RALEIGH — The son-in-law of the Rev. Billy Graham has died after being found unresponsive in the swimming pool of the Raleigh home he shared with evangelist Anne Graham Lotz. …read more
Source:: Fayetteville Observer
The two offensive linemen are vying for spots with the Washington Redskins.
Smith, who played college football at ECU, grew up Kenly and attended North Johnston High School. He’s played in the NFL since 2011 having spent time with the Raiders and Chargers in between two stints with the Redskins.
Cofield, a Duke product, laced up his spikes at Tarboro High School. He was signed as an undrafted free agent in May.
A new book titled “Hail to the Redskins: Gibbs, the Diesel, the Hogs and the Glory Days of D.C.’s Football Dynasty” comes out in September but you can pre-order your copy for more than 50 percent off the regular price.
During the 1980s and early 1990s, North Carolina residents watched the Redskins each Sunday as NC-native Joe Gibbs led them to four championship games.
It’s called “a rollicking chronicle that takes fans behind the scenes of the legendary Super Bowl-champion Washington Redskins teams of the Joe Gibbs’ era and offers a revealing portrait of the NFL during the 1980s and early 1990s.”
Based on more than 75 original interviews, here is the inside story of the glory days of the famed Washington Redskins teams of the Joe Gibbs’ era—one of the most remarkable and unique runs in NFL history. From 1981 to 1992, Gibbs coached the franchise to three Super Bowl victories, making the team the toast of the nation’s capital, both among the political elite and the city’s majority African-American population.
Veteran sportswriter Adam Lazarus charts the team’s rise from mediocrity (the franchise had never won a Super Bowl and Gibbs’s first year as head coach started with a five-game losing streak that almost cost him his job) to its stretch of four championship games in ten years. What makes the run of sustained success all the more remarkable is that, unlike Joe Montana’s 49ers or Tom Brady’s Patriots, each of Gibbs’s Super Bowl victories featured a different quarterback—a testament to the genius of the team’s head coach, who proved himself one of the most adaptable and creative minds in NFL history.
Hail to the Redskins features an epic cast of characters: hard-drinking halfback John Riggins; the dominant, blue-collar offensive linemen known as “the Hogs” who became a cultural phenomenon; quarterbacks Doug Williams, the first African-American QB to win a Super Bowl, and Joe Theismann, a model-handsome pitchman whose leg was brutally broken by Lawrence Taylor on Monday Night Football; gregarious defensive end Dexter Manley, who would be banned from the league for cocaine abuse; and others including Darrell Green, Art Monk, Mark Rypien, owner Jack Kent Cooke, and more.
Building on Lazarus’s interviews with key inside sources, including Redskin players, personalities, and journalists, Hail to the Redskins paints a colorful picture of one of the most compelling teams in football history. Order your copy by linking below or on the ad on the right side of the page.
David Chadwick played for Dean Smith at North Carolina from 1968-71, back in the relatively early portion of Smith’s tenure at UNC. Now, more than 40 years after playing for Smith and graduating from UNC, Chadwick has written a book – “It’s How You Play the Game” – detailing 12 principles of Smith’s approach to leadership, business and life.
Chadwick, who since 1980 has been the pastor of Forest Hill Church in Charlotte, is the only one of Smith’s players to have written a book about him. It’s available for $10 from Amazon… read more about the book.
With Matt Schaub continuing an underwhelming final act of his career, there is always the possibility of him not making the final roster. If so, who would be the backup quarterback in his stead? The answer to that question is Bryn Renner, a 2nd-year player out of North Carolina… read more.
Source: Baltimore Beatdown
Enter Ben Casparius. The rising junior at Staples recently committed to the University of North Carolina due to his ability to do everything at a high level… Read more.
Source: Westport News
Ryan Kerrigan has been the definition of consistency for the Washington Redskins’ defense since he was taken 16th overall in the 2011 NFL Draft.
On Wednesday, Kerrigan was rewarded for his efforts, as the team announced it had reached a multi-year contract extension with the Purdue product, who is coming off a career year in 2014.
Terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.
“To get to a moment like this where you get a chance to play out the rest of your NFL career with the team that drafted you, the team that you love, the city that you love, it hasn’t really hit me yet, but it’s an awesome feeling,” Kerrigan said. “Now it’s my job to go reward the Redskins for the faith they put in me by playing well this year, and for the rest of my career.”
Kerrigan in 2014 turned in one of the best performances by a pass rusher in team history, posting a career-best 13.5 sacks, tying Ken Harvey (1994) and Dexter Manley (1984) for the fourth-most sacks by a member of the Redskins since sacks became official in 1982.
Kerrigan also had five forced fumbles in 2014, tying for the league lead and becoming the first member of the Redskins to finish atop league rankings in that category since LaVar Arrington’s NFL-best six forced fumbles in 2003.
Kerrigan – a Pro Bowl selection in 2012 – enters the 2015 season with 38 sacks, already ranking sixth in team history in that category. With six more sacks, Kerrigan would move into sole possession of third place, passing Orakpo (40), Harvey (41.5) and Monte Coleman (43.5). Manley (91) and Charles Mann (82) top the list.
The Muncie, Ind., native – who was an All-American defensive end at Purdue before being transitioned to an outside linebacker in Washington – said he’s appreciative of the Redskins for allowing him to continue his career where it started.
“I think more than anything it’s awesome, the vote of confidence that the Redskins have put in me,” Kerrigan said. “Being drafted a couple of years back, defensive end who is becoming an outside linebacker, you’re never sure how things are going to turn out for you.”
He said he can’t wait to show the passionate Redskins fanbase exactly what this opportunity means to him starting Week 1, when the team takes on the Miami Dolphins in their 2015 season opener at FedExField.
“We want to win, and I know that’s a simple thing to say, but it is,” Kerrigan said. “I know the fans know how it was back in 2012 when we won the division, and that’s got to be first and foremost our goal for this year and for the years to come is to get back to the top of the division and then make sure that the game we’re playing in December, that they’re counting something towards the standings and that we’re a viable contender in the NFC.”
Kerrigan and the Redskins kick off 2015 training camp at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Va., on Thursday.
Q. You’ve had quarterbacks of differing styles your
first year with Thomas, Mitchell. Now you have
Jalen coming in, taking over the backup role. What
have you seen from him? What kind of competition
has he given Jacoby?
COACH DOEREN: First of all, it’s the third year I’ve
been at State and first year I’ve had a returner at that
position, the first year I had a backup that we recruited
to be a scholarship quarterback. I’m excited about the
depth and the talent that we have there. I feel like
we’re in a great situation because Jalen traveled to
every game last year, was in every game plan meeting
with Coach Canada, took valuable reps in this offseason,
and is with Jacoby day in, day out. Jacoby is a
tremendous preparation guy. He’s getting to watch a
veteran guy go through it, a guy that’s going through it
the right way. He’s really dedicated, Jacoby has dedicated himself to the cause.
So for Jalen, I think he’s in a tremendous position. I tell kids all the time,
they want to play right away, all of them do, if you’re a
three-year starter at that level, that’s a lot. If you start
at quarterback for three years at the ACC or SEC,
you’re a pretty good football player now. He’s going to
be able to do that after Jacoby is gone. If we feel like
there’s a moment in a game, injury in a game, we don’t
have to change what we do. We have another 6’6″ guy
that can run and throw and is tough. It’s a great
scenario to have on your team. It’s the first time I’ve
had it since I’ve been here. I do sleep good at night
from a quarterback standpoint knowing that’s what we
have. Just like every year, you have different things.
Last year no one asked about our kicker and punter.
Now that’s the unknown. Our left tackle is a new guy.
That’s an unknown. At least at quarterback we don’t
have that problem.
Q. You raved about Jacoby the minute you landed
him as a transfer. Is it possible to overstate the
impact he’s had on the program? Can we overstate
how important he’s been to the transformation?
COACH DOEREN: No, I don’t think you can. I told
everybody last year, it’s his team because he’s the
quarterback. The quarterback’s the CEO of your
football team. We’re going to go, any team is, you can
go from Pop Warner to NFL, if you look at their
quarterback play, if it’s good, if he manages the team
the right way, if he’s tough, if he’s a leader, those teams
probably win some games. Vice versa, if you have a
team that has no identity at that position, they’re
probably not very good. So he’s helped us immensely.
I was excited when I got him because I’ve known him
since he was a freshman. He comes from a great
program. Was coached by a great high school coach
in Jack Daniels. He was a state championship
basketball player at point guard. I knew what I was
getting because I’d known him for so long. I knew what
we needed. I was coming from a program at Northern
Illinois that had tremendous quarterback play in Jordan
Lynch one year and Chandler Harnish they year
before. They were both Player of the Year in our
league. I knew that we were champions at Northern
because I had a championship quarterback. So to
know I was getting one that had that pedigree, once
you have that you can build around it. You can have a
lot of other things, but if you don’t have, that it’s hard to
reach the goals you have as a program.