Redskins blame Friday practice for poor defensive effort

Nov 12, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Latavius Murray (25) carries the ball as Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman (24) and Redskins cornerback Kendall Fuller (29) make the tackle in the second quarter at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Redskins did not exactly put forth a good defensive performance against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday afternoon, allowing the NFC North franchise to march down the field for 406 yards and 38 points. Afterward, Redskins players were none too thrilled about it, going as far to blame Friday’s practice for the poor effort, according to Rich Tandler of NBC Sports Washington.

“We relaxed as a defense, we didn’t pay attention to the details as we should,” said Washington safety D.J. Swearinger. “I guess we got too high on ourselves, I don’t know the reason why.”

But Swearinger did cite a specific reason as well.

“Our Friday practice wasn’t good enough,” he added. “You practice like you play. I try to set our tone. You can’t just say it, you’ve got to do it.”

Cornerback Josh Norman also ripped the team’s most recent defensive output.

“We’ve got to make a play, man,” said Norman, referring to Washington allowing Minnesota to run up 21 unanswered points at one juncture during the 38-30 loss. “We’ve got to find some juice, we’ve got to get going. We were so lackadaisical. We didn’t have crap today, we really didn’t. Three unanswered scores, I was like, wow, what is going on today? We’re capable of doing [the job] week in and week out and that’s what’s the frustrating part about it. It was slack, just real slack, and that’s the most disappointing part about it.”

The Redskins fell to 4-5 after the defeat, dimming the franchise’s already fading playoff chances.

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