Carolina Followup: They Said What?

Warpath Insiders
Posted Aug 25, 2008


The media caught up with a lot of Redskins today in the aftermath of the loss in Carolina. See what Jim Zorn, Greg Blache, Jon Jansen, Chris Samuels, Jason Campbell, and Jason Taylor had to say on the day after one of the Redskins' worst preseason losses in team history.

Redskins Head Coach Jim Zorn

On if he is optimistic about Jason Taylor’s availability for the season opener:

“I do not know yet. I have every reason to believe.  My cup is half full.  It’s only half full because there is a chance they he may miss the first one.  My statement holds true, its better that he misses the first one than the next six because we try to push him back. We are going to wait to see what our medical group has to say and some of it will be how he feels and how he pushes himself.”

On the punting competition going into the last preseason game:

“They are going to both punt in the game.  That’s how we are going to do it. It’s going down to the nitty-gritty”

On if the players did more individual work than usually at practice today:

“No, we worked hard and worked through all the things that we did.  I think we worked through some of the things we were trying to correct.”

On the prospect of Malcolm Kelly playing in Thursday’s preseason game:

“If Malcolm can get up to speed he definitely is going to be in the game.  How much is he going to be in the game will depend really on tomorrow’s practice."

Redskins Defensive Coordinator Greg Blache

On what the reaction was to Carolina Panthers game:

“I thought we played poorly.  It was ugly.  We did not do things the way we like to do.  We played against a good football team that exposed some of our weaknesses and we have to work to improve those things.”

On if Carolina Panthers game was a poor team performance or individual:

“We had some individual breakdowns.  I went through all the bad plays and it was a different guy every time.  One thing about the great running backs, they are like water they always find the hole in the bucket.  You put a hole in your front the good backs are going to find it.  Those two backs are excellent backs and they found the hole in the bucket each time and they exploited us and we missed some tackles on the back end.  It was a good lesson for us if we learned from it if we don’t it’s just a bad experience that goes on and we do not reap any benefits from it.”

Redskins Tackle Jon Jansen

On his foot injury:

“I can pretty much tell now when it’s something major or when it’s something small, and this is something small. I’m happy it happened when it did, so I have time to get ready for the New York [Giants] game. Somebody just fell on me and sprained my foot a little bit. It’s nothing major. I had a little bit of bruising, but it’s responded well to treatment. I have no doubt that in a couple of days I’ll be fine.”

On last week’s game against the Carolina Panthers:

“It was very disappointing. There’s no hiding that fact. I’m disappointed in myself and everything we did, but the great thing about it is that luckily we’ve got a quick turnaround. We can go back out there on Thursday and try and put it behind us and get ready for the regular season.”

On his status for the upcoming game:

“I haven’t been told that whether I will [play] or not. I would love to get back out there and put it behind me. My focus is on New York.”

Redskins Tackle Chris Samuels

On the upcoming game versus the Jacksonville Jaguars:

“It will be good to go back out there because it will give us a chance to wash it [last week’s loss] out of our memory. It was a tough game, so hopefully we can go out there and play well.”

On practice this week:

“I work hard everyday out there on the field, so I’m just going to keep doing what I’ve been doing. It was just a bad game that we had. We’re going to look at the film after practice later, learn from it and then just move on.”

Redskins Quarterback Jason Campbell

On playing against Jacksonville defensive coordinator Gregg Williams:

“We all know him, we know he’s coming back to town. This is a big moment for him and a big moment for this team. We’ve still have to go out there, pay attention to details and what we need to do. Of course we’re going to go out there and get the game started off. We don’t want to finish it [the pre-season] with a bad taste in our mouth, so we’re going to go out there and bounce back.”

 On what they need to improve on:

“We just need to play with more of an attitude. We need to be more aggressive. Carolina came out and they definitely played at a higher level than we did, and I think that was the reason they were more successful than us. They came out with intensity and we never matched it. We didn’t get into a rhythm. We have to learn from this. It definitely left a bad taste in our mouths, but it doesn’t define our pre-season or our team. It was one bad game that we had and now we understand what we need to do to correct it.”

On the loss to the Carolina Panthers:

“We just got beat. We lost some battles. We need to bounce back and get ourselves focused. It was a humbling experience for all of us and that’s how you need to look at it. It makes you work extra hard.”

Redskins Defensive End Jason Taylor

On his knee injury:

“It’s a physical game and things happen. You can’t play the game afraid of getting hurt. Pre-season or not, you go out and try to play hard. Things happen, you get rolled up and you just hope it’s not a big deal. It took a little longer than I would have hoped [to get off the field]. It could have been worse though, so I’m very fortunate. I watched the play again, and in a pile like that and as ugly as it looked, it could have been a lot worse.”

On how he’s feeling:

“I have been a quick healer in the past. People think I’m old, but I’m not that old yet so hopefully those healing cells are still in there. I feel alright. I couldn’t run or do anything today. If we were playing tomorrow, I couldn’t do it, but we have some time. I’m going to put my best foot forward with rehab, and we’ll see where we are next week.”

On when to expect him back out on the field:

“In a perfect world, I’d like to play Thursday but it doesn’t count, so I won’t be there Thursday for sure. After that, it’s live games and I’m not one for missing games. I’m still in a big brace because it (my knee) won’t support itself yet but we have some time. I think the next few days will tell a lot.”

On finding out the severity of the injury:

“Yeah, of course I was relieved [that the injury wasn’t serious]. Then you want to figure out what it is and what we need to do to correct it. They said at the field that everything seemed stable and that it wasn’t anything big, but you never know until you get the MRI and the MRI was promising. There were some things in there, but nothing bad. I’m happy to be able to come back and play. We’ll just have to wait and see at what point that will be.”

On what a consecutive game-streak means to him:

“It’s something you take pride in because you don’t miss games. I’ve been beat up before during the seasons with nicks and bruises that’s part of the game. Being able to play through those things and always show up on Sunday is something I do take pride in, but some things are out of your control. There are a lot of guys in here that would like to never miss a game, but unfortunately for them they’re not always able to do that. We’ll see [what happens]. I don’t want to miss one (a game) now, but some things are out of our control. I want to be back, but I have to be smart.”

On well-wishes from his team:

“We go through a lot as athletes together on a team. This is the ultimate team game. You spend so much time together and you do create that camaraderie and that brotherhood. When anybody gets hurt, you feel bad for him. Whether it’s a knee or something small, you want everyone to be well. I do appreciate that, even though I’ve only been here a month, they’ve welcomed me into the group and that they look at me as someone they care about. It means a lot to me.”



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