The Washington Times - August 30, 2008, 09:03PM

I’d fill up this space with what Jordan Steffy had to say after his first start in nearly a year, but he was presumably in the training room having his injured right thumb looked at and didn’t meet with reporters.

But I asked Ralph Friedgen to simply assess Steffy’s performance, which seemed like a fair question when the senior as many interceptions (two) as touchdown drives engineered.


“I thought he played pretty good in the first half,” Friedgen said. “I don’t know when he hurt his thumb, whether it was the first half or the second, I don’t think he said anything to us in the first half about it. We get that interception to start the second half. We threw a pass that had been open and they played it well. He never saw the linebacker. We threw that same pass on the opening play of the game and he completed it to Darrius [Heyward-Bey].

“It’s like anything else. You can’t just make a decision that play is going to be open, and then they pick that off. Then we got a break on the other interception. He kind of just threw that up and the guy caught the ball. That ended up being just as good as a punt. I know he can play better than he did in the second half.”

For what it’s worth, Steffy was 8-for-12 for 106 yards before the break. In the second half, he was 2-for-6 for 7 yards and two interceptions —- plus a sack.

—- Patrick Stevens