Its September 28th, 8:30 PM….but to most Redskins fans, they would rather this be December 28th and concluding what is transpiring into a retched season amongst the usual high expectations for this team. Now I will not say that this franchise lost the biggest game in recent team history (I tend to think about games such as last season vs the Bengals, the Troy Hambrick game vs Dallas years back, the Oakland game at home in 2005 or even the Buffalo game after Sean Taylor’s passing in 2007), BUT in the Court of Public Opinion, oh yes, this was THE WORST.
Honestly, If this season is gonna be played half-ass and with ZERO emotion and pride, Id just rather this team just implode (as they are doing slowly) and endure a 3-13 season. Hell, I’d got through TWO 3-13 seasons if it meant for this team to finally take care of the ultimate problem in this franchise, and that is the lack of a capable front office to successfully field AT LEAST a playoff caliber team. Since Vinny Cerrato has been the head man in charge of the front office, this team has made blunder after blunder while the owner, Daniel Snyder has opened his checkbook to NUMEROUS players. Granted, the effort of yesterday does NOT take the 53-man roster off the hook for that performance, BUT the end result of yesterday’s debacle was not an aberration of its just being “one game” or the Skins “taking the Lions lightly”. WE ARE NO BETTER THAN THE LIONS and until this franchise 1st humbles itself and realize that they have proven NOTHING in this league but being underachievers, then maybe some process will be made.
Honestly, and sadly, I dont think anything will happen except the eventual firing of Coach Zorn, even though I believe he is now over his head at this very stressful job. He came to be the Offensive Coordinator but came out of it as the Head Coach….like how does that happen? Have you EVER in team sports, seen a team conduct true business in such a manner? If your Zorn, you take that job in a HEARTBEAT!!!! There are assistant coaches that are either too old (Joe Bugel/Greg Blatche who I will touch on in a moment) or just not very good….who is Sherman Smith and what does he actually do? Its just been a sad, sad, pathetic joke of an NFL franchise and it pains me to even type this because I BLEED Burgundy and Gold but sometimes the truth hurts.
On the subject of coaches, Greg Blatche’s name seems to never roll off the tongues of the fans wrath but it SHOULD because HIS unit is supposed to be the glue to hold this team together until the offense completely gels. His defense gave up 4 drives of over 80+ yards against a Rookie QB (who is going to be a pretty good one I believe) including a damn 99 yarder! TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE!!! Its totally unacceptable for this team to continue to not get a consistent pass rush besides “the new guys’” in Fat Alber and Brian Orakpo. The same ole retread bums Andre Carter, Cornileus Griffin, Phillip Daniels, Kendrick Goldston have proven to be a waste on this team, it becomes a point where you just have to cut your losses. Those guys just simply cant get it done without help, and Blatche and these bland defenses are just not helping the cause. Why is Orakpo even playing LB when he should just concentrate on being the passrusher he can become??? Where are the exotic blitz schemes we used to see under Gregg Williams?? Why is Laron Landry playing 30 yards off the ball??? Why are the DBs playing 10 yards off their man on 3rd downs??? These questions obviously go unanswered BUT if you listen to the man on ComcastSportsNight….he doesnt remember the 99 play drive, but he DOES remember the 2 penalties on that drive. Way to throw your team under the bus, Coach. He needs to take a BIG brunt of this mess right now. We all know the players can improve but DAMNIT put them in positions to DO SOMETHING if that isnt working!!!
The Offense is a continued mess, and it starts with the playcalling of Jim Zorn. Zorn actually let the media infiltrate his play calling by going for it on 4th and 1 on the 1st series. Im not too pissed about that because any good team SHOULD be able to get 1 yard when they need it….but were not a good team right….??? Also, in a game where the Lions only scored 19 points, why in the blue hell does Clinton Portis only end up with 12 carries. I dont wanna hear any excuses because this man was a 1400 yard back last season, you mean to tell us, the knowledgeable fan that our best chance of staying competitive is playing Ladell Betts and letting Jason’s ARM beat us??? That’s just OVER coaching IMO.
The team that started 6-2 last season actually had an identity, a smashmouth unit with Clinton leading the way….this year, its a mumbled mess. Zorn is slowly losing his players (who WILL quit on him, Im a Skins fan and Ive seen our players quit on a coach more than once), and right now, the Fan Base is livid and with all of the bad press this team has received so far in the past month, The Danny should be very very concerned and look to the man at his immediate left for the 1st Change We Can Believe In.