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LB wants team to take losing harder

ASHBURN, Va. -- His voice rising in anger, Washington Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington on Wednesday criticized
teammates for not taking the team's losing streak seriously enough.

"The guys that are laughing and joking and hollering like this
doesn't mean anything, they need to reevaluate why they play
ball," the two-time Pro Bowl linebacker said.

Arrington said he confronted teammates whose attitudes he didn't
like on the team bus following Sunday's 24-7 loss at Buffalo, the
Redskins' third straight defeat. He said he did it with an attitude
of "love me or hate me, I want to win."

"If I'm playing my heart out and guys are laughing and joking
and we just lost? You do the math," Arrington said. "I'm ready to
run the game back. I'm not laughing and joking about that. I'm not
laughing and joking about life after I lose a game.

"There should be a time after a game when you really sit back
and reflect what happened out there on that field, and I don't know
how you can sit and joke and laugh and play and have a good time if
you're thinking about what happened during a loss."

Arrington did not name specific players.

"I think some guys are playing well and some guys aren't," he
said. "We all know who we are, and we've got to step it up. All of
us can step it up, but some guys can care a little bit more about
how our season is going."

Arrington has been outspoken all season, most notably when he
said he was going to "get" Warren Sapp if the Tampa Bay defensive
tackle interfered with the Redskins stretch routine before a game.
Last week, Arrington criticized himself for acting "too loose"
and said he would take the lead in getting the team more focused.

The Redskins players' commitment have been under question all
week.

Coach Steve Spurrier questioned the effort immediately after the
loss to the Bills, but he recanted most of his remarks the next
day. Many players have said this week that it's not effort that has
been lacking, but rather the discipline to play assignments
properly and avoid penalties.

Arrington has been as guilty as most. He is among the team
leaders in penalties and has an untimely knack for getting caught
out of position on misdirection plays.

But he said discipline is not the issue.

"I'm doing the best I possibly can do," Arrington said. "I
can do some things better, though. I'm playing good football. I
don't see how I'm not. We're disciplined. All this stuff being made
about being not disciplined is not true."

Cornerback Champ Bailey said he wasn't on Arrington's bus after
the game, but he added that postgame behavior after a loss needs to
be taken into perspective.

"I don't think people take it lightly," Bailey said.
"Everybody has a different way of dealing with things. Everybody
not going to just sit around and mope. It's all in the personality.
You've got to know your players. If you know your teammate, you'll
know when a guy's upset about something."

"Talk is cheap, man. You can talk all you want to, results is
what counts," Bailey said. "If you don't come out with a win, it
doesn't matter. I think talking's overrated. I've had guys give
speeches 30 minutes long before a game and get blown out. It gets
some people motivated, but if you can't motivate yourself, you're
in the wrong business."