CARSON, Ca. -- Blah. Blah. Blah.
What's the best way to describe the Redskins effort in a blowout loss in Los Angeles?
Blah, blah, blah.
At least that's the way Washington safety D.J. Swearinger described the team's practice effort in the sessions leading up to the Chargers game. And if the Redskins practice efforts lacked getting ready for the trip to L.A., it certainly showed on the field.
Unlike the blowout loss 10 days ago in Dallas, the Redskins never even competed against the Chargers.
In the first quarter alone, the Chargers gained 10 first downs. The Redskins had one.
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No part of the Redskins roster performed well. Kirk Cousins had his worst game of the year, passing for just 151 yards.
The defense gave up more than 250 yards of offense in the first half. Read that again: 250 yards of offense surrendered in the first half!
The game was so out of hand that Los Angeles sat down their starting quarterback Philip Rivers with 11 minutes left in the fourth quarter. Rivers had 319 yards passing and barely played in the fourth quarter!
If the stats seem overwhelmingly bad for the Redskins, it's because they were. After the game Washington head coach Jay Gruden said it felt like he had regressed as a head coach to let his team come out and put forth this kind of effort.
Couple that with Swearinger's comments.
After getting toasted in Dallas, most assumed the Redskins would show up in L.A.
What happens next?
It's hard to know. At points this season, the Redskins played with pride and passion.
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In their first game without playoff hopes on Sunday, the Redskins played with neither.
After the contest, Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams said the team had to find a way to again play with pride, especially as three games remain.
Unless things change, the Redskins won't win another game. That will cause tremendous stress on the players, and the coaching staff.
The Redskins have sustained an astounding amount of injuries this year. It's a big factor in the undoing of their season, especially as things limp toward the finish. Inexperienced players dot the lineup card all over the field.
Still, effort and preparation can come from experienced or inexperienced players. And it didn't on Sunday in Los Angeles.
Without it, the final three games will be nothing but more blah, blah, blah.