Some notes that didn’t make tomorrow’s TWT Redskins notebook.
*Detroit coach Jim Schwartz was Tennessee’s defensive coordinator the last several years when Albert Haynesworth anchored the middle.
“I haven’t really seen enough but time will tell and the packages they use him in and things like that,” Schwartz said. “They’re using him at defensive end a little, same as we did, lining him up at right defensive tackle, the same as we did in Tennessee. He’s making a lot of the same kind of plays. He’s a force against the run, he’s a force against the pass. He’s a guy that has to be accounted for on every play.”
*Several players said they didn’t have problem with being booed off the field Sunday after beating St. Louis.
“This is probably the worst it’s gotten, to tell you the truth,” center Casey Rabach said. “I’ve been booed here before but I don’t know if I’ve booed after a win. It’s the bottom of the barrel so far.”
I asked him if the attention booing was getting was pathetic.
“It is what it is,” Rabach said. “Everybody is entitled to their opinion and they let their opinion know.”
*Schwartz has local ties — he grew up in Baltimore and played at Georgetown.
“I grew up a Baltimore Colts fan,” he said. “We were at war with the Redskins. We would play a preseason game at RFK or Memorial Stadium and there would be a dozen fights with the fans. I wasn’t in them – I was too young. That was part of the attraction of going to the preseason game – seeing some of those battles between the Colts and Redskins fans.”
*Coach Jim Zorn is impressed with Lions rookie QB Matthew Stafford, the first overall pick in the draft last spring.
“He’s got a great presence,” Zorn said. “He’s big, he commands the line of scrimmage well and he seems like a confident kid. He shows you that he’s going to will his way and be a good NFL QB. What I liked about him is that his release lends itself to making a lot of different throws. He can do a lot of the things you need to – throw deep, crank one 30 yards, throw a screen, throw hot – just because he has a real natural release. I fully imagine that he’s going to be a really good QB in this league.”
— Ryan O’Halloran