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Washington Redskins

Schottenheimer next in line to tackle talents of QB George

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Posted: Tuesday July 17, 2001 12:36 PM

  • 2001 schedule
  • Head coach: Marty Schottenheimer (first season with Redskins, 16th season overall, 150-96-1 career)
  • Stadium: FedEx Field
  • Redskins all-time record: 501-439-27
  • 2000 rankings: Offense, 10th; Defense, 4th
  • 2000 team statistics
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  • City Page: Washington, D.C. 

    Washington opens its training camp at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., on July 29.

    By Jon A. Dolezar, CNNSI.com

    The Redskins welcome former Browns and Chiefs head coach Marty Schottenheimer -- their third coach in the past year -- to try to right the ship and recover from last year's disappointing .500 record. One bright spot is low-key, second-year left tackle Chris Samuels, who helped Stephen Davis to his second consecutive 1,300-yard, double-digit rushing-touchdown season.

    The Redskins can make the playoffs if the remaining players recognize one another and develop some semblance of chemistry. Few teams had as much offseason turnover as Washington, though that may be a good thing following last season's high expectations and bitter disappointment.

    Pivotal games: Sept. 24 at Green Bay; Dec. 16 vs. Philadelphia. Washington opens with four of its first six on the road, and Monday night tilts at Green Bay and Dallas (Oct. 15) will be the early litmus tests.

    On the hot seat: Jeff George has to produce, or else the quarterbacking chores fall to Todd Husak. Brad Johnson escaped to Tampa, and now all eyes in the nation's capital are on the mercurial George. Will he and shorter-than-short-leash-giving Schottenheimer peacefully coexist on the 'Skins' sideline, or is a redo of the George-June Jones sideline brouhaha a possibility?

    Up-and-comers: LaVar Arrington looked lost early in the season, but recovered nicely once he settled into Ray Rhodes' defense. Now that Rhodes is gone to Denver, will Arrington struggle again early while settling into a new defensive scheme? Arrington's athletic ability produced two great games last season against some pretty good offenses with eight tackles and one sack against Tennessee and four tackles and two sacks against St. Louis.

    Sports Illustrated's season preview will post Aug. 29.

  • NFC East Previews: Cardinals | Cowboys | Giants | Eagles | Redskins

    Washington Offseason Movement
    Signings  Departures 
    Ethan Albright, C  Corey Allen, WR 
    Shawn Barber, LB  Mark Carrier, FS 
    Bryan Barker, P  Larry Centers, FB 
    Donnell Bennett, FB  Albert Connell, WR 
    Matt Campbell, G  Ed Ellis, RT 
    Brett Conway, K  Kareem Ellis, RT 
    Mark Fischer, C  Irving Fryar, WR 
    Donovan Greer, CB  Andy Heck, LT 
    Robert Jones, LB  Skip Hicks, RB 
    Kevin Lockett, WR  Tony Hutson, G 
    Kevin Mitchell, LB  Brad Johnson, QB 
    Walter Rasby, TE  Tre Johnson, G 
       Greg Jones, LB 
       Ndukwe Kalu, DE 
       Tyrus McCloud, LB 
       Adrian Murrell, RB 
       Mike Sellers, TE 
       Keith Sims, G 
       Derek Smith, LT 
       Derek Smith, LB 
       Dana Stubblefield, DT 
       James Thrash, WR 
       Joe Zelenka, TE 
    Redskins' 2001 Draft Picks
    Round  Overall Pick  Player  Pos.  School 
    15  Rod Gardner  WR  Clemson 
    45  Fred Smoot  CB  Mississippi St. 
    109  Sage Rosenfels  QB  Iowa St. 
    154  Darnerien McCants  WR  Delaware St. 
    186  Mario Monds  DT  Cincinnati 

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