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Glass is barely half-full after the first quarter

Post Time:Oct 09,2009Classify:Industry NewsView:471

It was the kind of moment that could occur only inside the victors' locker room.

A group of reporters surrounded London Fletcher at his locker late Sunday afternoon before the Washington Redskins' co-captain finished tying his necktie. It's proper etiquette for reporters to wait until their subject is fully dressed before firing the first question, and Fletcher apologized for keeping the crowd waiting.

And as he tugged the knot tight, he smiled and asked reporters whether it looked dapper. Still unconvinced, he leaned in close enough to a television camera to see his reflection. He made a final adjustment, everyone chuckled, and the proceedings commenced.

That sort of joviality had been absent after the Redskins' first three games. But they played well in the second half of Sunday's 16-13 comeback win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and that has provided players with hope that they might ultimately improve the shoddy play that has characterized the first month of their season.

"I think we're doing some things good," center Casey Rabach said. "We've got a ways to go yet, there's no doubt about it."

Coach Jim Zorn likes to divide the 16-game season into quarters, so yesterday was time to reflect on Washington's 2-2 start.

The overriding reality is that the Redskins have shown no signs of being a playoff-caliber team even while navigating the softest portion of their schedule.

They have beaten St. Louis and Tampa Bay by a combined five points, while those two winless teams have lost their other three games by an average of 27 and 17 points, respectively. Washington also became the first team in 20 games to lose to the Detroit Lions, a team that has otherwise been outscored by 56 points in three games.

Source: fredericksburg.comAuthor: shangyi

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