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Redskins Distribute Jackets

Posted by Matt Terl on December 9, 2008 – 8:20 pm

The reason I was in my car to hear Clinton Portis‘s pointed thoughts on Jim Zorn was because of Antwaan Randle El. Randle El, along with many of his teammates, and with the help of his El Foundation, the Redskins Charitable Foundation, and Dick’s Sporting Goods, spent today distributing winter coats to underserved children at two area schools – one in D.C., and one in Maryland.


“This is something that we started in Pittsburgh,” Randle El said. “It’s cold in Pittsburgh, and coats seemed like an important thing. I think this is the third one we’ve done here. I’ve been so blessed by God, and I try to do what I can to be a blessing.”

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A Whole Flurry of Roster Moves

Posted by Matt Terl on December 9, 2008 – 4:52 pm

Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

When I started having trouble posting this morning, I thought to myself, “Well, at least it’s an NFL Tuesday, so nothing major should happen while I get this fixed.”


I’ll have something about today’s radio drama in a bit, but first, here are the promised roster moves:

Chris Samuels and Justin Geisinger are moved to injured reserve, and Erasmus James has been released.

Tackle Devin Clark has been signed from the practice squad to the active roster as predicted, and the team has also signed free agent guard Will Montgomery.

Wide receiver Marques Hagans (that’s him in the picture) and guard Ruben Riley have been added to the practice squad.

After the jump, the press release bios of all four guys:
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The Portis/Zorn Apocalypse!!!!!!! (Kind Of)

Posted by Matt Terl on December 9, 2008 – 4:49 pm

Photo by Ned Dishman

Photo by Ned Dishman

As I was driving back to Redskins Park from Antwaan Randle El‘s charity event today, I was listening to Clinton Portis‘s appearance on the John Thompson Show on ESPN980. Portis was clearly frustrated – with the team’s losing, with being benched (or “benched,” depending on who you ask), with his head coach – and he wasn’t hiding it.

I was surprised at his candor, but – as the show progressed – fairly impressed with what I perceived at the time as his restraint in not completely unleashing those frustrations. When I got back to the Park, I was immediately made aware that my interpretation of the broadcast was emphatically NOT that of the general public.

“Did you see the twenty page thread on ExtremeSkins?!?!?!” someone asked. “Portis just KILLED Zorn on the radio,” someone else said.

Dan Steinberg over at the DC Sports Bog (who has a fairly lengthy transcript posted) went with “Portis Smashes Zorn”, while Ryan O’Halloran at Redskins 360 kept it restrained with “Portis Unplugged”.

I still don’t buy it. Take the much-repeated implication that Portis said that he should go on IR: he was clearly, CLEARLY being sarcastic, and Coach Thompson calls him on it immediately. That was the tone I caught through most of what he said, and it’s a tone that Portis uses a lot.

More to the point, I would both hope and expect that Portis would be upset at not being put in the game, something Zorn addressed in HIS response later, also on ESPN980.
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Tuesday, December 9: Start With Some Links

Posted by Matt Terl on December 9, 2008 – 12:30 am

Experiencing some technical difficulties today, so here are some links to peruse while I try to get things sorted out at my end.

  • Yes, the Redskins are still alive for the playoffs, and no, the scenarios aren’t that complex yet. Rich Tandler has the detailed version, and Mister Irrelevant lays it out a bit more simply. (Even shorter version: root FOR the Redskins and AGAINST Dallas and Atlanta until doing that isn’t possible anymore.)
  • Brian Murphy at Homer McFanboy takes a look at the Redskins home record over the last five years, which is pretty grim, and tries to figure out why.
  • And just in case it takes longer than I expect to regain normal service, ESPN’s Tuesday Morning Quarterback is characteristically verbose today, and should take a good while to fully read and digest. And I’ll be back soon, hopefully.

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