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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