Friday, August 14, 2009

The Redskins are fools

  • What killed the Redskins last season was the break down of the offensive line. The defense ended the year ranked 4th in the league, behind only Steelers, Ravens and Eagles. That means the Redskins defense ended the year ahead of the Giants D with their vaunted d-line. Granted the Redskins D didn't make much game-changing plays (28th in sacks and 17th in INT). But given all that, you would think the pressing need this offseason would be getting O-line help, right? Well that's conventional logic. Around here, we buck convention. We went out and got Haynesworth (DT) and Orakpo (DE/LB). We re-signed DeAngelo Hall (CB) and signed a FA punter. For the O-line, we signed a former Redskins that didn't play last year in Buffalo (not exactly a team with a stout o-line).
  • For the first pre-season game, conventional logic say you give your starters enough reps to get in a rythm, then you play your backups. Against the Ravens yesterday, we allowed Jason Campbell to pass just 6 times (3 of which were incomplete)! Meanwhile, Joe Flacco (a second year QB) was out there slinging passes like a multi-year pro-bowler.
  • To further buck convention, we decided to hold out a few of our starters. Santana Moss, Clinton Portis, Albert Haynesworth, Carlos Rogers and Randy Thomas weren't even dressed for the game. Granted Thomas was hurt, but why not put your $100 million man (Haynesworth) out there to see what he can do in your scheme? If you are scared of injuries, wouldn't you rather he got injured now than later?
  • Conventional logic says you can't take anything away from preseason games. But I think that's not true. This was the Ravens first game since last year (and they've had less time since they went deeper in last year's playoffs). They were more physical, sharper, crispier (save for a few penalties) and to add insult to injury they blanked the Redskins and put up 500 yards of offense (to the Redskins' 196). This from a team that's predominantly run-first. So yeah, theRedskins can take away 2 things from this game: 1. we suck and 2. unless things change, Jim Zorn better be looking for a good realtor.
I know it's only the first preseason game but I think Redskins fans are in for a world of disappointment this year. Being Redskins fans, we ought to be used to it by now!