Locker Room is Skins’ Last Refuge

The buzz around the Washington Redskins is just plain ugly.  Frankly, it’s a bit out of control.  I’ve thought back over several decades of Redskins’ negative headline-grabbing events: Jurgensen benched for Kilmer, John Riggins quits football prematurely, Gus Ferotte hurts his neck by bashing his head into the end zone wall at Giants’ stadium, Redskins are Cowboys’ only win in Jimmy Johnson’s first season as coach, Redskins lose twice to 3 & 13 Cowboys in Johnson’s second season,  and Norv Turner’s seven-year reign of futility to name a few.  Those were tough times.  But, they were generally preceeded or followed by good times.  Besides, from Jack Kent Cooke to the youngest fan, there truly was a bond that transcended all things.  We were like family.

Focusing on the Daniel Snyder’s hit parade …    The new stadium was originally named to memorialize Jack Kent Cooke.  That was quickly changed to garner revenue.  Redskins’ fans were charged $10 to watch training camp.  Jeff George, Deion Sanders, Mark Carrier, and Adam Archuletta highlighted the many free-agent busts.  We endured Steve Spurrier’s cheap and available quarterbacks, not to mention his sudden resignation.  General admission tickets were/are sold to third-party brokers to induce them to sell club-level seats.  Futility has been the norm seven out of the last nine years.  As they say in the south – yes sirree bob, we’ve been through a lot.

As for this week …  According to the Associated Press’s Howard Fendrich, John Riggins called out Vinny Cerrato, Jim Zorn, and Dan Snyder by name.  Joe Theismann reportedly used words like ‘inept’, ‘disgraceful’, and ‘fundamentally unsound’ to describe the Skins’ offense.  Say what you will about Riggins and Theismann’s personalities, they hold hallowed places in Redskins’ lore.  And, they’re passionate about the Redskins.  Even if they weren’t, they know football.

You can’t help noticing the tsunami of negative press coverage the Redskins have received nationally, especially since it’s compounded by inside-the-beltway observations.  In the midst of it all, where do the players and coaches turn for inspiration and consolation?  Jim Zorn has his wife and his friend Steve Largent to encourage him.  The coaches have their families and each other.  The players definitely have each other.  Their sanctuary is the locker room.

If you listen to the players, they believe enough in each other and their coaches to look forward to the Eagles’ game.  They discount much of what the media says, even when the talking heads are former Redskins’ greats.  They’re working to stay together from the inside-out, which is a good thing.  After all, the Redskins seem to be under seige more than the 0 – 6 Tennessee Titans are.  I find that amazing.  Then again, Bud Adams is no Dan Snyder, and Mike Reinfeldt is no Vinny Cerrato.

I salute my fellow lifelong Redskins’ fans.  I’m sure some in the media and the general public think we have no reason for supporting our team.  They’re dead wrong about that.  We have the rich Redskins’ tradition, and we have our belief that sunnier days are ahead.  Lest I forget, we have each other too.  Go Skins!

Topics: Dan+Snyder, Jim+Zorn, Joe+Theismann, John+Riggins, Vinny+Cerrato, Washington+redskins

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  • jjcul

    Thanks truthseeker. I needed to hear that. I’ve been sick with despair for a month. I just needed to hear some positive attitude. Thanks

  • Joe Graff
  • truthseeker

    jjcul – thanks back. Stay tuned.

  • turnejohn

    Hail !

  • Jay Schroeder

    Very nicely put — but with all due respect, I think the headbutt you’re thinking of was Gus Frerotte’s, not mine. Or did I hit my head so hard I just forgot?

  • truthseeker

    Jay Schroeder – oops. I’ll fix that.

  • http://crazycantoncuts.blogspot.com CCC

    let us not forget 1960 to 61

    two wins total

    stay true to your team Skins fans!

  • truthseeker

    CCC – great comment.

  • skins4life

    you said it better than i could.. in colorado its hard to explain why i love this team so much and still have hope.. but you nailed it thanks! GO SKINS!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rico

    Can we blame the insurmountably bad Offense the Skins have on a Swine Flu Break Out?

  • Rico

    ….and will Obama’s new Health Care package cover fixing the Redskins?

  • Just Me

    To quote truthseeker : “According to the Associated Press’s Howard Fendrich, John Riggins called out Vinny Cerrato, Jim Zorn, and Dan Snyder by name. Joe Theismann reportedly used words like ‘inept’, ‘disgraceful’, and ‘fundamentally unsound’ to describe the Skins’ offense. Say what you will about Riggins and Theismann’s personalities, they hold hallowed places in Redskins’ lore. And, they’re passionate about the Redskins. Even if they weren’t, they know football.”

    and

    “They discount much of what the media says, even when the talking heads are former Redskins’ greats. They’re working to stay together from the inside-out, which is a good thing. ”

    Which kind of brings up the following observations:

    A) Discounting and Ignoring are 2 different things. Ignoring general media who live on hype is fine. Discounting former Redskins who are familiar with the franchise and the way things work in Washington is not.

    B) Riggo and Theisman know football and about what it takes to have a winning Redskins team. Granted, it was under a different owner but owners aren’t the ones dropping the ball on the field and stepping aside to allow opportunities pass them by.

    C) ‘Working to stay together from the inside-out’ doesn’t mean to play as a team only in practice. A gentile reminder of why the player is there as part of this Redskins franchise may be all that is needed.

    “The Redskins, on paper and in reality, are one of the best in the league. It’s time for them to show it.”

    I will give credit where it’s due though. I have stated that if they can’t get it done on the field that the ‘Skins need to do charity work. When it was brough to light that “Chief Zee” was having hard times ( NBC Washington story here : http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/sports/Hail-to-the-Chief-63205232.html ) , The ‘Skins AND the fans came together for a heartfelt rally. I only hope that we can find a way to reproduce this kind of response inside the stadium.

  • truthseeker

    Skins4life – thanks, you’re very gracious.

    Rico – Sure, we can blame their offensive woes on natural causes. As for ObamaCare, write your representative. You may be on to something.

  • Rico

    Well they lost again, but this time they played hard on both sides of the ball…….13 points on turn-overs [not the toaster variety].

    Two real plays by the Eagles for 14 points…….the others Washington mistakes and 6 sacks, we need an offensive line!

    Still best play of the year so far [even better than the two wins].

  • Rico

    Time to get Dick Cheney in to replace Ceratto!

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