Marshall's INT helped Redskins get "cronked"
to Get Cronked
The Washington Redskins are in the playoffs, and the English language might never be the same.
"Coming back on the plane last night, we were cronked," Redskins middle linebacker Lemar Marshall said of the flight home from Philadelphia. "From guys who aren't even playing, injured guys, practice squad guys, guys are really geeked.
"To finally get to this spot, man, finally, everybody is geeked for this, everybody is cronked for this."
Even coach Joe Gibbs would be cronked and geeked for a rematch with Tampa Bay, on Saturday in Tampa, Fla., if he knew what being cronked and geeked entailed.
Deserve to Party Like It's 1999
The Daily Press
The last time the Washington Redskins were a playoff team ...
The most popular Clinton in town resided at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
The only team Joe Gibbs cared about was Joe Gibbs Racing.
Lemar Marshall was beginning what would be a three-year process of trying to make somebody's roster.
And Dan Snyder had never fired a coach.
Yep. It's been that long.
Plays like this aggravated Springs' injuries
Worry Before Bucs
The Daily Press
Washington Redskins cornerback Shawn Springs said in November that he saw something against Tampa Bay he'd take advantage of if Washington got a shot at avenging its 36-35 loss to the Buccaneers.
Springs never said what he saw, but Washington has another opportunity to play Tampa Bay by virtue of its 31-20 win Sunday over the Philadelphia Eagles. But Springs may not be able to play in Saturday's wild-card playoffs - the Redskins' first postseason berth since 1999 - at Tampa Bay because of a sore right groin.
Await Word On Springs
Jason La Canfora
The Washington Post
While the Redskins await word on whether top cornerback Shawn Springs will be available for Saturday's playoff game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, rookie cornerback Carlos Rogers said yesterday he will return for Washington's first postseason contest since the 1999-2000 season.
Springs, 30, who has played at a Pro Bowl level the past two seasons and is by far the most accomplished of the Redskins' defensive backs, had an MRI exam on his injured groin yesterday and the results will be evaluated today by team doctors and surgeons, said Bubba Tyer, the team's director of sports medicine. Springs could be out indefinitely, team sources said.
Did the Bucs catch a break on their biggest play of the season?
The Tampa Tribune
Looking back on it, Bucs coach Jon Gruden doesn't categorize the call as having been right, wrong or even gutsy. Simply put, he said, the decision to attempt a 2-point conversion at the end of the Bucs' first meeting with the Redskins was just "the logical thing to do."
"The ball wasn't at the 2-yard-line; it was at the 1," Gruden said Monday in remembering that pivotal play. "And we had had previous success at the goal line [that day]. And quite frankly, the Redskins had been moving the ball on us. Fortunately for us it all worked out."
Playoff Tickets Available
St. Petersburg Times Staff
A limited number of tickets for the Bucs' wild-card playoff game go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. today. They can be purchased at Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com or by calling (813) 287-8844.
Against Redskins Got Bucs Going
St. Petersburg Times
Trailing by a point Nov. 13, fullback Mike Alstott used second effort to power his way into the end zone for the conversion with 58 seconds left in a 36-35 victory.
Before that game, the Bucs had lost three of four, including two straight since Chris Simms took over as the starting quarterback for the injured Brian Griese.
Might Be Now
The Washington Times
The message is clear: It would behoove the Redskins to make the most of this playoff opportunity because there's no telling when they'll get another. Their quarterback is 35 (and not looking any younger), they've already traded their 2006 first-round pick and their health this season, let's face it, has been fairly good.
They're also competing in the toughest division in the NFC. The Giants improved from 6-10 to 11-5, the Redskins from 6-10 to 10-6 and the Cowboys from 6-10 to 9-7. And the Eagles, rest assured, will be back.
Pierson Prioleau finishes off the Gatorade
'Skins assistant deserves to be showered with praise -- and offers
As the clock wound down on Washington's last and most important victory of the season, a couple of players grabbed a Gatorade container and headed for their coaches. But instead of looking for Joe Gibbs, they turned in another direction.
"They were about to dump the Gatorade on coach Gibbs," defensive end Phillip Daniels said after Washington's 31-20 win. "But (director of sports medicine) Bubba Tyer turned it over. He didn't want them to do it to the coach."
That's fine. They found Williams instead and drenched his back before he jogged away.
"You know what?" said Williams, laughing, "I press them so hard, and there's a give-and-take with this. If I drive them so hard I have to be able to take some razzing."