After displaying an impressive running game in their opening exhibition, the Redskins will be out to improve their passing offense against the Cleveland Browns Monday night.
Coach Jack Pardee said today the passing game wasn't nearly as sharp as he would have liked in Washington's 13-3 victory over Baltimore.
"We had breakdowns that we need to work on," he said. "We dropped some passes and missed some blitz pickups and the timing wasn't always right.
"This is to be expected this early in the season, but we'd still like to improve on it."
The Redskins ran almost at will on the Colts despite using an assortment of running backs and linemen. They seem certain to mix in more passes this time around.
Pardee said he sould use Joe Theismann at quarterback for two quarters "and reserve the right to get him in more if we think he needs to." Otherwise, Kim McQuilken and Mike Kruczek each will play a quarter, as they did in the Colt game.
Pardee is distrubed about having to play Monday night, then having to make cuts on Tuesday.
"We can't do anything about it, because of stadium availability," he said, "but it makes it hard. We really don't even have much time to evaluate nicks and bruises, either."
If the Redskins put two players on the injured reserve list, as they probably will, they will have to cut six on Tuesday.
Ed Garvey, head of the NFL Players Association, met with the Redskins today to go over various aspects of their relationship with management. Ted Fritsch is Washington's new player representative, replacing Jean Fugett.