Sometimes, as a fan of the Washington Redskins, one cannot help but be pissed off beyond all words. The 2015 team led us down the primrose path of high expectations. The worst fans were predicting this seasons was a .500 record. The best laid plans of Skins fans had the team winning eleven games this season. Adding fuel to the fire were situations beyond the team’s control, such as Le’Veon Bell being suspended and Tony Romo suffering another unfortunate injury which kept him out of the week two contest. A genuinely false sense of security abounded throughout the fan base. Pittsburgh was going to be a tough game in any case but we were led to believe we actually had a chance of winning the game. (Insert expletive of your choice here.)
Dallas was a game for which no excuses can be made. The Redskins lost to an inferior opponent because they did not and could not make the plays winning teams make consistently. The team is now looking at a virtually impossible climb to earn a playoff berth and their team statistics say they will win six games or fewer. While it seems easy to place the blame on the secondary, Bashaud Breeland in particular, the lack of a consistent pass rush and an inability to stop the run make it impossible for the secondary to cover good receivers indefinitely. Eventually, any receiver will get open. The Skins had three garbage sacks and very few hurries. It may not even be legal to knock a quarterback down anymore. If it is the team had us fooled this week.
Ultimately, the game rests on the shoulders of the highest paid player in the league this season. Depending on which fan you ask, Kirk Cousins either missed three touchdowns or four. Either way, he is posting empty stats like they’re going out of style. Who throws for 364 yards with only one touchdown? Who makes that boneheaded throw in the end zone? What kind of quarterback stares down his receiver in the end zone when the defense has a limited field to cover?
What kind of jackass head coach abandons an effective running game on a 4th and less than one yard? The same kind who pisses away all of his timeouts before they are actually needed.
When I started writing this I had fully intended to make it some kind of reasonable and rational explanation as to why the team is now 0-2 but, quite frankly, I don’t have one and even if I did I’m so pissed off I doubt I could articulate it in any semblance of a cogent fashion. If this team doesn’t beat the New York Giants like they sexually assaulted their children I expect everyone to be fired. Gruden can’t seem to find his ass with both hands, a flashlight, a GPS, and a proctologist. Ditto, Cousins and the wide open receivers.
Yes, the defense is a complete mess but we knew going into the season that the front seven was questionable, to say the least. The plan was, necessarily, to outscore opponents. Two games into the season the Redskins high-powered offense is averaging a whopping 19.5 points per game. That’s tied for 20th in the league. The team can’t win games like that. The offense had best unfuck itself quickly. That begins and ends with Kirk Cousins making the plays he should make.