Scrimmage with Steelers gives Petitbon an eyeful Coach calls for work after a real stinker

July 25, 1993|By Vito Stellino | Vito Stellino,Staff Writer

CARLISLE, Pa. -- Richie Petitbon lived up to his reputation of being a blunt, no-nonsense coach yesterday.

After the Washington Redskins were thrashed by the Pittsburgh Steelers, 34-14, at Carlisle High School in his first scrimmage as a head coach, Petitbon didn't mince any words.

"I think as a team, we stunk," he said.

Petitbon faulted his team's play on both sides of the ball.

"They [offensive line] didn't perform well and our defensive line played poorly," he said.

Petitbon praised wide receiver Mark Stock, but added, "From the naked eye, nobody else caught my eye today."

Petitbon did find one encouraging note in a discouraging performance.

"This kind of puts a damper on the week. In a way, it's good because we realize we have a lot of work to do and if we had looked good today, sometimes you get lulled to sleep thinking you have a better team than you do. We have a lot of work to do, no question about that.

"The object of the scrimmage is not to win, but to just find out about people and I think, unfortunately, we may have found out about some people today," Petitbon said.

One consolation for the Redskins is that it could have been a lot worse. Their biggest scare came on the Steelers' second drive when cornerback Tom Carter, their first-round draft pick, was injured making a tackle.

When it took Carter a long time to get up, even Petitbon walked down the field to check on his condition.

"The longer he stayed down, I kind of got a little concerned," he said.

It turned out it wasn't serious. He got a helmet in his back and should be out only a few days.

"It's just a big sore muscle right now," Carter said. "It's like a hip-pointer.

Although Mark Rypien threw in the seven-on-seven drills, Chris Hakel went all the way at quarterback in the four drives the Redskins had in the 11-on-11 scrimmage.

He was the victim of poor pass protection (eight sacks) and also showed his inexperience as he completed 10 of 22 for 125 yards and a touchdown with three interceptions.

Scrimmage sacks are called by the officials before the quarterback is tackled and Hakel lost a 40-yard touchdown pass to Gregory Clifton because of a quick whistle.

"It's hard to rate his performance when you're considering the amount of pressure that was put on him," Petitbon said. "When he had time [to throw] he played well at times, but at times, he was very spotty."

Although it was a disappointing effort, Hakel said, "It's a scrimmage. It doesn't count. When we all wake up tomorrow, the season hasn't started yet."

Of the linemen in front of Hakel, only Matt Elliott at center had played in an NFL game. Paul Siever and Darryl Moore, two players hurt all last year, were on the left side and Greg Huntington, a fifth-round pick, and rookie free agent Guy Earle of Chadron (Neb.) State, were on the right side.

"They made some bad errors," said offensive line coach Jim Hanifan.

They also didn't open many holes for the running game as Reggie Brooks gained 18 yards on six carries and Robert Green added 16 yards on six carries. Chuckie Dukes carried three times for 8 yards and a touchdown.

The one player who helped himself was Stock, who was originally drafted by the Steelers in 1989 and was in the Green Bay Packers' camp in 1991 and in the World League in 1992. He caught three passes for 61 yards and a touchdown.

l "He's a bright spot," Petitbon said. "That's the kind of things you're looking for. That was a plus."

Stock hopes the effort will help him win a job with the Redskins.

"I plan on being here," he said.

NOTES: Four Redskins from the University of Maryland, TE Frank Wycheck, DLs Derek Steele and Ralph Orta and CB Irvin Smith, all participated in the scrimmage. Wycheck caught a 12-yard pass, Orta and Steele didn't make any big plays and Smith gave up a touchdown pass. Steele suffered a hyper-extended knee. Wycheck has a good shot to make it, but the other three are long shots. . . . Chip Lohmiller, one of the few starters to play, missed two field-goal attempts. Mark Rypien is his new holder now that Jeff Rutledge has departed. . . . The Redskins will be off today and return to practice tomorrow. . . . Three veterans who were given the first week off -- S Todd Bowles, LB Monte Coleman and snapper Guy Bingham -- start practicing tomorrow. That means at least two players must be released to keep the team at the 80-man limit. . . . One spot is open because of Ricky Ervins' holdout.

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