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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

January 4-- How they got here

The Redskins had what they deemed a long day of practice as they are working on a short week preparing for the Tampa playoff game..

CB Shawn Springs did not practice, he is listed as questionable with a groin injury.. CB Carlos Rogers did return to practice this week and is not listed on the injury report.. QB Mark Brunnell took part in all of the team work for the first time since spraining his knee, he also is not listed on the report..
DE Renaldo Wynn was held out of practice (foot), similar situation as last week, he is expected to play, listed as probable..

TB injuries: WR Michael Clayton (turf toe) Out, S Jermaine Phillips (knee) questionable, DE Simeon Rice (illness) probable

Mike Sellars and Jon Jansen, two of the few who were Redskins during the last playoff game for the franchise described that day as a nightmare.. Jansen said he has learned the hard way that making the playoffs is no guarantee and it is something he hopes to remind some of the younger players on the team about..

Asked if they thought of themselves as Super Bowl possibilities, all of the players said absolutely, but will keep the one game mindset.. Sellars said making it through as tough a schedule and they way they did it will ultimately help this team..The players said unanimously that they are not feeling satisfied with what they have accomplished, Renaldo Wynn said the team is like "a pack of wolves that smells blood."

Joe Gibbs was widely credited by those there yesterday with putting together the crux of the team that has returned the Redskins to the playoffs, he passed off a lot of the credit on Vinny and the rest of the staff.. he says that the way the team picks players now through the draft and free agency is not that far different from the way everyone worked together when Bobby Beathard and Charley Casserly were the GM.. Emphasizing Dan Snyder is "the boss" Gibbs said the coaches, Vinny and the scouts and Snyder all sit in on discussions when it comes to player acquisitions..
Gibbs also wanted to pass on taking credit for being able to get through to his players, saying what it is about is getting the right type of people, and if you get the right type of people, you don't even need a coach..

Gibbs priased Sean Taylor for being more mature and more "outgoing" this year saying he believes as things move on down into the future that Taylor might be more receptive to making DC his home..

Mike Sellars was named the NFC special teams player of the week..

On the resigning of Gregg Williams: Gibbs said he and Dan Snyder had discussions leading into the regular season finale and approached Gregg with trying to get something down to keep him here.. he says Williams was very receptive to staying in Washington citing his family and comfort level with his spot in the organization..
Gibbs said it remaisn his goal to keep his staff and core player group in tact heading into '06..

Only one NFL team has won three road playoff games to get to the Super Bowl, the '85 Patriots who lost to Chicago..


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