I don’t really have much to say about this article from Extreme Skins, but in case you missed it, I thought I’d point it out. I would actually argue that Mark Steven has burgundy colored glasses on over his memory, but read the whole thing. It will get you pumped. While the examples he points out really did happen, the Redskins in the 80′s (particularly post-Riggins) were often thought of as a finesse team. The league had not yet accepted the amount of passing that the 49ers and Redskins were ushering into the league. Darrell Green was the one of the great CBs in the history of the league, but comparing his tackling to Rod Woodson would not be flattering.
My point here isn’t to say anything bad about the Skins. Those Super Bowl champ teams were incredible. But compared to some of their contemporaries (the Parcells Giants, some of the Steelers teams even if they weren’t that good, etc.), they were professionals. Tough, yes. Physical, yes. But when I think of them, I think smart.
But you know what? I’m not worried about the details. They were certainly no wimps. And Steven’s article is a great walk down memory lane. And the best is that he wrote a paragraph that sums up my feelings about last week better than I could. He wrote:
“It doesn’t matter to me that the Lions are a lesser team on the road than they are at home. What matters to me is that the Washington Redskins, after all these years, in a game they absolutely had to have, took another NFL team behind the proverbial woodshed and administered an old fashioned butt-kicking–a systematic, old school, not-for-the-faint-of heart beat down.”
He’s right, and it feels good.