The NFL is on the verge of the dawning of a new day, Flag Football. In addition to an absurd number of irrelevant flags, with no effect on a given play, the NFL officials are interpreting any contact between any defender and any QB as illegal. In the case of Jeff Garcia and the Redskins, two penalties were called because Jeff Garcia was tackled. The hits were clean, they were within the two-step, not at the head of the QB, in-bounds, not at, or below the knee... c'mon. Let's all just put on skirts and play flag football. Yes, the NFL's slip is showing.
2. Gregg Williams - the best coach in DC.
I love Joe Bugel. I consider Joe Gibbs to be saintly. But the best coach in DC is Gregg Williams. Williams is the field general in command of the Skins defensive unit. Williams has the Redskins playing at the highest level in many years. Hidden outside the stats that show the unit, at, or near the top of the NFL, the Skins defense has excelled in tough situations. My feelings haven't changed for Bugel, nor Gibbs. But Gregg Williams has proven himself beyond any doubt - he's the best coach in DC right now. Without him, the Skins would not have had any opportunity for victory. The only thing his defense has yet to do - score points. So I'm here to ask for just that - Coach Williams would you please put up some points for the team?
3. Are they Dancing?
Watching the Redskins offense reminded me of joke - in so many ways. Specifically, do you know why Baptists don't make love standing up? Because if another Baptist saw them, they'd be accused of dancing. It's not even funny, but neither is this Redskins offense. False starts, fumbles, blown assignments, missed receivers... this is like a boring circus act. This offense is predictable, boring and ineffective. Against one of the NFL's least talented teams - the offense did little more than struggle. I've got a buddy who used to be a police officer. He shot himself in the foot while holstering his weapon. Then, on his fifth day back on the job... same thing. Next time I see him - he shall be dubbed, S.O.U -Skins Offensive Unit. Then I'll run, what's he gonna do - chase me?
4. Coles, Coles, Coles
My man, Laveranues Coles had a great comeback from his dismal performance against the Cowboys last week. He had seven catches for 122 yards, and was Mark Brunell's favorite target for the day. Coles dropped a ball late in the game, squelching any hope for a Redskins comeback. But, Coles fumble didn't cost the Skins the game. I pounced on him last week, but he responded as well as he possibly could. The only thing I'm gonna ask of Coles, is to tell Brunell he's not the only WR on the team. Brunell threw to Coles, who caught almost everything, while Rod Gardner was open most of the day. Coles isn't a go-to-guy, he's the only-WR-on-the-damn-field-guy. Something's gotta give...soon.
I was driving home with my wife the other night, and a rabbit darted out in front of us. I saw it, hit the brakes and avoided the little bugger, and without the use of oxygen. My wife has a way of making a noise, a quick inhale that removes all available oxygen...is it just me? Every time Clinton Portis touches the ball - same sound. She sees something in him. I think we all do. Just as he did against the Bucs in Week One, Portis has the ability to be a game-breaker. It's that potential that keeps us on the edge of our seats. Portis has done a poor job of hanging on to the football, and it's cost the Redskins dearly. I don't mind going without air for a few minutes, seeing spots and a little dizziness - if Portis is taking the ball into the end zone. But when he fumbles, I don't have the luxury of saying all the things I'd like to say... because of the lack of oxygen-thing. Please, be the TD-scoring-Portis. The fumble-Portis is killing me.
6. Rumble in Maryland
This week, the rumble between the Ravens and Redskins brings the fight home. The Ravens are coming off a disappointing loss, sound familiar? They're struggling on offense, with one of the best RB's in the league, sound familiar? They have a talented defense with a mix of young players and experienced veterans...hum? The Ravens come to Fed Ex Field needing everything the Redskins need - a WIN. This game will be a gut check, especially for the Redskins. In their own home field, against a good team - the Redskins must respond. Redskin Pride is on the line Sunday Night!