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 - Redskins face major test Continued from page 47...
Redskins face major test Continued from page 47 the Redskins' victories were more plodding than explosive. Had Wade Wilson's pass not bounced off Darrin Nelson's hands on the goal line in the NFC title game with Minnesota they might have come up a game short. So General Manager Bobby Beathard made the off-season's boldest move, grabbing linebacker Wilber Marshall of the Bears in just the second free-agent signing in a decade- Marshall will certainly help a defense that also features end Charles Mann and cornerback Darreli Green and emerging stars like cornerback Barry Wilburn and strong safety Alvin Walton. But the offense isn't nearly as sound. The receivers — Gary Clark, Art Monk and Ricky Sanders — are first-rate and the offensive line remains remains Hog-solid. But the backfield is a question. Williams and his weak knees will start the season. But the 33-year-old quarterback hasn't played a full NFL season since 1983 and Schroeder is a question question mark behind him. Schroeder's shoulder seems to have recovered during the off-season, but has his attitude? Third-stringer Mark Rypien, while promising, has no NFL experience. George Rogers is gone at running running back and Timmy Smith, who gained 204 yards in the Super Bowl, is now the full-timer, augmented augmented by Keith Griffin, pass-receiving pass-receiving specialist Kelvin Bryant and a cast of rookies like Jamie Morris and Mike Oliphant. But nobody's nobody's sure Smith's a full-timer. "Really, the fun goes away fast," Beathard says. "You have more worries than time to celebrate. celebrate. As soon as it's over, it's next season." The Giants found that out last year, something Parcells now acknowledges. acknowledges. But they were so bad, 6-6 with the regulars, 0-3 with strike replacements, replacements, that they get a soft last-place schedule — Detroit twice, Kansas City and the New York Jets among others. The defense remains solid. And some emerging young players may make it better along with a fired-up Lawrence Taylor, who seems to play Superman every other year. Leonard Marshall, a Pro Bowler two years ago, will share defensive right end with third-year man John Washington; another third- year man, Eric Dorsey, seems ready to emerge at the other end and Erik Howard — yes, he's in his third year, too — may supplant injury-plagued injury-plagued Jim Burt at nose' tackle. Offensively, the Giants will use George Adams to spell Joe Morris at running back; use what they call an "f-back" scheme to get an extra blocker in the backfield and expect second-year men Odessa Turner and Mark Ingram to upgrade upgrade the receiving corps. The offensive line, a weak spot last year, remains unsettled although although Karl Nelson is ready to move back in at right tackle after winning his battle with Hodgkin's disease and recovering from a shoulder injury. In Philadelphia, they're talking Super Bowl a year or two prematurely. prematurely. The offensive line, a weak spot, has been further weakened by injuries to guard Ron Baker and center Gerry Feehery and the secondary, where coach Buddy Ryan will throw rookie Eric Allen in at cornerback, is also suspect — as many as four rookie defensive backs could make the roster. But elsewhere, the Eagles have budding or blossomed superstars Continued on page 50 The

Clipped from Indiana Gazette19 Nov 1997, WedPage 80

Indiana Gazette (Indiana, Pennsylvania)19 Nov 1997, WedPage 80
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