- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 15, 2013


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.

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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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