Struggles continue for Redskins in loss

Jets 27 Redskins 14

Pro Football


Landover -- Like most NFL teams, the Washington Redskins have been downplaying the meaning of the preseason. Yet, if their first two games have shown anything, it's that the Redskins are far from ready for the regular season to begin.

Still struggling with the new offense brought by Al Saunders from Kansas City, and still making enough mistakes on defense to elevate the blood pressure of Gregg Williams, the Redskins lost to the New York Jets last night, 27-14, at FedEx Field.

Though the offense scored its first two touchdowns of the preseason while playing without injured tailback Clinton Portis, the Redskins appear to be way behind on Saunders' playbook.

The defense, continuing to be hurt by injuries and a stunning lack of depth, surrendered two touchdowns by the first team, including a 61-yard reverse by rookie wide receiver Brad Smith, and another by the reserves. Starting defensive end Phillip Daniels went out early with a sprained knee.

And don't forget the special teams. The opening kickoff was run back 47 yards and only an arm tackle by punter Derrick Frost prevented a touchdown. Leon Washington, a rookie out of Florida State, later ran back a kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown.

It all combined for another disappointing performance by a team that many expect to reach the NFC championship game, if not the Super Bowl. And it was enough to elicit more than a few boos from the crowd of 65,538, many of whom left with 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter.

It also left Redskins coach Joe Gibbs in a worried state.

"I'm really concerned, let's put it that way," he said "We haven't played good at home, and that's it."

Gibbs spread the blame, starting with himself.

"I think we need to all take a real serious look at all this, and from my standpoint, I sure haven't done my job," he said. ". ... It's all the way across the board. Special teams, offense, defense. You've got to play well as a team, and we're not."

Starting quarterback Mark Brunell didn't throw any costly interceptions as he did in the 19-3 defeat to the Cincinnati Bengals - the play that ended with Portis partially separating his shoulder making a tackle -but he was 3-for-6 for 45 yards.

"We're concerned with the lack of consistency; if you're out there for 12 plays, you want 12 good plays," Brunell said.

Second-year quarterback Jason Campbell threw an interception, but he also showed some promise, finishing 6-for-13 for 83 yards. Veteran quarterback Todd Collins, after an abysmal performance last week in Cincinnati, found a little redemption by throwing a 30-yard touchdown pass to backup tight end Buck Ortega.

Former Redskins starter Patrick Ramsey, starting in place of Chad Pennington, returned to earn some retribution against his old team, including throwing a block to free Smith for his long touchdown run.

There was little to get Redskins fans excited. No big hits by Sean Taylor. No big runs from Ladell Betts, who in place of Portis gained only 9 yards on three carries. It was enough to send Gibbs into his first post-game tirade of the season, albeit a terse one.

"We don't like to play like that at home," he said. "I'm concerned all the way across the board. I don't think it's grasping anything. It's not playing, and me not coaching. When we show up and do stuff like that at home, I take it real serious. I think our players do. We're going to have to do something about it."

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