To be totally honest this is one blog that I did not want to write. The Redskins were beaten to a pulp by the visiting Philadelphia Eagles and the thought of having to write this the next morning did put a damper on my sleep last night. It was obvious from the first throw by Michael Vick that Andy Reid was out for vengeance and that is exactly what he got and more. The Redskins have been crushed by the Eagles and as a fan, I am feeling a bit embarrassed and that’s a horrible feeling. This was not just a loss, but a total breakdown of a team on every scale. The only positive I can leave with is that I haven’t heard from so many people via texts, FB messages and BBMs in one night! We are broken fans right now, so please be gentle with us. So, on with the torture.
Michael Vick took to the field and his first throw was to DeSean Jackson for an 88 yard TD. This led to 3 more TDs in the first quarter alone. The Michael Vick show was in total affect and it was really, really hard to watch as the defense crumbled and fell. There was no stopping Vick. There was no stopping this offense. And then the rain started, but it only seemed to affect the Redskins. Vick chalked up 333 yards and 4 TDs. This guy could not do anything wrong.
The Redskins did manage 2 TDs in the 2nd quarter and another one starting the second half, which I thought would last, but was snuffed out quickly. They actually had a fighting chance if they could have stopped the Vick O, but obviously, that didn’ t happen.
Donovan McNabb was signed to 5 years, with a guaranteed $40 million and I understand why the Redskins did this, but maybe they should have used a pencil instead of a pen? The move to the Redskins was a very calculated trade on both teams. They couldn’t bring in a QB like McNabb for just a single season. After the benching in the Lions game, which no one will stop talking about, they signed him. I thought that this would show McNabb that the whole organization was behind him but something is still amiss. Although McNabb did step up in the 2nd quarter, after being down 34-0, and throwing 2 consecutive 70+ yard passes which ended in 2 TDs, does say something about his character, but he threw 3 interceptions, which accounted for 21 points alone. 21 points off of interceptions! That is just dreadful!
The Redskins defense allowed almost 600 total yards. This new defense is not working. All of Jim Haslett’s modifications to play the Eagles didn’t work at all. The offense is clearly also not working at all. They are in dead last for 3rd down conversions and you will never win a game if you cannot convert on third down. Might as well be playing CFL.
So what do the Redskins do now? Fire someone? Start over like they try and do every couple years? That doesn’t work and has not worked for them. This is something else. I follow quite a few players on Twitter and they’re surprisingly upbeat. They are calling out to all their fans to be loyal, which I always will be. I am glad there are sites like this, where the fans are the writers, because obviously it was a slaughter, but we are Redskins fans. We have been here before. My hopes have definitely been hindered, but not lost. I will always be your loyal fan Redskins, but please, help a girl out.
About the Author
Written by Mercedes Green
I lived in Greene County Virginia for about 5 years of my childhood. This span of time was enough to imprint the love of the Washington Redskins (and hate of the Dallas Cowboys) into my life forever, even though I am Canadian and still live in Canada. I am in no way an expert on sports, football, or even the Redskins, but I do absolutely adore them, their fans and their home state(s). My favourite Redskin is and will always be Darrell Green (not because we share the same last name lol). I've adored Chris Cooley since he joined the team from the 2004 draft and love London Fletcher. Hail to the Redskins! See you October 30th in my home town of Toronto.