Who's to Blame, and What Should You Do?
At some point you run out of things to say about the Redskins, especially once you've already used the line about the soggy hot dog bun and the porta potty. So what to do at that point? Why, you quote other people saying things about the Redskins, obviously!!!!
And look, at least of few of you have expressed the opinion that this is just too much gloomy Redskins content, and that I should switch teams. It's a point well taken. Still, I already transcribed all these quotes, and it seems a shame to waste them.
So Chick Hernandez wisely asked his fellow panelists on Comcast SportsNet's Postgame Live Sunday night to assess who's to blame for the soggy hot dog bun that is this season, and that seemed like a fine way to frame this. But first, what should you do?
Qadry Ismail, ESPN News: "Where do you start? You start from the top. I think the problem started from the day Daniel Snyder decided that his MO of winning ballgames is throw money at anybody and expect that all of a sudden your team is magically gonna get better. And again, Jim Zorn is the latest line of coaches where just the continuity of that offense, the continuity of the personnel, they just don't mix."
Brian Mitchell, CSN: "Everybody deserves some of the blame. You start with the players, because they're not playing well enough. Look at the coaches on offense and defense, they're not doing their jobs. And then you cannot go without blaming Vinny Cerrato and Dan Snyder. They put this junk together, and you put it together, you have to own a lot more of the blame than everybody else."
Trevor Matich, CSN: "From the standpoint of just the game itself, 100 percent on the offense. The special teams did struggle, but the defense was stellar. The offense couldn't bust a grape. They just were inept in every way. But Brian I agree with you, I think Jim Zorn, one of the reasons that he was hired was that he would allow the power structure to remain at the top and he was okay with that. The problem is that also trickles down, and for that to work, the owner has to give power and authority TO that head coach, or the players won't respect him. And what we see now is that Jim Zorn is hanging out there without any kind of authority or support from ownership, and he can't motivate this team."
Joe Theismann, ESPN 980: "I guess they're talking about Sherm Lewis being the playcaller. That is absolutely the worst thing that this organization can do. You cannot have someone who has not spent time in training camp, doesn't know the players, doesn't know the system, turn around and call plays. That would be the complete worst thing that this football team could do. Let Chris Meidt call 'em. Let Sherm Smith call em. We talked last week on this show, hey, a change at quarterback, maybe it makes a difference. I'm telling you folks, unless Jason Campbell is behind [a different] offensive line, no quarterback has a chance to move around and make plays....It's not Todd's fault, it's the fact that offensive line is patchwork at best at this point....The offense is horrible. They NEED [fans]. And they're gonna need you Monday night more than you can possibly imagine."
Boomer Esiason, The NFL Today: "Buffalo and Washington I think are teetering on disaster....Washington now, you're talking about a potential firing of a coach in the middle of the season, that would be the seventh coach since 1999 for Daniel Snyder. Those two teams are teetering on disaster."
Trent Dilfer, ESPN: "It's very simple to me. I see the same thing everybody else sees, that this is a bad offensive football team, and I think it's bad personnel on offense. Jim Zorn has not done a great job, obviously he takes the burden for that, but at some point, you've got to recognize who you are offensively, and try to be just good enough to help your good defense keep you in games and win 'em at the end. They've been in some games. The thing that's surprised me the most about the Redskins, I knew they weren't gonna be that good on offense, it's that they're even worse when it matters the most, they're even worse in the clutch."
Darryl Grant, Joe Theismann Show: "This is very hard to watch, it's very hard to be a part of. I just don't know what to say. It's just really bad right now. I think the players are gonna have to rally with each other, if possible. I'm not sure if these kind of guys have that kind of unity, to come together with one another and just say, 'Hey, this has to stop, we're spiraling out of control, it ends right now, it ends for us, nobody else.' I don't know if they're that kind of a unit. They just seem to be defeated mentally across the board. I just think they're down mentally and I don't think they can come out of it by themselves."
Rodney Harrison, Football Night in America: "I'd definitely have to say management [is to blame]. They have the talent. Of course, they drafted the quarterback Jason Campbell, but overall, they have a lot of talent: Santana Moss, Chris Cooley, Clinton Portis. They have talent."
Thom Loverro, Washington Times: "The maroon and black era of the Washington Redskins has to end. Jim Zorn can't continue as the coach of the Washington Redskins."
Michael Wilbon, World Wide Wilbon: "Firing Jim Zorn is inevitable. But that doesn't mean a team where so much is broken will be fixed anytime soon. The line is inadequate, the young receivers still haven't proven jack. Who knows whether the new head coach can find the talent we presumed was inside Jason Campbell. I was at a function on Sunday night, immediately after the game, where it seemed every single person in attendance, many of them longtime ticket holders, seemed affected on some level by the team looking so forlorn."
Jerry Gray, Postgame Live: "We know we have a better team on paper. It's not showing up on Sunday, and we're trying to figure out why."
Chick Hernandez, Postgame Live: "The only thing this Redskins offense has created so far: shame and embarrassment for this franchise."
Tony Kornheiser, ESPN 980: "The Redskins are, I hate to tell you this, one of the five worst teams in the NFL."
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