Rypien: Dallas decibel above in noise Redskin lashes out at fans for booing

September 14, 1992|By Vito Stellino | Vito Stellino,Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- Mark Rypien was booed when he was introduced before the game.

He was booed when his last pass midway in the fourth quarter wasn't close to a wide-open Gary Clark.

The booing seems to be getting to the Washington Redskins' $3 million quarterback. He lashed out after yesterday's 24-17 victory over the Atlanta Falcons, a game in which he completed 18 of 28 passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns and was intercepted once.

But it was a far cry from the 442-yard, six-touchdown effort he turned in during a 56-17 victory over the Falcons last year. He also misfired on his only two long passes of the day. Both were intended for Clark. Tim McKyer intercepted one and nearly picked off the other.

When Rypien was asked about the booing, he said: "I've been here seven years. I've thought that I've worked my tail off to try to do the best job I can. So I have no control over that [booing]."

He then said of the fans: "They might need a little work, though, in getting crowd noise. If that was their best effort, then Dallas has some great fans. That's my shot back at them."

The Redskins had trouble with the crowd noise a week ago in Dallas, and the Washington fans didn't come close to matching their intensity.

Rypien added: "I tried seven years here to do things, to be a good citizen, to be a good role model to young kids. Obviously, the more of a b I guess you are, the more well you're liked sometimes. I guess it's human nature. I guess it's the American way. I'm going to go about doing the things I do best, being a good role model to kids, whatever the fans think."

Rypien, who has had trouble overcoming his rustiness after his holdout, said he felt he improved yesterday.

"Timing-wise, I felt a little bit better," he said. "We did some RTC things to offset some of the things they were giving us. That's a big part of it. The timing part to the game is so important. The more you look, the better you get. I thought today was a good one to build on. That's the kind of football we play and the kind of football we're known for."

He was asked how the booing affects him and the team.

"I think more it's a driving force for us to play hard," he said. "We know it's human nature in this town where they expect a lot. When they expect a lot, you've won championships.

"I can remember the heartaches we went through in '87 [actually 1988] going 7-9. It was tough to live, walk around. You couldn't go to shopping centers without people either harassing you or saying, 'Hey, what's happened to the Redskins?' It's good that people care. There's no doubt about that. As players we're not panicking. Maybe even more so, it gives us a drive to play hard."

L Coach Joe Gibbs refused to join Rypien in knocking the fans.

"I don't worry about our fans," Gibbs said. "They'll take care of themselves around here. They do a good job around here. I thought they helped us in this game."

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