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DeAngelo Hall: Mike Shanahan overruled Jim Haslett’s playcalling

jim-haslettDeAngelo Hall is one of a number of Washington Redskins players who seems happier now that Mike Shanahan is gone. Hall’s latest comments tell us that defensive coordinator Jim Haslett should be just as thrilled about Shanny being gone.

Hall, who said a few months ago that Shanahan was always in Haslett’s ear telling him what to call, told CSNWashington.com’s Chick Hernandez that there were certain situations in 2013 where Shanahan actually stepped in and overruled Haslett.

“Yeah, I mean, it was probably more difficult for Jim than us,” Hall said, as transcribed by Dan Steinberg of DC Sports Bog. “You know, we were going through all week practicing a certain call, knowing that we were going to call it in certain situations. And there would be certain times where Mike would overrule Jim.

“And I told Jim, I understand where you’re coming from. There are certain techniques and things that I want to do that Mike would tell me the same thing — ‘Well, you know, I kind of want you to play it like this as opposed to that.’”

Shanahan was an offensive assistant/coordinator for 20 years before he became head coach of the Denver Broncos. Haslett, a former NFL linebacker, has always specialized in defense. As Steinberg noted, a Washington Post story from December indicated that Shanahan micromanaged Haslett from Day 1.

One of Shanahan’s first calls came in September 2011, during a game at Dallas. With the Cowboys on their own 30 with 2 minutes 20 seconds to play, Shanahan called an all-out blitz — “Cover-0,” as it is known — and it backfired, resulting in Dallas quarterback Tony Romo finding wide receiver Dez Bryant for a 30-yard gain. Dallas eventually kicked a field goal for an 18-16 victory, and Haslett was left to shoulder the blame.

While I don’t doubt that any of this is true, the Redskins need to be careful. They have not played a single game under Jay Gruden and already we have prominent players like Hall and Robert Griffin III acting like all of Washington’s problems have been solved now that Shanahan is gone. If the Redskins go 7-9 and miss the playoffs this season, it will be hard to keep using Shanny as a scapegoat.

Did Dustin Johnson sleep with PGA wife Alli MacKenzie?

Alli-MacKenzieThe rumors surrounding Dustin Johnson are piling up by the minute in the wake of a report that the 30-year-old has been suspended for six months by the PGA Tour for testing positive for cocaine. Buried within Golf.com’s story about Johnson’s suspension is a tidbit about him having a “sexual indiscretion” with “at least one wife of a PGA Tour player.”

So who was the PGA Tour wife?

Some have speculated that Johnson had a sexual encounter with Alli MacKenzie, the ex-wife of PGA golfer Will MacKenzie. Fox Sports senior golf analyst Robert Lusetich tweeted Friday that it is “not a huge secret” that Johnson had affairs with two wives of PGA players and broke up one marriage.

Our friends at Busted Coverage asked the former model about her relationship with Johnson, and here’s what she had to say.

“We are still friends,” MacKenzie told Busted Coverage. “And Will and I were separated before the supposed indiscretion night. It just wasn’t made public.”

MacKenzie added that she sees Johnson as a “normal guy” who enjoys partying like anyone else his age. She was then asked to clarify that the alleged night with Johnson did not lead to her marital problems.

“Will and I were already separating before this rumor started,” she said. “We both like DJ and wish him the best for sure.”

Some of what MacKenzie was trying to say is clear, and some isn’t. Alli insists Johnson had nothing to do with the marital problems between her and Will, but she didn’t actually say whether she slept with him. She could have simply meant that the rumor about him breaking up a marriage started before she and Will decided to separate — not that they slept together.

Johnson and MacKenzie may not have slept together, but we’re fairly confident DJ has had a romp or two with this lovely lady:

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Paul George injury has NBA execs wanting to pull their players

Paul George stretcher

Paul George’s freak injury that resulted in a compound fracture of both his right tibia and fibia may have some serious consequences for USA Basketball.

After watching George go down and the Indiana Pacers’ season end before it begins, NBA executives started to panic and fear that the same could happen to their stars. As a result, they may want to pull their players from USA Basketball.

Here’s what Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted after the injury:

SI’s Chris Mannix tweeted the same thing:

We went through this same debate when the World Baseball Classic began, and we go through it every time an NHL player gets hurt during international competition.

I understand the fears of the GMs and owners, but they need to let go. Our best players should be representing us in international play. Freak injuries can occur at any time. How many players hurt themselves while practicing or working out or even in pickup games? Injuries happen. Don’t ruin our chances at winning gold medals because of one sucky injury.

Mike Redmond has meltdown after overturned home plate call (Video)

The Miami Marlins got screwed out of a win against the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night because of a new rule. As you know, Major League Baseball has banned home plate collisions in order to improve player safety. The new rules also prevent catchers from blocking the plate, otherwise there would be no way to score without running through them.

With the Marlins leading 1-0 in the eighth inning, Giancarlo Stanton made a perfect throw to catcher Jeff Mathis to gun down Zack Cozart, who was trying to score on a sacrifice fly. Reds manager Bryan Price challenged the call, arguing that Mathis had blocked the plate. After a review that took more than six minutes, the call on the field was overturned.

Marlins manager Mike Redmond, a former catcher, immediately went berserk on the umpiring crew when the ruling came in from New York. He stopped just short of stripping all of his clothes off on the field in protest of the call.

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LeSean McCoy: ‘I own Dallas’

LeSean McCoy is exactly what the NFC East needs in a star running back. The 26-year-old has played in one of football’s most competitive divisions long enough to know that toying with the opposition is all part of the game. He gave us another example of that on Thursday.

LeSean McCoyBam, shots fired. McCoy is starting the smack talk already and Week 1 of the preseason isn’t even in the books. Last year during a radio interview before Philadelphia’s Week 17 matchup against Dallas, McCoy told listeners that the Eagles were going to “manhandle the Cowgirls.” Philly went on to squeak out a 24-22 victory, so there wasn’t exactly any manhandling.

Overall, I’d say McCoy is wrong. Philly is 4-7 against the Cowboys since the former Pittsburgh star joined the Eagles in 2009. McCoy only rushed for 55 yards on 18 attempts during his first meeting with Dallas last year, though he did rack up 131 yards on the ground in Week 17 en route to winning this impressive championship belt.

Even if the facts don’t back it up, the NFC East could always use more trash talk. Gone are the days when at least one playoff-caliber team from the division was left out of the postseason. The Eagles and Cowboys square off in Weeks 13 and 15 this season. Maybe they’ll surprise us.

H/T Dallas Morning News

David Wilson reportedly ‘needs a miracle’ to play football again

David Wilson GiantsNew York Giants running back David Wilson suffered a setback during Tuesday’s practice in his recovery from spinal fusion surgery. The 23-year-old is scheduled to meet with a doctor on Monday, and one report is anticipating that he may not receive good news.

According to Jordan Raanan and Conor Orr of NJ.com, a person with knowledge of Wilson’s medical condition says he would “need a miracle” to be cleared to play football again. Wilson himself seemed far more optimistic in a post he made on social media.

“Left practice early yesterday but everything turned out to be fine once the Dr. Looked @ me plus I passed all physical examination,” he wrote on Instagram Tuesday. “I find out more on Monday #gottagetback #pocketrocket.”

There was some fear back when Wilson first suffered the neck injury that he might not play again, but he seemed to be doing well with his rehab prior to this week. It would be an absolute shame if the former first-round pick is unable to get back onto the field. Wilson has a very promising career.

Did Jamaal Charles literally break Sanders Commings’ ankle with open-field move?

Jamaal CharlesJamaal Charles has some of the best open-field moves in football. The Kansas City Chiefs running back has lightning speed and is borderline unstoppable in space. Unfortunately, one of his teammates may have learned that the hard way earlier this week.

On Thursday, Andy Reid announced that Chiefs defensive back Sanders Commings underwent surgery to repair a broken ankle that he suffered during Wednesday’s practice. Couple that with the following tidbit of information and I think we all know what happened.

Saying that a player “broke an opponent’s ankles” is one of the most overused phrases in basketball and football. But if anyone can actually do it, Charles would be the guy. We’re not saying he should be proud of causing a teammate to break his ankle or anything like that, but if that’s really what happened it’s an amazing reflection of Charles’ skill set.

H/T Around the League