MNF crew discusses Redskins drama
The last time Monday Night Football came to D.C., the Redskins had just pulled the Sherm Lewis playcalling switcheroo. This meant plenty of Bingo talk for the MNF crew and all the assorted ESPN entities attached to MNF.
This time, the game comes to FedEx only days after Vinny Cerrato resigned and Bruce Allen was appointed Daniel Snyder's first general manager. More drama for a national TV audience, is what this all means.
Devin Thomas has referred to Ashburn as "Drama City," which I like, so I went to the crew's production meeting near Dupont Circle to ask them about the franchise, and to plead with them to drop in a "Drama City" reference during the game. Jon Gruden was around, but he's going with the no-interview policy this week to prevent all the Bruce Allen questions, so I just talked with Ron Jaworski and Mike Tirico. See above.
I also chatted briefly with the Elias Sports Bureau's Steve Hirdt, the father of the Redskins Rule and the source for all the best Monday Night Football stats. He dropped these nuggets on me:
* For all the talk of quarterbacking turnover, this is one of the most stable periods of quarterbacking in the franchise's history. Jason Campbell has started 50 of the past 53 regular season Redskins' games. The last time a Skins quarterback started such a high percentage of games for such a long period of time came during Joe Theismann's final 53 starts, ending on Monday Night Football in 1985. (He started all of those 53 games.)
* Jason Campbell has now thrown multiple TD passes in three straight games. That's only happened twice previously in this decade: Patrick Ramsey did it for three straight games in 2003, and Mark Brunell did it for five straight games in 2005.
* The last time Todd Collins participated in a Monday Night Football game, he was playing for Marv Levy and facing Jimmy Johnson and Dan Marino, with Al Michaels, Frank Gifford and Dan Dierdorf in the booth. That was 1997. But if Collins plays tonight, he still wouldn't match the longest drought between MNF appearances, which was set by Doug Flutie (1986-1999).
* Antwaan Randle El is in the midst of the longest scoring drought of his career.
* Through six home games, the Redskins have one rushing touchdown.
* Jim Zorn is tied with Bart Starr for the following record: most passes attempted by a man who went on to become an NFL head coach. Oddly, both men had exactly 3,149 attempts. Starr's record as a coach was 52-76-3, for a winning percentage of .406. Zorn is currently 12-17, for a winning percentage of .414. It's been suggested that NFL quarterbacks don't make the best head coaches; this might be some evidence.
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