Josh Wilson: Yards don’t matter, wins do

Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson says the defense is focused only on trying to find ways to contribute to victories (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson says the defense is focused only on trying to find ways to contribute to victories (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

The defense of the Washington Redskins is surrendering yards at a near-record pace so far this season.

But that, according to cornerback Josh Wilson, is not what matters. All that matters, he says, is that the team is 0-2.

“Nobody really cares about the yards,” Wilson said this week. “As far as I’m concerned, that’s for you guys to care about, is yards. We care about that the record says 0-2. You know, I didn’t think that we would be at 0-2. But now that we’re at 0-2, we’re not looking at the yards. I don’t care about any statistic other than do we win or do we lose, and figure out how we can win and turn these weeks into happy weeks. Two weeks from now, we could be at 2,000 yards. But if we’re 2-2, who cares?”

The Redskins have yielded 1,023 yards in their two games, tied for the second-most in league history two games into a season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. But the Redskins also struggled on defense last season, when they ranked 30th in the NFL against the pass. The defense, however, found ways to contribute to the seven-game winning streak that turned a 3-6 start into an NFC East title.

“It’s on the team,” Wilson said. “Oh and two is on the team. It’s not a defensive game. If the offense goes out there and plays great and saves our butt, nobody cares. If we give up 1,000 yards and we’re 2-0: ‘Hey, we’ll figure it out. Let’s calm it down but who cares?’ If we give up 20 yards and we’re 0-2, nobody is gonna say, ‘Hey, man, you all have got a great defense.’ Who cares? It’s all about wins and losses. At the end of the day, that’s what we want to count up.”

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What’s ahead:

● The Redskins practice at 11:50 a.m. on Friday.

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