If you have watched the 1st 6 games of the season, you’ve basically have had the same gamut of emotions most fans normally feel…pain, anger, optimism, disbelieve, laughter in some respects, and lastly, exhausted.
Lets dwell on this last term more closely “exhausted” . The literary definition of the term is as followed (shouts out to dictionary.com)
ex-haust –verb (used with object)
to drain of strength or energy, wear out, or fatigue greatly, as a person: I have exhausted myself working.
to use up or consume completely; expend the whole of: He exhausted a fortune in stock-market speculation.
to draw out all that is essential in (a subject, topic, etc.); treat or study thoroughly.
That, my friends, basically sums up the collective psyche of Redskins Nation right now. If anyone looked into the stands and saw the empty seats of a “sold out” 90,000 seat stadium, the angst you hear from the fans on talk radio and the hosts as well (including surprisingly the hosts on ESPN 980 not named Steve Czaban and Andy Pollin). We have become the laughingstock of pro sports and have officially sunken to rock bottom. There was actually a paper bag sighting in Landover on Sunday LOL.
Vinny and Danny have now eventually fired Jim Zorn without firing him by now taking away his playcalling duties and hiring a person who hasnt been a coach in the league since 2004 in Sherman Lewis (who may be a good guy) and was JUST hired 2 weeks ago. Imagine if your an offensive player, how would you feel? Its just beyond comical at this point. The offensive line is a joke and the performance the last 2 weeks pretty much stamps this team as the WORST offensive team in my 31 years of existence. Forget numbers and all that others stuff, this offensive line right now does not have a starter who would start on another team today, lets just face facts, its the worst in football and its not even close. The “benching” of Jason Campbell for Todd Collins to “shake things up” basically states that we will be searching for another starting QB at the end of the season. I will not place total blame on Mr. Campbell, but there are certain things QBs must do to SURVIVE in this league and right now, he just cant get it done for this team. I do believe he could very well get it done, but it will be somewhere else sad to say. The receiving core is below average at best, and our best RB is starting to show some wear and tear on a body that has taken a lot of punishment in his 8 years in the NFL.
And with no true young talent worthwhile on the offensive side of the ball except for TE Chris Cooley, there is no light at the end of the tunnel, I’m sorry.
There have been plenty of teams that have won with considerable less talent than the 2009 Redskins, but one thing that those other teams have that we haven’t showed, is heart. Where is the fight? Where is the “team spirit”? I know that’s a term that isn’t used much in pro sports but usually players rally around themselves to turn things around. It seems as if this team lost its emotional leader 2 seasons ago and never found it again. And we all know what happened 2 years ago.
I have tried not to swell on that incident, but its hard not to look at the facts. Sean Taylor was the heart and soul of the team, gave 100% at all times and demanded it from everyone else on his team, they all followed his lead. Why do you think he was so universally loved by fans and even fans of other teams, because of that 100 % At All Times fearless, reckless abandon on that gridiron. People can say “That may be true but we did win those last 4 games and make it to the Playoffs in 2007” and that is true. But I want someone to name a player, at his physical peak, as the leader of his team, IN SEASON, that was lost forever by death? There is none and that is a heavy cloud to pass. I’m not stating that this is the reason for the apathy but I do believe this team is truly missing “its leader”.
Saying anything more about this sorry state of the Skins just pisses me off any more, I just wanted to get that off of my chest…..I’ve been feeling this way for a while….I don’t think I’m alone in this thinking….