October 12: They Said What?!?!?!

Here are some post game quotes from Jim Zorn, Clinton Portis, Jason Taylor, Pete Kendall, Jon Jansen, Fred Smoot, Rock Cartwright, and Durant Brooks.

Head Coach Jim Zorn

On learning from this game:

"Once we see the video and expose the issues – they were very obvious – we'll see what happened. Any certain combination put together will explain why we lost the game on that second field goal. It really all happened in the first half."

On the defense vs. the offense:

"I was very pleased with how our defense played today. They got six first downs, maybe seven, so we were dominating there. Our offense can afford a few things to error, but we can't afford every drive to error."

On the feeling of the team at halftime:

"When we came in at halftime, no one was bewildered about the team we were facing. We knew we were in a battle all the way and that we needed to play better the second half, and we did. We just needed it at the end of [of the game and] we didn't have it."

On what contributed to today's breakdown:

"It was part of the team communicating what we needed to do and another part not hearing what they needed to do. It was a player looking at the wrong defender at one time, so it wasn't the same thing over and over again – it was a combination of things, but the same result happened. On offense more than anything else of the field, it takes all eleven doing the right thing and when that doesn't happen disaster will strike."

On shutting down wide receiver Santana Moss:

"We had several plays to him and they were just trying to take him out of the game, which they did. We had a long ball that we were trying to throw to him and we had to turn it down when Santana came over the middle, and he had a huge gain. But that's what happens, we one guy suffers another guy gets the nod."

On conduct on the field late in the game:

"There was some bickering going on between a couple of the players on the field. I think there was somebody on their team who was giving away a little extra curricular, I don't know. In any case, I guess the official heard, but I'm not really sure what went on there. I was fresh off watching that field goal go through."

Running Back Clinton Portis:

On overall feelings about the game

"I felt that we battled back. We had many opportunities to win the game but we didn't capitalize on those opportunities. We definitely fought hard, but we dug ourselves into a hole. We let the Rams hang around too long and as a result they found a way to get the win."

On losing to the winless Rams:

"I think we should all take it hard. We had a chance to establish ourselves and we let it slip away. We have been playing up and down to our competition week in and week out. Every game shouldn't be a tough game. When we play weaker opponents we should have the ability to come in and dominate."

On what the Redskins need to do to recover from this loss:

"We need to know the game plan, limit our mistakes and continue to play like we are the underdogs, as opposed to playing like we have arrived."

On turning the ball over:

"Turning the ball over puts our team in a very bad position, we are not good enough to overcome the turnovers and penalties that ruin our drives. We also can't blame the turnovers on any one person. Everything we do is a team effort. We win as a team and lose as a team."

Linebacker/Defensive End Jason Taylor

On overall feelings about the game:

"We have to make plays defensively. We had plenty of opportunities. We just didn't get it done. We win as a team and everybody gets excited about it but we have to take the losses as a team as well."

On taking this game lightly:

"The focus was there. We were prepared. Coach Zorn was expressing the importance of this game all week and therefore I don't think anyone took this game lightly. In this league, you can get your butt kicked on any given Sunday. We knew we would get their best shot. They have a new coach, they are coming off a bye-week and they were re-energized and ready to go. We just didn't play as well as we could play. The Rams came in our house and played well enough to win the game."

On losing to the winless Rams:

"We just loss to a team that was 0-4. If you don't show up every week and treat your opponent with respect, you will end up on the short end of the stick

On offensive guard Pete Kendall's turnover

"We have to tell him not to worry about. He's been in this league for a long time and he knows how to cope with situations like this. He's taking it hard but that is what professionals do. As it pertains to the actual play, he did what 90% of the guys on our team would do in that predicament. He tried to make a play on the ball and it just didn't work out. But we had chances to negate that and make our own plays; we just didn't get it done."

Offensive Guard Pete Kendall

On losing to the St. Louis Rams after four straight wins:

"We were erratic offensively and turned the ball over. It still comes down to being smart with the ball and I wasn't today."

On his fumble that resulted in a Rams touchdown:

"You wouldn't believe it. A thousand things went through my mind. I felt like the ball was up forever. I should have gone with my first thought, which was to knock it down. But I felt if I grabbed it and threw it down they might call it a fumble, so I held on and tried to get it back to the line of scrimmage. My sense is that we were near field goal range, but that's just thinking too much. I've just got to knock that ball down, and we're talking about a different thing today."

On how difficult this loss is for him and the team:

"It is hard for me to know that I let down the 52 other guys in the locker room, the coaches, the owners and the fans. If I knock that ball down, whether we make the field goal or not, we win the game today. Guys in the locker room are upset, the fans are upset and everybody has a right to be upset. I tried to think my way around the field pretty well, and for somebody who thinks about football an awful lot to make a boneheaded play like that is inexcusable."

Offensive Tackle Jon Jansen

On what accounted for this loss:

"I've got to believe it's us making a lot of mistakes. We went out there and turned the ball over, which we haven't done all year long. We put them in a position to have some short offensive drives."

On whether the Pete Kendall fumble cost the team the game:

"You can't say there is one play that cost us the game. I jumped offsides on the first drive, which wasn't a great play for me. There were other things that we did which contributed to this loss, not just that play.

On whether he felt like there was a lack of urgency:

"I didn't feel there was a lack of urgency. I think guys were trying to make plays, but we just went out and made mistakes. You can't make mistakes like that and expect to win football games."

Cornerback Fred Smoot

On the play of the defense:

"We feel like we didn't make the plays when we needed to. We're going to go back to the drawing board, and we're going to get better. We're going to use this as fire and we're going to keep going for the rest of the year. We know what time of team we have."

Running Back Rock Cartwright

On losing this game after winning four straight:

"The past doesn't buy you anything, it only buys you confidence. We had confidence coming into today, but we weren't able to pull this game out."

On whether the Rams won the game or the Redskins lost it:

"It was definitely us. Not to take any credit away from them because they are a good team, but at the same time we beat ourselves. We didn't get the job done today."

Punter Durant Brooks

On dealing with his punting struggles:

"There is no way I am staying with this. I can't worry about it. I have to come out, practice, keep improving, and remove the clutter from my head."

On whether he will watch the tape and try to figure out what is going wrong:

"I am going to watch the tape to see what I am doing. Something is not right. I am going to go out there and relax. I am going to try and get the confidence back because I know I can do it."

On whether he takes any blame for the loss:

"I could kick a lot better, and we all could have played a lot better. We had a chance to win and a chance to stop them. My first punt set up a touchdown, but I also punted one into the end zone which set up a field goal for them."

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