REDSKINS, RAVENS PREGAMEAND POSTGAME SHOWS, LIVE HEAD COACH NEWS CONFERENCES AND DAILY TEAM PROGRAMS RETURNFOR 2012 NFL SEASONEXTENSIVE ONLINECOVERAGE CONTINUES AT CSNWASHINGTON.COM, CSNBALTIMORE.COMBethesda, Md. (Sept. 4, 2012) ComcastSportsNet Mid-Atlantic kicks off its comprehensive multiplatform coverage ofthe 2012 Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens NFL regular seasons thisweek, highlighted by the return of its marquee pregame and postgame shows, livehead coach news conference coverage and daily team programs. The network willalso deliver expanded team content across its digital platforms, led by CSNwashington.comand CSNbaltimore.com.ComcastSportsNets award-winning Redskins pregame show, Redskins Kickoff, will make its regular season debut prior to the teamsopener at New Orleans on Sunday, Sept. 9, beginning at 12 p.m. Redskins Postgame Live, the one-hourpostgame show, will air immediately following the game. Hosted by ChickHernandez, the game-day shows feature analysts Brian Mitchell and TrevorMatich, reporting from Rob Carlin and special appearances throughout the seasonby Charley Casserly, Kevin Blackistone and Rick Doc Walker. These programswill air before and after each Redskins game.Ravens Kickoff, which willmake its season debut on Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. leading into the teams primetime gameagainst Cincinnati,will air for an hour prior to select games this season. Ravens Postgame Live will begin immediately after Monday nightsmatch-up and will follow all regular-season games for an hour. Hosted by ChrisMiller, the exclusive Ravens game-day shows will feature reporter Brent Harrisand analysts Brad Jackson, Antonio Freeman and Matt Stover. ComcastSportsNet will again deliver live coverage of the Ravens and Redskins weeklyhead coach news conferences as part of special half-hour shows. SportsNet Central: Mike Shanahan Live, which will beled by Carlin and Mitchell, will air live at 3 p.m. the day after each gamethroughout the season, immediately followed by an encore at 3:30 p.m.,beginning Sept. 10. SportsNet Central:John Harbaugh Live will feature Miller and Jackson and will debut Tuesday,Sept. 4. The Ravens shows will air at 4 p.m. the day following each game, witha 4:30 p.m. encore throughout the season.Redskins Nation, hosted by Larry Michael, airsweekdays at 5:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. in the Washingtonmarket (5:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. in the Baltimoremarket.) The Ravens full lineup of showsair weekdays beginning Sept. 4 and includes 1 Winning Drive(Monday), Ravens One on One(Tuesday), Ravens GamePlan(Wednesday), Ravens Report (Thursday)and Purple Passion (Friday). TheRavens programs will air at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. in the Baltimoremarket (5 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. in the Washingtonmarket) on their respective days, except for Ravens One on One, which only airs at the later times. Extensive NFL coverage will also befeatured throughout the season on SportsTalkLive, which airs weekdays live at 10:30 p.m. with an encore at 12:30 a.m., andGeico SportsNet Central, which now airslive daily at 6 p.m., 10 p.m., 12 a.m. and 1 a.m. Additionally, the networkwill deliver exclusive interviews with Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan andRavens head coach John Harbaugh within its news and entertainment programs the dayfollowing each game and Fridays throughout the season.Comcast SportsNet will also provide expanded daily coverageof the Redskins and Ravens across its digital media platforms this season. Ledby Redskins Insider Tarik El-Bashir, Redskins BloggerRich Tandler and Ravens Insider J. Michael, CSNwashington.com andCSNbaltimore.com will deliver complete written, video and interactive teamcontent all season.
The Redskins certainly got bigger this offseason. That much was obvious on Wednesday as the team invited media to watch an OTA session. The increased size stood out, but plenty of other things did too. Three takeawys from Tuesday's OTA:
- Does bigger mean better? The Redskins receiving group was noticeably bigger, something that happens when the team adds two free agents at least 6-foot-4 in Terrelle Pryor and Brian Quick and drafts another 6-foot-3 receiver in Robert Davis. The increased size might help, but it's the play of Pryor that turned heads on Wednesday. With long powerful strides and impressive hands, Pryor looked like a dangerous weapon for Kirk Cousins this fall. Second-year pro Josh Doctson also impressed, catching a long touchdown pass towards the end of the session. DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon are gone, but if things break right and the duo stay healthy, Pryor and Doctson could form a devastating pair.
- Attendance is (not) mandatory - Jordan Reed and Trent Williams did not attend the OTA session. Both are Pro Bowl players that Jay Gruden trusts to be working out on their own, and it's important to point out the workouts are voluntary for players. Third-year running back Matt Jones also missed the OTA session. Gruden did not have much to say about his absence, but he added, "This is a voluntary deal, as we all know, and I can’t force the issue on anybody. So if he’s disgruntled in any way, shape or form, it’s news to me. I imagine like Jordan Reed and Trent Williams, I’m sure Matt is working out and staying in good shape." With the fourth round draft pick of Samaje Perine, the running back position is getting crowded. Robert Kelley and Chris Thompson are roster locks, and Perine seems like he has a very good chance. If the 'Skins keep four runners, Mack Brown has the inside track on that spot. Jones seems to be on the outside looking in, which might be the root cause of his absence.
- Deadlines do deals - The elephant in the room at every turn for the Redskins is the looming contract situation with Kirk Cousins. The QB talked Wednesday, and while he didn't clarify much, it seems clear the franchise and Cousins' representatives are at least staying in touch, which wasn't the case this time last summer. Cousins made one thing obvious: Don't expect a contract until near the July 15th. "Deadlines do deals."
Bonus: Cool Twitter video of the running backs going through drills - including 2016 draft pick Keith Marshall - and some Instragram pics.
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Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, May 25, 19 days before the Washington Redskins start minicamp on May 22.
It’s been 144 days since the Redskins played a game. Their season opener against the Eagles at FedEx Field is in 108 days.
—Redskins minicamp (6/13) 19
—Training camp starts (7/27) 63
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 77
Quotes and notes from the podium
Here are some quotes from Kirk Cousins and Jay Gruden from their post-OTA press conference on Wednesday and my comments on what they said.
Gruden on RB Matt Jones’ absence:
“That’s a good question, something that Matt Jones will have to answer. This is a voluntary deal, as we all know, and I can’t force the issue on anybody. So if he’s disgruntled in any way, shape or form, it’s news to me.”
Tandler's take: A year ago Jones was the unquestioned No. 1 running back. After fumbling and then being reluctant to play special teams when the regular season started, he was glued to the bench. The workouts are voluntary and it will be interesting to see if Jones shows up for mandatory minicamp next month if he’s still on the roster. It appears that he does not want to fight to get his job back from Rob Kelley and rookie Samaje Perine. That speaks for itself.
Cousins on adjusting to new receivers:
“Obviously there is a little bit of an adjustment, but we spread the ball around so much. Chris Thompson catches quite a few balls, even Rob Kelley gets involved, we get the tight ends involved. I remember two years ago we lost DeSean [Jackson] for half the season. Derek Carrier played a bigger role when Jordan Reed was out. So you kind of expect a revolving door on offense at a lot of the skill positions and you just start to run plays, and regardless who is out there, you just go where your reads take you.”
Tandler's take: This is a good mindset on the part of Cousins. The Redskins lost two 1000-yard receivers, Pierre Garçon and Josh Doctson, to free agency. Cousins barely practiced with Josh Doctson last year, Terrelle Pryor and Brain Quick signed as free agents, and Robert Davis was a sixth-round pick. These players likely will account for well over 50 percent of Cousins’ targets to wide receivers. But they will not get a sympathy card from the rest of the league. Change happens, both in between seasons and, as Cousins points out, during seasons. Adjustments need to be made on the fly.
Gruden on the NFL shortening overtime to 10 minutes:
“Who cares? [Laughter]”
On changes to the celebration rules:
“You know what, whatever rules they send down, we just try to coach them up. The celebration thing, if it is fun for the fans and the fans really want it, this is a fan league and that’s great just as long as it doesn’t become so much about the player as it is about the team.”
Tandler's take: I think that if most coaches were being honest they would answer these questions just like Gruden did. Overtime is an infrequent occurrence and how to handle the clock on OT probably will not enter most coaches’ thinking before the clock hits 0:00 in a tie game. And as long as the celebration rules are clear and they can teach them to the players I doubt many coaches care if the ball is used as a prop or if players can go to the ground.
Cousins on playing with Pryor, who was a college and NFL quarterback prior to converting to receiver last year:
“I love that you asked that question because it’s even caught me by surprise. I worked with a receiver, Keith Nichol, in college who was a former quarterback, but Terrelle having been a college quarterback and a pro quarterback takes it to even another level. He’s going to hold me accountable because he knows where the ball should go. If it’s Cover 2 and he on Cover 2, if the read is over here, ‘I played quarterback, I know that.’”
Tandler's take: This is an interesting dynamic at work here. Not many quarterbacks have former NFL quarterbacks as their No. 1 receivers. They will be able to communicate on another level compared to the usual QB-WR dynamic. You have to think that it will help Cousins making adjustments in games, with Pryor, who has the eyes of a quarterback, running downfield on every play. Although Pryor is not an accomplished NFL quarterback he could be a big asset as Cousins looks to take his next steps as an NFL quarterback.
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In case you missed it
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- Can the Redskins really afford to franchise tag Kirk Cousins in 2018?
- 'Deadlines do deals': Cousins optimistic about contract
- Report: Matt Jones not part of Redskins' 2017 plans