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They’re not in finger-point mode at an offense that can’t score touchdowns or a defense that can’t make third-down stops.
And they’re in full agreement that a disappointing 1-2 start can be turned around starting Sunday against Tampa Bay.
The message conveyed in the Washington Redskins’ locker room Monday morning in the aftermath of their 19-14 defeat to the Detroit Lions was one of optimism.
But it came with a caveat: The Redskins’ quality of play the last two games can’t continue.
“Seriously, this is the lowest note we’ve been on in a long time,” center Casey Rabach said. “Everybody has a sense of urgency, and things need to get fixed and need to get fixed in a hurry.”
Coach Jim Zorn continues to point at “small things” that are hurting the Redskins, but he appears to be on the cusp of denial when it comes to just how flawed his team is just three games into the season.
Whereas observers see a 1-2 team that has one non-garbage-time offensive touchdown and a defense that is allowing opponents to convert 51 percent of their third-down chances, Zorn sees something else.
“In the big picture, things are progressing - we’re getting better,” he said. “We’re continuing to press on and take care of those details. … We have tremendous talent on this football team. As coaches we have to make sure we’re putting our guys in the right spots and giving them an opportunity and when they have that opportunity, they have to go out and make a play.
“We’re doing it at times and we’ve been doing less than that at times.”
Uneven play has plagued the Redskins. They make stops on first and second downs but then give up a third-and-long play. They get back in the game with a 57-yard touchdown pass and respond with a turnover and three punts.
“We’re just not consistent enough throughout the game,” tight end Chris Cooley said. “We show the ability to make big plays, we show the ability to make normal plays. Our problem is that we don’t execute every time and put ourselves in bad situations like penalties, sacks, runs for negative yards. Those are plays that really hurt us offensively.”
Offensively, the playcalling has come into question, but the players said Zorn isn’t the problem. And Zorn isn’t involved with a defense that couldn’t disrupt rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford with any regularity.
Cornerback Carlos Rogers said a coaching change wouldn’t do any good.
“What’s that going to do? Make the team better?” he said. “He has a lot of stuff on his plate to worry about and then control the team. A lot of us are still here for him, I think.”
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