- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 8, 2002

Spurrier still answering critics about scoring
CARLISLE, Pa. "Ballcoach" was defending his honor again yesterday. Seems there's nothing wrong with scoring points. So what if the Washington Redskins hung 38 on the San Francisco 49ers in the preseason opener on Saturday? That was a slow day back in Spurrier's Florida days.
Still, San Francisco coach Steve Mariucci's remarks continued to be fodder for sports talk radio. "Mooch" wasn't really complaining about the Redskins' offensive display, just defending his own team for not making much of a game in the 38-7 loss. However, Spurrier detractors have quickly started spreading the word he's no gentleman and will score any time like a fourth-and-1 pass that took advantage of nine 49ers on the line.
Spurrier laughed off the criticism on Tuesday, but repeated questions brought another round of curious rebuttals.
"Before the game, we were at the press conference, and I told coach Mooch we're going to throw it all over the Osaka Dome and see what happens. I said, 'I bet you're going to do the same thing.' He said, 'Yeah, we're going to come to play.' So we came to play, and that's what happened.
"I think one of our assistant coaches said, 'There's not a lot scores like that in the NFL 38-7.' I said, 'That's probably why everybody's making a big deal.' But it's really not going to make much difference two or three weeks from now.
"We were not near as good as the final score indicated. I know that. Hopefully, our players know that and probably the 49ers know that. It was just one of those games a lot of good fortune came our way."
And just so other teams don't cry after giving up points by the dozens, Spurrier warned the Redskins will continue to score regularly.
"Well, I'm trying to score high every game," he said. "I'll make that announcement: We try to score high every game preseason, regular season. We don't always do it, but I thought that was what you're supposed to try to do. We didn't call timeout with a minute left and fire it in the end zone. All our points came in the normal course of the game."


Burgundy haze
Quarterback Patrick Ramsey hopefully slept with one eye open and the door locked because veterans planned some major hazing for the first-rounder last night. Ramsey arrived after a 16-day holdout.
"We have a master plan for him," said second-year cornerback Fred Smoot. "He's going to go through way worse than I did. We've been real lenient on these rookies. The real stuff really starts [last night]."


Luxurious accommodations

The Redskins will again open their club level at FedEx Field for fans to watch Saturday's game, and team officials may extend the practice for all regular-season away games this year. Local fans, as they were for last Saturday's American Bowl, will be admitted free Saturday.
More than 5,000 people showed up for last weekend's game, far fewer than originally planned, though the violent thunderstorms likely kept many people away.
"People really seem to like it, and since we're not turning on the [stadium field] lights and preparing the field, it's not very difficult at all for us to do," said Karl Swanson, Redskins senior vice president. "It's something we may well continue."
During the games, fans visiting the club level will also hear sales pitches for remaining club, loge and dream seats. Dozens of seats remain available in each section, and new purchasers have been offered seats to Super Bowl XXXVII and the Rolling Stones concert at FedEx Field Oct.4.

Extra points
Receiver Darnerien McCants continued a strong bid for a roster spot with two deep touchdown catches during the afternoon practice. Cornerback Darrell Green returned a pass for a touchdown, showing that the 42-year-old remains cagey. Receiver Akihito Amaya spiked the ball when returning to the huddle after catching a deep pass.

At a glance
Today's practice: 9:30 a.m.
Weather:
81 degrees, sunny
Injuries:
CB Champ Bailey (dislocated finger) and RG Kipp Vickers (blood in urine) won't play against Carolina on Saturday. DE Bruce Smith (knees) was withheld from the morning practice as a precaution. TE Zeron Flemister (sore calf) and QB Danny Wuerffel (elbow) practiced. DT Santana Dotson (Achilles) was placed on injured reserve.
Rick Snider, Jody Foldesy and Eric Fisher


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