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Schmitt hits the trail, Hamilton back

Schmitt hits the trail, Hamilton back

Fullback Pete Schmitt, just resigned by the Redskins on Monday, has decided to pack it in.

He talked to Jim Zorn after practice and said simply that pro football wasn't for him.

Schmitt's "retirement" (Corey Masisak at the Times in wondering if he will change his mind and then orchestrate a trade) put the Redskins back to square one when it comes to the fullback position. They have established starter Mike Sellers and Nehemiah Broughton, a 2005 draft pick still looking to make a mark. They may try to sign another fullback after Saturday's game.

Apparently not having a fulllback's number in their Outlook Contacts (does anyone use a Rolodex anymore?), the Redskins filled Schmitt's roster spot with a player whose position appears to be pretty well set—safety.

Justin Hamilton was signed on May 31 and, after failing to impress during OTA's, released a couple of weeks later. He's now back, signed on Thursday morning.

It may be too little, too late for Hamilton, a former sixth-round pick of the Cleveland Browns. Rookie safeties Chris Horton and Kareem Moore have impressed in practice and, in Horton's case, during last Sunday's preseason game. Veteran Vernon Fox provides experienced backup to starters Reed Doughty and LaRon Landry. There may not be much opportunity for Hamilton to have a shot at making it.

But that really doesn't matter to Hamilton, who is hanging on to his football life. In 2007, he did not play and he's already been cut once this year.

He is familiar enough with the defense to get a chance to play some on Saturday night against the Bills. And a chance to play is a chance to get on film. And that chance gives him a chance of being seen by other teams who may be looking for a safety. And that gives him a chance of getting a phone call to come in for a tryout when a safety somewhere around the league goes down to injury.

Chances are, he won't make it. But he still has a chance.

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The Redskins newest coach has a rap video in his honor

The Redskins newest coach has a rap video in his honor

On Monday morning, the Redskins made several new coaching hires official, including Jim Tomsula as the new defensive line coach.

Tomsula was out of football in 2016 after serving as the 49ers head coach for the 2015 season in which the team finished 5-11.

Despite struggling as a head coach, Tomsula gained an odd, if not heavy cult following. It made little sense considering he has the look and demeanor of someone who was put on this earth to coach football and coach football only. But through the glories of the internet came this:

The Jimmy Tomsula rap song.


It's just a demo, and I suppose the full version could be out there somewhere since this song is over a year old. But there's something hypnotizing about 60 consecutive seconds of "Open up my shirt like im Jimmy Tom-Sula."

How long before we begin hearing this song at FedEx Field on Sundays?

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast - With coordinators in house, all eyes on Kirk Cousins

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast - With coordinators in house, all eyes on Kirk Cousins

The Redskins found two new coordinators - both in house - and Rich Tandler is more excited by the hires than JP Finlay. Listen as they break down the promotions, and talk Kirk Cousins. 


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