- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 4, 2001

CARLISLE, Pa. Washington Redskins coach Marty Schottenheimer lambasted players with a blistering midfield lecture after a morning workout yesterday.
"Don't come back out here this afternoon like that," Schottenheimer told the players before dismissing them.
Schottenheimer's reputation as a no-nonsense coach was reinforced this week with five straight days of long double practices. The team will go 15 straight days before getting Aug. 13 off following a night game in Kansas City.
Schottenheimer regularly has said only a poor effort would anger him. That moment came after several incidents where he felt players didn't fully perform. Schottenheimer gathered the team around him on one knee and delivered a short, sometimes salty message criticizing their commitment.
"I just said, 'Hey, we're not going to practice this way.' I have a responsibility to those players, this organization and our fans, and I'm not going to tolerate [it]," Schottenheimer said. "We have some guys, frankly … who feel sorry for themselves. It is uncharacteristic? No, it's very typical, but we're not going to tolerate it. It isn't effort. You get tired mentally. There's a fatigue factor, but we're not going to practice mistakes."
Not that such talks will become customary. Schottenheimer said he doesn't need to yell often.
"I don't feel any compulsion to show a bark," he said. "I'm just going to be honest with them."
The afternoon session went more smoothly, with Schottenheimer saying the only errors were those of "commission, not omission."
Linebacker Kevin Mitchell and receiver Darnerien McCants both suffered sprained ankles during the morning workout and left on a trainer's cart. Schottenheimer offered no timetable about their return, though Mitchell stood along the sideline during the afternoon practice.
Mitchell twisted his leg underneath him when he slipped during a kickoff coverage drill. He limped off the field and tried running after the left ankle was retaped. McCants landed hard in the end zone after becoming entangled with cornerback Fred Smoot.
Although Schottenheimer wasn't concerned with the condition of the three fields, one has many bare spots while another seemed slick with players slipping regularly.
Quarterback Jeff George said his right shoulder no longer hurts after not practicing three days, but Schottenheimer still plans to rest him until Monday. George has suffered sore arms during several of 11 previous camps.
"I feel like I could have gone, but Coach is taking a conservative approach so it doesn't linger," George said. "It's a long camp, and I want to make sure I get through it with a strong arm. I really won't know until I start throwing, but the arm feels good. That's the most I've thrown in my career in the offseason. It just happens. Sometimes you develop a little tendinitis."
Said Schottenheimer: "He probably could [practice] now, but then if he [isn't ready] we set him back three or four days. I'd rather make sure when he comes back he's ready to go."

Symonette doubles up

Strong safety Josh Symonette also is working as a free safety challenger to David Terrell and Ifeanyi Ohalete. The 2000 rookie free agent played sparingly last year but is considered a strong special teamer.
"It's hard to make the transition, but it makes me very marketable," Symonette said. "Last year, I was uptight as a rookie, not knowing what to expect. It's a lot to digest and compete to make the team. Now I relax and do what I do."
The strong safety plays more run defense while the free safety aligns teammates and often faces the pass.
"You've got three defensive backs relying on you as well as linebackers to get them lined up," Symonette said. "You have to have more vision and see the whole field. I was a strong safety in college and like to be physical, but I really don't have a preference."

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