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The Entire Carlos Rogers Transcript From Yesterday

Posted by Matt Terl on November 30, 2010 – 4:45 pm

I’m guessing, based on this bit of back-in-forth in the comments to yesterday’s post about the FedExField atmosphere, that not everyone has listened to the entirety of Carlos Rogers‘ comments in yesterday’s open locker room. Rogers was clearly frustrated with the team ahead of anything else — that’s his answer to the very first question, in fact — and that frustration informed the rest of his comments.

It’s no excuse; if you’re part of a professional football team, you’re going to get booed (and sometimes worse) by the home crowd. It’s part of the price you pay for the cheers and positive stuff that gets showed on you when things are going good. But I do feel like people think — as the commenter in that link seemed to indicate — that ALL Rogers had to say after the loss was that he was sad about the fans. And that, at least, wasn’t the case.

So here’s as complete a transcript of the Rogers media session as I could muster. There are still one or two [inaudibles], but I checked multiple versions of the audio trying to get them all cleared up; the questions from the media are also pretty close to verbatim.

Q: What’s the frustration level like at this point for you guys after you’ve had a day to simmer?

ROGERS: “It’s real frustrating. Not counting the losing, just this side of the ball, just the defense. Not playing the way I know we’re capable of playing, being ranked last in the league- that’s frustrating itself, not even just counting the losing record.”

Q: How’s the other hamstring feeling today that you pulled yesterday?

ROGERS: “It’s sore. It wasn’t as bad when I first came in but it’s the first day, so they did a lot of work on it, kinda diggin’ in there. So it’s more sore now.”

Q: But you’re said it wasn’t as bad as it was original injury?

ROGERS: “Nah, it wasn’t as bad as the other one.”

Q: Do you think you’ll be able to practice on Wednesday?

ROGERS: “I don’t know. It kind of depends on how it is. I’m gonna get some more work done on it. Hopefully it’ll calm down some and I’ll be able to go.”

Q: Did it happen on that one play in the early part of the third quarter when [Visanthe] Shiancoe got behind you a little bit?

ROGERS: “No, it actually happened before that. It happened when they ran a boot and I ran to hit the dude on the sideline and I went out of bounds? That’s when it happened. I kind of felt it then but I was jogging and it felt okay, but once I made that step to go back and catch Shiancoe, I felt it real bad then. So, I had to come out.”

Q: Was it overcompensating for the other one?

ROGERS: “I think that’s what it is because I had no problem with a hamstring. I never had a problem with hamstrings period. This is my first one. I guess it was overcompensating for that one. I’ve been working that one off for like the last two weeks and the other one is getting all the load on that one. It probably was taking the attention off of that one.”

Q: Los, how much do you guys think about the playoffs and how you’re in the balance right now? Read more »

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Ex-Redskins Renaldo Wynn Gathers Current Redskins To Give Back

Posted by Matt Terl on November 30, 2010 – 2:43 pm

I’ve covered a few charitable events where Redskins players lead kids on shopping trips through Target — at least two for back-to-school and one other pre-Christmas –so that aspect of today’s event wasn’t all that unusual to see. What was unusual, though, was that the event was organized by Renaldo Wynn — someone who is no longer officially affiliated with the Redskins.

And yet it was identical in every appearance to the events that Lorenzo Alexander puts on through his ACES Foundation, and to Wynn’s similar event last year when he WAS on the roster: a similarly large group of guys, similar turnout of children from local families in need, and — clearly — a similar level of effort put into it by Wynn and his wife LaTanya and their Family of Faith Foundation.

Wynn introduced this tradition to the D.C. area shortly after he first arrived as a Redskin. “I actually remember this event from when Tony Boselli used to do it when I was in Jacksonville,” Wynn told me today. “And it was so awesome, I said, we need to kinda pattern that and bring it here to Virginia and just cater to the people in D.C., Virginia, and Maryland.”

Then Wynn left, spending the 2007 season with the Saints and 2008 with the Giants. But he didn’t take the Adopt A Child For The Holidays event with him. Read more »

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DeAngelo Hall Says That Every Week Is An Audition

Posted by Matt Terl on November 29, 2010 – 4:10 pm

DeAngelo Hall came short of saying that the season is over, but the players all realize what a longshot a postseason run is right now. “We gotta win the games we play, and the other guys out there gotta lose. There’s no real secret formula or anything we can concoct other than that,”Hall said. “I feel like we’re already at the point where it’s ‘too many,’ you know? Too many things gotta happen for us to get in there and make the playoffs…. You would like to write your own fate, you know? You’d like to win some of the games we lost and be able to write your own fate. But that didn’t happen.”

Let me make clear, because that quote looks MUCH worse written out than it sounded, that Hall was not by any stretch giving up on the season. He was just pointing out in his matter-of-fact way that the Redskins are very, very close to the point of no return on this season.

And, in fact, his most interesting observations came when someone asked how players could avoid checking out mentally if the season was all but lost.

“They check out, they won’t be here,” Hall said, still matter-of-fact. “That’s kinda where we’re at.” Read more »

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Redskins Players On The Atmosphere At FedExField

Posted by Matt Terl on November 29, 2010 – 1:33 pm

If you read my quarter-by-quarter in-game updates yesterday (and if you didn’t, boy do I feel sorry for you!) you know I that spent much of the first half of the game wondering what was up with the crowd at FedExField. The stands didn’t look overly empty or overly purple, but I used words like silent, skittish, nervous, muted and odd to describe the way the crowd seemed (to me) to be acting, and I quoted Larry Weisman as saying, “It’s like everyone’s waiting for the roof to fall in.” So it wasn’t just me who noticed.

But when I mentioned this to a few people at Redskins Park this morning, they seemed shocked. The stadium was as loud as ever, people claimed. It was a NOTABLY loud crowd, they said. I must’ve had a different experience behind the press box glass, they suggested.

This was possible, of course, although the press box glass hasn’t changed since the last home game against the Eagles — and I could hear the crowd clearly at that one — so I decided to ask some folks who should be able to hear the home crowd pretty clearly: the players who were on the field.

And they seemed to have noticed the same thing I did.
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Anthony Armstrong And 'One Of Those Hits Defenders Dream About' (UPDATED)

Posted by Matt Terl on November 28, 2010 – 5:29 pm

As soon as I posted my contention that the game was lost when Perry Riley blocked some guy in the back, I felt sort of bad about it. Games aren’t lost on one play, and lord knows there was more the Redskins could’ve done so that they didn’t actually NEED that one punt return touchdown quite so badly.

Riley himself didn’t speak to the media in the locker room (although the PR staff got him on the phone for a brief conference call shortly after he left), but most of the players I talked to were less concerned about his penalty than they were about everything else.

“Everybody has to uplift him,” Anthony Armstrong said, “don’t let that be the One Play That Ruins Everything, and keep his head up. There’s multiple plays out there that we could’ve had; it’s not a one play thing, and I don’t want anybody to get that mindset that, ‘Oh, if he wouldn’t’ve blocked him in the back then this or that’. [Heck], if we convert third downs and do what we did the first series over and over again, then yeah, we’re gonna do good.”

(In fact, Armstrong was still beating himself up about one of his own miscues: the dropped pass on the play immediately following his 45-yard reception. “It hit me right in the hands,” Armstrong said. “I just dropped the [darned] thing. That’s all. That’s on me. That’s just some concentration stuff — you gotta be able to bounce back from a long play and then catch the next one. Just gotta wipe it off and go with a clean slate.”

Speaking of things bouncing and getting wiped out, Armstrong also talked about being on the receiving end of this monster hit during the Redskins near-flawless opening drive. Read more »

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Redskins vs. Vikings – Fourth Quarter Reactions

Posted by Matt Terl on November 28, 2010 – 3:50 pm

It just HAD to be Brett Favre, didn’t it? Gunslingerin’ out another win, despite the laundry list of injuries, the rumored pregame illness, the new head coach, the otherwise unremarkable performance … just about the only appropriate ending this game could’ve had was Favre lumbering for a first down on third-and-8.

But the game was lost minutes earlier, as far as momentum was concerned. When Perry Riley‘s unnecessary (but correctly-flagged) block in the back negated Brandon Banks‘ remarkable punt return touchdown, every bit of air went out of the game. Sometimes there are those opportunities in games that you know you will never, ever get back, and that was one of them. The offense had been stalled all half. The team needed a spark. Their best chance to score was exactly what happened, and when that was wiped out, everything else — from the three-and-out to the defense bending to Favre’s run to the final kneeldowns –seemed like a foregone conclusion.

I’m heading down to the locker room to see if any of the players saw things differently, but even if they did it doesn’t matter to the final score. Vikings 17, Redskins 13, and the Redskins fall below .500 again. Read more »

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Redskins vs. Vikings – Third Quarter Reactions

Posted by Matt Terl on November 28, 2010 – 3:07 pm

I’m not sure what happened to the offense from the first quarter — that crisp, Madden-on-Rookie-setting unit that produced the Redskins’ best drive of the season — but they certainly didn’t turn up in the third. The Redskins totaled three yards of offense in the quarter, and I think they all came on one four yard run by James Davis.

The Redskins went three-and-out, six-and-out, and one-and-intercepted for the quarter, and it didn’t even look THAT good. Meanwhile, the Vikings — still working without their all-world running back — opened the half by putting together a nine-play scoring drive and finished it by intercepting Donovan McNabb inside the Redskins 10 yard line.

The defense made a stand and held the Vikings to a field goal, and Brandon Banks returned the ensuing kickoff 65 yards … but the offense followed up by promptly giving up a sack of McNabb, which is the story of this game so far: the offense has completely disappeared. Even if the first-quarter offense doesn’t make their way back, they need to improve over that abysmal third quarter.

In better news, Banks’ kick return fired up the crowd more than anything else we’ve seen today, so at least that’s a little better.

Into the fourth with the Vikings leading 17-7. Read more »

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Redskins vs. Vikings – Second Quarter Reactions

Posted by Matt Terl on November 28, 2010 – 2:16 pm

From a measured, level-headed, non-hysterical point of view, this was just a tightly fought quarter of football. Both teams gained yardage, both teams made defensive stops. No one made any egregious errors or boneheaded turnovers — which is impressive, given the way the Redskins have played at points this year and Favre’s m.o.in general — and as a result no one scored.

(It didn’t hurt that Adrian Peterson left the game with an ankle injury, although his return is listed as probable.)

But the atmosphere in the stadium continues to feel … muted. I don’t know if people are still recovering from Thursday’s tryptophan overdose or if Redskins fans aren’t used to 1:00 home games or what, but the vibe at FedExField does not seem to reflect the actual game situation. (Except when Favre was sacked. Watching Brett Favre get knocked down still fires people up.)

Maybe it’s because Redskins crowds respond best to dominating rushing performances, and the Redskins go into the half with Donovan McNabb as their leading rusher with a whopping 7 yards. Brandon Banks adds 6, Keiland Williams another 5, and James Davis 4 for a total of 22 yards on 11 attempts. Even given the tough Vikings defensive line, those are numbers that will have to improve in the second half for the Redskins to win this game. And, I suspect, to bring the crowd back into it. Because I really can’t say enough just how odd it seems in here. Read more »

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Redskins vs. Vikings – First Quarter Reactions

Posted by Matt Terl on November 28, 2010 – 1:35 pm

For one drive, the Redskins were darned near perfect. Donovan McNabb went 8-for-8 for 84 yards and 1 touchdown. The Redskins were 4-for-4 on third down. Chris Cooley, Anthony Armstrong, and Roydell Williams all contributed impressive athletic plays. Brandon Banks even took a couple of direct snaps in the Wildcat formation. It was like watching someone play Madden on Rookie level and do everything right.

Then the defense came on, and made the Vikings offense in general — and Adrian Peterson in particular — look even MORE like someone playing Madden on the easiest setting. The Vikings gained positive yardage on every one of their seven plays, and drove down for the tying touchdown in half the time that it took the Redskins to do the same.

And just like that, all the air went out of the stadium. Like it or not, we as Redskins fans are clearly a skittish bunch right now, and as soon as it becomes clear that the game isn’t going to be walk, everyone seems to get very nervous. Larry Weisman noticed it as well — “It’s like everyone’s waiting for the roof to fall in,” he said. (He was speaking metaphorically; there is, of course, no roof at FedExField.)

But that’s how the first half ends: 7-7, each team having had one impressive offensive drive, and the stadium more or less silent. Read more »

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Redskins vs. Vikings – Inactive List

Posted by Matt Terl on November 28, 2010 – 11:53 am

Looks like Macho Harris will have to wait a little bit longer to achieve his dream of playing for the Redskins, as the newly-signed safety is inactive this week. And Derrick Dockery (pictured above) makes a return to the inactive list. But the remainder of that list contains surprisingly little bad news, given what it COULD have looked like. Many of the questionable players — including Lorenzo Alexander, Brandon Banks, Rocky McIntosh, and Santana Moss — will be suiting up and (presumably) playing, as will Carlos Rogers.

And Terrence Austin will make his regular season debut, after being signed to the active roster in place of the recently-released Joey Galloway. Losing LaRon Landry and Ryan Torain is a bummer, but we knew about that days ago. This is probably as good as this list could possibly be expected to look. The whole list:

  • John Beck (third QB)
  • Macho Harris
  • LaRon Landry
  • Andre Brown
  • Ryan Torain
  • Derrick Dockery
  • Anthony Bryant
  • Jeremy Jarmon

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