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On Fans Booing

Posted by Matt Terl on September 20, 2009 – 7:14 pm

So there was quite a bit of booing during the game against the Rams — not just online, but in the stadium as well. It started early and continued intermittently right on through the kneel-downs in victory formation. Dan Steinberg of the DC Sports Bog has written pretty much the definitive piece on it, and it’s well worth reading. A quick excerpt:

“I thought it was a shame, to be honest with you,” said Chris Cooley, arguably the team’s most popular player. “You take a win when you can get it. And there’s a lot of good players, and there’s a lot of good teams in this league. I think Washington prides themselves on being the best fans, and I think that they should try to be the best fans. We won. I understand they wanted us to beat the Rams by 40, but we still won, and we if we continue to win games, that’s great. Booing’s unnecessary.”

Now, here are my questions:

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Jason Campbell's Teammates Call Him A "Tough Guy"

Posted by Matt Terl on September 20, 2009 – 5:43 pm

Here’s a partial schedule of how postgame breaks down: the team gets a mandated cooling-off period before the media is allowed in. The first part of that cooling-off period is given over to the head coach’s postgame speech, which occurs behind closed doors; then, while the team starts showering, changing, and so on, the coach heads down the hall to hold his press conference.

I happened to be standing there when Jason Campbell was hustled from the field — where he had been doing postgame TV interviews — to the start of the cooling-off period, and Campbell appeared to be visibly limping, doing a hop-run to get into the locker room.

So I wasn’t entirely surprised when head coach Jim Zorn got to the injury update portion of his press conference. After he got Randy Thomas‘s triceps out of the way (“We’re going to take a look at it”), here’s what he had to say: Read more »

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Redskins vs. Rams – Third Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on September 20, 2009 – 3:10 pm

It would be much easier to update after a quarter if things hadn’t gone almost EXACTLY as they did during the last two quarters. Redskins seemingly moving the ball well right up until they get close to the endzone? Check. Settling for field goals instead of touchdowns? Check. Defense having trouble getting off the field on third down? Gave up a third-and-6, a second-and-20, and a third-and-7, so check (although they did hold the Rams to only one first down on their first possession of the quarter.

Leading 9-7 is better than trailing 6-7, but only a bit, and it’s frustrating to see the same things over and over again. At least the AP had a Shaun Suisham photo ready to go. Read more »

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Follow Redskins vs. Rams on Twitter

Posted by Matt Terl on September 20, 2009 – 2:45 pm

For those of you who don’t use Twitter, follow on the Twackle module below for Twitter updates from me (@redskinsblog), Gary Fitzgerald (@redskinsdotcom), and Larry Weisman (@LarryWeisman). Offer your thoughts either with the gold colored respond button on the module, or in the comments section right here. Read more »

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Redskins vs. Rams – Second Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on September 20, 2009 – 2:38 pm

Here’s the best thing that I’ve seen from the Redskins today: Mike Sellers invited twenty Wounded Warriors and their families to the game and took a few minutes to talk with them during pregame warmups.

Since then, it’s been a series of disappointments. Not that everyone’s playing completely horribly — Jason Campbell hasn’t thrown an interception and has made a few decent plays; Clinton Portis has looked much more explosive than last week in fewer carries — but it’s mostly been the same concerns we’ve seen again and again recently: costly penalties, an inability for the defense to get off the field on third down, and the offense stalling out close to the goal line. It’s just that this time, those things are happening against the Rams, not a team like the Giants. Read more »

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Redskins vs. Rams – London Fletcher's Pregame Speech

Posted by Matt Terl on September 20, 2009 – 1:44 pm

I tried this once last year and got roughly twenty seconds of incoherent shouting. I think this one turned out a little better, and for the bit where London Fletcher‘s voice gets up to tough-to-understand levels I can tell you that he’s saying the same thing he always does: “Linebackers set the tone; linebackers set the tempo.”

They certainly tried their best during the first quarter, as Fletcher and Rocky McIntosh were all over the field. And I suppose Brian Orakpo made an impact as well, just in the wrong way, with a roughing the passer call that wiped out a fumble recovery for the Redskins. Hopefully the tone and tempo will be a little friendlier to the home team moving forward.


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