What it’s like preparing Chris Thompson

and Josh Doctson for the NFL season Martino “Coach Savage” Montague was a decorated D3 football player and tried to break into the NFL before a series of ACL injuries forced him to hang up his cleats. A passion for the game combined with a penchant for putting together grueling workouts naturally led him i
nto athletic training and start The Elite Athletic Program with his brother Alex Smith Jersey Elite , Thomas Mayo. Now, his clientele includes names like Chris Thompson, Mason Foster, Josh Doctson, Maurice Harris, Anthony Lanier, Ryan Anderson, Josh Harvey-Clemons, Martrell Spaight, Geron Christian and Morgan Moses. I chatted with him about what it’s like training Redskins players and preparing them for the rigors of the regular season. Hogs Haven: Has anyone ever told you your name is perfect for what you do? Is your last name actually Savage?Coach Savage: [Laughs] My last name is actually Montague. I train high school kids as well, and a lot of them would say my workouts are savage. So then I just became “Coach Savage”, and the name stuck.What do guys usually come to you for? Do you help them get in shape, rehab from injuries, or both?Guys usually come to me in the offseason to get their bodies right for training camp http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/alex-smith-jersey , for the conditioning tests. We try and respect the [Redskins] training staff when it comes to rehab from injuries and timetables and whatnot. Guys come to me to get ready for training camp, before they’re in ‘camp shape’.Can you explain what ‘camp shape’ is? I’ve heard the term used quite a bit but never really understood what it meant.Camp shape is more of a mental state. It’s when your body is used to taking hits. You can only really be in camp shape once you’re being hit in pads. And then during the season, it’s all about executing these specific tasks perfectly, rather than just being in shape. So it’s more of a combination of mental and physical rather than just physical, which is what we try and prepare for in the offseason.Alright, so who’s the ‘freakiest’ player you’ve trained so far? Who works the hardest?Ah, man... I’d have to say Chris, Chris Thompson. And Mo Harris. But Chris just does stuff I can’t believe man.What do you mean by that?Chris is just smooth, man. When we do agility drills in the sand, his feet move so fast it’s just a blur. But the crazy thing is the sand doesn’t even move. It just becomes this mist and when it settles you can’t even see where his feet were. He’s a freak. Mo [Harris] is also like that, just really smooth.Who’s the laziest Redskins’ player you’ve ever trained? Was it Chris Baker*?[Laughs for a good 10-15 seconds] First off, I won’t ever say one of my guys don’t work hard. Everyone got here for a reason... because they work hard, because they’re talented. But I will say one thing about Chris [Baker] — the first time we were out working together, I was running him through some drills Authentic Matt Ioannidis Jersey , and he stops and just looks at me and says “How many more of these we gotta do, huh?” I was just like “As many more as you can take.” But nah, I won’t say any one my guys is ever lazy.A lot of fans get on Josh Doctson for not working hard, putting forth maximum effort. What do you have to say about that?That’s crazy, man. Josh is one of the hardest workers I’ve been around. He goes hard on everything we do and is super talented. Think he’s gonna have a big year this year. Josh just has a quiet personality; he listens before he speaks, so people may interpret that as being uninterested or something. But it’s just the opposite. He’s very passionate.What’s next for you?I grew up watching this team, so to be able to work with these guys is a dream come true. I want to continue working with as many Redskins players as I can, help them prepare for the season, get their bodies right. One thing Chris [Thompson] said to me when I first met him that really stuck, when he was recovering from his [season-ending leg] injury, was “we’re so lucky to wake up every day and be able to play a kid’s game. Football is a kid’s game. So to have the opportunity to do that for a living is a blessing.” I also have a gym with my brother where I train regular folks, do boot camps, things like that. And working with high school athletes — I do every sport except swimming! A number of kids I’ve worked with have gotten D1 scholarships, which I’m really proud of.I love pushing people to reach their full potential... some people say my style is ‘tough love’; I like to call it ‘honest love’. Ain’t nobody gonna be honest with you except yourself!Martino “Coach Savage” Montague owns The Elite Athletic Program Matt Ioannidis Jersey Elite , which encompasses sport-specific training for athletes of all levels, plus fitness boot camps and personal training for adults. If you live in the DMV area and interested in learning more, you can reach him via email at theelite.athleticprogram@gmail.com. This interview has been edited and condensed.Mason/Brennan Preseason Hype! Awards: Who’s got the hype heading into the Redskins final preseason game? The Mason/Brennan Preseason Hype! Award has been given out unofficially by the fans for years to each preseason's most hyped players, but now we've made it official, and will bring it to a vote. This week's vote counts the hype heading into the Redskins preseason Week 4 game against the Ravens. Place your vote for who you feel has been the most hyped player up to this point, whether the hype is deserved or not.The Rules:1. Player must have been drafted late or signed by the Redskins as an undrafted free agent. Players that have only been on other teams practice squads that are signed by the team are also eligible.2. A player that has been on the team for several years is still eligible if most of that time has been spent on the practice squad, inactive, or with very limited productivity/timeHow have past Mason/Brennan winners done in thr NFL after receiving this glorious award?Offseason Mason/Brennan Winner: WR Trey Quinn (49%)Week 1 Mason/Brennan Winner: CB Danny Johnson (27%)Week 2 Mason/Brennan Winner: WR Cam Sims (74%)The Candidates:QB Kevin HoganCould we really go the whole preseason without nominating a QB for the Redskins most prestigious award? Kevin Hogan threw two TDs in a meaningless game and finally got some hype going into his start tonight. Expect big things in this extended look at the QB looking to replace Colt McCoy...WR Simmie Cobbs Jr.If you score a TD in the preseason and you’re an undrafted free agent, there’s a good chance you’re going to also grab a nomination here. There is also the persistent call to convert Mr Cobbs to TE. WR Darvin KidsyDid I mention that catching a TD in the 4th quarter of a preseason game will get you nominated. Welcome to the club Kidsy.WR Maurice HarrisMaurice Harris hype continues even when he can’t. Harris was cut last year after injuries limited him before final cut downs. People have him as a lock, and he might have earned that spot with a strong camp.FB/TE J.P. HoltzThis seemed like the same kind of hype that Elijah Wellman got simply for being and the roster and being a fullback. Then Adrian Peterson was signed and Jay Gruden got involved with the hype. Will All Day’s arrival get Holtz on the final roster?AD: “[Holtz] made a key block on [the big fourth-down run] and gave me a two-way go,” he said. “If you have guys who can do that, put him out there, because I know he’ll hit it fast and lock on his guy. That’s a lot better for running backs.”RB Kapri BibbsBibbs keeps making plays, and more importantly http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/matthew-ioannidis-jersey , staying healthy in the preseason. Is he really going to get cut so the Redskins can keep “Fit” Rob Kelley?CB Greg StromanGreg Stroman has been another decent DB pick from Virginia Tech...so far. But can we see a return, any kind of return, tonight like this for the hype gods please?CB Danny JohnsonFans, coaches, players and reporters still love them some Danny Johnson. He was our Week 2 winner, but he is trying to be this year’s only 2-time winner.DB Adonis AlexanderHe played a real(ish) game and played most snaps at CB! The Adonis Alexander hype has been real since before the Redskins picked him up for a 6th round pick next year in the supplemental draft. The measurables are there, and fans see all the potential in the world.S Kenny LadlerThere is a contingency of fans who weren’t happy with the Troy Apke pick, and are already looking for his replacement. Apke was picked in the 4th round and looks like a lock as the Redskins 4th safety. When asked who should replace the raw speedster, Kenny Ladler’s name is the first one to come up. Ladler’s been solid all offseason, and the former CFL star looks like a player who will make the decision hard for the last few spots on the roster. Have people learned his name yet?ILB Shaun Dion HamiltonDraft steal! Tackling machine! Smartest player in the preseason! From Mr. James Dorsett’s stat breakdown: