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Henson's "Pity Party"

It's quickly become part of the preseason postgame routine: a string of Twitter posts from Redskins tweeters featuring bite-sized reactions to the game.

Usually something simple, such as DeAngelo Hall's post a couple of hours after the Redskins beat the Steelers Saturday night: "Finally made it home from a long day at the office! But I wouldn't rather be any where else! Proud of our team bouncing back!!"

The benign nature of most player tweets made Robert Henson's postgame thoughts a bit more intriguing. He had been so eager and earnest at 4:55 p.m. the day before the game.

"Time to focus in and go get a win!!" the rookie linebacker tweeted.

But the Redskins' win was barely an hour old before Henson was back online. "I definetly know what it feels like now to be over looked! Great win tonight I just wish I could have helped!!" Henson tweeted.

And then 12 minutes later: "I must really suck cause I didn't play!!"

Henson, a 6-foot, 242-pounder out of TCU, was one of the last ones off the practice field Monday afternoon. He smiled when I mentioned his postgame tweets.

"I think I was just having a pity party," Henson said. "I don't know. I wanted to be a bigger part of the success. I'm glad we won. It was a good victory beating such a good team. I just wanted to be more involved.

"The best way for me to do that is to attack it here in practice and earn my playing time."

Henson is one of eight linebackers on the roster (10, if you include Chris Wilson and Brian Orakpo), so making the 53-man roster looks like a pretty tall task.

He said his postgame pity party didn't last long. He went to sleep despondent on Saturday night but was in a better mood on Sunday.

"I woke up the next morning, and thought, this is story of my life. I've always been fighting. It's time to get out to practice keep up the fight. So I'm just looking forward to this next game now," he said. "Whatever time I get, just make sure it counts."

For more NFL player Tweets, visit Y.A. Twittle.

By Rick Maese  |  August 24, 2009; 4:45 PM ET
Categories:  Jason Reid  
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Comments

JC: 2B or not 2B?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 24, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

But -swb, Campbell is suppose to instill the confidence in his "life coach" to call those plays for him. I wouldn't think Zorn would purposely call plays that would shield his abilities.

You could say that's the equivalent to c***blocking.

Posted by: RedDMV | August 24, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse
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Ah but Red, it wasn't zorns lack of confidence in campbell, but a knowledge that the o-line would not provide enough time for "longer" plays to develop. Zorn publicly said that during the second half of the season, he couldn't call deep pass plays because he know the o-line wouldn't be able to provide the protection.

A bit like the big fat friends who are too ugly/poorly dressed to get into the nice clubs, so the life coach brings everyone to the dump. Not Campbells fault that the big fat guys don't know how to dress, but he's gotta deal with the situation and make the best of it regardless

Posted by: -swb | August 24, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

still to this day i do not understand why no one sucked it up, took the fine/suspension, and DECKED Brady. If I am on that defense I do not sit there and take that... I don't... I cheap shot the shi* sjk outta him.. end his career and take the suspension... 100% worth it... this is a violent league and to take that embarrassment the way we did really lowered the skins in my mind... i know Gibbs is a classy guy who doesn't sink to my sadistic, messed up level... but come on... how can you just openly take that... allow that and not retaliate...

Posted by: peoplearestupid1 | August 24, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

from last post...

chasgiffen,
I'm not sure about anything on this team :-).. I'm basing my opinion off of what we've see on the field and heard from coaches nad players. I think Barnes has done alright, but I'm not sure Jerry or Greg is going to out the rookie above Tryon at this point. Blache is not a fan of rookies unless they really impress, because of their inexperience and potential for mistakes...

Tryon worked hard in the offseason. He worked with Darrel Green for like 4-6 weeks. Green thought he could be a bona-fide started in the league from what he saw... Gray and Blache are both pleased with his progress and performance in Camp.

My crack on the CB depth chart come Sept 13th:
1 - D. Hall
2 - C. Rogers
3 - F. Smoot
4 - J. Tryon
5 - K. Barnes

Another Prediction: Look for Tryon to overtake the #3 CB slot from Smoot as the season progresses.

Posted by: EinVB | August 24, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

JC: 2B or not 2B?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 24, 2009 4:47 PM


Here's the video

http://www.youtube.com/user/opinionguy2011

Posted by: HIRE_MARTY_S | August 24, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Another Prediction: Look for Tryon to overtake the #3 CB slot from Smoot as the season progresses.

Posted by: EinVB
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I've heard a lot of people giving very high marks to Smoot this year.

Posted by: chasgiffen | August 24, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Tyron blows.

Also enough about that Patriot game....cheap shots? Taking offense? How about stopping a play? Making a tackle, an INT.....I mean really the skins laid down like sick dogs and wholly deserved the beating they took. Whining about sportsmanship is for losers. The %100 blame for that game rests on the Skins.

Posted by: chrislarry | August 24, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

JC: 2B or not 2B?

Posted by: talent_evaluator
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Ixnay on Ampbellcay. Aftdray Adfordbray.

Posted by: chasgiffen | August 24, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

My depth chart at CB

1 - D. Hall
2 - C. Rogers
3 - F. Smoot
4 - Robot Zombie Pirates from the 5th universe
5 - K. Barnes

Posted by: alex35332 | August 24, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

EinVB... that might be possible only because smoot is also pretty bad... anyone who watched last year will remember smoot getting beat more often than a red headed step child... he isn't a good corner anymore and the move to safety might be the only way he stays on this team past this year... the promotion will not be because anything Tryon will do but simply because Smoot is awful and is playing more safety...

Posted by: peoplearestupid1 | August 24, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Another Prediction: Look for Tryon to overtake the #3 CB slot from Smoot as the season progresses.
Posted by: EinVB | August 24, 2009 4:51 PM

Wow. How about we look for him to actually break up one of the 40 passes that get thrown his way in preseason instead of “making a nice tackle” after a 15 yard gain? Have you been watching the guy in the 2 games so far?

Posted by: dlhaze1 | August 24, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

This is a low point for sport's journalism my friends. Right here, a post about, people's posts. This is gay.

Posted by: BMACattack | August 24, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

It's quickly become part of the preseason postgame routine: a string of Twitter posts from Redskins tweeters featuring bite-sized reactions to the game.

By Rick Maese | August 24, 2009; 4:45 PM ET

This must really make you want to go into journalism.

"Your assignment is to read 80 players' postgame tweets and come up with at least one storyline."

"Hey, after only 47 I've already got a big story. This guy here, Henson, a sixth round LB from TCU feels sorry for himself. He's having a pity party all by his lonesome. Stop the presses!"

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 24, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Great post !!!
Here's video of today's practice !

http://www.youtube.com/user/opinionguy2011

Posted by: HIRE_MARTY_S | August 24, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Yards per attempt isn't much of a measure. Guys who throw short a lot (to the RBs or TEs) tend to have shorter YPA than deep throwers like Brees and Peyton. Campbell's YPA is in the same general area as McNabb and Eli Manning. Somebody posted last week about the unusual number of drops by the Skin receivers; that has to be considered, too. And a QB who is under a lot of rush (as Campbell was in the second half last season) will throw shorter completions, to keep the chains moving.

That's the thing about stats -- you have to put them in context.

Posted by: Samson151 | August 24, 2009 4:45 PM


Ladies and Gentleman - John Clayton

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=clayton_john&id=2881407

Posted by: 4thFloor | August 24, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

"Jason was dinking and dunking at a higher clip under pressure and duress - thus the fall off in %age and YPA."

So how does that not prove my point? I said his percentage grows as the YPA grows, thus the more significant factor was not that he was 1/7, but that he was attempting, and Zorn was calling, aggressive passes throughout his brief time on the field.

You said Portis averaged 140 yards per game in October (when Campbell averaged 8.3 YPA), and I said that the successful running game on Saturday was assisted by the fact that Campbell was taking shots deep, stretching the defense (something that didn't happen against Pitt last season, when Portis incidentally struggled).

I'm not getting your point.

Posted by: psps23

Posted by: psps23 | August 24, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

So how does that not prove my point? I said as his percentage grows as the YPA grows, thus the more significant factor was not that he was 1/7, but that he was attempting, and Zorn was calling, aggressive passes throughout his brief time on the field.

You said Portis averaged 140 yards per game in October (when Campbell averaged 8.3 YPA), and I said that the successful running game on Saturday was assisted by the fact that Campbell was taking shots deep, stretching the defense (something that didn't happen against Pitt last season, when Portis incidentally struggled).

I'm not getting your point.

Posted by: psps23 | August 24, 2009 5:03 PM

My point is you took a soft part of the schedule and tried to extrapolate it to make a larger point about Campbell as a player. When all those stats really show is that JC is a lion against lambs under ideal cond'ns.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | August 24, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

"Right here, a post about, people's posts. This is gay."

funny i thought thats what we all do all the time?

join us in the 21st century, its fun!

Posted by: chrislarry | August 24, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

a little off topic but....This Steinberg goof is a no talent hack. Why does WAPO employ him? Have not once read anything good from him. He is pushed as the funny guy but isn't funny.

that is all.

Posted by: the_shocker1 | August 24, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Yards per attempt isn't much of a measure. Guys who throw short a lot (to the RBs or TEs) tend to have shorter YPA than deep throwers like Brees and Peyton. Campbell's YPA is in the same general area as McNabb and Eli Manning. Somebody posted last week about the unusual number of drops by the Skin receivers; that has to be considered, too. And a QB who is under a lot of rush (as Campbell was in the second half last season) will throw shorter completions, to keep the chains moving.

That's the thing about stats -- you have to put them in context.


http://www.youtube.com/user/opinionguy2011


Posted by: Samson151 | August 24, 2009 4:45 PM


Great article !


Posted by: HIRE_MARTY_S | August 24, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

That's the thing about stats -- you have to put them in context.

Posted by: Samson151 | August 24, 2009 4:45 PM

Here's one stat you don't have to put in context: 8-8.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 24, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Ladies and Gentleman - John Clayton

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=clayton_john&id=2881407

Posted by: 4thFloor

------------------

Clayton:

"Guess what? I found something. My instincts were right. Although this isn't an exact science, a quarterback who can improve his completion percentage by four points and maintain a respectable yards per attempt in the mid-6 range could propel his team into a playoffs."

Jason Campbell's YPA, 6.4.

So....Samson was right.

Posted by: psps23 | August 24, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

peoplearestupid1....

I never said Smoot was $$$. I also am down on him since last year... I've seen him play well at times and play horribly at other times. Unless he has a good year, or Tryon and Barnes don't step up... I'm not sure he's back next year.

dlhaze1- I did wathc both games. Tryon was really bad against Baltimore... No doubt. I do think he played much better on Saturday. His coverage was much tighter on most plays and there were not many balls thrown his way. If I hadn't heard and read good things about him then I would be concerned. Unless he can't handle the game pressure and has an axiety problem look for him to continue to improve in the games. Confidence is huge for CB's... Maybe I'm wrong but that's my take...

Posted by: EinVB | August 24, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Can the robot pirate from the 5th universe break Brady's leg? If so, I'm all for the guy. As a skins fan living in Boston, I'm still eating crow over that game.

Posted by: bostskin | August 24, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

"My point is you took a soft part of the schedule and tried to extrapolate it to make a larger point about Campbell as a player. When all those stats really show is that JC is a lion against lambs under ideal cond'ns.

Posted by: learnedhand1"

The trend also continues in the beginning part of the season, when Campbell played NYG, NO, ARI, and DAL. Two top 10 defenses and a Super Bowl participant.

65% on 7.03 YPA. Obviously, competition will play a part, but the trend follows through the entire season.

Posted by: psps23 | August 24, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

steelers qb dixon ran by smoot on a scramble like he was stuck in concrete.Maybe westbrook and Barnes have looked the best to me,although Tryon improved from last week.

Posted by: mark65 | August 24, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Y.A.Twitter reminded me.

https://ssl.post-gazette.com/store/photos/large/Y.A.%20Tittle.jpg

Y.A. Tittle
New York Giants Quarterback Y.A. Tittle kneels in the end zone at Pitt Stadium after being sacked by Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end John Baker in a 1964 game won by the Steelers, 27-24.

Posted by: Markin21132 | August 24, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

T-1000 aka psp, I'll let you have the last word. Otherwise we'll be going back and forth forever. We've been having this debate since last season ended it seems. We agreed to let the season determine who has the more correct view of JC. I have a sneaking feeling, however, that you will always find some "shine on that turd."

Posted by: learnedhand1 | August 24, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Clayton:

"Guess what? I found something. My instincts were right. Although this isn't an exact science, a quarterback who can improve his completion percentage by four points and maintain a respectable yards per attempt in the mid-6 range could propel his team into a playoffs."

Jason Campbell's YPA, 6.4.

So....Samson was right.

Posted by: psps23 | August 24, 2009 5:11 PM

This proves nothing Samson said...

And we could have been in the playoffs if we beat the Rams/Bengals/49ers with those JC'stats. But we would have gotten in, not because of JC, but because of the D and CP26.....

Clayton is saying, we are at the bare minimum to compete for a PO spot with JC. BAre Minimum.....

Posted by: 4thFloor | August 24, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Nero twittered while Rome burned.

Posted by: LittleSoren | August 24, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

No. I recognize that the outing was poor, but unlike others (which apparently includes yourself), I attempt to look at where the outing went wrong, instead of running diarrhea from the mouth.

Posted by: psps23 | August 24, 2009 2:19 PM |

Oops! Mixing our metaphors, aren't we dude. Diarrhea mouth, running diarrhea from the mouth, etc., refers to someone who won't STFU. The diarrhea symbolizes constant streaming, not shti. You wanted to use a metaphor like potty mouth which refers to coarse language like all the words that RI filters out, plus some like turd that it doesn't.

Posted by: BlackBagOps | August 24, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: HIRE_MARTY_S | August 24, 2009 5:10 PM |

Posted by: TheCork | August 24, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: HIRE_MARTY_S | August 24, 2009 5:10 PM |

Posted by: TheCork | August 24, 2009 5:30 PM |

Jesus. You took his bait. Good job.

Posted by: BlackBagOps | August 24, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Can the robot pirate from the 5th universe break Brady's leg? If so, I'm all for the guy. As a skins fan living in Boston, I'm still eating crow over that game.

Posted by: bostskin | August 24, 2009 5:16 PM
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

i am also a Skins fan in Beantown..
Pats are fine..and I wish no harm to Brady..(wish we had him)..

And how can you not admire a well functioning front office with a bonafide GM and an Owner who lets real football management do their jobs..versus the Snyder Marketing firm in Ashburn, VA that just happens to own a football club.

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | August 24, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Jesus. You took his bait. Good job.

Posted by: BlackBagOps | August 24, 2009 5:34 PM

I know....He will eat this up and claim victory for the day....Until tomm...

Posted by: 4thFloor | August 24, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

"I have a sneaking feeling, however, that you will always find some "shine on that turd.""

Just as I have that feeling that you will always find something else to complain about.

Posted by: psps23 | August 24, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

But yes, LH, we can quit the JC debate for now.

Posted by: psps23 | August 24, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

any one else watch the game, see jersey #55 on the field, and get a shiver down their spine......

Posted by: BeantownGreg1

For some reason, I find myself whistling "Tiny Dancer."

Posted by: TheCork | August 24, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Oops! Mixing our metaphors, aren't we dude. Diarrhea mouth, running diarrhea from the mouth, etc., refers to someone who won't STFU. The diarrhea symbolizes constant streaming, not shti. You wanted to use a metaphor like potty mouth which refers to coarse language like all the words that RI filters out, plus some like turd that it doesn't.

Posted by: BlackBagOps

Thanks for the insight. When it coms to things scatological, you are RI's go-to guy.

Posted by: TheCork | August 24, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Just as I have that feeling that you will always find something else to complain about.

Posted by: psps23 | August 24, 2009 5:36 PM

I'm far from a complainer. But if he plays well, I will gladly issue a mea culpa.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | August 24, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Jesus. You took his bait. Good job.

Posted by: BlackBagOps | August 24, 2009 5:34 PM

I know....He will eat this up and claim victory for the day....Until tomm...

Posted by: 4thFloor | August 24, 2009 5:36 PM


What's with you guy's I'm only providing VIDEO if today's practice. Watch Kelly make this crazy catch WOW !!


http://www.youtube.com/user/opinionguy2011

Posted by: HIRE_MARTY_S | August 24, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

But yes, LH, we can quit the JC debate for now.

Posted by: psps23 | August 24, 2009 5:37 PM


You have a great point. Why did JC chew moss out after practice ?

http://www.youtube.com/user/opinionguy2011

Posted by: HIRE_MARTY_S | August 24, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

I originally though DJ Hackett was a good pick up...He's gots to go. He stinks.

Posted by: BMACattack | August 24, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

any one else watch the game, see jersey #55 on the field, and get a shiver down their spine......

Posted by: BeantownGreg1
Chris Hanburger played big for his size. I always thought they would retire his number, but alas...

Posted by: edvar | August 24, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

"I originally though DJ Hackett was a good pick up..."

Aren't we all just glad to see some of the young ones panning out, instead of bringing in more players who are clinging on to what remains of their NFL careers.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | August 24, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

But yes, LH, we can quit the JC debate for now.

Posted by: psps23

Oh, but the debate rages on!

Agree with one of the Junkies from this morning: JC limited reps= FO and Zorn confidence; they're all in at this point, so lets see what he can do with the full playbook in the regular season.

Posted by: RomoLongballs | August 24, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

beepers

Posted by: RomoLongballs | August 24, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

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