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Stadium: FedEx Field | Coach: Jay Gruden
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense10th135.2 (7th)234.4 (15th)
Defense18th110.6 (14th)243.5 (20th)

Redskins report: Inside slant

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The hot topic Monday at Redskin Park was Jim Zorn's hot seat. The Redskins are 1-2 but an embarrassing loss to the Detroit Lions Sunday hasn't helped the cause of the embattled coach.

In any particular order, the players were asked about and talked about: Finger pointing in the locker room, confidence in Zorn as a play-caller, leaders rising up and the Redskins bouncing back from the Lions game.

Linebacker London Fletcher, a defensive co-captain, gave his State of the Redskins address and said the key is not to let the Detroit game linger for more than a few days.

"You try to get guys to stay together and understand that it's the third game of the season and we're still early," he said. "But we can't allow a snowball effect to take place when one loss turns into two losses and three losses and everything gets out of control. We can't allow any negativity to creep in amongst us. If you see it, you need to definitely nip it in the bud."

But how do the leaders tackle that task? As Andre Carter noted, the Redskins are a veteran team so most of the starters already know better performances are required. And if a veteran reaches out to a younger player who isn't listening, chaos could begin.

"It's so tough as far as speaking up because we're a vet team," he said. "You can only say so much. I know what's expected of myself and I know what's expected out of them. Talking can do great things but it can only go so far. We're responsible enough as individuals to say, 'Enough is enough.'"

The young defensive backs had plenty to say.

Cornerback Carlos Rogers said firing Zorn would do no good but that the Redskins lack an identity.

"What's that going to do? Make the team better?" Rogers said. "He has a lot of stuff on his plate to worry about and control this team. A lot of us are still here for him, I think. But we don't have an identity. I don't know what we're going to be on offense, I don't know what we're going to be on defense. Until we establish ourselves as a whole group, that's when things will work out better for everybody."

Safety LaRon Landry said more team unity is required.

"If you have guys pointing fingers, that can be corrected," he said. "We have big time leaders on this team who can say something. As of right now, we're not coming together. It's pretty surprising, but, I don't know what to say about it. Something has to change."

Zorn seemed to be on the cusp of denial during his Monday briefing. He actually said the Redskins are improving.

"In the big picture, things are progressing -- we're getting better," he said. "We're continuing to press on and take care of those details. ... We have tremendous talent on this football team. As coaches we have to make sure we're putting our guys in the right spots and giving them an opportunity and when they have that opportunity, they have to go out and make a play."

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