Everyone’s got their own way of getting ready for training camp. Some people go on one last vacation. Some hold three charity events in rapid succession. Others buy gifts for their wives and families. Redskins defensive lineman Phillip Daniels spends a couple hours on the official team message board answering fan questions. To each their own.
Still, when a random faceless message board dude tells you that Carlos Rogers is primed for a big season, you can take or leave it as you see fit. When that message board dude has been sharing a practice field with Rogers for all the offseason workouts, the words take on a little more weight.
So here are a few of the questions and answers; you can see the rest in the thread on ExtremeSkins. (All typos, misspellings, and funny grammatical things are [sic] except for where I used [ticked] to protect my more sensitive readers from a marginally more offensive word choice.)
Who has benefitted the most from the switch to the 3-4 and/or the new-look offense?
Daniels: I would have to say our outside backers. They will get more opportunities to rush. With Andre and Orakpo on the outsides that is a good thing. [big grinning smiley face emoticon]
How has the defensive side accepted the change in philosphy and are they excited for that change?
Daniels: Everyone has accepted it. Anything that can help us be better and win is all good.
In the brief OTAs so far, who on the defense has impressed you the most, someone who may have surprisingly caught your eye? Is there someone in particular that you expect to blossom in training camp/this coming year?
Daniels: Everyone has caught my eye but if had had to single out anyone it would probably be Carlos Rogers. This is a good fit for him.
Aside from his locker being moved, is there anything done in memorial for Sean Taylor and do the rookies and free agents coming in keep his memory alive?
Daniels: Sean’s memory will never die. I think in our alone time, everyone thinks about him and what he meant to all of us. He is gone but never forgotten. It’s always nice to see an old highlight with him making a play. Just brings a smile to your face. Whenever someone new comes to this team, the first thing they ask about is him and how he was.
What’s the single biggest change you have noticed around Redskins Park since the new front office has had some time to start making changes?
Daniels: Biggest change and a much needed change is discipline. It can win you more games.
How can anyone else be da man when you are da man, PD!?
Daniels: Lol. Thanks man but we do need everybody to play like they are the man this year because all is important for success. I don’t think it will be hard to play [ticked] off this year after a 4-12 season. Never ever want to go through that again. Thanks for the support.
There’s plenty more in the thread, and it makes reading the internet into a surprisingly good way to get fired up for training camp.
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