Monk is being left out, but not left speechless Redskins notebook

November 22, 1993|By Vito Stellino | Vito Stellino,Staff Writer

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- It's unusual for Washington Redskins wide receiver Art Monk to give post-game interviews, but he had a point to make yesterday.

"No one can take away what I've done and no one can ever take away the feelings and confidence I have in myself regardless of what happens," he said yesterday after the Redskins' 10-6 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Monk didn't play in the first half, and the Redskins appear to be phasing him out of the lineup. They had talked about doing it in the off-season, but Desmond Howard's slow start helped give Monk a lot of playing time as the third receiver.

Monk came back in the second half and caught a pass in the last two minutes to extend his consecutive-game string to 158, just 19 behind Steve Largent's record of 177.

When he came in, Tim McGee came out. Howard played most of the game, but caught just two passes.

Monk said he coped with watching on the sidelines in the past when he was injured.

"I think the times I've not been out there helped to prepare me for days like this," he said.

He added, "There's no use to keep going over it. What's done is done."

Monk said it was difficult to come in after sitting out.

"It's hard to stay loose. You're in the game, but you're really not mentally into the game. It's tough to come into that situation and make a difference, I guess," he said.

Monk said he hasn't thought about the future, although it's obviously his last season with the Redskins. He's still thinking about this year.

"We're going to try to at least end up on a positive note," he said.

Mitchell at QB

Running back Brian Mitchell got to play quarterback for two plays in the first quarter on the Redskins' first field-goal drive. He ran for 6 yards and 5 yards. It was the first time he had played quarterback since last year against the Phoenix Cardinals.

"It's not something you can make a living off of," said Redskins coach Richie Petitbon.

What pressure?

Rams coach Chuck Knox, who ended his longest personal losing streak (five games) in 21 years of coaching, said, "I didn't feel any personal pressure except for the pressure that I put on myself. I want to win every time I go out there. That's why I'm in this business."

Knox also saluted the fans, who were booing quarterback Jim Everett until T. J. Rubley came in.

"The crowd down there [near the north end zone] was loud. The defense gave them something to get excited about. At the goal line, there was a lot of noise coming out of that section, but I can't comment on how that affects anyone."

That's the breaks

Flipper Anderson, who caught a tipped pass to set up the Rams' field goal in the fourth quarter, said, "We deserve a break now and then. If that catch was it, then so be it. The defensive back [Tom Carter] hit it first and then I sort of knocked it up and caught it. I never lost sight of it."

Injury report

The Redskins reported seven players on their injury list. The most serious was to defensive end Jason Buck, who re-injured his shoulder.

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