Tailback Alfred Morris said after Monday night’s loss to the San Francisco 49ers at FedEx Field that the Washington Redskins didn’t have “the greatest of weeks” of practices leading up to the game. Morris stopped short of blaming the 27-6 defeat to the 49ers on that, however.
“It wasn’t the greatest of weeks,” Morris said. “But you’re gonna have that sometimes. Just because you had a bad week, not that we had a bad week, but sometimes if you have a few bad practices or a few bad [practice] periods doesn’t mean you’re gonna have a bad game. But like I said, today we just didn’t show up for whatever reason. I don’t know what it was.”
Morris also did not attribute the practice-field issues to the controversies that swirled around the team seemingly nonstop last week.
“I don’t know what’s been written or said,” he said. “I don’t read or watch that stuff. So I couldn’t tell you. But we did feel like we had a great chance to come out here and win. Like I said, we just didn’t show up.”
Morris said he had no hint before the game that the Redskins would struggle as they did.
“We came out trying to get something going,” he said. “There was just too many three and outs, three and outs. We just couldn’t get a rhythm. We just couldn’t figure out how to get it going. Before the game, we didn’t come out like, ‘Oh, we’re gonna be flat.’ We came out with expectations to win the game. But we didn’t get it done.”
He was asked by a reporter whether he senses the wheels coming off the cart for the team.
“It’s just a little adversity, just building our character up,” Morris said. “I don’t feel like our wheels are coming off, to use your analogy. But, I mean, every day we’ve just got to show up and just kind of put this behind us and just continue to just work forward and just take it one game at a time, just watch film on this, see what we can get better at and get ready for next week.”
Morris, like wide receiver Pierre Garcon, said he thought the Redskins’ offensive shortcomings Monday night had more to do with what they failed to do than with what the 49ers did on defense.
Morris said the Redskins were “unable to execute. I mean, they’ve got a good defense. But they didn’t do anything special. They came out with basic stuff and we just didn’t get it done. I just felt overall they just wanted it more than we did.”
He also said: “They weren’t pressuring us at all. All they was doing—the [linebackers] were playing back. The [defensive] linemen were holding their gaps. So we didn’t do a good job of winning at the line of scrimmage. So that’s on us.”
● Mark Bullock’s position-by-position reviews and Mike Shanahan’s 3 p.m. news conference with reporters.
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