Scooter's 6 Pack: Packers
By: Scott Moore 
Posted: 2004-11-03
Category: Washington Redskins News
1. So Close

When Clinton Portis ran into the endzone, I was rounding the sofa with both hands in the air. I was yelling something, mostly for the sake of yelling. My dog was jumping up and down, then she turned suddenly toward the TV. What do you mean, "a flag." The penalty was correct, even if it was Mickey Mouse. The missed interference call, resulting in the interception, sealed the defeat. The Redskins didn't play their best football, but we were in the game until the end. Small victory? No, not for me either.

2. Hail Mary - you ain't kidding!

With :07 on the clock, the ball at our own 45-yard-line, in the first half of Sunday's game - the 'Hail Mary' was called. This was no usual 'Hail Mary,' Mark Brunell couldn't throw the ball into the endzone. It was batted down, like most Hail Mary's are. But this one was batted down at the 10-yard-line. The set of circumstances required for a Brunell pass to travel 60 yards are: Hurricane force winds; A very big seagull, who is also very hungry; The seagull then spitting out the ball after carrying it 10 yards. Hail Mary's don't belong in our playbook with Brunell at the helm.

3. What Time Is It?

I like Mark Brunell. I think he's an upstanding, give-it-all-you-got, team-first, very smart guy. The problem? He can't buy time, borrow time, run, throw or manage the clock... he's really, really nice though. It's Ramsey Time! In fact, it's been Ramsey time for weeks. It's been Ramsey time all season. Well, better late than never. But 'late' is going to be another week of watching the same old guy, not making the same old plays. It's not only time for a change, it's been time to change since the first day of training camp. Or, maybe we could find a 13 foot tall WR? C'mon Coach, put the kid in!

4. D-liver Us

The defense played another solid game against the Packers. Brett Favre is, and has been one of the best to play the position in the history of the game. Still, the Skins shut down the Packers run game; held the Pack to 3- second half-points; and forced enough turnovers to keep the Skins in the game. It's hard to pinpoint one player, because this unit plays so well together. The defense has kept the Redskins in every game to-date. Now, if they could just find a way to put points on the board - they could deliver us a win!

5. Note to Sean Taylor

There have been several talented guys that never had success in the NFL. Jeff George had so much talent, he got five chances to prove himself. In the end, he was as in the beginning, a punk with talent. Sean Taylor has more raw talent than any football player on the Redskins roster - bar none. People pay money and watch their TV's to see players like Sean Taylor play. Instead, he wasn't even on the sidelines vs. the Packers. Rightfully so, Coach Gibbs "rested" the young star. Everybody makes mistakes, but most of us don't make mistakes that everyone hears about on a daily basis. I hope and believe that Sean Taylor will become a superstar - on and off the field. It took me 30 years to grow up, but it's better late than never. In the NFL, the clock starts ticking early - I'm pulling for you Sean!

6. Lambs to Lions

Steve Mariucci is building a winner in Detroit - of all places. Veterans and youngsters in the Motor City are starting to think they can win. While many around the league still consider Detroit an easy "W," as did the Giants and Falcons. The Lions are on the verge of becoming a good team. At 4-3, they're not there yet, but they are moving in the right direction. The Skins shouldn't consider any team an easy "W," especially not this Lions team - in Detroit. Certainly, they are beatable - but don't take them lightly. The Lambs have become Lions.

-- Scooter
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