WASHINGTON -- So what's Jerry Glanville up to this week?
For starters, he admitted publicly that he's not happy to see Mark Rypien back starting at quarterback for the Washington Redskins.
"I'm sorry to see them going back to Rypien. You never know when he can get hot. The other guy wasn't completing anything. I wish they had stuck with him one more week," the Atlanta Falcons' coach said last week.
The other guy was Rich Gannon. Though Glanville is right that Gannon wasn't very effective as a starter, most NFL coaches are reluctant to publicly knock a player on the other team.
But Glanville isn't like most NFL coaches. He's a walking controversy.
It has been said that if you say you don't like Glanville, he didn't like you first.
He has publicly feuded with such coaches as Chuck Noll, former coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Sam Wyche when he was with the Cincinnati Bengals.
He also makes it obvious he wasn't too fond of Joe Gibbs, former coach of the Redskins.
"The present head coach I really respect and admire. I probably had a different relationship with the prior head coach. It wasn't bad, but I don't think we ever spoke," Glanville said.
Of present head coach Richie Petitbon, Glanville said they were assistants together in Houston. "We actually speak to each other."
Glanville quickly added that he doesn't speak to many coaches.
"Some coaches get on the phone and talk and swap ideas. I just do it my way," he said.
When Petitbon was told that Glanville said they were friends, Petitbon -- not noted for his wit -- said: "That's not what he said. He said he likes me better than the other guy."
Two years ago, when the Redskins routed the Falcons, 56-17, Glanville accused Gibbs of running up the score when Rypien threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to Art Monk with a 42-17 lead.
One thing he doesn't have to worry about this time is the Redskins running up the score. They have scored only 49 points in the past five games, so there's not much chance they're going to get 56 in this one.
Glanville, though, does have a convenient memory. He has forgotten accusing Gibbs of piling it on.
"I, in my entire coaching career, have never complained about about anyone running up the score," he said.
He's also forgetting a chat he once had with Dallas Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson.
Johnson writes in his book, "Turning The Thing Around," that Glanville once came up to him at an owners luncheon and said, "Jimmy, I like your style. You and I, we're two of a kind."
Johnson wrote: "I looked at him and smiled, but I was thinking the whole time, bull. We're not two of a kind."
Glanville said he hasn't read the book. "The only book I ever read in my life was the one I wrote, and I really loved it," he said.
He has also forgotten the meeting with Johnson. "I never walked up and talked to him [at a function]," he said.
Johnson also wrote: "I tell you this about Glanville. He drives you crazy and he drives me crazy, but I'm glad I'm not in the same division with him. He can get people to play. That team is dangerous -- they may not be consistently good, but they can blindside you with that roller-coaster emotion of theirs."
It also helps when Glanville has Deion Sanders in the lineup. San- ders missed the 56-17 game with an injury and he was playing baseball the first five games this year, when the Falcons started 0-5.
Since his return, the club is 6-2 and still has a playoff shot at 6-7.
Sanders usually plays the other team's top receiver -- his duel with Jerry Rice last week was a classic -- all over the field although he's expected to stay on the right side this week. The Redskins don't have a single receiver who can command his attention.
Sanders also brings a certain panache to the game. The NFL is continually fining him for such things as wearing a towel that's too long for league standards, but Sanders does what he wants.
"He's a fun guy," Glanville said. "He's a guy the players like to be around."
The word in the clubhouse is that Sanders isn't a fan of Glanville's coaching style, but he may save Glanville's job. When the team was 0-5, Glanville wasn't given much of a chance of returning next year.
"I don't think any coach ever worries about speculation coming from the written media," Glanville said. "The electronic media moves so much faster so the written media has to create news rather than report it."
Site: RFK Stadium, Washington. Time: 1 p.m.
TV: Channels 11, 9
Radio: WBAL (1090 AM), WTEM (570 AM)
Line: Falcons by 3
Last week: The Redskins lost to the New York Jets, 3-0, and the Falcons beat the San Francisco 49ers, 27-24.
Last meeting: The Redskins beat the Falcons, 24-17, last year with a 21-point second-period outburst that featured Desmond Howard's 55-yard touchdown run with a lateral on a punt return.
The series: The Redskins lead the series, 12-3-1 and also beat the Falcons in their only playoff game two years ago. The Redskins are 9-0 against the Falcons at RFK Stadium, including that playoff game.
On the sidelines: Richie Petitbon is 3-10 in his first season as the Redskins head coach; Jerry Glanville is 60-66 in the regular season in eight seasons. He's 27-34 in four seasons as Falcons coach. In Houston, he was 33-32 in a four-year stint. Glanville is 3-4 in playoff games.
What the Falcons have to do to win: Pound the Redskins with the running of Erric Pegram and Steve Broussard. Although statistically the Redskins are slightly better stopping the run than the pass (22nd to 23rd in the league in the two categories), their inability to stop the run has enabled opposing teams to control the ball on long, time-consuming drives to take control of the games. The Falcons are only 25th rushing the ball, but Pegram is fifth in the NFC with 928 yards, and Broussard, who only has 12 carries, is expected to spell him.
What the Redskins have to do to win: Get a big game from QB Mark Rypien. The Redskins can only hope his knee and shoulder are sound enough to give them a passing attack. Rich Gannon was so quick to scramble out of the pocket that the Redskins' passing game had no continuity during his tenure as the quarterback. Ricky Ervins will get his first start this year at running back because Reggie Brooks missed practice all week while visiting his ill father in Tulsa, Okla. Ervins will be counted on to carry the running game.
Injury report: Falcons: DE Tim Green (knee) is out. LB Ron George (ankle) is doubtful. DT James Geathers (ankle), WR Michael Haynes (ankle) are questionable. DE Lester Archambeau knee), K Norm Johnson (virus), DE Ernie Logan (knee), WR Andre Rison (shoulder), RB Erric Pegram (ankle), CB Deion Sanders (groin), S Elbert Shelley (groin) are probable. Redskins: DE Shane Collins (foot) is doubtful. DT Bobby Wilson (knee) is questionable. LB Carl Banks (groin), CB Tom Carter (shoulder), T Ed Simmons (knee) are probable.
Outlook: We've probably seen this one before. The Falcons figure to dominate the game with the run while the Redskins fans boo. Unless Mark Rypien can generate a passing game, it has all the makings of another dreary Redskins loss.