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Mike Shanahan Talks Practice. Also, Some Links

Posted by Matt Terl on October 14, 2010 – 5:03 pm

The rain forced the team to move practice to an indoor facility nearby, and what was supposed to be a full practice turned into a jog-through. Still, a few notes from head coach Mike Shanahan’s post-practice press conference:

  • For the second straight day, Rocky McIntosh did not practice because of a concussion suffered in Sunday’s game. He’ll be tested again tomorrow, and Shanahan was hopeful he would be able to participate.
  • Albert Haynesworth rejoined the team after his brother’s funeral, but it’s unclear if he’ll be able to play on Sunday. “Anytime you’re away for six days, there’s conditioning, obviously,” Shanahan explained. “You want to see where he’s at, both physically and mentally. But we understand what happened. We understand the crisis that he was dealing with. So hopefully he can get back in shape and do the things he needs to do to help us win.”
  • Trent Williams took all the reps in the jog-through, and Shanahan seems optimistic that he’ll play.
  • Shanahan was asked if Anthony Armstrong would become the #2 receiver; he declined to provide specifics, but said Armstrong would continue to get a lot of playing time.

That covers the newsy updates. Here are some other (mostly) Redskins links from around the web: Read more »

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A Unique Tackle By Reed Doughty

Posted by Matt Terl on October 14, 2010 – 2:49 pm

It feels like the screen pass has tormented the Redskins defense forever. I’m sure that’s just the fan in me talking, but over the last decade or more, it seems like successful screen passes have prolonged more drives for Redskins opponents than any other play. So when the Packers started their second possession of Sunday’s overtime period with a screen pass to Brandon Jackson and the offensive lineman came out and blocked safety Reed Doughty, my optimism collapsed in on itself like a star going supernova. This looked like the kind of game-killing play that could just go on forever.

And then this happened:

In the locker room after the game, I wasn’t quite sure how to explain to Doughty which play I was asking about. “It was in overtime,” I said, “and you actually make the tackle while you’re facing AWAY from the ballcarrier….”

“Ah,” Doughty said, “The infamous butt tackle?”

I guess so.

“We were kinda in a man-to-man,” Doughty explained, “and I dropped to help with the crossers. I saw the screen, and the offensive lineman tried to cut me. I stayed on my feet, but he’s still blocking me, and I knew that there was nobody else — because everybody else was in man-to-man — and I knew that I had to make the play. So I, ah, threw the bum out there and made the butt tackle.”

The way he kept referring to the “butt tackle” made it sound like something they were instructed on, or — at the very least — something he had done before, but Doughty was quick to clear up that misconception “I don’t think it’s a coachable thing,” he said. “I think it’s just instinctual. I don’t know how it really went down — I don’t know if maybe he tripped over the lineman’s feet or something — I just knew that if I didn’t tackle him, it was trouble.” Read more »

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Trent Williams Offers A Candid Assessment Of Dwight Freeney

Posted by Matt Terl on October 14, 2010 – 11:57 am

If the picture above makes you cringe, you’re not alone: Trent Williams said today that he couldn’t believe how bad that injury looked when he watched it after the fact. “You know, I’m blessed to be able to walk after seeing the play,” Williams said. “It kinda brought chills down my spine after seeing the film.”

The good news, however, is that it looked — and felt, according to Williams — a lot worse than it’s actually turned out to be. He expected to practice fully today (until inclement weather turned practice into an offsite walkthrough), and said that “I think I’ll be pretty much ready to go for the game.”

And what that bit of good luck has bought him is the chance to try to stop Dwight Freeney, the Colts’ all-world pass-rusher. If you’ve listened to athletes talk about their opponents, you’re probably expecting some complimentary-but-bland platitudes from Williams about Freeney’s abilities. If you’ve been watching who Williams has faced in his young NFL career — DeMarcus Ware, Mario Williams, the attacking Green Bay defense — you might be thinking that he’s feeling pretty ready to take on Freeney.

You would be wrong on both counts. Read more »

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