Commanders fans call for Jack Del Rio firing after Week 2 humiliation
By Jerry Trotta
Juts two games into the season and Washington Commanders fans are experiencing a disturbing case of deja vu.
While the offense is rejuvenated and has the makings of a potentially elite group thanks to Carson Wentz and the star receiving trio of Terry McLaurin, Curtis Samuel and Jahan Dotson, the defense returned most of it starters and has now surrendered 58 points in its first two games.
Bear in mind Washington hasn’t played any world-beaters yet. We’re talking about Jacksonville and Detroit. Both teams have some firepower on offense, but they pale in comparison to the Bills, Chargers, Chiefs and Rams in terms of talent.
Remember that positive regression that was coming for the defense now that they’re playing a softened schedule? That’s nowhere to be found through two weeks and Commanders fans are (understandably) fed up with Jack Del Rio.
How incensed are they? Enough to call for his firing.
Commanders fans want Jack Del Rio fired after the defense’s embarrassing performance against the Lions.
You won’t find a more convincing argument than that. Nobody would deny Washington’s defense is composed of talented players. Del Rio isn’t maximizing their potential and they continue to be plagued by miscommunication and disorganization.
Del Rio likely isn’t to be fired just two games in, but he’s currently a long shot to last the entire season, no? Some fans think so.
Couldn’t agree more. Wentz has seven touchdowns in two games. McLaurin, Samuel and Dotson have caught six of them. The WRs have been so awesome they’ve taken shine away from Antonio Gibson and Logan Thomas. Even JD McKissic, the offense’s most valuable player last season sans McLaurin, has become an afterthought.
You can’t let this much talent be wasted by an inept defense.
Short, sweet and to the point. Does anyone disagree?
We haven’t the first clue how to run an NFL defense, but maybe you should have somebody patrolling the middle of the D in the red zone? Perhaps a better question would be what exactly Del Rio was well as a defensive coordinator?
That’s a puzzler. At least the third-down defense has improved, right?
You just knew THAT play was going to get dragged. Del Rio obviously can’t make the tackles for his players, but it’s his players who are consistently out of position, look disheveled and can’t execute the fundamentals of the game.
The defense ultimately wasn’t what doomed Washington on Sunday. That disaster first quarter — and first half as a whole — put them in an impossible position. But the offense was able to rebound after halftime. The defense remained feeble and couldn’t put up a fight while Wentz and the offense did everything in their power to make things interesting.
Del Rio’s job might be safe for now, but Commanders fans are barking up the right tree by wanting him fired. Did he lose the locker room with his insensitive comments about the Jan. 1 insurrection at Capitol Hill? Is his scheme simply outdated?
The fact we’re even asking these questions after Week 2 is a concerning sign for his future with the franchise.