Redskins News and Notes: Hall Takes Blame, Refs Alter Players’ Style
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ASHBURN, VA (CBSDC) — The Washington Redskins were back in Ashburn Monday morning following their 38-31 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals this weekend.
The big topics in the locker room were another poor defensive effort, giving up three touchdowns over 48 yards, 478 in total yardage and the performance of replacement refs.
Cornerback DeAngelo Hall takes blame for Bengals’ 73-yard touchdown to start the game.
Hall was late to cover Cincinnati wide receiver A.J. Green on the first play from scrimmage. The Bengals successfully turned a gadget play into a 73-yard touchdown.
“It was supposed to be me on Green. [DJ Gomes] supposed to come out on the quarterback.”
“You’ve got to be better. No secret about it. You give up big plays like that, chances of winning the game is slim to none.”
Safety Madieu Williams is disappointed with the defensive effort.
“It’s extremely frustrating. Especially when you prepare and you thought you had a great game plan.”
London Fletcher thinks NFL should be doing more with replacement officials.
It’s the second game in a row the replacement referees struggled. Washington was flagged for a 20-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty at the end of the contest, which should have only been 15 yards.
It also sent offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan into a rage that culminated with choice words being yelled at one of the refs in the tunnel under the stadium.
“The NFL needs to do something more to help those guys out.”
Fletcher added that marking yards “is not that hard to do.”
Lorenzo Alexander says you have to change the way you play due to the replacement refs.
“You got to be out there protecting yourself knowing that they don’t have complete control of the games, as far as calling things and making sure you stay safe out there.”