On August 23rd, Washington Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan was quoted as saying, “Anything short of a Super Bowl is a failure.” Well, Coach, let me share this with you. Your team is now 0-2, and in those two losses, you have been outscored 50-7 in the first half alone. I think failure is staring you in the face right now. You should really be careful about what you can and can’t deliver.
The reeling Washington Redskins turned in another unimpressive performance at Lambeau Field on Sunday as the Packers would go on to score the first 31 points of the game in a 38-20 rout. Despite four sacks on Aaron Rodgers, the Packers offense was still able to rack up 580 total yards against a Redskins defense that looked worse than porous.
RGIII continued to struggle despite passing for 320 yards and three TDs. Most of that yardage, however, came in the second half when the game was already well out of reach. Alfred Morris also rushed for 107 yards in the losing effort. They would be my two picks for the best players of the game even though the Redskins failed to convert on their first eight 3rd down conversion attempts. The Redskins were only 3 of 11 on 3rd down efficiency overall, which didn’t allow their defense to have much of a rest.
The worst player(s) of this game has to go to the Redskins defense for what they allowed. In addition to the 580 yards of offense, the Packers, for the first time in franchise history, accomplished another feat on the backs of the Redskins. They had their very first game where a QB threw for 400+ yards (480 to be exact, which ties a franchise record), and an RB rushed for at least 100 yards (James Starks 132) concurrently. However, I think blame really needs be distributed among the entire team. As I watched the game yesterday, I not only saw a another poor performance on the field, but I also saw some of the disarray and frustration on the sideline.
All of this comes after a season that held so much promise for better days ahead. After rallying from a 3-6 record to an NFC East Title in 2012, there was so much hope that at least a repeat performance of that accomplishment, if not better, would happen this season. Although we are only through the second week of this season, what we have seen so far by the Burgundy and Gold is anything but encouraging. RGIII is clearly not back to 100 percent yet. It isn’t realistic to expect he would be given that he is only eight months separated from a second major reconstructive knee surgery. Many have questioned the timing of his return and whether or not it was too soon after his injury in last January’s playoff loss to Seattle.
For Green Bay, my hat off to Aaron Rodgers for tying a franchise record 480 yards passing in a single game. I also respect the fact that he didn’t add insult to injury for breaking the record yesterday, because he had the opportunity to do so. The Packers looked very impressive. As for the Redskins, they have problems in just about every area. The QB, offense, defense, and coaching are all having issues right now, and even making the playoffs this season could be a long shot unless they turn this situation around immediately.
What worries me even more is the disarray that seems to be taking place off the field. That disarray among teammates and coaches does eventually show itself on the field. It usually shows itself in the form of losses. The “Super Bowl or Bust” that Shanahan spoke of last month is now beginning to feel like another castle in the sky. I’ll offer this advice once again to Shanahan, and I also offer it to everybody else – Don’t put unnecessary pressures and expectations on yourself. Words are very difficult to eat, and they definitely don’t taste good, even with the best seasoning.