The Washington Redskins Are On The Brink Of Greatness

Anthony BrownCorrespondent IOctober 10, 2009

ASHBURN, VA - NOVEMBER 27:  Washington Redskins fan Timothy McLeod kneels before Sean Taylor's number 21 at a makeshift memorial for the slain football player at Redskins Park November 27, 2007 in Ashburn, Virginia. Taylor died this morning after being shot in his Miami, Florida home yesterday morning.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Or disaster.

Whatever is going on out at Redskins Park, we are not seeing the full, unaltered picture. The team is on the brink, teetering in either direction. The Redskins are on the verge of great success. Or not.

Telltale signs:

Two of the most admired players on offense, Clinton Portis and Mike Sellers, get in a shouting match--with each other. Monday. Because Clinton tried to have Mike removed from the Lions game the week before.

Sherm Lewis, a distinguished retired coach, was retained to consult with the team under circumstances more likely to cause failure than success. Unsolicited advice is ignored advice.

Lewis is as certain to be called Coach Bingo as he was pointed at the wrong part of the organization.

Defensive coordinator Greg Blache challenged Comcast sports analyst Trevor Matich on the post game show following the loss to the Lions. Matich's October 8 In The Trenches story appeared on Blache gets excused from taking reporter questions for the rest of the season. Those points may not be not related, but they look suspicious.

So, are the Skins on the verge of falling out? It doesn't look good, but let's take a chill pill and remember one thing about the Redskins.

These guys stared at death and spit in its face to made a run to the playoffs. That was just two years ago.

Same players. Same owner. Mostly the same coaches. Same fans.

Daniel Snyder never showed better leadership than he did then. He showed it by rising up and sheltering the team in the face of crisis. He did it for the team. The team responded.

Now, the team faces a little adversity. And it's just a little adversity. Most pundits expected the Redskins to finish around 8-8 or 9-7.

At 2-2, the Redskins are achieving what was expected. So let's have the leader do now what he did then: show public faith in the team and confidence in the personnel purely for the sake of the team. 

If Daniel Snyder can find the backbone to publicly support the team, instead of second guessing them, the team will take its step to greatness.

Then, we will all feel better.