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Redskins v. Patriots – Follow The Fourth Quarter On Twitter

Posted by Matt Terl on August 28, 2009 – 10:34 pm

While the fourth quarter rolls on, follow me (@Redskinsblog), Gary Fitzgerald of Redskins.com (@Redskinsdotcom) and the Redskins Gameday updates via Twitter, or in the widget below. Read more »

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Redskins v. Patriots – Third Quarter Thoughts (Updated With Quotes)

Posted by Matt Terl on August 28, 2009 – 10:31 pm

Things certainly change when Tom Brady and Randy Moss leave the field, don’t they? Kevin O’Connell completed 2 of 6 in relief of Brady, along with two interceptions. Read more »

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Redskins v. Patriots – Second Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on August 28, 2009 – 9:47 pm

So it’s the obvious question after the first half: the score is tied with the odds-on Super Bowl favorites with the first-teams in on both sides of the ball. Jason Campbell hasn’t thrown an interception. Has he done enough to quiet the criticism he’s been hearing?

Jim Zorn, unsurprisingly, is pleased. “He was very much into the game,’ he said. “He was competing hard and doing the things that you want. We missed on a couple of long ones but he came back and was running the show.”

I’m also cautiously pleased. The good moments of the first half all looked like the practices that I’ve seen, the ones where Campbell is clearly and without question the best pure quarterback on the field. He had one fewer completion than Tom Brady in the same number of attempts, but for 50 more yards. He also rushed for a touchdown. Would I like to see Campbell do more than that? Sure. There’s always more. But I do think that it’s good enough to be competitive — especially if you’re not playing against Brady and Randy Moss. Read more »

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Redskins v. Patriots – First Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on August 28, 2009 – 8:47 pm

It’s hard to write as enthusiastically about the first quarter as I had planned to. The team came out on fire, first overcoming a Reed Doughty penalty on the opening kickoff to hold the Patriots to three-and-out; then marching down the field on 4-for-4 passing by Jason Campbell.

The team finally was looking a little more like they do in practice … and then Tom Brady showed up. Since his touchdown pass to Randy Moss capped a 73 yard drive that barely seemed to take any time at all, the Redskins defense has looked ragged and the offense anemic.

Obviously, the second quarter is ongoing as I write this, and things have not really improved. I’m going to choose to be enthusiastic about Campbell’s initial success and hope the team gets things together as the game moves on. Read more »

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Welcome Home Luncheon – Players Of The Year Videos

Posted by Matt Terl on August 28, 2009 – 2:57 pm

To get you fired up for tonight’s game: here are the three clip packages that were made for yesterday’s Welcome Home Luncheon to honor the three 2009 Redskins Players of the Year: Clinton Portis for offense, London Fletcher for defense, and James Thrash for special teams.


Thanks to Megan Imbert of the Redskins Broadcast Network for editing, voiceovering, and providing the videos. On an unrelated note, if you’re coming to the game tonight, bring some kind of rain gear; it’s threatening to be pretty wet.

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Friday, August 28: The Dead Man Suit Award

Posted by Matt Terl on August 28, 2009 – 9:20 am

In the run-up to this year’s Welcome Home Luncheon, I talked to a few of the guys about their memories of last year’s event. They gave the answers I expected: good to meet the fans, great way to kick off the season, and so on.

Not one of the mentioned what is apparently one of the biggest draws of the day: the Dead Man Suit award.

Since Rocky McIntosh was the first one to spill the beans, on his Twitter feed Wednesday night, I’ll mash together a few of his updates here and let him explain what the award is about:

Dead Man Suit Awards..its givin to the player who wears a ugly 1960’s suit that looks like they stole it from a body at the graveyard. Past 2 yr winners were Andre Carter(sorry) and most recent Justin Tryon…Rick James was left freezing in his grave last yr cuz of this guy. Who will b next??? Stay tuned….. I will have flowers for this years winner.

And then this, from the bus on the way to the event:

Omg there r 2 many contestants for this years dead man suit awards.it’s going 2 be funny to see who wins we might have a repeat award winner. From d lineman to kickers nobody safe were checking all funeral homes for break-ins cuz we have suspects right here on the team……

At the event itself, I started asking who was likely to “win”; a lot of candidates were mentioned (Anthony Alridge and Eddie Williams being the most-suggested), but everyone said the final decision came down to one guy: Fred Smoot. Read more »

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