Are the Washington Redskins Satisfied with Barely Winning?
The stadium was half empty...
There was a 60/40 split between Lion fans and 'Skins fans...
Clinton Portis ran for more than 120 yards for the fifth straight game...
The 'Skins racked up over 400 yards of offense...
They held Detroit to 2-for-12 on third downs...
And Santana Moss scored a special-teams TD and had a 50-yard TD reception.
So why did the 'Skins just barely win, and is it a concern for the 'Skins that they are winning like this?
I could go on for days about stats and numbers like the 'Skins scored on six of nine possessions and made the Lions punt six of 10 times. In the press conference after the game, both Jim Zorn and Greg Blache (defensive coordinator) were not happy.
Jim Zorn called his team "average" and that they have to get better in a lot of areas. Anyone who has watched the games know that the 'Skins move the ball very effectively, but have failed to score TD in the money zone. Some drives have been halted by penalties and costly drops.
The frustration showed on the field and in the press conference. On the field, you could see Zorn and Portis getting into some little spat. Zorn, then in the press conference, was yelling and pounded the podium while getting into it with a reporter.
Fred Smoot did put it in perspective a little..."We are 6-2, people are making too much of us winning close games...this is not the BCS...We are not coming in trying to blow people out."
I am a diehard Redskins fan, and although it's very frustrating every Sunday, watching them barely win, I look at it as work in progress. This is a new coach, a new system, and people expect everything to just click. There is no way I would have thought the 'Skins would be 6-2 at this point. No one saw this coming.
On a side note, John Riggins is really hating on Clinton Portis, but I'll get on that in my next article.
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