Redskins Park Update

It's finally Jet week, which is only a big deal because of the offseason. But, more importantly, one Redskins receiver won't play Thursday and the starting safety job is settled. And find out what the message is on a board in the Redskins' locker room.

. . . Ex-Jet Laveranues Coles doesn't want to talk to the media this week, knowing he'd be asked a bunch of questions about his former team. To his credit, he addressed this topic several times in camp. But Randy Thomas and John Hall both spoke about the game, however. After Thomas thought he was finished answering questions, another reporter walked up and asked for another quote. Thomas eyed him over and said, ''Where are you from?'' He wanted to make sure he wasn't from New York (he wasn't).

''It got strange when I signed and found out that that was the first game,'' Thomas said. ''It couldn't have happened any better way. We're very excited and the guys up north are probably excited, too.''

Of the four, the Jets were most ready to part with Hall.

''I have a lot of friends in the organization and I love everyone there,'' Hall said. ''I have nothing bad to say about anyone there. We did a lot of amazing things and to be part of that is truly an honor. I love New York.''

But he still wouldn't mind beating them with a last-second field goal.

''That would be great,'' Hall said. ''But it would be even greater to win by six or seven touchdowns.''

. . . Ifeanyi Ohalete has won the starting safety job opposite Matt Bowen. It's the right decision: David Terrell's inability to tackle consistently is a major problem.

''I focused on my assignments and making tackles when I need to make tackles,'' Ohalete said.

. . . Receiver Taylor Jacobs will not play against the Jets and might not play against Atlanta, Redskins coach Steve Spurrier said today. Jacobs left the Jacksonville game after getting the wind knocked out of him, but Spurrier said he hurt an abdominal muscle.

. . . Center Larry Moore practiced and worked with the first unit. He'll start Thursday.

. . . There's a board in the Redskins locker room where messages often are put, talking about trouble that players on other teams get into, etc. Sometimes they'll post motivational messages, which was the case today. One sign read: Not in our House? Then it listed the home records for each of the last four seasons, as well as Washington's final record.

The point: it's no coincidence that the Redskins' best home record in that time came during a playoff season. They were 6-2 in 1999. The sign also referred to the 2000 team as the ''100 million dollar team''. And it also included the home record from the 1991 team (7-1). The next sentence read: This championship team needed only three wins on the road to secure a spot in the playoffs and once you're in anyone can win. Not in our House must have meaning!

. . . In the 25 minutes of practice open to the media, receivers Darnerien McCants and Patrick Johnson, were working as the numbers 3 and 4 receivers in drills where there was no defense. Of course, with Jacobs out, one of them would have to be in that group.

. . . The running backs did something unique, working on a drill in which they dive on the ground, bounce up and catch a pass.

. . . MSG was in town today interviewing the Redskins about the Jets.

. . . Long snapper Ethan Albright's hair is bright red, making it easy to spot him from across the field. It's also why he has this taped to his locker: Red Snapper.


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