Rabach: "We Knew We Were Gonna Win"
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."
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