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Finding that balance is not necessarily the priority for the Washington Commanders in this training camp. At least not in the opening week. Not with a young quarterback in Sam Howell and a new veteran in Jacoby Brissett, both of whom are learning new offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy’s system.
WBIG-FM, the Washington Commanders’ radio partner, fired host Don Geronimo for disparaging remarks he made about a female TV anchor during a Thursday morning broadcast from the team’s training camp in Ashburn.
“One of the things that he was noted for coming out of North Carolina was he was known for the ability to catch the ball in traffic,” said coach Ron Rivera. “He led the NCAA in contested catches. He was also one of the top guys in the deep balls thrown as well. So, we’re expecting and anticipating to get that from Dyami.”
“Yeah, I’ll tell you my favorite part, when it ended and when he [coach] called off practice,” said Rick “Doc” Walker (1980-1985) while watching practice from the bleachers on training camp Day 3. “It’s hard to stand up here watching it let alone being down there in it.”
Josh Harris values analytics. Is that likely to be a point of friction with Ron Rivera? – Hogs Haven
Fate tried to offer Snyder a gift, and the arrogant twerp spat in her face. From that point forward, there’s not much evidence that “analytics” were ever a priority of Snyder or his front office or coaching staffs.
Last year, fan attendance at Commanders camp was sparse. The feedback gathered then by Colby-Begovich and his staff included seating and more merchandise, he said. They researched and consulted co-workers — including football, marketing, and facility operations — to develop a plan. In February and March, Colby-Begovich said, they budgeted roughly $2 million for camp. He acknowledged it was a complex process, with the Commanders in limbo as Snyder considered selling the team.
“In light of the past three seasons, it was truly incredible,” coach Ron Rivera said Saturday. “… To see them come out in force today, that was excellent. Our players really appreciate it. I know our ownership appreciates the renewed interest.”
It took until Day 4, but Emmanuel Forbes grabbed his first pick of training camp, and he didn’t have to wait long for his first opportunity. On the second play of 11-on-11 drills, Forbes jumped a route from Terry McLaurin and caught the pass in stride. Coach Ron Rivera has been impressed with Forbes so far in camp, saying that the rookie has tremendous study habits and practices the way Rivera thinks he’s going to play.
Hundreds of fans began lining up for Saturday’s practice at least two hours before the 9 a.m. start. Eventually, 10,000 arrived, according to a team official. Some sat in the new bleachers along the near sideline, while others packed standing-room-only spaces around half the field.
Curl is aware of the new ownership, but he also knows he has a job to do. “I am where my feet are; you know what I’m saying? So when I’m playing football, that’s what I’m focused on.”
The change in ownership has breathed new life into the formerly flat-lined franchise. Washington’s once proud fanbase that stayed dormant for decades has returned in full force to support their beleaguered but beloved team as they prepare for the upcoming 2023 campaign.
Harris kept his public comments short on the day that the owners voted to finalize the sale, but he stressed his DC-area roots, his excitement at taking on the responsibility of NFL ownership in Washington, and his crucial observation that ‘being a fan is not enough,’ since the last guy was a fan too.
“Well, I know this, Mr. Harris and that ownership group talked extensively about bringing back the glory,” Rivera said. “And again, what Coach Gibbs did, the traditions, that alumni group of guys that are around. It’s hard to escape it. It really is. That’s just the truth of the matter. Just so everybody knows, we do that with the utmost respect for the native tribes and for the American Indian. Anytime that’s brought up, it is brought up with the utmost of respect.”
Baugh’s exceptionally accurate passing attack led the Redskins to four more championship appearances over the next eight years, with a second title in 1942, in a 14-6 rematch with the Bears. Following his retirement from playing in 1951, the Redskins did not contend for another championship title until 1972. A few years after hanging up his cleats, Baugh took up coaching at the college level and eventually became a head coach for the New York Titans and Houston Oilers in the AFL.