Time To Panic
By Davon Hil
I guess the rush of adrenaline is gone. Just like the several previous years, the Redskins are discouraging their many fans to even bother watching them. Now that the redskins have to actually play football and execute as the season progresses, they have struggled terribly to string together any wins. After stating off the season with an impressive 3-1 record, the Redskins named John Beck the starting quarterback after the awful performance by Rex Grossman. The Redskins now stand at 3-5, after losing 4 consecutive games; their most recent loss being to the San Francisco 49ers (6-1). I wonder if the Redskins are regretting their “beneficial,” as Shanahan called it, change at quarterback.
The Redskins offensive woes are to blame for this past week’s lost. Scoring only 11 points, Mike Shanahan, the Redskins head coach, tried to reassure the fans that the offense is a working progress and is going to take time. Following the game, Shanahan said “Right now you take a look at the offense and it’s tough to take. It’s tough to take for me, but I understand how this thing works. We’ve got a lot of young guys with talent, and we’re not all collective on the same page right now. . . . Everybody wants wins. . . . Everybody wants the answer. I wish I had the answer, but that’s as close as I can get. “Trailing 19-3 in the fourth quarter, with about 8 minutes remaining, herds of fans began to exit the stadium, once again disappointed.
If the ordinary fan looked at John Beck’s, the starting quarterback for the redskins, statistics, he would think that Beck played an exceptional game. Completing 30 out of 47 attempts, Beck threw for 255 yards and a touchdown. For some reason however, the Redskins fail miserably to put points on the board. Watching the Redskins play is similar to watching paint dry. There is no fun and excitement. There aren’t those plays that make you spill your drink because you got up to fast too cheer for a big play. When I watch teams like the New England Patriots, or the Green Bay Packers play, I can only sit back in admiration, and wish that one day my Washington Redskins would play at that level. When I watch Tom Brady(quarterback for the Patriots) and Aaron Rodgers (quarterback for the Packers) play, although I am not a fan of their respective teams, I love the way they score the ball. They constantly take chances, by throwing long passes down field, and they make plays. They will never have to worry about loosing their fan base because even if they lose, because the games are exhilarating to watch.
If the Redskins are going to lose week in and week out, I would much rather see a shootout (when teams score on each other over and over again) than a boring 19-11 loss. It seems as if the Redskins are playing not to lose rather than to win. Last week the Redskin’s offense did not get into the end zone at all, and this week they were only allowed to score once. How can you consider yourself an NFL team, if in a league now that is predicated on offense, you only average seven points in two games? That’s not much production if you ask me.
The struggle offensively started when Shanahan made John Beck the starting quarterback. Although Rex Grossman, the former starting quarterback, turned the ball over at a much higher rate, he threw at least one touchdown per game, and had several games when he passed over 250 yards. Beck on the other hand, is down in turnovers, but has only thrown two touchdowns in three games. Grossman’s record is also much better than Beck’s. While the starting quarterback, Rex Grossman obtained a record of 3-2, versus John Beck’s 0-3 record as a starting quarterback. I thought it was a mistake to bench Rex Grossman after his loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. I am well aware that he had a terrible game, but after all, it was just one game. His future with the Redskins organization should not have been based off of just one game.
Shanahan thought he was making a decision that benefitted the future of the team, but as a Redskin fan myself, I think I can speak for everyone when I say, I want to win NOW! It’s time to make decisions that are going to benefit the organization now. The Redskins have been planning for the future for the last five years, and the last five years, the Redskins have lost. Hopefully Shanahan will recognize the fans desire for production and success, and get the Redskins back on track.