- The Washington Times - Friday, December 16, 2005

When it comes to trick plays, Bill Parcells and Joe Gibbs are complete opposites. Since his return to the Washington Redskins last season, Gibbs has yet to order a fake punt or field goal and only a couple of gadget plays.

Parcells, on the other hand, almost always has opponents’ thinking about a flea-flicker. Dallas has scored on trick plays in two of the teams’ last three meetings.

“You always worry about that, especially in big games,” assistant head coach-defense Gregg Williams said yesterday. “The nature of Bill Parcells is he always pulls those plays out in the big games. I’ve been on our guys pretty hard about it.”

Last year, Dallas running back Richie Anderson rolled left and threw a 26-yard touchdown to Terry Glenn in a 21-18 win.

Earlier this year, quarterback Drew Bledsoe handed off to Julius Jones, who pitched it back. Glenn was able to get behind cornerback Shawn Springs and safety Sean Taylor to haul in a 70-yard touchdown. The Redskins rallied to win 14-13.

And last week, Bledsoe and Glenn connected on the same kind of play, this time for a 71-yard score in a win over Kansas City.

“[Parcells] does a good job setting those plays up, and unfortunately we’ve been hit with two of them,” Williams said. “We have to do a better job against that. We have to make sure we understand and focus on not letting them take advantage of those plays again.”

Five sit out

During an abbreviated practice because of snowy conditions, four players returned: receiver Santana Moss, right tackle Jon Jansen, safety Matt Bowen and left tackle Chris Samuels.

Linebacker LaVar Arrington (thigh), defensive end Renaldo Wynn (hamstring) and cornerbacks Springs (groin), Carlos Rogers (biceps) and Walt Harris (ankle) sat out practice.

Wynn has not practiced for two days but said he is just resting and will play Sunday. The other players remain probable.

Williams didn’t seem concerned about playing short-handed.

“I don’t worry about those things,” he said. “I know we’re going to trot out 11 guys and play. The Redskins will be ready to play.”

Pile pitches in

Alexandria native and former West Potomac High School standout Willie Pile is second on the Cowboys with 11 special teams tackles.

“He’s been a good addition for us,” Parcells said. “He did a decent job of learning how to play in Kansas City, and, actually, reality sets in for some of these players. They come into the league and they’re not starters. They start to realize that if they don’t get on special teams and play 15 or 20 plays, they’re going to be out of work pretty soon. Coach [Dick] Vermeil told me when we got the kid that he could help us out a little bit, and he’s proven to be right.”

Barrow returns to field

Linebacker Mike Barrow, released by the Redskins this summer, was signed by Dallas on Nov. 28 and played against Kansas City last week, his first game since the 2003 season finale.

Barrow was signed in April 2004 by the Redskins and was expected to compete for the middle linebacker spot with Antonio Pierce. But a quadriceps tendon injury kept him out the entire season.

“Mike’s in good shape,” Parcells said. “We got into a little bit of a bind, and I was just hoping he could come in and fill in. He’s really starting to do that. I don’t know whether he can take the strain of a whole season or training camp, but we weren’t looking at him for that.”

No outfit for Portis

The shortened work day didn’t allow running back Clinton Portis to conduct his weekly costume party.

“We had to change our schedule, so I couldn’t do it, but it was going to be really funny — probably the best of all time,” he said. “I had a great idea. It would have been great for Dallas Week.”

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