Normally, there’s one story after another coming out about this guy getting in trouble with the law while another story comes out about another guy not getting along with a coach or teammate… Or someone breaks the rules at camp and gets in trouble with the coach… For the past 20 years, it’s always been SOMETHING.
Now, it’s nothing at all. And to be honest, it seems a bit strange.
Maybe the reason is that the team is much more focused than it’s ever been. The entire squad is homing in on the Lombardi Trophy… and they’re all on the same frequency. For the first time since 1992.
Yes, the Fred Davis stuff is still out there, but it’s minor (and silly). No, Robert Griffin III doesn’t have an NFL contract yet, but it’s coming. We all know that. If Danny has to pay him out of his pocket, he’ll get his money. But there’s no off the field controversy… no negative buzz… no foolishness. There’s no real indication of what will happen next. No one knows which tight end will be cut. No one knows who will start on the defensive line between Adam Carriker and Jarvis Jenkins. No one knows which wide receivers will stay on the team. Or if Danny Smith will give Brandon Banks the blocking scheme he needs to stand out again. We. Don’t. Know. ANYTHING.
Have you ever paid attention to the weather? You know how things get very still and quiet right before a big storm happens? Nothing really happens other than the birds flying away to get out of the trees. The atmosphere changes rapidly before the clouds let loose and everything is very, very, still. Even if you’re in the city, everything just seems to come to a stop because everyone is paying attention to the sky in expectation for God’s mighty hands to move.
Maybe this is the calm before things break loose at Redskins Park/FedEx Field. The atmosphere in Ashburn has definitely changed. It didn’t take very long either.
I know one thing is for certain: Ok maybe two things…
1. It’s waaaaaaaay too quiet in Ashburn.
2. The entire city is waiting and watching in expectation for something BIG. It’s coming.