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Redskins Players Safely Settled In St. Louis

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 1, 2011 – 6:46 pm

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Redskins players and personnel woke up the the umpteenth straight-day of rain this morning, and trekked to Redskins Park to grab the bus to Dulles.

Players are relaxed, but there’s a definite workmanlike attitude around the team:

There was some discrepancy as to the exact moment when the plane took off from the Dulles runway. Fortunately, it was worked out, and Brandon Banks and DeJon Gomes were able to come to an agreement:

Thank goodness that was resolved… Read more »

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Regrets: Shanahan Doesn’t Have Many

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 1, 2011 – 6:10 pm

According to league rules, every NFL team must offer the head coach for four media sessions every week during the season. No ifs, ands, or buts.

This week was strange because of the Monday night game, and long before the team plane landed at Dulles (at 5 a.m.), the decision was made to change the media schedule.  Instead of the customary Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday-Friday schedule, it was adjusted to Wednesday-Thursday-Friday-Saturday.

With not much left on the table to ask head coach Mike Shanahan, the sparse media crowd focused on general football strategies including time management.  Shanahan revealed that he walks through almost every scenario imaginable before hand, so there aren’t many things that catch him by surprise.

“You know how long it takes if you have two minutes and you kneel down with the ball,” he said.  “But you have to know it’s like when you have one timeout and you run the ball every down.  How many seconds do they have after a punt if they take the ball down the field?”

The answer is that the horse’s name was Friday.

“Those are the types of situations you go through all the time,” Shanahan said.

The beauty of today’s presser is that it was fairly informal, as far as press conferences go.  So much so, that AP writer and avid biker, Joe White, decided against taking his helmet off.  Shanahan held it together for the first three-and-one-half minutes, but then insisted that cameras pan over and take a look at White’s outfit.

White responded by saying, “I’ve learned that being around you can be dangerous.”

To which Shanahan laughed and replied, “Oh, you haven’t seen anything yet.” Read more »

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Redskins Getting The Edge By NFL Experts

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 1, 2011 – 5:25 pm

The Redskins-Rams clash tomorrow at 1 p.m., and the parade of NFL media predictions have already begun.  Here’s what the talking heads are saying about the matchup:

NFL Network/NFL.com:

“Rex Grossman vs. St. Louis’ secondary” was listed as one of the Five ‘Eye in the Sky’ matchups for Week 4:

Torrey Smith reminded everyone why he was projected to be a first-round pick last April (picked in the second by the Ravens) against the Rams, grabbing his first five balls for 152 yards and three touchdowns.

This week, we’ll see how serious the Rams’ secondary issues are against the Redskins.

Washington’s offense still revolves around the running game, but QB Rex Grossman is still averaging career-highs in passing yards per game (282), yards per attempt (7.4) and completion percentage (59.6) through three games this season. While Santana Moss and Anthony Armstrong commonly run intermediate routes to move the chains, they both have the deep speed to burn the Rams.

St. Louis had played the pass relatively well until Week 3 — giving up an average of 185.5 passing yards per game in the first two weeks — but the 385 yards the Rams allowed versus the Ravens exposed some weaknesses. Their safeties didn’t rotate well and their corners lost in man-to-man situations.

But let’s see how this matchup unfolds before passing any judgment.


ESPN Analysts: Six-of-eight select the Redskins. Read more »

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Fletcher Leads Changed Team To St. Louis

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 1, 2011 – 9:30 am

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Redskins inside linebacker London Fletcher has been on great teams in St. Louis.

He happens to think that the one he’s taking there this weekend, is one of them.

Always positive and motivated, Fletcher has made no bones about the fact that he didn’t like the composition of the Redskins in recent years.  Not only was it hard to play with, but it also led to unexpected losses.

“I think a lot of it was just the make-up of our football team,” he said.  “Y’know, the character–or lack of it–that we had in the past, the locker room that we had in the past.”

As the Redskins get set to take on the Rams on the road for the second time in as many years, Fletcher has a different feeling about the crowd of Burgundy and Gold players around him.

“Now it’s just a totally different vibe, different feeling, different approach to the ball game–to every ball game,” he explained.  “I think our mindset is of a totally different football team this year.  Getting some great guys in here has definitely changed the culture.”

Watch the rest of his Fletcher-isms below: Read more »

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