Redskins report

November 08, 1996|By Bill Free

What's new: The Redskins signed defensive back and special teams standout Tomur Barnes yesterday and released defensive tackle Ryan Kuehl.

Barnes, 5 feet 10, 188 pounds, was released by the Minnesota Vikings three days ago after playing in two games this season. Barnes was signed by the Vikings Oct. 14, one week after he had been released by the Houston Oilers.

It was with the Oilers that Barnes made a significant contribution in five games this season and 15 games in 1995. Barnes had four defensive and five special teams tackles for Houston this year after making 23 defensive tackles, intercepting two passes and coming through with 18 special teams tackles last year.

Barnes was signed by Houston in 1994 as a free agent out of North Texas and played in one game his rookie year.

Kuehl was activated off the practice squad Oct. 20 and was used sparingly in games against the Indianapolis Colts and Buffalo Bills.

Next game: Arizona Cardinals coach Vince Tobin said this week that coaching in Arizona and Indianapolis (defensive coordinator in 1994 and 1995) has placed him in nearly identical football surroundings.

"The situation is the same here as in Indianapolis," said Tobin, 52, who accepted his first NFL head coaching position Feb. 7 of this year. "Cynicism abounds in the city and among the fans here just like it did in Indianapolis. I just hope we can do the things that it takes to win here."

Tobin said he knows 7-2 Washington will be sky-high for his 3-6 Cardinals on Sunday at RFK Stadium. "I'm sure it was a shock for them to lose to Buffalo like that [38-13]. Washington is a well-coached team and I have the utmost respect for Norv Turner as a coach from going against him when I was defensive coordinator with the Bears and he was at Dallas."

What Norv Turner said: "People are finding ways to run away from Sean Gilbert [defensive tackle whose tackles and sacks have dropped significantly since the first three weeks of the season]. They are doubling Sean, and having two starters, Marc Boutte [tackle] and Sterling Palmer, [end] out the past few weeks have limited some of the things that Sean can do."

Injuries: Starting middle linebacker Rod Stephens missed a second day of practice yesterday with a sprained ankle. If Stephens can't play Sunday, he would miss his first game in two seasons and right linebacker Marvcus Patton would call the defensive signals.

Quotable: "Playing for the Bengals, the Jets and the Cardinals could be considered like being in the Bermuda Triangle. It's been an interesting and very fulfilling career. When you realize you're making a million dollars throwing a football on Sundays, things aren't all that bad. One of the reasons I've continued to play is so I can take my children, [son] Gunnar [5] and [daughter] Sydney [4], into NFL locker rooms and on the field with me and they can see me play. It's something they can be proud of and remember for a long time," said Cardinals quarterback Boomer Esiason.

Pub Date: 11/08/96

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