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Receivers: We’re Not Gonna Blame Gano

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 21, 2011 – 9:35 pm

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Following yesterday’s disappointing loss to the Cowboys, it was easy to look to kicker Graham Gano as the culprit for the loss.

The media certainly did it.  Fans today have done it.  But how easy is it to kick two field goals from 49 and 52 yards, respectively?

It’s hard enough that the Redskins offensive players weren’t willing to heap the blame on him after the game.  Instead, they took the blame on themselves.

“We gave it away.  We gave it away,” receiver Jabar Gaffney told the CSNWashington crew.  “We can’t give away wins.  We gotta go get it done.  Don’t let them hang around and hope that [Gano] hits the kick or hope that they miss the kick.”

Tight end Fred Davis echoed those sentiments in his own interview:

“We just can’t leave it up to the kicker, sometimes,” he said.  “We’ve gotta finish some of these games offensively, and that’s what we were trying to do.  Gano can make that kick sometimes; sometimes he doesn’t.  I’m not gonna blame him.  I wish we could’ve did what we have did, and we’ll see when we watch the film, and see what other plays we could’ve made.”

See what else Freddy D. had to say after the game, below, courtesy of CSNWashington: Read more »

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London Fletcher Explains Sack Dance

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 21, 2011 – 6:29 pm

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Fletcher had a typically dominant day on Sunday, finishing with a team-leading 16 tackles, two for a loss, a sack, and a forced fumble.  On yesterday’s post-game show with CSNWashington, Redskins linebacker London Fletcher fielded questions from the crew.

Former Redskins player and old friend Shawn Springs asked Fletcher first about his prolific dance following his third quarter sack of Tony Romo.  Will we see Fletcher on “Dancing With the Stars?”

After a hearty laugh, Fletcher responded:

I’m hanging around with–y’know–we’ve got a younger team around here now.  These younger guys in the locker room, they’re doing all these different dances.  So in order to stay up on it, and stay young, I’ve gotta do a move here and there.

Swing dancing with Romo in the backfield was my personal favorite.

Chick Hernandez later informed Fletcher that he would personally have torn both groins trying to imitate the dance.  How lovely.

Fletcher also explained how his pregame speech to the linebackers was fan-focused in terms of motivation, encouraging his teammates to play up for Redskins Nation.  He relayed a story about fans asking him to sign autographs with a certain four-letter verb in front of “Dallas.”

The fun begins at the 2:00 mark in the video: Read more »

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Dallas In The Rear-View Mirror

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 21, 2011 – 1:31 pm

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In Week 3, the Cowboys felled the hot-shot Redskins, delivering Washington’s first loss on the season, and breaking up a perfect 2-0 start.  In Week 11, it took all that the 5-4 Cowboys had to knock off the 3-6 Redskins, a game that spanned more than 69 minutes.

According to players in the locker room, players finally had their version of a players only meeting before the game, to address the attitude and direction of the team.  From what players articulated, the message was: “Don’t give up.”

And yesterday, the Redskins didn’t.  For the sixth consecutive week, the Redskins fell behind by 10 points or more.  But this time, the Redskins battled back for their first lead since St. Louis.  For the sixth consecutive week, the Redskins defense allowed 19-plus points, but this time the offense responded with 24, the highest total since Week 1.

Rex Grossman put together his best statistical game since Week 1, without the protection, running game, or receiving options that he had in September.  Jabar Gaffney, who swore to his quarterback during the week of practice that he would get open, responded with his best individual performance in Washington.  For the third consecutive week, linebacker Ryan Kerrigan recorded at least one sack, and nearly came down with a tipped pass interception in coverage.  Returner Brandon Banks finally had his breakout game of the season, registering 190 return yards and setting up the Redskins offense all day.

Yes, all losses hurt–particularly to the Cowboys–but of the last six weeks, this game was a cause for hope, and a message that the Redskins are no doormats to the playoffs.  There are some tough games down the stretch of the season, but if they can play up to a 6-4 team, then they still have plenty to show.  No question that this team has been challenged physically, mentally, schematically and in roster composition, but this team showed that they are still able to answer the bell.

And at this point, there’s still a lot of fight left in the season.

Here are some notable stats from yesterday: Read more »

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