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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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