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Two More Coaches: Steve Jackson and Sean McVay

Posted by Matt Terl on January 22, 2010 – 3:29 pm

The Redskins announced two more coaching moves today — or, rather, one move and one staying-in-the-same place. Steve Jackson has been retained as Safties Coach and Sean McVay has been added as an Offensive Assistant.

Jackson has been the Safties coach here since 2004; he was instrumental in the development of the late Sean Taylor, and has also done wonders with unheralded young players like Reed Doughty and Chris Horton. He’s a popular coach who also has some incredibly stylish golf pants and made an interesting sartorial decision at this year’s Welcome Home Luncheon. On the whole, this is a good keep-around, for both on-field and on-blog reasons.

McVay worked as a Quality Control/Wide Receivers coach on the UFL’s Florida Tuskers (with new Defensive Coordinator Jim Haslett) last year, and was an Offensive Assistant with Tampa Bay the year prior. “Sean is a young, energetic coach who comes from a great football background,” new Head Coach Mike Shanahan said in a statement. “We are excited to have him on our staff.”

Here’s how precocious McVay is: he played his college ball at Miami (Ohio), where he was a wide receiver. But he never caught a pass from noted Miami (OH) alum Ben Roethlisberger, because McVay arrived at the school in 2004, the year Roethlisberger was selected in the NFL Draft. That is today’s sign that I am catastrophically old.
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LaRon Landry Talks About That Play Last Year

Posted by Matt Terl on September 10, 2009 – 4:32 pm

It was one of the most memorable plays of last season’s opener: first quarter, 2nd and 2, Giants running back Brandon Jacobs gets into the secondary and runs clear over Redskins safety LaRon Landry. For Redskins fans, the memories are not good ones; for Giants fans, it’s still something to bring up tauntingly, even a year later.

And for Landry himself?

“I watched it a lot of times, you know,” Landry acknowledged. “Over the break, right after it happened … [but] I don’t really look at it too much anymore.”

He paused, thought about it for a second. “I don’t need to watch that [stuff]. I don’t need to. I already got it on my mind.”

So, I asked hesitantly, are you using it for motivation for Sunday, then?

“[Forget] motivation,” Landry said flatly. “It’s already on my mind.” Read more »

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Friday, August 28: The Dead Man Suit Award

Posted by Matt Terl on August 28, 2009 – 9:20 am

In the run-up to this year’s Welcome Home Luncheon, I talked to a few of the guys about their memories of last year’s event. They gave the answers I expected: good to meet the fans, great way to kick off the season, and so on.

Not one of the mentioned what is apparently one of the biggest draws of the day: the Dead Man Suit award.

Since Rocky McIntosh was the first one to spill the beans, on his Twitter feed Wednesday night, I’ll mash together a few of his updates here and let him explain what the award is about:

Dead Man Suit Awards..its givin to the player who wears a ugly 1960’s suit that looks like they stole it from a body at the graveyard. Past 2 yr winners were Andre Carter(sorry) and most recent Justin Tryon…Rick James was left freezing in his grave last yr cuz of this guy. Who will b next??? Stay tuned….. I will have flowers for this years winner.

And then this, from the bus on the way to the event:

Omg there r 2 many contestants for this years dead man suit awards.it’s going 2 be funny to see who wins we might have a repeat award winner. From d lineman to kickers nobody safe were checking all funeral homes for break-ins cuz we have suspects right here on the team……

At the event itself, I started asking who was likely to “win”; a lot of candidates were mentioned (Anthony Alridge and Eddie Williams being the most-suggested), but everyone said the final decision came down to one guy: Fred Smoot. Read more »

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Tuesday, May 26: Steve Jackson Talks Safeties

Posted by Matt Terl on May 26, 2009 – 11:06 am

After talking to offensive assistant Chris Meidt a couple weeks back, it seemed natural that the next member of the coaching staff I talk to come from the defensive side of the ball. Safeties coach Steve Jackson was helpful enough when I asked him about his golf pants last week, so I took the opportunity to set up a time when we could sit down and talk in more depth. In the end, the conversation covered, among other things, his coaching philosophy, LaRon Landry‘s natural position, Chris Horton, and — of course — abstract painting.

But the first thing I noticed in his office was the enormous sombrero sitting on the desk. Still flush with success from the golf pants conversation, I thought there might be an equally detailed story here. “No,” Jackson told me, “that’s just still there from Cinco de Mayo.”

Fair enough. With hat talk over, I moved to issues of marginally more importance.

So how do you and [secondary coach] Jerry Gray split things up? Do you just handle safeties and he works with the cornerbacks?

Jackson: “Kind of. On the surface, yes. But Jerry and I, we’re like twins that were separated at birth. Jerry and I played together in 1992, he was my DB coach a couple years later. Then in Buffalo he was my boss, and now … we’ve done it all together. We pretty much think alike. He’ll start a sentence and I’ll finish it, or I’ll start and he’ll finish it.

“We can draw from experience, too. ‘You remember how whenever we ran this versus Jerry Rice and John Taylor, this happened.’ It all goes back to the same things, and that’s pretty much the relationship that we have.

“It’s nothing specific as far as, ‘These are your specific duties, those are my specific duties,’ but we just work like two brothers.”

Whatever the reason, you two have experienced a lot of success with safeties and corners during your tenure here. What do you attribute that to?
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Golf Leads To Entertaining Wardrobe Choices

Posted by Matt Terl on May 20, 2009 – 11:38 am

Let me start by promising that this site isn’t going to turn into The Official Golf Blog of the Washington Redskins. In fact, these pictures are from an event last week — the Redskins Annual Partner Invitational Golf Outing, or something like that — that I didn’t even attend. But a few of the pictures were interesting enough for me to ask about.

Stephon Heyer, for example, apparently showed up underdressed by the course’s standards, so they asked if he would consider changing into some more traditional, khakis-and-collars-level golf attire. Heyer happily agreed. But the pro shop didn’t quite stock clothes sized for a 6-6, 314 pound man, and he was forced to squeeze into slightly-too-small shorts and shirt.

I’m guessing the golf cart just shrank in the wash.

Heyer’s ensemble was the product of a mildly amusing sequence of events, and it does look uncomfortable, but it’s not nearly enough to challenge Clinton Portis‘s socks for the title of Most Fantastic Redskins Golf Wardrobe.

No, that honor goes to the pants that safeties coach Steve Jackson was wearing. Read more »

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