As you can probably imagine, the postgame locker room was a quiet, unhappy place to be.
Pete Kendall addressed the offensive line’s issues bluntly. “Some of it was coverage, some of it was losing one-on-one matchups, some of it was scheme. In a situation like this, first of all, it’s hard to tell exactly what it was until you review the film. But it’s very rarely just one thing.
“We had our chances tonight, and if a couple of things go differently, it’s a different game. I know the scoreboard doesn’t look great, nobody would dispute that. But it was a good team, and we knew that coming in. Anybody who thought we were going to have 400 yards of offense and 40 points is kidding themselves. We knew it was going to be a field position game, a game of big plays and momentum swings, and ultimately they made more big plays than we did and we lost the game.”
Chris Samuels put it even more succinctly: “They just made plays. They were physical. They executed and we didn’t.”
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This team has been on the go since late July, and guys were understandably looking forward to the upcoming break.
Jason Campbell: “We just need to learn from it and move on. We’re 6-3 and we’re at the break point, and we’re getting a much-needed break, so we just need to bounce back when get back in here next week. We can’t get discouraged. We’re still in a good position. We just need to come back from teh bye week rested up and get some guys back healthy.”
Fred Smoot: “We’re gonna go, and we’re gonna get healthy, and we’re gonna get ready to come back and play the Cowboys. Now we get to start playing our NFC games at home, and we’ve gotta take advantage of that.”
Clinton Portis: “We definitely need the bye week, you know? Just to get away from football, you know, guys have been playing football for a long time, everybody’s banged up, so we get away, we get a fresh week, recover and don’t worry about football — that’s what Coach said — and then when we come back, we’ve got Dallas.”
Samuels: “It’s been a long season up to this point, now we get a break to heal up. We get a rest mentally and physically and come back for the second half of the season.”
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Ryan Plackemeier was extremely frustrated with himself for his blocked punt, calling it “one of the plays that really changed the momentum of the game.” He had nothing but compliments for his blocking crew, though: “We had nine punts in the Cleveland game, and this is one of the best protection teams I’ve ever been around. So tomorrow we’ll see what happened, we’ll fix it, and move on.”
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Tomorrow, guys are in at Redskins Park for treatment and media availability, along with Coach Zorn’s press conference. We’ll see what, if anything, can be gleaned from this disappointing game after a night’s sober review.