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A Good Day For The Defense

Posted by Matt Terl on August 16, 2010 – 1:57 pm

Today was an interception-tastic practice for the Redskins. Seemed sometimes like every other pass was being intercepted, dropped, or overthrown. Let me be perfectly clear: these days happen, and I don’t think it’s cause for any particular concern, but … man, it was rough to watch at points. And, of course, the defensive backs will happily tell you that this is just how it’s gonna be.

“This year,” Byron Westbrook — who had one interception off John Beck — said after practice, “we’re focusing on finishing interceptions, making sure we’re catching the ball.”

DeAngelo Hall was standing next to Carlos Rogers watching the second team defense work when a tipped ball landed in Rogers’s hands; the two promptly burst off the sidelines and attempted to run back an interception they made without even being on the field. “When it’s your day, it’s your day,” Hall said. “Los ended up catching it on the tip drill and we ended up trying to get downfield with it.”

Kareem Moore had at least one interception that I saw — his seven millionth of training camp, seems like — but that wasn’t what he was focused on afterward. “I dropped TWO today,” he said. “I’m just trying to work on my ball skills, trying to make sure it goes well in the game.”

And Moore even had a bit of a message for the Redskins QBs. “It was a rough day for them out there, man,” Moore said. “You know, with how we get down, every day gonna be a rough day for them. “

Backup quarterback Richard Bartel was one of those QBs, and I asked him about his rough day.
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Who The Heck Is Richard Bartel?

Posted by Matt Terl on June 29, 2010 – 10:42 am

Saying that Richard Bartel is the forgotten man of the Redskins is not entirely accurate — becoming a forgotten man requires that people be aware of your existence in the first place. Bartel was signed the day before Thanksgiving last year to zero fanfare and even less notice. I tweeted about it, then mentioned the tweet in a bullet point on a short blog post on Black Friday. Not exactly a warm Redskins Blog welcome. I don’t think anyone came out and said it, but I’m guessing that at the time, most fans expected Bartel to be summarily dropped as soon as fan-favorite QB Colt Brennan came off Injured Reserve.

But that didn’t happen. And Bartel also stuck around after the new coaching staff arrived. And after the draft, and after the undrafted free agent tryout period, and through mini-camps and OTAs, and now it certainly looks like he’ll be here for training camp — a training camp, it should be noted, where head coach Mike Shanahan has been talking up the importance of competition.

So it seemed like it was finally time to catch up with Bartel and ask him, point blank, who he is.
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