Redskins players not ready to hit panic button

Richard Marshall, Trent Williams

Trent Williams said maintaining unity is crucial for the Redskins, who aim to dig their way out of an 0-2 hole. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Despite an 0-2 start and another high-powered offense and aggressive defense in the Detroit Lions on deck Sunday, Washington Redskins players said they remain confident in their ability to rebound, and that there’s no need to hit the panic button yet.

“It’s not an unfamiliar situation,” wide receiver Pierre Garcon said. “We know who we have in this locker room. We know we have players who are better from last year and that have been there, and experience is one thing that has helped us in this league.”

The Redskins opened last season with a 3-6 record, and they managed to rebound in a mighty way, reeling off seven consecutive wins to post a 10-6 record and win the division.

No NFL team since 2008 has made the playoffs after starting the year with an 0-2 record, but the Redskins don’t put stock in such statistics.

“It’s a lot easier to come back from 0-2 than 3-6,” cornerback Josh Wilson said. “Last year, we were able to turn it around and won seven straight. Being 0-2 isn’t the end of the world. We’ve just got to go in there, figure out how to find our groove and get things straight.”

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said the only way the team will turn things around is through harder practices and greater attention to detail. Left tackle Trent Williams, one of the offensive captains, called maintaining team unity and a positive outlook the key to a turnaround.

“We just really can’t afford to get down on ourselves. We have to put it behind us,” he said. “We’ve got 14 more. Guaranteed 14 more. At the end of the day, no matter what the score is, it’s just one more loss on our record. We lost six games last year, and we’re not at a place where we haven’t been before. We can face adversity. We’ve been here before. We just have to play as a team.”

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