49ers' Taylor puts corner Mayhew behind eight ball

Redskins notes

September 17, 1990|By Vito Stellino | Vito Stellino,Sun Staff Correspondent

SAN FRANCISCO -- Cornerback Martin Mayhew said he thought the San Francisco 49ers were trying to pick on him yesterday.

"Yeah, didn't you?" Mayhew asked after John Taylor caught eight passes for 160 yards to help the 49ers win, 26-13.

Mayhew, in his second season with the Washington Redskins, said he usually doesn't mind it when teams go after him.

"Usually, I knock a couple of them down or intercept some. I was just missing by inches," he said.

He didn't get any interceptions and gave up a 49-yard touchdown pass to Taylor in the second quarter.

"What happened was he'd beaten me on a quick slant earlier and he gave me a hard inside move, and I jumped in to take the quick slant away. When he went back up, I just couldn't get there," Mayhew said.

Mayhew said the lack of a pass rush didn't help the secondary.

"I think the difference was that last week [against Phoenix], we were in the guy's face every down," he said.

*Darrell Green, who intercepted a pass intended for Jerry Rice, but was beaten on a 12-yard touchdown, said, "We did a good job of stopping them on first and second downs, but they made the plays they needed to make [on third down], and that was the difference in the game."

The 49ers converted 11 of 18 third downs; the Redskins made three of 12.

Of Rice, Green said: "I came here with a lot of respect for Jerry Rice. I'm sure he respected me, too. Rice is excellent as an inside runner after he catches the ball, and he runs precise routes."

*Gary Clark is having his usual problems with his hamstrings, but still caught seven passes for 106 yards.

Clark, who's been hampered with hamstring problems in the past and was held out of practice Friday, said the sore hamstring may have cost the Redskins a touchdown when he was knocked out of bounds on the 1 in the third quarter after catching a 40-yard pass.

"I should have scored on that long pass, but they were able to push me out on the 1-yard line. All I had to do was cut back, but my hamstring is not what it should be," Clark said.

*Wilber Marshall questioned the way the Redskins played the 49ers on defense.

"I didn't see any problems with their offensive line. We didn' play them the way New Orleans did. They [49ers] relied on the quick pass, and we were playing soft on them. We didn't blitz them as much as could have," he said.

*General manager Charley Casserly said former New York Giants running back Joe Morris is one of seven players the Redskins will bring in for a tryout tomorrow. The Redskins usually bring in several players each week to check on playerswho are available.

But Casserly said the Redskins won't sign Morris unless either Earnest Byner or Gerald Riggs is hurt. Byner dislocated a finger yesterday, but shouldn't have any problems playing.

*Steve Wallace, the 49ers' offensive lineman who out-dueled Charles Mann of the Redskins after having all kinds of problems last week against New Orleans, said: "I feel much better about my performance today. I went out there trying to do the best I could in an attempt to pay the team back for almost blowing last week's game. It was a dogfight at its best out there. Charles Mann tried to put his head in my throat on every play. I have a lot of respect for that guy. He never stopped battling."

*Joe Montana passed John Brodie's team record of 31,548 yards passing. Montana is now at 31,654.

*Gibbs defended Mark Rypien for twice not seeing Kelvin Bryant when he was wide open on third-down plays.

"Sometimes you can miss people because the read takes you to a certain place. We're asking him to read things out. Sitting in the stands, you may see somebody wide-open. It's hard to find that guy sometimes," Gibbs said.

*Offensive lineman Ed Simmons, who sprained his neck, was th only Redskin to suffer a serious injury in the game and may not be able to practice at the start of the week. He was replaced by Joe Jacoby, who got the wind knocked out of him on an extra-point attempt but finished the game.

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