Redskins report

September 13, 1996|By Bill Free

What's new: Redskins tackle Ed Simmons (6 feet 5, 330 pounds) is being heralded as a leader on the offensive line after playing many of his previous nine seasons with Washington in the shadows of Jim Lachey and Joe Jacoby. Gus Frerotte said Simmons still doesn't talk much, but "every now and then he'll get on somebody's case." Simmons has been bothered by various knee injuries throughout his career but still managed to be on the field for 1,981 snaps out of a possible 2,058 during the 1994 and 1995 seasons.

What Norv Turner said: "Last week was one of those weeks that make coaching a worthwhile business. You feel an urgency to prepare your team as well as you can for a tough team you need to beat and the players go out and respond to that coaching with an outstanding effort. I came off the practice field last Wednesday scared because our practice was cut short by rain and knew we had a lot to make up on Thursday and we did it."

Next game: The New York Giants (0-2) have beaten the Redskins six straight games, with quarterback Dave Brown being 4-0 as a starter against Washington. But those four victories over Washington must seem like light years away for Brown, who is under fire in New York along with coach Dan Reeves. About the PTC only person who has come strongly to Brown's defense is Reeves, who said, "if everybody prepares themselves as Dave Brown does, we'll be all right." Reeves said he is concerned about stopping Washington running back Terry Allen. "He had great vision on that touchdown run last week [28-yard dash in third quarter that was difference in 10-3 victory over Chicago]," said Reeves. "The play was designed to go inside, but he had the speed and vision to bounce outside."

Quotable: "When the ball is kicked off Sunday, I'm not going to be thinking that we haven't beaten these guys since such and such a time," said Redskins cornerback Darrell Green, when asked about the Giants having won the last six games between the teams. "I don't have a good memory anyway. I'm not like Russ Grimm [former Washington offensive guard] who could remember every play of every game. Each of those six losses is just one of the losses we've had along the way."

Pub Date: 9/13/96

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