Redskins players say actions, not words, matter now


Barry Cofield (96) says, “I’m not a guy that really thinks you’ve got to shout at a bunch of grown men.” (Alex Brandon/Associated Press)

Linebacker London Fletcher addressed his Washington Redskins teammates last Wednesday in an attempt to prompt an early-season turnaround. It didn’t work out as intended, as the Redskins’ record fell to 0-3 with Sunday’s loss to the Detroit Lions.

It’s not clear if there will be any motivational speeches delivered this week in a bid to get the team into the win column. But several players said that, in their view, it’s less about what’s said and more about what’s done in preparation for this weekend’s game at Oakland.

“I try to lead [by] example with my play,” wide receiver Pierre Garcon said Monday. “I try not to yell at guys or try to get guys hyped because this is a job. Some guys know the feeling of not having a job. It’s the worst thing. I try to go out there and play hard and try to let my team know I’m playing hard. I’m giving everything. I’m still fighting. We could be 0-3 or we could be 13-3. It doesn’t matter. I’m gonna still go out there and play as hard as I can and give everything I have. And that’s how I try to lead instead of screaming at guys and yelling at guys.”

Defensive tackle Barry Cofield said: “I’m not a guy that really thinks you’ve got to shout at a bunch of grown men or really come up with all kinds of slogans and things like that. At a point like this, if you don’t have all the motivation and all the energy and all the want-to in the world, then you’re not in the right locker room.”

Cofield said the players on the team’s defense must take it upon themselves to improve the unit’s performance.

“As much as you want to preach a message or some kind of mantra, things like that, what it really comes down to is just a collection of guys doing their job play in and play out, being on the same page and executing on game day,” Cofield said. “That’s got to be the plan. And until we get that done, we won’t win…. That’s the only thing we can do right now, having a great week of practice and really just leave it all on the field. There’s really not many other choices. It’s really about a collection of guys being extremely accountable, preparing like we have to win and going out and winning.”

Have a Redskins question? E-mail Mike Jones at mike.jones@washpost.com with the subject line “Mailbag question” for him to answer it in The Mailbag on Tuesday.

Have a Redskins question? E-mail Mike Jones at mike.jones@washpost.com with the subject line “Mailbag question” for him to answer it in The Mailbag on Tuesday.

What’s ahead:

● The Redskins are still experimenting with returners.

More on the Redskins and NFL:

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D.C. Sports Bog: Cris Carter on Smoot’s RGIII comments | More Bog

Wonkblog: The real reasons the Redskins can’t win

Wise: Veterans deserve better | Hamilton: High expectations, low results

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