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Thursday, December 3: Redskins Laugh At The Saints Defense. Sort Of.

Posted by Matt Terl on December 3, 2009 – 11:21 am

Former Redskins defensive coordinator Gregg Williams currently heads up the defense for the 11-0 New Orleans Saints. With the Saints coming to FedExField this weekend, there have been a lot of questions for the current Redskins players who played under Williams, and two things have been remarkably consistent in all their responses: an unwavering respect, and laughter.

It’s a weird kind of laughter, though. Not exactly a nervous chuckle; not a sinister, gloating laugh. It’s similar to the laugh of someone who’s just leaving a particularly draining amusement park ride while they look at the folks waiting in line to get on, but that’s not exactly it either.

Anyhow, as I was transcribing these various quotes, I realized that the laughter really added to the context, so I’m tried my best to include it.

For example, here’s Carlos Rogers, after being asked if he and the defense needed to have their track shoes ready for the Saints’ potent offense. “Jason [Campbell]‘s probably gonna need to have his track shoes on too, because Gregg gonna be …” and then he degenerates into a sinister laugh. Read more »

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Carlos Rogers Remains Positive, Even In Practice

Posted by Matt Terl on November 18, 2009 – 3:39 pm

The way Carlos Rogers‘ day went on Sunday, it seemed reasonable to be ask if he would be playing again at all. After getting scorched for a 75 yard touchdown pass, Rogers was pulled from the game and did not return. Depending on how the situation with the collective bargaining agreement develops, Rogers may be an unrestricted free agent next season, and there were some who were suggesting that this marked the end of Rogers’ tenure in Washington.

But that’s not the way he sees it, and it doesn’t sound like the way his position coach sees it either.
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Redskins Talk About Practicing Tackling

Posted by Matt Terl on November 6, 2009 – 4:39 pm

In yesterday’s links post, I wrote briefly about an Associated Press article that put forth the idea that not tackling in practice was leading to shoddy tackling in games. Here’s a quick excerpt to give you the flavor of the thing, but it’s really worth reading:

Sure, [not tackling in practice] keeps everybody healthy, but some Sundays can look pretty ragged. Many players get a chance to tackle at full speed only during exhibition games. It shows once the regular season begins.

“It shows a whole bunch,” Redskins safeties coach Steve Jackson said. “That’s one of the fundamental skills. A lot of people don’t tackle now because of the salary cap. You lose a guy because of a tackling drill, you’re the dumbest guy on the planet.”

But one thing I noticed as I read it through is that most of the quotes come from people who definitely aren’t missing tackles on Sundays: coaches. Since missed tackles have been a problem for the Redskins defense at points this year, I thought it would be worth asking some of those guys for their thoughts on this article’s premise. Read more »

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Yes, The Redskins Players Are Aware Of The Team's Problems

Posted by Matt Terl on September 28, 2009 – 2:19 pm

If you believe that admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery, then today’s open locker room was absolutely full of recovering football players. For just about every problem that has been brought up about the loss to the Lions and the team’s play in general, there was a player somewhere explaining to a microphone just how aware they were of that problem. Read more »

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LaRon Landry Talks About That Play Last Year

Posted by Matt Terl on September 10, 2009 – 4:32 pm

It was one of the most memorable plays of last season’s opener: first quarter, 2nd and 2, Giants running back Brandon Jacobs gets into the secondary and runs clear over Redskins safety LaRon Landry. For Redskins fans, the memories are not good ones; for Giants fans, it’s still something to bring up tauntingly, even a year later.

And for Landry himself?

“I watched it a lot of times, you know,” Landry acknowledged. “Over the break, right after it happened … [but] I don’t really look at it too much anymore.”

He paused, thought about it for a second. “I don’t need to watch that [stuff]. I don’t need to. I already got it on my mind.”

So, I asked hesitantly, are you using it for motivation for Sunday, then?

“[Forget] motivation,” Landry said flatly. “It’s already on my mind.” Read more »

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Sunday, August 16: Morning Practice – Marko Mitchell Gets Into It Again

Posted by Matt Terl on August 16, 2009 – 1:44 pm

Morning practice in full pads today, the first such practice since Thursday night’s loss to the Ravens. Practices in pads are always higher-tempo than practices in shorts and shells; that’s just the nature of the thing. But today’s seemed especially high-energy. The running backs were running with burst — it’s the first time I’ve really noticed Domonique Dorsey‘s natural speed translating to the football field — and, as always, the linemen’s 1-on-1 drills were pretty vigorous.

And all of that was before Marko Mitchell and DeAngelo Hall started going at it. “It’s hot out there,” Mitchell said. “I held DHall a little bit. He got a little frustrated and got mad, and then we got into a little scuffle.”

This is the second such scrum for Mitchell — you might remember that he also got into it with Fred Smoot at the Fan Appreciation Day scrimmage. Which seemed odd, because he comes across a perfectly pleasant, friendly guy, someone with a genuine smile who’s not entirely used to the level of fame that comes with being in the NFL.. Read more »

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Wednesday, April 1: Surveys and The Randy And Doc Show

Posted by Matt Terl on April 1, 2009 – 11:10 am

In the lobby of Redskins Park yesterday, the Community Relations department was having the players fill out surveys about themselves — Favorite Food, People You Would Want To Be Stranded On A Desert Island With, Last Book You Read … good college application questions like that.

I spent a few good minutes sitting with Carlos Rogers while he mulled over his Favorite Snack Food — “Ain’t potato chips … maybe donuts? … there’s a lot of good snacks … those Little Debbie things, too ….” — before ultimately settling on donuts. It was riveting, but not nearly as riveting as watching Rogers and fellow cornerback Justin Tryon debate whether or not “God” was a viable choice for Person You’ve Never Met That You Would Like To Spend Time With.

“I’m putting God,” Tryon maintained.

“Aw, come on,” said Rogers.

“It is!”

“You don’t want to meet him too soon, though.”

“Well … no.”

“What about another football player you looked up to? Deion?”

“I met Deion. Met Darrell Green.”

“Some musician?”

“Nah. Man, I don’t know.”

I left them sitting in a contemplative silence, quietly debating the relative merits of God versus Darrell Green. (Tryon told me afterward that he eventually settled on Serena Williams, which seemed like a reasonable choice.)

Intern Bridgette found Derrick Dockery and Randy Thomas sitting in the same place not too much later, also filling out their surveys. She figured on a quick video interview about the survey topics, and instead wound up with this latest installment of the ongoing Randy And Doc Show. Since Dockery’s return, the two have been largely inseparable, constantly riffing on whatever topic comes to mind; here, it’s on post-football careers, losing weight, and the ugliest offensive linemen.

Here’s a quick excerpt; the full video is after the jump.

Dockery: “We [he and Chris Samuels] keep in contact at least once a week. He’s doin’ well, working hard. I think he told me he lost about twenty pounds. Do you believe that? Twenty pounds?

Thomas: “Well, he had a lot to lose, though. You know? If I was 350, I could lose thirty pounds in a week. If you’ve got a lot to lose, you can lose it. If he was lean and lose twenty, I’d be like, ‘Damn, that’s good.’ He’s fat.”

Dockery: “Very harsh.”

Thomas: “Well, he ain’t here, so…” Read more »

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Friday, January 16: Redskins in Pro Football Weekly

Posted by Matt Terl on January 16, 2009 – 9:10 am

I didn’t read a lot of ProFootballWeekly.com over the season, but maybe I should start. Just looking over the site briefly today turned up plenty of Redskins content.

They named Chris Horton to their All-Rookie team, which brings back happy memories of all those weekly awards from early this season.

Even though he was nearly Mr. Irrelevant last year, Redskins SS Chris Horton used his big-hitting ability to make an instant difference. Besides his 76 tackles, he also had three interceptions.

They’ve got Jon Jansen offering up his thoughts on this weekend’s Cardinals/Eagles game, which are about what you’d expect — can the Eagles stop the Cardinals passing game, and can the Cardinals stop McNabb and Westbrook — and on working in TV.

Former players, I think they just get a little more instant credibility because people say, ‘Ok, well, they lived it. They saw it. They must know what they are talking about.’ If they actually knew that none of us know what we are talking about, they’d be disappointed.

It’s a good, self-deprecating line, but Jansen is either being polite or disingenuous — he’s terrific on TV, and should have a comfortable job there whenever his playing days finish up.

But wait! There’s even more!
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