It is the halfway point of the 2012 season and, for the fifth time in 10 years, the Redskins are 3-5. I'm not surprised, but I was hoping that they would keep it even through eight games. The bad news for Redskins fans is that a new, exciting, game-changing quarterback can't also play defense, he can't catch the football as well as throw it, and he can't be mature for himself and for the other men who have been in the league much longer than he has.
The effort by the Redskins in Pittsburgh was significantly more embarrassing than the Steelers' throwback uniforms. Going in, you know the Steelers defense is going to make you earn it and the Redskins just could not match their opponents' intensity.
Never have two loses been so night and day. When I left the Meadowlands, I was encouraged by what I saw in defeat. Not feeling that same way leaving Pittsburgh. Ten dropped passes, one blocked extra point, one shanked punt and - the icing on the cake - another meltdown by DeAngelo Hall. The sight of him taking off his helmet and screaming at an official just makes you want to scream. This is one of your captains who needed to be a leader and not a hothead.
Robert Griffin III would never say it out loud, because he is too polished and savvy at such an early age, but I'm sure he is thinking, "Wow, how is it that I am more mature than he is?"
I know this analogy may have been used before but I will say it nonetheless. For all his improvisation in the pocket, for all his poise, passion and surreal production the first seven weeks, RGIII was finally revealed last Sunday to have his own Kryptonite: It's called Mike Shanahan's team.
Now the 1-6 Carolina Panthers come to town Sunday having lost five straight. Two of the league's top young quarterbacks in Cam Newton and RGIII will be trying to stop losing streaks but desperately need some help to do it.
Newton is where Griffin unfortunately might be next year - second season in and still not enough signs in sight that things are going to get better anytime soon. Just two more examples of being a top draft pick going to a bad team.