Redskins Notebook

Sight of the Lions' Offense Creates Some Uneasy Rest

By Jason La Canfora
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, October 5, 2007

The bye week was welcomed by most around Redskins Park, but while the slew of injured players relished the prospect of rest, the defensive coaches were thankful for the additional time to prepare for their next opponent, the Detroit Lions.

The Lions run a speedy and devastating offensive system that can make defenses seem overwhelmed at times, and the staff of assistant head coach-defense Gregg Williams spent last week getting the game plan set so that they could get off to a fast start when the players returned for practice on Monday.

"Now we just had to come in and teach it," Williams said. In the end, it will be incumbent on Williams's players to match up on big opponents in four- and five-receiver sets, and Detroit will challenge every aspect of Washington's defense.

"Offensively, they'll always challenge you," Williams said. "We've got our work cut out for us this week. It'll be a good matchup. They've got some very good personnel."

Williams had a tough time sitting through the Lions game with Chicago last week, watching from his home Sunday with the bye. The teams combined for 48 points in the fourth quarter, with Detroit scoring 34 in that quarter to win, 37-27. "I'm screaming and yelling at the TV in the fourth quarter when defense was set back 100 years," Williams said. "It was depressing to watch."

Bugel Has Procedure

Joe Bugel, assistant head coach-offense, missed practice yesterday after having a kidney stone removed, director of sports medicine Bubba Tyer said, but he should be on the sideline Sunday. . . . Lions quarterback Jon Kitna has been exchanging pleasantries with Shawn Springs and Phillip Daniels, his former teammates in Seattle, this week. "Those are my guys," Kitna said in a conference call. . . . Tailback Clinton Portis, who often suggests plays and formations to Coach Joe Gibbs on the sideline, said he usually does so after hearing teammates talk about routes and matchups they believe can lead to big gains. Portis often takes that information to the staff. "I go up and request a pass play guys want to run," Portis said. "It's about the team, it's not really about me. I might go up and ask for '999' -- everybody wants to run a go route -- but at same time it's just a request to put us in the best position."

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