The obligatory media calls with opposing coaches and players leading up to gameday are usually a little dry. Nobody wants to be responsible for providing another team with bulletin board material, so answers are vanilla.
But sometimes a player crosses the line of vanilla and becomes downright complimentary. That player this week, was Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb.
On facing the Redskins defense:
“I think the defensive unit is really good. The defensive unit is just as good as anybody. The linebackers are very talented being that I got a chance to go up against them for four years while I was inPhiladelphia. Rookie linebacker Ryan Kerrigan is a special player. I think the Redskins have one of the best defenses in the league. I think we have our work cut out for us this week.”
It sounds like he wants an autograph.
On how familiar the Redskins defense is compared to last year:
“Haslett dials up enough things and it’s going to be a tough matchup. We’re trying to invent ourselves as an offense as well. We know it’s going to be some challenges but as a group we’re working hard.”
“With the front four, as well as the linebackers, the secondary makes you get rid of the football quickly. A lot of the defenses in the league forces that issue. The secondary is talented, especially when [safety LaRon] Landry is playing. We will try to take our shots, but at the same time, we will try to put together a solid drive and try to pick them apart as well.”
On if he’s expecting another 300-yard passing performance this week:
“I don’t ever go in a game thinking I’m going to throw for 300 yards. I just focus on executing the plays and getting the victory. Regardless of how much we run the ball or pass the ball we just want to go in and win. It’s going to be a hostile environment.”
In a league where Tom Brady can go out and throw 500 yards in a week, it seems strange that a quarterback would get humble about 300 yards. This is the pass-first Cardinals, right?
Maybe this is Kolb’s version of lulling the Redskins to sleep and killing them with kindness before taking the field. But if a Redskins defender misses a play on Sunday, they might want to go see Kolb for a pick-me-up.
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Earlier this week, Redskins center Will Montgomery explained how the blocking scheme contributed to the uncharacteristically low yards-per-carry average that the running game had last Sunday.
Among the many technical descriptions he gave, he mentioned that there were plays when the linemen were “half a block off,” in terms of picking up their man. Refining those blocks will eventually bust open the big runs that the Redskins enjoyed in the preseason.
“I think our whole team is predicated on the run,” Montgomery said. ”We want to run the ball and that sets up everything else. If we’re running it then that sets up our bootlegs, keepers, and play actions. If we just had to sit back there and pass and pick up all their blitzes and stuff all that, that’s no fun all day.”
And what’s one way to ensure that these guys focus on their blocks? Go eat at the big boy table:
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The next time you walk up to the gates at FedExField, I want you to hum Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man.” Just replace the word “iron” with “solar.”
Trust me, it works.
The colossal “green” giant is not only the newest DC football icon, it is also generating it’s own electricity, thanks to an outline of Koda XT panels.
Here’s the details:
- The statue was designed by the DLR Group, the same company that designed the entire NRG solar installation at FedExField.
- 3Form did the engineering on the statue and fabricated the red silhouette that includes the thin-film solar panels.
- Two local companies built the rest of the statue and assembled the parts.
Solar Man is not known to be based off of any Redskins iconic quarterback, although that should not deter your creativity. I like the nickname, “Solar Sammy,” for Washington legend Sammy Baugh.
What are your suggestions?
Here are photos of the birth of Solar Man, thanks to the 3Form official blog:
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Last week, in ESPN.com’s “Rookie Watch,” Scouts Inc.’s Matt Williamson started Redskins rookie outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan off at No. 9 among his draft class peers.
Not bad, considering the Redskins snagged him at No. 16 in April.
But after an electric performance in Week 1 that left him in the running for NFL Pepsi Rookie of the Week (this is your last chance to vote, hint hint), Kerrigan has once again climbed the ladder.
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Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan came out of Week 1 with a pretty good feeling about the offense’s performance against the Giants. The offense put enough points on the board to win the game (21), and the team had opportunities to run up the score more.
That performance started under center with quarterback Rex Grossman.
“I thought he did a good job,” Shanahan assessed. ”He did what he needed to do for us to win. I know he would have loved to have that fumble back. It was five plays that I thought he missed, but overall he did a good job.”
With a new line, new running back, and new receivers, to miss only a handful of plays is pretty impressive. But for the few mistakes he made, Shanahan expects to see improvement going forward.
“I have a lot of confidence in Rex,” Shanahan said. ”He was playing a hell of a game, although he had about two bad series in a row. It’s all about how you come back and respond and he did a good job. In the NFL, people are going to have bad plays. It’s all about how you respond.”
He should have a good opportunity against an Arizona secondary that gave up over 400 yards through the air.
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