The Washington Football Team dropped to 2-4 after they fell on their face in the second half vs the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
It looked for a while that Washington was going to honor Sean Taylor’s jersey retirement ceremony with a win against one one the NFL’s best teams, but the offense managed just 13 points and 276 yards against a Chiefs defense that was allowing over 31 points and over 420 yards per game.
You can’t make it up. Just when you think Washington has turned a corner defensively, the offense, which has kept them competitive in most games this season, reverts back to last year’s group that struggled to score 20 points.
If you think fans are getting restless and are starting to look towards the future, think about how some of the organization’s most decorated players feel watching this team perform week in and week out.
Take Brian Mitchell, for example. During NBC Sports Washington’s postgame show, the former running back and return specialist took the team to task in an epic rant that is guaranteed to resonate with the defeated fan base.
Brian Mitchell eviscerated the Washington Football Team after Sunday’s loss to Kansas City.
If Ron Rivera is going to sugarcoat every loss and not hold his players accountable, somebody has to, right? Mitchell’s rant is what EVERY single Washington fan has been waiting to hear since the Week 3 debacle vs Buffalo.
We obviously don’t expect Rivera to publicly lambaste his players, but how about a little bit of passion and urgency after an 18-point loss at home? Mitchell called it like it is here. Washington stinks out loud.
If Rivera isn’t reinforcing that message in the locker room and keeps rattling off positives in his postgame pressers, well, it’s really no wonder this team hasn’t shown ANY signs of improvement since the season-opener.
This particular quote from Mitchell hit the nail right on the head.
"“They (Washington) weren’t great last year. 7-9 isn’t great, but they did win. And you could see how they were fighting. Right now, I don’t see the same fight in this football team. And I think the message that’s being given to them is one that’s fooling them to think that they’re better than what they are instead of telling them the honest truth.”"
Finally, somebody with influence and ties to the organization isn’t afraid to shy away from the truth. Can someone frame that quote and hang it in the locker room for Rivera and all the players to see? Because both need a reality check.
You know the old saying “Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard”? That came from Washington, DC’s very own Kevin Durant, by the way.
Right now, Washington is just a collection of talented individuals. There are first-round picks and high-priced (albeit, some overpaid) players all over the field on Sunday’s. Until somebody in the locker room takes a stand and reminds them that you are what your record says you are — not your draft status or number of zeroes on your contract — Washington’s season will continue to spiral out of control.
Thank you, Brian Mitchell. Thank you for holding Rivera, the players, and the organization as a whole accountable for what has been a disaster of a season through six weeks. Enough of giving the media what it wants to hear.