As a lifelong Redskins-fan, a season’s worth of roller coaster-like emotions is what to expect on an annual basis. But yesterday’s loss to the Carolina Panther was difficult to deal with on so many levels. Stepping back into the editor’s role, which I left one year ago, this is my first rant back.
“Hey Bruce Allen, KILL THIS HOMECOMING CRAP!”
The Redskins are a proud and time honored franchise – check. The Redskins are multiple Super Bowl and NFL Champions – check. The Redskins are among the eldest franchises in terms of tenure and existence – check. But for goodness sake they are professional athletes and not teenagers. I understand Bruce Allen’s fetish for tradition and pageantry, that’s fine. But for three seasons we have had a “homecoming” and have been embarrassed each time.
In 2010, Pierre Garcon made Peyton Manning look like Peyton Manning as the Colts easily took care of business on Sunday Night Football. In 2011 the Redskins exploded for eleven points as John Beck and the Washington Redskins watched Graham Gano set a record for field goal distance of “who cares” in a boring loss to the San Francisco 49’ers.
Yesterday, we saw Robert Griffin III look human (still at times super human – I am still a fanboy). We saw Perry “Ellis” Riley hear a phantom whistle that led to a DeAngelo Williams touchdown. We saw the most penalties, both procedural and incidental, we’ve seen in quite some time. We saw no urgency. We saw a coach who seemingly “quit” (something we we will get to in a later post). And we saw Brandon Banks net minus-4 yards on punt returns as well as a screen play from Griffin that went everywhere but down field on the last play of the game.
Let’s face it, it was an awful performance and with the pageantry of the past gathered in one place it served as nothing more than a reminder of how much this sucks and how the Redskins are the most “awesome-est” team in the NFL.
So please Mr. Allen, if you are reading this (which I am sure you are) please ditch homecoming. When opposing players tweet this and win….
…we have a huge problem.