An argument exists out there that says the Redskins would be better off in the long term if they lost to the dismal Dolphins this weekend. Chris Thompson doesn't subscribe to that line of thinking.
Thompson, like plenty of other guys in Washington's locker room, is desperate for a positive result in Miami and would love to drop the "winless" tag as soon as possible.
In fact, in a one-on-one interview with JP Finlay on the Redskins Talk podcast, the running back specifically brought up potentially going 0-16 in response to a more general question about how hard the start of 2019 has been on him. NFL players usually don't mention that historic record on their own, but Thompson happened to this past week.
"This is really frustrating, but I'm just trying to do everything I can to change this around," he said. "I refuse to be an 0-16 team. I can't let that happen. We can't let that happen. I know it's not just a one-man job, but we got to focus up these last 11 games and find a way to make it happen."
The 28-year-old once lost every game as a Pop Warner player and he has no interest in repeating that this year or ever again. Fortunately, a few things are working in the Redsins' favor that could make sure it doesn't, at least in this campaign.
The biggest factor, of course, is that the Dolphins are bad. Like, super bad. Everyone got that? OK, sweet. Moving on.
The second biggest factor is that the Burgundy and Gold have a new interim head coach. Bill Callahan is in charge now, and while it's difficult to predict how his practice adjustments and newfound emphasis on the run game will pan out the rest of the way, having a new voice leading the roster might raise the level of focus in the immediate future.
As for the keys against the Dolphins, Thompson believes that if the Redskins execute the basics, they'll put themselves in a promising position.
"Limit the mistakes. Control the clock. When we get the opportunities, we have to make the best of it and make some big plays," he told Finlay.
Now, even if the Redskins falter in Week 6, they'll still have 10 more contests to avoid being the third squad in league history to finish 0-16. That said, it'd sure be nice if they just ended all that suspense on Sunday. If Thompson's already pondering it in mid-October, who knows how stressed he'll be come December.
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