Redskins report

December 06, 1996|By Bill Free

What's new: Safety Keith Taylor could be on the field playing in certain situations Sunday against Tampa Bay even though he just signed with the Redskins on Tuesday. Taylor played with Washington in 1994 and 1995 and knows the defensive system enough to step in right away, said coach Norv Turner.

"Keith is ready to go," Turner said. "He'll be out there on some plays for us. It's nice to have a player of his experience back with us."

If the Redskins make the playoffs, and remain in last place in team defense in the NFL rankings, they would be the first team with a last-place defense to make the playoffs since the merger of the AFL and NFL in 1970.

Next game: First-year Tampa Bay coach Tony Dungy, who received a six-year contract to turn the Buccaneers' fortunes around, said he already has started to question himself (the team is 4-9). "You plan things and you expect them to go well and when they don't, you start to look at yourself and wonder what you might be doing wrong," said the man who spent 15 years as an NFL assistant.

What Norv Turner said: "I'm not down on our running game at all. xTC We played two really good run defense teams in four days [San Francisco and Dallas] that overloaded up front to stop the run. I think we played as well as our football team can play against the 49ers but came up a little short [19-16 overtime loss]. Obviously I think we can play better than we did in the Dallas game and that's what we're going to set out to do against Tampa Bay."

Injuries: RB Terry Allen (sprained shoulder) isn't talking much about the injury these days. Asked the other day about the shoulder, he said only, "It hurts," and then continued out the door to the parking lot at Redskin Park. Allen is participating in the practice sessions this week but Turner is not allowing him to take hits.

Quotable: "I don't think it's fair to say our season is slipping away [1-4 after a 7-1 start]. We've just had a slight detour on the road to the Super Bowl. We'll have to go somewhere else and beat somebody or beat somebody at home to win the NFC title. Teams are going to lose games. But when we lose, everybody gets down on us. When Dallas loses, everybody says they are still a strong team." -- Redskins defensive end Rich Owens, who has eight sacks this season to share the team lead with linebacker Ken Harvey.

Pub Date: 12/06/96

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