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FENNO: Redskins’ 0-2 optimism a misguided response to indisciplined start
Question of the Day
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Amid wads of used-up training tape, orange slices scattered on the carpet and piles of white jerseys streaked with green, Alfred Morris found reason for optimism.
“I think we executed a lot better this week,” the second-year running back said.
Yes, those words actually left Morris‘ mouth.
Never mind the 38-20 embarrassment the Redskins absorbed Sunday afternoon on Lambeau Field’s soggy tundra.
Forgot about the comedy of self-inflicted mistakes that included seven head-scratching penalties.
Erase the stream of missed tackles that would shame a Pop Warner coach.
Don’t mention the 480 passing yards rolled up by Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, good for 25th-best in NFL history.
A few minutes later, Morris reemphasized the point as teammates scurried out of the locker room: “We executed a lot better in this game compared to Philadelphia.”
The 60 minutes of unfocused football told a much different story. The debacle wasn’t about the Packers taking advantage of one lopsided matchup or picking on an uncomposed rookie.
The Redskins own the NFL’s second-oldest 53-man roster, but made mistakes you’d expect from a group not stocked with veterans. Two forgettable games into the season, they aren’t a disciplined football team.
Not when Niles Paul is flagged for head-butting one of the Packers.
Not when Nick Sundberg — the long snapper — is penalized for unnecessary roughness.
Not when Will Montgomery drew flags for a peelback block and an offensive facemask.
No team can hope to come into sold-out Lambeau Field and entertain hopes of victory when such mistakes become routine and, after the game, shrugged off as an expected adjustment to the new season.
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