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The Gold Pants Were A Hit

Posted by Matt Terl on September 13, 2010 – 12:46 am

Hot lines of questioning in the post-game locker room:

  • Hey, a win!
  • A win in the DIVISION!
  • A win via penalty flag!
  • Offense didn’t score.
  • Albert Haynesworth still exists.
  • Gold pants.

Sometimes, goofy lines of questioning like that last one are met with eye-rolling by the players, but they were all pretty happy to talk about this one.

For example, this dialogue between Chris Wilson and London Fletcher:

“I loved ’em,” Wilson said. “It was ugly and beautiful. Old-school, intimidating, like, GRRRRRRRR.”

“Throwbacks,” Fletcher observed.

Wilson agreed. “Throwbacks,” he said. “They’re lucky we didn’t come out with the arrow on our helmets.”

“This was George Allen style,” Fletcher said.

“Yeah, tell ’em, London,” Wilson said. “They thought John Riggins was back. They was like, ‘Man, 44?!?'”

And so on. I believe Dan Steinberg is working on some sort of magazine-length gold pants blog post, so I’ll just focus on one gold-pants-related subplot that relates to this blog: Devin Thomas‘s reaction.

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Redskins Employees Cheer The Team For Dallas Week

Posted by Matt Terl on September 10, 2010 – 1:53 pm

This isn’t a picture that’s been taken before, I don’t believe. You can click to enlarge it and examine it more closely, but here’s what you’ll see: a big chunk of the staff at Redskins Park — folks from the business side of the building, marketing people, administrative assistants, and more — decked out in gold Beat Dallas shirts, cheering the team as they head into the building from the practice fields.

It was an unusual scene, but that doesn’t make it an unwelcome one. “This is the first time since I’ve been here where the organization’s involved — not just the team and the coaches, but the business side — for something like this,” linebacker Andre Carter said. “It brings the whole organization together, and you’ve gotta have that. It was great.” Read more »

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Scenes From A Rough Evening

Posted by Matt Terl on August 22, 2010 – 12:12 am

The big story in the locker room was, obviously, Albert Haynesworth spouting off again. I am beyond tired of this ongoing drama, so if you want to read about that, check out Rich Campbell’s transcript over at the Free Lance-Star and thrill to the annoyance.

But Haynesworth didn’t really need to speak up, because there were plenty of other negative things to explore in the post-game locker room. Here’s a few.

Chris Wilson’s Head

The final injury of the game, pictured above, was Chris Wilson losing his helmet and writhing in agony during the fourth quarter. “Sometimes you get the bear, sometimes the bear gets you,” Wilson said. I asked how it was, and he shrugged. “It hurts. It hurts a little bit.”

No stitches, he said, “but it’s swelling on me — as you can see.” This was true. There was a knot on Wilson’s head the size of a nine-volt battery, along with a bandage. But Wilson declined to be compared to the most recent major facial injury in the NFL.

Eli Manning scraped his head,” Wilson explained. “I busted my head. Eli Manning probably had more blood, though.”

(London Fletcher, passing by at this point, noted, “Eli Manning was leaking.”)

Ultimately, though, Wilson said he was fine and dismissed the incident philosophically. “Game ain’t meant to be played without a helmet,” he said.

Then there was….
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The Meeting That Began The Last Practice Of Training Camp

Posted by Matt Terl on August 19, 2010 – 1:06 pm

This was the scene at the start of today’s practice, the last one of training camp, which featured shorts and shells instead of full pads. It’s not, despite what it may look like, the opening huddle. The team huddled up, broke to a shout of “Team!”, started to disperse … and head coach Mike Shanahan motioned everyone back into this grouping, where he spoke a for a couple of minutes before sending the guys back on their way.

“You know, coach Mike Shanahan is good at gettin’ your mind set,” Chris Wilson explained after the day’s work was done.
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Joey Galloway's Training Camp Ensemble

Posted by Matt Terl on August 11, 2010 – 2:48 pm

Let me get the football nuts-n-bolts disclaimer for this one out of the way up top: Joey Galloway has been having a better camp than anyone could’ve reasonably expected when he was signed this offseason. He’s still got a remarkable portion of his speed, seems to be catching the ball well, and is currently sitting on top of the depth chart.

Now that all of that is out of the way, let’s move to our latest installment of Training Camp Fashion Theater.

Galloway has been wearing the above ensemble (with some minor variations) for pretty much all of the offseason work. The cut off three-quarter pants, the headpiece, the blue-piped shoes, and — for a while — a long shirt. It’s something that his teammates have taken note of, and all of them have a different way of describing — and explaining — Galloway’s unique look. Read more »

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Lorenzo Alexander And Friends Help Kids Get Ready For School

Posted by Matt Terl on July 20, 2010 – 3:52 pm

With just over a week until training camp starts up, Redskins linebacker Lorenzo Alexander spent the day pretty much exactly as you’d expect: hanging out in Target, buying school supplies with a few of his teammates

The reason for the outing was the second annual Big Play Back-To-School Giveaway, hosted by Alexander’s ACES Foundation with support from the Redskins Charitable Foundation and Target. Roughly sixty kids from local non-profit organizations were brought to Target, where they were able to shop with a Redskins player for their school supplies.

“I’m a big education guy,” Alexander explained, “and like [in] football you need your shoulder pads and helmet, you definitely need pencils and papers and notebooks to be successful in school. Growing up I saw a lot of kids come to school without that, and it probably hurt them in the long run as far as getting good grades. So I just wanna provide kids with the necessary equipment so they can be good in school.” Read more »

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Players React To The Devin Thomas Video Debut

Posted by Matt Terl on June 28, 2010 – 2:17 pm

So Devin Thomas‘s appearance in the latest Fantasia video made its internet debut this week, and whenever a player does something like this, the inevitable follow-up question is “Do you think your teammates are going to give you a hard time about it?” When word of Thomas’s R&B star turn broke a couple of weeks back, Dan Steinberg bowed to inevitability and asked, and, according to his report, Thomas believed that his teammates were “waiting to make fun of him next week, regardless of how his performance looks.”

It turns out that Thomas was absolutely correct about that. Read more »

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Chris Wilson Wears New Gloves, Makes An Interception

Posted by Matt Terl on June 2, 2010 – 3:28 pm

One of the more exciting plays of today’s OTA — as noted by Redskins.com’s own @LarryWeisman — was linebacker Chris Wilson‘s interception of a tipped Rex Grossman pass. Wilson made his mark — and his way into the NFL from Canada — with his pass rushing abilities, so the questions as he’s moved to linebacker have centered around his coverage skills.

This interception, his first of this OTA, has to count as a favorable response to those questions.

“It felt good,” Wilson said. “Like a gift from God.”

And, he pointed out, the interception also required a bit of less-divine, more football-related intervention. “First of all,” Wilson explained, “the ball got batted up, so give credit to the D-line, pass rushing, getting their hands up, knowing the situation [was] short-yardage. That’s the type of teamwork we need this year to be competitive.” Read more »

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The Secret Musical History of Chris Wilson

Posted by Matt Terl on April 27, 2010 – 1:20 pm


There are plenty of things for Redskins fans to enjoy in this video from Saturday’s Draft Day Party at FedExField. You’ve got Lorenzo Alexander on what he’s expecting from the new 3-4 defense: “We’ve really been focusing on turnovers, trying to change that around so we can score on defense and get a lot more wins than last season.”

You’ve got Kedric Golston confirming his switch to defensive end, calling the Cowboys “Cowgirls,” and giving love to Redskins fans: “We all know we’ve got the best fans in the NFL. This is Washington, baby.”

And you’ve got Chris Wilson referring to SuperSkin as SuperChief, quoting the stylish new Comcast SportsNet Redskins commercial, and explaining how the team is “looking forward to giving the fans back all the support you’ve given us over the years. We just wanna give you something to be proud of this year.”

All of that is nice and uplifting and exactly what we as fans usually want to hear at this time of the year … and it’s all just prologue to the main event. That takes place at about 5:00 minutes in, when Wilson allows himself to be goaded into singing some of Case’s 1999 single “Happily Ever After.”

It’s always fun to see the players show off their less-known talents, and Wilson has always been an enthusiastic singer. In fact, in honor of this performance, here’s the brief story of his short-lived musical group from the 2009 preseason: Read more »

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Another Player Raves About The New Conditioning Program

Posted by Matt Terl on April 14, 2010 – 2:43 pm

Redskins players are fired up about the new offseason conditioning program and strength staff. This story is becoming unsettlingly commonplace — we had one here just yesterday with Carlos Rogers — but it’s the way the guys are reacting, and it’s still refreshing to hear. So here’s another one: Chris Wilson, speaking on tonight’s Redskins Nation with Larry Michael.

“Offseason program’s been going great,” Wilson said. “As everybody knows, it’s a completely different staff, from the coaches all the way down to the trainers, and I like it. I feel like I’m getting the work in, I feel like it’s very football oriented, and I feel like it’s making me better.”

Okay, great. New coaches, new trainers, everyone’s excited. But if Wilson’s enthusiasm for the training program felt a little rote, his praise for the new defensive coaching staff was anything but.

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