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Redskins @ Ravens – Fourth Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on August 13, 2009 – 10:55 pm

There’s a lot of talk in the run-up to preseason games that they’re not about wins and losses. That they’re not even necessarily about scoring a lot of points. They they’re just — as the Ravens noted yesterday — extensions of training camp and practice, and little more.

At this point, I certainly hope that’s true, because there’s not a whole lot to like about a game that sees your team shut out, giving up 23 points, and outgained 501 total net yards to 196. Read more »

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Redskins @ Ravens – Third Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on August 13, 2009 – 9:57 pm

Well, at least the Ravens’ kicker battle is getting some play.

Here’s the current tally on the Redskins kickers: one kickoff, by Dave Rayner, that landed on the Baltimore 2. That’s it. The end. True to his word, special teams coordinator Danny Smith gave Shaun Suisham the first half, Suisham just didn’t get to kick anything.

Other than that, it was a pretty grim quarter for the Redskins.
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Redskins Halftime Quotes

Posted by Matt Terl on August 13, 2009 – 9:31 pm

The Redskins PR staff collected some quotes at halftime….


On Jason Campbell:

“He did well. He finished strong. He did a nice job keeping his focus down the field. I wish that we could have gotten the first-team offense into the end zone.”

On the first half:

“I was pleased with the pass protection, but we need to finish drives. We have to do a better job of hanging onto the ball. We dropped some passes and had the fumble on a potential scoring drive. We have to earn the right to finish a drive. We are not finishing drives because of dropped passes and a fumble. But, I liked our pass protection and I thought our defense did a nice job holding the Ravens in the red zone.”

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Redskins @ Ravens – Second Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on August 13, 2009 – 9:10 pm

Well, the Michael Vick news really broke up the flow of that quarter, didn’t it? Although, like the second quarter of any preseason game, it was fairly choppy to begin with.

Here’s Jason Campbell’s thoughts on how he felt tonight:

“We felt good. We felt comfortable. I thought the offensive line did a good job of protecting. We came out and completed our first two passes. That incompletion to Devin (Thomas), I had to try to get rid of it and it was a good defensive play on their part. We almost came up with a big play. The offensive line gave me good time on one of them and I tried to get it to Marques Hagans on the other side of the field. I wish we could have timed that up and connected to keep moving the ball and get some points out of that drive. I felt like we were moving the ball with the plays that we called. We didn’t attack them just yet because we were just getting into a rhythm, but I felt good. I felt
really comfortable. Having some experience helps a lot.”

So that makes it sound a little better, I suppose.

A few more impressions:

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Michael Vick Really Not Going To Be A Redskin, F'Reals

Posted by Matt Terl on August 13, 2009 – 8:39 pm

Michael Vick is going to the Philadelphia Eagles, per ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. I wish all the best to their reporters, PR staff, etc. Read more »

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Redskins @ Ravens – First Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on August 13, 2009 – 8:15 pm

I didn’t make a list of things that I was focusing on before this game, because, well, I figured we’d been discussing the same questions for so long that it was pretty obvious. But if I had made that list, it would’ve included all of the following in some order:

  • Jason Campbell, hopefully in very limited work.
  • Hunter Smith, the ultimate punting weapon.
  • The right side of the offensive line, especially Chad Rinehart.
  • Who was making tackles on special teams, per Kirk Olivadotti’s recommendation.
  • The kickers, in field goal and kickoff situations.

And, most important, no one getting hurt.
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My Pregame Thoughts; Also, The Ravens Make Me Look Very Short

Posted by Matt Terl on August 13, 2009 – 7:28 pm

The folks over at Ravens.com TV asked if I would come on and do a quick pregame report with them. Seemed harmless enough, until I found out that their guy, Mike Duffy, is something like eleven feet tall. But if you’re curious to hear some of my pregame thoughts, and/or want to watch me look very short for several minutes, here you go.


I’ll be updating throughout the game on Twitter, and — like last year — on a quarter-by-quarter basis here. Read more »

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Lindsay Czarniak Reports From The Preseason Sidelines

Posted by Matt Terl on August 13, 2009 – 6:12 pm

Tonight’s game starts at 7:30, in just over sixty minutes. If you’ve been following on Twitter (and if not, why not?), you know that it’s been rainy, then not rainy, then rainy again, and now nice. The Redskins game will be broadcast in HD on Comcast SportsNet and in non-HD on WRC-4 in DC. (If you’re in Baltimore, the Ravens game will be on WBAL-TV and MASN .)

If you’re watching the Redskins broadcast, your announcing team is Mike Patrick and Joe Theismann, with CSN’s Kelli Johnson and WRC-4’s Lindsay Czarniak as your sideline reporters. Johnson has handled Redskins sideline duties in the past, but — despite experience in the pit with NASCAR and on the sidelines of poker tournaments — this is Czarniak’s first stint as an NFL sideline reporter. And she’s incredibly excited about it.

I caught up with her for a few minutes as she was heading down to the field to talk about the differences between the NASCAR pit and the NFL sideline, how she’s been preparing, and the … shall we say ‘negative perception’ of sideline reporters.

“All weekend as I’ve been getting ready for this,” she told me, “I’ve been comparing the differences between this and what I do for NASCAR. Like on a Friday or a Saturday, I’ll go around the garage and knock on doors and go in and talk to the crew chief, and when you walk in there are six crew members sitting around there, so you’re just like, ‘Hey, how’s your chassis?’ Read more »

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An Unexpected Redskins Joint In Baltimore

Posted by Matt Terl on August 13, 2009 – 3:33 pm

I used to live in Baltimore, so I know that — contrary to popular belief — there’s actually a fairly vibrant community of Redskins fans up here. But the only time I would ever see those people was at the Sly Fox Pub, the local unofficial Redskins bar in Federal Hill. You don’t see a lot of Redskins fans just walking the streets, especially not on a Ravens gameday when everyone seems to be wearing purple camouflage.

Which is what made Bruce Lee’s Chicken WIngs so surprising.

I got to town earlier than I expected today, in time to grab some lunch, so I headed to one of my old favorite guilty pleasures, the teppanyaki joint at Cross Street Market where a big plate of stir-fried noodles is cheap and filling. Cross Street doesn’t have the reputation or the vibrant crowded lunacy of Lexington Market, and there weren’t all that many people there post-lunch-rush, pre-happy-hour. So I was a little surprised when I was waiting in line for my noodles and someone started yelling my name.

Turned out it was Bruce, the eponymous owner of Bruce Lee’s Chicken Wings, and he had recognized me from my appearances on Redskins Nation. He was wearing a Redskins hat and shirt and stirring chicken wings in an enormous wok of boiling oil for a line of customers.
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Joe Flacco's OTHER Redskins Roommate

Posted by Matt Terl on August 13, 2009 – 9:49 am

In the run-up to last-year’s ill-fated game at Baltimore, Intern Matt the First (Matt apparently being the most common name for Redskins interns) pointed out that Redskins linebacker H.B. Blades roomed with Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco when the two were at the University of Pittsburgh together, before Flacco transferred to Delaware.

This made for a nice little pregame interview in which we discovered that Flacco has one forearm that’s notably larger than the other, and that Blades has “a lot of funny stories” about Flacco that he refuses to share. Disappointing.

Well, in the run-up to tonight’s preseason game at Baltimore, someone pointed out that undrafted rookie tight end Robbie Agnone, out of Delaware, not only caught passes from Flacco during Agnone’s best collegiate season, but ALSO roomed with him. So I caught up with Agnone after practice to see if he’d be any more forthcoming than Blades had been. (Short answer: no.) Read more »

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