Lohmiller can find consolation in Moseley

October 22, 1990|By Vito Stellino | Vito Stellino,Sun Staff Correspondent

WASHINGTON -- As general manager Charley Casserly walked out of the Washington Redskins' locker room yesterday, he reminded kicker Chip Lohmiller of what he called "the Mark Moseley story."

"In the 1983 [NFC] championship game, he missed four field goals, but with the score tied 21-21, he kicked one to win it with about three minutes left. Tell them that one," he said.

Casserly was referring to the 24-21 victory over the San Francisco 49ers that season.

In yesterday's 13-7 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, Lohmiller was wide left on his first four attempts, from 51, 48, 41 and 50 yards, but then made two from 33 and 39 yards in the fourth quarter to provide what turned out to be the winning margin.

"I have no idea what happened," he said of his misses. "From 51 yards out, if you make a little error, once it gets to the goal post, it maximizes the error."

Lohmiller said he didn't get down because he felt he was kicking well.

"I said, 'OK, I kicked the ball well, it's not going to bother me,' " he said.

His teammates supported him. Monte Coleman said, "That's why we're a team. We go out and try to pick Chip up."

The fans, though, were booing him.

Defensive lineman Charles Mann said, "It kind of hurt when the crowd started booing him. When you're down is when you need the support the most. Don't clap for us and hooray us when we're doing the good things. Support us when we're doing the bad things. That's when we need somebody to lift us up and encourage us."

Lohmiller had made 10 of 13 in the first five games, although he missed his only attempt last week against the New York Giants.

* Stan Humphries was dazed when he was hit by Bryon Evans in the head, and he hurt his left hand when Seth Joyner rushed him in the second half.

When Humphries came off the field after he was injured by the Joyner rush, coach Joe Gibbs feared his hand was broken.

"He had a lump that stood up about an inch, and I've never seen one that high that's not been broken. I didn't think he was going to be able to go back in," Gibbs said.

That's why he had backup quarterback Jeff Rutledge start to warm up.

But it turned out the hand was only bruised and Humphries didn't miss a play.

"They put some tape on it. I said I was fine, 'Let's go,' " Humphries said.

The Joyner hit was a normal rush, but Evans was penalized for going to his head on the play that dazed him.

"You've got to fight through it and play," he said.

When Humphries came back on the field, the referee told him he didn't see the Evans hit, but told the quarterback one of the other officials caught it.

The Redskins won even though Humphries didn't have a great day, but Gibbs said the day will come when Humphries wins for them.

"He's going to have to win some for us here, probably pretty quick. Hopefully, he'll be able to do that," he said.

* Fred Stokes, who missed training camp with a shoulder injury, played the entire second half after Markus Koch was injured.

"Man, it feels great," Stokes said. "It was good to be in there."

Koch will be evaluated today, but if he has to go on the injured reserve list, James "Jumpy" Geathers is eligible to return from the physically-unable-to-perform list.

The Redskins thought about activating Geathers for the Eagles game, but decided they didn't need an eighth lineman.

Geathers was left unprotected by the New Orleans Saints because he was recovering from a serious knee injury and the Redskins signed him.

* Defensive lineman Tim Johnson, obtained during training camp in a trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers, helped contain quarterback Randall Cunningham in the team's rotation system.

It was the biggest contribution he's made, but he hopes to make more of an impact on the team.

"I'm starting to be more comfortable with what's going on here. This is only the beginning," he said.

* Philadelphia safety Andre Waters said yesterday that the NFL fine against him for an alleged cheap shot was unfair, and teammates said the referees were victimizing the Eagles.

"It's a raw deal," Waters said after Philadelphia's loss to Washington.

Waters, who has been accused by other players and commentators of being "a cheap-shot artist," was fined an undisclosed amount by the league for going after Minnesota quarterback Rich Gannon's knees in last week's Monday night game.

He chased TV cameramen away from his locker after yesterday's game, waving his arms and shouting, "Philadelphia cameras get away, all of them! No Philadelphia cameras!"

* John Riggins, who was inducted into the RFK Stadium Ring of Stars along with Joe Theismann, Elvin Hayes and the late Joe Judge, ran out onto the field with his old uniform and a bouquet of flowers for his mother.

Riggins always did things his way.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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