Losing streaks of any sort can be damaging to locker rooms, and a three-game slide capped by a 23-0 loss to Buffalo yesterday certainly is wearing on the Washington Redskins, who came to work this morning to watch the tape of their most recent debacle.
Players, though, said there was no divisin in their ranks despite their worst showing this season, one that yielded the first shutout of Coach Mike Shanahan’s career and a tumble to last place in the NFC East.
“I haven’t heard it,” said nose tackle Barry Cofield, who is in his first season with the Redskins. “There’s always going to be rumblings. When things go wrong, that’s when you find out the type of people you’re in the locker room with and the type of people you’re in the buidling with.”
Many players mentioned the character on the roster as the fallback amid a stretch in which the Redskins have gone from division leader to fighting to remain relevant in the NFC East.
Players said self-accountability will be the way Washington can extricate itself from the current unfavorable circumstances. Buffalo outgained the Redskins 390-178 and Washington surrending nine sacks to a club that had four in its first six games.
“Whatever they call, we’re going to go out there and do it and run it to the best of our ability,” tackle Jammal Brown said. “We’ve got to be able to run the ball and make plays.
“At the end of the day, whatever they call, we’ve still got to go out and execute, so it falls back on us. Not Kyle Shanahan or nothing like that. He gives us the play, and we’ve got to go out there and block.”