Washington Football Team: 5 negative takeaways from loss to Chargers

Washington CB Kyle Fuller (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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5. Poor Coaching Dooms the Washington Football Team

The coaching staff did the team no favors on Sunday and their decisions/play calling contributed heavily to the loss.  Why did Kamren Curl appear in only 37 snaps?  His presence in the secondary was sorely needed at times when he was on the sideline.  What is the reason for not having Montez Sweat in the lineup on the opening drive?

Washington Football Team coaches made poor choices

Let’s return for a moment to the early games of the 2020 season.  Head coach Ron Rivera inexplicably refused to call timeouts in the fourth quarter of several relatively close games.

With several minutes to go on Sunday, the Washington Football Team was facing a fourth and seven.  They were near the Chargers’ 40-yard line.  Rivera chose to punt the ball and Los Angeles ran out the clock.  The decision was mind-boggling and is reminiscent of 2020.

Scott Turner deserves plenty of scrutinies after several drives ended in field goal attempts and several missed opportunities.  Yes, the players must execute, but the coaches must make the right calls when it counts the most.

Bonus:  Left tackle Charles Leno allowed an open path to Ryan Fitzpatrick early in the game and now Washington’s starting quarterback is sidelined for an estimated six to eight weeks, possibly more.  One play can change an entire season and Leno failed to protect his quarterback.