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Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 12/13/2010

MVP: Must Vacate the Premises, Graham Gano

By Evan Bliss

Losing in the final seconds, at home, on a botched extra point, in a game that didn’t really matter, against one of the few teams with a worse 2009 record, feels like getting kicked in the ribs with steel-toed boots after falling down a flight of cement stairs.

Maybe Washington did get an illegal 5th down to finally get Santana into the end zone, but the referees owed Washington that 5th down. The missed-call hold on Orakpo (surprise!) that led to Tampa’s go-ahead touchdown and the Brandon Banks return that was brought back due to a suspect holding call on Mike Sellers deserved reparations in some form or another.

I can’t stand people that complain about officiating all the time, yet I find myself doing this frequently, which would make me a hypocrite, and I can live with that if you can. The bad calls are merely added rib kicks, post-stair plummeting, considering enough goes wrong on the Redskins’ side of the ball for them to lose close games without any help.

Does Mike Shanahan still believe that Graham Gano is going to be a talented kicker in the NFL, and that it would be a shame to cut him only to have him get snatched up by a rival? I’m gonna have to disagree. Better to add a new kicker now and see him kick in real games, than bring a new guy along for the offseason ride only to see him choke it up on game days.

Dan Snyder knows Tom Cruise, which means he knows or indirectly knows David Beckham, who has a movie named after the brilliant way he strikes a fütbol. Beckham’s getting a bit old for 90 minutes on the pitch, maybe a career in the NFL is just what the doctor ordered.

It’s difficult being down on Danny Smith, but the special teams get the dunce cap for Sunday’s loss. Gano missing two kicks of under 35 yards, which some high school kickers could even call automatic, Chris Wilson’s costly fumble on the opening second half kickoff, and Hunter Smith’s butterfingered selfishness for not even giving Gano the chance to miss the equalizer, were all big game costing blunders.

The real stink here is that the Redskins were playing great football through parts of Sunday. Having Ryan Torain back made everyone on offense better: McNabb, the O-Line, Keiland Williams, the receivers. It really did. London’s defense was flying around and having fun, and he turned in one of his best performances this season. But the Redskins cannot put the whole thing together for 60 minutes, and at times they felt like a completely different team in the second half.

As of now, the Redskins can not have a winning record in 2010, the best they can finish is even Steven at .500, and that’s if they win their next three games. Double digit losses in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2003-2004 if they don’t win two out of the next three……

By Evan Bliss  | December 13, 2010; 10:06 AM ET
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The officials stink every year.

Every call needs to be challengeable. Until they change this rule games most close games will be decided by the refs.

Posted by: dannyboyrules | December 14, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

The officials stink every year.

Every call needs to be challengeable. Until they change this rule games most close games will be decided by the refs.

Posted by: dannyboyrules | December 14, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

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