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Redskins invite high school coaches to attend minicamp practice

Bruce Allen, the executive vice president and general manager of the Washington Redskins, announced Wednesday that the Redskins invited 500 area high school coaches to attend the team's first minicamp practice, both to observe how the team runs its camp and to take part in a symposium on concussions.

Allen revealed the plans while speaking as a featured guest on Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill. Allen said during a panel presentation about concussion in sports and among youngsters that the team sent a letter to high school coaches this week extending an invitation to attend Coach Mike Shanahan's first minicamp with the team.

According to a statement from the Redskins, high school coaches are invited to "attend a minicamp practice and have discussions on concussion awareness and education" on the morning of April 17.

"They're going to be a part of minicamp," Allen said after the forum. "They are going to get to watch practice, they're going to get to learn Coach Shanahan and his staff's coaching routine, they're going to be able to learn a lot. But we are putting a concussion forum as part of the plan coupled with USA Football."

Allen and former NFL player John Booty were members of a panel that included presentations from several leaders on concussion research regarding the effects of traumatic brain injury at all levels of athletics and including the impact of brain trauma on children.

Allen said during his presentation that under Commissioner Roger Goodell, the NFL has introduced player safety as "this century's first issue" and that the league has focused on injury prevention, equipment safety, rule changes and enforcement and player care -- including mandated baseline testing and a "return to play" policy that requires a second opinion from independent neurological consultants.

As part of the panel, Robert Stern, co-director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at the Boston University School of Medicine, spoke of the impact of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive neurodegenerative disease that can present itself years or decades after repeated head trauma.

During his presentation, Stern said studies of brain samples of 12 deceased former football players showed that all had CTE -- a figure that emphasized the importance of continued advances in player safety in the NFL.

"I think [concussion education and safety] is important but it's not new," Allen said after the event. "This has been a long-standing policy of the league. The commissioner has, as you've heard, his focal point has been player safety for a number of years. When a concussion affects a player it affects not only the team but [also] his family, and anything we can do to help the players that's what we're going to do. And these forums are great for everybody to learn about it."

By Paul Tenorio  |  March 17, 2010; 6:28 PM ET
 
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As someone who works in education programming/education policy this is super cool! I have not often felt pride as a Skins Fan lately, but this fills me with good vibes!

Posted by: chrislarry | March 17, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

...this is super cool!
Posted by: chrislarry

Is chrislarry really Joe Gibbs? Jokes aside, I too think this is a pretty good idea, typically referred to as a 'win-win'. Kudos to whoever came up with it.

Posted by: amaranthpa | March 17, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

just to let everyone know big "BEN" is going to settle with the woman he raped in GA. Allen has started off great, let's see if it last.

Posted by: skinsinsider101 | March 17, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

third!!!!

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 17, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

^wow what a loser

Posted by: BMACattack | March 17, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Winners do things like:

1. Invite HS coaches to mini camp
2. Involve themselves in important areas of medical research related to the game

And given who we're signed so far, its at least as much fun as free agency

Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 17, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

amaranthpa, no Gibbs would have been super-neat.

Posted by: chrislarry | March 17, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Lemme catch up on all posts...

1) Yes to Joey Porter...nutcase, dawg on defense, we need that. Fletcher will keep him down.

2)I ignored the Gibbs post...what else was he supposed to say.

3) Grossman is interesting...Again, I'm giving this FO a huge pass. Every coach needs a QB that knows his system (Collins/Saunders). I wouldn't be surprised if Campbell gets traded.

4) Portis and LJ will be interesting...Portis has always had a "chip" on his shoulder and he's sensitive to the media, so he's reading all this "take my job stuff" and I bet his azz will be in shape this year.

I think draft day will be our Super Bowl.

Posted by: rickyroge | March 17, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Obtaining Whitehurst proves costly for Seahawks
Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on March 17, 2010 6:02 PM ET
For better or worse, the first years of the Pete Carroll era in Seattle will be defined by Charlie Whitehurst.

ESPN's John Clayton reports that the Seahawks have obtained Whitehurst, a restricted free agent, from the Chargers. Seattle will move down 20 picks in the second round of the 2010 draft and give up a third-round pick in 2011 to get San Diego's third-string quarterback.

But that's not the costly part.

The Seahawks have agreed to terms on a two-year deal with Whitehurst that is expected to pay him $5 million-per-year. Yikes.

It's a huge gamble considering Whitehurst has not attempted a regular season pass as a pro. But he should fairly soon with that contract.

Give Carroll and G.M. John Schneider credit for targeting their guy and having the cajones to go get him. They just better be right.

Posted by: Flounder21 | March 17, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Crabtree already is playing with fire on his "diva clause"
Posted by Mike Florio on March 17, 2010 5:51 PM ET
The contract that Michael Crabtree ultimately signed with the 49ers ties millions in base-salary escalators to at least 90 percent participation in all activities -- mandatory and voluntary. The provision has come to be known as a "diva clause."

And so with voluntary offseason workouts launching on Monday, the reformed diva was there 30 minutes early for Day One, right?

Well, no.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports that Crabtree missed Monday and Tuesday, before showing up on Wednesday.

Though each Friday is set aside as a make-up day, Crabtree at best will be at 75 percent for the first week of his first set of offseason workouts.

And so we suspect that the 49ers likely are echoing Elaine from "The Contest": "This is gonna be the easiest money I've ever made in my life."

Posted by: Flounder21 | March 17, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

"Jordan becomes owner of Charlotte Bobcats"

Who knew a country could be an NBA franchise?

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | March 17, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

or even buy?

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | March 17, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Good breakdown of the NT prospects in this draft. I'd also include Owens from Georgia, and Houston from Texas, as a possible NT picks.

http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/NFL-Draft-nose-tackle-breakdown.html

Posted by: TWISI | March 17, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

"Redskins invite high school coaches to attend minicamp practice"


It's my understanding that one of the invitees, Jim Zorn, was upset that Coach Mike Shanahan wouldn't let him call plays.

Posted by: MistaMoe | March 17, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

As in John David Booty???

Posted by: AdamCr | March 17, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

"Give Carroll and G.M. John Schneider credit for targeting their guy (Charlie Whitehurst) and having the cajones to go get him. They just better be right."


So far, the following quarterbacks have all been moved, re-signed, or acquired by teams in need:

Seneca Wallace

Charlie Whitehurst

Brady Quinn

Jake Delhomme

Chad Pennington


But Jason Campbell remains in place in D.C..

Why is this?

Wouldn't he, Campbell, have been a more appropriate choice in trade than Whitehurst?

Doesn't all this mean B Allen's possible trading partners for Campbell are limited should the team desire to move him?

Does it increase the chances that teams like the skins, rams, and bills will fight for the rights to Bradford/Claussen?

Finally, doesn't it also mean the skins like what they see in Campbell, despite what the fanbase feels?

Answers: I don't know, yes, yes, yes and yes.

Posted by: MistaMoe | March 17, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

TWISI, nice find once again. Martin Tevaseu, UNLV (6-1, 329) might be someone to look at in the 6th or 7th rd.

Posted by: Curzon417 | March 17, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Have not read all the posts today.

Here is my take on Grossman.

Now other teams are not sure what we are doing in the draft.

Is Rex here as a Collins replacement to back up Campbell?

Is Rex here to start short-term for Clausen or Bradford?

I think it is a smart move either way. I would not be surprised to see Campbell move on draft day and the Redskins to trade down.

If we could end up with a lower 1, 2 2's and 2 3's, that would change the complexion of the team in a hurry.

We might be able to get a OT, G, QB, FS, ILB and NT in various rounds 1-4.

Can't wait for minicamp, draft, training camp, preseason, regular season, post season...

Posted by: noonefromtampa | March 17, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Gibbs:

"This is probably the most exciting place in the world to coach football," Gibbs said. "In this city, it is so important and it's such an important area in the world, and one thing that unites everybody is the football team. And it's super important.

It's right up there with eliminating poverty and providing affordable health care, ain't it Joe.

Posted by: PsyOps | March 17, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Eagles just released right guard stacy andrews...sure hope the skins jump on this!

Posted by: kellsz1 | March 17, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait for minicamp, draft, training camp, preseason, regular season, post season...

Posted by: noonefromtampa | March 17, 2010 8:06 PM |

Let's see. They doing OTA this week, the draft is about 4 wks away. After the OTAs complete is there a minicamp before the draft?

Posted by: PsyOps | March 17, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Eagles just released right guard stacy andrews...sure hope the skins jump on this!

Posted by: kellsz1 | March 17, 2010 8:30 PM |

It would be a good get for the Skins burgeoning bad actors wing.

Posted by: PsyOps | March 17, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

There are a lot of hypocrites on this blog when it comes to character issues. Peeps been bloviating about how much of a jerkoff Claus is and there was a relatively muted concern about John's 3 domestic violence arrests, especially on the RI reportorial front. There is a grand canyon of a difference between being a shti heel and beating up defenseless broads.

Posted by: PsyOps | March 17, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

From the NYT:

A strike by an unmanned drone last week killed a senior Qaeda commander who had played a significant role in planning the killing of Central Intelligence Agency operatives in late December at a base in Afghanistan, according to American officials.

Them drones is really kicking al Qaeda arse.

Posted by: PsyOps | March 17, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Okay, not a Duke apologist, but evidence to the contrary.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_1OMiSrEJXnY/Rmlwk6u_FWI/AAAAAAAACoc/q8JJCRqrNsk/s400/duke+girl.jpg


Proofreader for the blog and sometimes fact checker.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | March 17, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

That's crazy. She spelled Duke "dWuke". Go figure.

Posted by: frediefritz | March 17, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Mike Williams will be our starting Guard

Posted by: rickyroge | March 17, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

I think it is a smart move either way. I would not be surprised to see Campbell move on draft day and the Redskins to trade down.


Posted by: noonefromtampa

Also wouldn't be surprised if we trade up ... Campbell + our #4 overall goes to StL for their #1 overall ... and we pick Bradford

Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 17, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Roge,
She must be posing as a Duke girl, no self-respecting Duke would so dis-respect the Queen's English.

She was the only non-ugh.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | March 17, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

WHO CARES??????

Posted by: kdjsgreen | March 17, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

That's crazy. She spelled Duke "dWuke". Go figure.

Posted by: frediefritz | March 17, 2010 9:04 PM

Lemme splain this to you fredie. You go down to the Research Triangle (Rolley, Durm, Chapel Heel) and ask anyone who's grown up there, "What's the best university in the Triangle?" They'll tell you, dyuuuuke. Of course, most of the students at Duke aren't locals. They come from New Jersey. They call the school Doook. Put the two pronunciations together and you get dWuke.

Posted by: League-Source | March 17, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

PsyOps,
Glad you're on our side.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | March 17, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Okay, not a Duke apologist, but evidence to the contrary.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_1OMiSrEJXnY/Rmlwk6u_FWI/AAAAAAAACoc/q8JJCRqrNsk/s400/duke+girl.jpg

Proofreader for the blog and sometimes fact checker.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | March 17, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

She looks to "smart" to be a Dukie or she may be on the hot chick minority scholarship..

Posted by: Diesel44 | March 17, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

That's crazy. She spelled Duke "dWuke". Go figure.

Posted by: frediefritz | March 17, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse
Just realized I messed up. Her spelling was "dWke". Not sure what that means, but it sure looked good.

Posted by: frediefritz | March 17, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Also wouldn't be surprised if we trade up ... Campbell + our #4 overall goes to StL for their #1 overall ... and we pick Bradford

Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 17, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse
I would be outraged if they did that.

Posted by: frediefritz | March 17, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

"There are a lot of hypocrites on this blog when it comes to character issues. Peeps been bloviating about how much of a jerk off Claus is and there was a relatively muted concern about John's 3 domestic violence arrests, especially on the RI reportorial front."


So true.

And I'll have you to know, sir, that I am not a guy who cares what a football player does in his private life so long as it doesn't involve children or sheep.

Posted by: MistaMoe | March 17, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: PsyOps | March 17, 2010 8:49 PM

There is a huge difference between bringing in a veteran who is a relatively low risk pickup and top 5 draft pick who can set you back 5 years if you pick wrong. LJ is definitely a jerk, but if he was guilty of all he was accused of he would be in jail. He is not a model citizen but if he doesnt work out its no big deal. If Clausen doesnt work out than the franchise has to start over again.

Posted by: KingJoffeJoffer | March 17, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

So true.

And I'll have you to know, sir, that I am not a guy who cares what a football player does in his private life so long as it doesn't involve children or sheep.

Posted by: MistaMoe | March 17, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

I might care about "man's best friend", but I don't care about sheep.

Posted by: frediefritz | March 17, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

There is a huge difference between bringing in a veteran who is a relatively low risk pickup and top 5 draft pick who can set you back 5 years if you pick wrong. LJ is definitely a jerk, but if he was guilty of all he was accused of he would be in jail. He is not a model citizen but if he doesnt work out its no big deal. If Clausen doesnt work out than the franchise has to start over again.

Posted by: KingJoffeJoffer | March 17, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse
Yes, I agree, KJJ. Too much risk selecting Santa Claus at #4.

Posted by: frediefritz | March 17, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

She looks to "smart" to be a Duki....

Posted by: Diesel44 | March 17, 2010 9:13 PM

Lemme help you with that spelling. It would be "too smart," not "to smart" or "two smart" or even "2 smart."

You, on the other hand, look just smart enough to have graduated from the Univ. of Md. -- not quite smart enough for UNC or UVa.

Posted by: League-Source | March 17, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

I hope Shanahan/Allen have the balls enough to pick Bradford or Clausen if they think he's the guy to move this team forward.

The last thing I want the GM and Coach to do is listen to how "outraged", "pissed", or "done" a fan would be if they picked a QB...

I'm a school Principal, not a General Manager of a Football team.

Posted by: rickyroge | March 17, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

I'm a school Principal, not a General Manager of a Football team.

Posted by: rickyroge | March 17, 2010 9:30 PM

Sicwidit--I didn't know this about you. You have a more important job than any three GMs and any 10 RI posters.

Posted by: League-Source | March 17, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Yes League...since 2002...been in education since 94'.

Posted by: rickyroge | March 17, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

"I would not be surprised to see Campbell move on draft day and the Redskins to trade down."


With whom?

San Fran has picks at 13 and 17.

Maybe we trade our #4 for their #17, and we get another 4th rounder out of the deal.

(They might be interested in Claussen, too, as A Smith is all they got with S Hill having been moved.)

We take our picks #17 and #37, get lineman (Campbell/Ducasse), and use the two 4th rounders on a running back (Tate) and linebacker (Angerer).

This sounds like a plan to me.

But it won't happen.

Posted by: MistaMoe | March 17, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

L-S

And TO think you wasted your adult life editing Hustler magazine. You certainly could have parlayed that into a gig with actual words, I guess you just liked those pictures TOO much To give it up.

You’re up TOO late, I hope one of those orderlies gives you TWO ambiens and tucks you in.

2morrow is going TO come early for you.

Posted by: Diesel44 | March 17, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

"Yes League...since 2002...been in education since 94'."

I've been in education since 1986.

I'm a highly rated educator who now designs curriculum, reading programs, and tic tac toe games in between complaining and blogging.

I teach just enough from time to time to keep my skills in check.

I'm proud to say that I've changed the lives of countless Floridians, especially the ones who are lucky enough to be seen inebriated on COPS.

My ex-students are the ones who can stand on one leg and say the alphabet backwards during the roadside drunk test.

I manage an academy program within one of the nation's most acclaimed schools.

My students are the children of wealthy, smarmy types who vote liberal and live republican style on the island of Palm Beach.

I touch the future daily--which is why I wash my hands so much.

Students, teachers, tech rats, illiterate football players, hardworking parents, and succulent, bratty blonde cheerleaders litter my walk with rose petals out of gratitude and respect.

Of course, none of this is true.

No school in America would let me near its sweet children, what, with my penchant for sarcasm and prurient humor.

I could pass the drug test if it was limited to just spelling pot.

Which is why I spend my unemployed days tending sheep and blogging.

And wondering about the redskins.

Posted by: MistaMoe | March 17, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

I hope Shanahan/Allen have the balls enough to pick Bradford or Clausen if they think he's the guy to move this team forward.

The last thing I want the GM and Coach to do is listen to how "outraged", "pissed", or "done" a fan would be if they picked a QB...

I'm a school Principal, not a General Manager of a Football team.

Posted by: rickyroge | March 17, 2010 9:30 PM

Agree Sic. Until proven otherwise, I will support Shanahan's moves through FA and the draft. Yes, I have my wish list, but will believe in Shanaplan.

Posted by: Curzon417 | March 17, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

2morrow is going TO come early for you.

Posted by: Diesel44 | March 17, 2010 9:42 PM

Diesel44, at your age I know you're just happy two see 2morrow come, regardless of how early.

Posted by: League-Source | March 17, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Am I a fool to be cautiously optimistic and give Shannahan the benefit of the doubt like I did Zorn?

Posted by: _Stumped_ | March 17, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Also wouldn't be surprised if we trade up ... Campbell + our #4 overall goes to StL for their #1 overall ... and we pick Bradford

Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 17, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse
I would be outraged if they did that.

Posted by: frediefritz

The thinking is that if Shanahan wants Bradford, he's not going to get him at #4.

StL might take him at #1. DET doesn't need a young QB. TB might go QB, but I doubt it. But ...

Both DET and TB would be open to trades. They could use several good players more than they could use one potentially great one (we fit that description as well).

SF, Minn, Sea, Car, Mia, Buf, Den, Oak, Cle and Jax are all teams where its unclear who the QB will sometime within 2 years. Depending on how things go in the legal sense, Pit could wind up on that list. Bottom line there is that its unlikely that Bradford slips to #4.

It really comes down to how much Shanahan wants Bradford -- and none of us know that. If I'm StL, I make the trade, get bet Campbell, then select Okung -- and solve two problems.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 17, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

If I'm StL, I make the trade, get bet Campbell, then select Okung -- and solve two problems.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 17, 2010 10:10 PM |

Problem #1: Left tackle.

Problem #2: Backup QB.

Posted by: League-Source | March 17, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Also wouldn't be surprised if we trade up ... Campbell + our #4 overall goes to StL for their #1 overall ... and we pick Bradford

Posted by: zcezcest1

Are you flippin' kidding? That would be an asinine move - worse than ANY Vinny ever made!

Posted by: Lisa_R | March 17, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Ganther is now a Seahawk

@Adam_Schefter Former Redskins RB finds new home RT @davidcanter: Congratulations to my client Quinton Ganther who is now a member of the Seattle Seahawks 5 minutes ago

Posted by: TWISI | March 17, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

From 106.7 the Fan twitter

From #NFL source: As we reported last week, Levi Jones has multiple offers, including #Redskins - but not close to a decision yet.
about 7 hours ago via web

Posted by: TWISI | March 17, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Brandon Spikes ran a 5.1forty time at his pro day. His stock just dropped a round/round and a half.

Posted by: TWISI | March 17, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

This whole new focus on concussions is going to seriously change the NFL.

With all these new tests in place that are required to get concussed players back on the field, I can see defenders going for the knock-out blow.

Seriously, if I'm a defensive coach and I know Tom Brady is not going to be allowed to play according to league policy if I knock him the SJK out, then I'm seriously going to put a hit out on him.

Maybe I'm just a low-down dirty SJK, but I envision defenders exploiting this rule and going for the head...screw the 15 yard penalty; if it means a league rule forces someone to the sideline.

Posted by: p1funk | March 17, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

But Jason Campbell remains in place in D.C..

Why is this?

Posted by: MistaMoe | March 17, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse


Because no one wants his sorry butt...

First round tender my eye. We probably couldn't move him for a 3rd round pick.

Posted by: p1funk | March 17, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Maybe I'm just a low-down dirty SJK, but I envision defenders exploiting this rule and going for the head...screw the 15 yard penalty; if it means a league rule forces someone to the sideline.

Posted by: p1funk | March 17, 2010 10:52 PM

Hopefully the defender doesn't knock the SJK out of themselves in the process.

Posted by: TWISI | March 17, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

If I'm a defender and I have a shot at Brady, I'm going to try to knock him out no matter what the rules say. But then of course the league would have to come up with a third new Brady Rule, making it illegal to hit a quarterback at all.

Posted by: msrent | March 17, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

beep..Tebow

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