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Monday Morning In Fast Forward

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 31, 2011 – 11:52 am

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Oddly enough, when the Redskins landed in Washington last night, it was about 15 degrees colder than it was in Ontario, hours earlier.  And the weather wasn’t the only thing that was frosty.

From the general reaction to the game last night, I wasn’t sure if the sun would rise in Washington today.  If there is something to hang your hat on from last night, just know that the score was based on the metric system.

The Bills really only scored 14 U.S. points.

Most people in Washington will spend the next three days harping on what happened over the last three weeks, but today seems like a good day to live in the present.  

Presently, London Fletcher leads the team with 82 tackles, after a dominant, 20-tackle game yesterday.  He was a force against his former team, and did everything possible to turn the tide in the game, including picking off a pass in the end zone, his second of the season.  Yesterday was his 215th-consecutive start, and a tender hamstring could have derailed that streak.  Instead, he threw down one of the best individual performances of the year for any Redskins player.

Punter Sav Rocca placed two punts inside Buffalo’s 20-yard line. Rocca now has 16 punts placed inside the opponents’ 20 for the season, pushing Rocca past Tampa Bay’s Michael Koenen (15), who led the league entering the game.  He had six punts yesterday, giving him 32 with zero touchbacks this season.  Entering this week’s games, Rocca led the league with 53.8 percent of punts placed inside the 20-yard line amongst punters with a minimum of 20 punts. No other punter with a 20-punt minimum had a percent above 44 percent.

Tight end Fred Davis quietly turned in another monster performance yesterday, grabbing eight receptions for 94 yards.  He’s the team’s leading receiver this year with 36 receptions for 517 yards.  That puts him on pace for 82 receptions and 1,182 yards, crushing Chris Cooley’s previous franchise mark of 849 yards.  He also ranks second in the NFL for receiving yards, behind only the Saints’ Jimmy Graham.

This was a rough game for the Redskins, no doubt, and the Redskins will need to find a way to rebound.  But the frustration is being channeled appropriately in the locker room.  Players are turning inward and rallying around each other.  Defensive end Stephen Bowen had the line of the day during open locker room:

“The guys gotta look at each other in the mirror and just start working harder,” he said.  “I’ll come in here 24-hours a day.  I won’t even sleep, as long as I get a win.  We wanna win bad, so whatever it takes.”

Whatever it takes.

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9 Responses to “Monday Morning In Fast Forward”

  1. By C Leach on Oct 31, 2011 | Reply

    23 Fahrenheit is -5 Celius 0 F = -17C not a good score either way you look at it. I was one of the few Redskins fans to see my favorite team play in Toronto. I’ve been a fan through thick and thin the good the bad and now the Ugly! I’ll always be a fan because of players like London who week in and week out want to win and that gives us fans hope for a better day. Turn it around guys it only takes one game to get back on track. I know you can do it
    #! Canadian Redskins fan since 1978

  2. By dbone on Oct 31, 2011 | Reply

    London Fletcher is a super guy. A great leader. 20 tackles is fine, but he gave up 2 td’s to Chandler, and a long completion to Nelson. Sorry, that’s not dominant. Thats bad.

  3. By Brian Tinsman on Oct 31, 2011 | Reply


    I would agree with you to an extent, but it wasn’t immediately clear if he was expecting some help over the top from a safety. If that was the case, he played it well. If not, then you’re right, and I retract my superlative

  4. By DINO on Oct 31, 2011 | Reply

    I would like to see them win too. I do not think however that players should be telling the media that they are good enough to win the division or make it to the Super Bowl when week in & week out for several years Skins fans have seen the same outcome. I think it would be best to prove ones self on the field and have a convincing record mid way through the season before making comments like those. I realize that there have been a lot of injuries over the last few weeks and they have not helped, but walk the walk before you talk the talk!

  5. By CK on Oct 31, 2011 | Reply

    @c leach, having been a skins fan since 1958 and long time season ticket holder, I’ve seen alot of these Monday mornings myself. It never gets easier…and quite frankly…I think I’ve about had enough.

  6. By ron b on Oct 31, 2011 | Reply

    @cleach its cool that you highlight london fletcher that way because i too saw his leadership and will to win in the game vs the bills its just too bad that you cant get that same passion out of the rest of his teamamtes,ivant even fully dscribe or go into detail about how pissed i am at the fact the skins just cant get it right i dont even know what the “IT” actually is,im just tired of discussing the painful woes of the redskins from the players to the coaches im just completely drained of the suffering agonizing year in and year out sqaubles of synders redskins man its truly a curse to love this team because you hate the fact that no moves we make ever work but you just cant find a way to kick them to the side and oficially write them off,…..i just cant continue to give my energy hope and money to a clueless,hopeless,lifeless,lethargic,winless,no passion.no will,no desire,no fight,no consistency,no continuity,no poise,no genine leadership,lame ass excuses giving football team, i just cant support this era of redskins anymore i love my home town and i love my home town team but i just cant be a part of a decade long ass whoopin that we continue to recieve…….WIIL ANY MAKE THE BLEEDING STOP.

  7. By jim horath on Oct 31, 2011 | Reply

    OH GREAT —— NOW WE GET A NEXT TO DONE RUNNING BACK FROM DALLAS. Why is it snider sees fit to keep picking up players that are next to washed up & other teams used up garbage thrown out so the skins pick them up. enough is enough !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. By David R. on Nov 1, 2011 | Reply

    @jim horath. I don’t think it was Dan’s decision. I think other people make those decisions these days. We needed a 3rd string running back and he would be better than most 3rd stringer’s out there. It’s not like he will see any play time…hopefully.

  9. By jim horath on Nov 1, 2011 | Reply

    Dave, I am not an insider of the skins system but I have been a fan since 1968 & since snider got this team this is his M.O. D.sanders , mcnabb, grossman to name just a few. skins system needs to get young players with potential & work them thru the skins system. Bob Beathard was the guy who knew how to get this done & that was when skins were the team you had to beat in the nl east . that system WORKED for around 20 yrs. Skins did not always win but you knew you had to beat them to win the nl east. That is what has been missing since snider got team.

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