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Redskins vs. Eagles – Fourth Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on October 26, 2009 – 11:51 pm

There were bad things about this game. Lots of them. And I’m sure those will be more than adequately covered, here and elsewhere, through the bye week and into the next one. So here are the good things I can think of from this game. Don’t worry, it shouldn’t take you long to read.

  • The fans, who came out strong and stood by the team until things seemed to be genuinely out of reach. I don’t mean to keep harping on this, but with Philadelphia so nearby and all the other things swirling all week, simple normalcy was a pleasant surprise.
  • Devin Thomas finally showed up a bit, with three catches for 45 yards and touchdown, and Fred Davis had 8 catches for 78 yards and a touchdown. Of course, Davis was able to do that because of the injury to Chris Cooley, and he still has that tendency to jump unnecessarily, but at least he’s finally getting involved.
  • Andre Carter continued his strong season with a sack, and — no matter what anyone says — Albert Haynesworth continues to do well, collecting a sack of his own.
  • The defense had another solid game, believe it or not, giving up exactly zero second half points.

And that’s about it. That’s what I’ve got. Oh, wait: Brian Mitchell, who absolutely deserved to be inducted into the Ring of Fame, and gave an emotional and classy speech on the occasion. That was nice, but really had nothing to do with the 2009 team.

Off to the locker room, which I’m sure will be a shiny, happy place. Read more »

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The Angry Fan In The Washington Post Is Actually Pretty Reasonable

Posted by Matt Terl on October 26, 2009 – 10:46 pm

I can’t bring myself to write third quarter thoughts. I just can’t. It’s been that kind of game.

But no matter how things turn out, the Redskins fans have turned out pretty much in force, and they’ve been supportive of the team even when things were going poorly. Yes, there are some Eagles fans here, but not noticeably more than I remember from past Eagles games, and NOTHING like the Pittsburgh thing from last November.

Even one of the fans that Monday’s Washington Post used to illustrate its story of fan discontent was here, and he didn’t seem nearly as furious as he looked on A4. Kyle Nordstrom, 25, was cheerfully drinking a beer in the parking lot with his brother Kurt, 30, and both guys were looking forward to rooting for the team tonight like their family’s been doing since just about forever.

“Our family’s had season tickets since Griffith Stadium,” Kurt said. “The family tickets have been handed down through generations.”

So these guys have seen hard times before. “No matter what,” Kyle said, “I’ll always be a die-hard Redskins fan. The season isn’t going well, I think we need to make some changes, but I’ll always come to the games no matter what.”

They’re not delusional, though, and I’m not claiming they were ecstatic about the way the season’s gone. “I’m frustrated,” Kurt added. “Things haven’t gone well for us. Like he said, change needs to happen, but we support the players, and even though overall the higher-ups haven’t done what we think should happen, we need to keep supporting the players.” Read more »

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Redskins vs. Eagles: Second Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on October 26, 2009 – 10:25 pm

Actually, there were a lot of positives this quarter. The team scored, for starters. The offense started to look crisper, Jason Campbell started finding receivers — even hitting some of them on the run — and the team seemed to be showing signs of life.

As is the way of things with this squad, though, every positive had to be matched with a negative. The defense holds? Antwaan Randle El muffs a punt and gives the ball right back. Hold the Eagles to third-and-22? Donovan McNabb throws a 57-yard touchdown pass. And so on and so forth, all quarter. The team feels either out-of-sync or snakebit, depending on how you choose to describe such things.

And the injuries are verging on the disastrous, primarily a foot injury that’s knocked Chris Cooley out of the game. The score is 27-10 Eagles, but it honestly feels like it could easily be much closer. Or much worse, actually. It’s that kind of game.

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Redskins vs. Eagles: First Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on October 26, 2009 – 9:30 pm

My first quarter thought is that I am getting reallllllllllllly tired of having to write these sorts of first quarter thoughts. No point in complaining, though, so here we go:

  • The offensive line is actually playing fairly well. Jason Campbell seems to have enough time to throw … it’s just not helping much. Despite the fact that the line is actually acquitting itself fairly well, he still looks nervous, like he expects the Eagles to overwhelm him at any second. It’s not leading to his finest performance.
  • The defense does not look completely prepared to deal with the sheer speed of the Eagles skill players.
  • The crowd is edgy, ready to yell at the team at a moment’s notice.
  • The Redskins are already trailing, and everyone pretty much seems to believe that they have no chance whatsoever to catch back up.

So, essentially — despite all the drama, despite the new play caller, despite the fact that the players seemed so fired up in practice — it feels an awful lot like the last few games: tough to watch.

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Monday, October 26: Follow Redskins vs. Eagles on Twitter, and Other Places

Posted by Matt Terl on October 26, 2009 – 4:37 pm

Finally ensconced in the press box at FedExField, after spending the afternoon at the Monday Night Football Welcome Home Luncheon. I’ll have a bit more on that later today (or possibly tomorrow, depending on how things shake out), but for now I’m going to head out into the parking lot here to see what’s going on.

In the meantime, you can catch up on my tweets from the Welcome Home Luncheon, and as always, 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.

Also, making its debut for tonight’s game is Redskins Gametime — virtually ALL the Redskins-related gamenight content (including my stff) in one handy interface. Check it out.

OR, if you’re into complete and utter sensory overload, try out the Redskins Powerboard — it’s like Redskins Gametime crossed with the architect scene from the terrible second Matrix movie. Only, you know, not terrible.

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