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Same Old Washington Redskins?

ST LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 16:  Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins watches from the sidelines during the game against the St. Louis Rams at Edward Jones Dome on September 16, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Tom NataliCorrespondent ISeptember 17, 2012

We are who I thought we were.

This was a game that I’m used to watching as a Redskins fan: a nail-biting, excruciating, frustrating, heartbreaking loss.

Inexcusable actions were at a surplus for the Washington Redskins Sunday: Aldrick Robinson’s dropped deep pass, another blocked punt and a crucial turnover before the half. They tried icing the kicker who, naturally, made his second attempt. Danny Amendola was virtually unstoppable. Oh, and how could we forget Josh Morgan, acting like a complete moron in the waning seconds, being flagged with a 15-yard unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty that took Washington out of game-tying field-goal range.

Just to name a few. I’d like to expand on a few rants if I may,

Is this year’s punting game last year’s kicking game? Am I supposed to expect a blocked punt every game? This is similar to last year when I expected every kick to be blocked. It wouldn’t surprise me if special teams coach Danny Smith is unemployed soon.

Can we threaten WR Brandon Banks with his job this coming week? He only performs when his back is against the wall. If he’s going to continue to play mediocre football, then I’d rather have Richard Crawford or Santana Moss out there.

DeAngelo Hall continues to be the most frustrating player on the Washington defense. He’s obviously talented, but Danny Amendola made a fool out of him today. Amendola is a good player, but 12 receptions in the first half? 12?!?!

Can we please give Roy Helu the ball more? Alfred Morris has done a tremendous job, but I’d like to see a change of pace every once in awhile.

Where the hell is Fred Davis? With Pierre Garcon out of the lineup, Fred Davis needed to step up. I’m not sure if it’s entirely Davis’ fault, but there is obviously a lack of chemistry between RGIII and the talented tight end. Which leads me to this: what was the point of franchising him? If he’s going to be an afterthought then why is he getting paid like one of the best?

 

I’ve been incredibly complimentary of the depth I’ve seen on the defensive side of the ball. With injuries to Adam Carriker and Brian Orakpo, players like Jarvis Jenkins, Kedric Golston, Rob Jackson and Chris Wilson needed to prove their worth. Jarvis Jenkins doesn’t look good at all. Jackson and Wilson seem to be an obvious downgrade from Orakpo.

Lastly, Josh Morgan. As a Redskins fan, I thought I had seen it all. Well, Morgan changed that for me. The game was clearly chippy on both sides of the ball. That said, he knows he can’t throw the ball at an opponent. He’s lucky that he is a highly paid veteran because something like that could lose a player’s job.

I could probably go on a few more rants, but I think that’s enough.

This game answered a lot of questions for me, though. One, you have to give St. Louis credit. They are much improved under Jeff Fisher, and they deserved to win that game.

Sam Bradford loves playing the Redskins, and he torched the secondary. The secondary was my biggest concern going into the season and that worry was certainly well-founded. Only Josh Wilson played well, though I’d like to see more reps for Richard Crawford.

Most importantly, I learned that the Redskins are not as good as they were initially perceived to be. They are a young team that doesn’t know how to win yet. Good teams don’t lose that game—or at least lose it the way they lost it.

 

I don’t want to speak too prematurely, but today was the same old Redskins. They have lost games like this before. What’s frustrating about today's result is that we’ve been led to believe that this season is to be different.

Losing to the Rams proves that it’s not. Losing to the Rams sums up this franchise for the last 20 years. They had an opportunity to win, and they let it slip away. These losses are so maddening that you wonder if the culture of losing will ever be exorcised from the organization.

 

To an certain extent, I’m glad that this loss happened early. The Redskins were on a cloud nine last week and a loss like this can humble them. They have 14 more opportunities to move forward, to not embarrass themselves like that again for the remainder of the season.

It was unrealistic for the fanbase to think that something like this wasn’t going to happen...eventually. The Skins were going to have a bad game at some point because they haven’t proven yet that they can avoid such outcomes.

Through two games, the Redskins have shown that they can move the ball. Robert Griffin is a very good player. They can create the timely turnover. However, that isn’t good enough sometimes.

So is it the same old Redskins?

Two games into a season, I have no idea nor does anyone else. Are they the best thing since sliced bread, which was the reaction after New Orleans? No.

Nevertheless, it’s going to be an interesting season.

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