St. Louis Rams wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker (10) drops a pass as Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall (23) defends during the first quarter of the NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
Washington Redskins running back Ryan Torain (46) flies through the air for a gain of 7-yards during the third quarter of the NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman) By Seth Perlman
El running back de los Redskins de Washington Ryan Torain avanza para un touchdown de 20 yardas en el partido contra los Rams de San Luis el domingo 2 de octubre de 2011. (AP Foto/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam
(FootballStL) -- Through the first four games of the season, the words “mistakes” and “frustrating” have been resonating throughout the St. Louis Rams locker room after each game.
The mistakes are from the missed tackles, missed blocks and dropped passes. The frustration can be felt after each dropped pass, broken coverage and penalty.
“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t frustrated,” linebacker James Laurinaitis said following the 17-10 loss to the Washington Redskins. “I think everybody in this organization is frustrated. I’m not the only one.”
“We sound like broken records answering the same questions every Sunday, but that’s on us,” defensive end Chris Long said. “I’d love to answer some questions about what we did right and how we played a great game out there, but we didn’t. We made too many mistakes and we didn’t stop the run, and we’re like a broken record.”
“The worse part about it is we keep shooting ourselves in the foot,” safety Quintin Mikell said. “It’s the same thing every week. We get penalties, we get beat on third down, dropping balls, and stuff that can’t happen. This is the NFL, every week you have to be ready to play. It’s frustrating. ”
““It’s very frustrating,” wide receiver Danario Alexander said. “All of us want to win. We are all great competitors. It seems like it’s so simple to correct, but we just haven’t been able to do it lately.”
The Rams players have also vowed to fix the mistakes during the upcoming bye week and believe each player should be held accountable for the winless start to the season.
““As a leader, one of the leaders, we’ve got to demand more consistency, demand more of not just saying things, but going out and doing it,” running back Steven Jackson said. “At some point, talk is cheap. At some point, talk gets old. We’re all professionals and guys need to be held accountable.”
The players understand that there is no pity for the team’s play and the only way to win is to get better.
““Just keep chopping wood,” Laurinaitis said. “That’s really all you can do. We realize that it’s not going to get any easier for us. Nobody feels sorry for us. We don’t feel sorry for ourselves. Hopefully guys rest up this week after we have a couple practices and just come back with a passion and determination to try to do something about it.”
The Rams’ next game will be at the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers on October 16.