5 Things We Learned From Preseason

Patrick's Day  |  Make No Mistake
Defense Mechanisms  |  Open Wide  |  More Minutes

By Jason La Canfora
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, September 4, 2005; Page E12

Patrick's Day
Quarterback Patrick Ramsey remains under a microscope after a suspect preseason, and chatter about his imminent replacement by veteran Mark Brunell will linger.

Make No Mistake
Talking about eliminating penalties and turnovers, and focusing on eliminating penalties does not always equate to doing so. If the Redskins maintain their 2004 and 2005 preseason pace, they will be doomed.

Defense Mechanisms
The defense seems intent on duplicating its masterful 2004 season, and the starters played well again despite missing top talent. Linebacker LaVar Arrington took major steps to put his serious knee problems behind him.

Open Wide
Washington's ultra-conservative offensive approach is indeed a thing of the past. Three-receiver sets were the norm, and more effort was made to get running back Clinton Portis outside the tackles.

A Plan With More Minutes
At least to this team, preseason matters. Coach Joe Gibbs played his starting offense extensively, looking for a spark to take into September, but received mixed results.

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