Redskins report

September 12, 1996|By Bill Free

What's new: Washington's 6-foot-5, 316-pound defensive tackle Sean Gilbert has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in Sunday's 10-3 victory over Chicago. Gilbert had one sack, six tackles and three quarterback hurries for a two-week total of two sacks, 17 tackles and six hurries.

Also, the Redskins announced yesterday the signing of defensive back Chris Hayes to the practice squad. Hayes, 5-11, 200 pounds, was selected in the seventh round of last spring's NFL draft by the New York Jets after starting the final 27 games of his collegiate career as an outside linebacker at Washington State. The Jets moved Hayes to strong safety but he was later released. To make room for Hayes, the Redskins released defensive back Andre Witherspoon. The five-man Redskins practice squad now consists of Hayes, linebacker Jeremy Asher, defensive tackle Ryan Kuehl, wide receiver Deandre Maxwell and tight end Ed Smith.

What Norv Turner said: "Gus [Frerotte] played better than the actual production showed [18 of 29, 177 yards, no interceptions vs. the Bears]. If you go back and look at the game film, of the first 21 balls he threw, 20 of them hit a receiver right in the numbers or were certainly catchable. We had two or three completions called back with penalties, we had two or three balls dropped early, we were 1-for-6 on third downs and could have been 5-for-6 on third downs early. You're not going to be a good offensive football team unless you convert third downs. That has been the thing in these two games that have killed us."

Frerotte is one of only four quarterbacks in the NFL who has not thrown an interception through two games this season. He has completed 30 of 54 passes (55.6 percent) for 296 yards.

Next game: The New York Giants (0-2) are in a bit of disarray as they prepare for the Redskins (1-1) in a Sunday 4 p.m. game at Giants Stadium in the Meadowlands. Coach Dan Reeves said yesterday in a conference call to Redskin Park, "We don't have ZTC enough time to talk about all the things that are wrong with our running game."

The Giants are 5-13 since the start of last season, are apparently headed nowhere this season, and Reeves isn't very happy amid newspaper headlines in New York that are declaring "The Season's Over" and "Show Reeves the door -- now." Reeves tried to defend the slide yesterday, saying, "We've lost an awful lot of people, been through about eight captains in that time, free agency, chemistry, continuity. We've lost more people than we've been able to get."

In two games under quarterback Dave Brown, the Giants have 19 first downs to 46 for the opposition, have been outscored, 50-20, and have 336 net yards to 778.

Pub Date: 9/12/96

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