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Gardent Speaks, in Translation

Gardent's latest, post-MNF blog thoughts, courtesy of Jonathan Tannenwald, one of our not-quite-resident staff of crack translators who enjoy practicing their French by tackling almost-actual Redskins' blogs in their spare time. The "Ed." in this case is him, not me....

' The NFL season isn't a sprint, it's a marathon.' -- Mark Brunell (QB) after our loss Monday night

Some excellent drives, others that weren't as good. Offense, defense, and special teams, everyone feels responsible for this first loss which has definitely left a sour taste. To lose in our house, in an electric stadium with 90,608 fans (a stadium record for the occasion) on this day, the anniversary of the biggest terrorist attack the United States has ever known. The presence of celebrities like Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx. All the ingredients were there for this big party, the first game of the season on "Monday Night," to end on a happy note, but it was Minnesota that was able to take advantage of all the emotion.

Some of the players, like Marcus Washington (linebacker for six years in the NFL and Pro Bowl player the last two season) and Renaldo Wynn (9 years in the NFL) told me, "Savor this, because tonight, this atmosphere is only this good for playoff games ... and of course the Super Bowl, that will bring even more emotions and sensations." Believe me, it was incredible!

I'm not going to look back at too many details of the game but like all games where the margin of victory is three points, it's a lot of little things, not one play, that cost us the win.

As for our mental preparation -- we have the same approach to every game [his italics -- Ed.] -- what changed the most relative to my past experiences was the precision, the exactness of the analysis. We weren't content to just say to ourselves, "they're going to run, they're going to pass," we work all week to learn clearly and simply all the tendencies of the team we were going to play. In other words, the other team's offensive playbook has to become our own. We study everything, the plays by their formations, relative to the down and distance and the players on the field. And after that we adapt our defense, because the most important thing is to know what we're doing before we do it, for the makeup of this group goes along with whoever is the best prepared... the player of the game! [I don't get that last part, but that's what he said. -- Ed.] In short, it's a new playbook to learn and digest each week.

Our next game is against Dallas, a rivalry on the level of "Olympique Marseille-Paris St. Germain!" [the biggest and most volatile rivalry in French soccer by a considerable margin -- Ed.] "Let's get ready for it!" We already used a "joker" last Monday [I'm not sure what he means by that, maybe a trick play -- Ed.] and our goal is well understood to snuff out the attack of Drew Bledsoe and Terrell Owens, all while making noise with ours of Santana Moss, Antwaan Randle El and also Clinton Portis. We meet Sunday night at Texas Stadium in Dallas!

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 15, 2006; 11:10 AM ET
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Speaking of French and the Redskins. You ought to go interview the French guy on the practice squad. That must rank up there with Kiwi Curlers.

Posted by: Kim | September 15, 2006 12:16 PM | Report abuse

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