Redskins notebook

December 07, 1992|By Vito Stellino | Vito Stellino,Staff Writer

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Lachey, Green are making difference

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jim Lachey and Darrell Green, who missed all of training camp while holding out, are proving just how valuable they are to the Washington Redskins.

Since they have rejoined the starting lineup, the Redskins have won back-to-back games by a 69-13 count.

They pounded the Phoenix Cardinals, 41-3, last week and the New York Giants, 28-10, yesterday.

Lachey's return at left tackle has stabilized the offensive line and given Mark Rypien time to throw.

Rypien said: "No doubt Jimbo has been kind of a mainstay, a guy we call on to do a lot of different things. You can kind of relax because I know the kind of player he is and go back there and set up, [so I'm] not peeking [to see if the rush is coming]. It's a great time to have that."

Lachey, who suffered a knee injury in the fifth game of the year and returned last week, said he was happy to be back, but downplayed the significance of his return.

"We were so close to making plays all along. Just an inch here, an inch there. We were able to play those plays [the two weeks]. It's probably just a coincidence that all that is working out that way. I think it's good to have the offensive line pretty much the way it was last year, although we're still missing Jeff Bostic. It's great to be healthy and being out there playing," Lachey said.

The Redskins also had Ed Simmons and Joe Jacoby back at the other tackle. Simmons started and when he strained a knee that limited him to short-yardage situations, Jacoby came in.

Since they were both back, Raleigh McKenzie moved back to center.

Green, who broke his forearm in the second game, has boosted the secondary, but he also wouldn't take much credit.

"That man in me they call pride would love to say, 'Yeah, yeah,' and I would love to say I'm the difference, but I'm just trying to do my part. I'm glad I'm a part of the team.

"After playing somewhere for 10 years, you hope you do bring something, but for me to say I make the difference or I brought this or that. . . . All I bring is, hopefully, my confidence to play the game and some experience. I most humbly say I'm just glad we're winning," Green said.

Rough debut

Rookie quarterback Kent Graham, in his second Giants start, completed eight of 16 passes for 73 yards.

Graham said: "It was a tough day for us. I am perplexed and I've really got to sit down and watch the films to get a better look at things. When it was time to pass, I did not help by missing some guys."

Life on the other side

Coach Joe Gibbs said the Redskins made some changes on their special teams because the Giants claimed special teams ++ player John Brandes on waivers Friday.

Brandes, who played on the kick off teams, said he wasn't asked for any information by coach Ray Handley.

"I'm a Ray Handley fan and I've only known him for two days," Brandes said.

Brandes said he felt in limbo during the game because he was playing against his old teammates.

"I was standing on the fence," Brandes said.

Century mark revisited

Earnest Byner improved his chances of joining the elite group of players who've gained 1,000 yards at age 30 and over when he got 100 yards against the Giants to boost his total to 801 for the season. He needs 199 yards in the final three games to do it and become the first Redskin to get 1,000 yards for three straight years.

Byner said: "The difference was we maintained control of the ball and didn't have any turnovers. We're getting a better feeling about ourselves. We're climbing a ladder. We're making steps."

Quick change

Handley benched veteran center Bart Oates for Brian Williams, but Williams broke his foot on the first series of the second half, so Oates wound up playing the rest of the game.

It's that kind of year for Handley. Even when he makes a move, an injury negates it.

One more for Monk

Art Monk's touchdown catch extended his consecutive-game streak to 145 straight games. It was his only catch of the game.

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