Brian Mitchell went scorched earth on Washington after pitiful showing vs Cowboys
By Jerry Trotta
Even through the club’s shortcomings, fans have never been able to question the fight and grit of the Washington Football Team this season.
However, that changed on a dime Sunday night, as Washington was drubbed 56-17 by the Dallas Cowboys in primetime.
With the entire country watching, you’d think Ron Rivera’s group wouldn’t lie down after Dallas built a convincing first quarter lead. Just two weeks ago, they almost pulled off a miraculous comeback against these same Cowboys.
Unfortunately, the most tenacity Washington showed in the game came on their very own sidelines, when Jonathan Allen threw a haymaker at Daron Payne after the latter poked his finger in the former’s face.
Fans are as despondent as ever in the wake of this nightmare. Almost all of the progress the club gained during last year’s rebuild has been zapped. There’s so much blame to go around that we don’t even know where to start.
With that in mind, we’ll defer to Brian Mitchell, former star running back for the franchise and voice for NBC Sports Washington.
Mitchell hasn’t backed down from calling things like they over the years, and he didn’t hold back after Sunday’s calamity.
Every Washington fan needs to hear this.
Brian Mitchell sounded off on the Washington Football Team’s performance vs the Cowboys on Sunday night.
Simply put, no one was safe in Mitchell’s epic rant, including Rivera, whom Mitchell eviscerated for his lack of emotion on the sidelines.
The former Pro Bowler brought up a great point here. As much as Rivera goes crazy in the locker room after wins, it would certainly boost the morale of the team if he started showing some semblance of emotion during games.
If you’re churning out wins left and have a long track record of winning in the NFL, you can get away with playing it cool on the sidelines. Rivera, though, just clinched his second-straight losing season in Ashburn and the seventh losing season out of his 10 years as a head coach in the league.
This isn’t to say Rivera has lost the locker room, but players aren’t robots. They feed off energy from their coaching staff. It truly wouldn’t hurt to see the second-year head coach break out of his shell on the sidelines.
That, obviously, is far from the only problem, as Mitchell proceeded to lambaste the club for bringing customized benches to Dallas.
We already said our piece on that subject, but it’s just more evidence that shows this group isn’t quite ready to play in the big leagues. A buttoned-up team would’ve realized how undermanned it was and had the self awareness to not troll a rival that’s on a different level in terms of talent.
Thank you again, Mitchell, for being a voice of the fans. You deserve better, former players deserve better, and everybody who longs to see this franchise shed its laughingstock label and become a perennial winner deserves better.
We just don’t know when we’ll start getting better.