After another crushing defeat at the hands of a less than mediocre opponent, I'm confused as to what I should be doing from here on out.
I've been a Redskins fan since I was six years old. It would be impossible for me to give them up at this point. It'd be like changing my name.
This isn't to suggest that I even want to give the 'Skins up. I don't. Far from it. However, I'm starting to feel a little silly—for lack of a better word—rooting for this team to succeed.
The loss to Carolina showed that without a doubt, the Redskins won't be competitive again until we rebuild our offensive line. Clinton Portis has lost a step and seemingly the ability to make anyone miss in the open field, but he can still be a viable No. 1 back behind a good offensive line.
Jason Campbell has proved time and again that he has all the tools to succeed. I continue to believe that if the Redskins give him a coach who knows how to call plays, an offensive line that gives him time in the pocket, and a good possession receiver, he can be a good quarterback in the NFL.
That's a lot of "ifs," though.
The defense continues to play like champions though, and I don't think they get enough credit in the eyes of the national media. Considering how many three-and-outs our offense produces and the lack of favorable field position our special teams units have been providing, I think they have been exceptional.
Everyone is going to want to bring up the DeAngelo Hall missed tackle that sealed the game for the Panthers.
But once again, consider the fact that the Redskins burned a timeout on a failed challenge and another at the line of scrimmage in a non-red zone situation.
These things literally make me hate watching football. It is the most frustrating thing to see happen. It also would have made a game-winning/tying drive immensely harder than it otherwise would have been.
These inexcusable errors are enough to make any Redskin fan go crazy. And the worst part: We've all grown accustomed to them.
We're so used to the Redskins making these terrible penalties and mental errors that we're growing numb to the actual embarrassment of their reality.
I could go on and on about how our offense is almost comedically boring but we've all heard it before. The question is, what are we going to do next?
In the end, I just don't know.
As rumors circulate about Mike Shanahan and a multitude of other doomsday scenarios, I think the one thing we Redskin fans should be rooting for is a new offensive line.
Without that, the playoffs are an allusion...regardless of who's coaching the team. We can't beat the Giants because their defensive line is so much more talented than the players we line up to block them. The same is true with most other teams on our schedule.
Since I can't root for the Redskins to make the playoffs anymore in 2009 (at least with a straight face), the only things I want to see happen from here on out are the development of our young players and for management to focus on fixing our most glaring need.
It's a sad season when you realize it's over before most stores are even decorated for Halloween, but we have to be realistic. Expecting this team, this coach, and this offense to be able to win games this season when they are all over-matched is just not fair.
I wish there were better things to say right now, but when you're 2-3 after five games and have yet to play a team that had a win before they played you...well, it's time to get practical.
Start clearing your schedules in April, Redskins fans...the draft is the next important calender day of the year for us.
Still, it would be nice to beat Dallas a few times.