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The Sounds Of A Beaten Team

Posted by Matt Terl on November 16, 2010 – 11:24 am

The Redskins locker room last night offered a number of fascinating portraits of despair. LaRon Landry, clearly furious with himself and the team, running his hands through his hair as he fielded questions. DeAngelo Hall, still in full pads and uniform, sitting completely motionless in his locker as the digital clock over his head flashed through the minutes. Kory Lichtensteiger, covered in red welts and bruises. Even Chris Cooley initially refused to speak to the media; when he relented, he offered only terse, measured commentary on the game, eyes fixed somewhere in the middle distance.

And what people actually said wasn’t much better than the way they looked.

There were plenty of notable laments, but many players’ responses to the 59-28 loss broke down into two major categories: Read more »

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Clinton Portis Had A Good Game On The Sidelines

Posted by Matt Terl on November 16, 2010 – 1:00 am

I’m starting with something positive. Call me Matty Sunshine if you want, but I heard exactly one positive story in the postgame locker room tonight, and I’m going with that one first. There’ll be plenty of negativity out there, and I promise I’ll get to covering some of that myself. But for right now, here’s the one nice story I heard from this absolute abomination of a game.

Keiland Williams would finish the night as the only player named on my Very Short List Of Good Things About This Game — with 139 total yards and 3 combined touchdowns — but he started it as the number two running back on a two-deep depth chart.

When Ryan Torain aggravated his hamstring injury during pregame warmups, that plan changed, and when the team came back into the locker room after warmups, head coach Mike Shanahan told Williams that he was going to be the guy.

That Williams had some success on the field is a small good thing, yes, but he was happy to share the credit, and that was the really nice story.

When I saw the inactive Clinton Portis pregame, he looked like this: Read more »

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