December 22, 2009

Snap Judgements: Little Goes Right For 'Skins Again On MNF

I haven't really spoke more than a handful of words since the Redskins 45-12 loss to the Giants several hours ago.

But I've written plenty for blogblitz.nfl.com, and now I'm switching venues over to my most casual outlet.

So I'm going to let loose.

Aside from a pummeling at the hands of Kansas City Chiefs in 2001 (the score was 45-20 or something like that; I'm in no mood to look it up and yes, I just used a semicolon while writing in parentheses), I have never seen a more embarrassing loss in my life.

The Redskins were in front of a national audience and came away not only looking incompetent, but downright stupid. The Giants beat them in every facet of the game and then they shoveled the dirt on top of their own coffin with an idiotic fake field goal attempt.

It was an ugly game. But then the 'Skins made it laughable when they trotted on the kicking unit only send them in motion out to the left side of the field. At first I had to wonder, what does special teams' coach Danny Smith have up his sleeve?

After all, the 'Skins do have two special teams scores on trick plays this season.

However, this wasn't a calculated risk. It was the death rattle of the Jim Zorn era in Washington. Punter Hunter Smith lobbed up a duck, which was intercepted. Cue the subdued guffaws by Mike Tirico and Co. in the booth.

Exit Zorn. Stage left.

Albert Haynesworth summed it up afterwards: "I mean, the score, the record, they'd say that we're horrible, that we don't know how to play football," Haynesworth said. "But I've been around these guys a lot. I think they know how to play football. I think we're all just going different directions, and we need somebody to lead us in the right direction."

Truer words were never spoken.

Zorn was doing a good job this past month getting his players focused and ready. However, any good will he had merited was quickly snatched away with this performance.

How can the Redskins bring back a guy who had his playcalling duties stripped midway through the season? How can they bring back a guy who turned in his three of his worst losses on Monday Night Football (Pittsburgh in 2008, Philly and New York this year)?

Zorn had certainly impressed me as a facilitator, but that won't carry him too far when players and the owner start to mention change. It also won't carry him to far since the big name of Mike Shanahan is lurking.

I want stability for this franchise; I really do. However, keeping Zorn only guarantees consistency in losing. Maybe he hasn't been given a good chance because he has lacked personnel on the offensive line, but the fact of the matter is that the Redskins have flopped too many times in many different situations.

They have failed in big games. They have failed in winnable games. They have failed as the favorite and the underdog. They have failed in close games. Clutch isn't a term they recognize.

All of that adds up to too much failure.

So...

Exit Zorn. Stage left.

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