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Veteran Fletcher Pleased After OTAs Begin

Posted by Andrew Walker on May 21, 2012 – 3:01 pm

Redskins’ veteran linebacker London Fletcher has seen a few first days of organized team activities in his long career, but the perennial team captain said Monday the excitement heading into the 2012 campaign is unique.

He spoke to the media after Monday’s first day of OTAs.

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Zorn: Punters Will Visit Tomorrow

Posted by Matt Terl on October 5, 2009 – 2:32 pm


Two quick notes from Coach Zorn’s press conference, for those of you who don’t want to watch the entire thing above. Read more »

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More Positivity From Clinton Portis

Posted by Matt Terl on September 30, 2009 – 5:20 pm

Through what has felt like a three game losing streak (but has actually been two losses and one ugly win), Clinton Portis has remained remarkably upbeat. The DC Sports Bog has chronicled a lot of his on-air radio positivity, and the Clinton Portis Stay Calm Engine was cranking just as hard during his press availability on the steps today.


A few excerpts…
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Sunday, August 23: Coach Zorn Still Largely Pleased With Campbell's Performance

Posted by Matt Terl on August 23, 2009 – 12:13 pm

Coach Jim Zorn briefly addressed the media today, presumably keeping things short in the hopes of letting people get out of Redskins Park ahead of whatever traffic the Redskins Rides car show generates. The injury updates were again mostly favorable: Mike Sellers and Ladell Betts are both “gonna be fine,” per Coach Zorn. He’s also hopeful that Mike Williams will be able to see some action against New England on Friday.

More from Coach Zorn….

On Jason Campbell
“I heard him say it last night: he wished he had thrown the first pass further. We always teach that the receivers picks his angle, and you’ve gotta throw it to the receiver, and it was just a little off. I liked the effort; I’d like more accuracy. Read more »

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Coach Zorn Is On The Quieter Side Of Medium

Posted by Matt Terl on August 14, 2009 – 2:35 pm

Coach Zorn’s press conference today was an unusually subdued affair, even given the final score last night. Zorn actually seemed quiet and low-key enough that ESPN980 Redskins beat reporter Frank Hanrahan asked him point-blank about it.

“I’m good. I’m fine,” Zorn said, smiling, in response. Then he stopped smiling. “Just, not scoring points, not sustaining drives … that’s irritating, and it’s…. I’ve gotta call a better game and I’ve gotta put our guys in a better position to score.”

Like all of us –see me last night as exhibit A, and me this morning as exhibit B — Zorn seems to be of two minds about what he saw last night.

“To be honest with you,” he said, “there were some really good things that happened. But there was enough left out on the field that — let me qualify saying ‘there was enough good things that happened’: we scored zero points. That’s qualifying it enough.”

Those “good things” included:

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Who NOT To Expect To See Thursday Night, Per Coach Zorn's Post-Practice Talk Today

Posted by Matt Terl on August 11, 2009 – 2:40 pm

OMG, you guys, we’re only two nights away from the first Redskins football game in something like 228 nights! The depth chart has been released over at Redskins.com so you can tell who you’re going to see once kickoff rolls around! EXCEPT … there are a few guys who aren’t going to be playing.

Coach Jim Zorn talked after practice today about the people who won’t be participating. Here’s my interpretation of that very preliminary injury report.

  • Pretty much ruled out: Anthony Alridge. As I mentioned earlier today, I saw Alridge walking around in a boot today, and he did not look at all happy. I think it would take a medical miracle for him to play.
  • Likely out: Rueben Riley, Jeremy Bridges. Here’s what Zorn had to say about these two: “Reuben Riley probably won’t play because of his ankle, Jeremy Bridges is trying to make it back but he’s got to get some reps if he’s going to play.” As there’s only a practice and a mock game between now and then, I’m guessing neither of these guys plays.
  • Maybe out: Randy Thomas. Zorn says that he’d like to rest Thomas’s knee, “but it’s hard to keep that guy out. We talked to each other and he just wants to go, but I may keep him out.” Seems more important to me that Thomas rest at this point, but it’s up in the air. I’m guessing he doesn’t play.
  • Out this time, just kinda because: Clinton Portis, Albert Haynesworth. I’m fine with both of these. The risk of injuring either guy just isn’t worth putting them into the first preseason game.
  • Not playing the full game: Mike Williams. I don’t really think anyone is going to play the entire game, but here’s what Zorn had to say about how much Williams was going to play. “As much as we can get him out there. He won’t play the whole game, I just want to get him in the game and let him get a sense of full speed play, and a sense of how drives take on their own little life. I’m hoping for long developing drives, and we may have a few of them. I hope he’s in there for one so he can see what he’s going to have to do to maintain that consistency.” So that’s as much as we can get him out there, but not the whole game, but at least one sustained drive.
  • Not out: Everyone else, knock on wood.

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The Most Optimistic Time Of The Year

Posted by Matt Terl on July 29, 2009 – 4:58 pm


Let’s be honest: it’s the day before the first day of training camp. If the head coach of the team comes out with anything other than full-bore optimism, it’s probably a really bad sign. So from that perspective, there wasn’t much that was unexpected about Jim Zorn‘s press conference today.

Here, for example, are Zorn’s opening remarks:

“I’m excited about starting 2009. I hope everybody else is. I hope everybody is ready for some great practice watching — from my standpoint, it’s participating. We are looking forward to an outstanding year. We’re looking forward to an excellent training camp. I think everyone around the league is. This 2009 season is going to be exciting but just as difficult to put together as it was last year, we’re on our way. We have a lot of healthy players this year. We are not starting out with an injury report this year. We’ve got all the guys are ready to participate the first day of practice, so we are excited about that.”

And, really, that was the tone he took for the rest of the session.

(The video above is oddly compressed for some reason. I recommend the better-resolution version over at Redskins.com. For more transcribed excerpts and a look at Rocky McIntosh’s presser, keep on reading.)
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Brian Orakpo And His Family Are Very Excited

Posted by Matt Terl on April 27, 2009 – 2:20 pm

When the Miami Dolphins unexpectedly selected Ted Ginn Jr. in the NFL Draft a few years back, their then-Coach Cam Cameron said something in the press conference about how the team drafted the whole Ginn family. (You can hear it at about the :44 second mark in this video.)

At the time, I thought this was one of the dumbest things I had ever heard anyone say when explaining a draft pick — especially since Cameron was being roundly booed at the time for not selecting Brady Quinn — but that quote came to mind when the Redskins introduced first-round pick Brian Orakpo at Redskins Park today.

Because it wasn’t just Orakpo that was introduced, but his entire extended family — a group of about ten that included his brother, his aunt, his uncle, his sister, his nephew, and more. And seeing how excited they were to be there, watching them take pictures as Orakpo displayed his 98 jersey and fielded questions from the media, it was obvious what Cameron had been trying to say, even if it still seems more than little silly to try it under those circumstances.

As to Orakpo himself, he struck all the right notes, as you’d expect. He sounded gracious, humble, excited, almost a little bit nervous — and thrilled to still be a Redskin.

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After Day 2, Vinny Cerrato Still Seems Happy

Posted by Matt Terl on April 26, 2009 – 8:08 pm

Much like yesterday, Executive Vice President of Football Operations Vinny Cerrato emerged from the draft room to talk to the media looking much more relaxed and much happier than he has in some time.

Not quite as relaxed today as yesterday, given that he had to go from the press conference straight to the phones to work on signing undrafted free agents, but relaxed nonetheless, and pleased with the draft despite not landing the offensive linemen that everyone expected.

“When we signed Mike Williams [on Friday] and the way he looked at the workout,” he said, “that kinda helped that. Where we were picking there really weren’t — it really wasn’t a deep draft for offensive linemen. For guards it was not a very good draft. There were good centers, but they all went late first round and we didn’t have a second round pick. When we got to the third round with [Kevin Barnes], that was the highest rated guy we had on the board. That’s why we went that direction. There really wasn’t an offensive lineman at that spot.”

On how much Mike Williams is expected to participate in minicamp:

“We used to have Bubba Paris and other guys like that in San Francisco. What we are going to do with Mike is, for this first month he will just work with the strength coaches and the rehab guys, work on conditioning and work on some drill work with [Joe Bugel] to get ready for June OTAs.”

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Vinny Cerrato Is Happy

Posted by Matt Terl on April 25, 2009 – 7:15 pm

Executive vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato talked with the media moments ago and — for the first time in weeks — appeared genuinely relaxed and happy. He explained how he had fruitlessly tried to trade up to get Brian Orakpo — who he says was ranked in the top 5 on the Redskins board — only to have the player fall to him at thirteen.

Here’s the video; transcription is after the jump for those of you who prefer reading things to watching things. (Also, don’t miss Coach Zorn’s comments in the previous post.)

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