MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Candy victory had in spite of everything come after probably the most colossal of collapses and someday after Sunday afternoon, the Washington Redskins must determine how they got here two yards and a rookie trainer’s gamble from dropping to the NFL’s worst workforce.
However as they stood of their locker room underneath Arduous Rock Stadium, they cheered so loud the noise boomed via concrete partitions of the room subsequent door.
“It used to be no longer the way in which we would have liked it, however rattling it, we would have liked it,” linebacker Ryan Anderson stated as he collapsed into his locker, towels wrapped round his frame and his legs sore.
The scoreboard within the stadium out of doors had already been became off, and there used to be no wish to commemorate a 17-16 win by way of a 1-Five Washington workforce over the Zero-Five Dolphins. The one salvation this afternoon dropped at the 59,808 who purchased tickets for an match some known as “The Ineptitude Bowl” is that Miami Trainer Brian Flores determined to move for a two-point conversion after the Dolphins scored a landing with six seconds left, refusing to let the day prolong into additional time.
Within their locker room, the Redskins, taking part in their first sport since head trainer Jay Gruden used to be fired early Monday and changed on an period in-between foundation by way of Invoice Callahan, weren’t shocked Flores determined to move for 2. And although that they had allowed a workforce that had scored simply two touchdowns all yr to attain two within the fourth quarter, turning a 17-Three lead right into a 17-16 middle assault, they felt calm within the chaos. They knew Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick used to be both going to throw to extensive receiver DeVante Parker or working again Kenyan Drake, and had been in a position for both risk.
The throw used to be a display screen to Drake, who dropped the ball. No longer that he would have long past any place. Washington’s defensive gamers knew that they had the play stopped.
“He used to be going to be crammed,” protection Landon Collins stated.
However as glad as they had been, uneasiness crammed the room as smartly. The Redskins have by no means felt like an Zero-Five workforce this season, who prefer to look themselves as a bunch that used to be a couple of breaks from a extra first rate document. And but they discovered themselves in a loss of life struggle on the finish towards the Dolphins, who’ve stripped their of many in their perfect gamers in a rebuild that many have known as “tanking,” and had misplaced their first 4 video games by way of the blended ranking of 163-26.
No longer simplest had they blown a 14-point lead within the fourth quarter, however that they had didn’t convert on 9 of 11 third-down makes an attempt, had been stored from the humiliation of fumbling an onside kick by way of an offsides penalty, and let Miami move 75 yards in 1:56 on the sport’s finish to attain the landing that arrange the botched two-point conversion. They authorized Fitzpatrick, a journeyman backup in reduction of starter Josh Rosen, to throw for 132 yards within the 0.33 quarter. Regardless of Callahan’s insistence they decide to basics and main points, that they had protection breakdowns and significant consequences.
They knew that even idea that they had crammed the two-point conversion, in addition they had been very, very fortunate Fitzpatrick threw the display screen to Drake that that they had been anticipating.
“We will be able to’t allow them to again within the sport like that,” left take on Donald Penn stated, shaking his head. “We had alternatives within the fourth quarter to position the sport away and we didn’t.”
That concern, although, must wait. The Redskins hadn’t gained a sport since final Dec. 16, and the style of victory used to be just right, regardless of how unorthodox it used to be. Callahan stated he believed the emphasis he had placed on health and self-discipline right through the week had helped his gamers within the sport. He used the phrase “resilient” to explain the way in which the protection had treated the overall mins, pronouncing the unit “responded after they needed to.”
Most commonly, although, Callahan used to be delighted with working again Adrian Peterson. From his first information convention after Gruden’s Monday firing, the brand new trainer stated he supposed to have Peterson run and run and run till the Redskins had reestablished themselves as a formidable dashing workforce. Then on Sunday he did that, sending the 34-year-old Peterson into the road over and over again till in spite of everything he broke via. In spite of everything, Peterson had 23 carries for 118 yards.
Extra importantly, Peterson’s luck arrange quarterback Case Keenum to hit rookie receiver Terry McLaurin with 25- and 33-yard landing passes that helped construct the 17-Three fourth quarter lead.
“That in point of fact complemented what we did within the run sport,” Callahan stated.
Nonetheless, the statistics all appeared hole. Miami got here into the sport with the league’s worst dashing offense and protection. It used to be next-to-last in passing yards allowed and final in landing passes allowed. In comparison to what different groups have executed towards the Dolphins this yr, the Redskins 311 yards of overall offense wasn’t all that impressive.
That they had gained, sure, but it surely got here in a sport that are supposed to carry questions on what number of extra instances they are able to win once more this season. Their protection swarmed beginning quarterback Josh Rosen, sacking him 5 instances and forcing him to throw two interceptions, however that they had little solution for his substitute, Fitzpatrick, within the fourth quarter. The Dolphins had given the Redskins a possibility to dominate, and finally they slightly survived.
A win, although, is a win. And in a near-empty locker room Sunday, Penn sighed closely.
“I’ve been on this league 13 years and wins come onerous,” he stated. “If this used to be simple, everybody could be 10-Zero.”