At a Glance
The Washington Post
Monday, November 26, 2007; Pages E12-15
And You Are?
On the day he turned 67 years old, Redskins Coach Joe Gibbs was required to put his personal identification to good use. Comcast SportsNet cameras caught security officials asking the Hall of Fame coach for a credential while he was entering Raymond James Stadium.
By the Numbers
5: Times the Bucs and Redskins have played since Joe Gibbs came back to coach Washington; in each of those games, the team that scored first went on to win.
By the Numbers, Part II
9: Games this season involving the Redskins that have been decided by one score. Washington is 4-5 in those games.
Supporting the Snapper
Concerned that long snappers are an underappreciated lot, a dozen family members and friends of Buccaneers special teamer Andrew Economos decided custom-made T-shirts were required. Yesterday's game marked the debut of the shirts, which read "We [Heart] The Long Snapper."
NEXT UP: vs. Buffalo Bills (5-6)
When: Sunday, Dec. 2, 1 p.m. (WUSA-9, WJZ-13)
Where: FedEx Field.
The Skinny: The Bills have been a streaky team, losing their first three games before rebounding in late October with four consecutive wins. Running back Marshawn Lynch, who has missed the past two games with an ankle injury, is a promising rookie, and the Bills have turned back to J.P. Losman as their starting quarterback.
Forgoing the Flag
After Santana Moss's first-quarter fumble, the wide receiver indicated he was down before he fumbled, and Coach Joe Gibbs balled up the red challenge flag in his left hand, in anticipation of a toss. But television replays showed the ball had clearly come loose before Moss was down, and the challenge flag never left Gibbs's hand.
Hometown Product
Tampa Bay safety Tanard Jackson was in the right place at the right time in the first quarter. Twice, actually. The rookie from Silver Spring, who played at Bullis, recovered both Redskins fumbles in the quarter. Those were the first fumble recoveries of his career.
Sounds Like ...
Raymond James Stadium was filled with the sound of "boos," from Bucs fans saluting popular linebacker Barrett Ruud to the sizable contingent of Redskins fans cheering on Chris Cooley, who caught his seventh touchdown of the season, equaling his career high. Not quite sure what would have happened had Ruud tackled Cooley.
Can't Get a Handle
The spate of sloppy execution and dropped balls extended to the sidelines. When injured Bucs quarterback Jeff Garcia began warming up before reentering the game in the second half, a dropped ball immediately caused him to retreat five yards and pick it up.
Quotable
"Good teams know how to end games. Teams that are trying to be good, they still flirting around with it. And we're flirting around with it." -- Redskins CB Fred Smoot.
Reunion
Redskins Coach Joe Gibbs was an assistant with Tampa Bay in 1978, and his quarterback that season was Doug Williams. When Gibbs became the head coach in Washington, he later brought in Williams, who was named Super Bowl XXII most valuable player. The coach and former player, who now works in Tampa Bay's front office, were spotted on the sideline hugging during pregame warmups.
On washingtonpost.com
PHOTOS: View a slideshow from yesterday's game at washingtonpost.com/redskins
VIDEO: Former Redskin Ken Harvey's 'Word on the Street,' available Monday afternoon.
CHATS: Mike Wilbon will be online at 1:15 p.m. and Post NFL editor Cindy Boren at 2:30 p.m.
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