Five Questions With: Charles Mann

For 11 seasons Charles Mann made big plays at defensive end, helping the Redskins win two Super Bowls and reach a third. He eventually left the Redskins against his wishes, winning another Super Bowl with San Francisco. But he still considers himself a Redskins fan. He's also second on the Redskins' all-time sack list with 82. Here's what he likes about the current defense: ''They're very fast and . . . ''

Q: What are you doing these days?

A: Art Monk and I have a business doing credit car d processing. We acquire merchants for sales, but it's our own business. We put them in a processing arrangement so they can do credit card processing. I enjoy being my own boss, but I don't like selling.

Q: Do you miss being part of football?

A: I don't miss playing football. I got that all out of my system in 12 years, four Super Bowls. I did all I can do out there. I do miss being around the guys. I was reminiscing with Bruce Smith and Marco Coleman, talking with other guys. That part I miss.

Q: What do you think of what you've seen?

A: They've got a bunch of young guys, new faces, new coaches. New, new, new. Everything is new. With new means new opportunities. As fans though--and I am a fan--we should keep our expectations low. If they can go .500, that would be a successful year.

Q: What do you think about the defense?

A: I can't wait to see them in real live action. It'll be exciting. If the defense could learn how to score points, they might go more than .500.

Q: What do you like best about what you've seen?

A: They've got a bunch of athletic guys. They're very athletic on defense. Our defense will be fast. It'll be a lot like the Eagles' defense. Very lean guys, not big and heavy. But very aggressive and athletic and they'll make a lot of plays.

John Keim covers the Redskins for The Journal Newspapers.


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