Redskins report

September 20, 1996|By Bill Free

What's new: Winning two games in a row and wide receiver Michael Westbrook's on-again, off-again left knee injury have suddenly propelled coach Norv Turner into the media spotlight more than any other time since he became Washington's coach in 1994. Turner held two press conferences and conducted several TV interviews Wednesday at Redskin Park. The usually reserved Turner seems to be getting more comfortable each day with all the attention and has even accommodated the cameras by changing positions for better lighting.

Next game: The St. Louis Rams (1-1) will entertain the Redskins (2-1) at the TransWorld Dome on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Redskins are 3-0 in games played under a roof since Turner became coach three years ago and 8-2 in domed stadiums, including playoff games, since 1990. Washington holds a 16-5-1 lead in the series with the Rams. St. Louis hasn't been impressive in two starts, prompting second-year coach Rich Brooks to say, "We've been a non-productive offensive team in the first two games and doing things to beat ourselves." Brooks said he isn't surprised by the outstanding play of Washington's 6-5, 313-pound defensive tackle Sean Gilbert, who was traded by the Rams last April to Washington for a first-round pick in the 1996 draft. "Sean played well for us last year and he's just as talented as ever," said Brooks.

What Norv Turner said: "I still believe our defense is leading the way. They are making plays and creating turnovers. When we've put them [defense] in bad field position, we've continued defensively to make the plays we had to make. Offensively, we've made great improvements. When you're playing good defense and moving the ball, it gives you the freedom to do things like the fake field goal [that went for a 30-yard touchdown pass from Gus Frerotte to Scott Galbraith]."

Quotable: "They [the Rams] made a trade that they thought was best for the football team," said Gilbert as he prepared this week to face his old teammates for the first time. "I'll let them sort it out with God."

Pub Date: 9/20/96

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