Gibbs: Saunders, Williams to Return


Posted Dec 12, 2006


Redskins Notes and Quotes: Despite some woes and some controversy, Joe Gibbs says that both of his coordinators will return in 2007. Also, a kicker is making a bid to stick around next year as well.

 
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Player Notes

--A week after revealing that he plans to return in 2007, Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said that associate head coach-offense Al Saunders and assistant head coach-defense Gregg Williams will be coming back. The defense has sunk to 23rd in the league after ranking in the top 10 the previous two seasons, while the offense ranks 17th in its first season under former Kansas City mastermind Saunders.

"When you're 4-9, you've got a lot of questions," Gibbs said. "We've got a set plan of what we want to do. We've got the people here we want to do it with. We've got people here we've got confidence in. ... It does include Gregg and Al."

--In his second game as a Redskin, K Shaun Suisham made all four of his field-goal attempts, from 31, 45, 32 and 35 yards. He also averaged the 6-yard line on his six kickoffs.

"I made some kicks," Suisham said. "That's nice, but it's hard to be excited when you don't win."

Suisham, Washington's 16th kicker during the past 12 seasons, was the first to go 4-for-4 on field goals since John Hall on Oct. 3, 2004, at Philadelphia.

--A week after getting penalized for throwing his helmet in the fourth quarter, WR Brandon Lloyd put the Redskins in position for the go-ahead touchdown with a 40-yard catch to the Philadelphia 18 with 8:26 left and Washington trailing 21-16.

"We needed to get some big yards because we were kind of running out of time," said Lloyd, who only had that one catch, giving him 21 for 335 yards and still no touchdowns. "It felt good to be in position to score. We just needed to capitalize (with a touchdown). I saw the guy coming. I knew I had to take a shot, hold onto the ball and make sure to keep my feet inbounds."

Gibbs met with Lloyd in the days after the helmet-throwing incident and kept him off the field until Washington's third series against Philadelphia.

"I try not to make a big deal out of any situation, whether it's a rivalry game or there's turmoil during the week," Lloyd said. "(Not starting) wouldn't be OK if I felt we were taking a step back. We have (other) playmakers on this team."

--C Casey Rabach had two pins placed in the left hand he broke Sunday against Philadelphia. He is questionable for this week's game at New Orleans.

--OT Jon Jansen's long-ailing right calf got worse against the Eagles, leaving his status for Sunday somewhat in doubt.

--OT Chris Samuels is expected to start against New Orleans despite spraining his right wrist against Philadelphia.

--SS Vernon Fox, making his third consecutive start, led the Redskins with seven tackles against Philadelphia.

--PR Antwaan Randle El's 296 punt return yards are the most by a Redskin since Eric Metcalf had 412 in 2001.


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