Decision time: The Redskins probably won't decide about right guard until Thursday at the earliest. We've heard Chad Rinehart will get the nod, but there's clearly something they're not seeing out of him that has prevented him from getting the job already. They liked what Will Montgomery did during the game and in training camp. So he's a legit option. But it says a lot about where Rinehart is at that he's not an automatic option. However, we've heard from too many others who question his athleticism.
Locker room topic: Third down failures. Jim Zorn has spent the week defending his playcalling. The players haven't really started to question it too harshly, mainly because the film doesn't lie: playcalling is but one issue and it's not the biggest. The offensive line's problems top that woe. On the failed fourth and 1 from the 2, three Redskins, at least, failed to win their assignment and the play blew up. Doesn't matter if someone messed up the line call; not every play is run perfectly and touchdowns are still made. The players know this. But there's also no doubt that when coaches knock the line, or other parts of the team, this eventually creates fissures. Saw it during the Norv Turner era, when he blamed one thing: the players. Zorn will blame himself, but he 'll also finger the culprits.
The vibe: There's a definite bucking up as the players are tired of hearing what they're not doing well. They've had to remind everyone many times that they actually won. The booing was still a topic, with some trying to blame the media – until they were reminded that this occurred during and right after the game. In some ways this could bring the Redskins together just a little bit more, a definite us vs. the world mentality. Not quite there yet, but you can see it coming.
New guy: Running back Anthony Alridge likely will be active this weekend, likely leaving Marcus Mason on the sideline. That's not surprising. Mason gives the Redskins nothing that they don't already have. Alridge adds speed. They need that, so it makes sense to keep him active. But, yes, there's some head-scratching by the players as to how many running backs are on the roster. And, yes, you're right if you think this adds to Rock Cartwright's frustration. In reality, though, what changes more for him are kick returns as Devin Thomas will continue to get work back there during games.
Aches and pains: Jason Campbell was limited because of his sore foot today. He'll play Sunday and it's doubtful that the game plan will be affected much. Clinton Portis was limited, too, because of his ankle. But we're guessing this is more just Clinton being Clinton and needing a break.
Quotable: "I won't say anything as far as myself anymore. It doesn't matter what I do … I won't defend us in the red zone. It's true, we have to score more. But from the 20 to the 20 we're doing an outstanding job. Last year against the Giants we passed the 50 once. This year we did it a couple times. To me that was a plus. Now it's obvious we have to finish drives to score more. That doesn't mean we're a bad offense." Jason Campbell.
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