Redskins Park Notes: Media Crush Begins

Redskins Park Notes 01.04.06--As media from places ranging from Tampa to New York converged on Redskins Park, Gibbs talked about his players and some of them talked about him.

...Corner Shawn Springs did not practice and is listed as questionable on the injury report. Corner Carlos Rogers practiced and is fine; he's not on the injury report. Defensive end Renaldo Wynn (foot) is listed as probable and did not practice today.

...For Tampa Bay, receiver Michael Clayton (turf toe) is out; safety Jermaine Phillips (knee) is questionable and did practice. End Simeon Rice (illness) is probable, but did not practice.

...Redskins coach Joe Gibbs on having characters such as Clinton Portis on the roster:

‘'If you don't have characters on your team, and if you don't have guys who have a funny bone and add something to the team, it's a miserable 16 weeks. I enjoy that part of it. Where you draw the line is if it hurts the team and if something negative is said about someone else or they're trying to draw attention to themselves. Guys are having fun. With Clinton, I've never heard a comment where he's trying to make himself feel important or talking about another team. He has fun. If you do this and you don't have fun, you don't have much of a team.''

...Redskins end Renaldo Wynn received the B.J. Blanchard Good Guy Award for the player who helped the media most do its job. Blanchard is the longtime receptionist at Redskins Park. Wynn finished second the first three seasons of the award.

But know this: eight other players received votes and this is generally regarded as the best locker room by the longtime beat reporters (including yours truly). There's perhaps one key player who has worn on the media of this group -- and it's not Sean Taylor, who has been easy to deal with this year. That's pretty good and it speaks volumes about the types of players Gibbs and Co. have brought in.

...A media crush was on today, with papers from New York and Tampa sending writers, as well as Sports Illustrated, which sent former Post beat writer Nunyo Demasio to town.

...Mike Sellers was the fourth straight Redskin to earn a Player of the Week Award, when he received the honor for NFC special teams.

...Sellers on the 1999 playoff game at Tampa Bay when the Redskins led 13-0 before losing, 14-13: ''With that team we got ahead of ourselves thinking we had the game and apparently we didn't. We had a lot of great players that year and we depended a lot on those guys. No one wanted to share the responsibility. That's what we have this year. We're going into Tampa a whole different team, a lot better attitude.

''We work so well together and everyone on this team gets along. There's no one person; it's a team effort.''

And there's this from Sellers on Joe Gibbs: ''It's one thing to have a coach who hasn't proven himself; you still second-guess him. But this coach here, everyone knows what he's done and no one is gonna question him. I don't think anyone is brave enough to question him. Everyone knows that he knows what he's doing.''

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