Redskins report

December 23, 1997|By Bill Free

Final record: 8-7-1

No playoffs: The Redskins narrowly missed the playoffs for a second straight season because of some home-field upsets. Last year it was a 37-34 loss to the Arizona Cardinals at RFK Stadium; this season there were defeats by the Ravens (20-17) and St. Louis Rams (23-20) at Jack Kent Cooke Stadium.

News: Coach Norv Turner said yesterday he doesn't believe holdout defensive tackle Sean Gilbert will come to contract terms with Washington. Gilbert sat out the entire season when the Redskins would not raise their offer from $3.5 million to $4 million a year.

"I'm proud of the way our owner [John Kent Cooke] handled the Gilbert situation," Turner said. "We were fair with him."

Regarding his future as Redskins coach, Turner said, "If you're coaching in this league and don't understand that your job is in jeopardy every year, you don't know what this league is all about."

Turner was signed last March by the late Jack Kent Cooke to a five-year contract taking him through the 2001 season.

With speculation running rampant that Barry Switzer will not return as coach in Dallas, Turner was asked if he would talk to the Cowboys if he were approached about the job.

"I would not be interested in talking to the Cowboys," said Turner, who was offensive coordinator for Dallas from 1991 to 1993. "I have a long-term contract here."

A few minutes later, Turner said, "By the way, I know nothing about the Dallas situation and probably answered that question prematurely."

Game balls: CB Darryl Pounds, CB Darrell Green, RB Brian Mitchell and OT Ed Simmons received game balls for their play in Washington's 35-32 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, but the celebrating ended three hours later when the Detroit Lions rallied to beat the New York Jets, 13-10, and knock Washington out of the playoff race.

Next year's schedule: In addition to home-and-home games with four NFC East opponents, the Redskins will play San Francisco, Denver, Tampa Bay and San Diego at Jack Kent Cooke, and face Oakland, Seattle, Carolina and Minnesota on the road.

Pub Date: 12/23/97

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