I foolishly predicted at the beginning of the season that the Redskins were going to end up around 10-6, and in the playoffs. This was after an awful draft, more foolish free agent signings, and, well, more of the same, to be kind.
Watching training camp from up close, I was given a false sense of hope; seeing these athletes closer than ever before, I was in awe of their abilities. Sure, the Redskins are talented, but talent does not mean anything if you can’t make plays on Sunday.
After suffering through a pitiful 2-3 start, I now have come to realize all the things the Redskins don’t do, like...
Return Kicks or Punts for Touchdowns
I believe you have to go back to 2006 for a Rock Cartwright kickoff return for a touchdown. Ouch. While Santana Moss had one punt return for a touchdown last season, and Randle El had one in 2007, that’s it—three in the last four years.
Score a Touchdown on Defense
DeAngelo Hall was one yard away last week, and I simply laughed. This team is unable to figure this out. The 'Skins went all last season without a single defensive touchdown. Good luck winning close games like that.
Score 30 Points in a Game
Well, we're going to have to go all the way back to 2007, Week 16 in Minnesota, where they scored a whopping 32 points. Before that was Week Five at Detroit. So, twice in 38 games (including a playoff game), the Redskins have scored more than 30 points. WOW!
Have a Surefire Starting Quarterback
One reason 30 points is so rare? Jason Campbell has thrown 41 touchdowns in 41 games as a professional quarterback.
This is not starting material. Look at all the good teams in the league today; they have excellent quarterback play. I could not watch an entire Redskins game, and I bet his stats would look something like this: 17-of-24, 180 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, 5 sacks.
He is who he is, and after 40 starts, it's time to move on. Sorry, JC, you’re a sweet guy and all, but you’re a career backup.
Make a Fourth-Quarter Comeback
I am done venting about Campbell, but yeah, those are usually needed to be a great team.
Look at the Redskins draft class from 2007. Seriously, it's hilarious. Draft a safety when you still had Sean Taylor. In 2006, they drafted mostly defense and SI.com even reported the team lacked depth at OG and OT. Three years later, we still have not addressed those issues. God help us.
Have a Real GM
Just because you're rich, and you watch football like the rest of us, does not mean you know how to build a team. This isn’t Madden, where you run play-action a few times, then hit Moss on a fly pattern and score six.
You know why? Because it is real football, against real coaches and GMs. Half these guys come here and don’t care about working hard or earning a roster spot.
Adam Archuleta, Brandon Lloyd, Bruce Smith, Deion Sanders, Jason Taylor, Dana Stubblefield, Dan Wilkinson, Mark Carrier, Albert Haynesworth, Jeff George, Steve Spurrier, Marvin Lewis, Shaun Alexander...these are all failures of the front office.
You pay old, aging veterans one last big contract and it will lead to a Super Bowl, right? Wrong.
Let's look at the players the 'Skins have let go when they shouldn’t have and see how a few of them ended up:
Antonio Pierce (ring), Ryan Clark (ring), Stephen Davis (SB appearance).
Players like these—good character men who work hard day in and day out—were replaced by older and more expensive pieces when they could have been retained.
It makes me sick when a player like Rock Cartwright is not given a chance to succeed as a third-string running back, but Shaun Alexander is signed and brought on the roster for five carries. Is it really just to make SportsCenter and have the Redskins logo on the screen?
The Ravens in 2008 spent a second-round pick on Ray Rice, who is turning into a fabulous player. Guess what the Redskins did with their 2008 second-round picks? Drafted three players who have yet to help at all. (Imagine no Thomas, Kelly, or Davis and instead having three extra O-linemen.)
They traded their 2009 second rounder for Jason Taylor, paid him $8 million, and made the ESPN ticker for a day or two. He did virtually nothing, outside of forcing a fumble against Philadelphia in Week 16.
The 'Skins then go on to release Taylor, who re-signs with Miami for next to nothing. We gave away $8 million—and a second-round draft pick—for one forced fumble the whole season. Well done, Vinny and Danny!
Promote a Quarterbacks Coach to Be a Head Coach
We all know how this went down, and it was laughable at the time. Where is Gregg Williams? Oh yeah, he is undefeated, leading an awesome New Orleans defense.
Some speculate he thought Todd Collins should be the starting quarterback, and he was probably right. Jim Zorn had a chance, and now he is nothing more than a puppet for Snyder and Co.
That is it for now. Please feel free to add more reasons why the Redskins are not very good this year. I am becoming too upset to list more of my thoughts.
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