Redskins update

September 08, 1998|By Christian Ewell

Record: 0-1

Sunday's game: The Redskins lost to the New York Giants, 31-24, in the season opener in East Rutherford, N.J.

What's new: Coach Norv Turner announced yesterday that Trent Green will start at quarterback against the San Francisco 49ers Monday night, replacing Gus Frerotte. Frerotte (sprained left shoulder) will be the backup, and Jeff Hostetler will be third string. Turner said he would have made the move regardless of Frerotte's health.

What Turner said: "This will be good in the long run for Gus. He's pressing. Maybe sitting back for a while will be the best thing we can do for him."

Highlights: Green, who played in one of Washington's 1,028 plays last season, ignited the Redskins' offense and might have led the team to a victory if not for a late fumble recovered by New York. "I was happy to make things happen," Green said. "but that one mistake clouds things up." Still, Green completed 17 of 25 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns. The Redskins' defense performed as advertised, holding New York to 235 total yards, 73 on the ground.

Lowlights: The much-maligned offensive line made key mistakes, one of which -- a holding penalty on former Baltimore Stallion Shar Pourdanesh -- wiped out a touchdown that would have given Washington a 14-3 lead early in the second quarter. Others led to Frerotte's and Green's being sacked eight times. "Physically, there are so many times a guy does it exactly right," Turner said, "then somebody's off a little and you have a problem." Frerotte, sharp in the first half, wasn't in the second, throwing two interceptions within 66 seconds. The first (by Conrad Hamilton) set up New York's go-ahead touchdown; the second (by Michael Strahan) was returned for a touchdown that gave the Giants a 24-10 lead with 12: 07 left in the third quarter.

Next game: The 49ers visit Jack Kent Cooke Stadium on Monday night at 8: 20.

Pub Date: 9/08/98

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