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The worst game of all time

So yesterday, I had the joy of going to the Redskins game. I was excited, I had received the tickets as a birthday gift. I know it has not been the greatest season, but they were playing the Chiefs. I mean the Chiefs. Surely, they can’t lose to both the Lions and the Chiefs in the same year right?

This was the third game I have been to in the last four years, going to about one a year. I have to say that this game was disappointing on so many levels. The forecast was calling for rain, but it was clear all day. We didn’t get loss or stuck in traffic on the way to the stadium. We made pretty good time in fact.

The disappointment was  to come. The Stadium was not full at all by kickoff. It looked to be a quarter empty, possibly more. The crowd never got loud on Defense. Some fans would try, but most fans just sat there. Well, sat there and complained and heckled both the Chiefs and the Redskins. The other times I have been to the stadium the visiting offense had false starts or had to burn timeouts because of crowd noise. That was not a problem this time The crowd was almost as loud when the Chiefs were on D.

There was plenty of booing, both the Chiefs and the Redskins. Campbell was booed but so were other players. There was booing at the playcalls, particularly the ones at the end of the the first half. The loudest cheer was probably when Todd Collins entered the game. Which struck me as unfair; is it Campbell’s fault Stephon Heyer was falling down, committing false starts, and only giving Campbell one second to throw? And yeah Campbell overthrew Moss slightly, but Moss had his hands on it he should have caught it. Of course there are other receivers to pass to then Moss and he had to throw the ball away not scramble during a two-minute offense.

But there was plenty to boo about. I cannot recall a game in which the Skins played worse. There offense could get nothing done all day, except for two big plays. And after moving deep into Chiefs’ territory with those big plays they could not get it in the endzone. Special Teams was atrocious with a blocked punt and bad punt returns. The Defense played decent, but let’s be honest – the Chiefs’ receivers dropped plenty of passes. The Skins got in Cassel’s face a few times, and played good bend-but-don’t-break D. But everyone in the stadium wanted to see more aggressive D. There were constantly calls for “Pick 6″! Because the crowd knew the offense was not going to score.

By the time the Skins had ball backed up in their own endzone, down 12-6 with precious little time left in, most of the fans had left. Then Todd Collins was sacked for the saftey on the very first play of that drive. After that we, along with nearly everyone else, also left.

This was a huge disappointment to me on so many levels. The Skins went out there and proved that they are probably the worst team in football. They looked like they did not care, and there did not seem to be any hope for a turnaround any time soon. I have been a Skins fan since I was a kid, and I remember them being bad for many years. I do not remember them ever looking this hopeless, this much of a lost cause.

The Skins were not the only disappointment, the Skins fan were as well. People have every right to stay home from a bad game, to boo and heckle their team but its just sad when a home game does not mean an advantage. FedEx Field is one of the biggest and loudest stadiums in the NFL, and Redskins fans are among the most diehard. But you might have thought the Redskins came into the game losing and 2-4 the way the crowd reacted yesterday.

Obviously, a lot needs to be done to both improve the team and improve the fans’ mood. It looks so hopeless now, I do not really have any suggestions.Here’s hoping we have something to cheer about later this season.


Dear Daniel Synder

Dear Daniel Synder,

I am contacting you to offer you my services as your General Manager. I know you’re asking yourself “Why would he do that? We don’t have a General Manager and we don’t need a General Manager.” But I and many other people think you do need a GM. Unless trading away all of your Draft picks for players you then cut the next season  is some kind of grand scheme.

You need a GM because you need someone to look at the big picture. At Redskins Park you guys seem to have very much a NOW attitude. The Redskins are always going out and signing big free agents, looking for the guy to put them over the top, reach the Super Bowl. Well, every since you’ve owned the Redskins that hasn’t happened. And it is not going to. You know why? Because Super Bowl teams are more than just the sum of the parts; how their parts work together is how they win. That’s why the teams that have won the Super Bowl recently; the Colts, Steelers, and Patriots have built their teams mostly through the draft and keeping their core guys around.

The Redkins need someone with vision. Someone who can recognize the right talent for the your team in the Draft. Someone who knows which players form the backbone of your team and need to stay. Someone who won’t make the massive personnel mistakes the Redskins made last year.

Let’s take just as an example the players you released or allowed to declare free agency this offseason who were signed LAST year. Adam Archuleta, T.J. Duckett, Jeff Posey, Kenny Wright, Christian Fauria, Troy Vincent, and Mike Rumph. What is really bad about that is you brought four of those players in to help the struggling secondary. You obviously need someone who can recognize talent better. I won’t go into mistakes made in previous offseasons when you had a “GM”.

So by now, you’re fully convinced you need a GM. But why me? What are my qualifications?

Well first off I have played Franchise Mode in Madden every year since Madden 2002 came out. And I always get my team to the Superbowl by Year 3. In Madden ’07 I took the Texans to the Super Bowl by year 3. The Texans! I have a deep understanding of NFL personnel because of this, I know that after a player turns 30 he’s going to decline for the rest of his career so I know to draft a backup for him around that time.  But I know that if his Overall Rating is over 90 it’s best to keep him or trade him for someone younger because no one out there in free agency is going to have a higher overall. I know that you can always pick up a speedy WR late in the draft. Sure he might not have the best hands and awareness, but he’ll be a monster returning kickoffs and if you work with him in the offseason he can turn into a nice Deep Threat. read more


Skin's 2007 Draft

What were the Redskins thinking this year? Here are their picks:

ROUND    PICK        NAME            POSITION        SCHOOL
1         Pick 6      LaRon Landry     DS            FSU
2        None
3        None
4        None
5        143        Dallas Sartz        OLB            Southern Cal
6        179        H.B. Blades         OLB            Pittsburgh
6        205        Jordan Palmer     QB             Texas El-Paso
7        216        Tyler Ecker         TE              Michigan

What? This did NOT address the ‘Skins their biggest needs on the D-Line. Yes the secondary did need some help and I’m not disputing their Round 1 Pick. Hopefully Landry will be much better in coverage than Arculeta was last year.  If he gels well and everyone stays healthy and out of jail this could put the Secondary over the top. Landry, Sean Taylor, Shawn Springs, and Carlos Rogers all out on the field at the same time could be fierce.

But what is with drafting two OLBs? I understand the Linebacking core is getting old. But I thought is was pretty much set for at least a season or two with Marcus Washington, bringing in London Fletcher, and drafting Rocky McIntosh last year. Not to mention having Lemar Marshall as a pseudo starter. The Skins needed some depth and youth but they could have waiting for a later pick, AFTER drafting one or two D linemen.

The Redskins D-Line was one of the worst in the league. Look at Football Outsiders breakdown of D-Lines here: D-Line Rankings. Andre Carter came on at the end of last year at LE, so he might actually work out. But  Phillip Daniels at the RE declined last year and is already 33.  And his backup Demetric Evans has never shown much of anything special. Maybe Renaldo Wynn could move over from LE since he lost his starting spot to Andre Carter but he’s old too. Here was a huge team need that they missed. They should have traded for picks, or not acquiring Brandon Lloyd (That would solve a lot of problems.)

The also should have picked up a DT late. Cornelius Griffin is a good Defensive Tackle but he is 30 and a bit injury prone. He generally plays through, but what would happen if got injured for a long period of time? The other Starter is Kedrick Golston. He showed some promise last year and might turn out well. Their best backup at this position is Joe Salave’a. I really like him a lot, but he’s more of a hard worker then a talented player. The Redskins needed a rookie that could be inserting in the starting lineup and be effective if Golston or Griffin went down. They also need someone to look for someone to take over for Griffin in a few years.

The selection of QB and TE was alright in my opinion. The Skins needed some more depth at those positions. But they also needed to get a 3 Wideout.  Brandon Lloyd did not work at last year and it would probably be best for him and the team if he just got of Washington.  Randle El and Moss are good receivers, but Moss missed two games last year and Randle El did not step up when that happened. They need another guy who can take some pressure off and be a third option.

Hopefully the Skins are going to acquire some of their needs in Free Agency because I cannot see them going very far right now.