Wednesday here at Redskins Park was anything but "just another day" but sadly, there have been way too many over the years that I have been at the facility on a daily basis.
To begin with, Wednesday's in the regular season are always a circus because the regular media group has to deal with the added elements that are in play on the only day that Robert Griffin III speaks, besides after a game..
Trust me, it's not much fun to be pushed, shoved, elbowed and boom microphoned by a crew of three ruthless henchmen, that CBS NFL Today dispatched. The Japanese media also added an extra element, but also led to one of the funnier exchanges of the day, with Griffin being asked if he was proud to represent Japan.
“Yes, I definitely am. I think I’m one of the only, or the only, one in the NFL who was born in Japan, Griffin said. "It’s a great honor. I’d like to thank my mom and my dad for having me over there." The last line obviously generated a good laugh.
The day started with a major curve. A blog by the fan site HogsHaven.com said that they were told by a source that Jim Haslett had been stripped of his play calling duties in the fourth quarter, and replaced by Raheem Morris.
After speaking with multiple high end sources, throughout the day - the only determination that I can make is that the report was simply not true.
I have no idea who said it (source uncited) and what their motives are, but I have to trust the people that I spoke with, because I have a good sense of when they are or could be lying.
I didn't get that sense at all. As a matter of fact, I had one source who is very familiar with the situation tell me that in the fourth quarter, "Haslett was still calling stuff."
I had a key veteran who told me that he personally witnessed Jim Haslett still calling plays all the way through the game. The veteran is a person of integrity and one that wouldn't lie in my eyes. Another veteran told me the notion is "preposterous."
To wrap up the day, the Washington Post put some icing on the day's cake by reporting that the Redskins gave contract extensions to Jim Haslett and Special Teams Coordinator, Danny Smith over the off-season.
ESPN 980 was able to confirm Haslett's extension thru 2013 and a "hefty raise." This coming on a day in which Redskins fans have officially jumped off of the 'hatred of Kyle Shanahan" bandwagon and ran full sprint ahead to the "I hate Haz and Danny" brigade.
It's utter insanity for the fans who want Haslett fired because he lost two of his best players, less than 8 plays into the game, and had the audacity to be in zone defense primarily. Just shut up, please.
It's not happening, nor should it and the same for Danny Smith. I had a trusted veteran player tell me that he believed Smith was the smartest coach in the building. Interesting indeed.
In other words, it was a lot of dog-and-pony show for only some valid reasons. It was definitely NOT "just another day."