CINCINNATI -- Sam Wyche, Cincinnati's part-time psychologist and full-time coach, berated officials and at least one opposing player yesterday in a futile bid for the Bengals' first win of 1991.
Wyche raged at line judge Bob Baker and back judge Jim Poole in the first quarter of Cincinnati's 34-27 loss to the Washington Redskins.
In the second quarter, he went on the field to scold Redskins defensive end Charles Mann after Mann had delivered a late hit on Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason.
Mann was flagged for roughing the passer on the play that left Esiason on all fours, but the Bengals accepted a 29-yard pass interference penalty against Alvoid Mays instead of Mann's indiscretion.
"I can't repeat what he said," Mann said of Wyche's brief, but angry visit. "He was upset. I got upset. I'm not a dirty player. I don't take cheap shots. Yeah, he said it was a cheap shot.
"We worked too hard to get to the quarterback to pull up. I ran 40 yards to get to him . . . Boomer came up to me after the game and didn't say anything about it. He said I got in a couple of shots. [But] he played it up good. He's a good actor."
Esiason, the former Maryland star, remained in the game despite the late hit.
Later, Wyche complained about a penalty the Redskins should have gotten for having too many men on the field in the fourth quarter. The Bengals had a first down on the Washington 12 when defensive end Fred Stokes was flagged for not getting off the field in time on a quick Cincinnati snap. After long consultation, the officials erased the play completely, citing a rule that allows the Redskins to match an offensive substitution by the Bengals.
Wyche had a legitimate beef. The Bengals did not make a substitution on the play and were entitled to the quick snap. As it was, the Bengals got only to the 7-yard line before Jim Breech kicked a 25-yard field goal to tie the game at 27.
"They need to let us know which rules we're going to follow before the game," Wyche said sarcastically.
Even Redskins coach Joe Gibbs admitted the officiating "wasn't very smooth" and complained about a pass interference call that went against his own Martin Mayhew. "That was a heckuva play [by Mayhew]," Gibbs said.
Said Esiason of his team's poor start: "This really stinks being 0-4. It hurts our coach and it hurts us."
* NOTES: The Bengals got only 15 yards rushing and 10 receiving out of all-purpose back James Brooks, who didn't play in the second half because of a sprained ankle . . . Brooks' fill-in was Craig Taylor, who rushed for 56 yards and scored on touchdown runs of 1 and 34 yards . . . Esiason was 18-for-37 for 212 yards with one interception . . . The Redskins meet the Philadelphia Eagles next Monday night at RFK Stadium.