At times during Mondays practice, rookie Alfred Morris said he couldnt hear a word quarterback Robert Griffin III was saying in the huddle.Which, of course, was by design.Coach Mike Shanahan moved practice inside the Redskins practice bubble, then cranked the volume to ear-splitting levels in an effort to simulate the crowd noise his team will encounter during Sundays regular season opener at the Superdome in New Orleans.I couldnt really hear Robert or his cadence and Im right next to him, Morris said. I just have to key the ball. Its definitely going to help us in New Orleans.It was common practice in previous seasons for Redskins coaches to have speakers lining the teams outdoor practice fields in Ashburn. It was loud. But nothing like what the players coped with this week inside the bubble, which opened earlier this year. The music could be heard clearly from across a parking lot.The Redskins first two games, in fact, will be played indoors. On Sept. 16, they visit the Rams at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.It wasreallyloud in there the other day, linebacker Ryan Kerrigan said. Its good advance preparation for both games.St. Louis will be loud. New Orleans, though, could be defeaning. The city loves their Saints, and after a tumultuous offseason in which the NFL cracked down hard on the team for the bounty scandal, all 72,000 fans who pack the downtown arena figure to be bit more boisterous than usual.As a lot of people have said before, the best sound from an away crowd is when they go silent, when you put touchdowns on them, offensive guard Kory Lichtensteiger said.Asked if practicing in the bubble has helped, Lichtensteiger cracked, As far as me not being able to hear? Yeah. A lot of times the only thing I can question is the music choice that Shanahan is putting on.
In addition to releasing veteran cornerback Chris Culliver on Monday, the Redskins also released the following seven players:
— DL Christo Bilukidi
— LB Desmond Bishop
— WR LaRon Byrd
— DL Anthony Johnson
— DL Kamal Johnson
— CB Al Louis-Jean
— LB Derrick Mathews
None of the above players saw a snap for the Redskins last season.
ach was also a long shot to earn spots on Washington’s 2016 53-man roster and probably was displaced by a recent free agent addition and/or draft pick.
Dana Stubblefield, who played defensive tackle for the Redskins from 1998 until 2000, was charged on Monday in Santa Clara County, California for the rape of a disabled woman, according to Tim McInerny, the county's deputy district attorney.
Stubblefield, who joined the Redskins as a highly prized free agent prior to the 1998 season, is accused of an April 2015 incident in which he sexually assaulted a disabled woman he contacted through a through a babysitter website, acccording to the report.
“This was a crime of violence against a vulnerable victim,” McInerny said. “She was looking for a job and she was unconscionably assaulted.”
The incident tookj place on April 9, 2015, when she interviewed with him for a job as a nanny at his Morgan Hill home, according to the report, she reported the alleged crime to the authorities immediately.
The details, as described by the San Jose Mercury News, are quite disturbing.
The interview lasted about 20 minutes, police said, then the woman left. Minutes later, she told police, she received a text message from Stubblefield saying he wanted to pay her for her time that day. She went back to the house where Stubblefield picked her up, carried her to a room and raped her, and forced her to "orally copulate him," the report said.
Stubblefield gave her $80 and let her go, the report said. The woman drove straight to the Morgan Hill Police Department, where she reported being assaulted by a man named "Dana."
Stubblefield, through his attorney called the accusations both "false" and "fraudulent," according to the report.
Stubblefield was selected by ther San Francisco 49ers with the No. 26 overall pick in the 1993 NFL Draft out of Kansas and made it to three Pro Bowls before joining the Redskins.
His name was also mentioned on the list of clients of BALCO labrotories in 2008 in the same incident that revealed Marion Jones' use of performance-enhacing drugs.
Bail for Stubblefield has been set at $25,000, and he faces five felony counts related to the assault, according to McInerny.
The acquisiton of Josh Norman is a move that'll have far-reaching consequences across the Redskins franchise. The pass rush, for one, will benefit, as Norman should blanket opposing receivers for longer amounts of time and allow the big boys more opportunities to reach the quarterback. The offense should profit as well, as the corner will likely provide the unit shorter fields to work with as he generates some turnovers.
The transaction will also help individuals, too, like DeAngelo Hall. The 32-year-old, who will be lining up at safety in 2016 after experimenting with it near the end of last season, said as much during an appearance on 106.7 The Fan's Grant & Danny Show on Monday.
"To add a guy like Josh Norman, it's going to be amazing for us," Hall said, before adding that the All-Pro's presence will make his job much easier. "I was all about trying to get him."
As it turns out, the veteran played a minor but key role in recruiting Norman. Hall said team president Bruce Allen asked him about flying to Atlanta along with defensive coordinator Joe Barry and secondary coach Perry Fewell for the two sides' initial meeting, but Hall was already there — and had already been in touch with him.
"I had been texting Josh prior to that," he said. "I knew that they liked him... I couldn't wait to give him my spiel and my pitch."
The organization's strategy obviously worked, as Norman arrived to the team's facility a free agent and left it under contract. Now one of the premier members of the Burgundy and Gold, he'll be expected to contribute to Washington's overall progress.
In Hall's mind, that means not being satisfied with 2015's achievements.
"We just got to keep raising the bar," he said. "We just want to follow that up with another stellar year. I definitely think we have the tools and the guys on this football team to be as good as we want to be."