Every week, Redskins.com chats with a Redskins coach about a hot topic. This week: assistant head coach-defense Gregg Williams talks about the defensive performance in the Cincinnati preseason game and the progress of rookie linebacker Rocky McIntosh:
"Against Cincinnati, I thought our first-team defense played very well. I think they came with the mindset to play. Anytime you take on an adverse situation in a ballgame, we never complain.
"Field position? That's not our place to say, we have to go out and play defense from that point in time and keep in mind the end zone, force the offense to kick a field goal, and then rush the field goal. We were fortunate enough to knock them out of field goal range.
"When the younger guys came in, we had a few guys who to learn a few hard lessons. The first play you make in a National Football League game, you get beat on a flea flicker. You probably won't forget that the rest of his life, because I won't let you forget it. I haven't let anyone forget it every day in practice and in every meeting.
"I thought Rocky played physical. We will have a chance to catch him up and teach him how we want him to play in our system when you play that stout. The way he takes on fullbacks and linemen, the way he knocks people back--those things I can't coach. He is born with those things and I will catch him up on the other stuff."