The Washington Redskins know they have many problem areas to fix, and they acknowledge that they have a long way to go before they can climb into the ranks of the league’s contenders.
The team next Monday will host the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. But left tackle Trent Williams says although it looks like a gross mismatch, he and his teammates are fully capable of rebounding from last Thursday’s defeat to beat Seattle.
“Can we beat them? Yeah,” Williams said, nonchalantly. “At the end of the day, they’re not robots. They’re human beings and nobody’s perfect. Nobody plays perfect every Sunday. They have been beaten before. It’s not like they’re unstoppable. They’re a great team, no doubt about it, but anything is possible in the NFL.”
The Redskins entered the game against the Giants badly battered, with 17 players listed on the injury port. They then hurt themselves further with poor execution on all sides of the ball. The final outcome: a 45-14 thrashing, which dropped Washington’s record to 1-3.
Coach Jay Gruden gave his players a four-day break so they could heal physically and mentally. He challenged them to return fully energized and ready to work hard this week so they have a chance to beat the Seahawks (2-1).
Williams said that he thinks the Redskins underestimated the Giants. Resting on their laurels following a decent showing in a narrow 37-34 loss against the Eagles four days earlier, Washington’s players didn’t attack New York with the ideal sense of urgency.
“I think just coming off of a hard-played game where we went up to Philly, gave it all for 81 snaps and came up three snaps short, to lose a captain of the defense in DeAngelo like we did, it’s tough, and to have a quick turnaround against a divisional opponent. It was extremely difficult and I think guys kind of took it for granted. I don’t think we put forth our best efforts on Thursday. … I think they kind of figured that all we had to do was show up and we’d get that same effort.”
Immediately following the game, coach Jay Gruden said he hoped the ugly loss served as a “slap-in-the-face wakeup call.”
Williams said that the players all now know that they must do better.
“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that we need to step up,” he said. “We’re going against one of the best teams in the NFL right now on Monday night. I think guys are going to come with their best effort, and hopefully we’ll turn this thing around.”
Asked to describe the level of desperation within the locker room, Williams said, “It’s rising. It’s not at an all-time high desperate level, but sense of urgency has to pick up. Everybody understands that. We know that’s the only way we’re going to be able to get this thing going in the right direction; for everybody to pick their sense of urgency up.”
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