A few things from talking to corners Josh Wilson and DeAngelo Hall, about the 77-yard touchdown pass to Victor Cruz last Sunday; about the scheme and about why Wilson didn’t jam Cruz on the play (he rarely did throughout the game).
On the scheme:
Hall: “We’ve done a great job as far as play-calling and things like that. Ultimately it’s on us to make plays. There’s only so much a coach can do to get you in that position.”
Wilson: “I’d definitely say it has nothing to do with the scheme. We’re not stopping the big play.”
On Giants QB Eli Manning saying he knew what the Redskins would do based on how they handled the two-minute drill at the end of the first half.
Hall: “We tried to vary it as much as possible. For him to say that in the first half he picked up on it and to not make a play until the last play of the game? I don’t know how well he picked up on it. Ultimately he did because he made the play to beat us, but I don’t feel like he made that play. I feel we gave him that play. We just had one guy set his feet and one guy not do this. I could have thrown that ball and he would have scored. It wasn’t something where he was a rocket scientist and he figured something out. We just played that as bad as possible.”
On jamming vs. not jamming
Wilson: “Getting a jam on a guy is a lot easier to sit here and talk about. It’s great to say, yeah I’ll get a jam on this guy every time. It’s great to say that will make a difference on that play. It won’t make a difference if he’s running a slant because if I get a jam and he’s across my face he might be running 77 yards across my face. Getting a jam creates something to put in papers and write about, saying that would have stopped this getting a jam is hard. Yeah, I wish I had gotten something on him to slow him down but I don’t know how realistic that can be and how much that would have made a difference.”
More Wilson: “At the end of the first half when he’s able to cross my face, that’s a huge play. I had to get on my horse to make sure. He could turn this thing up and split the defense. That’s a big play and they know it. He gave me the same walkoff [move at the line] that he gave me [on the touchdown]. It’s pick your poison. Everyone talks about getting your hands on somebody. It’s tough. That’s why he is who he is because he makes everything look the same. It makes it tough for defenses to hone in on what you’re doing. I can’t give him the outside. I have to play my responsibility.”