4 and 5. No urgency/lack of motivation
We’re not going to call out certain players this week for two reasons. First, we are here to acknowledge that the Washington Football Team is still putting all of the pieces together, and secondly, specific criticisms this week would take too long to analyze. However, general criticisms are warranted and need our attention.
Players need to play with a sense of urgency each game. As division champions, other teams are going to bring their best each week and Washington must realize that beating a reigning champion at any level is an accomplishment – even champions with a losing record during the prior season.
Coaches Should Instill a Sense of Urgency/Intensity
If negative number four is calling out the players for a lack of intensity and urgency, then it falls to the coaching staff to instill that level of play for every game. Observations from most analysts have talked about players out of position on many plays to limiting overall snaps for starters and former first round stars. Many of these decisions in this young season seem curious for now, but we could receive clarity as 2021 progresses.
Is limiting the number of snaps in the first three games by design? Could the coaching staff be limiting snaps for now with the purpose of having fresher bodies during the latter half of the season? It’s entirely possible when we know the season is now 17 games and many of these contests are against the best franchises in the league. If this is the strategy, then it could be a wise move that pays dividends in December and January.
For now, the coaches should do their best to motivate the younger players and have them playing to the fullest potential possible. There are learning curves, but youth is served when they are properly taught and motivated to win.
Bonus: If fans can stay patient for at least two or three additional seasons, it will be very helpful to the organization. Bickering with players on social media and calling out coaches is very counterproductive. The team needs our support and understanding going forward. It is difficult after so many disappointing years, but if the fans want a winning culture in future seasons, they will need to be realistic and supportive after a huge loss or a significant victory.