Redskins coach Marty Schottenheimer listened to his players and agreed they had a point. Mainly because he violated one of his personal tenets: always tell them why.

But Schottenheimer didn't do that this summer, or once the season started.

And that's one thing he took away from Monday's players-coaches meeting in which numerous players addressed concerns they had with the coaching staff.

''There was a communication lapse on my part,'' he said. ''I admit it and I accept it. There were some things that I asked to be done and I never told them why. The irony is everything I do when I coach--everything--I tell them why. And there were things that we did not tell them why and I made a mistake. If you understand why, then it makes it easier to do it.''

The Redskins hope it leads to positive results. Some say all it takes is patience, and a few wins, to turn this around.

Quarterback Tony Banks saw the same thing happen in St. Louis with then-coach Dick Vermeil.

''We had all kinds of meetings with Vermeil, but [change] didn't happen,'' Banks said. ''Coaches are pretty anal. They've got things they think they do well and there's a system that works so they keep it. I don't expect [Schottenheimer] to change anything.

''We know his way works and it's worked in the past.''

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