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    Redskins Nation is a half-hour show devoted to giving fans unfiltered access to the day's events at Redskins Park. Hosted by Larry Michael, the show features Redskins players, coaches and sit-down interviews with team officials. (Show re-airs at 11:30 p.m/7:30 a.m. daily)

    • DATE: December 3, 2013
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  • Wed., Sep. 17, 2014 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT Live Gruden Press Conference Redskins head coach Jay Gruden speaks to media following practice at Redskins Park in Loudoun County, Va. on Wednesday, September 17, 2014.
  • Wed., Sep. 17, 2014 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM EDT Redskins Nation

    Redskins Nation is a half-hour show devoted to giving fans unfiltered access to the day's events at Redskins Park. Hosted by Larry Michael, the show features Redskins players, coaches and sit-down interviews with team officials. (Show re-airs at 11:30 p.m/7:30 a.m. daily)

    • DATE: December 3, 2013
    • TIME:  5:30 PM 
    • LOCATION:  Comcast SportsNet

  • Thu., Sep. 18, 2014 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT Live Gruden Press Conference Redskins head coach Jay Gruden speaks to media following practice at Redskins Park in Loudoun County, Va. on Thursday, September 18, 2014.
  • Thu., Sep. 18, 2014 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM EDT Redskins Nation

    Redskins Nation is a half-hour show devoted to giving fans unfiltered access to the day's events at Redskins Park. Hosted by Larry Michael, the show features Redskins players, coaches and sit-down interviews with team officials. (Show re-airs at 11:30 p.m/7:30 a.m. daily)

    • DATE: December 3, 2013
    • TIME:  5:30 PM 
    • LOCATION:  Comcast SportsNet

  • Fri., Sep. 19, 2014 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM EDT Live Gruden Press Conference Redskins head coach Jay Gruden speaks to media following practice at Redskins Park in Loudoun County, Va. on Friday, September 19, 2014.
  • Fri., Sep. 19, 2014 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM EDT Redskins Nation

    Redskins Nation is a half-hour show devoted to giving fans unfiltered access to the day's events at Redskins Park. Hosted by Larry Michael, the show features Redskins players, coaches and sit-down interviews with team officials. (Show re-airs at 11:30 p.m/7:30 a.m. daily)

    • DATE: December 3, 2013
    • TIME:  5:30 PM 
    • LOCATION:  Comcast SportsNet

  • Sun., Sep. 21, 2014 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM EDT Live Verizon Gametime Live Redskins pregame show hosted by Larry Michael LIVE from Lincoln Financial Field before the Redskins vs. Eagles game on Sunday, September 21, 2014.
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Redskins vs. Cowboys – Fourth Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on December 27, 2009 – 11:30 pm

In an awful game full of frustrating things, the punt was — for me — the worst. Yes, it was fourth-and-11. But with 5:55 left in the game, trailing by 17 points, here’s what you are doing by punting: you are ending the game. It’s roughly equivalent to taking a knee on offense while losing. I don’t see how it could signify anything other than complete and utter surrender, although I look forward to the postgame interviews to hear how I might be wrong.

But wait, it gets better:

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Redskins vs. Cowboys – Third Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on December 27, 2009 – 10:39 pm

It’s never a good sign when the people in the press box are discussing hugely negative statistics — last time the team went winless in the division (1994), last time the team was shutout at home, last time the team was shutout by the Cowboys. The listless offensive showing has been supplemented by a defense that constantly seems to be just barely keeping its head above water.

And if the performance on the field weren’t bad enough, the injuries are piling up. Mike Williams is out for the rest of the game. So is Reed Doughty. Rocky McIntosh was sidelined with a back strain and hasn’t been seen since. Stephon Heyer looked like he might be out, but returned. It’s been a more or less unmitigated disaster on the field tonight.

And the crowd is disappointed because the Cowboys continually refuse to kick the field goal, denying them the opportunity to boo Shaun Suisham.

At least Wale’s halftime performance sounded okay, what I could hear of it through the press box glass. Other than that, there hasn’t been a whole heck of a lot to like tonight. Another disappointing game in a continually disappointing season. Read more »


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Redskins vs. Cowboys – Second Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on December 27, 2009 – 10:02 pm

Well, it didn’t get any better. At least, not much. In fact, I would say that there was only one time the Redskins put together a string of consecutive positive plays. There were three of them, and here they are:
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Redskins vs. Cowboys – First Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on December 27, 2009 – 9:08 pm

The offense looks … I don’t really have the words for it, but it isn’t good.

When things were going relatively well offensively, during those first few games after the playcaller switch, the offense was picking up yardage in chunks. Receivers caught the ball on the move, and on the move in a downfield direction. The offensive line was opening up holes.

Now they all seem out-of-sync and overmatched. Every yard is a struggle. On that last drive, the team earned first downs via defensive holding, 3-yard gain on second-and-3, and QB sneak for 2 on third-and-1. There was no point where they moved the ball with anything like confidence. If this keeps up, it’s going to be a long night.

The defense isn’t lighting the world on fire, but they’re not replicating last week’s disastrous performance, either. Which is a huge disappointment to all the Cowboys fans here, and there are a lot of ‘em. It’s not like the Pittsburgh game, where it’s an obvious and overwhelming fan invasion, but when the Cowboys scored you could see it in the stands.

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More From Joe Gibbs Tonight

Posted by Matt Terl on December 27, 2009 – 8:03 pm

While the media had former Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs captive — and, the crush of the media throng had him nearly pinned to the wall — they took the time to ask a few non-George Michael-related questions. Here those are.

ON COMING TO THE GAME TONIGHT:
“I think for me, I’m probably the biggest Redskins fan there’s ever gonna be, and I feel like a big part of our life is here, me and the family. Love to always see Dallas and the Redskins play and so for me it’s something we didn’t wanna miss.”

ON THE HIRING OF BRUCE ALLEN
“There’s certainly a tradition there, and I know that Dan’s making the moves that he thinks can strengthen the team, and we just all as Redskins fans — I know for me personally I’m praying that each one of those makes the right move for us so we can strengthen the team.

“I really don’t — for me personally — I haven’t talked to Dan about major decisions or anything. And so for me when I talk to him, it’s kinda as a friend. And we talk, so for me I just know that he has a burning passion for the team and he’s gonna try and do what’s right. So I think for all of us, the rest of us, us Redskins fans, we hope all the decisions and everything he’s gonna make — whatever they may be, I’m not aware of ‘em — and, y’know, I think we all hope they’re gonna turn out best for the Redskins. We need to get the franchise… I personally think this is the greatest fanbase in all of sports — you can argue, maybe, but I think it’s the biggest and best franchise in all of sports. So hopefully … it’s easy to get off; I’ve been there. And in the NFL, for sure, as close as it is, all the different things we say happen every weekend … we’re just hoping that the Redskins can get back to a winning tradition.”

ON VINNY CERRATO:

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Joe Gibbs (and Redskins Broadcast Network) Pay Tribute To George Michael

Posted by Matt Terl on December 27, 2009 – 5:42 pm

There will be a tribute to the late George Michael on the Jumbotron tonight. This isn’t actually it (it’s the Redskins Broadcast Network web tribute), but it expresses the same sentiments.

http://p.castfire.com/ZoOZ0/video/217643/redskins_2009-12-24-165341.flv

Former Redskins coach Joe Gibbs also stopped by and spoke to the media about Michael, among other things. Here’s a bit of what he had to say: Read more »


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Follow Redskins vs. Dallas On Twitter, As Usual

Posted by Matt Terl on December 27, 2009 – 3:22 pm

It’s been a really nice day in the vicinity of FedExField, an unseasonal fifty-ish degrees and bright sunlight. Which is all irrelevant to tonight’s game, of course, because the sun — and the warmth — will be long gone by the time the game kicks off.

For one last homegame: follow on Twitter — or on the Twackle module below — for 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, be sure to use Redskins Gametime — virtually ALL the Redskins-related gameday content (including my stuff) in one handy interface — and the Redskins Powerboard as well.

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Reminder: Wale Performing At Halftime Tonight

Posted by Matt Terl on December 27, 2009 – 2:32 pm

Just in case you forgot, local hip-hop star Wale will be performing at halftime of tonight’s game at FedExField. Here, for those of you who might miss the halftime performance, is Wale performing his track “Pretty Girls” live on MTV. Enjoy.

http://media.mtvnservices.com/mgid:uma:video:mtv.com:454817

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Sunday, December 27: Notes On The New Kicker

Posted by Matt Terl on December 27, 2009 – 11:07 am

I’ve already talked about Shaun Suisham making his return to FedExField tonight, so it seems like a good time to take a closer look at new kicker Graham Gano. Dan Steinberg has the nuts and bolts for you over at the Washington Post, covering Gano’s remarkable athleticism in high school and college (no, seriously!) and the seeming inevitability of his NFL future.

These are a few … other things. Less essential things, some might say. (Although those people would be wrong. But still.)

  • Gano’s celebratory pointing (as pictured up top of this post) is completely unironic, even after extra points. I found this out in the most awkward way possible, of course, by trying to ask him about it as if it were goofy or strange. Nope. “That’s just what I do,” he told me. “I’ve done it since the UFL season. It’s just my way of giving praise to God for giving me the ability to do it.”
  • If punter Hunter Smith — who showed up on the injury report on Friday — can’t go, Gano is the backup punter. Which should be fine, since he went to Florida State largely on a punting scholarship and tried out for NFL teams as a punter.

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