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Alfred Morris Selected for Pro Bowl

Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris has been selected as an alternate to the 2014 NFC Pro Bowl roster.  In his second year in the league he amassed 1,275 yards on 276 carries and 7 touchdowns for the Redskins.

This will be Morris’s first Pro Bowl appearance and he will also join his Redskins teammate left tackle Trent Williams on the Pro Bowl squad.  Morris is also the first Redskins running back to make the Pro Bowl since Clinton Portis made the NFC squad in 2008.

Nationals and Ross Detwiler Avoid Arbitration; 2014 Contract Signed

The Washington Nationals continued to make offseason headlines this evening when they were able to settle on a contract for 2014 with 6’5″ left handed pitcher Ross Detwiler, essentially avoiding arbitration.  His signing should help solidify the fifth starting spot in the Nationals lineup.

However, Mike Rizzo stated earlier this offseason that it could become a competition with Tyler Cameron, Nathan Karns, and Tanner Roark putting the pressure on the former Nats 1st round draft pick from 2007.

Detwiler is entering his 7th season as a Washington National after missing time last season with various injuries.  According to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com, Detwiler avoided arbitration and signed a 1-year deal worth $3,000,000 including a potential $50,000 bonus if he pitches 180 innings.

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Redskins Hire Jay Gruden, More Assistants being Hired

After releasing Mike Shanahan from the final year of his 5-year deal with the team, the Redskins took a look at what other potential head coaching hire were out there.  There were multiple reports forthcoming that they visited assistants from their NFC East counterparts to assistants in the AFC North.

Eventually, the Redskins lead by team owner Dan Snyder and football operations vice president and general manager Bruce Allen agreed that Jay Gruden would be the Redskins new coach.  Gruden, who is also brother to Jon Gruden current Monday Night Football color commentary broadcaster and the Super Bowl XXXVII winning coach.

Jay Gruden and Bruce Allen

So with all the news about Gruden now being hired the coach has now turned to bringing in talented assistants to help rebuild the Redskins football program.  Here are the assistants that have been retained/hired/promoted:

Jim Haslett – Redskins defensive coordinator of the last 4 seasons will remain with the team.

Sean McVay – 27 year old NFL coach and former Redskins TE coach, was promoted to offensive coordinator.

Brian Baker – former Terp, and Browns Linebacker coach, will have the role of coaching the Redskins outside linebackers.

Ben Koticwa – New York Jets special teams coach, is rumored to have reached an agreement to join the Redskins in the same capacity.

Kirk Olivadotti – former Redskins linebacker coach is returning to the Redskins as the inside linebackers coach.

Raheem Morris – the Redskins defensive backs coach has been retained.

Jacob Burney – the Redskins defensive line coach has been retained.

Chris Foerster – the Redskins offensive line coach has been retained.

Chris Morgan – the Redskins assistant line coach has been retained.

Plenty of assistant shuffling left and the DCSportsGuy blog will keep you posted on all the Redskins coaching updates.

Lorenzo Alexander Signs with Arizona Cardinals

The day that most die-hard Redskins fans knew would come has came and the team’s special teams captain ace of the last 5 years has came, saw, and conquered the NFC East.  Earlier today Lorenzo Alexander, a 2012 Redskins Special Teams captain, became a new member of the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC West.  The news comes after many days of curious speculation from DC sports media people about one of the lone Gibbs-era players remaining on the team.

The special teams standout also played linebacker and has accumulated 6 seasons with the Redskins including 92 games, 162 combined tackles, 106 solo, 56 assisted, 8 sacks, and 5 passes defended.  The 29 year old has been instrumental in big games for the Redskins and has been known to lay the big hit on return men, most notably in a Monday night football game against the Eagles in 2010 when he laid a hit on Calvin.  Alexander also had a notable hit in 2012 in a game against Cleveland on his new Arizona Cardinals teammate Josh Cribbs.  Alexander is business partners with Kedric Golston and also is known for his generosity with his ACES Foundation and is also known as “OneManGang“.

 

London Fletcher’s Ankle Surgery

The latest from the Redskins linebacker that does not involved retirement talk is the Twitter news that we got this morning that London is recovering from surgery on his left ankle.  The linebacker is also expected to have elbow surgery later this month.  It is surprising that London has decided to proceed with these procedures following the 2012 season, the linebacker normally holds off on any injury related surgeries.  However, it should be noted after having started in 240 games over 15 games it should be no surprise that the linebacker wants to rehab his injuries and ensure a safer and healthier finish to his NFL career.

Since coming to Washington Fletcher has been a standout at middle linebacker playing in 98 games with 560 tackles, 380 assisted tackles, 13 sacks, 25 QB hits, 53 passes defended, 8 forced fumbles, 28 tackles for loss, 12 interceptions, and has ranked in the top 15 linebackers in the league in wins probability with an average of 1.79 for his career in Washington.

Understanding the Madness behind the March

March Madness is not just for college students anymore but with the men’s college basketball and statistics going hand-in-hand in the month of March how could basketball fans everywhere not be excited?  So far just alone this week we have witnessed some epic losses at the hands of unranked teams on Sunday #4 Michigan State fell to #18 Ohio State, on Monday #22 Marquette beat #12 Syracuse, and then 3 epic upsets Tuesday when unranked Minnesota beat #1 Indiana, unranked Tennessee beat #8 Florida, and #13 Memphis lost to Xavier.  The upsets continued again Wednesday when #4 Michigan lost to unranked Penn State and unranked USC topped #11 Arizona.  Folks, this is just the beginning…

Although the large majority of the losses for the ranked teams were at the hands of conference opponents.  Most of those teams did not lose any significant players to injury which could be a huge factor affecting each team’s BPI.  ESPN.com currently has Indiana as the strongest BPI of all NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball team in the nation.  For the uninformed, the BPI is the hybrid-alternative designed to replace what the RPI lacks in its calculations.  Simply-stated, the NCAA uses the RPI to identify NCAA tournament teams, the BPI modifies and improves the criteria thus acting as the actual analytic process that the NCAA should use (but I am referring to the National Collegiate Athletic Association).  Essentially, it is designed to enhance the resume of a college basketball team to provide a concrete, objective argument for a team to be in the men’s basketball tournament.

The great thing about BPI is that it was invented by a former NBA player Dean Oliver who is now ESPN’s director of production analytics and a former Golden State Warrior.  Oliver uses simple metrics that include statistical impact of a player absent from a game and thorough detailed context of a team’s win lose record.  As I said previously, Indiana leads the way for all college basketball teams but there are some pretty strong conference out there that will give the Big Ten a run for their money.

With the entire NCAA Division I college basketball conference having an average BPI of 51.2, the following list depicts where each conference falls in the BPI power standings (rounded up to the first decimal place):

A10 – 63.9

ACC – 70.4

AM. EAST – 42.1

A-SUN – 38.6

BIG 12 – 68.2

BIG EAST – 72.8

BIG SKY – 37.0

BIG SOUTH – 38.5

BIG TEN – 72.5

BIG WEST – 47.4

CAA – 44.2

C-USA – 55.2

GREAT WEST – 32.8

HORIZON – 52.2

INDEP. – 29.8

IVY LEAGUE – 43.6

MAAC – 47.8

MAC – 48.2

MEAC – 32.8

MVC – 64.12

MWC – 70.6

NEC – 38.4

OVC – 44.7

PAC-12 – 71.3

PATRIOT – 45.3

SEC – 66.1

SOUTHERN – 39.0

SOUTHLAND – 38.4

SUMMITT – 42.3

SUN BELT – 45.5

SWAC – 28.9

WAC 51.4

WCC – 58.3

After listing these numbers, the bottom line is that Big East is the probably the best conference that would enter the tournament if it started today followed by the Big Ten, MWC, and the ACC.  One could reasonably return the conclusion that at the current state the Big East would be the most formidable opponents with a higher average quality of teams versus some of the other conferences.

Now while you all have fun with the BPI numbers consider what these numbers what would look like if conference realignment had not taken place.  You might see a stronger number from the CAA and weaker numbers from the A10 and Conference USA.  Not only that but consider where the SEC and Pac-12 schools are as well.

One thing is for sure the March to Madness will start very soon.

Porter Leading Red Hot Hoyas

The Hoyas have been rolling since late January after a 61-58 loss to South Florida able to get through the Big East.  Compiling 10 wins a row is no large feat for any Big East team and the 2 OT win last night at Connecticut might be the most impressive win yet for the Hoyas.  The Hoyas have been very staunch but it also seems that the Hoyas sophomore forward Otto Porter Jr. is wheeling through Big East teams like it is nothing.  Porter’s stats are ridiculous when you look at his playing time and his overall efficiency ratings, what is most telling in the past 10 games is his effort.  Porter, who I would consider the leader of the Hoyas and more specifically in the last 3 games.

Porter in his 17 starts this season has produced 258 points and has averaged 15.7 points per game.  In the last three games against Depaul, Syracuse, and Connecticut he has averaged 22 points a game and logged nearly 36.3 minutes a game.  For the season he has averaged about 32.5 minutes per game but in the last three games he has seen an average of 44 minutes in 132 minutes and more time plus more opportunities to lead the Hoyas.

His field goal percentage has also benefited as well on the season he is shooting 51.7 % on field goals now he has increased that percentage to 56.7% in the last three games.

Currently, the Hoyas are listed with the 18th best basketball power index in the country and with a record of 22-4.  This gives the Hoyas the potential to make a run in the Big East tournament and land a #1 seed for the Hoyas entering the tournament, if they do this then they will be heavily favored going into March Madness.