There will be plenty of game recap today, I’m sure.
Coach Zorn will give his press conference, the players will talk, we’ll read all the articles online. But one of the things I’ve noticed in the office here at Redskins Park is that Mondays are already about the next week.
People talk about statistics, standing, and what different parts of the game imply moving forward — but it’s almost never just about reviewing what happened, that, “Hey, did you see that Moss catch” kind of conversation that’s a mainstay in most other places I’ve worked. Antwaan Randle El alluded to this attitude among the players when I spoke to him on Friday — “you’re trying to move on to the next week, and they’re still asking about last week,” he said –and the tendency to look ahead seems to spread in its own way up to the rest of the staff.
And it’s Dallas Week, so there’s plenty to look forward to. For example, this will be the last regular season Redskins appearance at Texas Stadium, as the Cowboys prepare to move into their incredibly expensive new building next season, a fact that I’m sure will be mentioned roughly seven hundred and thirty times during this week’s TV broadcast.
But that, in turn, makes me look backward to the Redskins leaving RFK Stadium. Their last game there was a meaningless regular season matchup against Dallas on December 22, 1996 — more than a decade ago, amazingly — and despite its meaninglessness, I remember how important it seemed that the Redskins win the last game on their longtime homefield, especially against the Cowboys. I fully expect that the Cowboys will feel the same way this coming week, and it’s just one more thing to consider as we start looking forward this Dallas Week.