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‘Skins Beat The Yinz

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 13, 2011 – 5:19 pm

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How much does winning a preseason game matter?  While the record won’t reflect the performance and critics will say that it doesn’t mean much, the consensus in both locker rooms last night was that it did.

Redskins center Will Montgomery said of matching up against their defense:

“There are some Pro Bowlers on their defensive front.  I don’t think they were ready for a team like us.  The way we run outside zone is different from most other teams.  Other teams like to run more inside stuff.  I think they might not have been ready for waht we were going to do.”

“We’ll enjoy this for the next 24 hours.  We’ll get in the cold tub tomorrow.  We still have camp though.  So we’ll be back to work in a couple days.”

Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman on the offense clicking in the first half: 

“Any time you start the season backed up on the 1-yard line and get it all the way down to the [defense’s] 10, that’s a good start.  We got in a rhythm and pretty much played consistent throughout the first half.”

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin expressed disappointment in his team’s preparation and showing:

“Injuries aside, it is not the kind of performance that we were looking for or hoping for tonight.  Quite frankly, we got out-played in just about all areas–blocking, tackling, running, throwing and kicking.  Their team was better prepared tonight than us.”

Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor gave some insight into his team’s reaction:

“Coach let us know.  The expectations are so high.  We came out and knew what we needed to do and we didn’t do it.  From a defensive standpoint we are going to make some corrections.”

The mostly commonly used phrase in Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan’s press conference was, “I was pleased with the effort.”

Preseason games don’t count for the record books, but it’s just posturing to think that they don’t matter at all.  Especially for a young team like the Redskins, any opportunity to analyze the roster is time well-spent.


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7 Responses to “‘Skins Beat The Yinz”

  1. By Matthew on Aug 13, 2011 | Reply

    Just felt great to see the guys get into some rythm and to see them executing well…

  2. By scolba on Aug 13, 2011 | Reply

    “Especially for a young team like the Redskins…”

    Still trying to get my mind around the fact that we DO have a young team this year! lol

  3. By RotGut on Aug 13, 2011 | Reply

    450 yards offense and no turnovers!! We manhandled their 1st O and D. Where are all the hatred that were popping off at the mouth yesterday? Not ready to hand us the Lombardi Trophy, but it looks like the days of pushing the Skins around have ended. HTTR!! B

  4. By T.J. on Aug 13, 2011 | Reply

    It’s a really nice change to see a team full of hungry motivated players instead of overpaid primadonnas. I love the attitude of the team the O line blocking and Hightower running really set the tone. At the end of the game it was the vaunted steelers that were left battered and bruised. And that was without Landry out there laying wood.

  5. By REDSKINSALLDAY on Aug 14, 2011 | Reply

    consistently effort was great, agressive football mentality. Focus and determination was resemblence of a TEAM. Starting up front by dominating the line of scrimmage. Being ranked 32 by ESPN can motivate the extra reps. One meaningless preseason game? With competition at every position we are getting the best from each player. and even once cuts are done the comp is still on for PT! Definitely headed in right direction if even for one day! plenty of work to do!
    GO SKINS

  6. By monkeyhouse on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    The point needs to be made though that this team did not have any voluntary practices. I like how the skins did, especially the guys not on first string, but it was obvious the steelers were very rusty.

  7. By Brian Tinsman on Aug 15, 2011 | Reply

    @monkeyhouse-
    Without a doubt, but those are the things that win and lose football games. I think anything written about the first game can be looked at within the scope of the first game of the preseason. No worries :-)

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