The mood inside the Redskins locker room following each of their last two defeats has been as somber as at any point of the season. Following the loss two weeks ago to the Minnesota Vikings, dejected and shocked could best describe the players’ reactions.
A number of them sat entranced in front of their lockers in disbelief, unable to even bring themselves to undressing.
Sunday night after the loss to the Eagles, there was a mix of frustration, sadness and anger as well, depending on the player.
“The feeling is just frustration, disappointment, sadness. Hell, I was about to cry on the sideline,” cornerback DeAngelo Hall said. “I just don’t understand where we’re falling apart at.”
Said tight end Niles Paul: “I’ve used disappointing quite a few games, but I think this one is more disappointing than any game we’ve played this year – even more disappointing than the Vikings, because for 30 minutes, you saw the team we were capable of being: we were moving the ball. But we can’t wait for the last 30 minutes to get going, especially against a good team like Philly.”
Now having dropped to 3-7, the Redskins’ slim hopes of a dramatic turnaround and playoff push seem impossible. But despite their disappointments, players declared ongoing allegiance to one another. They insist that the locker room will not splinter.
“There’s not going to be any division in our locker room,” team captain London Fletcher said. “There’s obviously going to be frustration, but we know where we’re at. We still have another opportunity next week. It’ll be tough on Monday Night Football. But you just have to win games. Play well and let things fall where they may.”
Said safety Brandon Meriweather: “I’m still confident. I love the guys I play with. I’ve said it before: those guys on that back end, and that we sit in meetings together and that we laugh together, I love them guys to death. I see them and I know what everybody’s capable of and what I’m capable of, and I feel like we still have a great chance to do what we’re supposed to.”
Although it appears that the Redskins – now 0-3 and last in the NFC East, and owners of a 1-6 mark in the NFC as a whole – have nothing to play for beyond December, quarterback Robert Griffin III said he doesn’t expect any of his teammates to give up.
“We can’t get down on ourselves,” he said. “We can’t look at our record and say there’s no chance. All we have is the next week. It’s all you have. And I know the guys in there. Like I’ve said, we’ll keep fighting. We’ll keep fighting. We’ll keep pushing forward. If you can come off of something like this, that adversity only makes you better. It’s when you let it break you down – when you let it change who you are, when you let it change your attitude towards the game – that it really can kill your career. … I don’t believe the guys will give up.”
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