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‘Restructuring’ claims job of Redskins blogger

For three years, Matt Terl managed something that few writers could do or would want to do: Provide day-in, day-out coverage of a franchise that doubles as your beat and your employer. As official Redskins blogger, Terl covered the players, the facilities, the personalities, the issues — all in a way that didn’t bear the stink and taint of someone on the inside.

Now he’s gone. According to Redskins spokesperson Tony Wyllie, Terl has fallen victim to a “restructuring” of the team’s department of broadcasting and Internet.

Will the team hire a replacement? “We’ll announce what we’re doing once everything’s all set,” says Wyllie. Pressed further, Wyllie offered the Standard Executive’s Personnel-Matter Comment Exemption.

When asked what’s up, Terl said he’s “guessing I’m laid off. It’s not for performance or anything of that nature.” His last post is about a fifth-round draft pick’s thoughts on the movie “Captain America: The First Avenger.”

“That’s a staggeringly dumb last post,” says Terl.

He posted this note on his Facebook page:

“As of this past Friday, I’m no longer employed by the Washington Redskins. It was their choice, not mine, but it was an amicable parting.

This is a sudden change and I’m not yet sure what’s next, but my family and I are eager to find out. Thanks to everyone for the support during these last three years.”

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.

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