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Redskins find a place for cut block, a Shanahan staple

The cut block was a controversial staple of Mike Shanahan's coaching success in Denver and now, in the zone blocking system that's in place with the Redskins, it's being
talked about again.

Rich Campbell of the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star shows how the Redskins used the technique Friday night and how the team is teaching offensive linemen to execute it legally.

The difference between a legal cut block and an illegal block, however, can be slim.
Linemen are prohibited from blocking a defender below his waist from behind. They also cannot deliver a low block on a defender who is already engaged with another offensive player.
"What we say is: 'You have to run to cut,'" Redskins offensive line coach Chris Foerster said. "You've got to be in front of the guy before you can cut him. If you get in front of him, obviously you want to cut high-up around the thighs.
"You aim for the thighs, and as the [defender] starts to play the cut block, you'll end up at his knees or you'll get him down. If you aim too low, you end up belly-flopping on the ground, and the guy lays off you and makes the play."

What else is going on ...

eli.jpgNew York Giants quarterback Eli Manning ended up with only a bloody kisser (the cut required 12 stitches), but what running back Brandon Jacobs really wanted to talk about was the Giants-Jets battle for the soul of the New Meadowlands.

"We just beat the Jets, the 'Hard Knock' life, to solidify who this stadium really belongs to."
"The only bad thing I saw about the stadium was that it was wrapped in green. It is not supposed to be that way. We got to share, but I just think we should evict them because I think they are late on their rent."

Lost in the headlines that focused on the fact that Eli is a bit of a bleeder was the performance of Victor Cruz, who became the first player to score three touchdowns in a preseason game since Terrell Owens in 1998, with San Francisco.

No Toddball for Chicago: Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network tweets former Redskins quarterback Todd Collins has rejected the Bears' veteran minimum offer, according to his agent, because no guaranteed money was involved. Homer McFanboy's take: Clearly he's waiting on call from #Raiders. Campbell and Brennan miss him. La Canfora has the story here.

A job for Betts: Former Redskins running back Ladell Betts signs with the New Orleans Saints.

The 'proto-athlete': Jeff Passan, former Post summer intern and Yahoo! columnist, thinks Bryce Harper and LeBron James are sort of separated at birth. Passan writes:

"That is the way of the proto-athlete: star or failure, and nothing in between. Harper is baseball's first true proto-athlete, an individual as consumed with himself as others are with him. Stephen Strasburg has the talent to be. He's too insular, though, too protective of his family and his privacy to reveal himself to the ravenous public."

'Hard Knocks' just got less interesting:

Rex Ryan won't be getting a call from the commish re: foul language. "His mother has taken care of it." http://snipurl.com/10oxha #nyjless than a minute ago via TweetDeck


By Cindy Boren  |  August 17, 2010; 9:32 AM ET
 
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