The stench of Giants receiver Victor Cruz’s game-winning 77-yard touchdown will linger around the Redskins until at least Sunday, when the narrative gains a new chapter against the Pittsburgh Steelers. For now, Washington’s defensive backs are talking about the play and how to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
Cruz, as you recall, ran past cornerback Josh Wilson and safety Madieu Williams, caught quarterback Eli Manning’s throw and ran for the touchdown.
Manning said after the game that Cruz made an adjustment based on what he saw when the Redskins used the same coverage during a 2-minute drill at the end of the first half.
Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall on Wednesday broke it down more simply.
Manning “ultimately…made the play to beat us, but I don’t feel like he made that play; I feel like we gave them that play,” Hall said. “That was nothing he did – aw man, he saw this and saw that – we just had one guy set his feet, one guy not do this and, man, I could have threw that ball and he could have scored.
“It wasn’t something he was just a rocket scientist and he just figured out. We just played that as bad as possible.”
Wilson did not jam Cruz. Cruz released freely off the line of scrimmage and ran a go route. Wilson took a step inside to prevent any inside route, and Cruz went deep.
“Everybody talks about getting your hands on somebody,” Wilson said, “it’s a lot easier to sit there and talk about it. It’s tough.”
Wilson was especially mindful of his inside responsibilities after Cruz beat him on a crossing route for a 14-yard reception against that same double team at the end of the first half.
“I can’t give him the inside, and so I’ve got to be able to play my responsibility,” Wilson said. “That’s what I know I’ve got to play. Yeah, I could have been a little bit closer, but that’s definitely tough. It’s pick your poison, and I guess I picked the wrong poison.”