Kedric Golston arrived home Sunday night and found his 6-year old son down in the dumps. The eighth-year defensive end knew how he felt.
After the New York Giants added a final damper on Washington’s season, the visitors at MetLife Stadium had a season’s worth of questions to answer.
The day after their arrival back at Redskins Park, their head coach and eight assistants had been relieved of their duties. While Mike Shanahan gave a final statement, the players cleaned out their lockers and looked forward to the offseason.
The following are their recollections of the 2013 season:
Kedric Golston (Monday):
I think my 6-year old summed it up best. When I walked in the door last night he had his head down and his arms folded and said, ‘Why did you lose the game?’ And I couldn’t answer it. Obviously my wife understands, being with me in this business for awhile that these kind of things happen. But there’s nothing we can do about it now. We had all season to try and fix it. Now is just about getting healthy, getting in the best shape you can, come out here and try to impress in following years.
Brian Orakpo (postgame):
“This season’s been tough, it’s been disappointing. We’ve had highs and lows, obviously more lows. But it’s a season you can learn a lot from and really not take anything for granted. This games all about inches. It’s all about desire. It’s all about finishing games. You can learn a lot from a season like this to prosper yourself for the future.”
Santana Moss (postgame):
“It’s just been one of them things where you couldnt’t win from losing. Every time you try to do something better, it’s something else. And the day, our last game, there’s a lot planned and then you got these bad conditions. It’s just one of them years, man. Honestly all you can do is go out there and give your all. At the end of the day, whatever happens, happens, and you try to come out with a W. And that’s all you can try to do.
“Once you catch that wave of bull, it’s hard to get off of it, and that’s what we did. We caught a wave we couldn’t get off of. Even when we got off of it, the wave just drowned us, and we just couldn’t get out of it.”
Trent Williams (postgame):
“We just didn’t play well this whole season. We had great game plans. We were coached on the right things to do, and you know, we continued to come up short.”
Will Montgomery (postgame):
“It’s just a year of missed opportunities. I think we’ve been in the majority of our games minus three or four of them. If you give us one extra play a game or something like that, we could be 12-4. So I think there’s a lot of upside to this team, and it’s only going up from here.”
Darrel Young (postgame):
You gotta close situations. There was a couple of times where we didn’t work together because we didn’t win. That’s how I look at it when you lose close games. But at the end of the day I think you just grow from stuff like this. Obviously you don’t want to be 3-13. There’s nothing really good, but there’s some positive, some runs, some passes, some stuff that you did put on film, some plays that showed up. There are a lot of positives to come out of it, but you know what you have to go forward into next season and what you can improve on.
Bryan Kehl (Monday):
“I don’t know if words can describe. I think our expectations were through the roof and for the year that it ended up being, I don’t think anyone could put an explanation why it happened. I think there are a lot of different reasons, but definitely disappointing. Last year [with] how we finished and where we won seven games but lost in the playoffs, I think everybody came with the expectations this year to make the playoffs and go further, so obviously to win only three games is disappointing.”
Reed Doughty (Monday):
“Winning is more fun, it’s as simple as that. Last year was one of the most fun years I’ve ever had playing football since high school honestly. That run was special and I still remember everything about it. This year it’s the opposite of that. When you’re not winning it’s not fun. Hard? I was fired up yesterday to play a division rival and defensively we were playing pretty well. You still have a lot to play for regardless of the record.”
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