Practice got rescheduled today, moved earlier for reasons that were actually never explained to me. Weather, I guess, although the only weather I noticed was unpleasantly muggy warmth only occasionally cut by cooler fall breezes.
The most notable play of today’s full-pads practice came toward the end. The first-team defense completely blew up a screen pass: Andre Carter threw his blocker to the ground like the guy wasn’t even resisting, and Albert Haynesworth came clear through the line, intercepted the screen pass, and returned it for what would’ve been a touchdown, all to general cheers from the players and coaches on the sidelines.
Haynesworth, not always the most effusive guy in the world, seemed unsure what to do immediately after the play, and somone yelled, “Where’s your dance?”
After practice, Davis was a bit critical of Haynesworth’s interpretation. “More like the Musty Leg,” he said. “It wasn’t too good; he’s gotta work on it some more. Get a little more stinky with it.”
(I also asked Davis when we’d see him dancing again. “Hopefully soon,” he told me. “Gotta catch touchdowns, gotta start catching some balls.”)
Haynesworth shrugged the criticism off — with a smile, I should specify. “I was ’bout to hit it,” he told me, “but then I was just like, ‘Nah.'”
“He’s a little tight in the hips,” Andre Carter explained. (Again, jokingly. To be very clear and stave off crazed reports on ProFootballTalk: it was a joke. There is nothing damaged with Haynesworth’s hips.)
Cornelius Griffin was devastated. “I missed it, man,” he said. “I missed it. I asked him if he danced, and he just kinda muttered, ‘Yeah.'” Griffin shook his head. “Missed it.”
Fred Smoot also missed it, having been positioned too far downfield to see. Unlike Griffin, he wasn’t too disappointed. “His leg’s too big to do the Stanky Leg,” he said.
Other practice notes:
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The Redskins made a bottom-of-the-practice-squad move today, releasing LB (and all-around nice guy) Darrel Young and adding LB Alvin “Ace” Bowen to the squad. Literally, a turnover of roughly the 61st roster spot, and something that probably wouldn’t warrant an entire blog post to itself … except that Bowen isn’t just a linebacker. He’s a compliance linebacker.
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There are a lot of commenters here who like to speculate about Jason Campbell. About his intelligence, about his leadership abilities, and most of all about his relationship with head coach Jim Zorn. And I can insist that Campbell is better than people suspect in every one of those categories; I can write it until my hands cramp up and I can’t type any more, but it was always tough to present evidence to the contrary beyond anecdotal evidence.
Fortunately, NFL Films had both Campbell and Zorn miked up during Sunday’s game, and this resulting video makes things much clearer in just five minutes. It also makes me feel a lot better about the Rams game as a whole. Just fascinating stuff all around.
You can watch it in even higher resolution at NFL.com, but the most impressive parts come through loud and clear here: Read more »
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