A week after a strong showing in their limited action against the Buffalo Bills, the Redskins’ starting defense struggled against the Chicago Bears. Washington failed to pressure the quarterback and allowed the Bears’ receivers to gash them for big gains.
But following the game, the first-stringers insisted there is no need for concern, and said that they didn’t view the performance as regression.
“Nothing’s a step back. It’s preseason,” cornerback Josh Wilson said. “We’re supposed to learn. I’d rather learn right now than learn Week 1. You go back and shore it up. There’s nothing that happens in the preseason that’s a step back.”
In a quarter-and-a-half of action, Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler completed seven of 13 passes for 122 yards, and orchestrated two touchdown drives. The Redskins didn’t record a sack on Cutler.
But defensive end Stephen Bowen said things would have turned out differently had it been a regular season game.
“It’s just early things that we’re working on,” he said. “We’re not game planning. It would’ve been a different story if we were game planning. But, we’ve got to roll with the punches, see what we can correct and move on.”