Redskins report

November 27, 1996|By Bill Free

What's new: Dallas Cowboys coach Barry Switzer said yesterday that he believed Redskins quarterback Gus Frerotte had a bright future in pro football the first time he saw him playing for Tulsa in a college game in Norman, Okla.

"I saw he had a strong arm, and I figured the pro scouts were there to see him," said Switzer. "I was surprised he went so low [seventh] in the draft. They spend millions of dollars on scouting and still mess up on someone like Frerotte. Seeing Gus for the first time was something like seeing Troy Aikman. I'd first seen Troy in the 11th grade and knew he was going to be special."

Next game: The headlines in Dallas on Monday read, "Emmitt benched." Not so fast, Aikman said yesterday. "It was a combination of his ankle injury and the coaches' wanting to see what Sherman [Williams] could do," Aikman said of Smith's backup.

Smith, whose MRI on Monday revealed a calcium formation in the ankle, gained 18 yards on 11 carries in a 20-6 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday, and the Dallas team rushed for 33 yards. The Cowboys are 24th in the NFL in rushing. "I'd like to think Emmitt's 18 yards were an aberration," said Aikman. "We haven't rushed well all year. We haven't come together as an offense all season. It's been a struggle for this football team in many ways from training camp to the present."

What Norv Turner said: "We've been the best short-yardage team in the league. If I had thrown the ball [inside the 5 twice against the 49ers Sunday when the Redskins settled for two field goals] and not gotten the job done, I'd have kicked myself in the tail."

Injuries: Starting strong safety Darryl Morrison (sprained neck) was downgraded from questionable to doubtful yesterday, and Turner said, "Darryl is probably out" for tomorrow's game. Darryl Pounds, a second-year player from Nicholls State, is set to replace Morrison in the starting lineup.

Defensive end Sterling Palmer (sore knee) has a chance to play after missing last week's game, said Turner. Cornerback Darrell Green (sprained ankle) and punter Matt Turk (pulled back muscle) are expected to play.

Quotable: "If you have to tell the young players how to prepare for the Dallas Cowboys, they probably shouldn't be here playing football for the Redskins," said Washington linebacker Marvcus Patton.

Pub Date: 11/27/96

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