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Behind Enemy Lines With Pete Carroll

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 25, 2011 – 4:41 pm

Before Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll began his second at-bat as an NFL coach in 2010, he was a dynastic college head coach at USC.  While he was in sunny Southern California, he recruited and developed Toledo, Ohio product Fred Davis.

During his time with the Redskins, Davis has capitalized on limited opportunity, showing his vast potential with feast-or-famine regularity.  In his conference call with the Washington media on Wednesday, Carroll explained how he absolutely knew that Davis would be a stud:

“When we were recruiting him, we thought he was a No. 1 draft pick,” he said.  “When we saw him and looked at his potential, that’s why we went after him.  Really, when we recruit guys out-of-state, in those days, that was our criteria.  Freddy was like that.”

At the end of his college career, Davis actually ended up going early in the second round, but Carroll didn’t sound disappointed by his lofty projections of young Freddy D.   Read more »

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Darrel Young’s Blog: We Will Get Better

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 25, 2011 – 3:11 pm

Redskins fullback Darrel Young has been a real success story over the last two years, making the transition from a FCS linebacker to above-average NFL fullback.

His emergence on the field has led to his emergence in the locker room, and the inevitable emergence in the media.  Following Sunday’s loss to the Cowboys, he took to Twitter to promote his personal blog on his personal Web site, to talk directly to the fans:


And what he had to say was pretty profound.  It started with a look back at the disappointment of last Sunday’s game:

These past few weeks have been very frustrating. We have been so close but haven’t been able to finish. We have the talent among the players, knowledge among the coaches, and the system has worked under coach Shanahan.

Losing a division game to the Cowboys was more than just a loss. The meaning and feeling behind that game is far more than just a football game. It is one of the oldest rivalries and most historical rivalries in the game of football.

This touches on an important feeling in the locker room over the last few weeks: focus vs. frustration.  No one has been angrier at the fate of this team than the players.  No amount of fan ire or media criticism can make that feeling worse.

But rather than watching a locker room splinter into offense vs. defense or petty warring factions, this team has turned inward and leaned on each another.  Together, they’ve worked to tune out criticisms and fill in for injuries, trying to recapture the success they experienced early in the season.

Could last week’s near-miss serve as the spark this team needs? Read more »

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The Best Redskins Thanksgiving Leftovers

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 25, 2011 – 12:15 pm

After finishing up practice and serving the community, players attended to their own holiday plans yesterday, and shared them with the Redskins Twitterverse.

First, there was the group of long snapper Nick Sundberg, offensive linemen Erik Cook and Eric Olsen, and third-string quarterback Jonathan Crompton celebrating a deep-fried Thanksgiving:

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Hail! Interviews Landry’s Achilles Tendon

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 25, 2011 – 11:03 am

Redskins safety LaRon Landry’s Achilles tendon has been a cause for concern in Redskins Nation, as the one-man wrecking crew has been sidelined in three games this season.

Last week, Landry said all of the right things: he’s ready, he feels good, but whether or not he plays is up to coach [this week, he has been full participation in both practices].  And of course:

According to this week’s edition of Ben Ceccarelli’s Hail! comic, his Achilles tendon feels pretty much the same way:

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