...Sad day at Redskins Park: Joe Bugel's daughter, Holly, died of a rare bone cancer. Buges coached his group, hung around for a bit and then was scheduled to leave for Phoenix. His group is very close with him.
"We have a real tight family here," Redskins right tackle Jon Jansen
said. "When you lose a member it hurts a lot more when you're
tight-knit, but you also know that you have a lot of people around to
support you and everyone will be there for Buges.
"None of us have gone through that situation [losing a child]. Some of
us have kids and we know how we feel about our own kids. [Bugel] came
in and said, ‘Love your kids up; you don't ever know what's going to
...The Redskins also had to react to Gene Upshaw's death. Owner Dan
Snyder was close with him. Coach Jim Zorn played against Upshaw in the
late 70s and early 80s.
"He was a tremendous athlete and leader," said Redskins coach Jim
Zorn, who played against Upshaw, a Hall of Fame guard with Oakland, in
the 1970s and early ‘80s. "The amount of history he was involved in
changing the NFL was dramatic to say the least. He'll be greatly
...Too much sadness at Redskins Park the past few years,
with the deaths of Kevin Mitchell, Justin Skaggs and obviously Sean Taylor. There's
also Shawn Springs' father who is in a coma and, last year, Joe Gibbs'
grandson who had leukemia.
...Now, on to the on-field action. Rookie Malcolm Kelly is unlikely to
play Saturday. He practiced more today, but he did not show the
necessary burst that Zorn wanted to see.
...LB Marcus Washington did not practice as he was getting his hip
checked out. Zorn said he was just being precautionary.
...The Redskins rotated their corners, going first with Shawn Springs and
Fred Smoot and then Smoot and Carlos Rogers.
...Colt Brennan was a little inaccurate on some of his early passes,
missing Fred Davis too far inside and then throwing to the wrong
shoulder of Nehemiah Broughton. However, he later got away with a tough
decision because of his accuracy. With Khary Campbell all but draped on
Davis at the goal-line, Brennan tried to squeeze the ball in. It was
one of those, "No, no, no... nice pass," sort of plays because he got
the ball to Davis. Brennan is not afraid to make a mistake and that
will help in a few years when he's much more polished.
...Oh, yeah. One more Brennan throw: a beautiful pass to Horace Gant in
the right corner of the end zone, just over Reed Doughty's fingertips.
Very nice pass.
...Anthony Montgomery continues to work with the second team. Still
standing too high for my taste. Greg Blache said he has to stay on top
of Montgomery; Monty said he no longer needs that. But I side with
Blache on this one. I like Monty, but the knock on him in college was
staying motivated; you'd better stay on him for a few years before you
trust he'll be that way on his own.
...Matt Sinclair is still out with back spasms. That leaves an opening
for Alfred Fincher at linebacker. Fincher's big problem is that he too
often is not in the right position; sometimes he makes a play because
of it, but it's something he must correct.
John Keim covers the Redskins for the Washington Examiner and is a contributing editor for Warpathinsiders.com. He has covered the team since 1994. Some of his other stories can be found at dcexaminer.com
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