Posted from Curmudgeon Corner, Maine
I’m sorry, Mr. Cassell. Did I violate your personal space?
It made no difference, ultimately, in the outcome of the game, but that alleged “roughing the passer” call on Haynesworth is just further evidence that the effort by the NFL to protect a single group of players is completely out of control. The NFL has made the determination that an all out effort to keep Quarterbacks from being touched has greater value than protecting the integrity of the game.
Two weeks ago, a similar call was made to protect Tom Brady. I have heard that the Referee actually passed out when he realized that Brady’s aura had been ruffled. My God… it could have prevented him from correctly ordering a latte at Starbucks had it been left unaddressed. You just don’t mess with a man’s aura.
Today, Al Haynesworth broke through the line, and got to Matt Cassell just as he released the ball. According to the league’s new rules, Haynesworth is now responsible to manage the laws of physics, and prevent gravity from assuming control. What a crock. Why do we bother to play defense anymore?
Oh, Mr.Snyder. What to do?
Everyone in Redskins Nation has an opinion. Many have several. There is a prevailing one…
Fire yourself. You are no GM. You have succeeded in bringing a franchise that was near the bottom in terms of it’s credibility the rest of the way there… to the bottom, that is.
I am embarrassed. 6 games. 6 winless teams. 2 wins (neither of them anything to brag about) 4 losses. The record is bad enough… unfortunately, 3 of our losses came at the hands of the worst teams in the league… well… except for us. Of the 6 games thus played, we should have expected difficulty in only one.
A fan revolt is in the making, you can be sure. The question is, what will you be doing about it? Do you make the changes that you know you must make? Or do you take some superficial, cosmetic action? Do you blame the press? Or do you accept accountability, admit you have made major errors, and begin the process of making corrections? For the record? We know that we have no vote… but if we did? You’re fired.
Fans know the score.
The reality is, there is not likely to be much you can do at this point to salvage a respectable season. The time to do that was in the first 6 games. The Redskins now head into a buzz saw of good teams… each clearly more competitive than ours… with a patchwork Offensive Line constructed of bench players and castoffs. Neither of our experienced quarterbacks have demonstrated any of the talents you would hope to see from a WC quarterback… though I suspect Collins can probably adapt some with time spent practicing with the first string. Yet, your head coach announced at the post game presser, that he has made no decision to pull Campbell from the starting line-up. In case you haven’t yet noticed, Zorn’s a nice guy, and all… but he’s clueless… remember that in last week’s presser, he noted that Special Teams played well (my recollection about Special Teams contribution was a bit different)?
In a way, the loss today may actually relieve some of the pressure that’s been on you. Expectations are now at rock bottom… how can it get worse? This is not the Giants of 2 years ago. There will be no Super Bowl upset for the Redskins at the end of this season.
We, as fans, are now fully aware that a victory will be a rarity this year. It cannot get worse. I no longer believe that it’s realistic to expect this team to compete with this year’s Eagles, Giants or Cowboys. In the past, even when fielding poor Redskins teams, those teams at least had the heart to lift themselves to do real battle against divisional rivals (B. Mitch touched on this a couple of weeks ago). But, if you can’t compete against truly poor teams… the Lions, the Rams, the Bucs, the Panthers, the Chiefs… then you are not likely to do so against a fundamentally sound team… much less an excellent team.
This would be an excellent time, then, to bring in an NFL professional to run your team. Begin the process of constructing a front office designed to build a winner.
That would be NOW, Mr. Snyder.