As if Sunday night’s Cowboys-Redskins game needed any more sizzle, it was produced Monday by Dallas’ reported signing of kicker Shaun Suisham.
Cut by Washington last week, Suisham worked out for Dallas over the weekend after kicker Nick Folk continued to struggle (18-for-28 on field goals this year) - he had missed kicks in six consecutive games. The Cowboys cut Folk on Monday.
Suisham was whacked by the Redskins following three misses in three weeks, including a 23-yard kick that would have sealed an upset win over New Orleans. Rookie Graham Gano was added two days later even though Suisham was 18-for-21 on the season.
Suisham started his career with Dallas in 2005 before spending more than three years with the Redskins. His 79.4 percent conversion rate is the best in franchise history.
Long before the Giants and Redskins settled the outcome Monday night at FedEx Field, Lon Rosenberg had reason to be happy. Not to mention relieved and more than a little tired.
As the Redskins’ senior vice president of operations, Rosenberg was the point man involved in the removal of more than 25 million pounds of snow from the turf and surrounding parking areas before the game.
The field showed no signs of the historic blizzard that hit the D.C. area Saturday. All but two of the parking lots (which were gravel and grass and would have been torn up) were cleared.
“I’m amazingly pleased with the expertise of the staff to get this job done,” Rosenberg said. “We have an amazing crew. I’m a little in awe.”
Rosenberg credited his boss, vice president of operations Chris Bloyer, with setting things in motion.
“He had a plan, and he called it,” he said. “He said it wasn’t gonna be a 12-inch storm.”
Then it was up to Rosenberg, his staff and more than 1,200 workers to implement the plan. Rosenberg said “the shovels hit the ground” midmorning Saturday as the snow was piling up. The job lasted round the clock until shortly before the start of the game.
Rosenberg’s department had consulted snow-removal experts in Buffalo, Denver, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Philadelphia. But this was a completely new experience for Rosenberg, a Southern California native who joined the Redskins in August after spending several years working for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“I’ve never seen anything like this in my life,” he said.
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