On “The Mike Wise Show with Holden Kushner” Monday, Washington Redskins special teams ace Lorenzo Alexander joined the guys to discuss Washington’s 33-20 loss to the Carolina Panthers. Carolina’s rookie quarterback Cam Newton had a big day both passing and rushing, and Lorenzo, who also fills in as a backup defensive end, says the Redskins need to do a better job on defense.
“If you can’t make a team one dimensional, it’s really hard to stop an offense, no matter who you’re playing in this league,” Lorenzo explained. “At some point we gotta get tired of getting our butts whooped.”
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After a quick start to the season, the Redskins are now 3-3 and things only seem to be getting worse. Washington played well in spurts this season, but Alexander says they have to be more consistent.
“The players need to make a decision and we need to go out there, offense, defense and special teams, and put a complete game together and do it week in and week out.”
When asked about the rising injury count for the Redskins, Lorenzo refused to make excuses. “That’s the NFL. Everybody knows every year people are gonna be hurt. Look at Green Bay last year. They had a whole bunch of guys out but they battled through it, backups stayed in there, fought hard, and they made it to the Super Bowl.”
Alexander also seemed impressed with head coach Mike Shanahan taking the blame for his team’s lackluster performance on Sunday to the now 2-5 Panthers. “That’s what great leaders do. It’s easy to point fingers at other people, but you have to look at yourself first, especially when you are the leader of a football team and organization, and (Shanahan) is that kind of guy.”
But while Mike Shanahan took the blame, Lorenzo says everyone is responsible. “Every man has to do the same. It’s not all on coach Shanahan.”
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