The Redskins have officially gone six weeks since their last win, which came against the Rams on Oct. 2. Since then, the world has celebrated the bye week, Oktoberfest, Columbus Day, Halloween, daylight savings, Veterans Day, and of course Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day (no joke).
Since that game, the Redskins have made 22 changes to the starting lineup, just looking for that magical winning combination. Yes, some of those are predicated by injury, some of those on performance. But so far, the magical ‘W’ has been more elusive than the Jackalope.
This morning in the locker room, nose tackle Barry Cofield pretty much hit the nail on the head, saying: “There’s really nothing new to say–no new recipe. Y’know, it’s the same things that we’ve been doing all year, those are the things we need to continue to work on and get better at. Our schedule doesn’t get any easier, and if we don’t play any better, there’s no reason to expect to win any games.”
No one in the locker room is making excuses for the five-game slide, and no one is blaming anyone other than the players and the play on the field. If nothing else right now, this team has unity and accountability, which is what it will take to turn things around.
On an individual note, there were some reasons to believe in progress yesterday.
· Hankerson became the first Redskins’ rookie wide receiver to post 100 receiving yards in a game since Rod Gardner on Oct. 21, 2001 vs. Carolina, 162 regular season games ago.
· With Hankerson’s 106-yard effort Sunday and rookie RB Roy Helu’s 105-yard receiving effort vs. San Francisco last week, the Redskins have now had 100-yard receiving performances by different rookies in back-to-back weeks for the first time in team history.
· The Redskins became the first team to have two separate rookies post 100-yard receiving games in consecutive weeks since November 2008, when Peyton Hillis and Eddie Royal accomplished the feat for the Denver Broncos, coached at the time by current Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan.
· QB Rex Grossman completed 21-of-32 passes for 215 yards. His 65.6 percent completion percentage was his highest as a member of the Redskins and his best since completing 65.9 percent of his passes on Dec. 17, 2006 as a member of the Chicago Bears.
· RB Roy Helu added three receptions for 13 yards. Helu now has 29 receptions on the season, the most of any rookie running back as of the completion of Sunday’s 1 p.m. games.
· Rookie LB Ryan Kerrigan forced two fumbles on two sacks of Dolphins QB Matt Moore. The two forced fumbles give him four for the season, and his two sacks increased his sack total to 5.0.
· With his next forced fumble, Kerrigan will tie Ken Harvey (1995) and Bruce Smith (2000) for the second-most forced fumbles by a member of the Redskins in a single season (five).
· LB Perry Riley received the first start of his career and tied S Reed Doughty for the team lead in tackles (nine).
· Riley recorded four tackles for loss, becoming the first member of the Redskins to do so since DE Kenard Lang had four against the New York Giants on Oct. 7, 2001, according to STATS, INC.
· LB London Fletcher played in his 217th consecutive game, which is tied with Tampa Bay CB Ronde Barber for the most amongst active players. He started his 172nd consecutive game, the most among active linebackers.
· NT Barry Cofield recorded his sixth pass defensed of the season in the second quarter. His previous total of five was already a single-season career high.
On special teams:
· K Graham Gano made three field goals, marking the sixth time in his career and third time this season Gano has hit three or more field goals in a game.
· P Sav Rocca punted twice without a touchback, giving him zero touchbacks on 39 punts this season. Rocca is one of only two NFL punters with at least 35 punts to not have a touchback during the 2011 season.
Tags: 2011 season, barry cofield, graham gano, leonard hankerson, london fletcher, perry riley, rex grossman, roy helu, ryan kerrigan, sav rocca, washington redskins
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