CARLISLE, PA., AUG. 1 -- Chip Lohmiller had a five-for-five night, Jeff Rutledge was outstanding in the role of relief pitcher and James Wilder had a strong debut with his new team.
But that was about all the good news for the Washington Redskins in tonight's 34-29 scrimmage loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers at Carlisle High School.
The 50-play scrimmage featured mix-and-match offensive lines, Mark Rypien's first appearance of the season and a very conservative offense. That offensive design may have been no coincidence since New York Giants General Manager George Young sat on the 50-yard line busily scribbling plays and notes.
What he saw often was sloppy and should make for a long review by Redskins coaches Thursday morning.
"There were some good things," Redskins Coach Joe Gibbs said, "but there's a lot we still have to work on. Pittsburgh is further along than we are. Some guys did a good job for us and some sure didn't play as well as we'd hoped. There'll be a lot to go over in the films."
One of the highlights was Lohmiller, who as drives kept stalling kept getting on the field. He kicked field goals of 45, 44, 41, 46 and 40 yards. He also made two extra points.
Another plus was Rutledge, who helped provide the only real Redskins highlights of the night. Each team had five possessions of 10 plays, and Rutledge twice took the Redskins in for scores on series that started at the 50-yard line.
Wilder had gains of seven, nine and five yards, but Rutledge hit tight end John Brandes for nine and Ricky Sanders on a 20-yard touchdown play. The Redskins got the ball back and rookie Brian Mitchell ran for 33 before Rutledge hit Brandes with a 17-yard touchdown pass.
He got the Redskins within 24-20, but they got no closer.
"I think Jeff is one of those guys who will look better in games than he does in practice," Gibbs said. "He's still learning his way around, but he's a guy that's been around a long time."
Wilder, who'll compete with Gerald Riggs and Earnest Byner for the starting running back job, also looked sharp, carrying five times for 29 yards.
"Just learning my way around," he said. "This is a start. I feel like when I get a chance I can produce. I wasn't used much my last two years in Tampa Bay and I think the Redskins are going to give me a chance. This is a team with a lot of offensive weapons and we're going to need them all."
Rypien completed three of eight for 29 yards, and Stan Humphries was two for seven for 33 yards. Rookie Cary Conklin finished up, hitting on seven of 14 for 56 yards.
Rookie running back Brian Mitchell, a converted quarterback from Southwestern Louisiana, had a 33-yard run to set up one of Rutledge's touchdowns.
The training camp injuries are beginning to stack up. Defensive end Fred Stokes has a sore shoulder and will be held out a few days. Tight end Ronnie Middleton is still sidelined with a sore shoulder. Cornerback Brian Davis has a pulled thigh muscle and may be out a few days.
Four NFL game officials are spending three days with the Redskins as part of the league's new program to help them talk over rules changes with players and get their game timing down.