Washington Football Team Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio is preparing his players for the Dallas Cowboys offense this week. He has respect for their running game, especially Ezekiel Elliott. Dallas has been dealing with a lot of injuries to their offensive line, but Del Rio says they still find a way to be successful. Dallas gets a lot of big plays, and that is something Washington’s defense has struggled with, and needs to stop this week. He called Andy Dalton a good quarterback who is good at distributing the ball.
Ryan Kerrigan had a career-low 7 snaps against the Giants last week. Del Rio said that was just the way the game flow went, and he is a consummate pro who they plan to keep involved. LB Cole Holcomb and FS Deshazor Everett have been getting more playing time and they add some much needed physicality to the team.
Del Rio said you can't just focus on just one thing with Dallas' defense, but the running game is certainly one Washington has to check off. He has tremendous respect for Ezekiel Elliott, and despite losing some O-Linemen, Dallas still finds a way to be successful— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) October 22, 2020
Stopping big plays:
Del Rio said big plays continue to be a priority for Washington. Dallas tends to get a lot, he said, and Washington has to get better quickly.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) October 22, 2020
Daniel Jones' big run:
.@coachdelrio on the Daniel Jones 49-yard run (the play Landon Collins appeared to crash & lose contain).— Chris Russell AKA The Rooster (@Russellmania621) October 22, 2020
"We didn't take care of business there. I gotta do a better job."
Said it with a smirk, which I appreciated.
Del Rio knows Andy Dalton is a very talented quarterback who does a good job of distributing the ball.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) October 22, 2020
Del Rio said that Ryan Kerrigan's career-low 7 snaps was more than game flow and not having many defensive snaps.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) October 22, 2020
Del Rio on Ryan Kerrigan's 7 snaps: "Seems awful low, but it's the way the game flow went. Obviously Ryan has done a great job for us. Consummate pro and he will remain involved with us."— John Keim (@john_keim) October 22, 2020
(I discussed any possible trade talk about Kerrigan on the podcast)...
Cole Holcomb/Deshazor Everett:
Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio spoke to the media about what Cole Holcomb and Deshazor Everett brought to the group in Week 6.— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) October 22, 2020
Del Rio highlighted LB Cole Holcomb and FS Deshazor Everett -- both of whom played a lot more vs. the Giants. He said they brought "a little juice, a little physicality." The defense always welcomes those things.— Kyle Stackpole (@kylefstackpole) October 22, 2020
.@coachdelrio essentially admitted that the term "halftime adjustments" are fraudulent (my word for it).— Chris Russell AKA The Rooster (@Russellmania621) October 22, 2020
The overall point? #WashingtonFootball has started slow, the fourth quarters have been up & down but in 3rd quarters - only 10 points total allowed in six games.
Washington has a serious injury problem at wider receiver right now, which means that a lot of young players are going to get opportunities for the first time. Terry McLaurin said they need to be ready and take advantage of the situation. Cam Sims got his chance against the Giants after getting cut, signing to the practice squad, and playing special teams most of the season. He got his first NFL TD and McLaurin was so happy for him when he caught it, he felt like he was the one scoring for the first time.
McLaurin said being a vocal leader isn’t being a dictator, but it’s about knowing the position’s expectations and making sure everyone lives up to that standard. Veterans have approached him about speaking up more because they see him as a leader. McLaurin has experience he can share to help them be successful.
McLaurin is a fan of Robert Foster and Jeff Badet. Foster was signed from the Packers practice squad, but won’t be available until after the bye due to COVID-19 protocols. Badet is being elevated from the practice squad this week. Both guys are fast, young players who have a big opportunity due to injuries.
Terry McLaurin is addressing the media right now. There could be a lot of new receivers playing on Sunday. He said players need to be ready and take advantage of the opportunities. Cam Sims is one of those players, and he was so happy Sims caught his first TD against the Giants.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) October 22, 2020
Terry McLaurin says he tells the other guys in the WR room to "know what you're doing" and "have confidence in what you're doing".— Chris Russell AKA The Rooster (@Russellmania621) October 22, 2020
Says he called Cam Sims TD & pumped up for his opportunity. #WashingtonFootball
Teammates pumped for Cam Sims, who caught his first NFL touchdown last week in his third season.— michael phillips (@michaelpRTD) October 22, 2020
Terry McLaurin: "When he caught that touchdown, it almost felt like I caught it," he was so happy.
McLaurin said being a vocal leader isn't being a dictator, but it's about knowing the position's expectations and making sure everyone lives up to that standard.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) October 22, 2020
McLaurin on being young but also a leader: "been a balancing act...had veterans come up to me and said they see me as a leader and a guy they'd like to speak up more...I have experience I can share with other guys and help them be successful." said it's about upholding standards— John Keim (@john_keim) October 22, 2020
McLaurin said guys need to be honed in on their assignments. One guy might need a break, one might get hurt. They need to studying the game plan inside and outside the building to make sure they're ready.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) October 22, 2020
Terry McLaurin says he's been a fan of Robert Foster, the #WashingtonFootball WR since he was in HS.— Chris Russell AKA The Rooster (@Russellmania621) October 22, 2020
Says he's super fast but Jeff Badet is "a different type of fast" (4.27/40)
New WR Robert Foster also is fast (as mentioned a few days ago, he can't play until after the bye because of the covid protocols)... But McLaurin said he's not interested in racing to find out who is fastest: "I just say check my 40 time and I play. I don't race people no more."— John Keim (@john_keim) October 22, 2020
Terry McLaurin, a very fast person on his own, says practice squad wideout (and someone who'll play on Sunday) Jeff Badet is a "different kind" of fast. Maybe Badet can do something and surprise people this weekend— Pete Hailey (@PeteHaileyNBCS) October 22, 2020
Terry McLaurin, who ran a 4.34 40 at the combine, said Jeff Badet is even faster. "He's a different kind of fast."— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) October 22, 2020
Badet ran a 4.27 at OU's pro day. Holy crap. https://t.co/Lev8VkJPG4
McLaurin said he has noticed himself getting double teamed a lot more. It's expected, he said, but he not a player who makes excuses. He just wants to produce, regardless of the circumstance.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) October 22, 2020
Landon Collins said Daniel Jones big run against Washington was due to miscommunication on all levels. He plans on watching the film from all of Washington’s games during the bye week to see where he and the team can improve. He does not think his tackling has been an issue this season...
Daniel Jones' big run:
Landon Collins is addressing the media now. Collins said the 49-yard run from Daniel Jones was because of miscommunication on all levels. They adjusted, and the next time Jones kept the handoff, the play was held to a minimal gain.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) October 22, 2020
Studying to improve/fix mistakes:
Collins plans to watch tape on all the games Washington has played during the bye week. He wants to study everything he's done and see where he can improve.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) October 22, 2020
Landon Collins says he'll take the bye week to study tape from this year and figure out what he & the #WashingtonFootball team can do better.— Chris Russell AKA The Rooster (@Russellmania621) October 22, 2020
Says he was almost benched in his rookie year w/ #NYG & Spags.
Collins said it has been awesome working with Kendall Fuller. He's smart and has the ability to make plays. He also helps Collins make plays as well, and it's beneficial to have someone like Fuller who can do everything on defense.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) October 22, 2020
Chase Young knows all about the Dallas vs Washington rivalry, and used to watch the games with his family on Thanksgiving. The team is losing right now, but Young says this is all part of the growing process. Young has been getting a lot of attention from opposing teams and has noticed more double teams.
Dallas vs Washington rivalry:
Chase Young is addressing the media. He said the Cowboys-Washington rivalries is a legacy game. He remembers watching the games with his family on Thanksgiving.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) October 22, 2020
Young said the team is going through a growing process, but they will get to the light at the end of the tunnel.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) October 22, 2020
Young is getting a lot of double teams. He's used to it, he said. A lot of pass rushers get chipped and double teamed. So, that's something he'll have to adapt to.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) October 22, 2020
Young said he can't get put on his butt while his mom his watching, because he will hear about it after the game. He said she wants to see him get a sack every game.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) October 22, 2020
.@youngchase907 says his Mom tells him he needs/she wants "SACKS" ...— Chris Russell AKA The Rooster (@Russellmania621) October 22, 2020
I think his Mom speaks for the rest of the fan base.
I asked if she takes pride in run defense like he seems to - says she knows sacks is the $$$$ maker.
Young said he and Jonathan Allen talk all the time about having the right mindset before practice. The group wants to keep pushing and take the next step.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) October 22, 2020
Young called Montez Sweat one of his closest friends. He hopes to stay with Sweat for a long time and build a reputation as being a great tandem.— Zach Selby (@ZachDSelby) October 22, 2020
Welcome the NFL moment?:
Chase Young was asked if he's had a "welcome to the NFL moment"... Physical wise "ain't no dude... I ain't going like that." Said what he's learned is the importance of a routine (one thing he mentioned in the past that he's learned from Kerrigan).— John Keim (@john_keim) October 22, 2020