Minicamp Report: Day Three

The day started with Joe Theismann addressing the team, something he's done at previous workouts for other coaches. This time Steve Spurrier wanted Theismann to talk about what it means to be a Redskin. If only Theismann weren't so shy . . . Five minutes later, the players broke for practice. We're not sure if Theismann was actually done talking. We kid because we love and Theismann is always a treat to talk to: good, strong opinions. He was a highlight; here are others.

Steve Spurrier stood in the background once more, behind the assembled media, as newly-signed Renaldo Wynn addressed the crowd. It's not the first time Spurrier has stepped to the side. And it won't be the last.

To which we say: Good for him.

Whether or not Spurrier is a successful NFL coach remains to be seen. But today was another example of one thing that makes Spurrier good. He knows when to turn to others and, for a man with a supposed big ego, he's content out of the spotlight.

So he let defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis handle most of the questions on Wynn. When it came time to take pictures of Wynn holding his new jersey, Spurrier walked over, joking that he should ''get next to the defensive guys.''

Unlike Marty Schottenheimer, Spurrier is content with letting others handle their work. He places his trust in them and they don't abuse it.

Spurrier knows he's the head coach and everyone else does, too.

During this press conference he mostly joked about signing another defensive guy. The only press conferences for players this offseason have been for those on defense, Wynn and linebacker Jessie Armstead.

''Hopefully we'll sign some offensive guys before the free agency period is over,'' Spurrier joked. ''Offense is next.''

. . . Redskins defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis made good use of his time when he coached in Pittsburgh. When he was at Pitt, he tried, and failed, to recruit Renaldo Wynn. Later, with the Steelers, Lewis watched Friday night highlights of high school football. He remembered on player who always seemed to rush for 200 or 300 yards. Now he gets to coach that guy: LaVar Arrington.

. . . The Redskins mostly worked on red zone scoring during their 11 on 11 drills today. They'd better continue working as the defense clearly got the better of this drill. But one player who did stand out was receiver Darnerien McCants, who broke free on a post corner route and caught a pass from quarterback Sage Rosenfels.

Later, Danny Wuerffel zipped one to tight end Walter Rasby in the back of the end zone. Ex-Redskin Joe Theismann, surrounded by reporters, broke away to shout to announcer Frank Herzog: ''It's the 7 Frank! It's all in the number. Forget about the athlete, it's the number!''

. . . By the way, McCants and Derrius Thompson looked good during the three days. Thompson has shone in these camps before, but McCants will be intriguing to watch. He's an excellent athlete with raw football skills.

. . . Talked to a guy in Chicago after minicamp ended who said the Bears should sign Chris Chandler soon. And they do want to trade Shane Matthews. But this person was told by a Bears front office member, ''We don't want to help out the Redskins.'' In other words, why hurry? But, this source said, look for a deal to be completed before the draft.

. . . For what it's worth: David Brandt and Scott Harper worked as the backup guards. We still like Brandt as a center--which is where Marty Schottenheimer pegged him for the future as well. But Mark Fischer looks to return as a backup center.

. . . Quarterback Dameyune Craig has a bad foot and probably shouldn't be on the field yet. That said, too often receivers had to wait on his throws. We'll see if this stays the same once training camp opens and his foot is healed.

. . . New center Larry Moore was impressive in one footwork drill, in which the players must chop over blocking bags on the ground. Moore chopped quickly, looking very smooth. That's a good sign.

. . . The running backs worked on pass blocking today, chopping their feet while hitting a sliding dummy bag. Before Stephen Davis took his turn, running backs coach Hue Jackson predicted after doing this he would ''be ready to fight Mike Tyson.'' The backs then headed to a five-man blocking sled and worked on blocking from their knees.

. . . Did you know: guard Ross Tucker was a high school point guard in basketball. Neither did I. But it's true. He was a 6-foot-5, 240-pound point guard, which I found out during an interview after practice today. For whatever that's worth. Actually, it helps with his footwork, an important aspect at guard. If he can pull as a right guard, it makes the offense more versatile.

. . . By the way, Tucker is an easy guy to root for. He's confident, yet realistic. He's a good interview and also treats people with respect. But what else would you expect from an offensive lineman?

. . .Tim Engelhardt and Otis Leverette worked as second team defensive ends the past three days. Not sure about Engelhardt, but we do know that the previous coaching staff was excited about Leverette because of his athleticism. Certainly, they'll get a strong look in camp.

John Keim covers the Redskins for The Journal Newspapers and is a correspondent for Pro Football Weekly.


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