In a piece entitled, “What’s wrong with Skins? How much time you got?” ESPN’s Greg Garber gives an example of what a lack of discipline and some sheer bad luck will do for you:
Randle El, a multipurpose wide receiver from Pittsburgh who signed a seven-year free-agent contract worth $31 million, was involved in a bizarre sequence on Sunday in Indianapolis that perfectly framed what’s gone so terribly wrong in Washington.
For the first time this season, Randle El produced an electrifying punt return — 87 yards, all the way into the end zone to give the Redskins a 14-10 lead. But then he leaped into the goal post, which is not on the NFL’s list of approved celebration props. That cost Washington 15 yards on the ensuing kickoff. And then Sean Taylor was called for an offside penalty, which moved the Redskins back to their 10-yard line. Thus, punter Derrick Frost was brought on for the free kick. But he kicked before the whistle and the play was ruled dead. Frost ripped off his helmet and screamed at the officials, costing the Redskins a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty. Frost eventually kicked from his 5-yard line.
Said Gibbs, “I’ve never seen that before.”
The Redskins are 2-5, the same record as the Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, Houston Texans, Tennessee Titans, and Cleveland Browns. Like two other 2-5 teams–the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Pittsburgh Steelers–they’ve a lot better than that. They’ve got talent at key positions and solid coaching. But they’re going to have to pull out of their slump fast if they are going to avoid joining that first bunch at missing the playoffs.
With my Dallas Cowboys coming in this weekend, I hope they wait at least another week.
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