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Supporters suffering with 'Skins

October 24, 1998|By TERRY TALBERT

They weren't wearing bags over their heads, but Washington Redskins fans who agreed to talk about their struggling pro football team Saturday were not happy campers.

Brian DeShong of Hagerstown said, "I'm sad because they're losing. I hope they get better." Asked why the hapless Redskins are winless with an 0-7 record this season, he shrugged. "Maybe they have bad players," he offered.

Shelly Trolio, of Falling Waters, W.Va., was a bit more emotional. In fact, she was fighting mad at the team and head coach Norv Turner.

She said so much it can't all be printed here. "I root for Denver now," she said. "I like Miami and Denver and the Redskins if Gus is on the bench. That's the only way I'll watch the Skins.

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Trolio was referring to sometime quarterback Gus Frerotte. She said she can't stand him. "He's overbearing," she said. "They should get rid of Gus and put Trent Green in. Gus can throw the ball occasionally, but he just can't throw it over that little goal line. And if he can't do that, what's it all for?"

Trolio said she can't stand Turner either. "Dumb coaching," she said. "That's what it is. They need a head coach who knows what he's doing...I look for them to go 0 and 16 next year."

Roger Collins, of Falling Waters, W.Va., was wearing a Redskins shirt. "I'm a little disappointed," he said. "I told my wife after the second week that it was all Norv Turner's fault. If we get rid of Turner, we get our team back."

"As a Redskins fan, you got to be pitied. But hey, keep the faith," said Richard Spoonire of Keedysville. "Some of it, I guess is Turner's problem, but the players are at fault too. They've got a bad attitude. They need to have a team leader, but they don't have one."

Brad Waldron of Hagerstown joined in the conversation. He declared himself a "born and raised" Redskin fan.

"They're not playing as a team," Waldron said. "If I fall down on my assignment when I'm on the job, then we all suffer as a team. It's the same thing with the Redskins. If one man doesn't do his job, the play breaks down. Really, though, I think it's attitude as much as anything. I don't think they want to play football."

John Wisling, 10, of Hagerstown, said he is a Redskins and Dallas Cowboys fan. "I've been liking them since I was 5 years old," he said of the Redskins. Wisling said he didn't really care about the losing streak.

"Right now I'm very discouraged," said Nancy Doarnberger of Halfway. "They're not doing what they're supposed to do. It's probably too much money and too much commercialism. They shouldn't be making commercials. They should be playing football ... But I'll hang in there."

Nine-year-old Stephany Wood of Charles Town, W.Va., said she thinks the Redskins could be a lot better. "I'm a diehard Redskin fan," she said, adding that she's been rooting for the team since age 1."

Wood's dog wears a Redskins collar. His name? Riggins.

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