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NEW ORLEANS -- Questions to potential jurors Monday in the Will Smith shooting death trial make clear that Louisianas stand your ground law will be at issue when testimony begins.Potential jurors in the trial of the man charged with second-degree murder in the death of the former New Orleans Saints star were asked about their attitudes on lethal self-defense. They also were asked whether they can put aside opinions formed amid intense media coverage of Smiths death and how Smiths popularity might affect a verdict.Smith was a star on the 2006 Saints team that helped lift the stricken citys spirits with a winning season after Hurricane Katrina. He played with the team when it won the franchises only Super Bowl three seasons later. He was shot to death April 9 during a confrontation following a vehicle crash.Charged in his death is a 29-year-old former semiprofessional football player named Cardell Hayes. The owner of a tow-truck company and the father of a 5-year-old son, Hayes is described by friends as soft-spoken and even-tempered -- hardly the type to erupt into a lethal road rage. His attorney has been laying the groundwork for a self-defense argument, saying Smith was the aggressor.Jury selection started with about 130 potential jury candidates filing into a New Orleans courtroom. By late Monday, Judge Camille Buras had presided over selection of a jury of 12, with four alternates. Opening arguments were set for Tuesday. Lawyers said the trial could last seven to 10 days.So many jury candidates were summoned that reporters and other members of the public, including some of Hayes family and friends, had to listen to an audio feed from a nearby courtroom.Prosecutor Jason Napoli asked jurors opinions on whether the presence of a gun might escalate or de-escalate tensions.Defense attorney John Fuller quoted from the states so-called stand your ground law, noting that it allows a person engaged in legal activity to meet force with force, rather than retreat. He emphasized a section of the law stating that jurors cannot consider the possibility of retreat as a factor in whether the person believed deadly force was necessary.Later, during an afternoon round of jury candidate questioning, prosecutor Laura Rodigue stressed the words legal activity. Prosecutors have maintained in pre-trial hearings that Hayes chose to ram into Smiths SUV after Hayes, earlier, had lightly hit the rear of Hayess vehicle.Outside, a handful of protesters brandished signs that read, Free Cardell Hayes. Hayes was wearing a dark suit Monday; he previously had appeared in court dressed in prison orange.Inside, Fuller asked potential jurors to consider how they would approach the case if all the actions were the same, but the parties were reversed.The trial began days after Joe McKnight, another former NFL player, was shot and killed just last Thursday in a New Orleans suburb after a road rage incident on a bridge spiraled out of control. The man authorities identified as the shooter in that case -- Ronald Gasser -- has been released from custody with no charges as the investigation continues.Hayes has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in Smiths death. Conviction carries a mandatory life sentence. 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Blackwood, 28, has played the last three seasons in the San Diego Padres system, including the past two summers with Class AA San Antonio of the Texas League. ASHBURN, Va. -- When the Washington Redskins navigated the difficult process of replacing Robert Griffin III with Kirk Cousins as their starting quarterback a year ago, Matt Cavanaugh was the man in the middle of it.Griffin, Cousins and veteran Colt McCoy all wanted to start. Only one could, so Cavanaugh had heart-to-heart conversations about the situation.Cousins threw for 4,166 yards and 26 touchdowns and led the Redskins to the NFC East title. Afterward, McCoy called Cavanaugh the team MVP for his stability and oversight.His ability to be the voice in our room, to take away the distractions, the things that went on and all that and for him to help Kirk the way that he did and silence a lot of things that couldve got out or went wrong, Cav did a great job, McCoy said. Cav really deserves a lot of credit for the way Kirk played and the way that our room was handled throughout the year.Cavanaugh played 13 seasons in the NFL and has coached at the pro and college levels for more than two decades. After helping Cousins establish himself, Cavanaugh goes into his second season as Redskins quarterbacks coach with a very different challenge.In Cousins the unquestioned starter, McCoy the entrenched backup and rookie Nate Sudfeld the long-term project, Cavanaugh must tailor his message to three very different quarterbacks. Thats pretty much a wheelhouse for Cavanaugh, who has made a career of being a quarterback whisperer.He played with Hall of Famers, played in multiple organizations, won Super Bowls, Cousins said. Hes coached Pro Bowlers, hes coached Hall of Famers and he knows what it looks like.Cavanaugh was offensive coordinator for the Super Bowl-winning Baltimore Ravens in 2000 with Trent Dilfer, and he coached Steve Young with the San Francisco 49ers in 1996. Dealing with the Griffin-Cousins-McCoy quarterback triangle was just another chapter.Ive been in those positions personally, so for me it wasnt a huge deal, Cavanaugh said. Maybe they relied on me at times because they know that I did play and that I probably experienced what theyre going through and it was easier to relate some situations that I had.Its that same experience that makes Cavanaugh qualified to help Cousins prove he deserves a long-term deal, keep McCoy prepared on a moments notice and coach up Sudfeld for the years ahead. Cavanaugh can pull from his timee as a New England Patriots rookie and young starter and as Joe Montanas backup.ddddddddddddCousins developed into a leader as the franchise quarterback at 28, and his ascent with a career year is thanks in part to Cavanaughs tutelage.Hes helped simplify the game for me coaching me through my reads and trying to reduce the amount of clutter in my head as I read a defense, Cousins said.McCoy didnt start until a meaningless Week 17 game at Dallas last season, but he said Cavanaugh pushed him to stay sharp. Without practice snaps, McCoy leaned on Cavanaugh for details and philosophy.Thats what coach Jay Gruden and prodigious offensive coordinator Sean McVay count on Cavanaugh for.I cant say enough about him, what a great job hes done as far as leading that room, giving those guys a plan, helping develop the fundamentals and the mechanics of what were trying to get done at that position, McVay said.Already, Cavanaugh has devoted a lot of his time to Sudfeld, a sixth-round pick out of Indiana who has prototypical size but is raw at age 22. Sudfeld glowed about Cavanaugh months ago at rookie minicamp and has picked up a tremendous appreciation for the 59-year-old journeyman coach.He was very successful as a player so he automatically has that credibility and he can really relate to us, Sudfeld said. Theres some things where hes like, `I know how its difficult, youve just got to work through it on a certain read or a throw. Its really good to have that insight.Cavanaugh has been coaching since joining his alma mater, Pittsburgh, in 1992, yet he still feels like a developmental prospect. On a quarterback-friendly staff, the Youngstown, Ohio, native considers himself a student.I dont care how long youve been doing it, Ive been doing it for a while -- you come in and you feel a little behind, Cavanaugh said. Youre not quite sure of how everythings supposed to sound and youre trying to visualize a play when its called and in a split-second have an answer for the quarterback when he makes a decision. So Im feeling more comfortable with that and Ive got two great teachers in Jay and Sean, who know this system extremely well. 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