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Armstrong’s Superman Catch Is Just Short

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 12, 2011 – 5:30 pm

It’s a bird.  It’s a plane.  It’s down by contact at the 1-yard line.

Wide receiver Anthony Armstrong turned around a quiet preseason into an electric opener yesterday, making high-flying, acrobatic catches all afternoon.

But perhaps his greatest catch will serve as his biggest regret, as it didn’t end up in the endzone.

“I was trying to make up for stepping out of bounds and a dropped pass [earlier in the game],” he explained in the locker room.  “It came my way and I saw that it was all-out, and it was third down, so I knew we needed a play.”

No matter how soft the turf is, or how much adrenaline a guy has pumping through his body–that play hurts.  But laying out for a catch is all part of the job description for Armstrong. Read more »

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Rex Grossman Keeps It Cool

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 12, 2011 – 4:03 pm

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Quarterback Rex Grossman has a special gift for nonchalance.

He’s not a fiery field general, although he did show excitement after a couple big plays yesterday.  He knows what’s going on out on the field, but he’s not going to get too excited about it.

Whether he’s winning or losing, you can’t tell.  Whether it was a good play or a bad play, you can’t really tell.  He doesn’t give excited renditions of the good, and he doesn’t sugar-coat the bad.

Yesterday he went 21-for-34, for 305 yards and two touchdowns and a stellar 110.5 quarterback rating.

In his press conference after the game, he discussed how he overcame early pressure from the Giants defense:

“Some of the things that were happening to us, like the blitzes and the tipped pass, I mean things like that happen, but you just have to stick with it and get into a rhythm.”

Okay.  So what changed after that?

“Nothing changed. The game went along and eventually things got going. I think I was 0 for 4 to start, but it was a lot of tipped passes and I had to throw hot, things like that; they just played better than we did to start the game.”

And my favorite answer of the night, to how it felt to play well in the face of preseason criticisms:

“It feels good.”

At this point in his career, Grossman is a pro, and he doesn’t seem to let his emotions get the best of him, high or low.  Yesterday he fumbled on a sack late in the fourth quarter, with the game on the line, and was a Tim-Hightower-tackle away from blowing the lead.

He trotted off the field, and went over the sidelines while his defense got the ball back.  On the very next drive, he marches 70 yard on 11 plays for the game-sealing touchdown.

Now that’s cool.

Check out his full post-game interview below: Read more »

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Rewinding Ryan Kerrigan’s Pick-Six

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 12, 2011 – 2:59 pm

The catalyst play of yesterday’s win was Ryan Kerrigan’s second-half interception return for a touchdown.

The second half had just begun, and the Redskins had not led in the game.  The Giants received the second-half kickoff and were pinned back at their own 18-yard line.

On third-and-17, the Giants lined up in the shotgun and called for a quick pass to Hakeem Nicks, who was split out wide to the right.  Head coach Mike Shanahan revealed after the game that he called for an “all-out blitz” on the play, with Kerrigan coming around the right side.

This was the result:
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Tale Of The Tape: One Giant Victory

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 12, 2011 – 2:25 pm

Revenge is a dish best served cold.  And I dig the Transformers theme in these tribute videos.

By soundly beating the Giants yesterday, the Redskins secured several firsts:

  • The first win of the season
  • The first divisional win of the season
  • A share of first place in the NFC East with the Eagles
  • The first win against the Giants since 2007

The last time the Redskins beat the Giants, only 10 players on the current roster were Redskins.  This was a good game of adjustments, winning the rematch from Week 17 last season.

This win made the Redskins 11-4 in home openers at FedExField, including 8-2 in season openers.  This was Mike Shanahan’s 161st victory as a head coach, moving him into a tie with Bill Cowher for 15th all-time.

He doesn’t have quite the chin, but he’s got a much sterner stare.

Now for some individual stats: Read more »

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