On the one hand, you kind of hate to dissect every word from every player recorded by every microphone in every postgame locker room. The zeal to find meaning, perhaps, sometimes leads us to find significance where none was intended.
On the other hand, there sure were a lot of players suggesting the Eagles had some kind of schematic advantage on Sunday.
“They did a good job of scheming us up,” Robert Griffin III said. “They kind of knew what was coming before it was coming and that was disheartening.”
“Actually a few of the plays I called them out before they happened,” Eagles defensive end Fletcher Cox said. “It all came from studying film and knowing when things were going to happen before they happened.”
And then there was this from Brandon Meriweather, during a postgame interview with NBC Washington’s Dianna Russini.
“You know, they did a great job,” Meriweather said of the Eagles. “They had a lot of plays where they hit for a lot of yards….They did everything right. They did everything right. Everywhere you could draw up a play and make it work, they did it. We’ve just got to get better with tackling and everybody getting to the ball.”
So Russini then asked Meriweather how he would describe Washington’s defensive performance for someone who hadn’t seen the game.
“I wouldn’t,” he said. “I wouldn’t. I would just say they had a great gameplan. They came in and did exactly what they wanted to. And we didn’t.”