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Posted at 3:00 PM ET, 12/22/2010

Despite the losses, Redskins are still fighting

By Jason Reid

The Redskins (5-9) have lost four in a row and six of seven; they are tied with Dallas for last place in the NFC East.

Although it appears there is little to motivate players in the final two games against the Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants, the Redskins will fight to the finish, veterans said.

"I think so. I hope so," said cornerback and defensive co-captain DeAngelo Hall. "If you see the fight and the passion in us, I think you'll see that. Obviously, we haven't won. But I definitely think the fight's still there. We did leave Dallas definitely mad that we lost that game [33-30.

"But you see a team going through, and you see 'em get down that early, they lay down. They lay down. The game's over and you get blow out. But for us to keep fighting, keep fighting ... definitely meant something. Meant a lot to these guys."

It's really all about being a professional, said inside linebacker and defensive co-captain London Fletcher.

"It's another game, it's another opportunity, to go play football," he said. "I don't think it would be difficult, at all, to get the fight going. I love playing football. I don't care what the situation is.

"And there's a lot of guys on this team that love going out and competing. Whether it's on the practice field or Sunday it doesn't matter what the situation is, where you're at on the season. Just another opportunity to go out and play some football."

By Jason Reid  | December 22, 2010; 3:00 PM ET
Categories:  DeAngelo Hall, London Fletcher  
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Comments

Ahhhhh...there she blows!

Posted by: PlayAction | December 22, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

HOW MANY OF YOU WOULD BE SURPRISED IF WE WON AT LEAST 9 GAMES THIS YEAR?

Posted by: zorn_sucks | April 8, 2010 2:07 PM
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MAPS!
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Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | December 22, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Nothing anyone on this team says makes any bit of difference.

Just watch what happens. That tells you everything.

Posted by: DikShuttle | December 22, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

I'm not going to suggest housecleaning was the right approach, but I do think looking at players that wouldn't fit the 3-4 well, and getting reasonable value for them was a much better approach than letting them flounder in a 3-4 and having to sell off damaged goods.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 22, 2010 2:48 PM

That is certainly one point of view...and one that I am not totally opposed to. Especially with Carter where we have film of him attempting to transfer to LB previously. Another viewpoint espouses the theory that we needed to see who could make the transition to a 3-4 especially considering how limited the free agency market was. In order to trade guys you have to be able to get some value in a trade in the form of picks or players that fit the new scheme. Trouble is how do you trade a 4-3 guy to a team running a 4-3 and expect to get a 3-4 guy in return? Doesn't work that way so you have to get picks.


Unless, of course, you only pick up offensive players in return.

Posted by: TheScamp75

I think you get either draft picks or something to fill other holes, wherever they are -- we had no shortage.

Carter had a huge year in 2009. Was way up near the top of DEs in sacks, tackles forced fumbles. Cheap contract, good guy, etc. Plenty of value left on the table.

I think mgmt had a good idea on who was a fit and who wasn't. Asking Jarmon, coming off a knee injury, to add 20lbs? Asking Lo, a DT, to play OLB? Some things were just destined to fail.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 22, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

not resigning Pierce..

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 22, 2010 2:36 PM |

Dude should be sharing a cell in the Big House with his buddy Plax.

Posted by: ElDrano | December 22, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Again, Z's, I'm with you on the Carter thing. He had a no trade clause so I'm not sure if he was willing to waive it or not. He was one guy I would have liked to have seen traded. I was just putting it out there that there may not have been as many opportunities to trade other players for ANYTHING (draft picks or players that fill holes on our roster) and there wasn't a whole lot available in FA. Not sure anyone would have given anything for guys like LoA or an injured Jarmon.

Posted by: TheScamp75 | December 22, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

If Dude could play even half as fast as he can talk, "his" defensive unit wouldn't be rated last in the league.

Actions speak louder than words.

Posted by: Vic1 | December 22, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

beeps keep coming way too fast...

Posted by: kerzon417 | December 22, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: TheScamp75 | December 22, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

when looking at an NFL football team, I mostly look at the top 30 slots that need to be filled. Most teams can fill about 3-4 slots a year comfortably, where someone leaves and you need a new player.

Beyond 5, it starts getting very tricky. This Skins team is probably around 15 slots over the next 2 years -- including some very tough spots like QB and NT.

Front 7 -- Fletcher and Lo probably 3 DL (out of 5 since you need rotations guys) and maybe Rocky. DBs, need a FS and perhaps a Rogers replacement.

OL, need 3 LG, RG, C and maybe RT
QB, need 1
WR, need 1
P need 1

That is 12, and 3 others slots that are maybe, based on re-signing guys whose contracts end.

Which makes it unlikely that Shanahan can pull it off without being very good and very lucky.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 22, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

No they're not good enough to actually WIN a game at this point , but the way they fought back against Dallas was encouraging , does show they havent quit fighting ... Of course, maybe knowing Shanny is not shy about s*#!canning ANYONE so pretty much EVERYONE is playing for a job next year might have something to do with it -- which is fine, in fact might be exactly what 'Skins need if they're ever going to be anything other than a punchline again ....

Posted by: RoidRage | December 22, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

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