--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
--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.