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With Griffin ailing, Redskins’ Gruden says it’s Kirk Cousins’ team now

Kirk Cousins.

Kirk Cousins.

Kirk Cousins is getting another shot.

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden on Monday said that Cousins, the fourth-year Michigan State product, will be the team’s starting quarterback for the 2015 season, beginning Week 1 against the Miami Dolphins Sept. 13 at FedExField.

“I think all three quarterbacks should be commeded for their efforts, their willingness to get better,” Gruden told reporters after Monday’s practice at Redskins Park. “But when it’s all said and done after all the film that we’ve gone through, all the offseason activity, all the training camp footage, we feel that at this time, Kirk Cousins gives us the best chance to win and that’s where we’re going. … It’s Kirk’s team.” … Read more.


Redskins cut ECU’s Smith after failing to protect RG3

Willie Smith.

Willie Smith.

Former ECU offensive lineman Willie Smith has been cut by the Washington Redskins as the Skins work to get its roster down to 53. Smith perhaps sealed his fate when he failed to project Robert Griffin III during a preseason game against the Lions.

Griffin was hit numerous times in the backfield during the game and suffered a concussion that threatens to bench the QB for part of the season.

The Redskins starting tackle Trent Williams has been nursing a hurt foot and Coach Jay Gruden had expressed confidence that Smith could fill in adequately for Williams. Of course that was before the Lions game debacle.


Danny Lotz, a member of UNC’s title team in 1957, dies at age 78

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


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Source:: News & Observer


ECU’s Smith, Duke’s Cofield in camp with Redskins

williesmith+takobycofieldWillie Smith and Takoby Cofield grew up less than an hour from each other in eastern North Carolina. Now they’re on the same NFL team.

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.

Click to see a video story on the two.

Source: WITN


Pre-order your copy of “Hail to the Redskins” book for less than half price

hailredskinsbookA 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.


Duke: Cold Tub Chronicles – Part I

Part One of Three During Fall Camp …read more

Source:: GoDuke.com


If you can spare 10 bucks, get this book about Dean Smith’s principles

DavidChadwickCoverHiRes (3)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.



Can UNC’s Bryn Renner make Ravens’ roster?

rennerWith 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


5-tool Connecticut star UNC bound

unccaspariusThe five tools of baseball are pillars of evaluation, and a player that can do all at a high level is rare. A 5-tool player is coveted by coaches and scouts at any level.

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