Friday, July 31, 2015

Eagles release 2015 football schedule to include Handley and Millbrook

BERRYVILLE, VA-  The Virginia High School League has released their master football schedule and the Clarke County Eagles will have several old local rivalries on the schedule this season.

The VHSL season starts on August 28, and the Eagles will have their bye before opening up at Wilbur M. Feltner Stadium September 4 against Bull Run District rival Manassas Park.

The Eagles follow up with another game at "the Felt" against the  Millbrook Pioneers. The Eagles rekindle a good rivalry from a few years back with the Frederick County High School just up Route 7.

The Eagles will play their first road game of 2015 on Saturday September 12 in Winchester at the Handley Bowl.

The Eagles will also play Riverside High School from Ashburn in Loudoun County. The first year high school from the Dulles District will travel to "the Felt".

The playing of Millbrook and Handley will afford the Eagles a chance at some much cherished VHSL power points as they play higher ranked teams in the VHSL power rankings.

This is the first season in years the Eagles have not played a West Virginia team, especially Berkeley Springs.

Other games at "the Felt include  Central 9/25 (Little League Night),  Strasburg 10/9 (Hall of Fame Night), Riverside 10/23 (Homecoming), Warren County 10/30 (Senior Night).

The Eagles have one extra home game and play on the road at Handley, William Monroe, George Mason and Madison County.

Clarke County Sports is pleased to announce our fifth season of the Game of the Week as we cover the Home Games with a video show.

2015 Clarke County Eagle Football Schedule  * Denotes Bull Run District Game

Aug. 28   Bye
Sept. 4    Manassas Park Home 7:30 *
Sept. 12  Millbrook   Home  7:30
Sept. 19  Handley     Away  1:00 (Saturday)
Sept. 25  Central   Home  7:30   (Little League / Youth Football Night) *
Oct. 2      William Monroe  Away 7:30 *
Oct. 9      Strasburg  Home  7:30  (Hall of Fame Night) *
Oct. 16    George Mason  Away  7:30 *
Oct. 23    Riverside  Home  7:30  (Homecoming)
Oct. 30    Warren County  Home  7:30 (Senior Night) *
Nov. 6      Madison County  Away  7:30 *

More on the Eagles Football Program and Clarke County High School Athletics can be found at

Clarke County Eagles Athletic Department Website

Redskins Nose Tackle Terrance Knighton comments from Day 2 Redskins Training Camp by Redskins PR

Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center – Richmond, Va.

Nose Tackle Terrance Knighton

Terrance Knighton  Courtesy
On what difference a quarterback can make on an entire team:
“When you’re quarterback is very confident, it rubs off on the whole team. Previously playing with Peyton Manning, just by him stepping in the locker room, the résumé that he has, his preparation, his leadership, he just requires everybody around him to be great. It rubs off in the locker room. That’s something I talked to Robert [Griffin III] about — having a presence, not just being one of the guys. The team goes as far as the quarterback goes. You could have a great defense, you could have a great O-line, good receivers, but if the quarterback’s not out there leading the charge, you won’t be successful. It’s a lot of pressure but he wouldn’t be our starting quarterback if he couldn’t do that.”

On the depth of the defensive line:
“We’re very deep. I think what makes us unique is that everyone brings something different to the group. Myself, I’m a run stopper. I take up a lot of room in the middle. You’ve got [Jason] Hatcher, who is like a savvy veteran, him and Kedric [Golston]. You’ve got [Stephen] Paea who’s very explosive, moves side to side very quickly. You’ve got [Chris] Baker who can give you a little bit of everything. You’ve got Ricky Jean [Francois], who’s just athletic in every phase of the game. When different guys are out there, you’re going to get different things. We’ll have a wave of guys during the game and during practice, and it gives the O-line trouble because they never get the same thing over and over.”

On changing things up defensively and the problems it will give other teams:
“It’s going to be very difficult because, like you said, those guys are penetrating and being disruptive. You’ve got fast linebackers behind us, you’ve got two safeties that come downhill and tackle running backs just like linebackers. You got someone like myself just taking on blocks, shedding blocks, being disruptive in my own type of way. There’s a lot of versatility. When I describe our defense, I say it’s organized chaos. Everyone’s in the right place but it’s just like maniacs – all 11 maniacs – running to the ball. That’s the mentality that we’re going to have and that’s what we’re out there practicing – everyone getting to the ball and everybody being disruptive.”

On Chris Baker:
“Chris is a very confident guy. I’ve obviously known him since we were children. I came out of high school, I had like two offers, he had like 100 offers. I end up getting drafted. He didn’t get drafted. Our careers kind of flip flopped, but we found a way to get back together and I’m just proud to see him out there working. I was proud to see how he played last year, to finally get into a rhythm and finally get on the field a lot. I knew what he was capable of obviously, coming out. He was undrafted because of whatever red flags he had. He’s definitely a guy who has the ability to be a top player in this league.”

On the offensive line:
“I see a group that is very together. Trent [Williams] and Kory [Lichtensteiger] are going to lead that group. Right now, I think they are building to all be on the same page. Obviously, with the new coach, they probably have the hardest practice out of any group. They are the first group out there and that’s what you expect from the O-line. You expect them to be the hard-nosed group, the blue-collar group. I think all O-lineman are dirt-bags, but they take pride in that, actually. We have a good group. They have a good group. As long as we are handling our business in the trenches, it will make everybody’s job easier.”

On playing wide receiver in high school:
“Yeah, I was a wide receiver in high school. You said that like you were surprised. I played wide receiver, a little tight end. I was actually All-State at wide receiver. Chris [Baker] always tried to mimic me but Chris has always been that size. I just got this big like in college. Chris has actually been that size since like fifth grade, so he has always been O-lineman, D-lineman for his whole life. Chris, he’s just happy about life. He is high off life. Like I said, I am very proud of him and we are just going to have a lot of fun this year, especially with two personalities like me and Chris.”  

On the skills he learned playing multiple positions and sports in high school:
"I think playing basketball, playing different positions in high school definitely helped with my foot speed and my hand quickness. If you look at all the big guys that have played my position – [Vince] Wilfork, Casey Hampton, Jamal Williams, you know, big guys in the middle, Shaun Rogers – those type of guys are special because of their foot speed and their hand speed, and that's something that I’ve watched and I've watched over and over and over. I watched old film, new film on guys. One thing I always notice about is they're always in the right place, their feet and their hands are accurate and [Chris Baker enters room] somebody's here to ruin this…" 

From defensive lineman Chris Baker: “What’s it like to play with ‘Swaggy?’”
"I don't know yet, we'll see."

Baker: “How does it feel to be here with your best friend?”
"It's great. I just feel like everything happens for a reason. He obviously got married, you know he turned them in really quick – I'm still holding on. I was the best man and I was on the visits, so it's only right."

Baker: “Do you really have Bridgestone Tires on your car?"
"Yeah, they're free [laughter]."

On naming the defensive line “Capital Punishment”:
“Well, we have a very silly group chat — the D-line room. I told the group I was going on SportsNation. I was like, ‘Give me a name, somebody give me a name. Something to get people riled up about, get the fans into it.’ One of the guys texts ‘Capital Punishment.’ I can’t really tell you who really did it, but right now, we’ll just say [Jason] Hatcher came up with it. He can’t get any credit for it yet. But for right now, we’re just going to give the credit to Hatch."

Redskins Coach Jay Gruden comments from Day 2 Redskins Training Camp by Redskins PR

July 31, 2015
Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center – Richmond, Va.

Head Coach Jay Gruden

Redskins Coach Jay Gruden   James Murphy / CCS
On signing linebacker Junior Galette:  
“Well, he came in for a visit yesterday. My job was to watch him on tape and look at him as a football player and then get a chance to talk to him and find out a little bit about his past and what he went through. Scot [McCloughan] did the same thing, Bruce [Allen] did the same thing and we came up with a group effort to give him an opportunity here and give him a chance here to play for us.”
On cornerback Bashaud Breeland’s suspension and why it took a year for the league to suspend him:
“I have no idea [why it took a year]. We just found out about it here recently and it is unfortunate. Bree is going to learn from this. He loves football and he is going to bounce back in a big way.”
On people saying that “character goes out the window when it comes to talent”:
“That’s not necessarily true. We have a strong locker room, I’ve said that before. We have great leadership. We can talk about all the guys that work very closely with the Redskins Foundation and all the work that they have done. You bring a guy like this in who maybe has a checkered past, so to speak. We feel like the locker room that we have is strong enough that we can help him out. In talking to Junior, he was very thankful for the opportunity that New Orleans gave him. He was very remorseful about what happened. He was disappointed to be in the situation he was in. He was really excited about a second chance and was willing to do whatever he could to get that second chance. He told us that he would do everything in his power to make sure that we wouldn’t regret it. All we can go by is what we think and our gut feeling and that’s what we did.”

On if Galette will start and how his signing will affect Trent Murphy and Preston Smith:
“It doesn’t mean anything right now. We’re going to work with the guys we have here. Junior is going to get an opportunity here shortly. But Trent’s had an excellent OTAs. Junior is a specialized pass rushing person, which we need some more pressure. Last year, when Brian Orakpo got hurt and then Ryan had some issues with some injuries and then Trent Murphy got hurt, Jackson Jeffcoat got some time, some other guys got some time. So we added some more depth to our pass rushing.  But as far as who’s going to start, we’ll let camp and preseason games determine that. But I know that Junior has played very good football… He’s got a lot of sacks in his career, a lot of pressure, a very disruptive defensive end, and can only help us in that regard. But he’s still got to go out here and earn his right, earn his stripes.”

On the decision-making process for evaluating players’ character:
“It starts up top with Bruce [Allen] and Scot [McCloughan] and myself. We all three came to the same conclusion. Like I said before, all the decisions we make are as a group. It’s all three of us together. We decided to take a chance and give him an opportunity.”

On if he is concerned about a possible suspension for Galette:
“There’s a concern there, we’ll have to wait and see. The league is going to do their due diligence and make their decision, just like they did with [Bashaud] Breeland. Whatever the punishment is, we’ll live with it, and then we’ll respect that. I know Junior will too, and we’ll have to wait. Right now we signed a very good football player we think is going to help us, and we’ll go from there.”

On if he reached out to others around the league about Galette:
“That’s something you’d have to ask Scot and Bruce. I did not. I basically watched the football side of him.”

On if Galette will practice today:
“No. He’ll start soon... He doesn’t know anything about our system or anything so we’ll give him a couple days.”

Redskins sign free agent linebacker Junior Galette by Redskins PR

RICHMOND, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have signed free agent linebacker Junior Galette. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

In addition, the team waived linebacker Ja’Gared Davis from its Non-Football Injury list.
Galette (6-2, 258) originally entered the NFL as a college free agent with the New Orleans Saints on April 26, 2010. He spent five seasons with the Saints, appearing in 64 regular season games with 30 starts from 2010-14 before being released on July 27, 2015.
For his career, Galette has recorded 122 total tackles (87 solo), including 34 tackles for loss and 31.5 sacks. He has also registered five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Last season, Galette played in all 16 games for New Orleans, recording 10 sacks to reach double digits in that category for the second consecutive year. His 22 combined sacks across the last two seasons ranked tied with Ryan Kerrigan for second-most in the NFC and tied for sixth-most in the NFL.
Galette played collegiately at Stillman College as a senior in 2009, earning second-team All-American honors with 56 tackles and 9.5 sacks that season. Prior to his time at Stillman, he played in 33 games at Temple from 2006-08 and was a second-team All-MAC selection as a junior.
Galette, 27, attended St. Joseph Regional H.S. in Montvale, N.J., where he played both linebacker and wide receiver. The native of Port Au Prince, Haiti was born on March 27, 1988.


Redskins Coach Jay Gruden comments Day 1 from Redskins Training Camp by Redskins PR

Redskins Coach Jay Gruden  James Murphy/CCS
July 30, 2015
Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center – Richmond, Va.

Head Coach Jay Gruden

On his goals for the first practice:
“Well, just continue what we’re doing. It’s an extension of what we’ve been putting in through OTAs from last year, getting the new guys up to speed on what we’re doing, and trying to mesh as a football team, number one. Along the way, trying to find our top 53 guys for the regular season. So there’s a lot to do, a lot of people to look at, but we feel like we have the talent out there that it should be great competition across the board and also implementing our system, no doubt.”

On free agent Junior Galette:
“Well, we’re going to get a physical on him and then go from there. We’ll get a chance to talk to him. He’ll meet with Scot [McCloughan], he’ll meet with myself and then we’ll make a determination on where we go from there.”

On DeAngelo Hall and the competition at cornerback:
“The competition in that room and DeAngelo makes it very strong, a strong room. He’s a great leader back there and we lost a lot when we lost DeAngelo last year. A veteran cornerback of his stature and his experience is a very valuable asset to have. You know, he was voted captain right away and then we lose him very early. It was a big loss for us and to have him back, we just have got to make sure we monitor where he’s at and don’t push him too hard. He’s the type of guy that’s going to want to take every rep. We just want to make sure we get him full-go and get him ready for Week 1, but that room is very strong. You’ve got [David] Amerson with some experience, you’ve got [Bashaud] Breeland who came out strong last year. Obviously we have [Chris] Culliver from San Francisco. He’s a known commodity in this league and DeAngelo adds to the mix. We drafted a kid in the sixth round so we have some good players back there.”

On Hall saying he expects to line up with the first team in practice:
“He’s well-documented at how good he is. He had a bad injury, no question about it. He’s done everything right to get back. And I feel like with his experience, what he’s put on tape in his career, his veteran leadership, he deserves a right to be knocked off. And he’s going to be our starting cornerback right now then until somebody knocks him off. And it’s going be hard to do because he’s a very experienced guy, very smart guy and very savvy guy, and guys like that are hard to find but we do have some people who are breathing down his neck, for sure. Breeland wants it. Amerson got a taste of being a starter, he wants to start. Obviously Culliver’s here, so we have four guys with some good experience and are going to push the envelope, but DeAngelo’s a very good corner.”

On safety Duke Ihenacho and the position battle at that safety position:
“We’re going to go out there and let them play, Duke’s done a good job so far and those guys are going to line up and see what happens. We got a lot of candidates out there, strong safety, free safety, and the good thing about that position is they’re able to intermingle a little bit. Some of them can be in the box, they can in the hole, they can both play the hashes and play two-deep, they can play the quarters obviously. So we’ve got a lot of versatility out there with some experienced guys and it’ll be a good test for all of them.”

On tight end Jordan Reed:
“He’s a great weapon for us. We just have got to keep him healthy. He’s got to continue to get better as a blocker, number one, but as far as the passing game is concerned, he’s a threat, no doubt. He can run the option routes, the choice routes on the inside. He can line up on the outside and create mismatch problems for safeties or linebackers. So, he’s a big part of our offense when he’s healthy. We just have to try to do a good job of keeping him healthy. He’s got to do a good job of maintaining his strength and point-of-attack blocking and all of that so he can be a well-rounded tight end. As far as a pass-catching tight end, he’s up there with the tops in the league, we just have got to keep him healthy and obviously keep building his blocking strength.”

On judging character when evaluating free agents:
“We judge it on an individual basis. And it’s something that Scot [McCloughan], myself and Bruce [Allen] and the defensive staff will all talk about. Obviously, he’s had some issues in the past but we like to draw our own conclusions about every individual that we bring in to this building, and we’ll go from there. It’s very early right now, and I haven’t had a chance to talk to him at all. So until I do, I won’t draw any conclusions on what’s happened to him in the past.”

On tackle Morgan Moses:
“Morgan says he feels good. He’s come a long way from when he hurt it [his foot]. He’s done everything right in the rehab process. Larry [Hess] has done a good job with him, and Morgan has done a good job with getting that thing right. He looks good out here. He’s gained a few pounds and he’s a guy that’s not going to go down easily. He’s going to compete for both tackle spots. We expect him to really make a big jump from year one to year two. A lot of these rookies come into the NFL and it’s a heck of a lot different than what they’re used to. There’s a lot more they have to learn and a lot more on their plate. We’re hoping he really can take it to the next level this year and become a heck of a tackle for us. We like Morgan a lot. We just hope he stays healthy.”

On assessing the outside linebacker position opposite Ryan Kerrigan:
“It’s very early at training camp and we like competition in all spots, but Trent Murphy has really done an excellent job. In OTAs, he probably had about 15 sacks – would-have-been sacks – if we let the whistle blow. He’s really put on some weight. He’s stronger, he looks a little quicker, and he’s got great knowledge of the system. He’s a very smart player. He’s one of those guys, you get him and he’s like a puppy – he just gets in the weight room, he’s going to get stronger and stronger and he’s going to become an angry dog here before too long. Trent is going to be a tough guy to get out of that lineup.  He plays hard, he’s a physical guy, he’s long, and he can move around quite a bit. And Preston [Smith], we’re excited about what he can do. We’ve got some young guys that played a lot last year that had to play when [Brian] Orakpo got hurt, and then Trent got hurt. So those guys will also compete, but we like where Trent is at right now.”

Robert Griffin III quotes from Day 1 of Redskins Training Camp by Redskins PR

Robert Griffin III       Moe Murphy / CCS

July 30, 2015
Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center – Richmond, Va.

Quarterback Robert Griffin III

On if he feels prepared today after the offseason:
“I think everybody came prepared and did a great job with their offseason workouts, have their minds right. We’re excited. This is what we train for, this is what what we prepare for, so we’re excited about it.”

On if there is temptation to “overplay the position” rather than manage the game:
“You always let the game come to you. You can’t worry about what other people say – that’s not who you play for. You play for your teammates, your coaches and your city. That’s all I’ve been focused on. All I can do is do what I can do to be the best player for this team and help this team win, so that’s my focus and nothing else.”

On if injuries or mental challenges have been harder to overcome:
“The injuries have definitely been harder to overcome. Those freak injuries happen for a reason, I don’t know what it is. It’s not anything that you can really prepare for but you’ve got to take it when it comes. My goal is to not let those happen. I didn’t want to tear my ACL, definitely didn’t want to dislocate my ankle. It’s not something that you wish for or hope for, so when they do arise it’s something that God is trying to show you to make you stronger. He takes you through these valleys so when you hit your peaks you’re ready for it.”

On what he has learned from having gone through previous training camps:
“It’s just experience. There’s nothing I can say as far as ‘it’s this or that.’ This is like the first day of school for a lot of us. We get to see each other again, get to go out there, play, practice together, compete every single day. That’s all you can ask for, an opportunity to play this game at the highest level. And whatever it is that you do it for, you get a chance to put on tape.”

On the main difference between his rookie season and now:
“I don’t know. It’s probably a combination of a lot of things. Different offense, new coach, new philosophies, injuries — just things happen. My focus now is to not worry about the past, focus on the future. The future started today in the walkthrough. We’re getting ready to go so we can practice every day to go out there and prove it on the field.”

On his performance in minicamp and if it gave him a boost mentally:
“I’m great mentally – I don’t know what you guys are talking about [laughter]. I mean, that was a combination of everything that had happened the entire offseason. I think everybody has been extremely sharp. Coming into the second year of the offense it’s a little easier knowing what to expect and what to go through. We’re building, we’re not just learning the offense now. It wasn’t necessarily all me and me being sharp, it was my guys being where they needed to be, us blocking up front and that’s what happens. You can put good things on tape and have great days when everybody is working together and that’s what we’re working towards – to make sure we’re more consistent.”

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Coach Jay Gruden and Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan Press Conference from Richmond via Redskins PR

July 29, 2015
Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center – Richmond, Va.

Head Coach Jay Gruden

On the team’s conditioning today:
“Everybody looked good out there. We just did a simple conditioning test just to get a gauge on where they are. We let them know before they left for their vacation what the test was going to be so they had a chance to prepare for it. It was pretty simple for everybody and everybody looked good running it.”

On players who missed time earlier in the offseason with injuries:
“We got a clearance on all of those guys – all five of those guys that you mentioned. We expect them to be full-go. We’ll monitor them as we go but we expect good things from all five of those guys. Trent [Williams], Jordan [Reed], DeAngelo [Hall], Ryan [Kerrigan] and Morgan [Moses] — they’ve all got a clean bill.”

On how important it was to extend linebacker Ryan Kerrigan’s contract before training camp:
“That’s exciting for him, man. I’m happy for him. Great kid, obviously. Drafted here as a Redskin. He loves the area and loves this football team. You love rewarding guys like that that actually perform and play well for you and play hard. He’s one of the guys we lean on, both on and off the field — a locker room leader. We’re happy to have him. We’d love to have a locker room full of Ryan Kerrigans, that’s for sure. We’re happy for him. I’m happy they got the deal done and he can put it behind him. He can just move forward and do what he always does and that’s just prepare hard and play hard.”

On if he gets a sense during camp for if the team is good or if he can just evaluate who will make the team:
“We’re trying to do both. We’re trying to improve as a football team, number one. That’s all we’re trying to do every day is improve a certain area of our game. Then, we’re also trying to critique our players and find out who our best 53 are. That’s an ongoing process that will take place all throughout the preseason and something we’ve got to be very good about. We feel very good about 90 guys we have in this locker room right now. There’s going to be great competition at every spot — for the first team, for the second team, for the third team obviously, so we’re excited about the process moving forward. We just want to make sure we give everybody ample opportunity to make this team and prove what they can do. We’ve got a good look at them at OTAs and now training camp they will hopefully take it to the next level and show us what they have.”

On what the team needs out of Kerrigan this year:
“He’s obviously one of our top players on defense. He’s been rewarded for it for his production throughout the years. He’s just a guy that plays every down. He’s a guy that can stop the run obviously, very good at the point of attack and he’s a guy that can get after the quarterback. We’re going to get consistent play out of Ryan. We need people around Ryan. He needs to continue to improve himself obviously and he will. He’s that type of guy. He sets the tone for other people. When you see somebody like that get rewarded and you see the work he puts in, both on and off the field, it shows young guys what we’re all about here at the Washington Redskins. Other guys will follow. And that’s what we need. We need more guys to perform like that and play like that.”

On comments written about quarterback Robert Griffin III in the offseason:
“Well, there's always comments about the quarterback position, both good and bad, no matter where you are. It's just something you have to deal with as a quarterback, no matter who says it. If you're an unnamed source, you don't give a whole lot of credibility to them because you don't know who's saying it. It could be a guy who's never played the game or coached the game or been a part of the game. One of the most important criteria for a quarterback is to be mentally tough and I feel like Robert is and he is going to handle the adversity that's he's handled already both with injuries and with some of the play we’ve had, the production, 4-12 last year. He's going to get better. He's that type of guy. We're excited about him here, the work he's put in to get his body right, the work he's put in to get his mind right. And now it's just a matter of going out here and continuing to coach our offense and watching him get better. It's a fun deal to watch, it really is, to watch a player like that improve himself every day.”

On if Kerrigan can take his game to another level:
“He can get to another level. We have to give him a better chance to get to another level. We've got to play with a lead, make teams have to throw, you know, in the fourth quarter, where he can get his numbers up, his fantasy football numbers. You say 13 sacks, there's guys with more. Unfortunately, we were behind a lot of games in the fourth quarter. Teams were grinding out the clock on us, but when teams have to throw on third and eight, we feel good about having Ryan Kerrigan as a defensive end or playing inside as a stand-up guy or dropping. He can do it all. He's an accountable guy. He's never had an issue off the field here, being late to a meeting. Like I said, his work ethic is outstanding. He's a great example for younger players and he's going to get better as years go on.”

On negotiations with tackle Trent Williams:
“They're in talks right now, that's all I can say. That's Bruce [Allen] and Scot [McCloughan] working with him and his agent. Whatever happens happens, but we expect Trent to be full go. I saw him out there running today and he looked like a gazelle. He is in great shape, man, and great spirits. He's going to work hard no matter what the contract situation is, I know it. We'll let that work out. All we're worried about is the first day of training camp, installing our offense, installing our core values here tonight and tomorrow and watching these guys go out and play and compete. Trent is going to be a big part of our team.”

On building a team of “big, tough guys”:
“Yeah, we’re working on that. I think in football you want to have tough guys. Last time I checked it’s a tough sport. We’re working to try to change our approach or mentality, so to speak, to have some bigger, tough, physical football players. It starts out here on the practice field. Some of the guys that we have in-house weren’t asked to do some of the tough things we’re asking them to do. We’ll see how it transpires in camp – offensive line, defensive line, tight ends, backs – we expect tough football players – linebackers. It’s going to start in training camp right now, day one and what we expect. We can’t let anything slip under the cracks and we just got to continue to coach them and make sure we demand a lot out of them.”

On the importance of the changes to the coaching staff from last season:
“I mentioned at the end of the season we had to make some changes, couldn’t keep everything status quo or we’d probably get the same results, unfortunately. So we made some changes in the roster, made some changes in the building – coaching staff, weight staff, strength staff. Really all across the board in our organization we were evaluated, and we made some necessary changes we think are for the better. We’ve got some energetic coaches, Joe Barry obviously, Perry Fewell, good coaches, Coach [Robb] Akey our strength coach Mike Clark we feel really good about, obviously Bill Callahan coming in. So we’ve made some positive changes along this staff. The big thing we’re just trying to do is make sure we maintain a level of excellence that our staff is responsible for and we have to carry it down to our players; great teachers that have great passion for football, and we feel like we got a great one in here.”

On how this camp will be similar or different from last year:
“We’re still going to do some of the things similar, we’re just changing times a little bit. We’re able to bring another team in here which is going to be similar. We’re going to just try to really focus on situational football – 1st and 10, third down, red zone - key situations that we have to really master that we probably weren’t so good at last year, and it starts in training camp. If you don’t focus on them now, then when they show up in a game time you’re not quite as prepared. We want to make sure that when we go out on game day we’re prepared for every situation possible. Also, we have to make sure we’re physically in good shape. Not so much running them to death out here, but making sure they’re at 100 percent – a full tank of gas on Sunday. There’s a fine line between wearing them out, out here, and keeping them fresh. We’ve just got to make sure we know that fine line and really understand our players, where they are at physically, where they are at mentally, and continue to challenge them every day in the classroom and on the field.”

On his biggest takeaways coming into his second season:
“Well, obviously, year one wasn’t good enough. You know, our standards are a lot higher than what we showed last year. Obviously, we are all disappointed at the finish but last year is over. Moving forward, we want to make sure that we continue to really focus on having a positive approach with our players. Our coaches are making sure that we have an impact on this football team in a good way and, like I said, it starts in the classroom, in the meeting room, where we make sure we maintain their attention and challenge them mentally and come out here and just coach them. We are trying to develop players and develop men here that the Washington Redskin faithful can be proud of, and when they come to a game on Sunday, they know that they are going to get a heck of a battle from our football team. They are a competitive group, a focused group and a group that is going to do whatever it takes to try to win the football game. We are pushing our core values at them and continuing to watch these young guys develop and the veteran players lead. Great things will happen if we do things the right way.”

On the energy of the coaching staff:
“The players feel the energy and the true passion of the coaches. I know they feel it. They want to be coached; there is no question about it. At the end of the day, when the players are laying in bed after a long, physical, grinding day, they want to feel like they got better. We feel like we have the people in this building to make the players get better. That’s what it’s all about. We are just trying to get better every day.”

On if he has any comment on the situation with the New England Patriots:
“I don’t have any comment on that. I have been kind of out of the loop on that.”

On if he feels better about the roster entering this season:
“No question I feel better. I feel like we are a lot better, no question about it. We attacked free agency in a positive way. We have more depth on the defensive line. We got some safeties. We got some corners that can play. We did a good job in the draft. We got some young players with some very talented skills. We feel good about moving forward. We also feel good about the guys we had last year that have a year with our system on offense and have developed. We feel good about coaching them and developing them. They know what to expect from me and a lot of our staff. Moving forward it’s all about learning from last year’s mistakes, learning from what we did last year and getting better into this year. Watching these players grow and developing the young players, it’s a fun process. I feel very good about where we are.”   

On what he wants to see from the fans this year during training camp:
“Love the energy. Lots of energy, man. Give these guys a hand. They’re going to be working hard. When they make a great play, cheer for them. The good thing is that on every play there’s a good play. Either the defense makes a great play or offense makes a good play. So, there should be a lot of cheering going on. Last year, I felt the energy was good out here. Hopefully they come out here and enjoy the team and our team will be receptive to give them autographs I hope and things will go well. It’s a great environment here. We love the area, we love the city, and we love coming down here. The players like performing in front of the crowd that’s for sure. As practice goes, we have a little bit more pep in our step when we have a good crowd out here. So we welcome everybody to come out and enjoy the time.”

On his confidence in the defense with the new additions:
“I’m very confident. You talk about the new guys, but I talk about the guys that are coming back also. Like the Ryan Kerrigans and Chris Bakers, you know, Keenan Robinson, Perry Riley. We have some guys that have been here also that are going to get better also. We feel good. We just have got to make sure we figure out ways and make sure we mesh as a unit and we play together as a team. That’s the biggest thing we’re trying to do is make sure we’re all on the same page mentally. Physically, with the athleticism we have and the ability to rush the passer that I think we have, and the ability to cover, I think things will work out. The biggest thing is just trying to get these guys to mesh, find our best guys, and the best situation and get them prepared.”

On the offensive line and how important it is to find the “right guy” at left tackle:
“Trent? Yeah, he’s the right guy. [Laughter] He’s pretty good. Trent is our starting left tackle right now and he’s excellent. He had a couple of nagging injuries last year with his ankle. Morgan Moses stepped in as a rookie, had his struggles but he’s also developing as a player, then he got hurt. We drafted Brandon [Scherff] obviously to play the right side. We have Tom Compton in house, he’s also playing, so we feel good about the tackle spot. We have Ty [Nsekhe] in here who is going to give us some depth. We have some tackles in here that can compete, that’s for sure. You have to have more than one and Trent’s a great one to have, and we have got to make sure we develop all the ones in case something happens to them. We feel about Trent obviously as the left tackle. He’s as good as anybody in the league.”

Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan

On signing of his new five-year contract:
"Yeah a little bit, I mean, it's close. But this is an unbelievable experience. I don't know if it's quite hit me yet. I really got to thank Mr. Snyder, Bruce Allen, Scot McCloughan and particularly, Eric Schaffer, who spent a lot of time with my agent the past couple of weeks trying to get this done. When you come into the NFL, you get drafted by a certain team, you immediately develop a certain affinity for that team and that organization, that city, and I certainly feel that way about the Redskins. And for them to give me this kind of vote of confidence to hopefully finish out my career as a Redskin means the world to me."
On how much he was involved in getting the contract done:
"Yeah, I mean, it's mainly between my agent and the front office. They worked really hard to get this done and like I said I owe a lot to the front office for getting this done before training camp."
On goals for this year and training camp in particular:
"I'm just looking forward to playing again. I mean it really sucked, for lack of a better term, to not be able to do OTAs and mini-camp and whatnot. So, I'm looking forward to getting out there tomorrow, knocking off the rust, and just getting back to playing, and hopefully getting this team on the right track.
On the timing of the extension and if it eliminated any distractions prior to training camp:
"Yeah, I mean it's nice to get it done. I don't think it would've been a distraction had I not gotten it done because I would've been under contract for another season anyways. So, nothing would have changed had I not gotten it done and nothing's going to change now that I do have it done. Because, I mean , I have a lot to prove this year to myself, to rest of the football world, and we got a lot of making up to do for the past couple of years"

On his injury status going into camp:
“I mean I’m ready to go. I know the coaches will have a certain plan for me as far as when I am practicing and when I’m not. As for tomorrow, I’m going and I like it that way. I want to be out there, I don’t want to be standing around watching practice so I’m going to be glad to be practicing.”

On his excitement about how he will be utilized in the new defense:  
“In studying the playbook and then seeing what other guys were doing during minicamp and OTA’s, I’m really champing at the bit to get out there and get to work under this defense. It’s a defense that allows the front guys to play in the opponent’s backfield a lot. That's always a great thing when you can put an opponent in a negative yardage situation. That’s the thing that has excited me the most about this new.”

On whether or not recuperating has helped his stability and longevity:
 “There is a positive way you could look at that; a few less reps, a few less hits on your body, but at the same time it’s not easy watching. Ultimately, the surgery was a good thing, so I do feel a lot better now and I’m really glad I got it done.”

On becoming the veteran leader of the linebacker s: 
“Yeah, it has been a slow transition into me being one of the older guys in the room, but I like that. I like the role that I have now, I like that a lot of the guys kind of look up to me in some way. That feels good and I look forward to being able to help not only in the meeting room, but the defense and the team in general.”

On if he needs to be more of a leader following veteran linebacker departures and his new contract:
“I don’t necessarily think that means being a vocal leader or being a rah-rah guy. Because, that’s not me and it never has, probably won’t ever be me. I’ve always been a guy that works hard, but now with this kind of contract and being an older guy in the room, I have to work even harder. I have to do the right things to an even greater level, and do all the little things that are going to help not only make myself better, but help make the team better.

On his family's reaction to the contract extension:
"Yeah, it's a great level of excitement for them, as well. Yeah, you know, I've always had great support system with my family, we're very close, and I called them last night and told them that we have come to an agreement.  They are very happy for me, happy that I'll be staying there too because they like the way Redskins fans and the areas have embraced me. I'm glad that I am staying." 

On how he landed his opportunity on Sharknado 3:
"Eric Shuster from CSN asked me if I wanted to be a part of it. He asked myself, and Tom Compton. And I said, 'Yeah, Absolutely I'd love to be in Sharknado and that's it. It was a lot of fun to shoot that."

On his performance in Sharknado 3 and how it helped his new deal:
"I mean it's kind of coincidental, you know, it gets done after seeing my Oscar award winning performance of mine in Sharknado (3)"

On if he wished he had time to celebrate his new deal:
"That's fine; I wouldn't have done a whole lot of celebrating either with the season being as close as it was. The fact that it got done is the biggest thing, Not that it got done a week ago, but it got done. And I'm really excited, it will hit me at some point, it's just all about football right now."