NFL football is definitely a 60 minute game, Unfortunately for our Washington Redskins the last minute of the game turned the victory into a loss. In his 100th game Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford saw Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins fool the Lions defense with a read-option keeper and run 19 yards for a touchdown. That gave the Redskins a 4 point lead with only a minute left in the game. Stafford lead his team downfield like a veteran quarterback and hit receiver Anquan Boldin for an 18-yard touchdown with 16 seconds left, giving the Lions a 20-17 win.
In the early 70’s, the late great Washington Redskins head coach George Allen was the NFL coach who more or less invented the concept of “Special Teams”. Allen was the very 1st to select a coach to specifically deal with kickoffs, punt-returns, extra points, field-goals, punters, kickers, head-hunters, wedge busters, blocking punts and field-goals, and everything other than the offense and defense.
A new era in football was born when Allen realized the true value of kicks and punts:
Any team can easily win any game, or lose any game by only one carefully crafted play, either by positive or negative results.
I’m happier than a midget getting off a crowded elevator! The Washington Redskins re-signed backup quarterback Colt McCoy, and we finally have some stability at the QB position once again. Basically, the contract is for 3 years at 3 million a year, 9 million total, year 2018 is voidable, and he did get a signing bonus of one million, 800 thousand.
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.
The English tend to define an era as a ‘long and distinct period of history’, but then again they have a long history. Americans have a shorter history, expect quick results, and tend to think of eras in decade terms or less.
The young Heisman Trophy winner seemed destined for greatness in early 2012, and Mike Shanahan mortgaged the farm in a desperate bid to create a new era of success for the Washington Redskins faithful. However the skyrocket beginning in 2012 fizzled out like a bottle rocket, taking coach Mike Shanahan down with it and now sadly the injury ridden RG III era is finally coming to an end.
In the offseason, we have time to reflect on the past and predict the probable future. It’s time us fans gave Redskins President Bruce Allen “some love” and appreciate what all he has done for our Washington Redskins and realize how fortunate we are to have him for our president.