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Out-Of-Town Redskins Get Used To The Snow

Posted by Matt Terl on December 16, 2010 – 5:10 pm

That’s a shot that Chris Horton took of Redskins Park much earlier today, before the bulk of the snow had fallen. (And let me keep things in perspective here: this is nothing like the blizzards of last year. This totaled out at maybe three inches of snow. Maybe.)

Anyhow, here’s how Horton, a Louisiana guy who went to school in Los Angeles, reacted to that initial snowfall: Read more »

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Redskins Say Indoor Practices 'Can Be Beneficial'

Posted by Matt Terl on December 16, 2010 – 4:17 pm

As you can see above, the practice fields at Redskins Park are covered with snow. So the team decamped today to a nearby gym to do their work indoors. This seemed to me like it would a major detriment to having a successful practice, especially on a Thursday, traditionally the heaviest practice day of the week.

But head coach Mike Shanahan disagreed. “I think our players did a fantastic job of doing what we need to do prepare for a game,” Shanahan said. “They’re not excuse-makers. We got everything done we needed to get done [in practice]. That’s what you want for your football team to do.”

And the players that I spoke to completely agreed.

“It’s Week 15,” linebacker Chris Wilson said. “It’s all mental, just show me the footage. Let me wake up on Sunday well-rested.”

Wide receiver Anthony Armstrong agreed. “You’ve done all the physical stuff,” Armstrong said. “You don’t have to prove yourself again physically, that you can run in there and hit the safety or the linebacker full-speed. It’s more about consistency with your assignments and knowing what the defense is doing. It’s about recognition and knowing where you’re supposed to be.”

In fact, Armstrong said, not being able to do a full practice today might actually work out in the players’ favor. “Think about it,” he said. “Guys are going to the game already less than a hundred percent. They’re already not full speed, so being able to let them mentally see what they’re doing while you also let the body recover … it can be beneficial.”

Of the guys that I spoke to, the only one to voice a slight disagreement was tight end Chris Cooley, and his objection wasn’t exactly that he thought there was much more work to be done. Read more »

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A Look Back At Casey Rabach's Signature Sandwich (And One That Wasn't)

Posted by Matt Terl on December 16, 2010 – 11:41 am

Two days ago, in a post about the signature sandwich Phillip Daniels debuted at Harris Teeter, I mentioned in passing that Casey Rabach and Andre Carter had also had signature sandwiches this year. I was at Carter’s sandwich debut, although I don’t seem to have written about it. I remember two things about Carter’s sandwich: it was perfectly tasty, and — in keeping with Carter’s west coast roots — it had a California theme.

Which made me very curious about Rabach’s sandwich. Rabach is from Wisconsin, and tends to enjoy Wisconsinite things like cheese, bratwurst, and other kinds of cheese. When he found himself in a burger contest last year, Rabach developed a burger topped with bacon, mushrooms, special sauce … and beer-battered deep-fried cheddar cheese. So it seemed possible that he’d gotten Harris Teeter to sell something equally Wisconsonian, and therefore entertaining.

He didn’t, but it wasn’t for lack of trying. Read more »

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Redskins Add A Defensive Lineman (And Another To The Practice Squad)

Posted by Matt Terl on December 16, 2010 – 10:21 am

I can identify three guys in this AP Photo from this year’s preseason game against Arizona: Redskins offensive linemen Erik Cook and Will Montgomery, and then-Cardinals defensive lineman Jeremy Clark. Aside from all appearing in this photo, these three guys have one other thing in common: they’re all on the Redskins 53-man roster.

The team today announced the signing of Clark, a journeyman defensive lineman who spent four games with the Giants in 2008 (and tallied a sack of Jason Campbell that year) and was most recently cut by the Dallas Cowboys. He fills the roster spot vacated when LaRon Landry was placed on injured reserve.

The team also made the signing of punter Sam Paulescu official, and signed undrafted rookie defensive lineman Joe Joseph to the practice squad, where — in a simply staggering display of coincidence — he takes the spot that was cleared when Cook (pictured above; see paragraph 1) was signed to the active roster. Joseph played his college ball at the University Of Miami, spent the preseason with the Titans, and most recently spent some time on the Giants’ practice squad. Read more »

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