With the bye week coming up, the Redskins’ players will get a few days of much needed R & R. It stands to reason that their psyches need as much of a break as their bodies do. I figure they’re professional enough and have enough personal pride to focus on winning the game against the Falcons, regardless of all that has gone on around them. They’ll be without Chris Cooley, which means Fred Davis had better learn how to block. Otherwise, he’ll be as valuable as a 1960s era Jaguar that spent as much time in the shop as it did on the road. Sleek and fast, but not a very practical acquisition. Levi Jones will line up at left tackle, which should instantly make the offensive line better, especially since Michael Williams will have another couple of weeks to work with the starting unit. I’m not sure where Stephon Heyer will fit in, unless it’s as a back-up to both Williams and Jones.
Who will start at quarterback? My Mom wants to see Todd Collins take over the reigns. I don’t think that will happen, at least not yet. Sorry Mom.
Will Clinton Portis’ frustration abate sufficiently for him not to show his anger demonstrably? I don’t know for sure, but probably unless and until the Redskins’ offense sputters big-time again.
Will Jim Zorn be fired, as J-red at yardbarker.com suggests he should be? Nope, and he shouldn’t be. Yes – he looked demoralized & frustrated during & after Monday night’s game. Okay – he’s human. But, he’s hanging in there, which is leadership-by-example on some level. Let’s see how he does after the break. An upset of the Falcons could change a lot of people’s demeanor within the organization, at least for one week. Besides, as J-red noted, firing Zorn won’t fix the Redskins. Not at this point anyway.
The defense will come back as healthy and determined as ever. It’s not perfect, but this unit is a pleasure to watch, for the most part.
Hunter Smith will come back healthier.
The Redskins may designate someone other than Randle El to be the punt returner. I called for that back during the summer. Several of you die-hard fans agreed with me at the time.
All in all I see a team which will have a chance to compete when it goes to Atlanta, and should do so as long as the offense runs more smoothly. Execution, execution, execution! Focus, focus, focus!
My final thought here is that I’m glad the game is in Atlanta. If a chorus of boos rains down from the stands, it would be nice to know they’re coming from the opposing team’s fans. I don’t think being on the road is going to bother the Redskins at this juncture. I really don’t.
riggosrag.com will monitor team developments during the bye week. Like many of you, we’ll be looking for signs of life from the offense, in particular. The best we can hope for from the Skins’ front office is some peace and quiet. We’ll be watching for that too. As for the national media, we’ll pretty much ignore them.