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From a personnel standpoint, the Redskins signed strong safety Brandon Meriweather and free safety Tanard Jackson to replace LaRon Landry and Oshiomogho Atogwe, respectively.

Meriweather hasn’t played because of a sprained left knee. Jackson, who was suspended in Tampa Bay under Morris’ watch for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, was suspended indefinitely in September for the same offense.

So Plan A never materialized, and Plan B hasn’t been successful enough to protect late leads against St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Atlanta, Minnesota and now New York.

“I can’t really pinpoint it,” Williams said when asked about Cruz’s touchdown. “It’s something that we’ve got to take a look at the tape.”

One striking irony is that the Redskins and the Chicago Bears are the only teams with an interception in every game this season. Williams was one of the heroes in last week’s win against Minnesota because of his interception return for a touchdown. Cruz’s run to the end zone erased that from memory.

The play re-established the pass defense as a liability, one that is threatening the Redskins‘ survival near the season’s halfway point.

“You get to pointing fingers, especially this early in the season, it’ll be a disaster,” nose tackle Barry Cofield said. “We’ve got to stick together. We’re still in the race.

“We’ve got to get some sacks, force some fumbles. We’ve got to do whatever it takes to limit these passing yards. Otherwise, we’re not going to be able to be successful.”