Redskins fans, I had to take a deep breath before approaching this week 13 Redskins review. The hurt and disappointment that we’re feeling almost took me down this week. I’ll never support or route for any other team in the NFL. The Redskins are my team and nothing will change that. Watching players like Dexter Manley, Darrell Green, Joe Jacoby and a host of others arriving at RFK Stadium prepared and eager to let the other teams know two things: 1. This is Washington; and 2. Be ready to fight for what you want. It’s been 19 years now and my memories are all I have, because this Redskins team has lost its way. The 2017 Washington Redskins have disappointed us in almost every phase of the game. Please stop calling for Defensive Coordinator Greg Manusky’s job. He’s been the only bright spot when it comes to this year’s Redskins team. Manusky had his players motivated and completely buying into his scheme. The Redskins offense is the problem and has been for some years now. So let’s pump the brakes on the relieve Manusky nonsense.
The play calling on offense has been horrible for the past 4 years. Players have often looked as if they had no clue what their responsibilities were on any given down. The Redskins offense is too passive. We fans deserve better – better effort, better production and better motivation. We’ve seen quick flashes of these attributes but nothing to hang our hats on. Head Coach Jay Gruden for the first time acknowledged what we’ve seen and said all season. As a matter of fact, we’ve seen it during Gruden’s whole coaching tenure. He and his staff didn’t do enough to coach the players up. We applaud the honesty, but tell us something we didn’t already know. This team has been unprepared for battle in too many games. As the leader, your mindset has to be ‘by any means necessary,’ do whatever it takes to win. If a lack of motivation is the problem, provide it! Sometimes the Redskins try to reinvent the wheel instead of following a formula that has proven to be successful. Too many 3rd and 1’s to keep the drive alive, our plays send the RB 5-6 yards to the left or right, giving the advantage to the defenses we’re facing. The shortest route to the 1st down is straight ahead, not left or right. If there are O-linemen on your team that can’t plow the way for the RB to obtain a single needed yard, keeping your drive alive, why are they playing?
So many bad decisions have been made, leaving this team unmotivated and flat. Giving your offensive line the chance to force their will gives them confidence, which is a huge part of football. The first step in achieving is believing, which stems from being successful at the little things, which gives players the confidence when facing the same situation week after week. This 2017 Redskins season filled with disbelief. On the whole, when you have as many mistakes that this team has throughout this season, it’s more than just a lack of film study. It’s a lack of motivation and/or determination. Fighting for every inch on every down breeds success. I recall the a time the Redskins offense went into their two minute offense, or two minute drill as some like to call it, casually walking. There was no sense of urgency from not just the offensive lineman, but the WR’s, RB’s and the QB himself. If ever there was a time for urgency, that was it. The uncertain manner in which the Redskins approached that two minute drill had me yelling at the television losing my mind. We see examples of this drill throughout the NFL, why is it that the Redskins version includes walking? If Gruden held these guys to the fire, no way would they have been walking. The Mr. Rogers temperament Head Coach Gruden displays has infected this team. They play like there are no consequences for their poor performance. Throughout Coach Gruden’s tenure the same questions are raised season after season. Is he the right guy for the job? Calling for someone’s job is not a good thing, but in this case an exception has to be made. The Redskins have not gotten better under this coach. Actually, they’ve regressed and taken several steps backward. Some will say it’s due to all the injuries the Redskins have had to deal with this season. Newsflash: The Redskins aren’t the only team dealing with the injury bug; every team in the NFL is banged up at this point. It’s a matter of what you do to compensate.
As Redskins fans it’s not in us to jump ship, but the disgust that we have to endure at almost every game is taking its toll on us. Some may say we’re taking it too hard or we need to get a life, that it’s just football. To those individuals I say, no it’s not just football, it’s a way of life. It seems lately that the proper words aren’t being said or the proper actions aren’t being taken. Bottom line, this 2017 version of the Washington Redskins hasn’t been productive, competitive and at times very hard to watch. There need to be major changes to this team during the offseason. As a result of what we’ve seen, nobody’s job should be secure.
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