Redskins defense: 'We're not overly happy' about win

Brian Tinsman
November 11, 2018 - 9:46 pm
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The Washington Redskins defense has a lot of good film study to watch after a 16-3 victory on Sunday.

They also have way more bad film to watch than the score might suggest, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers--the NFL's top offense--converted 60 percent on third down and piled up more than 500 yards of offense. In doing so, they became the first team in NFL history to gain 500 yards without scoring a touchdown.

"We're still not overly happy with our performance. We gave up more than 500 yards," defensive end Jonathan Allen told the media after the game, shaking his head vigorously back and forth. "If we're going to get to where we want to go, we can't do that...We've got to tighten up as a defense.

"We made the plays when they counted, and they didn't. But for us, we want to dominate. We didn't dominate today. I'm definitely glad we got the win, but there's a lot of things to clean up."

Over-eagerness was almost certainly a theme in the locker room before the media entered, as safety D.J. Swearinger had almost identical sentiments.

"This is a big win, but if you're a championship team, you expect us to win," Swearinger told the media. "I'm not overly happy about this sh--...We got the win, but for better teams, we've got to do a better job of limiting those drives and getting off the field earlier. It looked good because we played a team that, y'know, wasn't so--I'm not taking anything from them but just being 100--I don't know if they're going to make the playoffs. So if we're gonna be a playoff team, we need to be better in those situations. We can't give up 400 yards. We can't give up 300 yards. That sh-- wasn't good enough in my eyes, to tell you the truth.

"We gave up three points, but it wasn't good enough."

The good news for the Redskins is that most of the top-flight offenses are behind them on the schedule. The Texans, ranked 18th in overall offense and 14th in scoring, marks the toughest challenge before taking on the Cowboys (29th and 26th), Eagles X two (15th and 21st), Giants (9th and 27th), Jaguars (14th and 29th), and Titans (30th and 28th).

For now, at least, the defense is emboldened by what went well and looking forward to next week.

"The ultimate goal is to keep them out of the end zone and we did a helluva job with that," Swearinger said. "We've got to move on to Houston and keep winning."

 

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