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Sunday, December 02, 2007

December 2-- Skins fall 17-16 as they honor Sean Taylor

The Redskins were not on the field for a 4 minute tribute video aired on the big screen in each end zone of Fed Ex Field featuring highlights and interviews of former Skins safety Sean taylor.. Fans waved white towels with the #21 on them and a large placard in the end zone opposite featured Taylor's name..

The Redskins first defensive play only had ten defensive players on the field.. The end result was a Bills run that gained 22 yards.. Joe Gibbs was unaware that the Skins would do that, something that the defsnsive staff and players agreed to do Saturday night.. Gibbs refused comment on it until he had spoken with Williams about it, which at the time of the post game media conference had not occurred.. When I spoke with Gregg, he said he had spoken to Gibbs about it and he wasn't upset.. The Bills were not told that the Redskins would do this thus did not oblige the moment by either sacrificing a play or letting a delay of game penalty occur as was rumored..

CB Fred Smoot said he was crying during some early series in the game and was visibly shaken during pre-game and post game following a heartbreaking 17-16 loss.. Taylor's locker was enclosed in plexiglass with his uniform and pads in it.. It was a difficult reminder for some who said it was hard not to notice the memorial in the locker room..

Joe Gibbs made a huge mistake at the end of the game with Buffalo by attempting to use consecutive timeouts to ice kicker Ryan Lindell who was lining up for a game winning field goal with under ten seconds to play.. By rule, you cannot call consecuitve timeouts to ice a kicker.. Gibbs was consulting one of the referees before calling the timeouts.. The first one was used right as the Bills were preparing to snap the ball, Lindell made the 51 yard field goal but because of the timeout, he was forced to line up again.. Oddly, Gibbs had said earlier in the season he wasn't going to utilize this form of gamesmanship but obviously chnaged his mind as the season progressed..
Gibbs was talking to the ref, he said he believed the official told him it was OK to use the second timeout.. When it was called, the Bills went nuts demanding a penalty which they got, a 15 yard unsportsmanlike conduct call.. This made the Lindell attempt 36 yards, which he hit handily..
Gibbs took the blame for the game telling the team and the media it does not mater what he believes the ref told him, he didn't know the rule..

Injuries: T Todd Wade bruised his knee and missed a couple of plays but returned to finish the game.. CB Shawn Springs suffered a bruised lower back in the first half, returned to play most of that half but played sparingly in the second half.. He said he belives he will be fine to play Thursday against the Bears..

I talked to one player who said he was happy that those who broke into Taylor's house and ultimately shot him were in custody, "only if the right guys were arrested. I do feel bad for them too not to have enough sense not to do something like that."

The team will fly early tomorrow morning to Miami to attend Taylor's funeral then will return to Redskins Park later in the afternoon.. There is only scheduled day of practice before the Bears game, Tuesday..

The Redskins defense hasn't given up a touchdown in 7 quarters but is 0-2 in those games.. When asked about the timeout gaffe, Gregg Williams said he was more dissapointed by the 33 yard pass play from Trent Edwards to Josh Reed that enabled the Bills to be in field goal range for the final chance to win.. Reed getting the ball in the deep middle of the field was one final reminder who the team was missing back there..

OK men..

6 Comments:

Blogger Davicus Maximus said...

Bram -
You do a great job, as do your colleagues. But did it ever occur to anyone that coach Joe called that 2nd time out on purpose?

The purpose being to take some pressure/blame from off of his players. After watching the 51 yarder sail through with ease, Joe may have thought that he would make the kick anyway. Why not try to deflect some of the responsibility from the guys, and fall on your sword. I don't blame Joe if that is indeed what happened. It's a tough time for all.

Thanks

5:31 AM  
Blogger Kicha said...

I don't think he did it on purpose --- I think his emotions got the best of him.

I feel so sorry for the team, especially Smoot. He really took the loss hard.

6:54 AM  
Blogger Covering The Redskins said...

Joe Gibbs didn't know the rule.. It was a hiuge mistake. I don't think ensuring a loss would have helped his team feel better about anything..

1:22 PM  
Blogger Christa said...

Bram - was at the game yesterday and couldn't help thinking what terrific symmetry it would have been if Doughty had intercepted that 30-yard pass play that put the Bills in position to even kick that game-winner.

Would have really been something to see him take that ball the other way...I thought for a minute he might have had it, and thought perhaps Sean was looking down from heaven to help him out. But it wasn't to be.

I walked out of that stadium as dejected after a loss as I've ever been. I'm calling this season a loss and moving on, which I think is a relief at this point. I just can't take any more gut-wrenching emotion.

The funeral today was a beautiful tribute, at least. I only hope some of your national colleagues at ESPN and others watched it and learned a little something about Sean Taylor, the man.

thanks for all your hard work on this.

5:53 PM  
Blogger John said...

I find it hard to believe that Joe Gibbs and the Bills did not know about the defense fielding 10 men when Terry Bradshaw on Fox did.

11:23 AM  
Blogger Lee Hernly said...

I find it extremely hard to believe that Gibbs didn't know the rule. That rule has been around like forever.

I think he did because he knew Lindell would make it anyway and he didn't want any blame falling on his players.

9:49 AM  

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