When the Skins were beaten up in New York today, a lot of anger had already been replaced by apathy. Surrounded by a decent sized Hanukkah get-together, we turned on the game already making jokes about how badly they were going to lose. That's the 1st real sign of a fanbase that is not really caring anymore. Once the game was rolling and you saw the worst of the worst when it came to play calling, execution and basic fundamentals, you could tell a lot of the players for Washington had mentally checked out.
Hours later I came home and looked at the official Redskins messageboard to find a thread from a long time poster named Bulldog who is a strong realist when it comes to the Burgundy and Gold. I wanted to share that post with you.
The only thing I would add is that this team needs a front office leader to get in front of the cameras tomorrow and give an honest presser on what they've done wrong, and how they are going to make it better. When this administration came in, a lot of us expected them to talk of a process of rebuilding a team that had been so mismanaged for the past decade. But they talked about a team that could compete, and they made trades that cost them draft picks and young players. Like Bulldog said, its time to come clean. This is a rebuilding process, and it needs to start with getting rid of a lot of players who sadly just aren't talented enough to be starting, let alone on an NFL roster. That includes some coaches to me.
We all see that this Redskins' team is the least talented in the NFC East by quite a wide margin.
The offensive and defensive lines are not competitive.
There are no backs or receivers that scare anyone - most have been acquired on waivers or culled from other teams' practice squads.
The quarterback is 34 and has started to throw a lot of picks. There is no backup with any real talent or upside. In fact both backups are 30.
Two or three decent players, Rogers and McIntosh, are free agents.
This team needs a COMPLETE REBUILD FROM THE FOUNDATION UP.
Use Orakpo, Landry, Trent Williams, Banks, and some others as part of the rebuild.
But Allen and Shanahan have to admit where we are.
Because otherwise the danger is to go into the offseason of 2011 with the mentality that a few free agent signings and draft picks will be enough to put this team in the argument.
One offseason WON'T rebuild this. Signing any more 30 year old players is nothing but counterproductive to any kind of long-term growth.
It's going to take time, and it's really time that the folks in charge admit that based on what we see on the field each Sunday.
As an aside - we can be upset over the outcome of this particular game against NY, but I think we all knew the truth several weeks ago when this club lost in St. Louis and then in Detroit and was manhandled up front in both contests.
Any venting here based on the outcome of the Giants game are the same discussion points in a dissection of any of these other losses, and I daresay another others to come in the final 4 weeks
Here is my list of guys who need a fresh start elsewhere.
- Danny Smith - Special Teams coach for what seems like 10 years. Even with special players, he seems to rarely put them in a position to succeed.
- Santana Moss - Good for a drop or fumble every game. With Campbell before and now McNabb, you can tell he pulls up short on deep routes all the time.
- Reed Doughty - Nice guy, but not NFL talented. Seems he is already around when a big defensive mistake it happening.
- Carlos Rogers - Seems to be hurt a lot now, and when he's healthy....he misses tackles and drops INTs
- The whole OL except Trent Williams - Without an average OL, its pointless to add WR's and RB's.
- Clinton Portis - He's done. Should have been put on IR after the 1st Philly game.
- Andre Cater- Doesn't fit 3-4, and never did.
- Fred Davis or Chris Cooley - Trade one of these guys in the offseason for a draft pick please. Again, without an OL, these guys are just blockers.
- (Maybe) Jim Haslett and Shanny Jr. - I feel the offense is say easy to scheme against that its either they just are awful coaches, OR they are too scared to try new things because the talent is so low. I am thinking its a mix of both. On D, they are getting worse and worse. Maybe injuries are playing a part. But the missing tackles and being out of place keeps happening. No fire, no pride.
Time to man up, Shanallehan. Step to the mic and talk to the people before apathy wins out.