On Now
Coming Up
  • Fri., Sep. 22, 2017 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT Live Jay Gruden, Matt Cavanaugh At The Podium Tune in to hear Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden and offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh talk at the Inova Sports Performance Center at Redskins Park in Loudoun County, Va.
  • Sun., Sep. 24, 2017 7:30 PM - 7:50 PM EDT Redskins-Raiders Pregame Show Tune in to watch the pregame happenings from the Washington Redskins' Week 3 game against the Oakland Raiders at FedExField in Landover, Md.
  • Sun., Sep. 24, 2017 10:30 PM - 11:59 PM EDT Live Jay Gruden, Kirk Cousins At The Podium Tune in to watch head coach Jay Gruden and quarterback Kirk Cousins talk to the media at FedExField in Landover, Md.

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 »

Tags: ,
Posted in General | No Comments »

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:
Read more »

Posted in General | No Comments »

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.

I really hope things pick up in the next quarter, because this has been tough to watch. Again. Read more »

Tags: ,
Posted in General | 1 Comment »

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.

“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.”

“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.”


Read more »

Tags: ,
Posted in General | No Comments »

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.


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 »

Posted in General | No Comments »

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.

http://www.twackle.com/widget/generate_widget/redskins Read more »

Posted in General | No Comments »

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.


Read more »

Posted in General | No Comments »

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.

Read more »

Tags: , , , , ,
Posted in General | No Comments »

Redskins Work In A Pizza Place For Christmas

Posted by Matt Terl on December 25, 2009 – 3:46 pm

Waleed Zarou, owner of The Don’s Wood-Fired PIzza in Sterling, Va., had one major concern with letting Redskins players act as servers during his second annual Christmas Eve free pizza dinner: “They take too much space,” he said. “You see how tight it is. I was nervous with them being in the kitchen how the other guys were gonna move. It’s a tight space, [and] you got a 700, 800 degree oven going, man.”

The dinner — supposedly two hours of free pizzas for all, although Zarou was still handing them out when I left half an hour past the scheduled end time –is partially about fellowship, a place for people who don’t have anyone else to come on Christmas Eve, and partially about charity, raising money for a mission in Africa. This is the first year that the players have participated — “I thought these guys would help me to grow it,” Zarou said — and Kedric Golston, Derrick Dockery, Lorenzo Alexander, and Renaldo Wynn seemed to really be enjoying themselves.

“We’re very blessed people,” Golston said. “To be in the NFL — regardless of the record — we’re very blessed, and to be able to give back and help … I mean, you never know.”

Golston is friends with Zarou through his father-in-law, and was acting as the de facto manager of the restaurant-working Redskins. “It was hard to get Derrick from the pizza,” Golston said, explaining how the group divided their labors. “I didn’t wanna fight that battle, so I just left him there. And Lorenzo’s more of a calmer dude, so he just said he’ll get the drinks. Renaldo was actually the last guy to show up, so we was actually already operating when he came, and so he was kinda like the guy in the restaurant that went around talked to everyone.”

Watching Golston and Dockery handing out pizza like old pros — asking a firm “Cheese or pepperoni?” like they’d been doing it forever — was entertaining, but not as entertaining as watching them eat seeming one slice for every one they handed out.
Read more »

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in General | No Comments »

Albert Haynesworth Spends Christmas At Home

Posted by Matt Terl on December 25, 2009 – 2:11 pm

The most interesting thing in practice today, at least from the portion I saw, actually took place before practice, when defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth and head coach Jim Zorn (pictured above in happier times) had a lengthy conversation. It didn’t look like a particularly joyous chat, but I also didn’t think it reached the level of — as David Elfin of the Washington Times wrote — “a heated discussion.” Either way, after the conversation ended, Haynesworth went back to the locker room and departed the facility.

Coach Zorn addressed the issue while talking to the media after practice. Read more »

Tags: , , ,
Posted in General | No Comments »
%d bloggers like this: