Rypien outguns Marino, but won't gloat about it

December 03, 1990|By Vito Stellino | Vito Stellino,Sun Staff Correspondent

WASHINGTON -- Dan Marino vs. Mark Rypien.

That quarterback matchup was supposed to be in the Miami Dolphins' favor at RFK Stadium yesterday.

Marino reached 30,000 passing yards faster than anyone in the history of the National Football League. Rypien has yet to reach the 7,000-yard mark.

But Rypien out-dueled Marino yesterday in the Washington Redskins' 42-20 victory over the Dolphins.

Rypien, a low-key, quiet type, was quick to downplay the matchup after the game.

"You don't subconsciously think of it, but you always want to do better than the guy across from you," he said. "That's the kind of overall feeling when you go into a football game, no matter who it is. This week, it was Dan. But it wasn't like I was out to compete against Dan or try to get more yards against Dan or anything like that. I wanted to play well so when they do make the analogy at the end of the game about how well you performed, that's one of the things they bring up."

In yardage, Rypien only had a 245-223 edge, but he clearly had the better day by leading the team on touchdown drives on its second, third and fourth possessions to jump to a 21-0 lead.

One thing Rypien did was end all the Washington quarterback pTC controversy -- at least for now.

"It gives everybody a good feeling that, hey, we're settled down there," Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said. "We're not experimenting. We've got a guy who's done well for us before. I think it's his offense to take and run. He's done a good job for us."

Rypien only had one bad mistake -- a fourth-quarter throw that Jarvis Williams intercepted and ran back for a touchdown.

"I can't believe he made that one [throw], and he couldn't believe it, either," Gibbs said.

* Although Miami coach Don Shula said the Redskins mixed things up by using a three-man defensive line at times, Marino said, "They didn't do anything different than they've been doing. just didn't make any plays, to be honest with you. It's tough to throw this one out. They beat us up pretty good. But you have to learn from what happened and improve down the stretch.

"You've got to be able to bounce back if you are a good football team. You've got to be ready to play every week and win. It's going to be important for us next week."

The Dolphins, who have lost to the New York Giants and the Redskins, play another National Football Conference Eastern Division team -- the Philadelphia Eagles -- next week.

"They put a lot of pressure on Marino early and he made a couple of bad throws early," Shula said. "We had absolutely no control of the line of scrimmage. That was evident when we tried to run the football. I'm concerned about our inability to stop the run."

* The Redskins did a good job of picking on cornerback J.B. Brown of Maryland.

"Of course, you want to do well at home, but it didn't happen," Brown said. "No, I didn't have any idea they were going to be working on me the way they did. They had a big day and I didn't have a good day. That's all I can say. They're good receivers. I give them all the credit in the world."

Rypien said they went after Brown because they wanted to stay away from Tim McKyer on the other corner.

"McKyer's a very good cover guy. We had to be very careful over there," Rypien said. "Brown plays off a little bit more, and I think that was definitely one of our schemes."

* Rypien's longest pass was a 47-yarder to Gary Clark down the left sideline that set up the second touchdown.

"It was the same type of throw we had in Dallas [but didn't make]," Rypien said. "Gary was kind of kicking himself in the rear in Dallas because he was running with his hands out instead of running to go catch the ball. Gary has a burst, and when he bursts to get to a football, I don't think there's anybody better around going after it."

* Art Monk led the receivers with 10 catches for 92 yards. The officials appeared to miss a call on a Monk touchdown catch on the second-to-last play of the first period. He appeared to get his second foot down, but it wasn't conclusive enough to overturn. It didn't matter because Monk then made another touchdown catch on the second play of the second period on the same


"Art Monk stood up today as one older guys and made a statement," Gibbs said. "He had about as good a game as I've seen him play, and he's play a lot of good ones."

Gibbs meant that Monk made a statement with his play because he rarely gives interviews. Monk will turn 33 Wednesday.

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