Jay Schroeder held himself captive until yesterday evening, when he suddenly showed up at Redskin Park and plopped himself down on a couch.

So depressed Sunday that he said he barely spoke with his wife, Schroeder showed up yesterday with his tongue wagging. Among other things, he spoke of his arm, his coach, his future, his teammates and his life. Among other things, he vowed to throw another touchdown pass.

"At least I'm not released and walking the streets," said Schroeder, a 26-year-old quarterback who admitted he was "shocked" at being benched Sunday in the second quarter of the Redskins' 20-13 victory over the Detroit Lions.

He said it was the swiftness of Coach Joe Gibbs' hook that irked him. With seven minutes left in the second quarter, Gibbs tapped him on the shoulder to say Doug Williams was cutting in.

"Your first reaction is you're very upset," Schroeder said. "At that point in time, it was 3-3 with a lot of football to be played."

Quarterback and coach held what Schroeder called a "cordial" face-to-face meeting yesterday afternoon, when Schroeder asked Gibbs to please explain the benching.

Asked to evaluate their relationship, Schroeder said: "I think that's all going to be determined on what happens in the future. Who's to say what's going to happen? You come back in and you play well, and everything's going to be forgotten. And no one's going to care about {Sunday}. But it all depends on what happens in the future, and I plan on making the future very bright."

Gibbs, meanwhile, could only speculate. "There are a number of different ways for the relationship to go. You just have to work it out and see what happens."

For approximately 24 hours, Schroeder's emotions were kept between him and the four walls of his bedroom. Sunday, he refused a postgame interview he has a contract with WMAL Radio to provide. And he said he was ready to break another contract yesterday -- with WUSA-TV-9 -- because his thoughts were not nearly collected yet. Later, he reconsidered and went on the air live.

"If I were you, I would have shut up and never said a word," former Redskins quarterback Sonny Jurgensen told Schroeder during their interview. "I admire you for coming."

At his new Arlington restaurant, he was supposed to be coming for dinner Sunday night, but went to McDonald's instead and ordered to-go. Yesterday, workers were fixing the neon lights above his restaurant, and one of them joked: "Yeah, we're changing it to read, 'Doug Williams' Restaurant.' "

Once out of his shell and his bedroom, Schroeder said: "There's a reason why I didn't talk immediately after. I think you have to understand it was a very emotional time for me. I was very upset about what happened. What if I go on {the air} and say something stupid? Why would I want to do that? . . . I think you have to give enough common courtesy to realize that."

When the Redskins reconvene for practice on Thursday, Schroeder will be the scout quarterback, emulating Rams starter Jim Everett. When he's got a free moment, he will work with quarterback coach Jerry Rhome on those dreaded short passes.

From what Gibbs says, Schroeder's inaccuracy this season was one reason for Sunday's benching. Schroeder maintains his arm, which was injured in the season opener, is sound.

Explaining his poor accuracy, Schroeder said: "I told {Gibbs} this afternoon, 'You're not dealing with a high percentage passer here.' I'm not going to be a guy that goes out and hits 65 to 70 percent of my passes. I just don't play the game that way. I throw the ball deep. Any time you throw the ball deep, chances are you won't hit that many of them.

"Unfortunately, over the last couple of weeks, I haven't hit any at all, per se, and that's what {Gibbs} has been looking for -- the big play."

Among other things, Schroeder has been criticized for his footwork and his mechanics. He played a limited number of games in college, and CBS analyst Dick Vermeil has said he notices that Schroeder is more effective throwing across his body. Others have pointed out that Schroeder throws too much off of his back foot.

"Quarterback, it's not a position where you go back and plant your feet every time," Rhome said yesterday. "You're on the move, and it's not a position where you can be picture perfect. Of course, what you don't want is someone throwing off their back foot when no one's in their face. And I'm not saying {Schroeder's} doing that . . . . You can second-guess until the cows come home. You can rip a guy to death, but I've seen Terry Bradshaw fall backwards and throw a zillion touchdown passes."

Schroeder maintains he hasn't lost confidence in himself, and teammates apparently haven't lost their appreciation for him, either.

"I don't think the players have lost confidence in him, but the public has," defensive end Charles Mann said. "Did you hear the boos, man? We don't like getting booed. We're not used to it.

"But we don't turn that quick on somebody. He's been here. He's our friend."