This describes my heart, my soul, my spirit, and my fandom right now. I’m guessing it also describes the feeling that invades the Washington Redskins’ locker room this week, after falling to a paltry 3-9 with a Sunday night loss to the division rival New York Giants.
That describes Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s play-calling during the second half. Robert Griffin started the game 12/12 for a little over 100 yards passing in the first quarter. He got there by running the no-huddle, a technique RGIII used at Baylor and one that he is clearly, to every Redskins fan watching the game, extremely comfortable in. So naturally, The Young Shanahan decides to completely abandon that style in favor of plodding along at a snail’s pace and getting Griffin out of rhythm . . . Wait, what?
Pierre Garçon’s dismissive attitude is a big cause for concern. He’s gotten mouthy a few times this season, but it has never directly carried over to the football field. Kicking the ball for what should have been a personal foul, and generally just having terrible body language all night, is not behavior you want from your “#1” receiver. He needs to get his act together and start putting more blame on himself. After all, he did get stripped to effectively kill the Redskins hopes of a comeback to end the game.
Redskins fans should have seen this coming. And no, I don’t mean just this past game. I mean this season. The offensive line played well above their talent level last year, and even then had their mistakes hidden under the shadow of RGIII’s brilliance. With Griffin hobbled to begin the year, there was no way he would live up to expectations. Subsequently, the team struggled. The defense is just as abysmal. Nothing’s changed, except for QB play, and we knew that would drop going into the season. And we still believed. We still had dreams of repeating as NFC East champs, and ideally getting revenge on Seattle in the playoffs. And I have no idea why. This season was a shot to the jaw, and it hit flush. It shouldn’t have.
That doesn’t make the punch hurt any less. I personally have reached the point where sitting down and watching a full Redskins game is not enjoyable anymore. It’s tough. It’s ugly. But it’s nothing new. It’s been that way all year, and for the better part of the last decade as well. I don’t blame fans who say they’re “over” football for now, or won’t buy tickets to games until the on-field product improves.
Only time will tell what happens to Washington’s coaching staff and roster in the offseason. But when the page flips, and 2014 is shown on the calendar, RGIII will be fully healthy. We’ll still have Alfred Morris. And I’ll still be a fan. And no matter what, just like we did this year, all we can do is hope.
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