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Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 12/10/2010

Statistical analysis: Not too soon for a post-mortem

By Brian Burke
Statistical analysis

With Sunday's loss, the Redskins' chances of making the playoffs have nearly evaporated. Their forthcoming schedule put them at approximately a 1-in-200 shot. Although they're not mathematically eliminated, everything would have to go their way from here through Week 17. It's not too soon to begin the post-mortem.

The Redskins' decline through the 2010 season has been remarkable. It's no secret the team has been heading in the wrong direction, but looking at the objective numbers paints a grim picture.

The offense went into Week 5 as the second most efficient, adjusted for opponent strength. Their net passing efficient ranked tied for first at 7.3 yards per attempt (YPA) and their running game was strong too, averaging 4.3 yards per carry (YPC). By Week 6, the offense was ranked seventh. Then by Week 8, they fell to 14th. They currently rank 17th in offensive efficiency with 6.1 YPA and 4.1 YPC, each slightly below average. (League averages are 6.3 YPA and 4.2 YPC.) Their interception rate has climbed over that period as well, from 1.0 percent up to 3.4 percent. (Average is 2.9 percent.)

The defense's decline has been nearly as stark. Entering Week 5, they ranked 13th in defensive efficiency, allowing an average of 6.5 YPA and 3.7 YPC. By Week 8 they slipped to 20th, and they currently rank 26th, allowing 6.6 YPA and 5.0 YPC. Overall, for both offense and defense, the Redskins fell from a peak of fifth in overall team efficiency to their current ranking of 21st.

It's not unusual for a team's fortunes to improve or decline over a season, but the Redskins' fall was both substantial and consistent. It can't be attributed to one or two injuries to a star player at critical positions. Declines like this could be due to several factors.

The obvious explanation may be injuries. No NFL team is immune to them. The question is, how deep is the team beyond its top starters? The Redskins have been a notoriously thin team, lacking depth on both sides of the ball. This would certainly help explain their season-long decline.

Another possible explanation for the decline may shortcomings in coaching. As the other teams of the league improved through practice and study, the Redskins appeared to be at a standstill. Their weaknesses largely went unaddressed and were exploited, while they failed to find and exploit the weaknesses of their opponents.

One last possibility is that the Redskins were unusually lucky to begin the year, and then were unusually unlucky as the season went on. Like most things, the answer is probably some combination of all the above. With four games left on the schedule, it will be interesting to see whether the coaching staff can keep the team's level of performance from sliding further.

By Brian Burke  | December 10, 2010; 10:03 AM ET
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If Zorn had survived last year, he would have been fire for a performance like this year's.

Posted by: Alan4 | December 10, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

If Zorn had survived last year, he would have been fire for a performance like this year's.

Posted by: Alan4 | December 10, 2010 10:16 AM |

But he didn't and this is Shanahan's first year. If people like you ran the Skins we'd have a new coach every year...as it is we're close enough to it.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | December 10, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

I don't want a winning season, I want the highest 2011 draft pick that a 5-11 season can produce. 7-9 or 8-8 will simply mask how bad this team is and how far they are behind the other NFC East teams.

Posted by: coparker5 | December 10, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

In terms of a pick, yes you are right, 5-11 would net a top 10 pick, maybe top 6 or 7. However once you get out of the top 5 or so, the talent level seems to stay the same till the early 2nd round, so to me whether it is the 10th pick or the 20th pick, it doesn't matter. Also, with our major needs being WR, G, and NT, I don't see any of them going in the top 10 this year, so we can afford to win a few games and get a lower pick and still be able to draft someone decent.

I rooted for us to lose the last few games last year so we could get a better player, so I'm not doing that anymore. Right now this franchise needs some momentum going into next year, so if winning the last 4 games this year does that, then I'm all for it!

Posted by: monk811 | December 10, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

It should tell you something about Stubblefield that despite having NFL Rookie of the Year, NFL Defensive Player of the Year, and 3 Pro Bowls on his resume, last year he resigned from his job as: "assistant football coach at Valley Christian High School."

With that resume, can't even get the head gig at a high school. Ouch!

Posted by: Alan4 | December 10, 2010 10:10 AM

It tells me two things Alan. Stubby won his awards for playing, not coaching. And you come up with conclusion completely at odds with your own evidence.

Posted by: mack1 | December 10, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: mack1 | December 10, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Dana Stubblefield going to jail for stealing mail.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | December 10, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

In terms of a pick, yes you are right, 5-11 would net a top 10 pick, maybe top 6 or 7. However once you get out of the top 5 or so, the talent level seems to stay the same till the early 2nd round, so to me whether it is the 10th pick or the 20th pick, it doesn't matter. Also, with our major needs being WR, G, and NT, I don't see any of them going in the top 10 this year, so we can afford to win a few games and get a lower pick and still be able to draft someone decent.


Posted by: monk811 | December 10, 2010 10:21 AM

Except that if that's your logic then the higher pick we get in the first the higher we get in the second. So if there is first round talent early in the second...

Posted by: scampbell1975 | December 10, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

But he didn't and this is Shanahan's first year. If people like you ran the Skins we'd have a new coach every year...as it is we're close enough to it.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | December 10, 2010 10:21 AM

Where did I say anything about getting rid of the new coach? My point is that the team lacks talent, and that's the reason why Zorn is gone in the first place. If it was up to me, Grillims would have gotten the gig 3 years ago.

Posted by: Alan4 | December 10, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

If Zorn had survived last year, he would have been fire for a performance like this year's.

Posted by: Alan4 | December 10, 2010 10:16 AM


Well, as you recall, Zorn was handed a playoff roster by Vinny (eye roll) and Shanahan has not. Plus Zorn had more than 12 games to prove he needed to go.

You've got to be the most knee-jerk reacting dude up here...I mean, what were you expecting this year?

Posted by: brownwood26 | December 10, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

im pretty sure most of us had the season written off either after the detroit game or after the first 25 seconds of the 2nd philly game

i would like to see us win out, but that aint happening

and forget losing out so we can get the best draft pick, that again goes along w/ the theory that 1 great player will get us over the top

hopefully, we can play solid football the rest of the season b/c there may be no next season

i have faith our coaching staff is taking us in the right direction and Lord help us if they aren't

Posted by: retroskins14 | December 10, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

It tells me two things Alan. Stubby won his awards for playing, not coaching. And you come up with conclusion completely at odds with your own evidence.

Posted by: mack1 | December 10, 2010 10:22 AM M

That's a snappy rejoinder, but since when have decorated NFL players been unable to get jobs they lack experience for?

Turn on an NFL pregame show, and you might notice a lot of ex NFL players doing jobs in sportscasting.

You will also notice a lot of ex-NFL players as position coaches in the NFL. It's not the strange jump you make it out to be.

Posted by: Alan4 | December 10, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

The declining defense is clearly due to haynesworth.

The declining offense is because of haynesworth.

If they analyzed special teams I'm guessing, declining, blaming, haynesworth.

These are the declining stats of a team that is brilliantly managed and should release it's most talented players.

Super bowls and dynasties await

Posted by: pabrian2003 | December 10, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Did Stubby not think of the fact that at some point this ex-girlfriend would just go to the Post Office and ask "Why am I not getting any mail?"?

Posted by: kaasmaster | December 10, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

The declining blog definitely attributed to haynesworth.

Posted by: PlayAction | December 10, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

If Zorn had survived last year, he would have been fire for a performance like this year's.

Posted by: Alan4 | December 10, 2010 10:16 AM |

But he didn't and this is Shanahan's first year. If people like you ran the Skins we'd have a new coach every year...as it is we're close enough to it.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | December 10, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

and if people like you ran the skins they'd be anywhere from great to terrible based solely on your opinion and not on talent, win loss record, or anything else

Posted by: pabrian2003 | December 10, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Did Stubby not think of the fact that at some point this ex-girlfriend would just go to the Post Office and ask "Why am I not getting any mail?"?

Posted by: kaasmaster | December 10, 2010 10:42 AM

Not to mention they send confirmation of the change to the old and the new address...dummy.

Posted by: PlayAction | December 10, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

NNNNNNEEEEEERRRRRRDDDDDDD!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: monk811 | December 10, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse


You've got to be the most knee-jerk reacting dude up here...I mean, what were you expecting this year?

Posted by: brownwood26 | December 10, 2010 10:33 AM

I expected exactly what's happening. Because I knew the coach and QB were fired for Vinny's transgressions last year.

As you clearly see, I'm not a big fan of Shanahan. I accept him as the coach, but I never expected that much from him.

Shanny's first 2 years as head coach in the NFL were very similar to Zorn's. And he was fired, just like Zorn. But he got better, and I think Zorn could have gotten better. By not, it's possible Shanny's on the decline.

The knee-jerk guy is Snyder. Personally, I would like a lot more continuity--would have kept Grilliams, maybe hired Zorn as a QB coach (if Grilliams wanted him).

But I support letting new and young guys develop instead of and obsessive and constant pursuit of other team's re-treads.

Posted by: Alan4 | December 10, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: coparker5 | December 10, 2010 10:05 AM

We've become so shell-shocked from 18 years of losing we've forgotten how to be fans and what the point to all of this is...which is winning games and enjoying it. Soon, we will be in the offseason and won't have Redskin games to look forward to. Enjoy them...root for wins! The few draft slots we give up in the process? Big deal. They aren't going to make the difference. The perennially good teams pick at the end of rounds every year. Doesn't stop them.
I know the draft has grown in interest and the offseason is often more fun for us lately than the real season, but c'mon...you're rooting for losses?! Why are nebulous, undefined, future games more important than these games? The "can't miss" prospect you might miss out on drafting...often misses, right? The Redskins have endured a tumultuous season, culminating with a 350lb, long-overdue, enima. A strong December would go a long way to bolstering the the coaching staff and the confidence of the young players we've worked in and would probably make for a more productive offseason. This will mean a heck of a lot more than any draft position will.
I know, strategically, there is a something to be gained with a better draft position. But, did you see the frustration on the face of Orakpo Sunday? Losing is a cancer. A dose of radiation, in the form of winning, this December will give us a leg up on beating the cancer back for good. Besides, if there is a lockout in 2011, you'll be hating the fact that you wished for losses in these last few precious chances to root for the Washington Redskins

Posted by: MColeman51 | December 10, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

The problem is AGE. It is unrealistic to expect a team this old to last the whole season without getting worn down. It's a tough game, and guys over 30 just don't recover as fast.

So the old guys are playing through injuries that a younger guy would be able to shake off.

Unfortunately, this team has so many holes that they'll remain a very old team next year. And a very bad team.

This team is built to start hot. They have a decent collection of starters. But as those old starters wear down or get injured, there's no one behind them.

Remember how Joe Gibbs old teams used to get better in December? This team is built for September.

So yeah, the drama around Haynesworth didn't help -- but they started hot without much help from him. And the coaching, particularly the stubborn insistence on the 3-4 despite lacking the players for it, has contributed. But even inspired coaching and brilliant play from Fat Albert wouldn't make this a playoff team without incredible luck.

And the Snyder-Skins ain't lucky.

Posted by: diesel_skins_ | December 10, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Since your still talking about playoffs…If we win the remaining games then we have a chance of going to the playoffs…That will mean we reinstate AH92 for the playoff game. He’s only suspended for four games.

Posted by: stu_pid | December 10, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Hi Brian,

The answer to your post is simple, we do not control the line of scrimmage on either side of the ball. Over the course of a season this eventually beats your team down, ie injuries, and by the end of the season, the cream rises to the top and the pathetic O-line/D-line we have sinks us every year. Add in some inconsistent QB play and it is not hard to figure out why we suck by the end of the year. The injuries and coaching are just a simptom of the problem, the real issue is that we get beat up every year up front and that translates to significant losses over the course of the season. Hopefully we will continue to address the O-line and D-line..the 3-4 switch has only exposed us further to the lack of quality D-Linemen. Very frustrating to see this year in and year out!

Posted by: 1footballguru | December 10, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Hi Brian,

The answer to your post is simple, we do not control the line of scrimmage on either side of the ball. Over the course of a season this eventually beats your team down, ie injuries, and by the end of the season, the cream rises to the top and the pathetic O-line/D-line we have sinks us every year. Add in some inconsistent QB play and it is not hard to figure out why we suck by the end of the year. The injuries and coaching are just a simptom of the problem, the real issue is that we get beat up every year up front and that translates to significant losses over the course of the season. Hopefully we will continue to address the O-line and D-line..the 3-4 switch has only exposed us further to the lack of quality D-Linemen. Very frustrating to see this year in and year out!

Posted by: 1footballguru | December 10, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: monk811 | December 10, 2010 10:21 AM

Except that if that's your logic then the higher pick we get in the first the higher we get in the second. So if there is first round talent early in the second...

Posted by: scampbell1975 | December 10, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

.....then hopefully they'll slip to us or we could trade up to get them, which I'm against cause I'm sick of us pissin our picks away, but trading up into the top 5 of the 1st round will cost an arm and a leg, but the top 5 of the 2nd round is much more managable! I'd rather win a couple more games, gain some momentum for next year and have that situation then to lose more, only pick about 5 spots higher and have the players feeling bad about the team going into the year.

I knew someone would have a problem with my logic, thanks scamp!

Posted by: monk811 | December 10, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Let this sink in... we're one holding call, one dropped TD, one FG off the upright and one delay of game penalty from having a real shot at Andrew Luck.

Can't wait until next year...

Posted by: Scoonie97 | December 10, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

That's a snappy rejoinder, but since when have decorated NFL players been unable to get jobs they lack experience for?

Turn on an NFL pregame show, and you might notice a lot of ex NFL players doing jobs in sportscasting.

You will also notice a lot of ex-NFL players as position coaches in the NFL. It's not the strange jump you make it out to be.

Posted by: Alan4 | December 10, 2010 10:36 AM

Alan, thanks for illustrating my point perfectly. While it's true a lot of the TV color commentator spots are filled with ex NFL players. That's not same thing as saying "a lot of ex NFL players [are] doing jobs in sportscasting." That because the actual number of players in this role is less than 50. And that's not "a lot." This is what I mean about the odd conclusions you draw from the evidence in front of you. It's like someone hands you apples, cinnamon, sugar and a pie crust and you get busy trying to build a bicycle.

Posted by: mack1 | December 10, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

But I support letting new and young guys develop instead of and obsessive and constant pursuit of other team's re-treads.


Posted by: Alan4 | December 10, 2010 10:46 AM

Agreed...I would love to have a time machine and go back and hire Mike Tomlin or Russ Grimm over Zorn. But there's more than one way to build a team. And if the Ginas can win a SB with Coughlin (a retread) and the Seahawks can reach one with Holmgren (another retread), then it's not outside of the realm of possibility that we have success with Shanahan.

I'm just anxious to see this play out. To definitely say it won't work or to start booking SB tickets for 2012 is crazy...

Posted by: brownwood26 | December 10, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

The declining blog definitely attributed to haynesworth.

Posted by: PlayAction | December 10, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

no that's my fault

Posted by: pabrian2003 | December 10, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

REDSKINS TEAM WITH PAPA JOHN’S TO FEED THE HOMELESS

ASHBURN, VA – The Washington Redskins have signed a special partnership deal with the Papa John’s Pizza franchise to help feed the homeless residents of the nation’s capital city.

Pizza franchise founder “Papa” John Schnatter explained the rationale for the agreement.

“Look, earlier this season, we signed a deal with the Redskins to offer free pizza toppings to our customers for every touchdown scored by the Redskins,” he said. “Given all of the hype we heard in the off-season, we were hopeful and excited about the potential of this team, and thought this deal could really improve our business in Washington -- so we went out and pre-ordered tons and tons of pepperoni, Italian sausage, anchovies, ham, pineapple, olives, green papers, extra cheese and the like.”

He continued, “The trouble was, for all of the hype and fanfare, who could have predicted that the Redskins offensive unit would be so anemic, or that the defensive unit would rate out as the worst in the league?”

Papa John went on to say that he was concerned about being left “holding the bag” on tons of pizza toppings, which would soon go to waste if they aren’t used soon. “So we decided to ask ourselves, how to we turn all of this negativity into a good news story?”

Long story short: the Redskins and Papa John’s will be teaming up to distribute plastic baggies full of the extra pizza toppings to any homeless soul who attends Sunday afternoon’s Redskins game at FEDEX Field against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

All you need to do is find Redskins team owner and head philanthropist Dan Snyder Dan Snyder, wide receiver Santana Moss or return specialist Brandon Banks –- who will be easy to spot because they will be wearing special blue costumes at the gates to FEDEX Field – and calling themselves “Papa’s Smurfs.”

According to Snyder, “It just seemed the natural thing for us to do for the homeless vagrants and bums of Washington. If anyone can empathize with being down on your luck, on a long losing streak, and out of options -- it’s most certainly the players and fans of our team.”

Posted by: Vic1 | December 10, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

But he didn't and this is Shanahan's first year. If people like you ran the Skins we'd have a new coach every year...as it is we're close enough to it.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | December 10, 2010 10:21 AM

Where did I say anything about getting rid of the new coach? My point is that the team lacks talent, and that's the reason why Zorn is gone in the first place. If it was up to me, Grillims would have gotten the gig 3 years ago.


Posted by: Alan4 | December 10, 2010 10:31 AM |

Your insinuation was duly noted. And don't try to tell me you weren't insinuating anything. When someone says "Well if this was so and so he would be gone" clearly the end of that statement is "so this person should be too." You know what? I've been reading some of your stuff up here and I have to put you in the same clueless boat with peabrain...and sink it.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | December 10, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

the pats are 2nd in the nfl in TE touchdowns, behind SD....I'm pretty disappointed in the TE production / utilization this year.....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 10, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

mack1,
I think we can agree that Stubblefield has elite qualifications as an NFL player. If you're elite in your field, you generally won't have much trouble finding jobs related to your field. Give most people Stubblfield's resume, and I have no doubt most could sell themselves as NFL position coaches or NFL analysts.

Even you might be able to do that, if you're not really the disagreeable jackass you're portraying yourself as today.

Posted by: Alan4 | December 10, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

The declining blog definitely attributed to haynesworth.

Posted by: PlayAction | December 10, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

no that's my fault

Posted by: pabrian2003 | December 10, 2010 11:04 AM |

Well, at least we finally agree on something.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | December 10, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

no that's my fault

Posted by: pabrian2003 | December 10, 2010 11:04 AM

...he said with beamish pride, meaning "accomplishment" where he wrote "fault."

The blog is a team sport. We all win together, we all lose together. No one person, no one team of sock puppets, can take blame or credit for the record which has fallen from around 12-4 to about 6-10. It is what we make it.

Posted by: beep-beep | December 10, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Did Stubby not think of the fact that at some point this ex-girlfriend would just go to the Post Office and ask "Why am I not getting any mail?"?

Posted by: kaasmaster | December 10, 2010 10:42 AM

Not to mention they send confirmation of the change to the old and the new address...dummy.

Posted by: PlayAction | December 10, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

My question is why does he need to get her checks? He signed at least 1 big deal when we were dumb enough to get him, what did he do with his money? I swear these footbally players are stupid!

Posted by: monk811 | December 10, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Bean

Pats are playing a different game/league/universe than we are....

Posted by: OriginalOldschool1 | December 10, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Someone please tell me who's fault it is for Christ sake! This is like a sewing circle.

Is it the Evil owner Dan? His former henchman Cerrato? The coaches? What?

The finger pointing in every direction is downright laughable. This team needs some f-@kin continuity plain and simple.

Shanahan sucks. Haslett sucks. McNabb sucks. Haynesworth is a saint. Portis is washed up. Moss is done. Hall sucks. Rogers is a bum. Rabach is the whole reason our line sucks. We have no depth. The list goes on and on.

The fact is it's a combination of many things. It's going to take time to fix them. You all rip Snyder about the win now approach, but it seems to me the fans are worse than the owner.

Posted by: skins91r | December 10, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

A strong December would go a long way to bolstering the the coaching staff and the confidence of the young players we've worked in and would probably make for a more productive offseason. This will mean a heck of a lot more than any draft position will.
I know, strategically, there is a something to be gained with a better draft position. But, did you see the frustration on the face of Orakpo Sunday? Losing is a cancer. A dose of radiation, in the form of winning, this December will give us a leg up on beating the cancer back for good. Besides, if there is a lockout in 2011, you'll be hating the fact that you wished for losses in these last few precious chances to root for the Washington Redskins


Posted by: MColeman51 | December 10, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Well said, MColeman. It will also be easier to sign free agents if we show a winning team at the end of the season.

Posted by: frediefritz | December 10, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

No one person, no one team of sock puppets, can take blame or credit for the record which has fallen from around 12-4 to about 6-10. It is what we make it.

Posted by: beep-beep | December 10, 2010 11:10 AM

I'd like to think the SPG is good for a couple of those losses.

Posted by: PlayAction | December 10, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

The blog is a team sport. We all win together, we all lose together. No one person, no one team of sock puppets, can take blame or credit for the record which has fallen from around 12-4 to about 6-10. It is what we make it.

Posted by: beep-beep | December 10, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Wow, what an awesome motivational speech from our coach. I feel pumped up now, like if we were playing a game, we'd totally kick their asses!!!

Redskins Insiders - 59
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Posted by: monk811 | December 10, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

beep beep...

Posted by: scampbell1975 | December 10, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Bottomline the Skins were a terrible team last year... so this SHOULD have been a rebuilding year. Instead the Skins acted like they could win now. So instead of trading 30 year old players and getting draft picks the Skins traded draft picks to get a 30+ year old QB!!! The Skins went into this season as the oldest team in the league!!! That's no way to rebuild but it does explain why the Skins are getting worse. So now we wasted a year, not the first time under Snyder, But the answer is the Skins need to get young now. Build through the draft, look at what Atlanta is doing, get a franchise QB and build a team around him.. That means a lot of these veterans must go including McNabb while he is still worth something. In fact the only guys I wouldn't consider trading are Cooley, Orakpo and maybe Trent Williams and Landry.. everyone else is available for any fool team that wants them...

Posted by: sovine08 | December 10, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

An earlier post hit it right on the head...until we have not only legit starters and depth on the D-Line and O-Line, we will wear down by this time of year and teams will push us around on both sides of the ball. If you got a legit O-Line WRs and RBs suddenly look like Pro Bowlers. I know it sounds like a broken record but its the truth. We can only fix 1 thing at a time though. So I say fix the O-Line first and at least be able to score some points. Defenses have a way of pulling an occasional great game out of their asses from time to time. If we can score, we can win. Then we can fix the defense. But if you can't score points, you can't win.

Posted by: FedorEm | December 10, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: MColeman51 | December 10, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Well said, MColeman. It will also be easier to sign free agents if we show a winning team at the end of the season.

Posted by: frediefritz | December 10, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

I guess I'm the Rodney Dangerfield of the post, cause I said the same thing earlier!
"I get no respect!"

Posted by: monk811 | December 10, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

I guess I'm the Rodney Dangerfield of the post, cause I said the same thing earlier!
"I get no respect!"

Posted by: monk811 | December 10, 2010 11:30 AM

When I saw that we had the same take on these last 4 games Monk I immediately reconsidered my position. Just kidding (!)

Posted by: MColeman51 | December 10, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

no that's my fault

Posted by: pabrian2003 |

First time I've ever agreed with you.

Posted by: unquiltom | December 10, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Absolutely spot-on in all regards. Some other points:
1. You might add an analysis of the team's age (perhaps oldest in NFL), which along with its lack of depth, has a lot to do with their wearing down as the season progresses.
2. When a team has a big turnover margin, it usually means they have been at least a little lucky, so expect a decline as normality returns.
3. At the end of last year, this team was arguably better than it is now.

Posted by: jos587 | December 10, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Have been a passionate DC sports lover for my whole life (27 years+) and mid MD native from 83’-03’. Skins have always been the team I'm most passionate about out of all of DC's sports teams. I ate, slept, worked, and bled for the burgundy and gold every day of my life. I loved the skins, bullets, and caps and how they compiled an awesome trio of dominate teams to enjoy year round. I at least always knew I could count on competitive performances year in and year out from them all. I could just feel the DC pride growing inside of me at such a young age. In fact, they are among the earliest memories I can recall as a child. It was like “happy first birthday here is a brand spanking new complete Redskins uniform made by Hutch. Its ok if it doesn’t fit and you cant move with it on, you’re a redskin now!” LOL. As I grew up, I noticed a gradual decline in the consistency of all those qualities that became such a huge part of my character. And it was all down hill from there. The Washington BULLETS, the baddest, most gangster team name ever to be shouted with pride and enthusiasm across a NBA venue, changed to OMG……… it makes me want to drink cyanide...... to the ……the wizards? That was strike one. Then, the Washington Capitals go and do something equally retarded and change the best unis in the NHL to those crappy wizards colors? Strike two. Here comes the final straw. I’ve been long gone now for a little over 7 years, thank God, NC is way better, but I stayed loyal and true to DC like I always will. Shook it off about them taking away the bullets and tolerated the time spent watching the caps in those stupid unis but now, you're telling me, MR. SNYDER, that I gotta sit here and watch you pick apart the heart and soul of DC's most beloved sports team and watch you year after year, bring in the most obvious of obviously washed up players and pay them the most ridiculous amounts of money to not only suck at their job, but to cry and complain after the fact, when they eventually get ran out of the triangle area for being one of the thousands of POS players you brought to this team and have all but destroyed everything we have ever known and loved about the Redskins? COME ON MAN!! DO US ALL A LITTLE FAVOR FOR ALL THE BRUTAL TORTURE YOU HAVE PUT US THROUGH AND RESIGN FROM YOUR POSITION AS REDSKINS OWNER BEFORE THE NEXT SEASON BEGINS. If the American public can push for a presidential impeachment, don’t put it past DC to find a way to send you packin’. You may own the team, but people who used to own houses don’t own em anymore, and it wasn’t by their own free will. Take this warning seriously before things get out of control. Where were you during the DC riots huh? We can only imagine. Unless you want a live reenactment in your front yard, you best catch some knowledge. GET OUT, GET OUT, GET OUTTTTTTTTT!!!!!

Posted by: IHateDCSPORTSNOW | December 10, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Zorn went 8 and 8 with Jason Campbell his first year....
Shanahan and McNabb are going.....?

Posted by: tikibar | December 10, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

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