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Redskins @ Lions – Third Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on September 27, 2009 – 3:30 pm

All right, finally a few reasons for a little bit of positivity: on the Redskins first offensive series of the half, they successfully ran to the right side (12 yards by Clinton Portis) and successfully completed a long pass to Santana Moss for a touchdown. Also, the defense finally stiffened up a bit, holding the Lions scoreless.

Which is not to say that everything was sunshine and roses. Jason Campbell has developed a strange problem this game with unassisted fumbles, and the injuries continue to mount. This time: London Fletcher with a rib contusion; return probable.

It’s been a grim game, frustrating to watch, but the deficit at this point is only one score which — frankly — is probably more than the Redskins should be able to hope for given how they’ve played. Read more »

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Redskins @ Lions – Second Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on September 27, 2009 – 2:36 pm

It got worse.

Instead of re-tallying the mistakes — and I forgot to mention missed tackles in my first quarter update, which was … let’s say “a bit of an oversight” — let’s just do a halftime injury update.

Albert Haynesworth left on a cart with a hip injury; his return is questionable.
Brian Orakpo was slow to get up just before halftime; no word.
Cornelius Griffin went out with a hip injury.
Carlos Rogers left with an ankle injury but came back in.

At this point we can only hope that there are some serious adjustments going on in the halftime locker room. Read more »

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Redskins @ Lions – First Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on September 27, 2009 – 1:53 pm

If you were to have scripted a first quarter for this game, it would more or less have to be the EXACT OPPOSITE of what actually happened.

Let’s quickly run down the list of concerns coming out of last week, shall we?

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Links While We're In Detroit

Posted by Matt Terl on September 26, 2009 – 3:03 pm


As you can probably tell, Chris Wilson is pretty excited about returning to his home state of Michigan. If you’re going to be at the game — especially if you’re tailgating — drop me an email. If you’re not, here are a few links to check out while we’re gone.

  • Lions blog The Lions In Winter breaks the game down based on previous matchups between these specific coaches. His unwatchable-sounding conclusion: “In my opinion, the most likely scenario is an absolutely brutal game, a physical brawl where both teams try but fail to control the ball with the running game, sacks and turnovers abound, penalty flags fall from the sky like rain . . . and the team whose quarterback performs the best wins.” Although I’m confident in Jason Campbell‘s ability to perform well, the rest of that game description sound simply dreadful.
  • Meanwhile, new Redskins blog Staying Medium breaks down almost every significant play of the Rams game and comes away slightly more impressed than he was beforehand, with just about everything except for Chris Cooley‘s blocking and, unexpectedly, Casey Rabach.
  • And Fanhouse takes at look at NFL quarterbacks who hold the ball longest before being sacked. As his detractors would expect, Campbell tops the list. What might surprise them is who comes next on the list: Tom Brady, Jay Cutler, Mark Sanchez. If nothing else, this list will make you feel badly for Byron Leftwich.

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Saturday, September 26: More About Tanya Snyder And The Think Pink! Game

Posted by Matt Terl on September 26, 2009 – 11:12 am

When I wrote yesterday about the upcoming breast cancer awareness campaign at the October 4 game against Tampa Bay, I focused mostly on the gear — the pink gloves and hats and towels and all that. The New York Times took a different route, profiling Tanya Snyder, wife of Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder and one of the lead spokespeople for the NFL’s breast cancer awareness initiative.

And, honestly, the article is much more interesting than my pictures of gloves and patches were. The Snyders as a family are deeply personal people, and the story is interesting as a peek into their private life; it’s also effective — for obvious reasons — as a lesson about the importance of early detection.

But each October, Tanya has stood outside FedEx Field handing out pink ribbons as fans arrived for a Redskins game, part of Think Pink!, the campaign she and the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority started in 1999 to raise breast cancer awareness. At the time, the Redskins were the only N.F.L. team to participate. At least 20 teams now take part, and one of the Snyders’ two daughters nudges pink ribbons onto reluctant men by telling them, “Real men wear pink.”

Tanya has taped a public-service announcement about breast cancer And she is not a neophyte; as a fashion executive, she hit it off with Dan by talking business on their first date. But she still measures her words carefully when talking about breast cancer. She wants to be a good example to her children – two daughters, 14 and 11, and a son, 7 – and to show them that she is going to be all right. Soon after her diagnosis, her son went to school and told his friends that his mother was going to die.

Don’t get me wrong: the pink gear is still pretty cool-looking, but it’s good to also remember that this stuff is genuinely important, and that these initiatives actually provide direct assistance to people who need it. It’s an article that’s worth reading. Read more »

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One More Redskins Video

Posted by Matt Terl on September 25, 2009 – 5:12 pm

NFL Films has been doing great work with the Redskins this week, between yesterday’s fantastic Jim Zorn/Jason Campbell video and this latest piece, a dinner with much of the team’s offensive line.


It’s an interesting look at the players off the field, and — although the conversation seems a little stilted at times, you really do get a sense of the personalities on the line (and, by extension, a sense of how much the loss of Randy Thomas for the season means).

I followed up on two quick sections with the players involved today. Read more »

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The National Media Is Skeptical; How About You?

Posted by Matt Terl on September 25, 2009 – 4:23 pm

Let’s pretend, just for a minute, that you’re a member of the mainstream national sports media. Every week, you need to pick games, and no one likes the people who just picks the favorites down the line. So you’ve gotta mix it up, make some exciting picks, and highlight your STONE COLD UPSET FAVORITE MASTER LOCK selection.

You look at this week, and what jumps out at you? I’ll let London Fletcher describe it.

“When people look at how we performed in those first two games,” Fletcher said, “it hasn’t been great. So you figure, ‘Okay, a team that hasn’t played well to start the season going into Detroit, where Detroit’s gotta get a win to break their losing streak,’ we seem like the perfect team to do it against.”

Yeah, that’s pretty much what you’d say, if you were in the situation I’ve laid out above. And do you know how I know? Because it’s exactly what’s happening.

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On The Field For Practice – Good News and Bad News

Posted by Matt Terl on September 25, 2009 – 2:16 pm

Practice today was a relatively light affair, shorts and shells in pleasant weather, and focused mainly on the red zone, which should make people happy. Jason Campbell got a lot of compliments from Jim Zorn for making good reads, which is always reassuring for me to hear on the sidelines, and the team seemed as loose and focused as they have at any point in this bizarre week.

But the real stories of practice came afterward, in the form of some good news and some bad news. Here’s a picture to help you guess the good news.

No, Colt Brennan is not going to be playing quarterback (although he is back in the facility and in generally good spirits.)

The good news is that Chad Rinehart will be starting at right guard. Zorn walked to the podium and said “The Rhino!”, thus preempting Washington Post reporter Jason Reid, who had been extremely excited to ask if it would be The Thrill (Will Montgomery) or The Rhino.
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Friday, September 25: Burgundy and Gold and … Pink?

Posted by Matt Terl on September 25, 2009 – 9:24 am

At the next home game, October 4 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Redskins will participating in the league-wide “A Crucial Catch” breast cancer awareness campaign. Tanya Snyder will be the official Coin Toss Observer, and — like last year — Zeta Tau Alpha sorority members will be distributing pink ribbons and education cards outside the stadium.

Also, lots and lots of the in-game … stuff, for lack of a better term, will be pink. Pink captains patches, receiver gloves, goalpost padding, field stencils, helmet stickers, K-balls, wristbands, gloves, sideline caps, and so on. There’s even pink trim on the referees uniforms for the day. And a few player, including Chris Cooley and Clinton Portis, are scheduled to be wearing pink cleats.

The game-worn pink gear will be autographed post-game and auctioned off for charity at NFL Auction. And there really is a whole lot of it. Read more »

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On The Field For Practice – Albert Haynesworth Does The Stanky Leg

Posted by Matt Terl on September 24, 2009 – 4:29 pm

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?”

So Albert Haynesworth — to even bigger cheers — very briefly did the Stanky Leg, most familiar to Redskins fans as Fred Davis‘s 2009 preseason touchdown 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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