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Injuries To Coaches Can be Serious

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 17, 2011 – 6:00 pm

After yesterday’s Saints-Bucs game, the biggest injury was to Saint’s head coach Sean Payton, who suffered a fractured tibia and torn MCL on the play shown above.


Today, head coach Mike Shanahan remembered a time that he suffered an equally tremendous blow, while serving as head coach for the Denver Broncos.

“Yeah, it has happened,” he said.  “I remember one time, we were playing Kansas City, and a guy was only about three feet in front of me.  An offensive lineman, at the last second pushes the guy, and he hit me.  I went back and landed on the back of my head and just saw stars.”

While Shanahan was shaking out the cobwebs, he instructed his assistant coach, standing next to him, to call in the next play.

“By the way, it was a good play,” he said with a smile.  “I wish that had happened more often for me.”

Unlike Payton, however, Shanahan was unaware of the extent of the injury until he was taking the field to play the Raiders one week later.

“We’re jogging along the sidelines, and I actually went down on one knee,” he remembered.  “I went and got it X-rayed, and I actually had a crack in my vertebrae and didn’t even realize it.”

For those of you that have never fractured a vertebrae, it’s kind of like a paper cut that can kill you.

“It’s those type of things that you don’t even think about, but it just happens, and it happens so quick,” Shanahan continued.  “You’re around these guys all the time, and I’m sure that’s what happened to Sean.  You gotta be kinda careful.”

Check out Shanahan’s full press conference and war stories below: Read more »

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Starting Quarterback In-House, T.B.A.

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 17, 2011 – 4:35 pm

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The danger of using an elaborate anecdote to justify a decision, is that it can backfire from time-to-time.

During today’s press conference with Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan, the questions came fast and furious about the team’s quarterback situation.  Shanahan reiterated that he would watch game tape before deciding on his quarterback and would address the situation again on Wednesday.

When pressed for further explanation of previous anecdotes and explanations, Shanahan admitted, “I’m gonna use facts whichever way I want to, to prove whatever point I want to make.”

This is clearly a joke, but it illustrates why coaches usually stick to bland cliches rather than delving into elaborate rationale.

Shanahan also noted, “Both of these guys, I’m hoping, will be here for a long time–both of these quarterbacks.”  He asserted that he would continue to stake his reputation on their success.

Hear the quarterback situation from the respective horses’ mouths, below: Read more »

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Vick Apologizes To Redskins Cheerleaders

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 17, 2011 – 2:55 pm

In one of the stranger moments of yesterday’s game, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick went from being a quarterback/running back, to kickoff specialist.

Unfortunately, the Redskins returner was wearing makeup and carrying pink pom-poms:

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No Panic At Redskins Park

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 17, 2011 – 1:29 pm

Like Nirvana, the Redskins were all apologies after yesterday’s game, knowing that a golden opportunity had been traded for a tin foil ‘L.’

Here was some of the sentiments on Twitter, immediately following the game.

Some felt rather ill:

Some were just waiting for their day, dog:

And a lot of players were just bouncing around: Read more »

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Where To Catch The Fletch’

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 17, 2011 – 12:35 pm

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Redskins patriarch, 2010-11 defensive captain, 2010 Redskins Community Service Award Winner, and two-time Pro Bowl linebacker London Fletcher will be available tomorrow at the AT&T Store at Tyson’s Corner Center Mall from 6-7 p.m.

You may have heard of him.

Come on out and see him after school, work, dinner, etc.  What else could you be doing on a Tuesday evening?

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Eagles Morning After Silver Lining

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 17, 2011 – 11:00 am

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Well, that was unexpected.

Perhaps it’s my eternal optimism showing through, but here are a few ‘silver lining’ notes to bring up at the water cooler today:

  1. Good teams lose games.  Great teams lose games.  The very best teams of all-time lost games (with respect to the 1972 Dolphins, who lost the second game in ’73).  It’s never about whether a team wins or loses, but how they respond to wins and losses.  This team hasn’t lost back-to-back games yet [knock on wood], and after a Cowboys loss yesterday, remain in sole possession of second place in the NFC East.  They have a better record than nine NFC teams, including four-of-six 2010 playoffs teams.  After six weeks of football, it’s simply too soon to stress about playoff picture–although the Redskins are right in the thick of things.
  2. The Redskins lost some of their best players on offense, in guard Kory Lichtensteiger, tackle Trent Williams, and tight end Chris Cooley.  No word on how long each of them will be out, but injuries happen in the National Football League.  The situation at quarterback could dictate the solutions on the line, and the personnel groupings on the line could determine who plays quarterback.
  3. No matter how well the Redskins have played so far, the same questions remain in play, that made preseason prognostications so dreary.  This is a young team that is learning its identity on the fly.  Most of these players have known each other for no more than two months, and are still learning how to work together when it counts.  Provided that they can stay healthy, this team is going to continue to improve throughout the season.
  4. The Redskins come out of yesterday’s game with a noticeable limp, and a lot of introspective questions to ask.  The next opponent up for the Redskins are the Panthers on the road in Carolina.  Had the Redskins won yesterday, the (1-5) Panthers would be considered a ‘trap game’ that overly-confident teams fall into.  After yesterday, no Redskins player is punching his Week 8 ticket to Toronto, so look for a team that works hard all week and comes out much more focused in Week 7.

Here are some team stats worth mentioning from yesterday: Read more »

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Fourth Quarter Frustrations

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 17, 2011 – 9:24 am

When the Eagles went on their free agent spending spree in August, many people looked to Week 6 as a matchup between first and last place teams.

They just had the teams backwards.

There isn’t much that’s worth savoring about today, except for a token, It-Could-Have-Been-Worse, and here’s why.  The Redskins were out-gained by 135 yards, converted only one-of-10 3rd downs, lost the time of possession battle nearly 2:1, lost three starters to injury, and committed nine penalties for 75 yards.  All of that being said, the defense didn’t allow the Eagles to score for the last 36′ 40″ of the game, and left the offense with a chance to tie or win at the end of the game.

It didn’t feel like it at times, but the Redskins were never out of this game until the clock hit zero.

As safety Oshiomogho Atogwe said in the locker room after the game, “We came out a little flat after the bye.”

Perhaps they should beware of Bye Weeks bearing Trojan Eagles.

There’s no sense in comparing the debacle of last year’s loss to today, because everything about the games was different.

Except for the outcome.

Winning division games is ultimately the difference between a team reaching its goals, and not.  This is still the first go-around of divisional opponents, but it would have been nice to kick the Eagles while they were down.  There is no clear bully in the NFC East right now, with the Redskins (1-2), Giants (1-1), and Eagles (1-1) all taking their lumps in the division.  The Cowboys are currently undefeated, but load up on divisional matchups at the end of the season.

Which brings me back to the most important point: every loss stinks, but it’s still early.  The Redskins wasted an opportunity for a statement today, but walks out with a winning record and second place in the division.  This team is still on track to accomplish their season goals, which are far more important than the week-to-week.  This team has questions moving forward–especially at quarterback–but they have an opportunity to go 1-0 in Carolina next week.

Over and out from FedExField with a near-miss: Eagles 20, Redskins 13.

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