Golston: We need to win, but the leash is short
As one of the longest tenured Redskins, Kedric Golston has been through a lot.
He’s experienced a four-win season. He’s been a part of two NFC East championship teams. He’s seen six-game losing streaks and seven-game winning streaks.
And yet, he still can’t quite figure out what’s wrong with the current Redskins. Despite bringing back 21 of 22 starters from last year’s 10-6 team, they're 3-6, they've blown double-digit second half leads in each of the past three games and they haven’t mustered back-to-back wins all season.
“It was disappointing,” Golston said of Thursday’s collapse in Minnesota. “We had a chance to be 4-5 and we missed out on it. That would have put us in a great situation in the division.”
“We had the game in hand and we let it go," the veteran defensive end continued. "That is what's frustrating. We’re tired of putting ourselves in that situation. We understand that we have to put a full game together, a full 60 minutes, and that’s where the frustration has come from. We’ve been real inconsistent.”
The frustration, though, hasn’t led to despair—yet, at least. In fact, Golston said he and his teammates feel fortunate to still be in the hunt for a postseason berth given their record.
“To be 3-6 and still have a chance in the fight is definitely something we can’t take for granted,” he said. “But understand, we have to correct the things we need to correct to win football games because the leash is short. And that’s pretty much the fact of the matter.”
When Golston says the leash is short, he’s talking inches. As in, a loss to the Eagles on Sunday could be it. And even with a win, it won’t mean a whole lot if they don’t back it up with at least five more.
That said, Golston said he remains confident in his teammates' ability to pull it together down the stretch.
“Obviously you can [go on a run], that’s why you go and play the game,” he said. “But it’s an uphill battle. You’re naïve if you say that it’s not. But it’s our job to come here and prepare to win every football game. Last year doesn’t have anything to do it. It’s about this year and the guys we have in this locker room. I know we have the right guys and we’re up for a challenge.”
And they’re going to get one at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday afternoon. Eagles quarterback Nick Foles is the hottest player in the NFL right now, having thrown 10 touchdowns and no interceptions in back-to-back wins over the Raiders and Packers. Wide receiver Riley Cooper, meantime, has been on the other end of five of those scoring passes.
Add a surging offense to a defense that hasn't allowed more than 21 points the past six weeks, and the Redskins figure to have their hands full.
“They had their woes a few weeks [after beating the Redskins in the season opener] but now, as you can see, they have hit their stride,” Golston said of the Eagles. “They are playing real well. The defense is playing a lot better. So we understand that this is a team that can put up points extremely fast. They still have all of the weapons with Riley Cooper, LeSean McCoy. So we understand that challenges that they give us. But it’s going to up to us to go out there and stop them.”
“We’re more than capable,” Golston added after a brief pause, “but obviously talk is cheap.”