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Redskins Review Burgers, Talk Mohawks

Posted by Matt Terl on November 13, 2009 – 3:58 pm

There’s not a lot of free time for the players on road trips. Travel days start with meetings, a mock game, and treatment. After that excitement comes the bus-plane-bus-hotel combo. For a few of the players, there are production meetings with the TV broadcast crew immediately upon arrival at the hotel. And in the evening, there are more meetings and a curfew. Obviously there’s no free time on gameday.

This means that for all intents and purposes, there are maybe four hours per road trip that the players have to use as they please: from 4:00ish when they check into the hotel through 8:00ish when meetings start back up.

With that limited free time in Atlanta, Casey Rabach got a group of guys together to go get burgers at The Vortex Bar & Grill, which he had seen on Man vs. Food. The Vortex is a sort of hipster/biker bar, the kind of place where the menu offers burgers with grilled cheese sandwiches in place of buns and has 1,200 words of rules designed to warn off the easily offended.

In most circumstances, burger orders probably don’t reveal that much about the psyche of the person ordering them, but after hearing the details of this trip, I found myself wondering.

Rabach, for example, had the Elvis Burger: a burger with, as the menu says, “a King-sized helpin’ of smooth peanut butter, bacon, and fried bananas.” (That’s it pictured above.) This is a bizarre assortment of toppings for a burger, but it somehow suits Rabach. “It was good,” he said. “It was really good, actually. [Heck], I’ll try Cooley’s [peanut butter, ham and mustard] sandwich now. Why the [heck] not? I’ve had peanut butter and beef and bacon together.” Read more »

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Your Starting Right Tackle (Again): Stephon Heyer

Posted by Matt Terl on November 13, 2009 – 2:47 pm

A few notes today, after the third rain-soaked practice in a row:

  • Hunter Smith said he felt good after punting in practice today, and is optimistic that he’ll be able to go on Sunday; how he feels tomorrow — a day AFTER punting — will tell the tale.
  • Ladell Betts was able to get involved with practice today, and is expected to be able to contribute on Sunday — he says he’s at about 75%. Head coach Jim Zorn said that both Rock Cartwright and Quinton Ganther will also be in the mix no matter what. So the time you spent reading about Ganther this morning was not wasted.
  • It’s confirmed: Chad Rinehart will get the look at right guard in place of Will Montgomery.

And Stephon Heyer was able to get work in back at right tackle, after being held out yesterday with stiffness in his knee.

Which means that the projected starters on the offensive line for Sunday, moving from left to right, are: Levi Jones, Derrick Dockery, Casey Rabach, Rinehart, and Heyer. And, honestly, I’m letting myself feel just the tiniest bit of optimism about that.

Jones is guaranteed to create optimism, because that’s what an untried quantity does — until you see someone NOT succeed, you want to believe that they’ll be at their best. (See also: every backup quarterback in human history.) Dockery and Rabach remain where they’ve been since the start of the year. I’ve been hearing for the last couple weeks that Rinehart might get a look, that he’s ironed out some of his flaws, so I’m curious to see how that goes. And right tackle seems like a more natural position for Heyer than left; there’s a reason he started the season there, after all. (And, hey, after all the injuries and reshuffling, fully 3/5ths of the offensive line are right where they started out this year, for better or for worse.)

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Friday, November 13: Quinton Ganther Could Be The Backup Running Back Sunday

Posted by Matt Terl on November 13, 2009 – 10:21 am

As near as I can tell, we have one picture of running back Quinton Ganther in a Redskins uniform, and that’s it sitting up top of this post: his official team headshot. I can’t find any practice photos, bench photos, anything like that. I emailed Brian Murphy (of ExtremeSkins and Homer McFanboy) to see if he had a shot on the bench or anything; between covering the team, photographing the team, and being a fan of the team, Murf is usually a perfect resource for obscure requests like this one.

Not this time. Murf’s response? “Don’t even know what he looks like yet.”

So, yeah, Quinton Ganther is pretty much the exact opposite of a household name. Which makes it kind of unsettling to realize that he might be an active part of Sunday’s gameplan. Clinton Portis is out for sure; Ladell Betts was unable to participate in practice yesterday with an ankle injury. If for some reason Betts can’t go, that leaves Rock Cartwright as your top RB, and Ganther as the likely number two.

So, who the heck is Quinton Ganther? Read more »

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