Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson joined Holden and Danny Thursday to talk about Sean Taylor on the fifth anniversary of his passing, the team’s playoff chances after the beating Dallas on Thanksgiving and looking ahead to the showdown with the Giants on Monday Night Football.
Wilson gave Taylor high praise, comparing him to a fellow Miami Hurricane safety and future Hall of Famer, Ed Reed.
“He was all over the field he can do a lot of things, Wilson said. “He was a special player, he knew how to make plays. Whenever he was on the field you had to account for him. You had to find out where he was and understand that he was going to be looking to make a play. If it was going to be dislodging a receiver from a ball, making a play interception on the ball, picking up a fumble recovery… you knew that he was always there.”
Taylor, like Reed, was a player that teams had to game plan around. His was on his way to establishing a great legacy with the Redskins.
“Sean is definitely someone that the NFL misses just for his athletic ability and the type of person that he was,” Wilson said. “He could have been a staple in this franchise’s history.”
The Redskins are in the thick of the NFC East race heading into December, and back-to-back games against the Cowboys and Giants could determine if they make the playoffs for the first time since 2007.
The Redskins took a 28-3 lead into the half against the Cowboys on Turkey Day, but had to withstand a furious second half rally to come away with the win. Wilson knows that no NFL team is going to go away despite the score.
“A team of the Cowboys’ stature, their offense and the weapons they have you know they have the ability to…get on you fast if you aren’t on your P’s and Q’s,” Wilson said. “There’s a lot of great players in this league and you’re going to have to fight for every win you get.”
Although the Cowboys made things interesting towards the end of the game, Wilson thinks fans should be pleased with how the Redskins have been able to finish their last two wins and not let them slip away like when they faced the Rams, Bengals and Falcons earlier in the season.
A late Victor Cruz touchdown catch sealed win for the Giants in the teams’ first meeting on Oct. 21. With the Giants coming off a huge win over Green Bay, Wilson said that the Redskins can’t allow big plays at key moments.
“Any single play can cost you,” Wilson said. “Just making sure that everybody is on the same communication wavelength and everybody understands that one person, two people, three things… out of place can cost you a game that you should have been able to take home. Everybody just has to be on their P’s and Q’s and do our jobs and we’ll be alright.”
The Redskins continue to be focused on making the playoffs. Wilson said no team will give up as long as they are mathematically alive. For Wilson, it’s about making a deep playoff run, regardless of how the regular season turns out.
“Once you get to the playoffs all previous records are thrown out… it’s every team whoever wins the most games from then on.”