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The Free-Fall has Begun for Washington Football

Only 23 days ago the Redskins were 6-3 and had a two-game lead in the NFC East. I’m having trouble finding a word to describe what has happened since. A nightmare is not even a strong enough term to describe these past couple weeks.

Back in July, I wrote an article on why I believed this Washington Redskins team was going to be different from teams in years past. Stability at the quarterback position, a lack of drama in the locker room and the organization as a whole, as well as stacked offensive and defensive lines showed this team is different, it can break the mold.

Through the first nine games of the 2018 season, it looked like I was right. While the team had obvious question marks, they were finding a way to win. Behind Alex Smith’s excellent ability to take care of the ball and manage a game from end to end and an opportunistic defense that stopped the run and limited damage on the pass, the Redskins found themselves at 6-3.

Then the injury bug hit the nation’s capital, and it hit hard. This Redskins team is currently decimated by injuries, especially on offense.

When Alex Smith went down with a gruesome leg injury only two weeks ago, many Redskins fans and players believed Colt McCoy could still lead this team to the playoffs. When Colt McCoy went down with a broken fibula early in the Monday Night game against the Eagles it put the Redskins in a doomsday scenario.

Now, where do we find ourselves? With Mark “The Sanchize” Sanchez as the Washington Redskins starting QB.

So, the once-promising season now is seemingly over. Some teams in the NFL don’t compete with their first string QB, so you can’t expect the mediocre Redskins to compete with their third-string QB, especially when you consider the laundry list of injuries the Redskins have suffered at offensive line.

After yet another Monday Night loss to the Eagles, the Redskins are 6-6 and stuck in no man’s land. While the playoffs are realistically still alive, nobody is expecting Mark Sanchez to lead the Redskins to the promised land, and at 6-6 they face an uphill battle to move up in the draft to ultimately land a franchise QB.

In Bruce Allen’s nine years here as the Washington Redskins team president, the Redskins have won 10 games in only one season (I miss RG3) and for the 27th consecutive year, they will finish with less than 11 wins. With games against the Giants, Jaguars, Titans, and Eagles left, we are staring another 7-9 season dead in the face, all before we enter another tumultuous offseason. Redskins fans are officially entering the “Why do I root for this shitty organization,” part of the season – a phase all Skins fans know too well.

Buckle up Redskins fans this season is only going to get worse before it gets better. As Ben Affleck once said, “Hello darkness, my old friend.”

– Sean

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One thought on “The Free-Fall has Begun for Washington Football

  1. yes, the skins seasons hopes grow cold along with that leftover thanksgiving turkey! and who’s this josh johnson we just signed as sanchize’s backup? i think the last time he threw an NFL pass they were wearing leather helmets!

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