...One former Redskin jokingly called linebackers coach Dale Lindsey, ''Old Grumpy.'' Probably an apt description, especially after hearing him talk about a few of his linebackers this morning.
In truth, Lindsey isn't grumpy; he's just demanding. And there was nothing but praise for Marcus Washington, who works as hard as any player he's ever coached. He's not the most talented -- Junior Seau and Brian Urlacher matched his work ethic and surpassed his talent. But there's a reason Washington has improved every year.
But Lindsey would like to see middle linebacker Lemar Marshall take that next step. He likes Marshall, but wants him to intercept more than four passes and increase his tackles. Lindsey also shot a warning to Chris Clemons, saying he needs to be more consistent, more physical and better on special teams.
''Those three are unacceptable this year for him,'' Lindsey said.
...Derrick Frost was at it again this morning, shanking a couple punts while David Lonie boomed a few. Can't imagine that Frostie will end up with the job, but we'll see how Lonie handles game situations.
...Not sure anyone has a cushier job than long snapper Ethan Albright. The solid vet doesn't have to do much during practices. And when the kickers and holders work off to the side, Albright's task is to feed the ball to the jugs machine.
...That said, Albright is one of the most down-to-earth athletes you'll meet.
...Corner Carlos Rogers sat out practice again and will not participate in the scrimmage because of back spasms.
...Nic Clemons looks stronger, as we've said a couple times, but he needs to improve his leverage. When linemen set deep against him, he tends to stand up too soon and negate any strength advantage. That's a big problem for d-linemen.
...Here's what this offense can do to defenses. Today, Santana Moss lined up in the slot -- and was covered by Marcus Washington. Can you imagine an LB trying to cover Moss? Well, Washington couldn't and Moss raced by him down the middle. For some reason, Mark Brunell went elsewhere.
...Brunell's arm looks fresh -- whipped a bullet to Chris Cooley at one point.
...Clinton Portis dropped another pass today. Seems to happen too often. For as many things as he does well, catching passes is not a strength.
...Jon Alston got the better of Phillip Daniels in a one-on-one drill. Alas, Joe Sykes then whipped Alston one down later. Sykes also knocked Jim Molinaro backwards. But everyone seems to be doing that. Hard to imagine Molinaro winning a roster spot. As good a coach as Bugel is, he can't work miracles and the first two linemen the Skins drafted under him -- Molinaro and Wilson -- turned out to be bad. Just shows you still have to have the right guys to work with.
...What to take from Saturday's scrimmage? Well, remember last year when Patrick Ramsey looked horrible on his first two throws? And Mark Brunell looked pretty sharp? Did that tell anyone anything?
...Jerry Gray is a pleasure to interview. Good coach; insightful.