Honestly, as a Skins fan thats a realist more than anything, having 5 wins with this inept roster, I would have been happy with “progress” in “changing the culture” (Key word…..remember them). BUT after this Donovan McNabb debacle (and thats exactly what is is as of Friday December 17th, 2010), this season has been a failure at epic levels because of one major thing, the lack of genuine respect given, not to just McNabb, but because of the constant flakiness towards a bevy of situations. People may not agree with me here but Mike Shanahan has treated this team and its fan base on a smaller scale, like a mean parent. The type of parent that says “Its my way or the highway” with no room for flexibility. Maybe in the grander scheme that its a good thing, and we will eventually find out but for TODAY, its become a sad, sad commentary of 2 decades of foolery us fans have had to endure and maybe thats what he doesnt realize.
As a parent of a 2 1/2 year old female bundle of joy, I have had my missteps. Ive had to apologize to her for admonishing her without hearing the whole story. That happens…..which goes back to why I think this is such a debacle, there is nothing WRONG with admitting fault Mr Shanahan! If you messed up and gave up a 2nd round pick for a Qb that doesnt work for you, FINE….just admit it. Just admit YOU’VE been apart of the problem because if we eventually turn this mess around, your damn sure going to take praise for being apart of the solution.
Any normal person with a brain realizes McNabb hasnt been great this season, hell this has been his worst season in his career. But the open disrespect shown to him by the staff could have been handled so much better PUBLICLY. If you wanted to bench him, just do it, say it and move on. Shanahan has done a poor job dealing with this team in all fronts. The Devin Thomas debacle (even though he sucks, just cut the man instead of going through the unnecessary crap), the implementation of this 3-4 defense with NO flexibility to TRY to get something out of your best talent (Albert Haynesworth), and lastly, the Albert Haynesworth saga. I was one of the people to not totally bash Albert for this and I’m sure because of whats transpired these last couple of days have people looking back on the Haynesworth Saga a tad bit differently. Again, the Mean Ol Parent comes to the light “You cross me, you’ll never win my love back, EVER!!”
Out of the 13 games played, the RB position started a player who wasn’t even ON an NFL roster last season 8 times, the starting WR on the opposite side of Santana Moss had a combined 7 catches last season (Joey Galloway with a whopping 7, Anthony Armstrong with 0). How in the HELL do you expect supreme greatness with such a whopping lack of talent?!?! They say there is now “accountability” in Ashburn for these players on this roster and some of these moves have shown that to be the case, but where is the accountability of these coaches? The 1st step in recovery is admitting a problem….. Shana-rat!