Frustration and disappointment were the flavors in the Redskins locker room this evening, as the team knows that they let a golden opportunity slip away.
For the offense today, it was the tale of two halves, with 183 yards in the first half, and 121 in the second half. On defense, it was the tale of three quarters vs. the fourth quarter, with 168 yards and 13 points through three quarters. In the fourth quarter, the wheels came off as they yielded 98 yards and 21 points.
The common thread with every loss this season is ball control.
Last week, the Redskins confirmed that they need a ball-control offense, as they improved to 4-0 when they control the time of possession. After today, the Redskins are 0-8 when they don’t control the clock. This is also not a team that does particularly well when they turn the ball over, something that they managed to avoid until the fourth quarter when they turned it over twice
The key to the defense’s demise this afternoon may have stem from a third quarter in which they spent more than 10 minutes on the field. Even though the third quarter only yielded three points for the Jets, it set up a destructive fourth quarter against a weary Redskins wall.
No question that today was disappointing, but there were some bright spots today, including your Most Valuable Redskin, running back Roy Helu.
Today, Helu went over 100 all-purpose yards for the third time in three starts, and has effectively shaken the label of change-of-pace back. He is the first rookie Redskins running back to post back-to-back 100-yard games on the ground since Reggie Brooks in 1993. He did suffer his first setback with a fumble in the third quarter, but it was benign as far as the scoreboard was concerned.
Fred Davis had another stellar performance at tight end, and is proving that he’s not a luxury at tight end, but rather a focal point, and a fixture in this offense. He was one yard short of 100 yards for the day, but was Rex Grossman’s top target and top producer.
On defense, London Fletcher had a typically productive day, finishing with 17 total tackles.
Barry Cofield had two more passes defensed, adding to his career-high eight for the season. His previous high was four last season, and his career total now is 19. His eight this season leads all nose tackles and ties him for the league lead among defensive linemen.
Cofield reflected after the game about how this team has a lot of quality pieces, but isn’t quite there yet.
“I’ve been on good defenses, and I’ve been around good defenses for a long time,” he said. “This team can be very good, but it’s not there yet.”
Right now, this team is showing it’s undeniable talent, and showing it’s potential. Greatness is something that takes a while to build, and as Cofield noted–it just isn’t quite there yet.