More From Theismann, Doc Walker, Matt Bowen
You know, when I was a young boy, I used to always tell my teachers, "Teachers, when I grow up, I want to find a job where I sit in bed all day and transcribe radio and TV and Internet interviews with ex-Redskins in which they talk about what's wrong with the franchise, and then post the transcripts on a blog, sign off my computer and go get some more Crispix."
And my teachers used to always say, "What the hell's a blog? And why not Rice Chex instead of Crispix?" And then I'd explain how Rice Chex is all rice, but Crispix has crispy rice on one side and crunchy corn on the other. Of course, I hadn't yet thought up the Bog gimmick.
Joe Theismann, Wednesday, ESPN 980's Sports Fix: "I think management is absolutely culpable for some of this, there's no question. But I think it's very difficult to evaluate personnel--which management is responsible for--under the present state that this football team operates. Now I will say this, in hindsight, when you hire someone with no offensive coordination experience, no head coaching experience, that has to be Vinny and Dan's responsibility. And that is, what it looks like, where the issue lies at this point.
"Because is it the players? And Jim says it, hey, it's on him. Jim has said it, 'It's on me. If this team doesn't do well, it's on me.' That's admirable, but the fact of the matter is, we haven't seen anything significantly different over the last 13 games. And really, if you want to go back to the entire season last year, the reason they were 6-2 is because Jason never threw an interception, and everyone was healthy. And now you have mistakes being made, you have the ball on the ground, and you have a lot more people hurt.
"And when you look at the offensive line, I've said this before, I would sign Pete Kendall. I get Pete Kendall's rear end back on that football team right now, because you need some kind of veteran there. Maybe he's not as good as he was, but I want to tell you something, he's better than rookies at this point, until they get a chance to get seasoned a little more....
"It's exactly what I tell the listeners on Monday morning, your eyes aren't lying to you, and right now, your eyes are telling you that this football team needs to do something different."
Tre Johnson, last weekend, 106.7 The Fan: See here, if you missed it.
Doc Walker, Wednesday, Comcast SportsNet's Redskins Nation: "Leadership is always important. The problem is that you're asking for it, and leadership will come with wins. What it tells me is that you don't really have a natural born leader on your offense, but you can create leadership through wins, and there's nothing wrong with that. But the kind of guy they're asking for doesn't quite exist. Because if he did exist right now, there'd be more black eyes in that offensive meeting room, I can promise you that....
"I didn't play in this era. See, if you played in the era where you weren't financially secure, it's life or death. Not literally, but mentally, you're fighting for jobs, man. There would be somebody here at this Park every Monday working out at your position, if we played the way this team plays at times. And at the time, you didn't have no salary cap. Without a salary cap now, a quarter of your team would be cut. I mean, that's the reality. So people are protected through this [era], and it's very difficult to get 'em to go if you don't have someone who's motivated. And they can do it, but the question is when? When does it start?"
[If you missed that episode, you also missed this, from Larry Michael, who apparently is back on the meds: "Injuries on the offensive line notwithstanding, I think this team could still have a good year, but it's got to start this week," he said. "Good year" meaning what, exactly? "10 wins," he said. Here's a promise: if the Redskins win 10 games, I will go naked on Redskins Nation to personally apologize to Michael for doubting him.]
AP, Wednesday, story on the ex-Skins: "Theismann, for one, said the team is 'fundamentally not sound at all,' referred to how Washington 'mucks along in futility,' called the offense 'inept,' and added, 'What is unacceptable is the lack of effort to do more than just what is required.' "
Matt Bowen, Thursday, National Football Post: "I played for a number of teams in the league, but I still view myself as a Redskin of sorts. But right now, can it be fixed without Snyder relinquishing some of his power?
"And that's what I'm really asking you, Mr. Snyder, because that's what I'm hearing from Redskins fans. And now you're hearing it from me, one of your former players....
"You see, there's nothing wrong with Dan's passion for this franchise, and I could never question it after seeing it firsthand. He loves to win, and you can see the disgust on his face in the locker room after a loss. It means something to him - and it means everything. But to complete that, to run this team and build it into a winner, it's time for Dan to open his door to other options -- and start winning for real."
Ross Tucker, Wednesday, SI.com: "I can't remember being on a team in which there was as much heat so early in the season as there is with the Bills and Redskins. Given those teams' expectations coming into the year and the way they have fared so far, it's hard to imagine Buffalo head coach Dick Jauron and Washington coach Jim Zorn returning next season. In fact, barring a miracle, I'd be surprised if either man lasted the entire season.
"It's difficult to watch these guys talk about their job status on a weekly basis. It's pretty obvious they're as good as gone, yet in this tough profession, nobody is going to allow them to exit gracefully, unfortunately. It's not much easier on their players. The training facility becomes highly uncomfortable in such situations, and it starts with the assistant coaches, some of whom move around like the walking dead."
Nice to see so many former players still taking an interest in their ex-franchise. As for the fans, they've moved on to other matters, like what the proper dress code for the rebels should be. Burgundy Revolution, Fan Exodus, and several other sites have decided on a Blackout this weekend, with all disgruntled fans dressed in black. Hogs Haven, meanwhile, is recommending burgundy and gold arm bands. Remember, fellas, solidarity matters in any revolution. One people, one voice, and all that.
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