A 4-1 start pleases Javon Walker, The offense’s inability to generate consistent results, however, rankles him.
“We’re happy to get the win, but it’s frustrating,” Walker said in the locker room Monday. “I know I’m frustrated, because I’m used to scoring points, used to having a little bit more opportunity to put us in position to score — myself, Rod (Smith) and the other receivers — but I’m thinking (that) it’s still the early season, a lot of big games coming up. We’ve got to do something. We can’t keep saying the same thing every week, (that) maybe we’ll find (our groove).”
“We’ve got to do something.”
The fact that his offense faced one of the stingiest defenses in the league on a daily basis in training camp and continuously throughout the regular season only magnifies Walker’s frustration with the offense’s output.
“Our defense is a great defense, and it makes going into these games even easier — especially for me — when I’m going against a defense like our defense in practice because you’re not going to find one that’s better than that,” he said. “So I feel like going against our defense, we’ve already faced the best, and when you’ve already gone against the best in practice, it makes the game even easier (to) where I think we could attack more. That’s just my opinion.
“Like I said, I’m a competitor, so I feel like any time that I’m out there and I can make a play, I feel like it’ll put us in position to score and then I’m going to live by that and stick to it. I feel like any time I can get the ball in my hands, something good can happen, and I think more points can be scored, but like I said, I’m just executing the plays that are called right now.”
He later added: “The only thing I can be accountable for is myself, and I just know the attitude I take towards the game, and when I’m out there playing, I just know sometimes I’m in the zone to where I know I can make plays, and I feel like if we take advantage of that, I feel like big things can happen — along with the other receivers. We all feel the same way and we all talk about it, so we’ll just come back in practice this week and see where it takes us going into Cleveland.”
Walker’s frustrations — and those of anyone on the offense — were understandable to Head Coach Mike Shanahan.
“If you’re not frustrated, then you won’t be in this business for long,” Shanahan said. “Our offense is used to being one of the top, and when you’re not, you go back, look at yourself and try to figure out why and you work on those things to make sure that by the end of the seasons, you’re one of the top teams.”
And when asked whether one-on-one chats with players who are “starting to simmer” were necessary, Shanahan dismissed the notion.
“Not at all. Starting to simmer? I think sometimes you (the media) take things out of perspective,” he said. “You have to be there, you have to be on the sideline, you have to be in the press box. That’s the nature of this job.
“You want guys who want the ball,” Shanahan said. “Because a guy expresses to you (media) who has made a number of big plays that he would like the ball as much as possible, Javon is mad at himself that he missed that slant route that could have kept the drive going in the second series of the third quarter. That may have been the difference of us scoring. So Javon knows in the back of his mind, he better take advantage of those situations when the ball hits him in the hands.”