Friday, November 8, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: Washington Redskins
By John Keim
MINNEAPOLIS -- Observed in the locker room after the Washington Redskins' 34-27 loss to the Minnesota Vikings:
Stinging defeat: Perhaps no loss has stung the Redskins quite the way Thursday's did. Fullback Darrel Young sat at his locker, full uniform on and shoulders slumped, after most had showered. Receiver Santana Moss, one of the chattier interviews, wasn’t in a talkative mood. “Sucks,” he said. “I don’t have much to say.”
Confusion: Reporters felt like they were in a pinball machine in the cramped quarters of the visiting locker room, especially when trying to figure out what happened on the botched fake punt -- going from one player to another and then back to ones who had already talked. Turns out upback Reed Doughty gave a signal that most, but not all, heard. The one who didn’t know it was a fake was gunner Niles Paul. Which is why he never looked back for Sav Rocca's pass. It wouldn’t have mattered considering there was a false-start penalty that blew the play dead. Just another botched special-teams play.
Missed opportunity: Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan looked shocked and drained of emotion as he spoke to the media, discussing his dropped interception that would have resulted with Washington having the ball deep in Vikings' territory or a touchdown. “The ball just ate me up I guess,” Kerrigan said. “I made that play a couple times in my career. It’s tough. I work too damn hard to drop that pass. It’ll eat at me until I get a chance to make that play again and I make it.”