October 19, 2010

Attention To Detail The Name Of The Game For The Redskins

My bi-weekly column for SB Nation DC.

Oct 19, 2010 - The 2010 Redskins have certainly come a long ways since the Jim Zorn era. During the team's toughest three-game stretch of the season, they took two, and now have a pair of winnable games before a bye week. A 3-3 record is nothing to write home about, but in the wacky, wild NFC, Washington is right in the thick of things.
Sunday's loss to the Indianapolis Colts was certainly disappointing, but it was an out-of-conference matchup against a team who has far more experience and talent than the Redskins. Though a victory would have sent expectations through the roof, it wasn't a must-win game, and they know that.
For the life of me I can't put my finger on what makes this Redskins team tick. One moment I think they have the talent to be a true contender, and the next they prove to me they still have a long ways to go before we can all start planning to purchase tickets for the Super Bowl. Inconsistent play has always been the norm in Washington, but despite the inadequacies of this team, they have managed to compete against far superior opponents.
Maybe Donovan McNabb and the new coaching staff adds an edge to the team. But when you look at a defense ranked dead last and a quarterback struggling to find his way in a new offense, that doesn't make sense. The defense has created turnovers and is certainly better than the stats indicate, but they could have easily given up 40 points on Sunday night. The Colts missed two field goals and Joseph Addai fumbled the ball deep in Redskins territory. There's 13 points. 
(On the flip side, the Colts did dodge a bullet on a first half drive when Kareem Moore dropped an easy interception. Indianapolis would go on to score on the drive).
Football goes both ways, and so far this season it's been a 50-50 split between the Redskins and whoever they are playing in a given week. The defense has it's moments, but in all honesty, the Redskins need better personnel to run the exotic formations they want to use. The offense is crippled by inconsistent play along the entire offensive line plus McNabb's erratic play.
Yet somehow the Redskins are in every game.

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