Jake Locker yesterday, but he’s far from the only quarterback drawing attention at the Senior Bowl. You can find detailed reviews on Iowa’s RIcky Stanzi, Florida State’s Christian Ponder, Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick, Andy Dalton of TCU, and more all over the place — and it can make for interesting, if overwhelming, reading — but for me, two articles that I read today seemed to come together well to help broaden my focus.
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