The Washington Redskins have been talked about on the national stage for the past couple of weeks. But tonight they finally showed the country just how bad it is in the nation's capital.
In a game driven by momentum, Antwaan Randle El essentially ended the Redskins night with a botched punt that quickly turned into points shortly before half time. The second half was sloppy on both sides, with both teams missing out on easy opportunities, of course the Redskins missing more than their fair share.
But as the Redskins go in to their bye week with a dismal 2-5 record, I did see some bright spots on Monday night.
How about 2/3 of the first three draft picks from 2008 showing up when they were needed. Devin Thomas caught his first career touchdown pass and finished with three catches for 45 yards.Next, Fred Davis who had to step up after an injury to Chris Cooley (who by the way I lost a lot of respect for with that bleach-blonde hair), filled in nicely. He was called on a lot and came through with 8 catches for 78 yards. He did drop a touchdown pass, but turned around the next play and made up for it.
As far as the play calling is concerned, I will just say it was better. I thought Sherm Lewis dialed up some great well timed plays, then there were just a few plays that were called, that I thought maybe Jim Zorn had called? But really the execution was poor once again. No surprise, but Jason Campbell showed once again he is incapable of giving his offense a chance to move down the field and be successful.
The scrap offensive line protected as well as they could against the best blitzing defense in the NFL, but Jason Campbell has no confidence and it continues to bleed through.
The defense which continues to do play as well as it can, yeah it gave up some big plays, but they gave up 20 points, including times when they were put on the field with their backs against the wall with a short field. But inopportune penalties and offensive muffs cost us the game tonight.
Going into the bye week, if I were the Redskins I would be slightly encouraged. The sad part about it is though, is that there is no leadership on this team, everyone's heads are down. The divas on the team who are throwing their helmets down on the side line are only adding to the troubles, and no one is taking command. I see the facade in the locker room of everyone talking like its being taken care of, but every Sunday, and on this case Monday night, you see that nothing is being done.
Moving forward, I would question whether or not it is worth moving forward with Jason Campbell? Is it worth keeping Jim Zorn, who let me say I have all the respect in the world for, but what is he doing with this team, if he isn't calling the plays, and he probably doesn't have the respect of everyone in the locker room. Those are big questions, and an answer to any one of those could definitely alleviate the pressure. Pressure that won't leave though until the season is over and then whole sale changes are made.