Stud: Cole Holcomb
Cole Holcomb wasn’t spectacular, but he forced Washington’s first turnover since Week 1 (!) when he intercepted Winston on the Saints’ first possession. The WFT’s linebacking corps has been ridiculed by fans this season, and rightly so, but Holcomb has quietly been a consistent presence in the middle of the D.
A deserved first-time stud nomination for Holcomb.
Dud: Safety tandem
For any young aspiring safeties out there, the display Landon Collins and Bobby McCain put forth on Sunday is NOT how the position is supposed to be played. Seriously, don’t replicate anything Washington’s DB tandem did against the Saints.
Miscommunication and long touchdowns seem to go hand-in-hand with Collins these days, as the former All-Pro was torched on Harris’ 72-yarder in the first quarter. He didn’t give Jackson any help over the top and found himself chasing the back of Harris’ jersey until the Saints receiver crossed the end zone.
Collins was also seemingly at fault on the Hail Mary, as he got turned around in coverage and offered up a lame attempt to try and bat the pass down before it landed in the welcoming arms of Marquez Callaway.
Lost would be an understatement, but let’s move to Bobby McCain.
McCain stole headlines this week when he unleashed a profanity-laced tirade at the media, which, in his eyes, was out of line for seeking insight into Washington’s secondary struggles. You simply have to perform after you call out reporters and McCain didn’t answer the bell.
McCain blew a prime chance to bring down Kamara on his 23-yard TD run. The seventh-year pro did everything you’re told not to do when tackling in the open field. Kamara didn’t even break his stride on the play.
It’ll be interesting to see what McCain has to say this week. That is, if Washington even allows him to step in front of the microphone again.