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Turner acknowledges, explains some of offense's spacing issues

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Kyle Allen was fooled by the Giants defense on his first half interception last Sunday, but that wasn't his only issue on the play.

Another factor that played a role in the turnover was a lack of proper spacing between Isaiah Wright and Terry McLaurin. Wright was thrown off a bit in the early portion of his route, and because of that, he couldn't clear out in time to give Allen the room he needed to find McLaurin.

Look at how close the two targets were by the time their quarterback released the ball:

Week 6 wasn't the first time this year something like that happened, either.

After Week 4's Washington-Baltimore matchup, ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky posted this screengrab on his Twitter pointing out a similar situation:

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On Wednesday, coordinator Scott Turner acknowledged that he wants to see his group do better in that regard.

"That is definitely an area that we need to improve," he said.

While some have questioned Turner's designs and scheme upon seeing multiple pass catchers crowding together downfield, he explained that those problems arise not because of the play, but because of what occurs once the play is happening.

"There's been some times where we've had to make some adjustments, and maybe a guy will slow down a little early or maybe make a break a little short and some spacing will be off," Turner said.

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Those kinds of mix-ups are surely a result of the vastly inexperienced group of receivers the Burgundy and Gold is featuring. Even if that's a valid excuse, though, Turner and his unit can't accept that.

Whether that means the coach has to simplify some things — especially considering that wideout will be an even thinner position against the Cowboys this Sunday — or his guys must lock in more mentally, they have to get their spacing cleaned up.

Scoring for Washington in 2020 has been hard enough, after all. That means they certainly can't afford to make it even harder on their own.