Redskins lose Brandes to Giants' waiver claim

December 05, 1992|By Vito Stellino | Vito Stellino,Staff Writer

The Washington Redskins expected John Brandes to pla tomorrow against the New York Giants.

What they didn't expect was that he'd be playing for the Giants.

The Redskins put Brandes, who had been on injured reserve since the first game of the season, on the waiver wire Thursday so they could put him on the active roster if the other 27 teams passed on him. Twenty-six teams passed.

The team that claimed him was the Giants, so he'll be playing special teams tomorrow against his old teammates.

Publicly, the Redskins had no complaints.

"You always know if it's a possibility when you put him out there," general manager Charley Casserly said.

Privately, the Redskins were more than a bit annoyed that the Giants would grab him two days before playing them. They weren't impressed with the Giants' contention they need a long snapper because a bad snap by Brandes led to a blocked punt for a safety in the Redskins' opener against the Dallas Cowboys.

In any case, the Redskins then brought safety David Gulledge back from the practice squad to replace defensive tackle Eric Williams, who went on injured reserve.

Giants general manager George Young virtually laughed at the suggestion that his club took Brandes because they're playing the Redskins tomorrow.

"Do you think we debrief him and find out all their secrets? He's a special-teams player," Young said. "I'm certain somebody will make us out to be the bad guy. That's almost funny."

Young said trying to find a player to debrief was something he'd expect only from Al Davis, owner of the Los Angeles Raiders. Young said Davis would try it in the 1970s when Young was a scout for Miami before the Raiders played the Dolphins.

"He'd always pick our dumbest player," Young said jokingly.

Brandes said that when Giants coach Ray Handley called him yesterday, he told him the team wouldn't be asking for any information, and Brandes said he didn't plan to volunteer any.

The Giants play the Redskins so often -- this is their fourth meeting in less than 14 months -- that the teams know each other well, anyway.

Young said they wanted a special-teams player and a backup long snapper for Bart Oates.

"We have a problem with the snapper," Young said. "Steve DeOssie is hurt and Oates is the only one left. That's how the decision was made. We don't like to make these late-week decisions."

Young knew about Brandes' bad snap in the opener, but said, "If Oates gets hurt, what do we do?"

Brandes said he was disappointed to leave the Redskins but was happy to join what he called a "class organization."

What will it be like for him to play against the Redskins?

"It's going to be real, real, real strange, especially since I was here the whole week working with the team," he said. "It's a weird feeling in my stomach right now about this whole deal. But I'm excited about going to New York and I'm going to play my butt off."

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