Redskins report

December 12, 1996|By Bill Free

What's new: Running back and kick returner Brian Mitchell went on a 15-minute tirade Monday night on his radio show, blasting teammates for another listless performance in a 24-10 loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday.

"We have too many goody-two-shoes on this team," said Mitchell. "Too many guys are just worried about getting their paycheck. They need to want to knock somebody down."

The grading chart on the Tampa Bay game points out that Mitchell once ran through the "wrong hole" and was guilty of "poor coverage" on one return.

Mitchell released a statement through Redskins director of public relations Mike McCall yesterday: "This is how I felt. I'm not going to change my opinion. I speak my mind. The issue is closed."

Next game: Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kent Graham, who replaces Boomer Esiason for the second time this season as the team's No. 1 QB, said coach Vince Tobin has kept his word to him. "He told he I wouldn't lose my job to an injury and now that I'm completely healthy I'm starting. Vince has made it clear it's my job," said Graham.

What Norv Turner said: "The only emotions I have about the Pro Bowl are I would like to see [cornerback] Darrell Green make it."

Injuries: OT Ed Simmons (sore right knee) will miss his fifth straight game and WR Leslie Shepherd (left Achilles' tendon) appears to also be out. DT Sean Gilbert (sore left knee) has a good chance of playing. WR Michael Westbrook (floating cartilage in left knee) and S Darryl Pounds (sore back) are questionable.

Quotable: "If Henry Ellard [quiet veteran Washington wide receiver] had said the things that Brian Mitchell said, it would have surprised us. But Brian was just being Brian. He's an outspoken individual and was giving his opinion," quarterback Gus Frerotte said.

Pub Date: 12/12/96

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