Another Bailout: “They Are Who We Thought They Were” September 28, 2009
We here in Washington sure love to bail out Detroit, don’t we? Let this sink in. We lost to the LIONS!!!! As in, the same team that went 0-16 last year and started this year, 0-2. A loss like this is not just an embarassment for this years team. It’s an indictment of the whole Redskins franchise under Dan Snyder’s tenure as owner. For that matter, the franchise since Joe Gibbs left the first time.
In terms of the Redskins franchise since Gibbs 1.0 left in March 1993, Dennis Green once said it best. “They are who we thought they were”. What, you expected different? It is often been said about the NFL that the great organizations do more “little things” right, more often. Our Redskins (and yes, I say “we” because I live in the Washington area)? Clearly, we screw up more little things than any other franchise, except maybe the Raiders.
It starts at the top with Napoleon with the belt buckle. We pick the wrong players and then insist on paying them 3-4 times what they are worth. Oh, we also insist on a good portion of their contract being guaranteed. That way, we can see them grow old and useless in person. We keep the wrong guys on the roster for nostalgic reasons. We get rid of the right guys (Ryan Clark, Antonio Pierce, Brian Mitchell) so we can have room to sign the wrong guys. We kiss our overpaid star’s ass, pamper them, then blame the coach, and wonder why we aren’t motivated for teams we should destroy (Bengals last year, Lions this year”). We have a backup linebacker rip our fans- who are some of the most loyal fans in the NFL- via Twitter and nothing happens to him. If this was the Steelers? His ass would have been out of there so fast, he wouldn’t have had enough time to clean out his locker. Our f’ing fullback bitches about getting more money and Danny openly obliges. When is the last time a FULLBACK got guaranteed money? That’s like giving a utility infielder guaranteed cash.
But hey, what do the Steelers know? They’ve only won 2 out of the last 4 Super Bowls, and 6 total. However, there is great news for all of the fans. At least the parking situation at FedEx field is well organized. Oh wait. No, it isn’t. It’s more like being stuck on the Beltway at 6:00 on a Friday.
Think about this for a second. The Lions didn’t just win in a close game, no matter what the final score says. They kicked our ass. If it weren’t for a few plays, this would be a blowout. The Moss TD was pure broken coverage. Campbell had back to back passes that should have been picks but were dropped. Stafford missed a wide open receiver at one point. Campbell botched another snap. Did we get screwed on some calls? Sure, we did. But only bad teams need help from the refs to beat the Lions.
Here is what too many Redskins fans seem afraid to acknowledge: we just aren’t very good. The 2nd round triplets haven’t done jack. True, no one throws to them, but you know what? It’s their responsibility to get open and they haven’t done enough of that. Portis is done, at least as a Pro Bowl caliber back. Campbell’s ok, but to me, he’s a backup QB in this league, a la Patrick Ramsey. The D-line isn’t anything special, besides Haynesworth. Even he is only on the field for half the plays when healthy and it looks like he is injured.
This organization sucks. We are a mediocre franchise, lead by an owner who’s a great businessman but a terrible football man. We can either admit this to ourselves, or we can go crazy trying to deny it.
10 Thoughts on Yesterday’s Game September 15, 2009
Here are 10 thoughts on yesterday’s game:
1. Paging 2008 draft picks Malcolm Kelly, Devin Thomas, and Fred Davis. They combined for 1 catch for 6 yards. Season’s started.
2. London Fletcher is a man child. He had 18 tackles. Showed why he is one of the most underappreciated players in this league.
3. Albert Hayneworth is a factor when he plays. Problem is that he doesn’t play every down. Clearly he is not in shape yet.
4. DeAngelo Hall said it best after the game. ” I feel like a guy who couldn’t make a play to save my life”. Well said. He only got burned at least 3 times in the first half alone, on significant 3rd down plays. Though he did have an interception, it was overall a terrible day for Hall.
5. Santana Moss is lucky he wasn’t thrown out of the game for the fight against Corey Webster. Expect him to see a big fine this week.
6. While Antwann Randle El did prove to be a good target (7 catches, 98 yards), he also had that 11 yard sack in the first quarter. He should have thrown that ball to the sidelines when it was clear everyone was covered.
7. This team doesn’t have nearly enough discipline. Too many penalties, too many missed tackles. Is this a function of Zorn’s laid back approach?
8. The defense couldn’t get off the field when it mattered most. For all the talk about this defense being so good (# 4 in the league in points), the fact is that it doesn’t make enough big plays (sacks or interceptions). It also has a tendency to give up long drives, especially in the fourth quarter.
9. Jason Campbell never looked like he was comfortable yesterday. His stats don’t look too bad (19 for 26). But those stats are misleading. The fumble that Umenyiora picked up? Unacceptable.
10. The punt return game is mediocre. Randle El isn’t getting it done. How about putting in Marcus Mason?
Recap- Giants 23, Redskins 17 September 14, 2009
Well, that was fun, wasn’t it? Where shall we begin? Penalties? Check. Turnovers? Check. A quarterback that hangs onto the ball for too long? Check. Drafted receivers that never get thrown to? Check. Cornerbacks that play so far off the ball, you would think they are goalies in soccer? Check. A defense that can’t get off the field? Check. A coaching staff that shows no nuts, except for one lucky gamble at the end of the first half? Check. A wide receiver that gets into a fight with the other teams secondary? Check. Anything else I’m missing? Oh yeah. Giants 36 minutes in time of possession, Redskins around 24.
Look at the bright side. If you bet Hunter “the Punter” scoring the first Redskins touchdown of the season, guess what? You won! Aside from that, not a whole lot to be happy about. As an old Maryland basketball friend, Matt “Psype” Zebersky reminds me, this game WASN’T that close at all. The Skins got a fluke touchdown on the fake, and a late TD when the corners were giving the receivers a big cushion.
Sometimes, stats can be misleading. But in this case, they tell a story. Total yards? That would be Giants 351, Redskins 272. Jason Campbell had one interception and one fumble. My previous post about Brandon Jacobs being the guy who would hurt us the most? Turns out that wasn’t true. Jacobs had 46 yards on 16 carries. But Eli Manning had 256 yards and a 30 yard TD to Mario Manningham. While he’s good, Manningham isn’t exactly Jerry Rice either. By the way, the tackling on that 30 yard play sucked. Lawrence Tynes hit 3 field goals and looked to be helped by the wind. In the first half, the Giants converted 3 third downs. Osi Umenyiora had a 37 yard fumble return in the 2nd quarter.
All in all, not a good day for the Redskins. We will have more on the game tomorrow morning and afternoon. There will also be more NFL notes and thoughts from the games, as well.
Previewing Giants: Stopping Brandon Jacobs September 13, 2009
You don’t have to be an X’s and O’s genius to know what the key to winning tomorrow is. If the Redskins want to pull of the upset in the Meadowlands (speaking of which, thank god the Giants are moving out of that piece of crap next season), they MUST contain Brandon Jacobs. Granted, that’s like a college student saying they must pull an all nighter to get an “A” in their test. Meaning…….it’s a lot easier said than done.
However, the Redskins must stack eight in the box to stop Jacobs. I’ll take my chances with the Giants ordinary receivers. Our secondary can handle Domenik Hixon, Ramses Barden, Hakeem Nicks, Mario Manningham, or Steve Smith. Kevin Boss is a sleeper (full disclosure: he is also on my fantasy team) who has a knack for getting open. But he’s not Jeremy Shockey. Jacobs is the key and the Redskins linebackers must wrap up. Missed tackles will be costly against this team. Ask LaRon Landry how tough the Giants running game is.
Offensively, the Giants defensive line may be the best in the NFL. Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck are obviously the big keys. Yet, I think the Giants secondary is average. Their corners are ok, but it’s not like they have Baltimore’s secondary.
Final prediction? Giants 26. Redskins 14. Hope I’m wrong, but that’s what I’m going with.
2009 Predictions: Patriots Will Reign Supreme September 11, 2009
Ticketgate September 4, 2009
In case you missed it, the Washington Post has 2 interesting articles on the Redskins ticket situation. We’ll have more on this developing story later. For now, check out the links below.