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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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Saturday, October 22: Notes From Practice, With Levi Jones

Posted by Matt Terl on October 24, 2009 – 1:41 pm

Just a few notes from a short, windy Saturday practice.

  • Clinton Portis was back at practice, but Albert Haynesworth and DeAngelo Hall were not. Hall was resting a sore knee but is expected to play Monday night; Haynesworth is still nursing an ankle and may be a gametime decision. Cornelius Griffin, Chris Horton, Kareem Moore, and Hunter Smith were also all back at practice and are expected to play.
  • The Monday Night Football crew was on the sidelines doing their game prep — Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Ron Jaworski, Suzy Kolber — and Gruden’s presence led to all the sarcastic comments you’d expect from the media in attendance. Jaworski was keeping a careful eye on Jason Campbell, whose play he praised early last year, but of whom he was indirectly critical on Friday.
  • Head coach Jim Zorn mentioned last night’s report on Chris Samuels, all but confirming the speculation that Samuels will be put on injured reserve at some point next week.
  • Possibly the most interesting tidbit from Zorn’s post-practice remarks is that he expects newly-signed tackle Levi Jones to be activated on Monday night. “He’s really been committed,” Zorn said, “and Joe Bugel’s worked overtime with him, along with Casey Rabach, the center and communicator on our offensive line, and he’s come right along.” I talked with Jones about that after practice; that conversation is after the jump.

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Chris Samuels Exploring His Options

Posted by Matt Terl on October 23, 2009 – 8:40 pm

Reports of Chris Samuels‘ retirement have been slightly exagerrated. Maybe.

Although Samuels’ injury — combined with his pre-existing stenosis — may eventually require the tackle to be put on injured reserve, thus ending his 2009 season, his current plan is to consult with specialists and explore his options before he makes a final decision regarding his future.

Samuels released the following statement through the team: “I will continue to seek medical advice. I hope to see where I am physically over the next couple months. At this time, I have not made a decision, but I love playing for the Redskins and hope to be back.” Read more »

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Chris Cooley Kicks Field Goals At Practice

Posted by Matt Terl on October 23, 2009 – 5:04 pm

Head coach Jim Zorn was full of praise for kicker Shaun Suisham during his post-practice press briefing today. Asked if the holder last year was hurting Suisham’s percentages, Zorn said, “A kicker has to go out and kick, whoever is holding. If I held and the ball was flat on the tee – he has still got to hit it, right? But there is a rhythm. He has worked very hard and he has concentrated on the rhythm of the kick. I think his holder has given him more and more confidence, but he has done it. He has developed the rhythm, the steadiness, he is more patient, and he is not so much attacking the ball early. He saw a lot of different types of rhythms last year. He is much smoother and I think that is what happens to a kicker. He has found his rhythm.”

Also finding his rhythm kicking today? Chris Cooley. The start of practice was delayed by the shooting of the team photo, which also required an extra uniform change. “I had extra time because I brought out my extra gear for practice before the photo,” Cooley explained, “so when everyone else had to change, you could just consider this my early warm-up.”


Cooley did well, especially in the early efforts you see in the video. (Later, he had a miss that came off the tee low and fast and nearly clocked Ethan Albright in the head.) “I hit from 40 yards with some coaching from Shaun,” he told me, “but I used to be solid from 50. When Koz [former Redskins TE Brian Kozlowski] was here, we would play the kicking games a lot. We were out punting and kicking field goals all the time so I actually got pretty good. But I haven’t kicked at all lately.” Read more »

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Even More Players Talk About The Zorn News

Posted by Matt Terl on October 23, 2009 – 3:17 pm

Hey, did you hear that Vinny Cerrato said that head coach Jim Zorn’s job is safe through the end of the season?

Oh, you did?

WELL, did you hear what the players had to say about it?

Oh, yeah, we did that too. Oh well. Here’s what a few more players had to say about it anyhow, just because this really was the main topic in today’s open locker room.

London Fletcher: “Hopefully we can get this thing turned around, win some games around here so we can insure that he’ll be the head coach NEXT year.” Read more »

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Vinny Cerrato On Jim Zorn: The Transcription

Posted by Matt Terl on October 23, 2009 – 10:21 am

On Wednesdays and Fridays, I appear on Redskins Nation on Comcast SportsNet. I sit next to Larry Michael to answer fan questions or pick games or talk about what’s going on at Redskins Park.

And, occasionally, I sit there and fidget while he goes on a rant. That happened Wednesday, when Michael held forth about members of the media doing nothing but transcribing radio shows and being, I believe his word was, “stenographers.”

The gist of his argument was, I believe, that people on live radio sometimes say things in an awkward fashion but that — unlike writers — they don’t have the opportunity to edit the final product. He really seemed to feel quite strongly about it, and went on somewhat at length, and I fidgeted, and that was that.

So keep all of that in mind as you read the following eleven-hundred word transcript of the first few minutes of Vinny Cerrato’s radio show this morning, the bit where Cerrato declared that Jim Zorn will be the head coach for the rest of the season and hopefully beyond, and his explanation of the playcaller switch.

If you want to listen to the rest of it, I’ve embedded it after the transcript segment (with thanks to ESPN980), but here’s one stenographer’s interpretation of the first part. Read more »

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Players Generally Pleased By Zorn News

Posted by Matt Terl on October 23, 2009 – 9:24 am

With Vinny Cerrato confirming that Jim Zorn will remain as head coach for the rest of the year and “hopefully into the future” (which conjures up images of Zorn standing on the sidelines in a jetpack and a shiny silver jumpsuit coaching the robots from the old Cyberball arcade game), I was interested to hear what the players had to say.

As a rule, players aren’t used to being asked for comment on things at 9:00 in the morning as they wait to go to meetings, but the general sense of the guys I talked to was relief, and hope that maybe this would drastically reduce the soap opera quotient of the workweek.

“It’s good news, and it’s comforting,” Antwaan Randle El said. “I mean, that’s one thing you always look at in terms of a team: you want to BUILD a team, and it’s hard to do it in a year and a half span. If he was to be let go now or in the next couple of games or something, it would just be almost all for nothing. So it’s just good to hear that he’s here and we can kinda rest our hat on that a little bit.” Read more »

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