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London Fletcher's post-game speech


(By John McDonnell - TWP)


A week ago, after a heart-stopping last-second win, Donovan McNabb addressed his teammates in the victorious locker room, leaking honesty all over the carpet. Of course, TV cameras meant the whole world could see it.

This week, after another heart-stopping last-second win, London Fletcher was among the men who addressed the team in the post-game locker room. The footage didn't immediately hit the airwaves, but Fletcher was also honest.

"Two years ago this, isn't the type of win we would have been able to have," Fletcher said, according to Reed Doughty. "Maybe even two weeks ago. The fact that we came up with a win like this, going down early, was a big deal. This is a big win, one of the more special wins we've had."

"He was like, 'Those are the games that we need to win, that's what the NFL's about,' " Kedric Golston added. "It comes down to three points or less, and we need to win those games if we want to be where we want to be."

"London's speech was right on point," Chris Wilson told me. "We couldn't look to anybody else but ourselves to make plays, and each guy took on that attitude, that mentality. That's what London was speaking about, it just shows [our] maturity. And that's what we need early in the season. We need to mature, with wins....

"If you look at our stats the last couple of years, we've lost no less than five to seven or eight games by margins of three points, six points, one-possession ballgames. If that's how close we are, then eventually, one day, it's gonna have to click. We're gonna have to step up, we're gonna have to take it to the next level and be that team that D.C. deserves and we deserve."

Now, partly this seems like an overstatement. Did Mike Shanahan's regime change cause Alex Barron to hold Brian Orakpo, or Jason Avant to drop the ball in the end zone, or Mason Crosby's kick to hit the upright? When these games turn on single plays, it's hard to rationally describe it as anything but chance.

On the other hand, after the 2008 bye, the Jim Zorn Redskins went 4-10 in games decided by seven points or less. The Mike Shanahan Redskins are now 3-1 in such games.

Fletcher is the sort of player who does every post-game interview, to every outlet, answering every last question. He was still in the locker room when I heard about his speech, so I wandered over to see what he was saying.

"We're mentally tougher this year," Fletcher was telling Mike Wise. "We weren't a mentally tough football team the last two years. It just wasn't. it all starts with Coach Shanahan, that mental toughness."

So I brought up his speech, and asked him about that.

"Coach Shanahan first talked about the character of this football team," Fletcher recalled. "I think that's evident. A couple weeks ago, we weren't able to pull a game like this off. A year ago, two years ago, that game would have been over with well, well before [overtime]. It just would have been a snowball....The guys who have been here understand that."

By Dan Steinberg  | October 10, 2010; 6:21 PM ET
Categories:  Redskins  
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WINNERS: Redskins defense's ability to destroy everything in its path. The victim list over the last two weeks.

Michael Vick
LeSean McCoy
JerMichael Finley
Donald Lee
Clay Matthews
Aaron Rodgers

I know I'm missing others.

Posted by: ThisGuy | October 10, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Barno, put the gun to your head and don't miss this time, cuz your those wasted vital organs could actually still be of use to others. But your idiotic feedback is like watching a retard make his own fantasy football team.
Yeah, we get it. DT is awesome. I'll be sure to look for your comments after he gets cut from the UFL and arena leagues.

Posted by: pgugino | October 9, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 10, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

This feels so good.Keep the young, hungry ball players coming.

Posted by: kenobill2 | October 10, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

This feels so good.Keep the young, hungry ball players coming.

Posted by: kenobill2 | October 10, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

This is exactly what i told my father in law (from Green Bay) - for the last 10 years we lose this kind of game every time without fail. What an important win. We definitely have the right coaching staff. Maybe that one year with Coach Gibbs we pull one out like this but other than that...great win. I'll be happy for at least a week. Hope they can keep it up.

Posted by: JoelV | October 10, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

>>"Did Mike Shanahan's regime change cause Alex Barron to hold Brian Orakpo, or Jason Avant to drop the ball in the end zone, or Mason Crosby's kick to hit the upright? When these games turn on single plays, it's hard to rationally describe it as anything but chance."<<

By Dan Steinberg |
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omfg! Will someone please explain to this dimwit how idiotic this asinine comment is??

Posted by: iubiquity | October 10, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

seems pretty spot on to me, iubiquity.

>>"Did Mike Shanahan's regime change cause Alex Barron to hold Brian Orakpo, or Jason Avant to drop the ball in the end zone, or Mason Crosby's kick to hit the upright? When these games turn on single plays, it's hard to rationally describe it as anything but chance."<<
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omfg! Will someone please explain to this dimwit how idiotic this asinine comment is??

Posted by: iubiquity | October 10, 2010 10:20 PM

Posted by: sa11231 | October 10, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

I'm with sa and Dan on this one, iub. Why don't you go ahead and explain to us how idiotic it is?

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | October 10, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Barno, put the gun to your head and don't miss this time, cuz your those wasted vital organs could actually still be of use to others. But your idiotic feedback is like watching a retard make his own fantasy football team.
Yeah, we get it. DT is awesome. I'll be sure to look for your comments after he gets cut from the UFL and arena leagues.

Posted by: pgugino | October 9, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 10, 2010 7:17 PM

I mean really...hoping someone commits suicide because you disagree with them about a football player's skills. It's pretty sad...your hatred for an anonymous internet poster is so strong you can't even enjoy the Redskins win without resorting to spewing vicious attacks.

You're a nutcase who ought to be in a mental institution Poopy.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 11, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

"When these games turn on single plays, it's hard to rationally describe it as anything but chance."

Are you kidding me?!? It's not chance, it's called good coaching. Preparing the players, getting them to work together, being disciplined, etc. Yes, maybe a play here and there could be described as chance, but over the course of a game (let alone a season), it all evens out, and you get the record you deserve.

Posted by: spunkydawg1 | October 11, 2010 1:21 AM | Report abuse

I didn't type those words Barno so don't try to pin that on me.

Also, how's your BFF Devin Thomas doing? Can't even get signed by the lowly Rams. Probably won't stop you from slobbering all over him though.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 11, 2010 1:28 AM | Report abuse

"Did Mike Shanahan's regime change cause Alex Barron to hold Brian Orakpo..."
Maybe MS has gotten the players to play that little bit harder so that Barron had to hold the hard-charging Orakpo.

"...or Jason Avant to drop the ball in the end zone..."
Maybe Haslett freeing up Landry to make huge hits all over the field had Avant hearing footsteps, just enough to make him fumble the catch away.

"...or Mason Crosby's kick to hit the upright?"
Maybe MS has gotten the players to play with such determination that, even though the defense didn't do such a great job allowing the Pack to get to the 35 yard line, at least they didn't let them get to the 33 yard line -- from where Crosby's kick would have been good.

These good things don't happen by accident. Good coaches lead the way, set the tone, foster cohesiveness, demand their players to excel. It's not luck.

Posted by: spunkydawg1 | October 11, 2010 1:32 AM | Report abuse

Nope. Not buying it.

Not saying there aren't plenty of ways in which Shanahan has changed the attitude of the team, but many plays still come down to luck or the other team just failing to execute.

Again, also not saying that the players and coaches didn't put the Skins in the lead or do the things necessary to make it a longer kick, etc., but when a TD pass bounces off someone's hands or a FG doinks the uprights and breaks left and out and not right and in, that last little bit is chance.

I think that's all DS is saying and I agree. Glad the Skins are playing with confidence, however.

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | October 11, 2010 1:56 AM | Report abuse

Oh, and Po, I dunno, man, that "non-violence" high ground you've tried so hard to occupy here on the interwebs is crumbling beneath your feet . . . Trying to get out of it on a technicality, are you?

(And you can't say I'M jobbing you here - my dog typed the above.)

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | October 11, 2010 2:01 AM | Report abuse

Yes, maybe a play here and there could be described as chance, but over the course of a game (let alone a season), it all evens out, and you get the record you deserve.

Posted by: spunkydawg1 | October 11, 2010 1:21 AM

(Apologies: I shoulda read more closely. You made my point [be]for[e] me. And more concisely.)

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | October 11, 2010 2:05 AM | Report abuse


hey barno, the circus just left town so don't you need to hit the road you clown ?

Posted by: hessone | October 11, 2010 7:38 AM | Report abuse

Barno, put the gun to your head and don't miss this time, cuz your those wasted vital organs could actually still be of use to others. But your idiotic feedback is like watching a retard make his own fantasy football team.
Yeah, we get it. DT is awesome. I'll be sure to look for your comments after he gets cut from the UFL and arena leagues.

Posted by: pgugino | October 9, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 10, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

This is disgusting and should have been removed by the Washington Post by now. We get it Poopy, you don't like Barno, your repetitive attacks on him make that pretty clear. But to cyber bully someone to the point of hoping they kill themselves? You must be a really happy person Poopy. I suggest you seek counseling.

Posted by: this_guy | October 11, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

>>"Did Mike Shanahan's regime change cause Alex Barron to hold Brian Orakpo, or Jason Avant to drop the ball in the end zone, or Mason Crosby's kick to hit the upright? When these games turn on single plays, it's hard to rationally describe it as anything but chance."<<
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omfg! Will someone please explain to this dimwit how idiotic this asinine comment is??

Posted by: iubiquity |

I'm with sa and Dan on this one, iub. Why don't you go ahead and explain to us how idiotic it is?

Posted by: stevie_in_gp

He's saying we won or lost those games on a single play.. a lucky bounce or incidental circumstance. No! How can you say the first game was decided by a holding call.. what about the dropped INT or missed FG right before that. That game was not decided by a last sec penalty. A penalty is not "chance," it's a freakin rule!

Just like JA did not "drop" the ball in the end zone, you can not drop what you never had! If you're gonna blame a failed Hail Mary on "chance," then so were all the other plays leading up to that.

Posted by: iubiquity | October 11, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Chill out, dude. I'm pretty sure he didn't say the Skins "won or lost those games on a specific play." That's your inference. He said they "turn" on a specific play - not that there weren't tons of good, important plays that put the Skins in position to win.

I think he's saying that, in the end, the games all came down to one specific play that could have gone the other way if not for a) luck, or b) failure to execute - in a very specific, non-Redskin-controlled-variable-way - on the part of the other team. (The Barron hold seems to be the least "chance-y" one to me; I'll give you that one.)

I mean, if your super-emotional point rests on what one's definition of the word "drop" is, you may be trying too hard . . .

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | October 11, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

"Barno, put the gun to your head and don't miss this time, cuz your those wasted vital organs could actually still be of use to others. But your idiotic feedback is like watching a retard"

Disgraceful comment. I cannot believe this is still on this website. The Post should ban Poopy_McPoop from these blogs PERMANENTLY.

Posted by: jason_s | October 11, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

This is disgusting and should have been removed by the Washington Post by now. We get it Poopy, you don't like Barno, your repetitive attacks on him make that pretty clear. But to cyber bully someone to the point of hoping they kill themselves? You must be a really happy person Poopy. I suggest you seek counseling.

Posted by: this_guy | October 11, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Disgraceful comment. I cannot believe this is still on this website. The Post should ban Poopy_McPoop from these blogs PERMANENTLY.

Posted by: jason_s | October 11, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Could not agree more with the above comments, Poopy ought to be banned from this site. He adds nothing other than a very weird obsession with me. I encourage anyone who is tired of his endless and unfunny act to contact Cindy Boren at the Post about removed from this site.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 11, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Too bad I wasn't the one advocating Barno putting a gun to his head.

I was just merely letting everyone see the horrible things said about Barno. The person who said that is obviously a disturbed individual.

Of course that doesn't stop Barno with his obsession of me and all things related to me.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 11, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Poopy: GO AWAY DUDE

No one on here enjoys your annoying comments.

Posted by: jason_s | October 11, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Hahahaaa! Poopy you just got schooled. Looks like barno was right about D Thomas and Poopy was way off. The funny thing is, if Barno had spoken out in favor of the Redskins cutting Devin Thomas, Poopy would no doubt be on here complaining that Barno always support every stupid decision the Redskins make. You just can't win with clowns like Poopy, they doesn't even believe the things they say most of the time...they just need the attention.

Posted by: jason_s | October 11, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

HAHAHAHAHAHHAA

Jason's happy that his boyfriend Devin signed with the WINLESS Panthers.

Yeah, jason wake me when he's leading the Panthers to a win.....

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 11, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

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