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DeAngelo Hall Says That Every Week Is An Audition

Posted by Matt Terl on November 29, 2010 – 4:10 pm

DeAngelo Hall came short of saying that the season is over, but the players all realize what a longshot a postseason run is right now. “We gotta win the games we play, and the other guys out there gotta lose. There’s no real secret formula or anything we can concoct other than that,”Hall said. “I feel like we’re already at the point where it’s ‘too many,’ you know? Too many things gotta happen for us to get in there and make the playoffs…. You would like to write your own fate, you know? You’d like to win some of the games we lost and be able to write your own fate. But that didn’t happen.”

Let me make clear, because that quote looks MUCH worse written out than it sounded, that Hall was not by any stretch giving up on the season. He was just pointing out in his matter-of-fact way that the Redskins are very, very close to the point of no return on this season.

And, in fact, his most interesting observations came when someone asked how players could avoid checking out mentally if the season was all but lost.

“They check out, they won’t be here,” Hall said, still matter-of-fact. “That’s kinda where we’re at.” Read more »

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Joey Galloway Does An Excellent Job Giving An Uninformative Interview

Posted by Matt Terl on September 20, 2010 – 1:45 pm

Whether you love DeAngelo Hall or hate him, there are two things about him that are undeniable: he wears his heart on his sleeve and he’s a terrific quote. In fact, those two things are probably the very reasons that you either love or hate him. For my part, I love it. I believe Hall’s want-to-win is genuine, and I love his willingness to break out of the box of athletespeak and say what’s on his mind.

That said, it’s probably for the best that not everyone in the locker room shares that latter trait. Take Joey Galloway, for example.

Galloway was kind of a significant character in Sunday’s game. He caught three passes for 88 yards, including a 62 yard bomb, after a week in which every talk radio guy on the planet was criticizing his presence on the roster. And, on the negative side, he was thisclose to catching a gamebreaking touchdown from Donovan McNabb in the fourth quarter — just another of those plays that could’ve iced the game.

And yet his availability in open locker room today was a master class in how an athlete can efficiently deal with the media and answer every question without winding up with a money quote generating controversy on ProFootballTalk.

I stuck around for three minutes of the availability and walked away completely and non-ironically awed at how effectively and pleasantly Galloway said virtually nothing. Check out this transcript: Read more »

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Joey Galloway Is Not Worried About His Lack Of Catches

Posted by Matt Terl on August 27, 2010 – 9:30 am

Heading into tonight’s preseason game at the Jets — the usually-crucial “dress rehearsal” of a third game — wide receiver Joey Galloway is in two very different places on two lists that you would think would be interrelated. On the depth chart he’s listed as a starting wide receiver — literally the first guy on the list if you look at the version on But in the Redskins preseason receiving stats, a list that’s fifteen guys long spanning 43 receptions, he’s literally nowhere to be found.

That might seem like cause for some alarm, but Galloway sounds pretty much unconcerned. Read more »

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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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Joey Galloway Shows His Age

Posted by Matt Terl on May 10, 2010 – 11:33 am

You hear the term “graybeard” a lot to refer to older players, but it’s very rarely actually true. Aside from Kurt Warner and the inescapable Brett Favre, I can’t think of a whole lot of players who actually continued to play while sporting silver facial hair.

Well, you can add Joey Galloway to the list. I mentioned Galloway’s distinctive on-field appearance, the strips of his headwear fluttering behind his helmet, but the most distinctive part of his off-field appearance was his white stubble. But that wasn’t the only thing that alluded to Galloway’s age; so did half the questions he was asked.

It’s funny: when Galloway signed, I thought of him as a veteran receiver. I observed that he had been teammates of a sort with Keenan McCardell, who is now his position coach. But I didn’t fully put together just HOW veteran he was until a throwaway comment in the interview above. Read more »

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Some Interesting Headwear At Mini-Camp

Posted by Matt Terl on May 8, 2010 – 3:53 pm

There were some slightly unusual choices of headwear at Redskins mini-camp today (although you may have gathered that from the title of this post).

I guess Brian Orakpo wearing the cut-off sleeve on his head doesn’t count anymore — he’s been doing that as long as he’s been here, and actually back to college — but I’m including it anyhow, and there were others as well. Look: Read more »

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The Redskins Four Latest Signings In Video Form

Posted by Matt Terl on April 29, 2010 – 11:01 am

The Redskins officially announced four signings this morning: veteran wide receivers Joey Galloway and Bobby Wade, and undrafted rookie free agents Logan Paulsen (a tight end out of UCLA) and Keiland WiIliams (a running back from LSU). Rather than just repost the press release — although I’ll do that too — I figured it might be nice to introduce the four new guys in video form.

Here, for example, is Wade, serving as “Globetrotter for the Night” with the Harlem Globetrotters. “This is a big game right here, this is a big point in the game,” he notes, as he prepares to make his dramatic leap from the stands to the basketball court. “You can expect some classic Bobby Wade, some big-play Wade.”

Practical experience that will no doubt come in handy during mini-camp.

Galloway’s best video — him flying with the Blue Angels when he was a Buccaneer — isn’t t embeddable, because the uploader doesn’t allow it. So here instead is an ESPN profile on Galloway as one of the three best receivers to come out of Ohio State. “You get, in my opinion, the best wide receiver in the NFL,” says a young Kirk Herbstreit, adding, “and I’m talking young wide receivers.”

He’s probably not considered a young wide receiver anymore, after fifteen NFL seasons. (In fact, Galloway started his stint in Tampa expected to play alongside a receiver who wound up not taking the field in a holdout. That receiver — Keenan McCardell — is now his position coach here.) Read more »

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