The Washington Times - September 24, 2009, 06:42PM

Jim Zorn changed the schedule today — instead of 1:30 practice, he kept the Redskins on the field after their walk-through and practice started around 11:30 a.m. It probably meant for an earlier exit from the facility for the players.

Cleaning out the notebook:


*Defensive coordinator Greg Blache said several of his starters are playing well after two games.

“We’ve got a lot of guys playing well right now,” he said. “Rocky McIntosh has had two solid games, Carlos [Rogers] has had two solid games, [London] Fletcher [too]. We haven’t had anybody really screw up.”

*Detroit LB Ernie Sims (shoulder) missed practice again today and isn’t expected to play. It’s a tough break for Sims, who was hurt in garbage time (2-minute warning) of the Lions’ loss to Minnesota. DT Grady Jackson (knee) was added to the injury list.

*Redskins coach Jim Zorn didn’t express disappoint in second-year RG Chad Rinehart’s progress.

“Each guy comes along at his own pace and sometimes, people put labels,” Zorn said. “The going rate for linemen to ‘get it’ is the third year. We would love to have a guy in his first year ‘get it’, but everybody has their own timing.”

*Detroit coach Jim Schwartz on QB Matthew Stafford:

“We thought a lot of him when we drafted him – you don’t draft a guy first overall unless you feel really good about it. It’s a tremendous commitment from a pick standpoint and from a financial standpoint so you better feel strong before you pick him.

“He’s exceeded our expectations every step of the way. Everybody knows he has a strong arm and a good release and we knew he was smart. We thought we had a feel for how much he liked the game and his leadership abilities, the way he handles the quarterback position. Quarterback is a little bit different than the other positions – you’re the guy that’s up front and the guy everybody looks to and he’s comfortable in that role and those are the things that surprised us pleasantly after he got him.”

*RB Rock Cartwright on the arrival of yet another back: “I can’t control it so why worry about it? I’m excited to still have a job and be a special teams guy.”

— Ryan O’Halloran