Q&A With Lemar Marshall

The Redskins' middle linebacker talks about the season and the upcoming game in Seattle.

Audio of Marshall Q&A

Gregg Williams has instilled the thought that there are no starters on this team. You've started at a couple of different positions on this team, what makes that whole thing work?
Marshall: You've got to believe in the system. The first few days we went out there we starting working on it and said, "Wow, this is great." We've been getting a lot of disruption, LaVar and Marcus have been getting their hands on balls. We're just playing together and it's good football.

On Saturday, there was no panic when Sean (Taylor) was thrown out, do you just know you have to step up and get the job done?
Marshall: We've just got to keep the ball rolling. There's no use crying over spilt milk. I didn't even know that (Taylor) got ejected. I just thought he was hurt. You look up, you see somebody else in there. You say, "Let's keep it rolling" and that's what we did. It doesn't matter who's out there, as long as they know what they're doing and believe in the system.

In what ways did Seattle get better since you beat them in October?
They just kept fighting. They got some guys healthy. They just have some good players and they're playing good football.

What has the team learned about itself during this winning streak?
We already knew we had a good team, it was just a matter of playing well week in and week out. We've just been playing consistently and finding a way to win. We refuse to lose.

The last time you played Seattle, you kept Shaun Alexander bottled up pretty well in the first half, but he got untracked in the second. What have you learned from that?
It's a 60-minute ballgame. We've got to tackle well and that's something we didn't do in the second half.

Is stopping Alexander the key?
It doesn't matter what they do, you've got to stop it. They've got a good quarterback, good receivers, a good O-line and we've got our hands full.

Now that this defense is creating turnovers and scoring and setting up touchdowns, do you think that it's now the defense that you envisioned all along?
We're doing the little things better now. We're just finding a way to get our hands on the ball, the defensive line is disrupting the quarterback and that gives the linebackers and DB's a chance to get their hands on it and that's what we've been doing. I don't know what the statistics are for the second half of the season, but we've had a lot more turnovers, a lot more batted balls. It's real exciting, to see defensive guys with the ball, getting into the end zone. That's what you play for.

Qwest Field is a loud place, it's semi-enclosed. Will that effect your defensive calls?
Defensively, no. That "offense at work" quiet works in our favor because we get to hear each other communicate


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