Missed Tackles in Week One
There were plenty of things to complain about in the aftermath of the Redskins' 23-17 loss to the Giants, so for now I'll pick just one: the missed tackles. Seemed like there were an awful lot, including three on the Giants' first touchdown, the 30-yard pass to Mario Manningham.
"We had instances where our tackling was shoddy," defensive coordinator Greg Blache told Comcast SportsNet, "and we had penalties, we had offsides, we had a roughing out of bounds, we had an illegal contact. Those things are gonna kill you in a close ballgame, and a big ballgame like this."
On that touchdown, Fred Smoot completely whiffed, then Andre Carter couldn't corral Manningham, and then DeAngelo Hall went flying past the receiver, who waltzed into the end zone. Later, safety LaRon Landry missed at least two tackles. Four of those misses are pictured here, for your enjoyment.
"I didn't make plays when I needed to," Hall told CSN. "Obviously like y'all talked about I missed a tackle on Manningham getting into the end zone. We just didn't execute when we needed to."
Blache and others were asked about giving up big plays to the sort of unknown crew of Giants receivers, and the coordinator responded colorfully.
"You know, they're in the NFL," he said. "We didn't play a college team today. These guys are still NFL receivers, and they've been in the NFL, so these guys get paid. It's not like we were playing little sisters. Those guys are good players, and as I alluded to earlier in the week, even though you didn't have names that YOU knew and mentioned didn't mean that there weren't guys that would be names that you mention.
"That's a natural progression in the NFL. As guys move on, other guys move in and fill that void and make those plays, so I could see it coming where people were giving these guys no justice, no props. These guys didn't get to the NFL on their looks. I'm not saying they're ugly dudes, but they didn't get here on their looks."
All that said, Blache wasn't despondent, and even laughed several times during his postgame appearance. I'm with Blache; the Redskins actually stayed closer with the Giants than they did a year ago, when they followed up on their season-opening loss with five wins in their next seven games.
"We have to learn from what we did wrong and continue to work and improve, but quite honestly, I'm not about to go jump off a bridge or anything. I mean, all the things we did wrong are correctable," Blache said. "We've got to give [the Giants] some credit. You know, I'd like to just say it was all us and our mistakes, but they had some good stuff and it took us some time to adjust to it. And they made some plays, and we didn't."
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