The days at Redskins Park would look a lot better if it weren’t for Rex Grossman’s miserable performance this past Sunday. The Washington Redskins lost to a team that had been in disarray beforehand, as a win against the Philadelphia Eagles would have solidified their position in the NFC East in which a division title seemed reachable.
Prior to Sunday’s game, the Redskins were healthy and dull, which is exactly what Mike Shanahan wanted. Coach Shanahan has a reputation of always having his teams prepared and focused on one goal; there will be no controversy or media frenzied dramatic stories.
All of that changed in a span of three hours. Three major injuries occurred (Trent Williams, Kory Lichtensteiger and Chris Cooley), the referees made some horrible calls and Rex Grossman threw some passes that even he would question at times.
This is what happens to teams throughout a season. Just about every team will suffer from the injury bug at some point or another. Just about every team will have a game that features questionable penalties and just about every team will have position battles.
For the record, I hate blaming referees for a game, but some of the calls were ridiculous. Even an unbiased fan can recognize that there were some costly penalties.
When there is a loose ball, like there was on the errant snap in the first quarter, players are taught to attack the ball. That’s exactly what Rocky McIntosh and Brian Orakpo did. Brian Billick, the announcer of the game, figured the flag was for intentional grounding, which would have resulted in a safety; instead, roughing the passer was called against the Redskins.
In addition to that, there was a holding call against Ryan Kerrigan that went unnoticed on a third down play that turned into a first down reception by DeSean Jackson. In my opinion, that 15-yard penalty in the endzone completely changed the game. At that moment, the Redskins were in control, they had all of the momentum and FedEx Field was behind them. After that point, the Skins had to play catch up.
Well that’s enough bantering for now; the Washington Redskins have a winning record going into Week 7. There is still a long way to go in the season and more hurdles will continue to arise as injuries will become more prevalent and John Beck has been given the opportunity to start.
Despite the Carolina Panthers record, they are an uprising team that should not be taken lightly. Ask any Redskin fan: This team is historically known to play down to teams and to keep games close no matter what.
If you look at this matchup on paper, by all means the Redskins should blow Carolina out. I would be shocked if that happens.
The future of this team remains at limbo, with concerns at numerous positions or aspects that need to be remedied for this team to have any legitimate success this season. To look at this optimistically, at this point we really don’t know what’s to come with this Washington Redskins team.
Considering that they’ve only had a total of 10 wins the past two seasons, I can say with conviction that this team is remarkably better. Anyways, I have put together five major concerns that if properly addressed, a playoff berth is near.