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Rabach: "We Knew We Were Gonna Win"


Cooley celebrates his touchdown. (By Larry French - Getty)


Before Sunday's game began, Sonny Jurgensen conducted his weekly pregame interview with Jim Zorn on ESPN 980 and the team's radio network. Sonny told Zorn that the Redskins should probably get off to a good start, because fans would get "rambunctious" if things started poorly. And Zorn agreed, saying he hoped the fans would "be determined to show disgust, but will also hang in there with us."

Well, the Redskins struggled early, and the fans indeed got rambunctious. In my four years doing this, I've never heard home-team booing at FedEx as loud as those jeers going into halftime on Sunday.

Jurgensen also said before the game that the Redskins "need to win impressively," which they didn't. But the way the game unfolded, with the strong second-half offense and the roaring comeback, the boos seemed forgotten by the finish. So yeah, the fans hung in there.

"They were happy at the end I think, they were happy with the way we fought back," Phillip Daniels said. "To come back and win the game like we did and rise up like we did, I think they appreciated that more than anything. We've got great fans. The booing in the first half really didn't bother anybody. You know, guys knew why they were booing. They just want better output. They just don't want the turnovers. We've just got to give them something to cheer about, and that's what we did in the second half, we gave them a lot to cheer about."

"The fans booed us coming off the field, [but] it was great to see them stick with us," Clinton Portis said. "It was great to be able to come back in the second half after being booed and give the fans something to cheer about, give the fans the hope that they come out to see, give 'em the excitement that they came out to see. Today we barely won again, but I don't think nobody was down after barely winning today. You know, it was like, 'Great, they won!' If only the fans and the media would get over that, 'Oh, you lose, you lost a close one and you won a close one.' A win is a win. This is the NFL, man."

"I told you Redskins Nation this is when we Needed you guys the most!" DeAngelo Hall added on Twitter. "Congrats to you guys the Fans for answering the bell!"

Players also said there was no angst in the locker-room, despite the boos and the first-half struggles. They described a scene that was calm and confident, even as the fans upstairs were literally raging.

"Everybody maintained their poise," Jim Zorn said. "In the locker room, we didn't have any yelling. We just came in and said,' Here are our adjustments, here is what we're going to do.' "

"Aw man, it was calm at halftime, nobody yelling or anything," Daniels agreed. "Everybody came in here, the offense met, the defense met, listened to the coordinators, and we went back to work. Nobody was yelling or anything. We said, 'Let's go out and get this victory,' that's pretty much it."

"There was no yelling and screaming," thirded Casey Rabach. "Everybody was just saying, 'Go out there, keep on working hard, do your job and good things are going to happen.' We all knew we were gonna win this game."

"I think it was just guys making up their mind, we couldn't lose this game," Portis said in a postgame interview with ESPN 980. "We wasn't gonna lose this game."

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 4, 2009; 6:59 PM ET
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Comments

Is there ever any yelling in the 'Skins locker room?

Posted by: capsfan83 | October 4, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

http://www.nfl.com/nflnetwork/story?id=09000d5d813163b0&template=with-video-with-comments&confirm=true

Posted by: OMFG | October 4, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

So I guess the problem last week was they did not know they were "gonna win?" You'd think they just beat the '72 Dolphins the way they're bragging about their second half comeback. They had to comeback against a weak team because their first half play was semi-pro at best. This team has been middling mediocrity ever since Snyder took over. Seeing them perform the same way year after year is literally tiresome to lifetime fans like me. And Snyder's Machiavellian rule of this once storied franchise only makes it easier for those of us that grew up loving it to no longer be impressed by it's token victories like today. Don't like this comment? Sue me (Danny can't cuz I gave up our 45 year old season tickets when I started getting bombarded by more commercials in the stadium than on TV).

Posted by: rizzodj | October 4, 2009 11:23 PM | Report abuse

That is one gay looking picture

Posted by: fushezzi | October 5, 2009 8:00 AM | Report abuse

"That is one gay looking picture."

Omigod! It is!! Not that there's anything wrong with that. LOL.

Posted by: mcgintyman | October 5, 2009 8:25 AM | Report abuse

So I guess the problem last week was they did not know they were "gonna win?" You'd think they just beat the '72 Dolphins the way they're bragging about their second half comeback. They had to comeback against a weak team because their first half play was semi-pro at best. This team has been middling mediocrity ever since Snyder took over. Seeing them perform the same way year after year is literally tiresome to lifetime fans like me. And Snyder's Machiavellian rule of this once storied franchise only makes it easier for those of us that grew up loving it to no longer be impressed by it's token victories like today. Don't like this comment? Sue me (Danny can't cuz I gave up our 45 year old season tickets when I started getting bombarded by more commercials in the stadium than on TV).

Posted by: rizzodj | October 4, 2009 11:23 PM | Report abuse

THANK YOU!...this was two bad teams playing. We played the worst half of football of any team this year, guaranteed, and they are acting like we won the super bowl. I guess Ill take a win, but come on, not one player was like oh yeah we still suck.

Posted by: rc2223 | October 5, 2009 8:36 AM | Report abuse

This fan wasn't raging at halftime...he was doing everything in his power to get a 2nd half Redskins and the over bet in...both of which covered.

Bang Bang!

Posted by: Barno1 | October 5, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

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