* Two of the first players on the field, some two-plus hours before kickoff, were former teammates Jon Jansen and Mark Brunell. The two chatted for a long time before Brunny said “hello” to a couple other Redskins.
* At 11:45 a.m., when the Redskins’ specialists took the field, it became official: Your heroes decided to go with the white-on-white uniforms. The trend started with the playoff run in 2005 and continued in 2006 until the players decided to go back to the traditional white-on-burgundy uniform.
* Maybe this is in Jim Zorn’s contract: Must spend time with The Braintrust … at midfield … an hour before the game. There was the Z Man conversing with Dan and Vinny. And it’s definitely the regular season — close by Dan The Man was his Right Winger (Bernie Shaw).
* The pregame sidelines appear to be more crowded this year with spectators and self-described VIPs. They’re confined to a roped-in area but they get a decent view of the Redskins coming out of the tunnel. Hopefully it didn’t cost them anything more than $1.
* Brunell took the field at 12:10 p.m. … no reaction from the fans.
* Zorn moved away from The Braintrust to chat with Saints coach Sean Payton. This is a huge departure from the days of Coach Joe, who loathed any interaction with the opposing coach (even Bill Parcells) before or after the game.
* Clinton Portis should expect a call from The NFL’s Uniform Police this week. C.P. took the field for warm-ups with yellow cleats, not even close to what anybody other player was wearing.
* Unfortunately, the pre-game fireworks have survived another season. This will be the last time they’re mentioned this year.
* The Redskins starting defense was introduced. That’s a nice addition to the festivities — it gets the crowd semi fired up before kickoff.
* Some things never change at FedEx. On the Redskins’ first drive, a big sign reads, “QUIET! Offense at work.” That’s just an insult to the fans. If they need to be told that, they’re not real fans.