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September 4, 2012: Comcast SportsNet Kicks Off 2012 NFL Regular Season Coverage

September 4, 2012: Comcast SportsNet Kicks Off 2012 NFL Regular Season Coverage

REDSKINS, RAVENS PREGAMEAND POSTGAME SHOWS, LIVE HEAD COACH NEWS CONFERENCES AND DAILY TEAM PROGRAMS RETURNFOR 2012 NFL SEASONEXTENSIVE ONLINECOVERAGE CONTINUES AT CSNWASHINGTON.COM, CSNBALTIMORE.COMBethesda, Md. (Sept. 4, 2012) ComcastSportsNet Mid-Atlantic kicks off its comprehensive multiplatform coverage ofthe 2012 Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens NFL regular seasons thisweek, highlighted by the return of its marquee pregame and postgame shows, livehead coach news conference coverage and daily team programs. The network willalso deliver expanded team content across its digital platforms, led by CSNwashington.comand CSNbaltimore.com.ComcastSportsNets award-winning Redskins pregame show, Redskins Kickoff, will make its regular season debut prior to the teamsopener at New Orleans on Sunday, Sept. 9, beginning at 12 p.m. Redskins Postgame Live, the one-hourpostgame show, will air immediately following the game. Hosted by ChickHernandez, the game-day shows feature analysts Brian Mitchell and TrevorMatich, reporting from Rob Carlin and special appearances throughout the seasonby Charley Casserly, Kevin Blackistone and Rick Doc Walker. These programswill air before and after each Redskins game.Ravens Kickoff, which willmake its season debut on Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. leading into the teams primetime gameagainst Cincinnati,will air for an hour prior to select games this season. Ravens Postgame Live will begin immediately after Monday nightsmatch-up and will follow all regular-season games for an hour. Hosted by ChrisMiller, the exclusive Ravens game-day shows will feature reporter Brent Harrisand analysts Brad Jackson, Antonio Freeman and Matt Stover. ComcastSportsNet will again deliver live coverage of the Ravens and Redskins weeklyhead coach news conferences as part of special half-hour shows. SportsNet Central: Mike Shanahan Live, which will beled by Carlin and Mitchell, will air live at 3 p.m. the day after each gamethroughout the season, immediately followed by an encore at 3:30 p.m.,beginning Sept. 10. SportsNet Central:John Harbaugh Live will feature Miller and Jackson and will debut Tuesday,Sept. 4. The Ravens shows will air at 4 p.m. the day following each game, witha 4:30 p.m. encore throughout the season.Redskins Nation, hosted by Larry Michael, airsweekdays at 5:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. in the Washingtonmarket (5:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. in the Baltimoremarket.) The Ravens full lineup of showsair weekdays beginning Sept. 4 and includes 1 Winning Drive(Monday), Ravens One on One(Tuesday), Ravens GamePlan(Wednesday), Ravens Report (Thursday)and Purple Passion (Friday). TheRavens programs will air at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. in the Baltimoremarket (5 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. in the Washingtonmarket) on their respective days, except for Ravens One on One, which only airs at the later times. Extensive NFL coverage will also befeatured throughout the season on SportsTalkLive, which airs weekdays live at 10:30 p.m. with an encore at 12:30 a.m., andGeico SportsNet Central, which now airslive daily at 6 p.m., 10 p.m., 12 a.m. and 1 a.m. Additionally, the networkwill deliver exclusive interviews with Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan andRavens head coach John Harbaugh within its news and entertainment programs the dayfollowing each game and Fridays throughout the season.Comcast SportsNet will also provide expanded daily coverageof the Redskins and Ravens across its digital media platforms this season. Ledby Redskins Insider Tarik El-Bashir, Redskins BloggerRich Tandler and Ravens Insider J. Michael, CSNwashington.com andCSNbaltimore.com will deliver complete written, video and interactive teamcontent all season.

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7 things to know about Capitals head coaching candidate Todd Reirden

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7 things to know about Capitals head coaching candidate Todd Reirden

For now, Todd Reirden appears to be the frontrunner to be the new head coach of the Washington Capitals.

But who is he? 

Here are some things to know about the Capitals head coaching candidate:

1. Reirden spent the last four seasons with Washington on Barry Trotz's staff

Should Reirden be hired, he would bring a measure of familiarity with him few teams get after a coaching change. Reirden was hired by Trotz in 2014 when Trotz was putting together his staff. He was brought in to coach the team's defense and immediately improved the blue line.

In the year prior to Reirden's hiring, the Caps allowed 2.74 goals per game, good for only 21st in the NHL.

Here is what the defense has done in Reirden's four years in charge of the defense:

2014-15: 2.43 goals against per game, 7th in the NHL
2015-16: 2.33 goals against per game, 2nd in the NHL
2016-17: 2.16 goals against per game, 1st in the NHL
2017-18: 2.90 goals against per game, 16th in the NHL

In those four seasons combined, Washington allowed 2.45 goals per game, lower than every team in the NHL but one. He was also in charge of the team's lethal power play.

2. Reirden has been a head coach before

While he may never have been a head coach in the NHL, Reirden does have some head coaching experience.

Reirden was promoted to head coach of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in 2009 when Dan Bylsma was promoted to head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins. While head coach, Reirden led the team to a 55-43-8 record.

3. Reirden came to Washington from the Penguins

Reirden joined the Penguins organization in 2008 as an assistant coach with their AHL affiliate and took over as head coach later that season. He joined the Penguins' playoff staff during the 2009 Cup run. He was promoted to a full-time assistant coach under with the NHL team under Bylsma in 2010 and was there for four years until Byslma was fired. Reirden was not initially fired, but was allowed to seek other opportunities. When he was officially fired, the Capitals hired him the same day.

4. Reirden had a lot to do with Matt Niskanen signing with the Caps

Reirden was hired by the Caps on June 25, 2014. On July 1, Matt Niskanen signed with Washington.

Reirden and Niskanen developed a strong relationship while in Pittsburgh. Niskanen dealt with confidence issues after getting traded from Dallas to Pittsburgh in 2011. Under Reirden's tutelage, Niskanen developed into a top-pair defenseman. Niskanen's agent said at the time it was "no secret" that Reirden and Niskanen had bonded while both were in Pittsburgh.

Brooks Orpik also signed with the Caps as a free agent that year, the second defenseman from Pittsburgh to sign in Washington showing the level of respect they felt for Reirden.

5. Reirden nearly became the head coach of Calgary

Reirden interviewed for the head coaching job in Calgary in 2016 and was considered a finalist for the position before eventually losing out Glen Gulutzan.

Gulutzan was fired by Calgary after the 2017-18 season and is now an assistant coach in Edmonton while Reirden is the frontrunner to become the head coach for the defending Stanley Cup champions. Sounds like things worked out for Reirden.

6. The Caps have been grooming Reirden to be a head coach

Reirden was promoted to associate coach in August 2016 after Calgary had passed on him. Since then, the Caps have not allowed him to interview with other teams for head coaching positions. The implication was clear, this was someone the team wanted to keep.

"You know I think we’ve been grooming him to be a head coach whether for us or someone else," Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan Monday.

7. Reiden played in 183 career NHL games

Reirden was a defenseman drafted in the 12th round by the New Jersey Devils in 1990. After playing four years at Bowling Green, Reirden went pro with several seasons in the ECHL, IHL and AHL. He made his NHL debut with the Edmonton Oilers in the 1998-99 season. Reirden would also play with the St. Louis Blues, Atlanta Thrashers and Phoenix Coyotes. 

For his NHL career, Reirden scored 11 goals and 46 points in 183 games.

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With Barry Trotz out, Jay Gruden is now your longest-tenured major head coach in D.C.

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With Barry Trotz out, Jay Gruden is now your longest-tenured major head coach in D.C.

Jay Gruden is many things, including honest, witty, one of the greatest Arena League quarterbacks in the history of the universe and, as of June 18, the longest-tenured head coach of a major D.C. sports team.

With the Capitals and Barry Trotz parting ways, Gruden is now officially the area's most experienced boss (while Gruden was actually hired a few months before Trotz back in 2014, they both have led their teams through four seasons up to this point, which is the number that matters here).

Scott Brooks, meanwhile, has overseen the Wizards for two campaigns, while Nats manager Dave Martinez is in the middle of his first year at the helm.

This designation will pair nicely with the fact that Gruden will also be the first 'Skins headman to hold his job into a fifth season in the Dan Snyder era. You don't need to make plans to visit his statue yet, of course, but this is some uncharted territory the 51-year-old is currently hanging out in.

Now, his overall record of 28-35-1 certainly needs work, or else he'll be in danger of handing the longest-tenured distinction over to Brooks. However, Gruden does deserve credit for bringing an amount of stability to the Burgundy and Gold, a franchise that is usually as stable as Metro's Wi-Fi connection.

So, with all due respect to DC United's Ben Olsen, the Kastles' Murphy Jensen and whatever legend is in charge of your kid's dynastic flag football team, when you think of the man who's been roaming the sidelines longer than anyone else in D.C., be sure to think of this man and only this man:

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