Skins relapse early in 2010
By Evan Bliss
First, congratulations to Sam Bradford for earning his first win as a pro quarterback. Second, thanks to the Rams for not running the score up by being overcautious with Steven Jackson. Yup, it could've been much worse than losing by 14 to last year's worst team in the NFL. (Insert favorite four-letter word).
What's the deal Coach Mike? What are you saying at halftime to produce these lackluster second half performances? Up 20-7 at halftime last week, OT loss. Clawed back from 0-14 to 13-14 at halftime this week only to be outscored 3-16 in the second half? You (still Coach Mike) showed the NFL world you were the head honcho of the Washington Redskins when you refused to let our high priced superstar write his own rules. Wouldn't that precedent warrant players responding to your halftime pep talks? Instead I'd cancel the halftime "adjustment" meetings and watch Gladiator clips or something similar to the Unleash the Fury video that fires everyone up at Caps games. If you (still Coach Mike) continue to stress the importance and success of the off-season conditioning program then it couldn't be that our guys are running out of gas, could it?
In the past we boasted a top 10 defense almost every year. So you toss out our best chance of winning ball games for the sexy and ferocious 3-4 defense. I was 3-4 curious and a bit excited, but I did have one reservation: the personnel. Just because a guy makes a left-handed free throw doesn't mean he should play the whole game with his weaker hand. You get me? Sure it’s a work in progress, and in time could be successful, but with the offense's tendency to stall, winning week after week is going to be more difficult, especially with the upcoming schedule. Eagles, Packers, Colts. All probably looking at us the same way we looked at the Rams: an easy win.
Nothing is easy in the NFL, and any given Sunday anything can happen. Problem is, in Washington, anything happening always happens! Players were seemingly upbeat and genuine about the changes and excitement at Redskins Park, but they've yet to show us any chang on game day. You can give the house a shiny new coat of paint, but you should've fixed the leaky pipes, the faulty wiring, and the rotting foundation before you call the moving company.
Granted, these changes do take time, but we've given years of our time, and still can't answer why any 53 players and however many coaches that show up in burgundy and gold every Sunday can't put together a consistent team effort. I'll continue to support our guys every week, as I have during what I continue to call The Dark Ages, but for a coach -- even one with past credentials -- the sure way to lose a locker room is to do just that: lose. (Insert favorite profane phrase and throw inanimate invaluable object a safe distance from any person, pet, or valuable object).
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| September 27, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
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