Jags Face Motivated Redskins

As little as coaches and players usually care about preseason, they even care less about the final outcome of the final preseason game. The most important part of the last preseason contest is to leave the stadium with all your starters healthy, even if it means not playing them.

Although Washington is in the unique situation of playing their fifth preseason game, the ‘Skins will be extra motivated to notch a victory, or at the very least a respectable showing, which is something they certainly didn't accomplish as they were blown out by the Carolina Panthers Saturday, 47-3.

Redskins starting tackle Jon Jansen spoke about Saturday night's beating—

"It was very disappointing. There's no hiding that fact. I'm disappointed in myself and everything we did, but the great thing about it is that luckily we've got a quick turnaround. We can go back out there on Thursday and try and put it behind us and get ready for the regular season."

Jansen's opposite bookend, tackle Chris Samuels gets somewhat of a break this week as he had to deal with Carolina's Julius Peppers on Saturday, who had a sack, forced fumble, and fumble recovery.

"It will be good to go back out there because it will give us a chance to wash it [last week's loss] out of our memory," Samuels said. "It was a tough game, so hopefully we can go out there and play well."

The Redskins are also going to be well stimulated to play well against the former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who now holds the same post with the Jaguars.

"We all know him, we know he's coming back to town," said Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell. "This is a big moment for him and a big moment for this team. We've still have to go out there, pay attention to details and what we need to do. Of course we're going to go out there and get the game started off. We don't want to finish it [the pre-season] with a bad taste in our mouth, so we're going to go out there and bounce back."

With Gregg Williams aggressive nature, one can only imagine the ripping one of his teams would receive if they had allowed nearly 250 yards rushing in the preseason, especially if it had led to 47 points.

New Redskins defensive coordinator Greg Blache spoke of Saturday night's debacle—

"I thought we played poorly. It was ugly. We did not do things the way we like to do. We played against a good football team that exposed some of our weaknesses and we have to work to improve those things."

The Jaguars are going to see a motivated Redskins team playing in front of their home crowd, trying to correct some of their offensive and defensive issues on Thursday night.


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