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Redskins-Bills Q&A

What are some of the things that have happened in the last, say, two minutes of Redskins games this year?

Let's see, we've had two Redskins game-winning field goals (Dolphins, Jets), one Bad Guys game-winning field goal (Bills), one Bad Guys missed game-winning field goal at the whistle (Cardinals), a botched goal-line sequence by the Bad Guys despite an open receiver (Eagles I), a botched goal-line sequence by the Good Guys despite a power rushing game (Giants), two potential game-winning drives that fizzled (Packers, Eagles II) and two potential game-winning drives that ended with interceptions deep in the other team's territory (Cowboys, Bucs).

The press box vets say "hey Junior, every game in the NFL is like that, har har har," and maybe that's true. But still, 10 games quite literally decided in the final two minutes, most in the final 30 seconds?

That sucks. Joe Gibbs has now coached 60 regular season games since his return. What do the NFC East standings look like in that time?

DAL 35-25
PHI 34-26
NYG 33-27
WAS 26-34

That sucks. Were there any post-game extras from last week you never got to mention?

Well, this, from the St. Petersburg Times's John Romano: "I keep waiting for Joe Gibbs to throw a red flag and challenge his decision to put the season in Jason Campbell's hands."

Also this, from Romano, about Gibbs's decision to go for that second-half fourth-and-one: "The result: Hall of Fame considers impeachment proceedings for Joe Gibbs."

Also this, from the SPT's Tom Jones: "Maybe Gibbs was thinking that if the Bucs stopped the Redskins, Gradkowski inside his own 5 wasn't going to do anything, but still, if I were a Redskins fan, I'd want old Joe explaining that one."

That sucks. But that was last week. People are rallying 'round now, considering the circumstances, right?

According to fans, they're actually chanting "Joe Must Go."

That sucks. What about the chatterers, how are they reacting to the timeouts?

The Fire Joe Now! blog: "Please do this team and its fan the honor of getting rid of this has-been. Let him go back and focus on racing go carts or whatever he does." (Although is on hiatus, out of respect.)

Thom Loverro in the Times: "It was Willie Mays hobbling around in center field at the end of his career. It was an aging Muhammad Ali slumped in his corner after taking a beating from his former sparring partner, Larry Holmes."

The Times's David Elfin: "He seems as clueless as [Norv] Turner or Steve Spurrier."

BillBoard blog: "How in the world can a Hall of Fame coach NOT know that it's against the rules to call consecutive timeouts to freeze the kicker?"'s John Czarnecki: "You want to give Gibbs a pass, considering the horrible week he and his team endured following the death of Sean Taylor. However, Gibbs and his staff is the highest-paid coaching staff in the NFL by a wide margin. If Gibbs didn't know the rules, someone on his staff should have known the rules."

Clark Judge: "Look, I feel as bad as the next guy for the Washington Redskins, but Joe Gibbs does not get a pass because of grief caused by Sean Taylor's death. He should know the rules that forbid back-to-back timeouts, and he blew the call. Simple as that."

That sucks. Can someone compare Jason Campbell with the 12 other NFL quarterbacks who have started every game this season?

Sure. Of those 13 guys, he's 13th in touchdowns, 12th in passer rating (thanks, Eli), 12th in completion percentage (thanks, Eli) and tied for 12th in yards-per-completion (thanks, Eli). On the other hand, he's tied for the fourth-fewest interceptions.

That sucks. Off topic, can you explain why it's so fun covering Redskins games?

Sure, the number one reason is because it's exciting and unpredictable. This holds true for mundane off-the-field matters as well. Like, at Cowboys games, team staffers provide chauffeured rides to media members' cars. That's boring. No drama. No excitement. At Redskins games, you might, for example, need to pay $25 at an off-site lot, get the padlock combination from the lot employees so you'll be able to escape later, hitch a ride from Wash Times staffers to your car, attempt to unlock the padlock in a cold rain, fail several times, and then finally drive underneath the heavy chain while Wash Times staffers hoist it above their shoulders. That, friends, is exciting.

Thank you, Jon Siegel and fellow Wash Times staffers.

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 3, 2007; 9:35 AM ET
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