Monday, November 3: Get Your Redskins Ticket Lawn Signs

I’ll have pregame and in-game content from FedExField later today. This is a quick, non-game-related announcement to start the week off.

On his way out of Redskins Park on Friday, center Casey Rabach grabbed a whole armful of the Vote the Redskins Ticket lawn signs.

I half-suspected some kind of elaborate gag — Rabach is generally up for a good prank, as we’ve seen — but it turns out he just wanted to decorate his house and encourage his trick-or-treating neighbors to vote for the Pro Bowl.

Starting this Tuesday, you too can be like Casey Rabach: Redskins Ticket lawn signs will be available free to all fans at the FedExField ticket office from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Here’s how Coach Jim Zorn describes Rabach’s role in the offense: “It really starts with Casey Rabach. He has to get us going in the right direction, he has to have that no-nonsense attitude, he has to communicate well on the sidelines.” And you can be just like him by picking up and displaying your lawn signs starting on Tuesday.


Player’s POV: Casey Rabach and Jon Jansen Amuse Themselves

Time spent on a plane is boring. It doesn’t matter if you’re flying with a random cross-section of humanity or with a professional football team, being trapped in a large metal cylinder thousands of feet above the ground is going to limit your entertainment options.

In the back with the staff, people tend to watch the in-flight movies, zone out to music on their headsets, or try to get some work done. Up with the players, from what I’ve seen, things are pretty much the same. Most guys completely swathe themselves in blankets and sleep, they listen to their music, or they watch movies on portable DVD players.

That’s most guys. Casey Rabach and Jon Jansen also have other ways to entertain themselves, as they demonstrate on camera here on the flight to Dallas. (For those of you wondering why Ethan Albright seemed grouchy boarding the buses to the plane, this video may provide some illumination. It’s possible that he knew what was awaiting him on the flight.)

(Also, I’m experimenting with different types of encoding for video. Let me know if this one looks any better or worse than the previous few.)

Player’s POV – Rabach Asks Cooley About Food

Continuing with the Casey Rabach footage from the Dallas road trip….

The title of the post is actually misleading: Rabach doesn’t actually ask Cooley about food, he just encourages Cooley to talk about whatever’s at hand. In this case, whatever’s at hand is food.

So this video can be viewed as an answer to yet another fan favorite question: what sorts of things do players eat on the road? I found the answer somewhat surprising, but maybe I’m just easily startled.

Thursday, October 9: Player’s POV – Casey On the Bus

Let me get the bad news (at least for some of you) out of the way first: I won’t be at practice today, so there won’t be a practice update on the blog. Sorry about this, but don’t panic, it’s not the start of a trend or anything like that.

The good news is that I’ve finally managed to get the technical difficulties with center Casey Rabach’s road footage sorted out, so you get to start seeing that stuff.

This first clip is Rabach leaving Redskins Park to board the bus for Dallas. Remember, this was a little while ago, so his references to the then-hot Milwaukee Brewers made sense at the time. For everyone who has asked what the buses look like, here you go. Rabach is behind the camera, so you can blame him for the more Blair Witchy moments of camera shake.

And, to head off the inevitable question, the seat I’m advised not to sit in belongs to Jon Jansen.

Another One That Missed the Car Show

Walking through the parking lot this afternoon, I got a chance to see another player’s vehicle that wasn’t at the car show on Sunday.

Jon Jansen and Casey Rabach made their way back to the building for afternoon practice in one of the team golf carts. This isn’t Rabach’s speediest onsite vehicle — after yesterday’s practice, he commandeered one of the John Deere’s used by the equipment and grounds crews and took it for a spin around the practice fields.

Comparing the golf cart to the Deere, he acknowledges, “It’s got less horsepower and doesn’t handle as well, but it’s all about saving the legs during camp. I like parking it next to this V12.”