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Because the Redskins offense is playing low-round draft picks and relying on untested two-year veterans to make plays and employing a quarterback with less than 10 NFL starts, it would be easy for their counterparts on defense to carry themselves with a woe-is-us attitude.
The Redskins have allowed two or fewer touchdowns six games and have lost three of those contests.
The latest was limiting San Francisco to a single touchdown, but that was enough for the 49ers to win 19-11 on Sunday.
Offensively, the Redskins rank 21st almost entirely because of their garbage time yards.
Youre very disappointed, coach Mike Shanahan said. You keep on going back and trying to put players in better positions to win. Anytime you have some inexperienced guys at a number of different positions, sometimes youre going to have some growing pains.
The pain reached four games and when pressed, veteran defensive players gave no indication of finger pointing.
Some guys are frustrated but its a process, cornerback DeAngelo Hall said. We understand that. They werent jumping our backs when we were 31st in the league last year so its not right for us to jump on their backs when theyre struggling.
Theyve been hit with a lot of adversity, a lot of injuries, a lot of people playing who werent slated to start at the beginning of the season.
The Redskins started three rookies (Roy Helu, Leonard Hankerson and Maurice Hurt) and two second-year players (Trent Williams and Darrel Young) against San Francisco. Second-year receiver Terrence Austin played 36 snaps in a reserve role. Quarterback John Beck may be 30, but was making his seventh career start.
After the game, safety LaRon Landry said the defense has to play perfect, until further notice.
Its tough to go into a ballgame with that mindset, linebacker London Fletcher said. Because we know were struggling offensively, we have to help them out defensively by doing more.
Said nose tackle Barry Cofield: You have to be a professional. Im sure everybody has played on teams where the defense didnt hold up their end. You have to think about those instances and how you would want to be treated.
The next challenge is a 1-7 Miami team coming off its first victory (31-3 over Kansas City). The Dolphins have been installed as a four-point favorite.
They didnt play like a 1-7 team, Cofield said. Not only do we have to take note of that, we need to follow their lead and not play like a team that is struggling.
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