Archive for Monday, October 1, 2001

Defense derails Washington in latest loss

October 1, 2001


— The major culprit was different but the bottom line was the same for the Washington Redskins Sunday. They continued their early-season trend of finding a way to hit a new low in every game as they fell apart on defense and lost to the Kansas City Chiefs, 45-13, in front of an increasingly disgruntled crowd of 76,573 at FedEx Field.

The Redskins (0-3) already were without two injured defensive starters, end Marco Coleman and linebacker LaVar Arrington, and might have lost linebacker Shawn Barber for the remainder of the season because of a third-quarter knee injury. Barber said he was hopeful of being sidelined for only two weeks by a sprained ligament. But Coach Marty Schottenheimer indicated Barber may be lost for a significant period, and sources said the Redskins were fearful Barber had suffered a torn ligament that would end his season.

Schottenheimer said he will not resign, and sources indicated Redskins owner Daniel Snyder will not fire Schottenheimer no matter how bad things get for the team this season. The Redskins can only hope it doesn't get worse. They have been outscored, 112-16, and Schottenheimer's first 0-2 beginning as an NFL head coach has become his first 0-3 start.

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