Turner Says Trent Green Is the Man
By Mark Maske and Liz Clarke
Coach Norv Turner said after yesterday's 38-16 loss to the Denver Broncos that he plans to stick with Trent Green as the Washington Redskins' starting quarterback.
Green, who replaced Gus Frerotte after the Redskins' season-opening loss to the New York Giants, fell to 0-3 as a starter. He had 252 passing yards yesterday, but threw two interceptions and had three of the Redskins' four fumbles.
Still, he was under pressure all day. He had defenders in his face on both of his interceptions. Two of his fumbles came on sacks, and the other came on a muffed snap with center Cory Raymer. The Redskins recovered all but one of Green's fumbles.
"It's hard to evaluate Trent," Turner said. "We had a chance for two big plays, and we break down in protection and end up throwing two interceptions. I thought he did some good things [and] I thought he had some tough plays."
No Way for Elway
Broncos quarterback John Elway was telling people on the field as late as a few hours before game time that he planned to play. But Elway and Broncos Coach Mike Shanahan decided not to push it after Elway experienced tightness in his strained right hamstring muscle during warmups, and he watched from the sideline as Bubby Brister directed Denver to its fourth win of the season.
"I just did not feel that it would be the right decision to play him," Shanahan said. "I thought there could be a setback, and if he did hurt himself early in the game I would never forgive myself."
Special Teams Shake-Up
Turner has cut or benched a player after each loss this season. Following yesterday's loss, Turner guaranteed a shake-up on special teams.
"The area where I'm going to look hard to make changes, I can tell you right now, is special teams," Turner said. "We're going to make some changes. . . . We've got a number of young, good athletes on our kickoff coverage team, and it's killing us right now."
Last week against Seattle, the Redskins allowed Steve Broussard to return the opening kickoff for a touchdown. Yesterday, Denver's Vaughn Hebron returned the kickoff 44 yards to the Broncos 47 to open the third quarter. Four plays later, Denver scored to take a 24-7 lead. Also yesterday, Washington defensive back Tim Denton was called for an illegal block on Brian Mitchell's return.
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