Battered and bruised 'Skins secondary must improve

Ben Krimmel
November 23, 2018 - 1:08 pm
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Thursday was a Thanksgiving to forget for the Washington secondary. 

"Frustrating as hell, man. We lost two games in a row because of the defense," safety D.J. Swearinger said after the game. "Ain't no damn offense, man. Defense! We lost the game. We lost the game two weeks in a row on defense."

"When you got teams that can play with you? You gotta prepare. You gotta tackle. You gotta do the simple things right. If you don't do the simple things right, you gonna get embarrassed on national TV," Swearinger said.

The Redskins defense allowed Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott to throw for 289 yards on 31 attempts and two touchdowns, with 180 yards coming from Amari Cooper.

On Friday, safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix tweeted his disappointment in his performance.

Redskins corner Quinton Dunbar, who has been dealing with a leg/nerve injury for several weeks, returned to the field after missing two weeks and struggled to stay with the Dallas receivers.

Head coach Jay Gruden said Dunbar got worse as the game went and the Redskins "don’t really to know what to do with that injury because he felt fine and then obviously wasn’t," per 106.7 The Fan Redskins reporter Craig Hoffman.

"This is a unique deal when you are talking about the nerves," Gruden said

The 31 points Dallas scored marked just third time the Redskins defense has allowed more than 24 points in a game, but marked their third loss in four weeks.

"We don't get no damn respect," Swearinger said. "I see why we get disrespected, ya know? Cause we don't win the big games. We gotta win the big games." 

After a two-game skid erased their lead in the division, Washington has five games remaining – including three divisional games. So it is only "big games" from here on for the Redskins. 

"The only way you win the big game is you prepare for the big game and that's every day," Swearinger said. "And that's gotta be in your heart."

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