Camp Sights and Sounds: Gibbs Frets Blocking Woes

Redskins Park, Asburn, VA, 08.08.05--Joe Gibbs was clear about what needed to be fixed after Saturday's scrimmage with Baltimore.

Pass protection.

The Ravens consistently applied pressure and recorded four sacks in the first two 10-play series.

''Some of it was assignments, some of it was physical,'' Gibbs said. ''They gave us some new looks and we didn't execute well.''

The Redskins emphasized pass protection in practice. Even the running backs stayed a little longer after practice working on blocking technique -- after doing similar drills earlier in the day. They'd thrust into a large blocking bag, then go to the other side of it and thrust again, making sure their hands came up well.

. . . Punter Tom Tupa's wife, Beth, is in remission after undergoing treatments for breast cancer over the past year. Coaches allowed Tupa to travel to Cleveland throughout the season to be with his wife during treatments. It's amazing that this didn't come out last year. It's terrific that she's doing well -- she attended practice last week.

. . . Corner Ade Jimoh had another strong practice, breaking up one pass to James Thrash and intercepting another pass intended for him. Both passes were thrown by Patrick Ramsey.

. . . Receiver Kevin Dyson has looked much better the past few practices. He was slowed by an ankle injury early in camp and lacked explosiveness. He doesn't have much now, but he is getting open. Dyson did a nice job on crossing routes today, catching a few right by the sideline.

. . . Linebacker Chris Clemons made Jon Alston look silly on one play, rushing by him to the quarterback. Clemons is an interesting player, having recorded three sacks in six games last year. Coaches figured he was better suited as a linebacker in a 3-4, but he's making the adjustment to lining up as a rush end in a 4-3.

Clemons should be helped after having an entire offseason to prepare for this role, unlike last year.

‘'Now I get better reads off tackles,'' he said. ‘'I feel a whole lot faster.''

. . . Sean Taylor is still being punished. He remained with the second team.

. . . H-back Manuel White has not looked as good as I thought he would. Not ready to write him off yet, but he dropped a pass today and has not done much. Too bad because the Redskins need more help at this spot. Aside from Chris Cooley, TE/HB is a weak area. Robert Royal is supposed to be a blocker, but always seems to get pushed back to the quarterback.

. . . Corner Walt Harris (quad) returned to practice today, as did defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin (strained rotator cuff). Both missed a week.

. . . Rookie undrafted linebacker Zak Keasey had a rough day in 7-on-7 drills as he kept getting beaten in coverage by running backs. Didn't matter if it was Clinton Portis or Jonathan Combs.

. . . Joe Salave'a still looks good at DT. Had a pressure today.

. . . Mark Brunell on his relationship with Patrick Ramsey: ''Patrick is my best friend on the team. There is no question about it. There are not many guys like PAtrick. He's got a lot of character and I consider him a real close friend. It's a privilege to be on the same team and be pals with him.''

Say what you want about Brunell, but the man has been a class guy in Washington. It was not all his fault last year -- line problems, receivers running sloppy routes helped the mess. But clealry he did not play well, either. However, Brunell never ducked the heat. Give the man a lot of credit.

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