The clock had just struck midnight on the 2012 Washington Redskins season when the focus had already turned to preparing for another playoff run in 2013.
With the bad taste of Sunday’s 24-14 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Wild Card round still settling in, offseason training plans were already in the works.
Riley said he was discussing offseason training plans with fellow linebackers
These discussions occurred, Riley said, before they even left the locker room after Sunday’s loss.
“We’ve already put our offseason workout plan together,” Riley said. “We’re going to work out together, get a supplement plan, diet plan – we’re already starting on that.”
After the game, Kerrigan reflected on what was a major improvement by the Redskins’ defense during its seven-game winning streak to end the regular season, but said the end result left a bad taste in everybody’s mouth.
“It definitely feels good that we were able to pick up our play throughout the back half of the season as a team and especially as a defense,” Kerrigan said. “But, you know, we didn’t get the stops we needed today, so it stinks right now.”
After getting eliminated by Seattle in the playoffs for the second time in his career, Doughty said the Redskins were hurting and hungry for another shot.
“It’s just about knowing that you have a shot – once you’re in [the playoffs], it’s anybody’s game,” Doughty said. “This is a dangerous team that has a great opportunity. That’s all you’re asking for is an opportunity, and we just let it slip away.”
The Washington players are responding to the loss the only way they know how – by working harder.
“This is just a taste of it,” Kerrigan said. “We won the NFC East, got to the playoffs – but we want more. I definitely want more.
“I want more for these coaches, want more for guys like [