- The Washington Times - Friday, October 6, 2006

Call it Playbookgate.

In advance of tomorrow’s Giants-Redskins game, New York linebacker LaVar Arrington claimed that he kept his playbook after being let go by Washington on bad terms in February.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said that possession of playbooks is a team matter, but an informal survey yesterday of Redskins players who have been on other teams revealed that players are supposed to turn in playbooks when they leave a team. Running back T.J. Duckett, who was traded to Washington in August, said he left his Atlanta playbook behind in his house and had his girlfriend return it the next day. Cornerback Mike Rumph, acquired in August from San Francisco, said that the 49ers required him to turn in his playbook before he departed their facility.

“We try to keep track of all of our stuff, but playbooks today are so big and have so much material … if we had someone else’s playbook, it would be hard to get much from it,” Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said.

Asked if it would help to have the opponent’s playbook, defensive end Renaldo Wynn laughed and said, “I would think it would. I’m sure that LaVar is doing whatever he can to help the Giants. If it’s getting the playbook, so be it. Maybe he’s just bluffing. But even if they know our plays, we still have to execute.”

Meanwhile, Gibbs and cornerback Shawn Springs declined to fire back at Arrington’s criticism of them on Thursday.

“I didn’t pay much attention to what’s being said,” said Gibbs, whom Arrington said was the worst coach he has had. “I have respect for him and them.”

Springs, who joined with linebackers coach Dale Lindsey in saying on Wednesday that Arrington didn’t know the Redskins’ defense when he was in Washington, wasn’t offended by his ex-teammate calling that comment “stupid.” Springs blamed the media for the misunderstanding.

“I’m not mad at LaVar,” Springs said. “You guys made it seem like I said that only LaVar didn’t know the system. I also said that a lot of guys still here don’t know the whole system. You have to put the second part in.”

Hall in form

No Redskins player was under greater scrutiny this summer than kicker John Hall even though he established a personal best by making 85.7 percent of his field goals last season. After two years in which Hall was sidelined for nearly half the games because of a series of pulled muscles, there were serious doubts about whether the Redskins could count on the 32-year-old.

However, offseason abdominal surgery solved the injury woes and Hall is kicking better than ever. After missing all four of his field goal tries more than 40 yards in August and a 48-yarder in the opener against Minnesota, Hall has made his other eight kicks, two from 44 and 46 yards. Only three kickers with as many attempts have been as accurate. And after supplanting punter Derrick Frost on kickoffs in Week 2, Hall has booted the ball, on average, to the opposing 5-yard line.

“When you go out there and make a long one, it definitely helps, but I never lose confidence,” Hall said. “You just try to find out what you’re doing wrong and stay positive. It really bothered me sitting around watching [when he was hurt in 2004 and 2005], collecting checks for no work given. I still get a little sore, but I feel comfortable with my regimen.”

Hall, who kicked his 200th field goal last Sunday against Jacksonville, is 11th among active players with 886 points in a 10-year career that began as a rookie free agent out of Wisconsin with the New York Jets in 1997.

Health watch

Gibbs said that defensive tackles Joe Salave’a (calf) and Cornelius Griffin (hip) and guard Randy Thomas (hamstring), all starters, should be ready for tomorrow. However, Salave’a said that he expects his availability to be a game-time decision as it was last week when he was made inactive for a second straight Sunday. Third-string tight end Todd Yoder (ankle) is less likely. If Yoder can’t play, Duckett could play in just his second Redskins game.

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