Redskins Park Update: Wednesday

The players really liked the way offensive coordinator Hue Jackson called the game Sunday against Seattle. Want to know why?

And here's why: they felt he scripted the game to their strengths, attacking Seattle's weaknesses rather than just running plays from their system. They liked that Jackson talked to them at halftime about what Seattle was doing and how they would adjust to it. And they liked that Jackson told them what the first five plays of the second half would be, something that hadn't happened in the past.

One player said he thinks coach Steve Spurrier can regain their trust as a playcaller, but he would have to approach things differently to do so. Of course, even this player acknowledged that it helped not facing an all-out blitz on most downs, as Washington has done in recent weeks.

. . . Hang on to those thoughts of playing Rock Cartwright fulltime at running back this week. Starting fullback Bryan Johnson was held out of contact drills this afternoon because of the concussion he suffered the other day. If Johnson can't play then Cartwright would play exclusively at fullback.

But if Johnson can play, Spurrier said there's a good chance Cartwright would start.

Cartwright certainly would get my nod. Why not? It wasn't just the 81 yards he got against Seattle, it's how he did it, breaking tackles, hitting the hole decisively. Speed is nice, but if you can't hit the hole fast and lack instincts, then it's hard to succeed at running back. Cartwright can do that, so give him more opportunities.

. . . The Redskins were in a much better mood today than last week, thanks to their one-game winning streak. But winning has a way of curing all of a team's ills, at least temporarily. As right tackle Jon Jansen said the other day about the difference between winning and losing: because they won Sunday, most players showed up Monday, even though they had the day off. Had they lost and been given the day off, few would have ventured out to Redskins Park.

. . . Here's the Redskins' injury report: RB Ladell Betts (arm) and C Larry Moore (foot) are doubtful; CB Rashad Bauman (ankle), DT Jermaine Haley (hand/shoulder), S Andre Lott (ankle), RB Sultan McCullough (hand) and RB Chad Morton (ankle) are questionable; LB LaVar Arrington (knee/hand), CB Champ Bailey (wrist/shoulder), S Matt Bowen (concussion), WR Laveranues Coles (turf toe), FB Bryan Johnson (concussion), DE Bruce Smith (hand/knee) and CB Fred Smoot (chest) are probable.

. . . Defensive tackle Darrell Russell said he's about 75 percent of the way back to where he wants to be as a player.

``I didn't think I'd be as far as I was,'' he said. ``The running I did when I was [suspended] is paying off now. I've gotten used to the pounding a lot quicker so I'm kind of surprised. My weight isn't where I want it to be, but I got a big chunk of my mojo back last Sunday. In a short amount of time I've gotten very comfortable.''

. . . Spurrier is not about to join the Ade Jimoh fan club. He's picked on him before and he did so again Wednesday, in response to a question.

``It seems like all of Ade's plays have been bad ones,'' Spurrier said. ``We're waiting on him to make a good play. There's hope for him. I don't know who else we're going to play, but we think he can be a good player.''

. . . But don't blame Jimoh for getting beat on Bobby Engram's 5-yard touchdown pass the other day. Turns out that a coverage change was made too late and Jimoh never knew about it. One defensive coach said the call should have been made sooner.


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