I can only agree with the op, in any sport or anything, practice makes perfect, that's a fact and it will always be like that. Which makes me think, is our defense even practicing? We have seen some lost looks on the faces of some of our defenses players. Practice also brings confidence, and this team needs it on both sides of the ball.
I'm not sure how Shanny is practicing, but I do remember in 1991 Joe Gibbs would have his game plan finished and ready early in the week so the players could practice it all week, and they knew what to do come game day. I'm just not seeing that in this team. I think oldfan is right, it's time to drill this into these players, the plays, the snap count, the assignments and game plan period.
Lets turn this ship around Mike and lets fight like hell for this division this year, whether to early or not, whether ready or not. Be the man and team that wants to stand up and claim this division, it's wide open and yours for the taking.