Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Darrell Green Announces He Is Retiring As Of RIGHT NOW! News At Six!


Following the Chargers' game, I stated the following: "That Chargers game was the worst Redskins football I've seen in a long, long time."

I hereby stand corrected.

The Green Bay game was the worst Redskins football I have ever seen; accordingly, this 2001 Washington Redskins team is the worst I have seen in my nearly three decades of being a fan. It's just embarassing. The Terrapins could beat this team. One of ESPN's commentators this morning said the Skins should be playing on Friday nights, not Sunday. As in high school.

This will be a quick review, out of respect to Charlie Taylor, Sonny Jurgensen, Doug Williams, Art Monk, John Riggins, The Hogs, and most of all, Joe Gibbs.

Skins have just above zero offense. I give some props to Mr. Stephen Davis, who at times reminded me of the Riggo of the 80s. The rest of the offense gets absolutely NO love. Can anybody name our wide receivers? Who's our fullback? Who besides Samuels is on the front line? You know why we don't know who they are? Becuase they don't do anything.

Darrell Green made a really good one-on-one open field tackle in the first half. And Smoot got an interception. Those are the only moments worth cheering for the defense. We got burned in the secondary, smacked around on the ground.

Special teams. Ugh. That fumble towards the end was like a bad dream brought to life.

Something is terribly, terribly wrong with the coaching of this team. Somewhere there's a scheme that will work for this team, and Marty "I Cannot Coach" Schottenheimer has had a friggin' month to come up with something. These two game performances is the best he came up with?!?

Let's not forget that without that lone Smoot interception, this game would have been 44 - 0.
OFFENSE: F (It dawned on me 3rd quarter that the Skins may only score 50 points this whole season.)

Mr. Jones

PS I'm looking forward to going to next week's game so as soon as the announcer says "And now, the lineup for your Washington Redskins!" I can boo my brains out.

Monday, September 10, 2001

I've Got Half A Mind To Start Booing Right Now...

Dare we even review this travesty masquerading as professional football...?

That Chargers game was the worst Redskins football I've seen in a long, long time. Even through last year's underachieving, the Skins showed signs of potential. The Skins' game yesterday looked like a friggin' extension of the preseason. (These people MADE the team?!?) There was sloppy play all over the place--dropped balls, missed blocking assignments, poor tackling, the list goes on and on. There was ONE thing to cheer about in the first half--ONE! (Fred Smoot's interception.) During the preseason, Skins fans hoped that the meaningless games weren't foreshadowing. Oh, they were.

Oh, they were.

Geez--did you see how Junior "Mr. Dedication to a Sorry Team" Seau played? He was like a Ray Lewis/Lawrence Taylor All Star, and was a nightmare for the offense. Was it me or was the offensive line scared of him? Was nobody assigned to blocking this kid? How does Steven Davis fail to get anything near 100 yards rushing against a team that went 1-15 last year? I mean, these are THE CHARGERS we're playing.

I dunno what this QB controversy talk is about. Jeff George? Stunk. Tony Banks? Stunk. Banks' completions--mostly to Westbrook--came with less than 4:00 left in the game (AKA Garbage Time). No props here. Some might excuse Jeff "I've Got Brad Johnson's Job" George as being a bit rusty, but I don't buy it. His choices in throws have nothing to do with rust, and George made some horrible choices, trying to slip the ball to players who were clearly covered. (Maybe he was trying to avoid that fearsome Chargers defensive front. Somebody name ONE player on San Diego's front four. Just one. Didn't think you could.)

So who starts against the Cardinals? George. Because he has a higher salary.

You "Look on the Bright Side" folks may say that the Skins' defense tightened up in the 2nd half. I don't buy it. These are THE CHARGERS we're playing. They have been, will be, and were yesterday, natually innept. You want to see somebody truly shut down an offense? (I hate to say this, but...) Look at the Ravens' D yesterday against a similarly inept Chicago team. Yeah, the Bears moved the ball first half, but they didn't even have a touchdown to show for it. 2nd half? The Bears got doo-doo. All this effort from the defense despite how the offense was performing. The Skins needed not to be down 20 - zip. Had the D done it's job early, the offense might have...maybe...well...no it wouldn't have.

Special Teams? Ugh. Tim "Marion Jones" Dwight sealed the game early. And I think we missed a field goal. Whatever.

The frustration last year came from seeing a team fail to live up to its hype--I mean, potential. Watching the burgandy and gold yesterday, I felt like a Cleveland Browns fan. (Just hold your head in your hands and wait for something good to happen.) Maybe, just maybe, the Redskins aren't that talented this year, and Schottenheimer's doing the best with what he's got. Maybe this is one of those cop-out "rebuilding years." I'll leave it at this--I am NOT a fan of the Marty "I've Never Had a QB Controversy In My Years But I'll Pull My Starting QB 2/3 Through A Game And Replace Him With a Cowboys Reject We Picked Up Two Weeks Ago" Schottenheimer Era.

DEFENSE: D- (that's D-minus! Smoooooot!)
COACHES (AKA the Family Schottenheimer): F (did they even look at the tapes on Seau?)

Mr. Jones

PS. Ravens did pretty good yesterday. Won exactly like everyone expected. Yay.