Panthers vs Redskins :The Redskins will return home in Week 6 when the team plays host to the Carolina Panthers at FedExField. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET. The Redskins look to bounce back in a short week following a tough loss on Monday Night Football with another tough NFC South test on the docket.
NFL Football Week 6
Panthers vs Redskins
Date : Sunday, October 14
Time : 1:00 Pm Et
Panthers vs Redskins
The “NFL GameDay Pick’Em” crew make their picks for the Week 6 matchup between the Carolina Panthers and Washington Redskins.
Before the Redskins take on the Panthers at FedExField, Redskins.com’s Jake Kring-Schreifels and Dante Koplowitz-Fleming provide the storylines and matchups to follow on Sunday.
The buzzword at the Inova Sports Performance Center at Redskins Park this week has been communication.
“From our standpoint there was a lack of communication on the field and we didn’t get it done,” defensive coordinator Greg Manusky said Thursday, which accurately sums up the several variations of how that word was used over the last couple days.
After the team’s loss to the Saints on Monday, in which the defense allowed seven plays of more than 20-plus yards, including a 62-yard touchdown pass that gave Drew Brees the all-time passing yards record.
That play specifically stands out because of the blown coverage – a mental error on cornerback Josh Norman, and one of a few that the Redskins secondary had on Monday. It mostly leads back to communication issues, which the team is determined to solve this week against the Panthers.
“It’s communication, everything is communication, something being busted is communication,” Norman said. “And that’s something that I take ownership of, that’s something to get my guys prepared for it, I have to be more ordered in my steps and what we are able to do and what we are being processed from you know the coaches to the players and that’s something I’ve got to take ownership of and get better as my unit go out there on the field because they look at us to perform and prepare in the way we’re supposed to as pros and we’ve got to do that.
Linebacker Mason Foster, who said the team started correcting all of the issues on the flight home from New Orleans, knows that as the Mike linebacker, a lot of the communication issues come back to him and safety D.J. Swearinger Sr.
On a couple plays on Monday, they weren’t on the same page and the Saints either took advantage, or missed a big-play opportunity.
“We all just got to echo, get the calls out, everybody has to echo them,” Foster said. “Hand signals, you know, dummy calls, whatever it may be it has to be across the board. We know that, you’ve seen what happens when we don’t do it, so echoing calls, hand signals, everybody getting the calls, listening for the calls, and executing. That’s all it is man, you can’t have those miscues and those miscues will cost you big in this league, we’ve seen it before, we’ve seen it plenty of times.”
Head coach Jay Gruden took ultimate responsibility for the miscues and knows those will need to be limited this week dealing with quarterback Cam Newton, running back Christian McCaffrey and the Panthers’ run-option trickery.
“Well it starts in the film room, film study, and then we go out and practice for a reason,” Gruden said. “Give them different looks, as many different looks as we can, and communicate and it carries over on the field. There’s only so much we can do. There’s only so many looks we can give them. We’re always going to see something new.”
Added Foster: “We’re too talented of a defense, too talented of a team to make those kinds of mistakes that cost us big like that. Everybody knows it, everybody’s out there working extra doing what they’ve got to do to make sure it doesn’t happen again.