That’s how linebacker Mason Foster described his emotions after a 21-9 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in the Redskins home opener at FedEx Field.
But after starting off the season with a 24-6 win over the Arizona Cardinals, Foster told reporters Monday that you can’t overreact to either game this early in the season.
“You can’t be too high, you can’t be too low. You’ve got to find the in between, get it over in 24 hours and be on to the next game,” he said. “You do it quick man, you handle it today and then get right on the Packers. That’s how it is in the NFL, everybody's going to lose games. You lose a game you just got to shake it off, take the coaching, get it corrected, get ready for it.”
The Redskins will have a tall task getting ready for their Week 3 matchup against the Green Bay Packers, as the Aaron Rodgers-led offense is averaging 26.5 points per game.
Pro Bowl linebacker Ryan Kerrigan acknowledged that the best thing the team can do is turn their focus towards Green Bay.
“It’s one game,” Kerrigan said. “Yeah, we lost yesterday, it wasn’t a good performance. It’s one game let’s move on, because Aaron Rodgers and the Packers don’t really care how we’re feeling right now.”
Kerrigan stressed the importance of not getting lost on the rollercoaster that is the NFL season, noting how the mood changed dramatically from the team’s performance at Arizona compared to the postgame somberness after Sunday’s loss.
Similarly, Kerrigan said he has tried not to overreact to his relative lack of production on defense this season. Through two games, he has only recorded one tackle and he hasn’t yet registered a sack. Kerrigan said stats are an imperfect way to judge the production of defensive line play, because most disruptions caused by pass rushers don’t show up in the box score.
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“I mean obviously I would love to have a few sacks and some forced fumbles, but it hasn’t worked out that way the first couple games,” Kerrigan said. “But like I said, it’s something that you can’t get frustrated about and you can’t start worrying about it because it’s still early in the season.”
Foster also noted it doesn’t help to overreact to any single game, but that it was impossible to feel good about Sunday.
“Yeah I mean we understand that [everybody loses], but I hate to lose so I’m never going to think that way,” Foster said. “I feel like we’re good enough to not have the outing that we had today and as players we just have to step it up next week.”
It wasn’t all bad against the Colts. Safety D.J. Swearinger Sr. recorded two interceptions, one off of a tipped pass by Foster, and the other when he broke on a ball intended for Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton.
Defensive end Matt Ioannidis also recorded his second sack of the season in as many games when he took down Colts quarterback Andrew Luck late in the second quarter.
"It’s just like, man it’s two games," Kerrigan said. "Yeah we played poorly and let one get away that we feel like we shouldn’t have, but just gotta turn the page.”