October 13: They Said What?!?!?!

Here are some quotes from after practice on October 13th. Included are quotes from Jim Zorn, Leigh Torrence, Pete Kendall, Carlos Rogers and Chris Cooley.

Redskins Head Coach Jim Zorn

On the punting situation:

"We're bringing some punters in tomorrow. I had a good conversation with Durant (Brooks) today. This has nothing to do with his injury- he has a little bit of a hip flexor and quad strain. We have to look at the situation. When we bring punters in, it just means we're going to work these guys out and take a look at them, and we'll have many conversations before Wednesday about the situation and then we'll go from there. I think the punting situation is probably the biggest question mark. I would say his position is in jeopardy because of performance not because of injury."

On recent injuries:

"He (tackle Chris Samuels) has a mild knee sprain. I think he's going to be okay—he did not have to get an MRI. Ladell Betts has a mild knee sprain. I don't know the severity of it yet. Those tests are being checked by the doctors right now. Chris Horton has a sprained ankle, but it's a low sprain, so I think he's going to be just fine. I saw him (Fred Smoot) getting treatment today (for his groin). I think he's going to be fine. James Thrash got a wicked hit in the back, but he's also got a little bit of a sprained knee. I saw him hauling around here this morning, so I suspect he's going to be okay."

On the loss to the St. Louis Rams:

"We came in here preparing pretty well. If you looked at the video, we played very hard. I was proud of how hard we played. On defense, you can maybe point to a couple of plays but you can't point to too many where we really allowed them to take advantage of us. On offense we just kept coming back and we kept swinging. Nobody lost concentration and nobody lost hope from what we did on offense."

On reviewing what happened in the game:

"I would say for the most part we should all be very excited about most of the things we did out there. I was very pleased with Jason Campbell and how he played—he concentrated the whole game. We just kept plugging away in there and we made some good throws and good plays. We just couldn't overcome the combination of several of those situations, and that's the biggest frustration for me. The thing that I'm most concerned about is the focus or the concentration of the off-sides (calls). It was guys just jumping, so that I'm going to address. We had a couple of really big plays that we couldn't even execute- they were just flat no plays because of lack of concentration- that's inexcusable."

Redskins Cornerback Leigh Torrence

On defending the pass at the end of the game:

"It was an under thrown ball and you want to be able to make a play on that. I wasn't able to come with it, but that's kind of the life you live out there on the corner. We'll move on and improve for the future. I haven't seen it (the play) yet; I'll be able to take a look at it in a few minutes. It was just one of those types of plays- sometimes things go your way and sometimes they don't. We've got another opponent coming in here this weekend and we've got to get a win."

On moving past the loss to the St. Louis Rams:

"Everybody was out there fighting. We had a tough game. We were able to get ahead, so to let it slip away at the end is really frustrating. To be the person at the point of attack on that play is one of those unfortunate things in sports. You've got to move on. We're working real hard and we've got a real good team. I think we'll be alright. It's a learning experience. Everybody made mistakes in that game, and we take the wins together and we take the losses together. We've got 10 more (games), so we'll keep fighting."

Redskins Offensive Guard Pete Kendall

On the week leading up to the St. Louis Rams:

"It was my opinion that we had a good week of practice and that we had the right amount of focus (leading up to the game). My opinion was that we were doing the right things and preparing the right way, but it didn't come out right on Sunday."

On RB Clinton Portis:

"He's running hard. I think he's healthy this year. I think the scheme is something that he's very familiar with now because we didn't change the scheme. I think he's getting the opportunities. He's so talented, so if we can continue to run the ball when we want to run it and throw it when we want to throw it and not get into a situation where the defense is able to dictate to us, I think he's going to continue to be productive."

Redskins Cornerback Carlos Rogers

On the way he is playing:

"I feel real good about the way I'm playing. It's a long season and I still see things that I need to improve on. I feel like I'm playing pretty well right now. All I want to do is get better and not get worse. There are always things that I can get better at."

Redskins Tight End Chris Cooley

On the loss to the St. Louis Rams:

"I played as hard as I could play. I prepared for this game. I knew the Rams were a good football team, and I felt like I played hard all game. We had some unfortunate breaks and that's the way football is. Because we hadn't turned the ball over once this year, it was such a surprise to see the crazy turnovers that we had. I had mine, Pete (Kendall) had the wild catch and fumble, and that doesn't happen. I mean it's going to a couple of times, but you can't plan for those things. It was unfortunate and we didn't have enough to overcome it, but I do think we prepared and I don't think that this team underestimated the Rams. We all went out and played hard and it didn't work out for us."

On moving past the loss:

"We've got to look at what we're doing right now, the type of team that we have and what we've accomplished so far. That's the best thing about this job is that we play Cleveland (Browns) on Sunday (so we have an opportunity to move on). It'll be a quick turnaround for us- we'll be back in practice and we'll be over it and working hard on Wednesday. Hopefully, we'll be able to put it behind us and get after it."

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