Eagles' White takes verbal chop at Redskins for blocking tactics

November 09, 1990|By Vito Stellino | Vito Stellino,Sun Staff Correspondent

HERNDON,VA. — HERNDON, Va. -- It's verbal-warfare time again.

When the Philadelphia Eagles are getting ready to play the Washington Redskins, it usually means that charges of nefarious play are being tossed around.

The only difference yesterday, as the teams planned for Monday night's game, was that instead of the Redskins tossing the charges, the Eagles were doing so. Sort of a man-bites-dog situation.

Defensive end Reggie White accused the Redskins of chop-blocking him and cut-blocking him during Washington's 13-7 victory Oct. 18.

In a chop block, which is illegal, a player goes for another player's knees when that player is engaged by another player. A cut block is a block at a player's knees, usually from the side; cut-blocking is legal, but players are sensitive about shots at their knees.

White made the charges Tuesday in an interview with Washington television station WUSA, then repeated them in a conference call with Redskins writers yesterday.

He suggested during the television interview that Redskins center Jeff Bostic was the culprit, but he wouldn't identify any Washington players yesterday.

"I know who did it," he said. "I'm not going to elaborate on it. When it comes down to going at your legs, that makes you upset."

White said officials don't call the illegal blocks.

"It's just as much the referees' fault as it is theirs [the Redskins']," he said. "It's still happening because they haven't called it yet."

White said the Redskins aren't the only guilty team.

"It's done around the league, and I'm personally getting sick of it because it's not called," he said.

White said he'll handle the matter in his own way Monday night, but wouldn't be specific. "It'll be a different situation on my part Monday night," he said.

What did he mean?

"I'll just have a different attitude," White said. "I'll put it that way. I've got it set in my mind. I know what I'm going to do. I don't need to let the nation know."

White said he didn't believe that the Redskins tried deliberately to injure him, but said, "It could happen."

Philadelphia coach Buddy Ryan brushed off White's comments. "Players always talk about things like that," he said. "They're blocking him with three people on every play, and he still gets pressure on the quarterback. He's probably the greatest defensive player in the league."

Did the Redskins do anything illegal to White?

Ryan said: "I don't know. I don't worry about that. I let TV commentators worry about what's legal and illegal."

There were two theories about why White made the charges. One was that he was genuinely upset. The other was that he was tired of the Redskins pointing fingers at the Eagles and wanted to put them on the defensive.

The Redskins have accused Philadelphia defensive back Andre Waters of taking illegal shots, and, before the first game between the teams this year, Jumpy Geathers said that Eagles offensive tackle Mike Schad blew out his knee by hitting him from behind last year when Geathers played for the New Orleans Saints. Schad denied having done so.

The Redskins also denied doing any chop-blocking and said their cut-blocking against the Eagles wasn't out of the ordinary.

"I have a hard time understanding what they're complaining about," Bostic said. "We've never tried to intentionally injure anyone."

Jim Hanifan, Washington's offensive line coach, said the one time that Bostic tried to cut-block White in the first game, he

missed him and wound up "flailing in the dirt."

Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said: "I think Reggie's probably broken more bones on our football team and crushed more people over here. I thought at first he was kidding. I felt that Reggie always got the best end of the stick in our games. He's either pummeling our quarterback, taking balls away from them, knocking them down and kicking them and stomping on them. I swear, I didn't know there was a game where we bruised him up at all."

NOTES: Washington cornerback Brian Davis went on the injured-reserve list with a strained calf and was replaced by linebacker Randy Kirk, who is likely to be the long snapper Monday because John Brandes has a wrist injury. . . . Gibbs decided that quarterback Mark Rypien wasn't quite ready to start practicing. . . . Defensive back A.J. Johnson, who underwent reconstructive knee surgery in June, began practicing. Gibbs said it's uncertain when he could start playing.

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