The Washington Deadskins would be an appropriate name in the upcoming name search in 2022. Although it won’t happen, the powers that be will almost be certain to miss the mark on the name change. Nonetheless, these are tough times for the few bit of fans that unfortunately remain loyal to the Washington Football Team.
Leading up to the 31-13 loss versus the Kansas City Chiefs, the Football Team was mired in numerous controversies. From the Beth Wilkenson investigation, or lack thereof, to the DEA investigation of Washington’s top athletic trainers. Let’s not forget Washington’s involvement in the firing of Jon Gruden. Then there are the pathetic last-minute excuses regarding the timing for retiring Sean Taylor’s No. 21.
Taylor’s No. 21 retirement ceremony was yet another debacle for this once-proud franchise. Photos surfaced of Jackson Mahomes, who is the brother of Patrick Mahomes, recording distasteful Tik Tok videos on the “21” logo. People have asked how and why this was even allowed? The real question is, why was the logo even on the visitor’s sideline of all places? At what point during the life of Sean Taylor did he ever stand on the visitor’s sideline at FedEx Field?
That’s neither here nor there. The team then also decided it would be good for optics to have the family of Sean Taylor capture photos in front of several porta potties. Prior to the last-minute event, team president Jason Wright stated that “he didn’t know that people would even want to attend the retirement ceremony.” According to statistics, Washington is last in the NFL in total attendance. So his comment is somewhat understandable, however actually saying it was NOT cool.
Sean Taylor has not only been the best football player this franchise has had, but he has also been the most iconic athletes in the past 20 years. Taylor and the rest of his family unquestionably deserved better than the sideshow that was produced on Sunday afternoon. For a large portion of the fanbase that wasn’t alive to see the glory days of Washington Football, Sean Taylor and his legacy are one of the few lone bright spots this team has had since it last won the Super Bowl 30 years ago.
Several members of the organization stated that the event was already preplanned. However, it was an obvious last-minute ploy to alleviate the negative press the team was receiving from the Gruden firing. It’s becoming more and more difficult to root for a team that is ‘dropping the ball’ literally on and off the field.
The majority of fans that remain at this point have reached an all-time low of indifference and apathy. The same inertia that Albert Haynesworth actually displayed during the Monday Night Massacre a decade ago, fans of the Washington Football Team now have the same type of energy on Sundays.
Let’s now talk about Washington Football Team’s most recent performance on the field.
The fact that defense at the time held the Kansas City Chiefs, of all teams, to just 10 points at one point during the third quarter was a win in itself. Washington did an amazing job of suckering fans back in during the first half. The defense forced three turnovers and harassed Patrick Mahomes consistently before the Chiefs outscored Washington 21-0 in the final 30 minutes of the game. Adding insult to injury on the day of Taylor’s jersey retirement function.
The offense ironically turned in their worst performance of the year against a Kansas City defense that entered the game ranked 32nd in total defense, 31st in points allowed, and 32nd in yards allowed per play. Taylor Heinicke and the rest of the offense were unable to convert in the red zone by scoring touchdowns and it ultimately cost the Washington Football Team in the second half.
Ron Rivera lost all faith in Dustin Hopkins after his missed 42-yard field goal and rightfully so. The field goal more than likely would not have factored into the final score, but it would have given Washington a 16-10 lead with less than six minutes remaining in the third quarter. Cutting the kicker doesn’t absolve the mistakes from the offense and defense. However, this was a move that was years in the making.
It remains to be seen if any other drastic changes will be made going forward. Rivera gave hints that changes will and could be on the horizon. So, we will see how those changes potentially factor into the game plan versus the Green Bay Packers because this is a game that is looking like another contest in which the Washington Football Team will be outclassed by yet another far superior opponent.