EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., OCT. 28 -- Chip Lohmiller had a new holder today when backup quarterback Jeff Rutledge took over the job that punter Ralf Mojsiejenko has handled since the beginning of last season.
Lohmiller has refused to publicly criticize Mojsiejenko, and Redskins special teams coach Wayne Sevier said the change shouldn't be viewed as a demotion.
"After four misses last week, we wanted to give Chip something to start fresh with," Sevier said. "It was just a change for him. It was a situation where we felt we ought to do something different."
But Mojsiejenko didn't much care for it. He has a small bonus clause for holding and said it looked as if he were being blamed for Lohmiller missing four times against the Philadelphia Eagles.
"I don't like it necessarily, but if that's the decision, fine," he said. "I like being out there more. . . . I looked at the holds last week and thought they were good. It was a coaching decision, basically because Rutledge can throw the ball and has done it before. But I'm not happy. It's something I've taken pride in."
Lohmiller tried one field goal against the Giants, a 45-yarder that he made in the second quarter. There may not have been a problem with the holds, but there could have been a problem with Lohmiller's confidence in the holder.
He was seven of 10 from 40 yards and beyond his rookie season when punter Greg Coleman was his holder. Since then, he's six of 20 from that distance, including today.
Lohmiller has had no problems from inside the 40, making 10 of 12 (.833) this year and 48 of 56 (.857) in his career. Last week, he missed from 51, 48, 41 and 50 before hitting from 33 and 39 in the fourth quarter.
Sevier said there was a problem with only one of the four holds -- on the 41-yarder.
Lohmiller's kick today extended his field goal streak to 27 straight games, four short of the NFL record of 31 set by Minnesota's Fred Cox. He is one shy of former Jet and Bronco Jim Turner, who is in second place. . . .
Art Monk caught two passes to extend his streak to 107 games. The Posse -- Monk, Ricky Sanders and Gary Clark -- had four receptions for 33 yards and tight end Don Warren had a big day with 10 catches for 66 yards.
Court Date for Sanders
Sanders will fly to Houston early today for a hearing in front of Judge Donald Shipley of Harris County's 182nd District Court. Sanders will seek a postponement of his trial in connection with charges stemming from a May 1 incident in the parking lot of a Houston topless bar. . . .
The Redskins had a short injury list: Greg Manusky (bruised leg), Eric Williams (bruised shoulder), Monte Coleman (sprained knee) and Stan Humphries (bruised shoulder).