Ted Fritsch, the center for kicks who has put the thrill back in the snap that he made so routinely in four previous Redskins seasons, said yesterday his problem was "not letting everything come natural like it has for the last 15 years."
He compared his problem to that of a pitcher who tries to groove a pitch or a golfer who tries to guide his shot.
"It's a problem you contend with when you've been perfect for so long," Fritsch said. "It's a problem for me to do what I do best -- not worrying about somebody else's job, not worrying about somebody else's call, not worrying about blocking, just snapping.
"It's no problem I really can't overcome. Nobody's more concerned about it than I am. It's basically taking care of my own job, not worrying about anything else."
Fritsch said the Redskins have a new fullback on the punting unit this season -- Rich Milot instead of Don Hover.
"Richie's learning the position," Fritsch said. "It's not necessarily that I was not concentrating on what I was doing, but I was trying to do my job rather than just doing it. It's like a pitcher throwing a strike. Instead of just rarin' back and throwing it, he tries to put it there.
"And that's what I was trying to do. I was trying to make such a perfect snap to both our punters and to our holders, I wasn't doing it like I would ordinarily do it. I consider myself a perfectionist. It bothers me when I don't do things perfect, and I work hard enough to do them. There's really no excuse at all . . . but I know what my job is and I'm going to do it."
So, yesterday after practice, Fritsch made some extra snaps, like a hitter taking extra batting practice.
"It's nothing major, nothing I can't overcome," he said. "Nine times out of 10 that little something you're missing is in your mind -- I'm determined to get out of this little slump I'm in. Just like great hitters, they all go in slumps now and then. I'm sure Reggie Jackson's been in a slump or two. But he's hitting the hell our of the ball now."