Redskins' Defense Prepares to Step Up Again
Frustrated about their undisciplined performance in a 19-14 loss to the lowly Detroit Lions in Week 3, the Redskins got back to basics on defense. Coaches and players ratcheted up their efforts and refocused on the details of their work, and the results, for the most part, have been positive for Washington. In the last two games, opponents have averaged 238.5 total net yards against the Redskins.
Washington defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 16-13, and lost to the Carolina Panthers, 20-17, but the defense was not the problem. With major injuries along the offensive line and a deteriorating running game, it seems the Redskins' defense again must carry the offense Sunday against the Chiefs.
"We feel good that our guys, the last couple of weeks, we've played pretty good together," said secondary coach Jerry Gray, who addressed the media after practice at Redskins Park in the second week of his new role as the spokesman for the defense.
"We understand what we have and what we're trying to accomplish on the football field. And the thing we've got to do is, we've got to keep putting those games together. Two is not good enough if you want to be a really, really good defense."
The Redskins were opportunistic on defense the last two games. They pressured quarterbacks consistently, forced and recovered fumbles and intercepted passes. Producing turnovers is the sign the Redskins' defense is back on track after being momentarily derailed, Gray said.
"You're getting turnovers, you're getting deep into other people's territory, you're getting sacks on a consistent basis," Gray said. "And then the coverage and the pressure is going hand-in-hand. You're not saying, 'Well, we were almost there.' Now, we're actually getting there, and we've got good coverage. Those are things that you see. When you're actually on the same page, you see coverage and pressure there at the same time."
KC Injury Update
Kent Babb (@kb_kcstar) tweets: Chiefs LT Branden Albert (ankle) was walking laps around practice field, wearing walking boot. Doesn't look good for Sunday.
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