We Lost the BATTLE, but we WILL win the WAR!
A typical close Redskins vs. Eagles game unfolded on Sunday at FedEx Field, and our beloved Burgundy & Gold came out on the short end of the score as the clock ran down. However, there was still room for optimism on a number of fronts. We played totally inept football on both sides of the ball for 3-1/2 quarters, we had a number of injuries on both sides of the ball, and we turned the ball over 4 times . . . but we STILL HAD a chance to win the game with 2 minutes left. The Eagles have a big bag of nothing.
On the injury front, we lost OG Kory Lichtensteiger for the year with a knee injury, and Trent Williams for 2 weeks with a high ankle sprain. The jury is still out on Chris Cooley, who sustained some major damage to his index finger and will be evaluated this week to see if they are going to shut him down for the year.
But the BIG NEWS was the change at Quarterback in the 4th quarter. The reins were turned over to the guy who played better in the preseason “Competition” . . . it just took a few extra months to make the right decision. John Beck came in and led the Redskins to their only touchdown of the day on Sunday, and on Wednesday morning was named the starter for Sunday’s game. John Beck is not an imposing physical specimen, but he is a better Quarterback than Rex Grossman. He will do well for us in the coming weeks. He gets to the line quickly, makes decisions quickly, and executes the game plan well.
This Sunday’s game against Carolina will not be a pushover, regardless of the record of our opponent. The Panthers, riding the arm and legs of their #1 pick Cam Newton, has been much more competitive than people expected. Our Defense will be tested and hopefully will be up to the task much more than they were last week against LeSean McCoy. Our running game should be able to keep the pressure off of Mr. Beck, and we will be able to see why the Shananhans were excited about him coming out of college.
The Division is right there for the taking, but we need to shake of the malaise we have been in and get a win. I am predicting just that on Sunday in Carolina!
IN THE NEWS . . .
The Redskins have signed rookie offensive lineman Maurice Hurt to the 53-man roster, the team announced on Wednesday. The roster move coincided with the Redskins placing guard Kory Lichtensteiger on injured reserve due to a knee ligament injury.
In addition, the Redskins replaced Hurt on the practice squad with offensive lineman John Malecki, a first-year player.
Hurt, 6-3 and 320 pounds, spent the first six weeks of the regular season on the Redskins' practice squad. He was drafted by the Redskins in the seventh round (217th overall) in the 2011 NFL Draft. Hurt started 17-of-41 games from 2006-10 at the University of Florida and helped the Gators win the 2006 and 2008 BCS National Championships.
Gary Fitzgerald 10/19/11
Washington Redskins starting free safety Oshiomogho Atogwe sat out Wednesday afternoon’s practice with a knee injury, according to the team’s report. Atogwe was limited by a hamstring pull during the preseason, but has played in all five of the Redskins’ regular season games. On Sunday, he recorded his first interception of the season, eight tackles and a sack.
Wide receiver Anthony Armstrong (hamstring), cornerback Phillip Buchanon (neck) and running back Tim Hightower (shoulder) all practiced fully after being limited last week and not playing last Sunday.
Mike Jones 10/19/11
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