Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco laughed that, on one call Sunday, an NFL replacement official threw a blue beanie instead of a flag. Washington Redskins linebacker Lorenzo Alexander scoffed at a brutal personal foul penalty on teammate London Fletcher and wondered how guys could tackle each other on kickoffs and not get penalized.
The trust stops here for Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan.
Robert Griffin III wants you to understand, despite the $35 commemorative T-shirt the Washington Redskins are selling and despite the national telecast, it's not Andrew Luck against him Saturday afternoon. He will play against the Indianapolis Colts' defense in his home debut, and he'll be on the sideline when Luck faces the Redskins' defense.
Robert Griffin III and Pierre Garcon were done playing in last Thursday’s preseason game, but their work day was not finished. While their Washington Redskins teammates competed against the Buffalo Bills on the scoreboard and against each other for roster spots, Griffin and Garcon reviewed the 14 plays the first-string offense ran.
Continuity has been the theme for the Washington Redskins on defense. Barring injury, they should have the same defensive line and linebackers as they did at the end of last season, and coordinator Jim Haslett's 3-4 scheme remains in tact.
You can tell which fans at Washington Redskins training camp are seeing Robert Griffin III for the first time because they let out little "oohs" and "aahs" when the rookie quarterback escapes the pocket with his elite speed. Thousands have come to the first four practices to witness Griffin's gifts, and those talents make an instant impression.
Upon further review, the NFL has decided to penalize the New York Giants for trading two first-round draft picks, a third-round pick and a fifth-round pick to the San Diego Chargers in 2004 for the rights to quarterback Eli Manning.
Hope is an unlikely thing to discover in the middle of the swamps and sprawl of the Meadowlands.
Cornerback DeAngelo Hall is one of the Washington Redskins' captains. Twice during Sundays loss to New England, however, Hall failed to meet the standard of leadership that accompanies that distinction, according to coach Mike Shanahan.