General manager Scot McCloughan made it a point of emphasis to strengthen the trenches in the offseason. He wanted the Redskins to have an identity; to play tough, physical football, to establish the run on offense and stop the run on defense. Early on in the season, things appeared to be going to plan. But recently, the Redskins' run defense has been nothing short of abysmal.
Over the past four games, the Redskins have given up 748 yards on the ground. That's an average of 187 per game. For reference, the Cleveland Browns currently rank last in the NFL in run defense over the course of the season, and they average 147.6 yards allowed per game.
Redskins have plenty of "what ifs" to ponder after loss to Patriots | CSN Mid-Atlantic
The Redskins have another must-win game coming up against the Saints. But that doesn't mean we can't dwell on the "what ifs" after losing to the Patriots.
Need to Know: A record rushing drought for the Redskins | Rich Tandler's Real Redskins
The Redskins rushed for 37 yards. They now have had no more than 51 rushing yards in their last four games. Never in their history have they gone four games in a row gaining 51 yards rushing or fewer.
Redskins running attack falters for fourth consecutive game | CSN Mid-Atlantic
The Redskins running game hasn't just been bad recently. It's been historically bad.
Cousins doesn't see dropped passes as a trend | CSN Mid-Atlantic
The Redskins dropped passes at an alarming rate all day on Sunday and it contributed to their slim chance of winning fading to none.
Three keys from Redskins loss: Run defense continues to be a major concern - Washington Times
The Redskins' run defense struggled again in Sunday's 27-10 loss to the Patriots and allowed 161 yards. LeGarrette Blount rushed for 129 yards on a career-high 29 carries. In four games, the Redskins have allowed 753 rushing yards.
'Maddening' mistakes prevent Redskins from pushing struggling Patriots - Washington Times
A number of drops and other errors prevented the Redskins from testing the Patriots, who appeared out of sync but still managed to win, 27-10, on Sunday afternoon.
Instant analysis: Pats drop Redskins - Washington - Scout
Maybe the Redskins never really had a shot against the Patriots, but the offense's miscues didn't help in the 27-10 loss.
Safety Johnson sees first significant action of the season | CSN Mid-Atlantic
After spending the first half of the season mostly on special teams, Jeron Johnson finally got his chance on defense against the Patriots on Sunday.
"I'm not the one making the drops, I can't really speak for that," Jackson said. "As professional athletes, we get paid a lot of money to go out there and perfect the job. That's what we need to do. So, if we need to correct something in practice and do something better, that's what we need to do as professionals."
Finally, Pugh asked Jackson if he thinks that there's enough time left in the season for him to contribute.
"With the opportunities I get, I think I'll be able to do a good job with that," Jackson said. "I can't call the plays for me, I can't throw the ball to myself, so when the coaches and the quarterback call my number, I'll be there and doing what I need to do."
The Morning Over: You Dropped The Ball | ESPN 980
The Redskins went to New England with the intention of being perfect. That didn’t last very long. The Redskins first offensive play was a perfectly schemed slant route that hit Pierre Garcon on in the hands, only to wind up in Logan Ryan’s hands for an interception. That wasn’t even the first flub by a Redskins receiver on the day.
5 things we learned in Washington's loss to New England | CSN Mid-Atlantic
Playing an elite team tends to teach you a few things about yourself. Here are five things we learned after Washington's loss to New England.
Redskins hurt by Patriots, provide little help for Kirk Cousins - Washington Redskins Blog - ESPN
The Redskins would have struggled to beat the New England Patriots anyway, but when you keep dropping passes and missing tackles, it makes it harder.
Will Blackmon up, Matt Jones down in Washington Redskins' loss - Washington Redskins Blog - ESPN
Redskins RB Matt Jones fumbled and had one of the team's seven dropped passes in their loss to the Patriots.
Redskins can't turn corner until they execute the basics - Washington Redskins Blog - ESPN
A game against the Patriots was never going to be competitive. But what it did do was reveal the things the Redskins aren't doing that hold them back.
Redskins say drops were frustrating, but not cause for concern - Washington Redskins Blog - ESPN
Dropped passes were a big issue Sunday against the Patriots. But it hadn't been before that, and the Redskins choose to believe it was a one-off.
Redskins cornerback Chris Culliver returned from a knee injury for his fourth start this season, but he didn't play the entire game in the 27-10 loss to the New England Patriots. He was active along with Bashaud Breeland, who played through a hamstring injury, but Redskins Coach Jay Gruden said both cornerbacks were limited.
To defeat the New England Patriots at home, a road team must have an immaculate game plan with flawless execution. With the extra week of preparation, the Washington Redskins might have had a good game plan on Sunday. The 66,829 fans at Gillette Stadium just never got a chance to see it unfold.