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Redskins players indicate they may have overlooked the Rams

Did the Redskins get caught overlooking a (supposedly) inferior team? You be the judge…

Courtesy of Dan Steinberg’s DC Sports Bog, via CSN Washington and 106.7 the Fan:

Albert Haynesworth: “We didn’t focus. You know, we kind of expected Oh, this is the Rams, we’re gonna come in here and just beat ’em”


“And you might not think you’re letting ’em off the hook or Hey, it’s just the Rams, but it’s got to be in your mind.”

DeAngelo Hall: “We just felt like we could go out and beat them, we felt like we were better, we felt like we could win our matchups, and that didn’t happen. That didn’t happen and it was evident from the start….

Clinton Portis: “I mean, a loss is a loss. I think the Rams got a talented team, and if you look over, I think Bradford, he was deserving of the first pick. I think Steven Jackson is a hell of a back, and they got a lot of key guys. The receiver that stepped up and made so many plays, I had never even heard of him. So they’ve got talent.”

It’s pretty apparent that if the Rams were “supposed” to lose, they certainly didn’t get that memo. Instead, it looked like the Redskins were the ones who showed up for only a large portion of the second quarter. In fact, with less than 100 yards of total offense in the second half, they may as well have stayed in the tunnel after the halftime intermission, because it probably wouldn’t have made any difference.

The Redskins were beat in all three phases of the game: offense, defense, and special teams. If they players really did believe that getting off the team plane, arriving at the stadium, and putting their uniforms would be enough to beat the Rams, then do you place the blame at the feet at the coaching staff or the player’s themselves?

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One Response to “Redskins players indicate they may have overlooked the Rams”

  1. Andrew Ilnicki says:

    YOU SEE!?!!?

    This is why we post these previews with strong cautionary tales and warnings WITH STATISTICAL EVIDENCE that this was not a check down game in St. Louis!

    “Not so fast! While the Redskins win this matchup handily in Points per game, passing yards per game, and total yards per game – there are some disturbing factors here as well. The Rams offense has converted more third downs, have out run the Redskins by 30 yards per game, and the time of possession is nearly identical. This tells me that a few big plays here and there on the part of the Rams may make this game closer than most would initially think.”


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