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WASHINGTON REDSKINS @ NEW YORK GIANTS
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2003 ~ 12:00 P.M.
Burgundy& Gold Fan Club ~~ Austin Avenue


I have tried to be optimistic and upbeat in my assessments of our Redskins' performances this year, but this week I did not get to watch the game due to family obligations, so I am swerving from that path just a bit to bring you my analysis of the postgame quotes from our coaches and players.

STEVE SPURRIER:
Q: How would you evaluate the team at this point?
A: "Oh, I don't know where we are. I think we're sort of as good as everybody Else, but obviously we're not quite good enough to win right now."

That's just great...."I don't know where we are"....if he doesn't know, how the heck can anyone else be expected to know!

Q: Have you been waiting all season for a running back to break out like Canidate did today?
A: "Well, again, Trung had the one long run that really, really helped his average, and he ran well. I didn't realize Ladell [Betts] only had a couple of carries. I thought he was going to be involved a little bit more tonight, but that's just the way it worked out."

Uhhh…excuse me??? Aren't YOU calling the plays because Hue Jacckson couldn't handle it? Aren't YOU supposed to be aware of the tools YOU have at YOUR disposal? Haven't you said at least 4 times this year in postgame-LOSSES, all quotes, "We should have run it more at that point in the game." Aren't YOU supposed to be managing the game?

Q: What can you do to start winning the close games in the fourth quarter?
A: "I don't know what you do. This is new for a lot of us, trying to win the close ones."

Again, I don't know…..nice leadership Steve!!! What the heck ddo you mean, "this is new for a lot of us….trying to win the close onnes"??? What are you..…more used to just losing the close ones? Or arre you just so used to playing Vanderbilt and other college football bottom feeders that you crumble when faced with real competition??!!

JON JANSEN:
Q: Can you put your finger on anything that may be at the crux of what's going wrong right now?
A: "I probably could, but I'm not comfortable right now saying it. You guys may know the stats better than I do. What was our average per run?" When told it was better than six yards per carry and 7.2 yards for tailback Trung Canidate, all Jansen could do was shake his head in disbelief. "It's so frustrating," he continued. "You earn the right to do things in this league. You earn the right to run the ball. You earn the right to do whatever it is, and then you're not allowed to. It's frustrating. It's extremely frustrating."

Oh Boy, can't you just feel the Team Harmony in this comment??!! Seems to me we have had a couple of coaches let go for losing control of the players. While I don't like letting the inmates run the asylum…..someonee has to take charge of the situation and bring everyone together to work towards a common goal.

TIM HASSELBECK:
Q: Did the Saints throw anything at you defensively that you didn't expect?
A: "When we went no backs, they brought some pressure, which I hadn't seen too much of that on tape."

You show the defense an empty backfield with no one left back to block and you don't expect to see any pressure? Great preparation Steve…¦……..

CHAD MORTON:
Q: Can you talk about the frustration of starting so well and now collapsing?
A: "We talk about that all the time, how we had a tremendous start and all of a sudden we've just been losing game after game. It's ridiculous. It's weird. We don't know what to do. Hopefully, we can find a way to not embarrass ourselves any more in our final four games."

One more time….."We don't know what to do". There is no leadership at the top on this team at this point. Hopefully we won't embarrass ourselves any more in the final four games…..now that's a real loofty ambition…

This week we face another team on the verge of imploding, the New York Football Giants. We should have won the first meeting with these guys, but instead it started the downhill tumble we currently find ourselves in. So let's come on out to Austin Avenue and see if the guys can right this ship. But win or lose, we must continue to support our beloved Skins!
.................................John Priddy

 

............................ATTENTION.................................
Information has it that the HISTORY CHANNEL will be telecasting its program on
TAILGATING tonight at 9:00 p.m. (the credits mention the Dallas home game).
So let's tune in and see if our Tremendous Thanksgiving Tailgate of 2002 made the cut!


B&G FAN CLUB 2003 T-SHIRTS ARE SOLD OUT!
WE ARE STARTING A LIST OF THOSE REQUESTING T-SHIRTS SO WE CAN GET A FULL ORDER.
If you still would like a 2003 Club T-Shirt, please see Linda or John at the game.
The price for the shirts will be $18-$19 (special order price), depending on how many are ordered.
Once we have enough to make a full order (at least 12), we can have them done.

UNFORTUNATELY, THE CLUB COOZIES WILL NOT BE READY BY SEASON END....
Watch for further details in the off season................

 

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B&G FAN CLUB ~ REDSKINS TRIVIA CHALLENGE
Our "Master of the Trivia" is again traveling this week.
The Trivia Questions will again be available AT THE GAME!
So bring your resources and be prepared to be challenged again!
{Don't worry, Chad promises that the questions will be relatively easy!}

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Trivia Item Of The Week
2003 Redskins 1955 Chevy Pick-Up!

HAIL TO THE REDSKINS!!!
SEE YOU AT AUSTIN AVENUE!!!


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Contributing Writers: John Priddy Chad Costa Linda Domin

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