Holden & Danny: Josh Wilson Says He Should Have Got His Hands on Cruz
Redskins corner back Josh Wilson joined the Holden and Danny show as he does every week during the season to discuss the 27-23 loss to the defending Super Bowl Champion New York Giants.
Soon after Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III connected with Santana Moss for a touchdown to give Washington a lead late in the fourth quarter, Wilson and safety Madieu Williams allowed Giants receiver Victor Cruz to answer with a 77-yard score that ultimately sealed the game.
Wilson has come under heavy criticism for the loss and he acknowledged more could have been done during that play to prevent it from happening.
“If I get more hands on him, it slows him down,” Wilson said. “That would make the play a lot harder to be executed as perfectly as they did but at the end of the day we didn’t get the job done.”
While accounting for his mistake, Wilson went on to praise Cruz for making the play. Through the first seven weeks of the season, Cruz ranks fourth in receiving yards (627) and tied for first in receiving touchdowns (7) according to NFL.com.
“I should be able to get a hand on him (Victor Cruz),” Wilson said. “It is a difficult task to be able to do with a guy with his quickness but I didn’t.”
Wilson added that up to that point, he felt like he had being doing exactly what the team needed him to to win, confusing Eli Manning with coverage until the moment just before he threw the game-winning touchdown.
“We made them earn everything they got and we played well enough to win that game,” Wilson said. “If we executed on that final play we would have won that game.”
With losses to the Rams and Giants through the first seven weeks, the Redskins are 1-2 in games decided by four points or less this season.
“We need to make sure we make these close games victories and we’ll be one of the best teams in the league,” said Wilson.
With the Giants loss behind him, Wilson took a moment to look forward to traveling to the raucous environment of Pittsburgh, where the Skins will take on the Steelers this Sunday.
“I went there twice with the Ravens,” Wilson said. “And it’s one of the loudest places in the league.”
He also noted that just because the defensive backs won’t see Victor Cruz again for six more weeks, that doesn’t mean their job is getting any easier this week, calling Mike Wallace “one of the fastest receivers in the league.”
But offensively, Washington will have extra firepower with a refreshed and healthy Chris Cooley, signed Monday morning to fill the loss of starting tight end Fred Davis, who suffered a season-ending Achilles injury in New York.
“Chris Cooley is a true Redskin,” Wilson offered. “He’s like me; he really cares about this team.”
Cooley has played exactly zero downs this season, after not surviving preseason roster cuts. Mike Shanahan decided to go with a tight end trio consisting of one proven starter in Davis, a young block-intensive Logan Paulsen, and a wide receiver convert in Niles Paul.
“Unfortunately, the circumstances he had to come into with Fred going down … but he knows the offense,” said Wilson.
Radio hosts being ever insecure, Josh Wilson pumped up his boys Holden and Danny by informing them a lot of guys in the Redskins locker room know who they are now. In fact, that may not necessarily be a good thing.
“I’ve gotten in trouble a couple times for what I’ve said on here,” Wilson said.
You can catch Josh Wilson on with Holden and Danny every Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. throughout the season.