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Alexander Saving Chatter For Gametime

Posted by Christopher Mudd on September 22, 2011 – 5:47 pm

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Every week, linebacker Lorenzo Alexander does a live Q&A video chat on his Sportsbuzz website.  With the Cowboys next up on the Redskins schedule, Alexander focused in on Dallas Week discussions.

One of the hot topics leading into this game, is the health of the Cowboys offensive playmakers.  Probable, questionable or doubtful though, Alexander said it doesn’t matter in a rivalry game.

“I don’t really care who they suit up,” he told his viewers.  “I know they have a lot of injuries, but it’s the NFL you are going to have injuries week in and week out. Hopefully all those guys can play so we can go out there and compete against their best.”

Alexander doesn’t want to be leave room for excuses after the fact.

Not much needs to be said to stir up this rivalry, so he stayed away from offering any bulletin board materials.  He simply broke down what he’s looking for from the Cowboys offense: Read more »

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Sav Rocca Relishes The Highlight Hits (With Video)

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 22, 2011 – 5:22 pm

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Typically when a team relies on the punter for a saving tackle on special teams, it’s because of a breakdown in coverage.  But Redskins fans shouldn’t fear when Rocca squares up on a returner: he made a living on hits.

“From the age of 17, I was playing professional football,” he said.  “I started late, as a junior in high school, but before that, I was a shot put and discus thrower.”

How many sports can this guy play?

“Coming from Australia and playing Australian football, we have to tackle as much as we can,” said the 14-season AFL vet.  “Over there, at the end of the day, teams will go through stats of tackles, and the ones with the most tackles would typically win.  It’s something that was a big focus back in Australian Rules, and it’s something that I enjoy doing.”

Standing at 6-5, 265, he’s taller and heavier than every linebacker on the team except for Lorenzo Alexander (275).  With 219 tackles in Aussie Rules, he knows how to drop the hammer.

Just ask Cardinals punt returner, Patrick Peterson:

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Behind Enemy Lines With Jason Garrett

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 22, 2011 – 2:13 pm

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Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett has seen the Redskins-Cowboys rivalry from all Dallas angles: as a quarterback for the Cowboys in the 90’s, as an offensive coordinator for the team in the 2000s, and finally as a head coach starting midway through last season.

Lifetime, he holds an 8-5 record in games that he actually played or coached against the Redskins, which breaks down to:

  • 3-2 as an active participant in the game
  • 1-0 as a starter
  • 5-3 as a coach
  • 4-3 as a coordinator
  • 1-0 as a head coach

As a player, he went 25-for-40 for 270 yards and a touchdown.  He also rushed four times for -2 yards.

Check out those wheels.

After observing this rivalry for nearly two decades, he thinks it’s just as competitive and important now, as it always was. Read more »

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Anthony Armstrong Interviews Himself

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 22, 2011 – 12:50 pm

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Receiver Anthony Armstrong was born in the suburbs of Dallas.  He grew up and went to college in Texas.  He played for a Texas team in the Intense Football League, and then the Dallas Desperadoes of the Arena Football League.

And then he came to Washington.

He’s already hashed out the story line about playing in front of his hometown crowd.  He’s already hashed out the story line about Dallas Week.

So he decided to skip the midde man and interview himself today:

Reporter Anthony: “How’s it feel to be playing in front of your hometown crowd?”

Receiver Anthony: “It feels great.”

Reporter Anthony: “How do you feel about playing in front of your home crowd with everyone of your family and friends asking for tickets?”

Receiver Anthony: “That’ll be fun.  I’ve gotta turn everybody down, but I’ll still have to hook up about 15 of them.”

Reporter Anthony: “What do you see from the Dallas secondary?” Read more »

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Atogwe Channels The Incredible Hulk

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 22, 2011 – 12:10 pm

What does the Incredible Hulk have to do with the Redskins?  Starting safety Oshiomogho Atogwe.

Atogwe has an army of Hulk action figures in his locker, each complete with varying degrees of enraged expressions, swords, battle axes, armor, and pure Hulk-power.

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“He’s just my favorite comic character, or at least one of my favorites,” Atogwe explained.  “I think he’s synonymous to a lot of football players, especially myself.  You act one way in everyday life, and then when you get on the field, you’re totally different characters.”

Atogwe is very intelligent and measured with his words off the field, but on the field, he lets the intensity fuel him.

“When you get on that football field, it’s a violent game,” he said.  “It ain’t for the feint of heart, and you have to be ready to be violent, to be aggressive.”

This is something that Atogwe embraces seven days a week during the season, not just on game day.  Practice or game, it’s the same Atogwe.

“You want to practice the way you wanna play on Sunday,” he explained.  “So you have to play smarter, and you have to wiser, to not take your teammates out.  You have to play within reason, but you definitely want to bring that same passion and intensity with you.”

The awesome drawing (pictured above) of the Redskins Hulk rampaging through the NFC East was a creation of his wife, Jill.  The Redskins have already bloodied the Giants noses, and will look to snatch the Cowboys and squash the Eagles in the next month.

“The Hulk has come to the NFC East,” he said with a big smile.  “Hey, it’s me, it’s D, it’s LaRon, it’s all of us.”

Check out his training intensity from a video shot this summer by the crew at Draft Nasty: Read more »

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Ball Possession Opening Up Offense

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 22, 2011 – 10:52 am

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Through the first two games of the season, the Redskins offense has controlled the ball more than any other team in the NFL, averaging 35:33 per game.  This is good for eight seconds longer than the Texans, and more than a minute better than the Lions in third.

Quarterback Rex Grossman explained how the increased time of possession allows for more creative play-call, by getting deeper into the playbook.

“It’s definitely a good thing when you’ve got time of possession because you can get deep into your game plan,” he said.  “We need to finish those drive, but by holding the ball, the Cardinals didn’t get on the field, which they probably would’ve liked.”

Probably so.

The deeper the offense can go into a game plan, the more exciting the plays get.  Time on the field allows those plays to be called.

“Sometimes you just don’t have enough plays to get to some really good plays that are really big gains,” Grossman said.  “It’s a huge advantage to be able to go through your gameplan.  If you have 80-some, 90-some plays in your gameplan, y’know, you like all of them and you want to call them all.  It’s a good thing.”

Catch more mild-mannered Dallas Week hysteria from Rex, below: Read more »

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Bowen Cutting Off Cowboy Friends

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 22, 2011 – 10:15 am

Last year during the lead-up to the Redskins game, defensive end Stephen Bowen was talking to his close friends DeMarcus Ware, Jason Hatcher, Marcus Spears and Tashard Choice every day, and they, “hung out all the time.”

Now that he’s on the flip-side of the rivalry, he’s followed Tim Hightower’s strategy against the Cardinals, and hasn’t spoken to his former teammates at all.

“No, no, not at all, I’m definitely take the Tim-approach,” he said.  “I don’t want to give them a vibe for how we feeling, I don’t want to give them any kind of intuition into anything.”

The next time he goes into Cowboys Stadium, it will be in the visitor’s locker room.  The next time he sees the Dallas star on the 50-yard line, it will be with a chorus of boo birds in his ears.  But none of that is going to distract him from his singular focus: to beat Dallas.

“It’ll be different, but we’ve got one goal, and that’s to come out with a win,” he said.   “We’re gonna do whatever it takes, and I’m gonna do whatever it takes this week, whether it’s putting in long hours or watching even more intense film, even though I know those guys. I really want this win.”

Bowen has had a whirlwind ride to arrive at this moment, training throughout the offseason with DeMarcus Ware in Dallas, leaving in free agency, and returning with the arch-rival.

But as far as Bowen is concerned, it’s not about anything that he has to prove, personally.

“No, it’s not that point,” he said, shaking his head.  “They may feel that way after the game, but my goal is just to go out and help my teammates win. Just do what I can, whatever it takes.”

By any means necessary.

“It’ll be a good homecoming, going down there, especially winning,” he said with a smile.  “It’s a competition, and it’s whoever can get to the top. Right now, we’re at the time, and we’re trying to hold our position.”

Check out his full video, including an update on his child, below: Read more »

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