- The Washington Times - Monday, August 21, 2006

Late Saturday night, following his team’s lifeless 27-14 loss to the New York Jets, Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs was steaming. Yesterday afternoon, while still ticked, he wasn’t boiling.

“I thought we would get a great effort and play extremely hard at home,” he said. “We all talked about it. And then we play a game like that. It does a number of things to you. You get upset, and you get concerned because there was no reason why we shouldn’t have played well in front of our crowd.

“It’s disappointing. We have a long ways to go, and it’s a sobering fact for all of us. The only way I know how to fix it is to come back and go to work. We have two games left before starting the regular season, and that has us very concerned.”

Gibbs again criticized the entire team and coaching staff. Each phase had its flaws. The offense had three turnovers for a second consecutive game. The defense allowed 216 rushing yards. The special teams gave up three long returns.

“All three [phases] have a long way to go,” he said. “Were there some individuals that did things well? Yes. But you have to look at things overall.”

Gibbs said the coaching staff would review how long the offense will play at New England on Saturday night. The second-to-last preseason game usually features the starting units’ longest chunk of playing time.

Through two games, starting quarterback Mark Brunell has played 26 snaps.

“We’re going to look at those things — should we play longer to get more of a groove,” Gibbs said. “I don’t think it has anything to do with scheme and not getting it. Small things wind up being big things that will haunt you on offense.”

Griffin day-to-day

Redskins defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin sustained a mild right knee sprain Saturday and is day-to-day. He wouldn’t comment on how he was injured, and Gibbs said he had yet to view the injury on video.

Also nicked up in the game were tight end Robert Johnson (sprained ankle), linebacker Khary Campbell (bruised knee), center Casey Rabach (shoulder strain) and linebacker Rocky McIntosh (knee swelling).

Director of sports medicine Bubba Tyer said cornerback Ade Jimoh (sternum) would return to practice today and offensive tackle Jim Molinaro is likely to play against New England. Receiver Brandon Lloyd (hamstring) is questionable to practice today.

Punting issues

Derrick Frost’s first punt against the Jets featured a 17-yard roll, but his four punts had a dismal 31.8-yard net average.

“I think Derrick punted extremely well [at Cincinnati], and it’s about him continuing to work at it,” Gibbs said. “We know he’s capable of doing it. Now he has to get it done.”

Frost added kickoffs to his work load Saturday.

Taking advantage

Rookie free agent tight end Buck Ortega has three catches for 79 yards in the preseason. He caught a 44-yard pass from Jason Campbell at Cincinnati and a 30-yard touchdown — on fourth down — from Todd Collins on Saturday.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to catch the ball and just get reps in general,” Ortega said. “You have to take advantage when you’re a rookie and have limited time in the preseason.”

Extra points

Gibbs said Collins would be the first off the bench Saturday at New England, keeping with a rotation that saw Campbell play first in the scrimmage against Baltimore and against the Jets. …

Repeating a theme from early last season, the Redskins are minus-6 in turnover ratio — they have zero takeaways. The Redskins were minus-8 through the first five regular-season games in 2005.

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