Wide receiver Gary Clark, who caught only one pass against the New York Giants last Sunday, said the Posse is finding life different and more difficult the year after its huge successes.
"It's a little frustrating," he said, "but teams won't play us man-to-man. You can't blame them for that, and it just means you have to do some other things to get them out of it."
Coach Joe Gibbs said the Giants took Washington's wide receivers out of the game because the Redskins couldn't run the ball. He said if the Redskins had gotten some rushing yardage early, the passing yardage would have been there.
The result was that The Posse -- Art Monk, Ricky Sanders and Clark -- had the worst game of its career, catching only four passes. The trio opened the season with 15 catches against the Cardinals, then got 13 against the 49ers in Week 2. But since catching 12 against the Cardinals in Week 3, the numbers have declined significantly.
They caught nine against the Giants, eight against the Eagles and four against the Giants.
From Rusty to Ready
Gibbs said that defensive tackle Jumpy Geathers hadn't been activated earlier because when he returned to practice "he looked rusty. But from what we've seen the last week or two, he's going to be a real solid defensive lineman. We need to get him in there and start him playing in game conditions. He needs to get rolling."
The Redskins are expected to bring him off the "physically unable to perform" list in time to make his Redskins debut Sunday in the Silverdome against the Detroit Lions. He'll probably be used as a defensive tackle on some passing downs.
Coleman Still Resting
Linebacker Monte Coleman missed a second day of practice with a sprained knee. He is expected to play Sunday and is coming off a big game. He was credited with 10 tackles and his first sack against the Giants. . . .
Tackle Jim Lachey remains the only Redskin to play every offensive down. Center Jeff Bostic played every offensive play against the Giants (twice), Cardinals and Cowboys and missed just one against the Eagles. . . . Tight end John Brandes continues to lead special-teamers with 11 tackles. . . . The Redskins are 10-3 when Earnest Byner starts at running back. His 367 yards rank him eighth in the NFC in rushing. Gerald Riggs is 11th with 306 yards. . . . Defensive end Charles Mann also had a big game against the Giants -- 13 tackles and four quarterback hurries. He has 15 hurries and three sacks for the season. . . . Tackle Ed Simmons has started 15 straight games. . . . The 14 tackles by Eric Williams against the Giants is the high by a Redskins defensive lineman this season.