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Casey Matthews and Santonio Holmes in the same shot! You'll see why this is significant later... (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Casey Matthews and Santonio Holmes in the same shot! You'll see why this is significant later... (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Football Outsiders has released their "All Keeping Choppin' Wood" team for the 2011 NFL season, meant to "honor" players who, as they put it, display "a level of consistent awfulness that undermines the competitiveness of the team, yet, for one reason or another, is tolerated."

"Keep Choppin Wood" is a reference Jack Del Rio's ill fated experiment when he first took over as coach of the Jags.

The mantra, introduced by Del Rio during the 2003 season, was intended to indicate how the team would slowly whittle away the huge obstacles in front of them. Del Rio placed a wooden stump and axe in the Jaguars locker room as a symbol of his rallying cry.

After his teammates had been taking swings at the wood with the axe, Punter Chris Hanson followed suit and ended up seriously wounding his non-kicking foot. Hanson missed the remainder of the 2003 season.

Two Eagles made the list, one a player and one a coach. Casey Matthews, who they called "ridiculously overmatched" made the team at LB and Juan Castillo is the team's defensive coordinator.

Really, though, naming Castillo defensive coordinator because he wanted to coach defense is like naming Santonio Holmes an offensive captain because you want him to show more leadership. It may work out, but you are just asking for trouble.