Redskins report

September 24, 1996|By Bill Free

Highlights: Defensive tackle Sean Gilbert makes the highlights film again, chasing St. Louis Rams all over the field for six tackles and applying a lot of pressure on quarterback Steve Walsh, who threw three interceptions in a 17-10 loss. Cornerback Tom Carter came up with the third interception with 2: 40 left in the game and St. Louis 23 yards from a tying touchdown. That enabled the Redskins to run out the clock with the help of Brian Mitchell's third-down run for a first down. Gilbert and the Redskins defense lead the NFL, allowing 10 points a game, and the team has three straight wins for the first time since 1992. The offense continues to play just well enough to win, with Terry Allen churning out 78 yards and one touchdown on 23 carries and catching three passes for 26 yards against the Rams. Tight end Scott Galbraith also had a good day with a 2-yard catch for a touchdown on a play that began with confusion and ended with six points.

Lowlights: The offense converted two of 11 third-down situations, and Gus Frerotte threw two interceptions after having one in the first three games. But coach Norv Turner excused Frerotte for one of the interceptions because the pass bounced off receiver Bill Brooks' chest and into the arms of St. Louis safety Torin Dorn. Also, Washington ran only 55 offensive plays, 15 below what Turner is aiming for in a game.

What Norv Turner said: "When I put the game films on, I'm enjoying watching our team play. Guys are flying around on defense. I guess that's a big advantage of having a lot of youth and enthusiasm. Even our medium guys are young and the older guys are getting caught up in it all. Offensively, we're not really behind in our passing game. We can gear that up if we want. We can go out and throw and catch the ball with anybody in the league."

Next game: The winless New York Jets (0-4) come to RFK Stadium for an 8 p.m. game Sunday. The Jets and quarterback Neil O'Donnell, who left Super Bowl runner-up Pittsburgh for $25 million over five years, lost Sunday, 13-6, to the New York Giants. O'Donnell's longest completion in the setback was 14 yards, and he was sacked four times. Washington leads the series, 4-1.

QB update: With each Washington win, Gus Frerotte becomes more entrenched as the starting quarterback and Heath Shuler sinks a little farther into the background.

Pub Date: 9/24/96

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