The Washington Redskins have flirted with a winning record amidst a relatively unimpressive conference for the past two months. This after Dan Snyder stabilized the franchise by hiring a respected General Manager and revered Head Coach. No longer would the club be ridiculed because it resembled a traveling circus. Then, week 8 arrived.
With the Redskins on the verge of earning a 5 and 3 record with no conference losses, the team became paper-thin at running back. Its quarterback and offensive line were beat up, limping toward the bye week. Its defense played a bit of jekyl and hyde , sometimes dominating and other times being dominated. When the chips were down, the ‘Skins’ talented defense would make a stand, or not.
This season was supposed to be different. Out with the fairly new (Snyder / Cerrato / Zorn), in with the established (Allen and Shanahan). But, a funny thing happened on the way to 5 and 3. The Redskins once again lost to a team they had no business losing to, even if you do subscribe to the Any Given Sunday dogma. And, there was the game within a game. Let’s call it the Theatre of the Absurd – McNabb sits and watches an unprepared Rex Grossman get a taste of what life is like behind the Skins’ O-line. As if that wasn’t enough, JaMarcus Russell was among the free agents who worked out for the Redskins today. Give me a break.
If Mike Shanahan overreacts again like he did Sunday in Detroit, the Redskins will be fortunate to end the season 7 and 9. It’s not too late for them to regroup, heal up a bit, and come back strong in the second half of the season. Too late will arrive very quickly however - i.e. the Eagles’ game – if dumb decisions like benching Donovan McNabb and working out JaMarchus Russell continue to be made by a man who supposedly is one of the smartest coaches in the NFL. That leads me to the Randy Moss question.
Is adding Moss a good idea? Probably not. Do the Redskins need a marquee receiver to take some of the pressure off of McNabb and open up more lanes for the Moss they already have on their squad? Absolutely. If R. Moss is the answer, he’d better receive an incentive-laden deal. We’ve already seen what happens when you throw guaranteed mega-bucks at someone else’s mega-star. One thing is for sure, Washington cannot afford to make any more bonehead moves.