...Give Joe Gibbs credit. He phoned the league office to tell them he shouldn't have said as much as he did in Monday's press conference about what he considered blown calls.
‘'I shouldn't have said what I said earlier in the week,'' Gibbs said. ''If I ever disagree on something, I should just say, ‘Hey, we're gonna turn it in and see where it goes.' I called the league and said I should have dealt better with it than I did. You get emotional and you say things you wish you haven't said.''
...The Redskins practiced in an off-and-on rain today, leaving them cold and soaked when they entered the building afterward.
...There are only seven players left from the Norv Turner era: Mike Sellers, Ray Brown, Jon Jansen, Chris Samuels, LaVar Arrington, James Thrash and Cory Raymer. Most had good things to say about Turner.
‘'I like Norv,'' Jansen said. ''When I first got here I don't think it was a great working situation for everybody so it didn't work out. He's a terrific coach and has a great offensive system.''
...Gibbs once talked about hiring Turner as an assistant during his first stint in Washington.
''I've always admired him,'' said Gibbs. ''He has a reputation as far as calling plays and being an offensive guy. There's a mutual respect.''
...Turner didn't want to relive his Redskins era during a conference call today. Because he was fired almost five years ago exactly, Turner has had plenty of time to move on.
''Things change,'' he said. ''Coaches understand that better than people who observe.''
Though he faced the Redskins three years ago as a San Diego offensive coordinator, Turner said it will be special returning to FedEx Field.
''I wouldn't be truthful if I said no it wasn't,'' he said. ''You spend seven years in an organization and the last four in that stadium. The things I revert back to are the people and the experience you have. We had great times.''
...But Turner did not use many of his pet phrases that we came to, um, love during his time here: Nobody was described as a big, strong physical guy; nor did he say, ''I think this. . .'' or, ''What we do works.'' But he did mention, ''... all three phases.''
...Turner was not beloved among the press corps, despite popular opinion. A good portion did not think highly of him because of his penchant for making excuses, particularly in private, and his insecure ways. As a person? Good guy. I always liked how he put his family first, as much as you can in this business. Just never thought he was a good leader or anything more than a mediocre head coach. Having covered more successful coaches since him -- Marty Schottenheimer, Joe Gibbs -- I believe it even more now.
Injury Report: WR David Patten (knee) is doubtful and did not practice today. The Redskins might promote one of their two practice squad receivers, Rich Parsons or Steven Harris, if Patten will be lost for any length of time. James Thrash and Taylor Jacobs will take his place in the lineup.
RB Ladell Betts (knee), DT Cornelius Griffin (hip) and S Sean Taylor (ankle) are questionable. None of them practiced today, though Taylor might be able to practice Thursday, according to Gibbs. DE Phillip Daniels (elbow), DT Joe Salave'a (foot) and S Omar Stoutmire (hamstring) are probable. Daniels and Salave'a did not practice.
For the Raiders: DE Bobby Hamilton (ankle) is doubtful; RB Omar Easy (knee) and C Adam Treu (knee) are questionable; G Brad Badger (knee), LB Danny Clark (knee), DB Renaldo Hill (hip) and WR Randy Moss (groin/ribs/pelvis) are probable.