Ok, not literally, I guess. If the goal of a message board is to vent, then everything on here right now is fine. But if the goal of a message board is to have intelligent/balanced discussion about a team/sport, then it's pretty clear that that isn't going to be happening anytime soon around here.
I'm no aplogist. Just a realist.
Reading the board, you see outrage at losing to the Rams. It's as if it is our birthrite to beat them.
Let me point out a few things:
--The Rams were 1-15 last year; we were 4-12. There really isn't a big difference there.
--The Rams probably have a talent level approaching ours...this is something people don't want to hear, but it's true. If you think the Redskins are vastly more talented than St. Louis, you are either on crack or a Redskins homer that overrates the team's potential...or both.
--The NFL has no carry-over from one week to the next. Losing or winning against Team X seems to have no effect on losing or winning against Team Y.
--The Redskins have been a bad organization for 18 years. More specifically, they've been a putrid joke for the past two years, both on and off the field.
--The new regime has a huge mess to clean up; our personell does not match the scheme on defense...it's going to take quite a bit of time to get it right.
--We have significant holes all over the roster thanks to stupid decisions of the past. Impossible to fix these in one (or even two) off-seasons and even more impossible to fix them in-season.
Here's my take...
Week one gave us all some false hope. The Redskins had a nice gameplan that night, executed well, and played off an emotional home crowd. I think the coaching staff got the team to overachieve a bit and dig down for a win.
Unfortunately, your talent eventually catches up to you....the coaching staff certainly deserves blame for the Rams loss mainly because the team seemed to take the field a bit unprepared early...and that is on Shanny and crew. But to assume that the Redskins SHOULD beat ANYONE is silly.
We aren't good people. We've been AWFUL since midway through the 2008 season. I think the moves we made this off-season made us a bit better and will hopefully help the rebuilding process, but we were so bad that there was simply no way to fix it all at once.
I think we'll see a mixture of what we've seen through the first three weeks all season long. Our obvious holes will get exposed at times like they did against the Rams, and at other times, I expect the staff to put together a really nice gameplan and come through against a superior team like they did against Dallas.
This is not a playoff team. If that was your hope, then you are going to be wildly disappointed this year.
For me, I'm taking each game as it's own individual test. I am MUCH more concerned about the state of the franchise AFTER the 2010 season than I am about the standings THIS year. We passed the tests against Dallas and I actually think we passed the test against Houston as well. We failed in St. Louis yesterday...a poor showing, no doubt.
But that is to be expected..it will probably happen again this year (probably more than once).
At the same time, I do expect us to pull out some surprises as well.
This season is all about stability....before we can get good, we need to simply get the organization back on the right track.
Sports fan are, by nature, impatient. And that's fine. But reality should always play into the equation. And the reality for the Redskins is that the ship was not sinking....it was sunk. It was stuck in a mudhole at the bottom of the ocean. Shanny/Allen were brought in to first raise it back to sea level, and then get it sailing.
We are still in the process of simply getting it out of the mud. It's going to take time.