The Redskins signed defensive tackle James Cannida today. But don't expect him to perform miracles.…
Armstead: Toughness Needed
Armstead also doesn't want to hear any excuses. Afer one preseason game he's seen things that must improve.
''We've got what is considered the best offensive line in the league as far as talent and money,'' Armstead said. ''You look at the guys who are well paid on defense and we have no excuses. We've got all the things in place. Now it's left up to the players to create that toughness. We took it amongst ourselves right now to make sure we start building that game by game.''
The defensive players certainly had fun trying to instill more toughness Monday.
''We needed to do that more often,'' Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington said. ''Try to be intense all the time. That usually works.''
Redskins coach Steve Spurrier had told the players before practice to hit a little harder--but not to knock over the offensive players.
After one play, running back Chad Morton shoved Armstead after the linebacker had given him an extra hit in an 11-on-11 drill, which led to a scrum.
At least one coach got knocked down by the pile and words were exchanged between several players, including Arrington and receiver Rod Gardner.
On the next play, linebacker Jeremiah Trotter drove running back Sultan McCollough into the ground after he caught a pass in the right flat. Defensive coordinator George Edwards shouted at Trotter, using an expletive and sending him to the sidelines.
Later in practice, Morton and Armstead again got tangled up and the 5-foot-8 Morton would not let go of the 6-foot-1, 237-pound linebacker. Finally, Spurrier intervened and the players separated.
''That was stuff that shouldn't have happened,'' Spurrier said of the scrapes. ''I hope it doesn't happen again. I don't encourage that.''
The players didn't seem to mind.
''We needed a little pick-me-up and there's no better way to do that than a fight,'' Morton said. ''No one likes to lose. We need [the fights] sometimes. It fires everyone up.''
DCProFootball.com Recommended Stories
Week 8: Game Time Decisions
Every week, Fantasy Football Expert Rob Warner posts his big-name players to watch as they heal at the last minute before the games begin on Sunday. Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles (pictured…Read More
NFL Week 8: Previews and Predictions
Highly opinionated previews of every game. Are you ready for some insider info?Read More
BOMBS AWAY: ISIS BEFORE AND AFTER AIRSTRIKE
Photographer Bulent Kilic captured these amazing images of ISIS members who were on the very wrong end of an allied bombing in Turkey.Read More
TBT: Pumpkin Carving With A Handgun
While many hunters are focused on pursuing big game in late October, it’s also time to make sure you’re ready for Halloween, and specifically trick-or-treaters. In this throwback Thursday video,…Read More
Watch: Sailfish Goes Psycho!
Check out this classic video of Dan Larson battling an acrobatic sailfish on a trip to the world-famous Tropic Star Lodge in Panama.Read More