- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 7, 2005

BALTIMORE — After a scrimmage where the quarterback couldn’t be hit, all of the drives started at the same spot, an official score wasn’t kept and two receivers and the center were making their debuts, it’s way too early to take a “here we go again” attitude about the Washington Redskins’ offense.


Nonetheless, the offense’s general inability to produce big plays and touchdowns were Topics1 and 1A for coach Joe Gibbs following yesterday’s scrimmage against the Baltimore Ravens before 35,517 at M&T; Bank Stadium.

Redskins quarterbacks were 14-for-26 for 117 yards, one touchdown and one interception. But they were sacked five times and had only one completion of more than 12 yards. By comparison, Baltimore quarterbacks were 11-for-15 for 160 yards.

“Anytime you don’t do well, it’s a concern,” Gibbs said. “But it was the first time out. … Just looking at it today without studying the film, I’m always wanting more. We need to do a lot better than that.”

Patrick Ramsey, Mark Brunell and Jason Campbell each took about the same amount of snaps and had about the same success. Ramsey was 5-for-8 for 37 yards and was sacked four times; Brunell was 4-for-8 for 25 yards and an interception; Campbell was 5-for-10 for 55 yards and the Redskins’ only touchdown. Baltimore “won” the scrimmage 16-10.

“There were a lot of errors, but I think there were some good things, too,” said David Patten, who with Santana Moss make up the Redskins’ new starting receiver duo. “I felt disappointed in myself because I felt I could have done better. I wanted to have a better showing.”

Said quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave: “There were high notes throughout the day because we put guys in tough, competitive situations, and now we’ll try to evaluate how they reacted. It was invaluable.”

Time will tell just how valuable the scrimmage was, starting with the preseason opener Saturday at Carolina.

Following a series of 7-on-7 drills against the Ravens, Ramsey went against Baltimore’s starting defense. After missing two throws to start his 15-play day, Ramsey — from the shotgun — threw 12 yards to Patten on third-and-10 and later converted a third-and-4 with a 6-yard completion to Chris Cooley.

“The thing to focus on positively is that we were able to convert those,” Ramsey said. “I missed some throws early that were pretty routine throws. I felt like after that we did a little better.”

Gibbs described the offense as “rough” and “sluggish,” and Ramsey agreed.

“Just a little bit,” he said. “At first, you go through practice and get into a routine. Personally, I didn’t maintain that routine as well today.”

Brunell, who was replaced by Ramsey as the starter in the 10th game last year, connected twice with Antonio Brown before being intercepted.

The highlight of Campbell’s segment were two third-and-10 conversions — 12 yards to Brock Forsey and 16 yards to Jimmy Farris. Campbell recorded the Redskins’ only touchdown with a 9-yard pass to Billy Baber.

“It was good to get an opportunity to go against somebody else and see where I was at,” Campbell said. “I wanted to get the first-game jitters out of my gut.”

Said Gibbs: “There were probably some things we should have hit and didn’t. We just have to learn from it, work hard on it and take off.”

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