- The Washington Times - Monday, September 20, 2004

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Patrick Ramsey’s first chance to quarterback a Joe Gibbs offense came quicker than anyone anticipated.

The result was worse than Ramsey or anyone else could have expected.

Ramsey threw three interceptions and was sacked three times in 21 dropbacks after replacing injured starter Mark Brunell in a 20-14 loss to the New York Giants yesterday at Giants Stadium.

Ramsey wasn’t alone in making costly mistakes. The Redskins committed seven turnovers that led to 17 points for the Giants.

“The Giants played well. They did some good things, but we really killed ourselves,” Ramsey said. “We were our own worst enemy today.”

Ramsey started the final three games of his rookie year in 2002 and the first 11 last season before he was sidelined with a broken foot.

However, Ramsey clearly lost a training camp competition with newcomer Brunell, a three-time Pro Bowler with the Jacksonville Jaguars who joined the Redskins in the offseason.

Despite a few good moments, Ramsey’s first relief outing of the season wasn’t up to the sparkling standard of his debut off the bench in 2002.

“I tried to do a little too much,” Ramsey said. “I probably felt a little more of a sense of urgency than was necessary as far as the score was concerned. I’ve just got to play smart football. I don’t think I did today.”

Ramsey completed nine of 18 passes for 142 yards with the three picks and one touchdown.

The Redskins trailed 20-7 in the third quarter when Brunell strained his left hamstring. But with 11:08 to play in the quarter, there was plenty of time for a comeback.

Ramsey, 25, is nine years younger than Brunell, and his arm looked much stronger. He threw a 51-yard bomb to Rod Gardner and a 13-yard bullet to Clinton Portis for a touchdown that narrowed the deficit to 20-14.

However, Ramsey couldn’t avoid the kind of mistakes that tempered the promise of his first two seasons.

The long pass to Gardner put Washington on the New York 7. But on third-and-goal, Ramsey not only didn’t see Gardner break open in the middle of the field, he tried to force a pass to Laveranues Coles on the right side of the end zone. Brent Alexander intercepted the pass, ending the Redskins’ threat.

“I was trying to take a shot in the end zone,” Ramsey said. “I probably should’ve thrown it away and taken the three points.”

The strike to Portis ended the next series and the defense forced a punt, allowing the Redskins to take over at their 43.

Ramsey threw deep from there, while Coles cut inside. Gibril Wilson made the easy interception at the New York 10.

The Redskins’ last serious comeback threat died when Ramsey, harassed by the pass rush, lofted another gift to Alexander.

“That was just stupid,” Ramsey said. “I was rolling out trying to make a play, couldn’t really step into it because I got hit early and the ball kind of fluttered on me in the wind.”

Make that gone with the wind.

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