Much like that kid in high school who your mom wanted you to stay away from because he had a motorcyle and wore a lot of leather, CenturyLink Field has a reputation.
The place is loud.
But as the Redskins prepare to play in Seattle this weekend, which would be hard enough before you consider that they may be missing one or a few starting offensive linemen as well, it doesn't sound like those on Washington's side are too worried about the excessive crowd noise.
"The good thing is we've been through it," Jay Gruden said Wednesday when asked about dealing with the atmosphere. "Kansas City on a Monday night was really loud and Philadelphia on a Monday night was really loud, so we've practiced it a lot."
The difference between the games in K.C. and Philly, of course, was that they came before the 'Skins O-line turned into the Oh-wow-who-is-going-to-play-this-week? line. Gruden acknowledged that, but added that the new guys will be put to the test in Thursday and Friday's practice, the latter of which will be held in the team's bubble where noise can be pumped in.
Aside from the guys up front, much of the responsibility for keeping the offense on schedule while the Seahawks' 12th man does its thing will fall on Kirk Cousins. The QB has never experienced the CenturyLink fans firsthand, but he knows what will be key in combating them.
"I’m sure that Seattle may be even louder than anywhere else," he said. "We’ll be ready for it the best we can. We understand what we’re walking into from that standpoint, and we know we have to communicate very well, verbally and visually, and be ready to go, from the first snap to the last.”
At 3-4, the Redskins season isn't off to an ideal start, and false starts in Seattle against the fourth-ranked scoring defense are a surefire way for that record to get worse in Week 9. And if Washington drops to 3-5, the supporters in Seattle will pale in comparison to the racket that'll be made in D.C.
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