Redskins Talk Needles, McDonald's, Fruitfulness
Apparently I've turned into the Larry King of Redskins bloggers. And so, presenting a series of quotes, apropos of nothing.
* Colt Brennan to Chick Hernandez: "Over the [past] year I started to feel like I was old, you know; I had these little aches and pains all the time. And now that's all kind of faded away, now I'm starting to feel young and fruitful again."
Guess it remains to be seen whether he'll be fruitful and multiply.
* When I walked by the special teamers yesterday, they were standing in a group, talking about McDonald's.
"We were doing some drills, and we take a minute or two in between them, and somehow or other McDonald's came up," Hunter Smith said. "Suisham is from Canada, and so we were talking about how in Canada at McDonald's they actually put gravy on their fries. I didn't know that."
I didn't know that, either.
* Casey Rabach told Lindsay Czarniak that in the offseason, he did a lot of biking and distance running. I asked where he does his distance running.
"Treadmill, mainly," he said. "Treadmill distance."
He runs for two or three miles at a time, with an eight-minute pace. So yeah, Casey Rabach would probably beat some of you in a race, as long as it was on a treadmill and it only covered two or three miles.
* Just as a sign of how different sports fans are from athletes, Rabach hadn't heard about the famous Albert Haynesworth injection, despite the fact that it had caused 24 hours of local and national freaking out. He didn't know what I was talking about. Anyhow, I asked him how regularly he gets random injections.
"I don't like needles; I mean, I'll take one on game day, that's about it," he said. "It's football, man. Needles is part of the deal."
* Phillip Daniels has previously made music mixes for teammates and coaches, including D-coordinator Greg Blache. But Blache hasn't requested Daniels's services lately.
"He's got all the oldies," Daniels explained. "You can't get too many more oldies. I mean, oldies don't come out new."
* Here's Chris Cooley explaining how he's been helped by doing a second year in the Zorn offense:
"We're going out and working on things, we're working on getting better," he said. "We're not going out there going, 'I hope I remember what I have,' we're going out there going, 'I know exactly what I have, what can I do to make this much better?' So I think that's a huge step forward for this year, and we'll keep building. Obviously the first few days it's a little slow, but I think we're leaps and bounds ahead of where we were last year....There's a ton of different terminologies and things to remember, and so when you go out there wondering what you're doing and getting in the huddle going, 'I hope they call a play that I know exactly what I'm doing,' it makes it harder. And speaking from a guy that has a tenth the responsibility of Jason Campbell, it makes a huge difference for me, so I know it makes an even bigger difference for him."
Which is cool, except Cooley has always said he knows Zorn's playbook cold.
"I do know it," he continued, "but there's six different ways that I could run, let's say, a stick route. And so we call 'Y Stick,' and I can think of what way I can do that based on the defense, based on everything that's going on."
* The Redskins used to run a play called Corner Omaha. They've since shorted it to Colt, in honor of the C-O beginning. Not in honor of Colt Brennan?
"Z got in a meeting and said that it wasn't [because of Brennan], he just used to do that in his previous life," Cooley said. "Colt was very excited, though."
* Speaking of excited, here's more Colt to Chick, on playing in D.C.: "I don't want to leave, man, this place is awesome," he said. "I love it here, and I want to be here as long as a I can, hopefully for my whole career. I just really appreciate the fans being open, and being so fun and cool about everything, and taking a third -string quarterback and giving him some notoriety."
* When I was asking players about who their strongest teammate was, Santana Moss was disinterested.
"A lot of [fellows] be looking all good, and then you see how they get their blows knocked off," I think he said. "The bows and the blows."
I didn't understand.
"You will never understand," he said.
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