Don't worry, there's a silver lining
I’m going to ignore, for a minute, that the Redskins blew a 17-point lead at home. I’m also going to ignore that they made several key mistakes that snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. I’m even going to ignore the fact that this all happened at the hands of a team that I said shouldn’t even exist. [Note: I probably went over the top on the headline - and for my trouble I got a 2000+ word beatdown from a Texans blog. And they were thorough - analyzing relative market sizes, stadium capacities and everything. I may have to make “Randomly Annoying the Opponent’s Fan Base” a regular part of my repertoire.]
I’m instead going to concentrate on the fact that, for the first time this century, the Redskins may have a competent offense. They scored 27 points! In one game! With Donovan McNabb & the Shanahans you actually have some skill & experience running the show, which hasn’t been common over the years. Let’s look back:
1999: Offensive competency! We’ve got Brad Johnson, Stephen Davis, Stephen Davis-Puncher Michael Westbrook, and, God bless his heart, Norv. What could go wrong?
2000: Danny makes Norv start Jeff George, and then fires him when that doesn’t work out.
2001: Martyball: Three yards and a cloud of Tony Banks.
2002: The Ol’ Ball Coach shows up and brings in every un-drafted or unemployed ex-Gator he can find. This goes poorly.
2003: Patrick Ramsey nearly gets killed on every single play, but Spurrier does not change his protection schemes. He does, however, change his putting stroke from a straight back-and-through to more of an arc.
2004-2007: St. Joseph of Gibbs returns, but is no longer an offensive genius for some reason. Coach Gibbs tries just about everything, from firing himself as play caller to bringing in Al Saunders and his 700-page playbook - but points are still few & far between. That being said, Joe Gibbs is awesome and I will not entertain any opinions to the contrary.
2008 & 2009: The Audacity of Zorn. I’m not even going to talk about this - the hurt is too fresh.
So, the Redskins may not win the Super Bowl, or go to the playoffs, or even have a winning record this year. But they probably won’t have an epically bad offense -- and that, my friends, is progress.
Box Seats blogger
| September 20, 2010; 10:41 AM ET
Categories: Jason Woodmansee, Redskins | Tags: Redskins-Texans
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