Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo said it best when he addressed the media on Sunday, saying, “we’re not into moral victories.” A loss is a loss, and there are no asterisks to go alongside it.
But the flip side of that discussion is that there is never a need to apologize for a victory. Winning is hard enough in the NFL, and the teams that find a way to win, find themselves where they want to be at the end of the season.
Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman has been on both sides of this equation in his NFL career, and wasn’t about to regret a win on Sunday.
“When you get a victory, you’ve got to appreciate the things that you did that got you those 17 points,” he said. “It was frustrating that we couldn’t finish [drives], but we did a lot of good things in this game.”
Overall, the Redskins are in a good place going into the bye this afternoon, but Grossman doesn’t even believe that we’ve seen the best Redskins football yet.
“I think we’re playing OK,” he said. “We can improve and we will improve. We’re 3-1. We’ve got a chance to rest a little bit and play a big game against the Eagles.”
Check out his full comments below: Read more »
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Now that the first quarter of the season is over, it’s time to look back over the first four weeks and look for the greatest improvement across the three units. We’ll start today with defense.
Through the first two games of the season, the Redskins allowed 60 percent of opposing red zone drives to convert for touchdowns. But since the team took its show on the road, the Redskins have allowed only one red zone touchdown, and have improved to fifth in the NFL in red zone defense (36 percent touchdowns).
Sunday showed another stellar performance, against three second half red zone opportunities for the Rams. The first test did not come until the beginning of the fourth quarter, when Rex Grossman threw an interception to Rams cornerback Justin King. King returned the ball to the Washington 31-yard line, putting the Rams immediately into field goal range. A run, pass, and penalty later, the Rams had first and goal at the Redskins 3-yard line.
An offense with four downs to get three yards typically has the advantage over the defense. But the Redskins didn’t panic or fold. Read more »
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I got home from St. Louis last night, and everything in northern Virginia was just a little bit nicer. I didn’t hit a single red light on the way home from the team facilities. I woke up before my alarm this morning. And I didn’t have to wait for hot water in the shower.
Winning really does fix everything.
Getting the road win in yesterday’s matchup against the Rams helped to calm fan’s fears that this was the same Redskins team as in recent years. After last week’s loss to the Cowboys, some of the more vocal members of Redskins Nation threw up their hands in disgust, and the air came out of their sails faster than a whoopee cushion.
Not nearly as comically, though.
Remember that 10 weeks ago, this was a team that legitimate publications were predicting would go 2-14. The Cowboys game was misconstrued as a must-win, when it was really a speed bump and a “gut check.” Gut checks allow you to see the character and perseverance of a team. Veteran teams don’t need gut checks very often, but this is a young team that the fans don’t really know yet.
Yesterday wasn’t perfect, but no win in the NFL is. The Rams were a quality opponent, and they gave the Redskins some looks and experience that will only serve them down the road. The Week 6 matchup against Philly looms large, but the Redskins have a week to rest up and relax before that happens.
The Redskins passed their gut check in St. Louis.
Here are some team factoids about yesterday’s win:
Tags: Brian Orakpo, ryan torain, sav rocca, st. louis rams, stephen bowen, washington redskins, win
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Run Ryan, run.
As Redskins fans got a glimpse of last year, running back Ryan Torain has the ability to put the team on his back and flat-out produce. He finished the day with 19 rushes for 135 yards, and a 7.1 yards per carry average. This was his fourth career 100-yard game, and the second-highest production of his career.
He was also your runaway (pun intended) winner of Most Valuable Redskin with 68 percent of the vote.
But credit cannot be taken away from Tim Hightower today, either. Despite getting bottled up on the ground, he was solid in pass protection, and once again saved the day by keeping Rams points off the board. In Week 1 against the Giants, it was Hightower that was the last line of defense against a fumble recovery for a touchdown. Today, it was Hightower again who chased down Justin King’s interception return to prevent the touchdown. These are the unselfish efforts that make or break a team on the field and in the locker room.
Also recall that Hightower has been sure to mention Torain to the media, when discussing the Redskins’ talent at running back. This guy definitely has a place on the team.
The Redskins offense won today by doing what they do best: controlling the clock with a methodical offense. The final numbers were nearly 35 minutes vs. 25 minutes, and were far more skewed before the final quarter.
With three talented backs in the Redskins stable, the Redskins should have an answer to any rush defense that they encounter this year.
On the defensive side of the ball, Jim Haslett’s crew was primed to explode today, and came away with six sacks and a takeaway. The Redskins are getting great pressure from their edge tandems of Stephen Bowen-Brian Orakpo and Adam Carriker-Ryan Kerrigan. All four ended up with sacks (Kerrigan 1; Carriker 1; Orakpo 2.5; Bowen 1.5), and worked with the rest of the front-seven to hold the Rams ground game to 45 yards.
Even though they yielded points on both redzone drives today, they continued to pin their ears backs and be aggressive in the redzone. With the ability to create pressure from all positions and directions, this is what the Redskins defense looks like this year. At any point on the field, it behooves them to stick with what works best.
This is another example of the Redskins winning with a total-team effort. This is a much better Rams team than their 0-4 record indicates, and the Redskins needed the 60-minute effort to win. They also redeemed a loss in St. Louis last year and showed that they can win the games that they’re “supposed to win.”
Sitting at 3-1 after Week 4, in first place in the NFC East for the fourth-consecutive week, the Redskins can take a breather going into the bye. The Redskins have a lot to be proud of through the first quarter of the season, and have already exceeded most preseason predictions.
Any win is a good win, but this one answered a lot questions about the character of this team. That’s all from St. Louis, Redskins 17, Rams 10.
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Revenge is a dish best served cold. And I dig the Transformers theme in these tribute videos.
By soundly beating the Giants yesterday, the Redskins secured several firsts:
- The first win of the season
- The first divisional win of the season
- A share of first place in the NFC East with the Eagles
- The first win against the Giants since 2007
The last time the Redskins beat the Giants, only 10 players on the current roster were Redskins. This was a good game of adjustments, winning the rematch from Week 17 last season.
This win made the Redskins 11-4 in home openers at FedExField, including 8-2 in season openers. This was Mike Shanahan’s 161st victory as a head coach, moving him into a tie with Bill Cowher for 15th all-time.
He doesn’t have quite the chin, but he’s got a much sterner stare.
Now for some individual stats: Read more »
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Welcome to Redskins football, version 2.011.
The football team out on the field tonight showed the ability to be successful in all facets of the game, even when things weren’t perfect.
Special teams missed on the only opportunity for a field goal tonight, but managed to stay perfect on extra points, with solid kick offs, returns, and punts.
The offense lacked an explosive running game, but managed to spread the ball around to the playmakers, and make plays out of the pocket.
The defense played blinked several times in the first half, and let the Giants offense march down the field for touchdowns. But rookie outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan started the second half off with the game winning pick-six. Read more »
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With a win last night, the Redskins secured their first winning preseason since 2008, finishing 3-1.
Exactly zero of those wins will translate over to the regular season, but it’s short-sighted to call the preseason meaningless. For a young team with dozens of unknown entities entering training camp, this team certainly has a clearer picture of what they can do now.
For players with secured roster spots, last night was a feel-good win going into next week’s battle with the Giants. But for players fighting for a spot, this is hardly a relaxing day off. Players tweeted a range of emotion after the game:
Good win tonight. The next time we take the field it will finally be for real!—
Adam Carriker (@AdamCarriker) September 02, 2011
Got the win! Felt good to start off the game even if it was in preseason…—
Niles Paul (@Niles_Paul) September 02, 2011
Proud of all the players on the redskins 90 man roster. We have alot of talent. Everyone will be somewhere—
Darrel Young (@darrelyoung) September 02, 2011
Felt pretty good tonight, now the chips will fall where they fall…—
DeJon Gomes (@HuskerHybrid_7) September 02, 2011
and now we wait… ~$HOWTIME—
Reggie Jones (@RegJones29) September 02, 2011
Darrel Young summed up the emotion pretty well in his latest blog post:
Being with the players for so long through the offseason and training camp and then things change. People get cut or traded and it is tough because of the memories you build up with those players that you will never forget and then they are gone.
Carriker and Young appear to have a good chance to start this season, but Paul, Jones, and Gomes did a lot to help themselves last night and throughout the preseason.
This will be a stressful 24 hours for a lot of players.
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I pity anyone that left the stadium or turned off their television sets at the 2-minute warning.
With three minutes left in the game, the Redskins were comfortably ahead. After a 60-yard, 44 second drive by the Bucs, they were trailing by one. After a 74-yard, 60 second drive by the Redskins, they were back up by five.
Clearly the fast-break offense was on the court.
Here’s a crowd reaction from the tunnel:
After another valiant bend-but-don’t-break stand that saw a desperate shot at the endzone, the Redskins ran off the field, victorious.
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Another game, another team-win for the boys in Burgundy and Gold.
I preface any comments by saying that technically these games don’t matter. But isn’t it fun to knock off two teams that have won their respective divisions a combined 11 times in the last eight years?
Not only that, but young players continue to develop on both sides of the ball. Ryan Kerrigan had his first career sack tonight. Brandyn Thompson had his first career interception tonight. Roy Helu registered his first 100-yard game. Leonard Hankerson was the team’s leading receiver.
These may not be stats that put these players in the Hall Of Fame, but they will help keep them in a Redskins uniform, and for that reason, they matter a lot. Read more »
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