By Jason Reid and Paul Tenorio
Washington Post Staff Writers
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Washington Redskins Coach Jim Zorn has a reputation for being a good teacher and a nice guy, but he erupted in anger after cornerback Shawn Springs intercepted quarterback Jason Campbell's pass and attempted to lateral the ball to cornerback Fred Smoot on the first day of the team's minicamp.
Zorn stopped play while shouting: "Don't do that! Don't do that!"
Not wanting to risk a fumble, Zorn made it clear that the Redskins will not take chances like that.
"He's quiet but he's strong," defensive coordinator Greg Blache said. "He's got a lot of John Wayne in him. Don't be shocked because of the quiet, very gentleman-type demeanor; he's got strength there. He uses it when it needs to be shown, and at the same time, he can be one of the most kind, compassionate people. And that's special. A lot of people can't do that. That's something very difficult to do, and for him it's easy because he's always being himself."
Did Springs and Smoot get the message? "If they didn't," Blache said, "we're going to give them a review of it in the morning."New Receivers Show Off Skills
Wide receivers Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly, and tight end Fred Davis -- the team's first three picks in last week's draft -- all were on the field yesterday.
"They did pretty good," veteran receiver Santana Moss said. "All of them are talented and it's going to be interesting to see where they progress. I feel like the first day they're going to be a little jittery, we all are because we're all learning a new offense . . . but at the same time, those guys are going to have a lot to learn, just how to be able to be a pro and how to take it one day at a time and not try to go out there and do too much."
There were "a lot of butterflies at first," said Thomas, who made an acrobatic grab in the second practice session.
"I couldn't wait to finally get out there and catch the ball," Kelly said. "That is what it is all about. You play football to do that. With a great organization, I don't think I could be in a better place. I'm happy to be here."
Thomas and Kelly did not get any repetitions with the first unit during the morning practice, with Anthony Mix getting playing time as the third wide receiver. But Davis did line up at times with the starters.Rogers, McIntosh Rehab Knees
All but five players participated in practice yesterday, with CB Carlos Rogers (knee), linebacker Rocky McIntosh (knee), TE Tyler Ecker (groin), QB Colt Brennan (hip) and S Kareem Moore (knee) all sitting out as they rehabilitate from surgeries.
Rogers and McIntosh each tore medial collateral and anterior cruciate knee ligaments last season and are expected to take most or all of the offseason to recover. Some in the organization believe Rogers will spend most of the first half of the season on the physically unable to perform list. Yesterday, the veterans worked out together doing light jogging drills, and Rogers said he is not going to rush back.
"It's feeling real good, I don't have no pain, don't feel it," Rogers said. "It's just a matter of getting it stronger, just keep working, just taking it one day at a time. I don't want to rush. They're telling me to chill for a minute, so I'm going to take it one day at a time."Brennan Watches, Learns
Brennan, the sixth-round draft choice from Hawaii, could only watch. He had surgery on his right hip to repair a torn labrum April 7 and will be out three to four more weeks.
"I knew this was going to be the case when I decided to get the surgery and it's tough, it really is, because you feel like you can finally get started somewhere but you're forced to sit and wait," Brennan said. "But it's nice for me because there's so much thrown at you as a quarterback that it's nice to sit back, watch the veterans, watch everything fold in, and it'll help the learning process for me and make everything a lot easier so by the time I do get to go in there I'll be that much more prepared for everything."Defense Has a Good Afternoon
After opening minicamp with a good practice, the Redskins were not as impressive in the afternoon session, Zorn said. "Very crisp this morning. Not as crisp this afternoon," he said. "What we did is, we put in a whole other load of plays. We stretched everybody again, especially on offense, mentally, because we put in new plays with new techniques and we didn't execute them as well. The defense again put in their defensive coverages and played much tougher. We kind of got it handed to us on offense, but I was very excited about what the defense did this afternoon."