- The Washington Times - Monday, August 13, 2001


KANSAS CITY, Mo. Special teams allowed a touchdown. The offense was blanked. The defense repeatedly allowed big plays.
Coach Marty Schottenheimer's era opened with a nightmarish performance. The Kansas City Chiefs embarrassed the Washington Redskins 20-0 last night before an announced crowd of 75,730 at Arrowhead Stadium.
Despite an intense training camp that stressed fundamentals the past two weeks, the Redskins played poorly at nearly every position. It was Washington's third preseason shutout ever and first since losing 30-0 to Minnesota in 1992. Kansas City outgained Washington 412 to 99 yards.
"You could look at a lot of things, but the bottom line is we have to perform better," Schottenheimer said. "I'm not embarrassed by any effort. [Kansas City] was a better team tonight."
The Redskins (0-1) entered the preseason opener with many questions. Few were answered positively.
The offensive and defensive lines were manhandled. It was not surprising that the defensive line was overwhelmed, considering ends Bruce Smith and Marco Coleman didn't play. Still, Chiefs quarterback Trent Green didn't even have grass stains on his pants.
But the offensive line's breakdowns, including rare mistakes by tackles Chris Samuels and Jon Jansen, were even more troubling. Running back Stephen Davis gained 10 yards on 5 carries and the majority of that came on an 8-yard run. Guard Matt Campbell clearly struggled.
Quarterback Todd Husak completed only 3 of 10 passes for 27 yards and one interception. He wasn't given much time, but Husak's medium-range passing was off. He missed three chances to hit an open Michael Westbrook. The Redskins won't sign a veteran backup based on one game, but Husak's poor play gives him little latitude. He'll have to play well Friday when Washington plays Atlanta at FedEx Field if he hopes to remain behind George on the depth chart.
Husak suffered a muscle strain in his side during pregame warmups and almost didn't play. However, Schottenheimer said "I didn't want to take this chance from him."
Special teams, the bane of last year, were the focus of camp. Schottenheimer worked special teams in the middle of practices to stress their importance. Instead, the Redskins permitted a 92-yard touchdown on a punt return for a 17-0 deficit that was eerily reminiscent of last season.
Free safety David Terrell struggled as the front-runner to an open competition. Terrell played too loosely against receivers and was forced to make lunging tackles. The Redskins were awaiting a preseason game or two before they called free agent safeties.
The Chiefs dominated the Redskins in the first quarter when both offenses played their starters. Kansas City outgained Washington 147 to 8 in total yards. The Chiefs converted all four third downs while the Redskins completed only one pass and Davis gained 2 yards on 4 carries.
Linebackers Cornelius Anthony (bruised knee) and Antonio Pierce (leg cramps) left the game.
Kansas City took a 3-0 lead with 4:27 left in the first quarter on kicker Todd Peterson's 23-yard field goal. That capped a 14-play, 83-yard drive which stalled on the 6-yard line after a 1-yard loss and two straight incompletions. Kansas City gained 10 or more yards on five plays during its second drive as Washington showed no pass pressure.
The Redskins kept only starting defensive tackle Kenard Lang and Terrell on the field as the second-string defense played late in the first quarter. The Chiefs quickly scored on three plays for a 10-0 advantage with 43 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Green completed all three passes, including a 29-yard touchdown to receiver Derrick Mays over cornerback Donovan Greer, who was beaten several times during the evening.
"We were mixing up the protections and the routes," Green said. "We wanted to get some stuff up the field because most of the things we'd been throwing in the previous two series was a lot of underneath stuff. We noticed they were starting to sit on some of that. Derrick had run some shorter routes, but made a great double move on [Greer], pumped him to the sideline and finished with a great catch."
The Chiefs put away the game with 12:04 left in the first half when Dante Hall returned a punt 92 yards for a touchdown and a 17-0 lead. The game then went to the reserves and the Chiefs followed with a 22-yard field goal by Lawrence Tynes for a 20-0 advantage with 1:57 left in the half. The Chiefs' bid to score for a fourth straight possession was denied when Redskins safety Ifeanyi Ohalete blocked a 24-yard attempt.

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