``I can't tell you that I had anything other than an unbelievable experience with those coaches and the guys on that team,'' Hasselbeck said. ``I would not be playing football if not for [Eagles coach] Andy Reid sending me to NFL Europe and then playing me a bunch in the preseason when he already had three quarterbacks he knew would make the team. I owe a lot to coach Reid.''
. . . Redskins assistant coaches are bracing for the worst after the season, especially those on the defensive side of the ball. One coach praised coordinator George Edwards for how hard he works and how organized he is and that he deserved another shot.
That said, this coach said, ``They're going to make someone the scapegoat.''
This coach wasn't looking to get out of Washington, even though his contract is up. He'd return given the chance.
. . . The Redskins re-signed defensive end Ron Warner for the finale, taking the roster spot created when Ifeanyi Ohalete was placed on injured reserve. For what it's worth, Todd Franz will start at safety Saturday.
. . . Redskins coach Steve Spurrier said running backs Ladell Betts (forearm) and Trung Canidate (ankle) won't play in the season finale against Philadelphia on Saturday. Canidate finished the season with 600 yards on 142 carries; Betts ended with 255 yards on 77 runs. Rock Cartwright will start at running back vs. the Eagles.
. . . Redskins corner Champ Bailey said he's not worried about his contract.
``I can't control that right now,'' Bailey said. ``All I can control is how we play this one. If I get caught up in all that and get my [butt] toasted, then I'm really going to have to be concerned about my life."
Bailey also was glad to hear linebacker LaVar Arrington say on his radio show how much Bailey means to the team.
``You know that's the same way I feel about him,'' Bailey said. ``He's definitely a big part of this team. You'd hate to lose a guy like LaVar. I would assume they'd hate to lose a guy like me, but it's part of the business. You hate to let Emmitt Smith go, but it happened."
. . . Hmmm: On Spurrier's radio show, also on WTEM, the Redskins' coach, when asked about having input in personnel decisions this season, said, ``Let's put it this way: I thought I'd be able to select the backup quarterback.''
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