If Washington Redskins Coach Norv Turner has any problems with his players' confident approach to Sunday's game at Dallas, he isn't expressing them.
The Redskins have seemed like a self-assured bunch this week. On Wednesday, wide receiver Albert Connell said he doesn't think Cowboys cornerback Deion Sanders can cover him one-on-one. Redskins wideout Michael Westbrook said he expects to join Sanders one day among the sport's all-time greats, and guard Tre Johnson said opposing defenses can't do much when the Washington offense is on its game.
Turner said following yesterday's practice at Redskin Park: "I don't think it was anything unusual. The game is going to be played on the field."
In Dallas, Sanders also took matters in stride.
"What are they going to say, that they're scared?" Sanders said. "Hey, I'm a man, just like they are. I'm looking forward to the challenge. It's always like that. Every week before we play anyone, it's the same old scenario, the same old talk, the same old walk. Then you get out on the field and see what happens. Until you get on that field and see number 21 [Sanders] out on that island, it's different."
Veteran cornerback Darrell Green practiced yesterday after being given off Wednesday's workout in what Redskins officials called a rest day for him. Center Cory Raymer practiced yesterday and should play Sunday despite a sprained toe, Redskins officials said. Reserve linebacker Fred Strickland underwent arthroscopic knee surgery yesterday and likely will be sidelined for three weeks. . . .
Redskins owner Daniel Snyder is scheduled to be in Dallas today and meet with his Cowboys counterpart, Jerry Jones.
"We're just going to talk about some things and visit a little bit," Jones said yesterday. "I'm not going to hand him a play book or anything like that. I don't think he will either." . . .
Westbrook said this week he was frustrated that the Redskins threw away from Cardinals cornerback Aeneas Williams--and him--during Sunday night's 24-10 win at Arizona. Connell had eight receptions in that game, to three for Westbrook.
Turner said yesterday: "I don't think anything about last week was intentional. There were a number of times where the ball had a chance to go either way . . . and the read took Brad [Johnson, the Redskins' quarterback] the other way. . . . You just play, and understand that over 16 games you're going to get your chances." . . . The Redskins' 4-1 start is prompting some comparisons to the 1996 season, when they began 7-1 but went 2-6 thereafter and missed the playoffs. Redskins players reject the comparison.
"It's totally different now," Westbrook said. "When we were 7-1, I was wondering how we were 7-1. Now I'm not wondering."
Staff writer Leonard Shapiro contributed to this report from Irving, Tex.