To quote great Washington Redskins HOF coach George Allen, “THE FUTURE IS NOW”. Little did he know then that the term would take on an entire new meaning in the future to come. Bear in mind back in the 70’s, defenses ruled. Today the focus is on offenses, and the rules are totally different from what they were then.
It was the calm before the storm; our Redskins were 2-4 and heading into Game Seven with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, when Coach Jay Gruden called a “Code Red”.
The media had been posting mostly negative articles about our team and ridiculed Gruden’s “Code Red” remark. Little did they know that this team was about to overcome their new team problems as they regained previously injured starters. Together, players and coaches, through rigorous long hours of hard work and film study progressed because they held themselves accountable. Players learned from their mistakes, missed assignments, blown tackles and blocks, penalties, all became valuable learning experiences. Kirk Cousins became obsessed with film study and got better. Veteran leaders behind the scenes became mentors, stressing the pride that comes with winning and letting the younger players know that they didn’t intend to play for a losing team.
With 2 wins and 4 loses the Washington Redskins can’t afford to go backwards. I hesitate to say “must win” but it’s the only honest option. A win, and going 3 and 4 into a bye week is what the team needs now. Washington would still be in reach of the division title, only behind a game or so behind. During the bye week, either the NY Giants or Philadelphia Eagles can, and will most likely stumble. After the bye week the Redskins have to play the New England Patriots, but our chances will be good since we’ll get some of our injured starters back.
Not trying to make excuses for any Redskins quarterback or O-line, receivers, or coaches, but Jay Gruden’s first year I noticed too much time wasted before the QB was given the play, thus giving our QB only 2 or 3 seconds left to scan the defense and get the ball snapped. This seemed due to 2 or 3 coaches calling the plays or coordinating the next play.