While the Cardinals game was a redemption match for Tim Hightower, it was also a homecoming of sorts for departed defensive end Vonnie Holliday.
After the one-point loss, Holliday credited the Redskins fans for establishing a hostile environment.
“It is just a great environment, you know that coming in,” he said. “I stressed the importance of taking the crowd out of this game. We were unable to do that. We felt that some times in the game were able to do it, but for the most part the crowd stood up.”
Obviously after playing here for eight games last year and several other times in his career, Holliday is familiar with the volume of the D.C. faithful. Even being on the other side of it, it sounded like it still gave Holliday a rush.
“It’s FedExField, it’s the Redskins,” he said. “You have a lot of rich tradition here. It is a storied franchise. It’s always great to come in here and play them. We knew that. You have to get up early and you have to take the crowd out of it.”
Something that, despite the early turnovers, the Cardinals defense was not able to do. The loss was certainly disappointing for Holliday, who had this date marked on his calendar every since the July 29th trade.
“I feel like I always have something to prove,” he said. “They traded me. Just like Hightower, I wanted to come in here and play well and that is important to me. I told the guys this was special and I wanted to get a victory.”
But after falling to 1-1 on the season, Holliday made sure to go greet the familiar faces on the Redskins sidelines.
“I would have loved to have come out on the other side with the victory, but it was great coming back and seeing all of the guys,” he said. “A great organization, great coaches on our side of the ball, that I got a chance to see and say hello to.”