Long-term success is the goal
Warpath|October 2020
Long-term success is the goal
It only took two games to see the best and worst of Washington.

The touted defensive line looked so good against Philadelphia with eight sacks overall. It was neutralized by Arizona. So explains the 1-1 start.

The biggest surprise of the young season was how effectively Arizona stopped Washington’s defensive line. Sure, Washington managed three sacks that in most games is a good number. But the pressure just wasn’t there. Washington gained little push back. Arizona stood like a stone wall on many plays. That was impressive.

Sure, Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray danced past Washington for two rushing touchdowns. He’s going to do that to everyone. A very talented player who may be the NFL’s Most Valuable Player this year while the Cardinals are a legit Super Bowl contender. So, don’t hate the line completely because these days will happen.

But you saw what happens when the line with five first-rounders doesn’t dominate. The secondary looks very ordinary. With cornerback Kendall Fuller missing the first two games, it is an ordinary group still learning a new system. Overall, the young ones are playing well, but without pass pressure, they are naked and afraid at times.


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October 2020