Wilson says players, not coaches, at fault for secondary struggles

Wilson says players, not coaches, at fault for secondary struggles
October 25, 2012, 9:00 am
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Josh Wilson acknowledged Wednesday that he probably should have jammed Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz near the line on Sunday's decisive touchdown.

“I wish I had got something on him to slow him down,” the veteran cornerback said. “But I don’t know how realistic [that was or] how much it would have made a difference.”

With the Redskins protecting a three point lead in the waning moments at MetLife Stadium, Wilson lined up to cover the speedy Cruz in the slot. But when the receiver burst off the line, he sprinted unimpeded between Wilson and safety Madieu Williams. 

“Getting a jam on a guy is a lot easier to sit here and talk about,” Wilson said. “It’s great to say, ‘Yeah, I’m going to get a jam on the guy every time. It’s great to say getting a jam is going to make a difference on that play.’”

While that may be up for debate, this is not: Cruz's 77-yard scoring reception marked the sixth time the Redskins have yielded a passing touchdown of 30 or more yards and the second time the given up a passing touchdown of 70 or more yards.

For the season, the Redskins have permitted more passing yards (2,299) than any other team and are tied for the most passing touchdowns yielded (16). 

“Right now, the big plays are really costing us,” Wilson said. “We weren’t allowing [those plays] last year.”

Asked whom shoulder the blame for the repeated breakdowns, Wilson said it shouldn't be the coaches.

“It has nothing to do with scheme,” he said. “We’re not stopping the big play.”