Hall of Fame quarterback Sonny Jurgensen played for the Redskins from 1964 until his retirement after the 1974 season. Jurgensen, 70, stays close to the game as a member of the Redskins' broadcast team for WJFK-FM and a commentator for WRC-TV.
GS: As someone who played quarterback in the NFL for almost 20 years, how do you snap out of the offensive slump the Redskins find themselves in?
Jurgensen: You have to keep trying to do things. Good teams work to build confidence by doing things they believe can work and trying to add some new things. They have to add some pizazz to the offense, force the Bears into making some mistakes. Mark Brunell's three fumbles have been costly, but Joe Gibbs is correctly standing behind him, as he should. I think it's great that Joe is standing behind him. They've got to go out and play to win, not play to keep from losing. Relax. Have fun. Play the game.
GS: When you went through a tough stretch, as Brunell is experiencing, how did you play yourself out of it?
Jurgensen: You've got to have confidence in what you're doing. After every interception I ever threw, I couldn't wait to get back in and throw the ball on the next play. You've got to keep playing the game. When I was in a tough stretch, I would want to throw every down. Just do it.
GS: Do you believe Brunell has lost his fastball?
Jurgensen: He's 34 and everyone's arm goes downhill with age. But he came here after earning his living with his legs. He may not be as fast as he once was. But he's good. He has to keep practicing hard and playing hard.
GS: Is Clinton Portis the right back for this offense?
Jurgensen: I'm not sure about that one. But he does give you the capability of going the length of the field on any play. But so far the running game has been ragged. The offense has to get into a rhythm.
GS: Does the offense need a reassessment?
Jurgensen: They have different packages and sets, and they're trying different things. It's obvious Joe doesn't want the defense dictating to him. They're favoring a full protection scheme to protect the quarterback, and that means fewer receivers out on routes. That makes it tough.