All of that sounds straight forward, but the Redskins couldn’t manage to do any of that. Normally strong against the run, the Redskins have allowed a league-worst 201 rushing yards per game.
On Sunday, defensive linemen proved unable to clog running lanes, and the Packers’ James Starks ran free. Inside linebacker London Fletcher has long been Washington’s top tackler. But on Sunday, he didn’t have an impact and frequently failed to shed blocks and get to the ballcarrier. Fletcher, who for his career has averaged more than eight tackles a game, managed just one solo tackle and an assist against the Packers.
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In an attempt to upgrade their secondary, Washington this offseason drafted cornerback David Amerson and free safety Bacarri Rambo. It was expected that they at times would make youthful mistakes. But veterans have struggled as well. Washington’s defenders didn’t record a single pass breakup.
Now the Redskins find themselves in a desperate situation. No team since 2008 has made the playoffs after starting the year with an 0-2 record. And things don’t get easier this week as the Detroit Lions, who boast potent offensive weapons in wide receiver Calvin Johnson and running back Reggie Bush, come to town.
“They’re probably smiling right now, looking at our defense,” Hall said. “They’re probably smiling, champing at the bit to get out there against us.”
The Redskins, as they struggle for answers, say there are no easy fixes. But they acknowledge things need to improve quickly.
Mike Shanahan could come up with only one remedy.
“Better practices,” the coach said. “In general, the only way you get the little things fixed is by practicing full-speed and making sure you don’t make mistakes. If you get better in that area, then you’ve got a chance to get better on game day.”
Hall said that avoiding discouragement and dissention also is key.
“You definitely have got to encourage the guys. That’s just part of it,” he said. “It’s not like college where you lose one game and you’re out of it. It’s the National Football League, where there’s so much parity that anything can happen. . . . We’re in a division that’s pretty tough but the great part about it is everybody did lose. We felt like we could’ve gone into Green Bay and try to get back in it. That’s what we wanted to do to try to put us back in the picture. But right now, we’re a game behind. We’re 0-2, but we’re a game behind everyone in our division. That was our goal, to be competitive in our division, ultimately win the division and make the playoffs. We know that goal is still alive. It’s going to take a lot for us to get there, especially with the way we’ve been playing. But we’ve got to turn things around.”