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News & Notes: For Redskins, Reasons For Redemption


Words of the week from Redskins Park: "Move on."

The Redskins are putting last week's disappointing 23-17 loss to the New York Giants in the past and focusing on this week's opponent, the St. Louis Rams.

Thing is, the Redskins are now dealing with questions about last year's disappointing 19-17 loss to the St. Louis Rams.

As the Redskins head into Week 2, they have reasons for redemption.

Jim Zorn and Redskins players aren't viewing it that way, though.

Zorn said he felt no extra motivation this week to beat the Rams following last year's game.

"They have a different team, and they have a whole different setup, a whole different [coaching] staff," Zorn said. "They don't care what happened last year. They're out here to win."

Zorn acknowledged that last year's loss hampered the team's playoff chances later in the year, though.

The Redskins were 4-1 at the time and the Rams entered the game 0-4 after firing their head coach.

"That was one of the games last year that we should have won, and we didn't," Zorn said. "It came back and haunted us, ending up 8-8…I'm looking forward [to the game], but it's not a revenge thing."

That doesn't mean the Redskins will take St. Louis lightly.

Asked about last year's Rams game, Jaosn Campbell quickly recounted some of the key moments: the Redskins' first turnover of the season by Chris Cooley, the Pete Kendall fumble returned 75 yards by safety Oshiomogho Otogwe for a touchdown, the 43-yard catch by wide receiver Donnie Avery to set up the Rams' game-winning field goal.

"They fought hard," Campbell said. "The next week they ended up beating Dallas, too. All it takes is one game to give a team a little momentum. We're a team that needs that right now as well."

Meantime, the Redskins continue to face questions following the season-opening loss to the Giants.

Campbell, who had two costly turnovers in the Giants game, believes the Redskins are a better football team than what they showed in Week 1.

"You learn from it and move on," Campbell said. "You can't live in the past. We have to continue to push each other in practice, continue to encourage each other, and get ready for this week."

Added Clinton Portis: "We've moved on. Our season didn't end last week. We lost to the Giants. It's not the first time we've lost to the Giants. It's not the first time we've lost the opening game of the season.

"The only thing it has stopped us from is having a perfect season. Right now, all of our goals are still attainable, and everything is still in front of us."


Jason Campbell continues to be effective in the shotgun formation.

In last Sunday's game against the New York Giants, Campbell was 14-of-17 for 155 yards and one touchdown when passing out of that formation.

Campbell was also effective in the shotgun formation last year, particularly early in the season.

At the time, Jim Zorn said there was no plan to make it a regular part of the offense.

Has he changed his mind since then?

"We're a good shotgun team and I think we're a good play-action team," Zorn said. "We're a decent movement team. We can throw hot from shotgun or underneath the center. All of those elements have to be in a ballgame just for deception.

"But I think we actually are more in the shotgun, even on second down now, than we ever have been. And Jason is comfortable with it."

It's not something that Zorn wants to do all the time, though.

"Not if we want to be deceptive with our draws," he said. "Not if we want to be deceptive on third down to run the ball. You expand your passing game, but you're telling the team, 'Hey, we're throwing the ball.'"


On Wednesday, the Redskins returned to practice with music blaring from loudspeakers.

The music continued through the early part of practice as the team went through warm-ups and individual drills.

Explained Zorn: "I had heard other teams have played music [during practice]. Chris requested it about a year ago, and it took me a long time to decide."

Zorn said he hoped the music would perk up the Redskins after last Sunday's 23-17 loss to the New York Giants.

"And it did," Zorn said. "I thought our guys enjoyed it. For us to keep it like that for a while, we'll see how it goes."


The Redskins signed offensive tackle William Robinson to their practice squad on Tuesday and release wide receiver Onrea Jones.

The 6-5, 297-pound Robinson spent the 2008 season on the Seattle Seahawks injured reserve list with an ankle injury. He had signed with the Seahawks as an undrafted rookie free agent.

Robinson played college football at San Diego State. He started at left tackle during his final two seasons with the Aztecs. Robinson is a native of Pomona, Calif.

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